It’s an Old West showdown made of brushes and canvases placed around high Noon in downtown Trinidad, the annual A.R. Mitchell Quick Draw, and the paint is set to fly starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, on the grounds of the Trinidad History Museum.

“We have a couple of new artists this year,” said A.R. Mitchell Executive Director Allyson Sheumaker. “We will have 10-12 artists from Trinidad and the surrounding area and it’s being held at the Trinidad History Museum, which Mitchell founded. He helped keep the Baca and Bloom houses from being sold and he lived there and was the first curator there. So, it’s great and fitting to bring A.R. Mitchell and the museum together with a great event like this.”

For the uninitiated, Quick Draw gives top-flight local and regional artists one hour (from 11 a.m. – Noon), in the plein air setting of the museum grounds, to create an original work of art under the gaze of their fans and milling onlookers. At 12:30 p.m. those works are auctioned off with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the artist and 30 percent going to the Mitchell museum.

“It’s my favorite event,” said Sheumaker. “It’s free and you can watch art being created and talk to the artists, or just stand next to them and watch them create. And these are renowned artists… Then being an outdoor event, in a beautiful location, more people attend every year.”

For more information contact the A.R. Mitchell museum at 719-846-4224, or the Trinidad history Museum at 719-846-7217.

ARTIST bios:

Tim Deibler         

Tim Deibler has had a life-long passion for art. From his earliest childhood he tried to visually depict the world around him with crayons and paint. After graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado, he worked in the commercial art and video production fields until going full time as a fine artist in 1992. A Signature member of OPA, he has won five Awards of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Show from such distinguished artists as Daniel Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelly and Scott Christensen.  Best known for his stunning portrayal of nature in oil, he loves painting the rugged mountain peaks, desert canyons and the pounding surf. With the success of his teaching videos and  his book Capturing the Seasons in Oils, he has become a popular teacher and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in many books and publications and can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Kim Mackey

Kim Mackey grew up in Pueblo, Colorado.  He attended public schools and, through his interest and ability in art, won a scholarship to attend the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver.  Following art school, Mackey worked for several years as an illustrator, completing assignment for such clients as, True West magazine, Western Horseman, and Capitol Records. 

Special studies at Colorado State University qualified him as one of only a few certified police artists in the state, but recognition from his peers and collectors led him away from commercial work and illustration into full time fine art painting.  Mackey also coaches students; he is a popular teacher, conducting workshops and classes throughout the region.  He has been a faculty instructor at the Art Students League of Denver, and has taught at the Colorado Institute of Art.

Critics consider Mackey to be one  of the best artists in the state of Colorado.  His credentials list numerous awards, including the prestigious Winsor-Newton Award from the Oil Painters of America.  He has exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Oil Painters of America in Chicago, Illinois and  San Antonio, Texas, the Colorado Governor’s Invitational Show in Loveland, the Coors Western Art Show in Denver, the C.M. Russell Auction, the American Art Invitational Show in Denver and the Gilcrease Museum. He is also a regular participant in the Altermann Collectors auctions in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.  His paintings hang in many distinguished collections, including that of the singer/songwriter Neil Diamond.  Mackey’s work is also included in the highly selective King Collection at the Sangre de Cristo Fine Art Center in Pueblo, Colorado.

Mackey is one of only a few artists in the United States to be selected as a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, and has been featured in Art Revue, Art Talk, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art, Art Of The West, Western Horseman and Cowboys And Indians magazine.  The Denver Post has called him “a master of (his) genre,” and Southwest Art has acknowledged him as a traditional cowboy artist in the finest sense of the word.    

Jeremy Manyik               

Jeremy Manyik was raised on the plains of Southeast Colorado in a rural community.  He takes his inspiration from the people, ranches, and the farmlands in his surroundings; these serve as the focus of his paintings.  Growing up, he spent his free time drawing and painting with his twin brother, who is also artistically inclined. The pushed each other to grow as artists, engaging in healthy competition.  As a representational artist, Jeremy is primarily self-taught and has had no formal art education.  Manyik participates in many juried national and regional shows where he has earned numerous accolades including several Awards of Excellences from the Oil Painters of America and fifth-place in the prestigious National Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition.

Sam Hughes

I was born in Colombia, South America of American parents, so was a  

citizen at birth. Family moved a lot, oil business then was like military  

always, requiring mobility. Texas is where I spent most time, junior high,  

high school, and  college at Rice University. Orientation toward making art  

appeared at least by third grade. I was happiest doing that then and for  

next seventy years. I later got a Master's degree in art history at  

Columbia U. and taught the subject at U. of Georgia. Tug to make art or  

architecture was so great, I went back to graduate school, this time  

Harvard, for a Masters of Architecture, then worked as an architectural  

designer for ten years. More teaching of art history followed, this time at  

Fort Lewis College. After that, starting in 1991, I went into making and  

selling my art full time. In 1994 I moved to Raton and have been here ever  


I've tried every type of art, starting with fantasy inspired by Dali,  

then abstract inspired by Kandinsky. I've also tried cubistic, and in fact  

have invented my own styles to a degree. Realistic art I've done because  

it's fun and generally easy, and people buy it. In my last visit to Santa  

Fe (last week), I've found that dozens of galleries are moving into fantasy  

and abstract art. As an art historian I've noticed that taste among buyers  

of art is constantly changing. I'd suggest to Mitchell Museum staff that  

shows open to many artists, also open in terms of styles of art would  

possibly attract a new group of visitors and buyers to the museum. The  

museum could offer such a show as an annual event. Entries would be juried,  of course. The museum would naturally continue to offer visitors an  

experience of the art which it was founded to preserve.

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