Time seems to stand still at Brush Creek Ranch, a collection of all-inclusive guest ranches in Saratoga, Wyoming, famous for centuries for its natural hot springs. It’s a place where beautiful sunsets and starlit night skies instill wonder. The ranch is the culmination of a simple question posed to White Lodging CEO and visionary Bruce White by his wife, Beth: “What are you going to do next?” The result, as it turns out, is quite remarkable: a working ranch, luxe accommodations, and The Farm at Brush Creek, a fully-immersive culinary adventure featuring a luxury restaurant, greenhouse, brewery, distillery, creamery, bakery, spirit vault, 94-yard wine cellar and event spaces for up to 250 people. When the White family called in Simeone Deary Design Group and Kevin Barry Art Advisory to design and curate an art collection for the space, respectively, one directive emerged above the rest: This isn’t a recreation of the American West, this is the American West.
With that, the KBAA team got to work, creating a sizable art package for each of those spaces that remains true to the spirit of the West while also feeling contemporary and, at times, unexpected. In the wine cellar, black-and-white prints from noted cowboy photographer Adam Jahiel live alongside delicate dimensional sculptures from glass blowers Tsunami Glassworks and nixed media artist Michelle McKinney. In farm-to-table restaurant Cheyenne Club, recreations of native birds on Tibetan paper by Catherine Eaton Skinner and a 44-star vintage American Flag serve as nods to the history of the area, while a carved caribou antler from Shane Wilson and mixed media photograph of a bison by Christine Flynn remind guests of the powerful animals that roam the landscape.
With guidance from art connoisseur Beth White, the collection not only tells the story of the historic area, but also points to its future and Brush Creek’s commitment to maintain its legacy.
Photos courtesy of Nathan Kirkman.
–Allison M. Barry, President, Kevin Barry Art Advisory
Come see some featured art for yourself at one of our three galleries.