DRUMMOND – At age 95, Bill Ohrmann’s thoughts on what painting can be haven’t changed.
It can challenge viewers. It can comment on the world around us, instead of striving to recreate it on canvas.
It can make people angry, and maybe it should. It can be funny, too.
The lifelong rancher has been following through on these ideas since 1996, when he retired and began pursuing art full-time, producing more than 200 paintings and a herd of life-sized metal sculptures of animals, often endangered or extinct. That shiny, metallic menagerie stands watch over his property along the highway in Drummond, drawing in visitors to his museum and gallery.
A hand-painted sign welcomes visitors to the free museum with these rules:
OK to take pictures
OK to sit on turtles
OK to let your dogs go out
OK to think your own thoughts
Crackpot tho they might well be
Further validation of Ohrmann’s ideas comes in the form of a