Senior to display artwork at Northwestern College

“Stoned,” an oil and resin piece produced on a cow skull, is among the works to be exhibited by Northwestern College student Alissa Sinclair.

Alissa Sinclair, a senior at Northwestern College, will present an exhibit of her artwork in Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery Feb. 20–24. A public reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Titled “Saddle Bum,” the exhibit is part of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in art.

The majority of the show will consist of paintings done in oil, acrylic or watercolor, although it also will include pottery and mixed media. “I focus on patterns, landscapes and colors that reflect the life of a part-Dutch, southern Colorado/northern New Mexico, cowboy-style life,” says Sinclair, who grew up attending rodeos, watching John Wayne movies, working with turquoise and Navajo jewelry, and spending time in the mountains. Much of her art uses cow skulls as a canvas, and she cites artists Charles Russell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Bob Booth, Harry Jackson and Frederic Remington as inspirations for her work.

Sinclair is the daughter of Matt and Eva Sinclair of Alamosa, Colo. She is majoring in both art and elementary education and plans to become a teacher after she graduates in May.

Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.