July 24 – August 18, 2012
July 28 5 – 7 pm
After a six year absence, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council is presenting a show based on the historic and current culture of the “cowboy”. Raising cattle has always been a mainstay for Huerfano County. Here are just a few of the pieces in the show. SPACe is open Tues.- Sat. 10 am – 3 pm and Sundays, Noon – 4 pm, so be sure to come some other time before Aug. 18 if you can’t make it to the reception.
Rayann Orr was born and raised in Colorado. One of six children, Ms. Orr attributes her passion for art to her grandmother, an artist who was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico. From her grandmother, Orr inherited her first set of oil paints and brushes and her sensitive eye for the unique landscapes and structures of the Southwest.
In the early 1980’s Rayann began experimenting with watercolors. Over the next 10 years, she took numerous watercolor workshops, including a weeklong workshop in Taos. In 1990 Ms. Orr was invited to exhibit in the “Celebration of Women” art show at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, Colorado.
In 1992, Orr expanded her techniques to include printmaking by studying and perfecting her skills at Graphic Impressions in Taos, New Mexico. The monotypes that she creates have a feel of a watercolor, intensified by lithographic inks. Today Rayann Orr is an accomplished artist in both watercolor and printmaking. She is known to combine these media to create emotional and timeless works that capture Southwestern architecture, colors, and landscapes. Her art speaks to the soul of those who know and love the simplicity and yearnings of the Southwest. Rayann exhibits in her native Colorado as well as in New Mexico and Arizona. In 2001, Ms. Orr opened the Rayann Orr Studio Gallery in Pueblo, Colorado.
Throughout her life, Ms. Orr has resided in communities where the Spirit of the West thrives in Quarter Horse and cattle ranches. Rayann and her husband, Sunny Jim, are avid collectors of cowboy memorabilia such as bits and spurs. Mr. Orr continues to train horses in support of his own passion of team roping. On their shared travels throughout the West, Rayann does extensive photography, capturing various scenes and themes that weave their way into her art and then into the hearts of those who are privileged to experience her work.
Here are three samples of her works: