Hamptons painter Jim Gingerich needed a change. Casting his eyes toward the west, he packed up his gear last year and landed in the high desert in Utah, settling in at horse ranch overlooking Smithsonian Butte and Zion National Park.

“My vision expanded in the vast space and the rusty-red volcanized landscape excited me,” stated Gingerich about the change of landscape. “I welcomed the opportunity for verticality in my work.”

While there, he painted and rode horses, bonding with a white fox trotter named Lucy. His luck changed in April 2016 when Lucy lost her balance and fell on Gingerich, crushing his pelvis and requiring two major surgeries, according to exhibition organizers. Friends of the artist have put together a weekend only benefit exhibition to help offset medical costs at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill.

“Out West” will be held October 1 and 2, 2016 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sara Nightingale Gallery. The show is curated by Graham Leader. Guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 to help offset Jim’s medical expenses. In addition to original art, prints of Lucy will be available for sale.

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"Lucy" by Jim Gingerich. 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Sara Nightingale Gallery.

"Lucy" by Jim Gingerich. 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Sara Nightingale Gallery.

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“Out West” features paintings made by Gingerich while living on the West Coast before the accident. Expect a different palette, some unexpected narrative figuration and landscapes revealing mountain and dessert views.

Despite the change of location, the paintings in the series “Out West” are distinctly Jim Gingerich yet offer a change of visual pace from the Hamptons-inspired paintings the artist is known for. Click here to see some of the art in the series with some of the works exhibited in the show.

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"Colt .45" by Jim Gingerich. 24 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Sara Nightingale Gallery.

"Colt .45" by Jim Gingerich. 24 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Sara Nightingale Gallery.

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Jim Gingerich’s work is held in museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Art Museum of South Texas and others, and are part of numerous national private collections.

His work has been exhibited nationally including the Yale University Art Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design and at galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Aspen and other locations. In The Hamptons, Jim Gingerich’s work has been exhibited at Southampton Arts Center, The White Room Gallery, Lizan Tops, Renee Fotouhi Fine Art, Hampton Road and others.

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BASIC FACTS: "Out West: New Paintings by Jim Gingerich" has an Opening Benefit Reception on October 1, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is also on view on October 2 from noon to 5 p.m. Sara Nightingale Gallery is located at 688 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.saranightingale.com.

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