Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: Burbank HomeCollections

Capturing the excitement of the West

October 10, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Burbank artist Cliff Barnes, left, is congratulated by John Coleman, show judge and member of the Cowboy Artists of America. The American Plains Artists selected Barnes' watercolor "Riding Proud" as Best of Show at its 28th annual Juried Exhibit & Sale at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas.
Burbank artist Cliff Barnes, left, is congratulated… (Photo courtesy…)

Artist Cliff Barnes, a long-time resident of Burbank, received two national art awards this summer and attended both juried out-of-state exhibits.

The American Plains Artists selected Barnes' watercolor “Riding Proud” as Best of Show at its 28th annual Juried Exhibit & Sale, continuing at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. The show ends Sunday.

Sculptor and Cowboy Artist of America John Coleman judged the 98 paintings and drawings and 15 sculptures. To see the exhibit online, go to www.americanplainsartists.com.

Barnes also received the Animals Honorable Mention Award in the Associate and Signature Division at the 22nd annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oil. The show was held in June at the Evergreen Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen, Colo.

Barnes' oil painting, “The Team”, was one of 196 paintings selected for the exhibition from more than 2,100 artists from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The prize was a $500 merchandise certificate from Vasari Classic Artists Oil Colors.

Advertisement

After graduating from Burbank High School, Barnes received an award to attend the Art Center College of Design. Upon completion of his degree, he worked as an architectural illustrator during the day and came home to paint afterward.

A trip to Europe inspired him to paint places he had seen and he started selling his work. Then he and his wife, Betty, traveled to Indian reservations, rodeos, Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons, and he discovered he really loved to paint the West. He realized that the painting he did for himself was exciting and rewarding, and so he started working at it fulltime. He has painted faces, scenes and wildlife for more than 30 years, and has won a number of awards locally and out of state.

To view the artist's work, visit www.cliffbarnesart.com.


Opera Gala at Methodist church

The Friends of Music at Burbank First United Methodist Church present an opera gala, “Mezzo’s and More!” at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the sanctuary, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

It is presented in collaboration with the Independent Opera Company and will feature selections from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” “La Traviata” and “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Marriage of Figaro” and “Abduction from the Seraglio” by W.A. Mozart, “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, and more.

Burbank Leader Articles Burbank Leader Articles
|
|
|