Wednesday, May 2, 2012

'Encounters' a collection of Art by Amy Winton

Article written by Cathy Ricketts with the Canadian Record:

"Daybreak" 11x17 pastel, amy winton, psa

A show featuring a collection of artwork by pastelist Amy Winton will open Saturday, May 5 at the Canadian River Art Gallery with a Cinco de Mayo celebration entitled “Encounters.”
“It is going to be a very festive event since it is on Cinco de Mayo,” says CRA owner Marie Bean. “Amy's work is very colorful so we thought this type of celebration for the show opening was very appropriate and would be so fun!”
Winton will have 50 originals on display as well as a selection of limited edition prints and books. “I am thrilled to show my work in such an impressive gallery with excellent space and lighting, and accomplished director and staff,” says Winton. “It will be exciting to see so many of my paintings in one show, where I can see where I have hiked, where I have picnicked and where I have painted off the road and path.”
In his foreword to Canyon Visions, Photographs and Pastels of the Texas Plains—a 1989 Winton collaboration with author Dan Flores—Larry McMurtry wrote, "Winton's pastels have captured the intimacy of the canyons and plains."
Kippra Hopper, in the chapter on Winton's pastels in the 2010 book Art of West Texas Women,wrote, "Her vistas and landmarks are inland scenes of the habitats of the Panhandle of West Texas surrounded by the raw and rugged beauty of wildflowers, grasslands, riverbeds, canyons and horizons."
From her studio on Sand Creek in Lipscomb County Winton teaches and shows her work in regional exhibitions. From 2002 to 2004, she operated the Winton Art Studio and Gallery in downtown Canadian, establishing a presence in the local arts community that has in turn brought into the area such artists as Albert Handell for workshops. Winton says she also has been influenced by Ben Konis and Ray Vinella and has an emphasis on color in her work.
‘It is the light that falls on an object or a scene that ignites color possibilities in my imagination,” says Winton. “Even on the most overcast day, the light is there and saturates the objects and their surroundings in a moist way. I actually see the creative color combinations I place on these objects. Some are exaggerated to enhance the mood or emphasize the focal point, but the color is there.”
The May 5th reception is sponsored in part by the Canadian Arts Alliance. “Encounters” will be on display through July 20. Canadian River Art is located at 312 Main Street in downtown Canadian.
For more information, call 806-255-3200 or log on to the website at

Friday, February 3, 2012

Creative Canadians

This past Sunday we had a reception for our first ever Creative Canadians Local Artist Show. The reception was a huge success thanks to the support from our wonderful community! Alan Hale kindly brought his camera and captured some special moments from the event. Thank you, Alan! Make sure to stop by and see the Creative Canadians Local Artist show, it will be on display until April 13th. 
 Artist Polly Tubb with Supporter Laurie Hale
  Charcoal Artist Ashley Hale with Supporters Laurie Hale & Alan Hale
 Charcoal Artist Ashley Hale with Supporter Ben Mathers
 Pastel Artists - Cara Dawn Macias, Lauren Haley & Mary Laubhan
Supporter Britt Sturgeon with Watercolor Artist Polly Tubb
Supporter Gerry Wilberforce with Pastel Artist Carol Reid 
 Supporters Barry & Olivia Sims
 Canadian River Art Academy Students Ella Walser, Peyton Wilkinson, Bryce Wilkinson & Chloe Walser
 Canadian River Art Gallery Artists Furniture Craftsman Doug Ricketts and                       Pastel Artist Amy Winton
 Charcoal Artist Ashley Hale with Supporter Olivia Sims
 Photographers Terry Henderson and Dick Wilberforce
 Supporters Jim Haley and Britt Sturgeon
 Pastel Artist Lauren Haley with her biggest fan, grandson Hudson Groce
Photographer Dick Wilberforce, Supporter Gerry Wilberforce and Photographer Terry Henderson

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Creative Canadians

I am really excited about our upcoming show! The Canadian River Art Gallery will exhibit the first annual "Creative Canadians" local artist show on display from January 26 through February 24 with an artists' reception on Sunday, January 29 from 1-3pm. The reception is sponsored by the Canadian Arts Alliance and is free and open to the public. You can enjoy some coffee and dessert while taking in the art. This event was inspired by the many locals who have stopped by the gallery during the past year showing interest in displaying their work. As a local business owner I am only successful by the support shown from the community therefore I felt it was of utmost importance to show the community that same support back. My plan is to make this an annual event and hopefully it will give the artists a reason to keep their creative juices flowing all year in anticipation of next years show. The artists who will be featured in the upcoming show are photographers Dick Wilberforce, Terry Henderson and Clay Renick, pastelists Lauren Haley, Mary Laubhan and Cara Dawn Macias, Ashley Hale with charcoal and Polly Tubb with watercolor.  All works of art will be available for purchase. I hope you will join us in supporting the talented artists of our community!

