Current Exhibits

"Ode To Don" - 11" x 14" - Oil on Canvas - Discription:3 horses at Dawn

An Eye for Equine featuring:

Opens: First Friday Sept. 1st & First Friday Oct. 6th, 2017
Open through the end of October

  • TM Weekes Charlton will be present at both First Friday's
  • Wine by Springboard Winery
  • Music First Friday in September by Bruce Coe
  • Music First Friday in October by Don & Sylvia

"Brady & Dugout" - 30" x 24" - Oil on Canvas - Discription-Roper with sorrel mare under mesquite tree

"An Eye for Equine"

I have spent a lifetime watching the beauty of the horse. Having been raised on a cattle ranch in ND, I cherish vivid memories of our life, from moving cattle, gathering our band of pasture bred Quarter Horses, watching the skill of family members, and spying herds of deer and antelope move across the prairie. I recall long summers of riding and gathering, to evenings of talking about bloodlines and breeding.

The top line is easily recognized from a distance by horsemen; this subtle sweep from wither to the croup, sets the language in motion as to what a horse was bred to do. The top line also leads the eye, revealing pushing power of the hind quarters, short under belly for speed or the length of the stride in the angle of the shoulder. This body of work was written conceptually first, as a miniseries of the little wild ones. It was then followed by family and friends.  Finally, it ends with my band of mares and their foals in big country, giving Rubenesque lines and shadows to the shallow cooling creek in which they are standing.

Horses have a fluid, sensuous movement that lend themselves well to oils being pushed around by a 3/8" filbert or 1/4" flat brush; these I hold in a bundle in my left hand, interchanging with the warm or cool colors of my selective palette that my right hand mixes and paints. These canvases have been covered multiple times with paint, just as the horse has covered this beautiful country we, too, travel through in our lifetime.

This body of work attempts to share the feeling of long ago and the "like it was just yesterday" memories of the horse. As eloquently as the shadow holds the light, an attempt was made in an abstract representational manner, to capture the spirit of the soul of the horses' elegant language.

TM Weekes Charlton
Artist, Painter, CWU Graduate, Ranch & Farm Wife, Mom, Friend, Horseman

Graphic Artist & Architectural Historian David Wheeler Presents “Preservation Graphics”

Kittitas County Treasured Artist John Poulsen Presents "The John Poulsen Retrospective"


Opens: First Friday Oct. 6th, 2017
Runs the mnth of October

  • Wine by Springboard Winery
  • Music First Friday Oct. 6th by Don & Sylvia

John Poulsen - "Vantage Highway"

John Poulsen - "Palouse"

"Preservation Graphics"

After graduating from Oregon State University in 1976, David returned to Ellensburg to work on his Master's Degree. He now has lives in Ellensburg for the past 37 years. Expanding on the building and research data that he collected as a CWU undergrad student in the 1970's. David has continued doing Measured Drawings of the unique buildings built in Ellensburg after the 1889 fire. His view of Ellensburg has continued to grow as he has researched and a greater appreciation for the people who took the city from ruin to the best that their times offered. Giving the community resideliance in hard times but also guidence it good times.

The current collection are drawn in CAD, which means that they are full size and full of details that could not be replecated on an pen and ink drawing which he did in the past. These building elevations are now part of a larger collection of illustrations that cover many communities across the Pacific Northwest to the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. These illustrations have been registered with the Library of Congress. Many who have viewed the collection have added encouragement for his continued interest in the buildings and communities developed in Washington State's architecutral develpoment.

John Poulsen - Artist Statement

John Poulsen was born in 1927 and was raised in Ellensburg and was part of family who pioneered the Kittitas Valley in 1877. Poulsen’s love of the area drove him to express himself artistically by mastering oil on canvas in order to capture and embrace the beauty of Central and Eastern Washington State landscapes, its pioneering spirit, and ever-changing people groups. Poulsen’s skills with the brush help keep the history of our community memories alive for generations to come.

