Gillette Art Shop Spotlights Local Artists

Feb 19, 2019

Gabe Leonard (left) and Allison Kalpin (right) hang one of Leonard's favorite paintings titled, "It's Shady Here" at Wyoming Art and Frame in Gillette on Friday, February 15, 2019. Kalpin owns the store and brings in Leonard annually to celebrate local artists.
Credit Catherine Wheeler / Wyoming Public Media

A Gillette art and framing shop held a show over the weekend featuring three generations of artists to spotlight the region's art community.

Gabe Leonard represented the young of those generations at the shop over the weekend. Leonard is originally from Gillette and uses Wyoming as inspiration in his work. His painting features Western scenes with strong characters and bold uses of color. Leonard's pieces range from Western nostalgia to scenes from Wyoming's present like depictions of construction and mine workers.

Allison Kalpin, owner of Wyoming Art and Frame, has brought Leonard to Gillette for the past three years, and always near the anniversary of her store's opening. She said the show is a way to highlight local artists.

"Our goal is to educate people that art can be an experience. It's not just something you match with your couch," Kalpin said. "Bringing Gabe in allows us to bring a spotlight to our entire art community."

The show also featured work from Dean States and Christopher Amend.

The art will remain at the shop for the foreseeable future for viewing and purchase.