Creative Canadians 
A Local Artist Show
Sunday, January 29th, 1-3pm
Canadian River Art Gallery
312 Main Street

Valley Guardian by Terry Henderson

Heading Home by Dick Wilberforce

This is just a small preview of the beautiful work that will be on display so make sure you stop by to see the rest!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kendra Scott Jewelry

I am very excited to announce that Canadian River Art Gallery will be carrying jewelry by Kendra Scott starting this week! The jewelry will arrive today and I'll have it ready to go by 11am on Thursday! We will have extended shopping hours this Saturday from 10am to 7pm so make sure to stop by and do some Christmas shopping! I will be taking orders if you'd like something that I don't have in stock. I will also have a complementary hot chocolate bar setup on Saturday. I'll post a few pictures once I have the jewelry setup. See you this weekend! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fine Arts Festival

Canadian River Art hosts first Fine Arts Festival during Fall Foliage Weekend, October 15-16, 2011.

Canadian River Art will bring a new downtown venue for Fall Foliage visitors in its first-ever Fine Arts Festival, an exhibition and sale of original fine arts, pottery, weaving, photography, watercolor and oil. Eight artists were juried in for the event and works by several more artists will be on display. 
"We wanted to do something special for Fall Foliage," said CRA Director Marie Bean. When buyers make a purchase, they also will be donating to a good cause. Ten percent of each purchase will be donated to their choice of three charities: the Lone Star Angel Project, Compassion International or Reece's Rainbow. 
Of the eight featured artists, two are from Canadian---photographer Dick Wilberforce and glass sculptor Clinton Miller. Other Texans are Clay and Lisa Renick, a husband/wife duo of Borger---photographer and weaver, respectively---potter Roger Holmes of Lubbock, and photographer Deborah Summers of rural Hutchinson County. Out-of-staters are painter Sam Sidders of Gage, Oklahoma, and potter Theo Helmstadter of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
Canadian River Art Gallery opened in fall of 2010 and has featured several artists in openings throughout 2011. Artists whose work is currently on display also will exhibit during the Festival weekend: Gordon Snidow of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Doug Ricketts of Lipscomb, Gary Leddy of Leedey, Oklahoma, Kenneth Wyatt of Tulia and Ouray Meyers of Taos, New Mexico. 
The 2011 Fall Foliage Festival poster artist, Anna Tepe of rural Hemphill County, will sign posters at Canadian River Art on Saturday, from 1 to 3 pm. Anna's photo of a landscape near her home was the basis of the annual Festival promotion, a tradition since 1990. The Canadian Arts Alliance sponsored this year's poster. 
The charities benefited by a portion of the art sales are the Lone Star Angel Project, which assists local children with clothing, medical and education expenses; Reece's Rainbow, a down syndrome adoption ministry, and Compassion International, a charity focused on the spiritual, physical, and economic and social needs of children in poverty. 
The gallery is located at 312 Main Street in downtown Canadian. The Fine Arts Festival will be open on Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. 
- Article written by Cathy Ricketts

Wildlife photography by Dick Wilberforce

Glass Sculpture by Clinton Miller

Quarai Mission by Clay Renick

Rug by Lisa Renick

Vase by Roger Holmes

Photography by Deborah Summers

Watercolor by Sam Sidders

Tea Bowls by Theo Helmstadter

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Standing in a Strong Wind - a collection by Doug Ricketts

On Saturday, September 17th we had the opening reception for Doug Ricketts most recent works of art, Standing in a Strong Wind. A huge thanks to everyone who came out and made it a successful evening! Doug is a very talented furniture craftsman and we are very excited to have his art at Canadian River Art Gallery. The show will be up until the end of October so come visit us and see this amazing collection. Here are a few pictures of his work and from the evening. 

 "Hunter's Moon"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fine Arts Festival

Canadian River Art Gallery is hosting the first annual Fine Arts Festival, a two-day exhibition and sale, on Saturday, October 15 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 16 from 11am-4pm. There will be a variety of mediums represented in the gallery with original works of art that would make great gifts for the holidays. Ten percent of each purchase will go to one of three charities - Compassion International, Reece's Rainbow, or Lone Star Angel a local charity that supports the children in our community. If you are an artist and are interested in participating in the weekend please email Marie at and I will send you a registration packet. I am looking forward to this fun and exciting weekend. Please stop by to support the arts and a good cause!