Featuring Ray Brown, Walter Matia, Kathryn Mapes Turner, and Gunnar Tryggmo

March 9 - May 21

Online & In-Person

“The Wild Path is one we all need to tread. A place where things are not necessarily in our control. A place where we need to pay attention and where we are compelled to understand our immediate environment in order to safely manage each moment. This vigilance however is a boon to us in that we make our way in tune with our world. Seeing, understanding and seamlessly interacting with all that we encounter. The wild path leads to a life engaged with our world guiding us to live with respect, appreciation, and wonder. My drawings are an attempt to communicate my respect, appreciation and wonder as I make my way down the wild path.”

-Ray Brown


Ray Brown

Ray’s primary medium is simply charcoal on paper. Working with charcoal and paper is about as bare-bones as an artist can get with one’s medium. Drawing is a very direct means of expression, when viewing a finished drawing one is able to see right to the core of the artist’s effort. Using only careful observation, value, composition (design), and illusion to texture to create an image unaided by color but still managing to convey a sense of place or evoke a certain emotion is a difficult challenge. It is a challenge that inspires Ray’s daily pursuit of his work.


Walter Matia

Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Much of his training was attained during a long apprenticeship in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

His sculptures are included in the collections of the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Buffalo Bill Historical Society, Cody, WY; Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Wichita Kansas Botanical Gardens, Wichita, KS; Benson Park Sculpture Gardens, Loveland, CO; National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY; Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH; Bird Dog Hall of Fame, Grand Junction, TN; NFL Houston Texans Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX.


Gunnar Tryggmo

Gunnar's work for this exhibition is on the Wyoming wildlife, with inspiration from his impressions of the Jackson area and the National parks. The giants of the valley in the majestic landscape softly rendered in watercolor. His works are inspired not just by the beauty of the area, but also by sounds and personal experiences like the howling of wolves down on the riverbed late at night. They are dreams awakened. 


Kathryn Mapes Turner

Paving her own path, Kathryn paints images of wildlife that leave an indelible impression. Her ethereal paintings of birds and animals are full of movement and vitality. Using a unique medium of oil paint on 100% rag paper, these images resemble watercolor but with the rich depth that comes with oil paint. She’s become a pioneer with this approach.