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POLLY BURGE

Visual Artist

Polly, Paint & Pencil Studio

Box 157

Sheridan, WY 82801

polly.paintandpencil@gmail.com

Born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, my love for art has always been a presence. My early interest in art was instilled by my grandparents, both of whom were collectors of wildlife, equestrian, and sporting art. I took a number of advanced painting and art history classes in high school, then a few basic drawing and design courses before graduating from North Carolina State University. Somehow outfitted with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish, I came to Wyoming to pursue a path that would bring me closer to a career in horsemanship, another of my passions.

 

Over four summers working on the historic Eatons’ dude ranch (2012-2016), I fell in love with Sheridan’s strong horse culture and the Bighorn Mountain scenery that surrounded me. I moved from Virginia to officially call Sheridan home in 2015. Transplanting myself into Wyoming has given me access to the life of my dreams! Wrangling horses in the early morning hours, riding until dusk, exploring the mountains on foot, horseback, on skis or snowshoes, hunting, fishing, and taking in the outdoors have all filled my soul throughout the last decade. 

 

I have a strong background drawing with charcoal and graphite, but my interest in exploring color lead me to experimenting with watercolors. Watercolor has become my choice medium in the last couple years, as I have found it easiest to pack into saddle bags and backpacks, or store on long car trips without having to transport messy mediums and solvents. Someday I hope to break into oils again, but most recently I have begun incorporating illustration techniques into my watercolor paintings by using ink and gouache. My sketchbooks are among my most treasured things, which I carry most everywhere. Immersed in an exciting and beautiful landscape, I am continually inspired to draw and paint what I see.

 

I am so happy spending time in my studio revisiting my experiences with nature and horses, and I'm always dreaming up new adventures in the company of my dogs, Tiller and Baron. I have been earning income as an artist part-time since the fall of 2016, and I currently serve as a director on the board at SAGE Community Arts. I have work hanging in a number of Sheridan area galleries, including Expressions Art Gallery, Red Bison Studio, SAGE Community Arts’ Member Gallery, Main Frame, Gallery on Main (Dayton, WY), and The Hitching Post Gallery (Buffalo, WY). I am also an annual participant of the Washakie Museum Mammoth Quickdraw in Worland, WY (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and contribute work for the annual Rooted in Wyoming Hoedown & Auction fundraiser (2019, 2020), as well as for many other nonprofit fundraisers and benefits. 

REPRESENTATIVE GALLERIES (year round exhibitors)

Expressions Art Gallery   645 Broadway, Sheridan, WY

Gallery on Main 110 W 3rd Ave. Dayton, WY 

The Hitching Post Gallery   51 S Main St. Buffalo, WY

MainFrame Art Gallery   17 E Grinnell Plaza, Sheridan, WY

Red Bison Studio 227 N Main St. Sheridan, WY

SAGE Community Arts, Member's Gallery   21 W Brundage, Sheridan, WY

CURRENT & SCHEDULED EXHIBITIONS (featured exhibitions)

 

10th Annual Mammoth Quick Draw Nov 12, 2021

The Washakie Museum & Cultural Center

2200 Bighorn Ave, Worland, WY 

Paintbrush Poppy: Limited Edition Artisan Candle by WYO Candle Co.

Label artwork by Polly Burge

Original artwork & limited edition numbered prints available

Launch party TBA late April

Website Link

41 South Main Street, Sheridan, WY 82801

AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

The Brinton Museum member, Gala committee volunteer, & exhibiting artist

Made in Wyoming   directory listing

SAGE Community Arts member, committee volunteer, board director, exhibiting artist

Wyoming Arts Council   directory listing

Wyoming Watercolor Society member

PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

The Bighorn Experience for a Virginia Transplant

The Sheridan Press, February 2018

 

Blazing Trails Podcast: Ep. 33, Polly Burge

Interview with host, Devan Reilly, May 2018

20 Under Forty: The Sheridan Press

Burge Draws on Love of Animals, Landscapesp. 14 & 16. June 2018

 

 

Real Wyoming: Sheridan

Wyoming Business Council, January 2019

Making it as an artist takes dedication to craft

 The Sheridan Press, January 2020

Local Artist Spotlight: Polly Burge

Sheridan Media, August 2020

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Color Not Absent Expressions Art Gallery, June 2016

2020 Exhibiting Artist Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, January 2021 (*Rescheduled from April 2020 due to COVID-19)

INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS & QUICK DRAWS

The Brinton Museum, Brinton 101 Small Works Show (2020, cont.)

Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, Annual Mammoth Quick Draw (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, cont.)

Rooted in Wyoming, Annual Hoedown & Auction (2019, 2020, cont.)

SAGE Community Arts, 10th Annual National Juried Show (2020)

Terakedis Fine Art & Jewelry, 12 Squared Holiday Show (2018, 2019)

SAGE Community Arts, 3rd Annual National Juried Photography Show (2017)

JURIED WORKS SELECTED FOR GROUP EXHIBITIONS

"Patience" (c) 2020.

Watercolor, gouache, & ink

SAGE Community Arts 10th Annual National Juried Show (2020)

Juror John Taft

"Light Rings the Bells of Sedona" (c) 2016.

Photograph

SAGE Community Arts 3rd Annual National Juried Photography Show (2017)

Juror Shawn Parker

"Gentry Field" (c) 2016.

Photograph

SAGE Community Arts 3rd Annual National Juried Photography Show (2017)

Juror Shawn Parker