Upcoming Exhibits

May/June 2017

Blessings & Beauty
Featuring Catherine Blackhorse & Terrance Guardipee
First Friday Openings May 5th & June 2nd

July/August 2017

Three Days at Standing Rock
Featuring Jeff Ferguson

September/October 2017

An Eye for Equine
Featuring Teddy Charlton

October 2017

Graphic Artist & Architectural Historian David Wheeler Presents “Preservation Graphics”
Kittitas County Treasured Artist John Poulsen Presents "The John Poulsen Retrospective"

November/December 2017

Americana in Modern Colors
Featuring S. Carlyle Smith

Past Exhibits

"Wildlife" - September/October 2012

Featuring James Reid & Brenda Wolf

"Western Landscapes" - November/December 2012

Featuring Emily Wood

"Clymer Holiday Spectacular" - December 2012

Featuring Local & Guest Artists

January/February 2013

Featuring Jennifer Li

January/February 2013

Featuring Photos and Memorbilia from the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Collection

"Natural Selection" - March/April 2013

Featuring Lucas Orthmann & Nick Oberling

"The Frederick Hubbard Retrospective" - May 2013

Featuring Frederick Hubbard

"Artful Women & The Women Painters of Washington" - June/July 2013

Featuring Kathy Wipfler

"Reflections of the Western Landscape" - September/October 2013

Featuring Bonnie Griffith

"Annual Miniature Show" - November/December 2013

Featuring Annual Miniature Exhibition

"The Birth of American Landscape Painting" - November/December 2013

Featuring Thomas Cole

"Wild Women of the West" - January/February 2014

Featuring Hita Von Mende, Amy Watte, Tara Roberts & Randee Crisman

"THe Northwest Experience" - March/April 2014

Regional Juried Art Show

"A New Idea" - April 2014

Featuring DG House

"Sporting Life" - May 2014

Featuring Zach Babat

"Two Voices From the Road" - June/July 2014

Featuring Edna Bjorge & Shirley Hackett

"How the West Was Won" - August 2014

Featuring Justin - Colt Beckman

September/October 2014

Featuring Kat Houseman & George Traicheff

November/December 2014

Featuring Calt Garris

January/February 2015

Featuring Hita von Mende & Naomi Gray

West of the Mississippi - March/April 2015

Anual Juried Art Show

"Western Vision" - May 2015

Featuring Melanie Thompson & Justin Gibbens

"Spirit Reflections" - June 2015

Featuring David Craig

"Westward Bound" - July 2015

Punch Gallery Meets Clymer

August 2015

Featuring Jeff Ferguson & Rich Bergeman

"Rust & Dust" - September 2015

Featuring Michael Blessing & Meagan Abra Blessing

"Fall Harvest" - October 2015

Featuring Chris Peters

"The Wild Side" - November/December 2015

Featuring Virginie Baude

"Miniatures" - December 2015

Annual Miniatures Show

"Beyond Traditional" - February 2016

Featuring Ron Russon

"From the Headwaters to the Sea" - March/April 2016

Featuring Lolly Shera

"Nature's Call" - May/June 2016

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrator's NW

"Are We There Yet" - July/August 2016

Featuring Sam Iddings

"Patrons 50/50 Show" - July/August 2016


"The Greatest Show on Dirt" - September/October 2016

NW Masters

"Northwest Masters" - November/December 2016


"The Things They Carried" - January/February 2017


"Under Western Skies" - January/February 2017

"Mountain Man & Buffalo Gal" - March/April 2017

"Blessings & Beauty" - May/June 2017

"Three Days at Standing Rock" - July August 2017


Clymer Museum & Gallery seeks submissions for exhibition proposals. Review of submissions is ongoing.

Clymer Museum & Gallery is dedicated to showcasing and supporting artists who share the vision of John Ford Clymer, whose illustrations and paintings celebrated nature, the American West, and Native American culture. Individuals or groups may submit proposals for exhibitions of paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, fiber art, and new media.

    There are two gallery spaces:
  • The main gallery has approximately 700 square feet and 82 linear feet of wall space.
  • The smaller of our two galleries has approximately 425 square feet and 66 linear feet of wall space.

    To apply, please submit the following to with "Exhibition Proposal" in the email subject line:
  • Current CV/resume
  • Short Bio
  • Artist Statement
    Digital images indicative of the work you would like to show. Use one of these formats:
  • Link to a website. Please make sure title, medium, size, date are included with the images.
  • A multi-page PDF Document. Please include a list of works with title, medium, size, date of each artwork.
  • Individual JPEG files. Files should be 100dpi/ppi, approximately 2,000 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 2 MB maximum. Please name the files your last name, underscore, number [i.e. Smith_01.jpeg, Smith_02.jpeg] and include a list of works with title, medium, size, date of each artwork.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 11AM-5PM
Saturday (Nov. - April) - 11AM-3PM
Saturday (May - Oct.) - 11AM-4PM
Saturday (Nov. 1 - Dec 18) - 11AM-4PM
Sunday – (Nov. 1 to Dec. 18) - 12PM-4PM
Closed all major holidays & the first two weeks each January

Contact Information

Phone: (509) 962-6416

Address & Directions

416 N. Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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