Tom Peyton painting

Thirsty Thursday art show Sept. 14

Fri Sep 8, 2017 at 10:40 PM

The works of Tom Peyton will be featured at the Sept. 14 Colby Community College Thirsty Thursday art show. The exhibition will be open from 6-8 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center gallery. 

Peyton was raised in Wyoming in the Big Horn Basin near Yellowstone National Park. It was there that he gained an appreciation for mountain scenery.

His high school art instructor, Bill McRann, was a big influence in four years of classes. 

“He went from desk to desk just sort of coaching us,” Peyton said of his former teacher.  “He also took time to teach us art history in the most entertaining and inspirational way, and had us do a head sculpture of some familiar person every other year.”

Peyton has painted a lot of commissions, won awards, and sold his works outright. However, he believes those achievements are not the essence of being an artist.

“What matters for me most is having fun trying to capture the beauty of God's creation on canvas and making someone happy with a piece of artwork I have done,” Peyton said. “After all, God is the only real original artist.  He created this amazing universe by His almighty power, and there was no other universe for Him to get ideas. All we mortals can do is take materials He created and try to express our appreciation of His beautiful creation.”

Many of the paintings in the Thirsty Thursday show were done from photos taken when Peyton and a friend accompanied McRann through the Sunlight Basin area near Cody, Wyo. eight years ago.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Thirsty Thursday is hosted the third Thursday of each month during the academic year by the CCC art department. There is no admission charge.

For more information, contact CCC art instructor Rebel Mahieu at (785) 460-5459.