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Renowned Native American artists to talk at Scarlow’s Friday during reception

A vibrant painting by Wyoming artist Robert Martinez hangs in Scarlow’s Art and Coffee in downtown Casper. Martinez and two other Native American artists are featured in a show up through mid-Novemer at Scarlow’s. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Art by three renowned Native American artists are on display through November at Scarlow’s Gallery after a reception and artist’s talk was held Friday night.

“What’s fun is they’re all very different styles,” said gallery owner Claire Marlow.

The artists were all raised in three separate Tribal Nations in Wyoming and Montana.

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Featured in the show are Robert Martinez, Arapaho, Ben Pease, Crow and Northern Cheyenne, and John Pepion, Blackfeet.

Pepion’s pieces are ink drawings of Native American people and symbols drawn on vintage ledger papers, which Marlow says is a traditional Native American technique dating back to the early 1800s.

Vintage ledger paper is used as a canvas by artist John Isaiah Pepion. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“Tradesmen came and brought paper and ink, so (Native American artists) started using what then became available,” she said.

Pease’s work on display are mostly collage pieces of Native American Chiefs. Pease is highly sought after for corporate work, says Marlow.

Wyoming native Martinez’s work features acrylic airbrush techniques with dazzling colors and shapes.

Marlow says the idea for the show started a few years ago during Nicfest, when she saw the work Martinez was selling in a booth.

“They just caught my eye, just how great they were,” she said. “Just stunning.”

“He won the Governor’s Arts Award and he’s been busy, so it took a while for us to connect and organize this.”

Martinez asked the other artists, who are all with him in a collective, to do the show with him, said Marlow.

“I think we’re very lucky to have them talk here, and to have their artwork in town,” said Marlow. “They show all over the place, and to have them here is very special.”

The “Warrior Trilogy” opening reception is Friday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Scarlow’s Gallery downtown. The artist’s talk is at 6 p.m. Coffee, beer and wine will be available, and mask usage is highly recommended.