Hard Luck Seven: Lyle Witherrite

On Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m., the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is presenting an exciting opening reception for Imnaha artist Lyle Witherrite. The exhibit is entitled, “Hard Luck Seven Art Show” and will be on display until October 2, 2015.

This special art exhibit is a collection of eclectic ideas from Lyle.  His work encapsulates a world unknown to others through enormous three-dimensional metal artwork, larger than life drawings, and fantastical multi-media works.  Each piece extends and challenges the boundaries of normal by size, appearance and subject matter. Enter Lyle’s world, it will be like no other art exhibit that has been seen at the Josephy Center.

On Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m., Lyle will speak at the Live and Up Front at the Center. Lyle will talk about self-taught process and the ideas that lay behind the artwork.

This is Lyle’s first solo exhibition and the Josephy Center is honored to host a local artist that comes from a generation of Imnaha ranchers.  Lyle has been working as an apprentice for Chuck Frasier’s Ironworks.  He’s trained under Chuck as a blacksmith and welder but for all intensive purposes, he is a self-taught artist.  Lyle will be presenting over 20 works that range from paper to metal-works.

This exhibited is supported by a grant from Oregon Cultural Trust.