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Texas artists in Oklahoma City exhibit look at contemporary West

June 19, 2016 - BY JOHN BRANDENBURG For The Oklahoman

Texas artists in Oklahoma City exhibit look at contemporary West

BY JOHN BRANDENBURG  For The Oklahoman Published: June 19, 2016 18shares

"The Arrival" by Laurie Justus Pace. [Photo provided]

Two Canyon, Texas, artists are exploring the contemporary West in an Oklahoma City show.

Equine oils by Laurie Pace and oil landscapes by Mary Bechtol are at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art.

Wild horses are made out of broad, multicolored brush strokes, and palette knife slashes, in Pace's animated oils.

Horses seem to materialize from the “Blue Mist” in one Pace oil, and line up across the picture plane in “The Gathering.”

By contrast, black and white predominates in Pace's “Midnight Gathering” and “Evening Shadows When Stars Appear.”

Pace is an art teacher as well as artist who founded “Visual Language Magazine” and co-founded four working groups of artists.

Bechtol is a registered nurse and artist who has raised three daughters with her husband, who is a veterinarian and wildlife photographer.

Bechtol brings a subtle, nuanced touch to her smaller oils of a “Panhandle Dust Storm” and the line of trees in a “Purple Landscape.”

More panoramic, but relying almost too much on dark marks and outlines, are Bechtol's larger paintings, such as an oil of “Sun Over (a) Field.”

Two more large format oils by Bechtol depict a “Plowed Field With Blue Poplars” and the “Big Conejos” river.

See the group exhibit "Alphabet Soup" at Paseo Originals Art Gallery

February 20, 2013 - Daily Oklahoman

This month, Paseo Originals Art Gallery, 2920 Paseo, is hosting a kaleidoscopic exhibition of artwork by represented gallery artists that as a whole demonstrate an extreme diversity of style interest and artistic approach.

Headlining the event will be a jewelry trunk show for the new design collection by Norman artist Tomoaki Orikasa. Originally from Chiba, Japan, Orikasa works as a supervisor and mold maker at the Crucible Foundry in Norman.

Other visual artists featured in the show include Katherine Liontas Warren, Todd Jenkins, Chris Claussen, Stacey D. Miller, Roy Orr, Paul Pfrehm, Barbara Scott, Mary Bechtol, Jan Brieschke, Kate Rivers, Francene Levinson, Brett McDanel, Benjamin Soehnel, Pavel Wang Yu Tsai, John Byrne, Ron Fleming, Micheal Zecca, Wayne McKinzey, Michelle Himes McCrory, Jim Dodson Jr., LeRoy Schultz, Bob Adams, Joe Turk, Tom Wester and Morgan Robinson.

The exhibiting artists represent more than 20 different forms of media ranging from new media to precious metal. The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

Mary Bechtol

January 15, 2013 - Southwest Art Magazine

At Gallery 203B on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, mixed-media artist Mary Bechtol describes the decades-old epiphany that shapes the work she paints today.

Ones to Watch, Spotlighting the works of painter Mary Bechtol

December 30, 2011 - Michelle Corriel - Western Art & Architecture

MARY BECHTOL’S VIBRANT OIL PAINTINGS BRING TO MIND A MODERN FAUVIST. Her colors explode across the canvas while keeping the paintings harmonized, and they still dazzle. There is almost a lyrical flow to her work.

“I try for my work to have a distinctive look,” Bechtol says. “When I paint I start it en plein air and then I take that to the studio and I interpret it using light, color and line.”

By starting out in nature, Bechtol is able to capture the immediacy of a place, the impulsive truth beneath the surface. When she brings the work back to the studio, she is able to layer in subtle changes and nuances, to play with the natural setting and bring about the best of both worlds.

Bechtol was recently selected for volumes 5 and 6 of the International Contemporary Masters book series. Her work was juried into Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida, and the Contemporary Landscape Exhibit, Dacia Gallery, New York City, New York.  She also had a solo show at BA Designs, Topeka, Kansas. 

Her work was included in a group show at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas, as well as in the group show at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her art is collected internationally, both publicly and privately, and is included in the collection of Stephanie and Paul Mercier, Dr. and Mrs. Steve Lewis and many others.  

Bechtol is represented by the Kirchman Gallery, Johnson City, Texas; the Dacia Gallery, New York City, New York; the Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Susan Castor Collection, Corpus Christi, Texas.