Mystery Print Gallery in
Pinedale is hosting a holiday exhibition, “Animal/
Totem.” This is an invitational exhibit of
small works on display until Dec. 28.
Spinning off from last year’s very popular
and successful “Animal/Shelter” exhibit, this
year artists are exploring the theme of animal
Animals have been represented in paintings
and sculptures since man’s earliest visual
works on cave walls in Europe, Asia,
Africa, Australia and the Americas. In many
instances, animal imagery has been used to
harness, co-opt or identify with the traits of a
specific animal. Tribal cultures carve animal
masks used in ceremonies, many believing
they become that animal through transformation
during the ceremony itself.
Humans have and still do demark periods
of time through the Chinese calendar and the
Zodiac with animal symbols, believing that a
person born in that particular year or under
that particular sign, imbues them with certain
personality traits. Shields, flags and other
heraldry are emblazoned with lions, wolves,
eagles and other animals, including fantastical
beasts such as dragons, gryphons or thunderbirds.
Animals are used daily to convey the
spirit of what we make, sell, or do – the swiftness
of the impala, the wild strength of the
mustang or the quiet elegance of a jaguar.
Mystery Print Gallery owner David Klarén
invited a group of contemporary artists whose
work he finds fresh and interesting to explore
the theme of animal totems in fun, thoughtful
and creative ways. The artists are provided an
opportunity to explore ideas, materials or processes
that they may normally not use in their
day-to-day studio practice.
Their work could be based in reality, the
fantastical or the mythological. It may be
serious or humorous, fun, funky, science fictional,
intellectual, minimal, environmental or
This piece with a fawn is by Laramie
artist Favian Hernandez.
any other adjective one cares to choose.
Since this is considered a small works exhibit,
it allows a broader spectrum of artists
and works to be presented, as well as a selection
of reasonably-priced artworks for the
The artists invited to provide work for this
exhibition include Christopher Amend, Gillette;
Richard Burke, Holland Dutton, Mae
Orm, Sue Sommers and Robin Sruoginis,
Pinedale; Jenny and Sam Dowd, Alpine; Camellia
El-Antably, Eric Lee and Mark Vinich,
Cheyenne; Lea Hardy, Margaret Haydon, Favian
Hernandez and Mark Ritchie, Laramie;
Jun Ishida, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Lyndsay Mc-
Candless and Bronwyn Minton, Jackson; and
Charmian McLellan, Boulder.