GREGG CAUDELL AND AARON CORDELL JOHNSON
Big Bend and Palouse Farmscapes
Dates: May 8 — July 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Featured artwork: Blue Highway. Courtesy of Gregg Caudell.
Location: Museum Gallery, 401 S. Balsam
Gregg Caudell works from his studio on the Sanpoil River of NE Washington and paints the high plains farmscapes of the Big Bend Country. Aaron Cordell Johnson teaches painting at the Lewis and Clark College, Idaho and paints the rolling hills of the Palouse.
Both Gregg and Aaron are "plein air" painters, a 19th century affectation that can be interpreted as painting on location. Both artists find inspiration from a land that has been transformed from endless grasslands and hard scrabble deserts into a land that feeds the world. It is a land of rural life in which families have worked hard for generations to carve a living. It is a land of light where the wind can sigh softly through fields of grain and at the next moment blow that same field down. It is a land where grain elevators are monuments to that effort and where mountain ranges lie like a promise over the horizon. It is a land that inspires the long view of life both in the furrows that carve the soil and the easel of the artist.