Western artists fill Littleton gallery

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Sarah Phippen and Martin Lambuth will be the featured artists in Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center during Western Welcome Week and through August. “Western Heritage Art” is the title for their joint show.

Phippen, who grew up in Douglas County, where she “soaked up sun, dirt and dander that continue to influence her choice of subjects,” creates oil paintings and bronze sculptures, which especially celebrate her longtime association with animals: pets, livestock and wildlife.

“Observing the personalities and expressions of horses, cattle and wildlife allowed me to experience their quiet moments along with them or read trouble in their eyes and burst into movement. I see this heritage as part of our age-old relationship with animals. It is part of being human. There is a wonder and privilege that surrounds us every day in the rich variety of relationships available …. How does a horse smile?”

Martin Lambuth paints with old credit cards instead of brushes, which results in rich textures and layers of color. He has a nostalgia for old pickup trucks, found on “grandpa’s farm or along the road.” Sometimes, he finds them reposing in the weeds, abandoned — “they still have the ability to take you on a trip down memory lane and revel in their history.”

He writes of the appeal of their wonderful shapes, rounded fenders and amazing grills not found on today’s vehicles.

Lambuth has been juried into many national and local shows and won a first place at the 2012 Denver County Fair.