Artists Give Icons of the West a Contemporary Twist

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West opens new exhibition “Western Edge”

Frida Kahlo viewing an artwork by Picasso, a horse working out with an exercise ball and the iconic road trip – with people and animals at the wheel – are portrayed in fanciful artworks in a new exhibition entitled “Western Edge: Humor and Playfulness in Contemporary Western Art” at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The exhibition in on view through May 27.

Ryan Hale, Frida Views Picasso, acrylic on panel.

Presented in partnership with the Scottsdale Gallery Association, the juried exhibition features a selection of artworks by 11 emerging artists of the greater western region who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art.

Seventeen artworks in diverse mediums carry on the tradition of art history, but also break or bend the rules in compelling ways to open the viewer’s mind to new possibilities and methods of seeing.

The artworks include paintings, a series of three bronze sculptures, a photograph, a mixed media collage and a mixed media sculpture. Phoenix-based artist and museum exhibition designer Bill Dambrova is guest curator of the exhibition.

Artists featured in the display include Jeffrey Berryman, Melissa M. Button, Carol Ruff Franza, Lisa M. Gordon, Ryan Hale, Stephen Morath, Andrea Peterson, Jerry Salinas, Connie Townsend, Zoe Marieh Urness and Sarah Webber.

The artworks, which are available for purchase, are on loan from Scottsdale Gallery Association members Altamira Gallery, Amery Bohling Fine Art Gallery, J Klein Gallery, Tilt Gallery and Wilde Meyer Gallery.

“Western Edge: Humor and Playfulness in Contemporary Western Art”

Through May 27

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (Derek Earle Emergence Gallery), 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale

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