Kreuser Gallery is proud to present …

The Rough, The Wicked and The Wild

New Work by Jess Preble

Show will run February 2nd-26th

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The rough, the wicked, and the wild is an extrospection into environments, circumstance and characters that exemplify these very qualities, and what these qualities mean in the process of carving our sense of self, philosophy and our identity out of the world we find.


I was inspired to create this body of work after reading a poem by Theodore Roethke titled “Long Live the Weeds”.


Long live the weeds that overwhelm

My narrow vegetable realm! –

The bitter rock, the barren soil

That force the son of man to toil;

All things unholy, marked by curse,

The ugly of the universe.

The rough, the wicked and the wild

That keep the spirit undefiled.

With these I match my little wit

And earn the right to stand or sit,

Hope, look, create, or drink and die:

These shape the creature that is I.


These paintings range in subject matter from desolate landscapes that might have faced the pioneers, to a man bold enough to found our city, a woman trapped in oppressive institutionalization or fighting a bull, legendary faces that terrorized the wild west, and serene images of urban decay, left in the wake of poverty or abandonment – echoing the people who passed through.


These images represent the spectrum of the human condition, in reaction to, and creation of, its environment – both in the faces portrayed and in how you choose to react to these images. With this collection I have laid before you the opportunity to find beauty in squalor, or an echo of your own humanity in the eyes of a bandit.


Ultimately – who we are in the face of adversary or the unknown, in the frozen moment between deciding to sing or become silent when pushed on the stage of life – is the most delightful thing to consider. Who do we become when faced with the reality of existing?


Now showing at The Manitou Art Center


To Shine, To Be Inspired and To Inspire.
A Photographic Documentary on Local Artists by Abigail Kreuser


The basis of this project stems from the fact that I would not be doing what I am doing if it were not for all of you. Each and every one of you, each Artist, Creator, Collaborator in this community has given me the inspiration.

I started this project in April of 2015 with the first showing of 48 Creator’s exhibited in August 2015. I had such a wonderful response from viewers that I knew I needed to continue and gave myself a goal to meet with at least 100 Creators and to compile a book for the next exhibition.

Through the experience of meeting with each of the Creators displayed I was amazed…. I was humbled…. I was even more inspired than when I began.

Each of us has a story and so often we do not take the time to get to know what everyone’s story is. I am so grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time with me to create this story by sharing your story…. your time…. your space with me.