“The Tree Hugging Cowgirl” 

    Cedar Keshet has been creating the “Tree Hugging Cowgirl” series since the beginning of 2018 with the aim to raise viewers' awareness of wild and other places in the Western USA that will be, or have been, impacted by human activity. She visits these wild and other places and plein air paints the changing landscape. Keshet hopes viewers will see the beauty in the unspoiled places that are slated for extractive exploitation, or other un-natural usages, and become moved to advocate for preservation of these wild places. Opening Reception: Friday, December 7. 5 – 7 p.m. Show runs December 3 – 31. At the Piper Gallery. 

     Heidi “Cedar” Keshet, BFA, was raised in El Paso, Texas / Sunland Park, New Mexico. She spent many hours in the desert of southern New Mexico, near her family home, on her horse, with a sketchbook in the saddlebag. The light, colors in nature, and expansive sky became imbedded into her artistic psyche, and Keshet has since felt a deep connection with the land.  

     Keshet has participated in many exhibitions and fine art shows, including the Our Planet: An Artist's Response to the Environment during Climate Change in Greenwood Village, CO, and North Fork Valley Overture at the D'Elke Gallery in Denver. She has won many awards including First Place in the Annual Show of Western Art at the Museum of Western Colorado in Craig, CO; and Second Place at the Red Brick Aspen Plein Air Festival's Quick Draw in Aspen, CO. She has exhibited in galleries in Santa Fe, Chicago and Denver, and is a member of Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Artists of Colorado. 

    Keshet lives in western Colorado where she creates art, rides horses, hugs trees and dabbles in Biodynamic farming. You can find her work on her website: www.cedarkeshet.com