Four new exhibits by Wyoming artists will open Friday at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper. The exhibits run the gamut from portraits to abstract art to sculpture.

“PHASES” is an installation featuring works by Green River artist, Amber Marie Hunt.

Hunt specializes in magical realism — her pieces tend to depict people in colorful, dreamlike scenarios, according to the museum’s website.

One portrait, “For Your Misery on Me,” shows a woman with pink speckled orchids hanging above her head like a wreath and rainbows dripping down her face and shoulders.

Hunt will change what’s on display a few times during the exhibit, said Katie Couch, the museum’s communications director.

“All Right Angles,” a series of geometric paintings by Anton Fox, will also debut on Friday.

Fox, a retired Casper Fire-EMS firefighter, is drawn to hard-edged shapes and bright colors. His work draws inspiration from minimalist painters like Carmen Herrera and Gary Andrew Clarke, Couch said.

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The third exhibition, “Evolving Exploration,” is a collection of works by 3D artist Linda Ryan.

Ryan was an art professor at Casper College for 35 years. The show includes pieces from throughout his career.

A few are part of Nicolaysen’s permanent collection, Couch said. There’s a four-part texture study in cast aluminum, for example, and “Grey Row House,” another heavy-textured sculpture that bears the image of a concrete house wrapped in wire.

Finally, the Nicolaysen will also host the first exhibition presenting pieces from the Casper artists’ collective.

Members of the collective were able to submit their own works for the exhibition.

The largest piece in the exhibit is two abstract spray paint works, Couch said. One is influenced by Salvador Dali and the other by Andy Warhol.

Oil paintings, ceramics and art jewelry will also be part of the show.

“It just shows that the collective is not a type of art,” Couch said.

The four exhibitions will be presented until September 16.

To celebrate the opening, the Nicolaysen is organizing a reception on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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