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Luke Wilson, as seen through the lens of his mom.

Throughout her successful career, photographer Laura Wilson has made a name for herself documenting the gritty American West. But you might know her better as the mom who raised (and likely wrangled) actors Owen and Luke.

Now, the Dallas-based artist is stealing back the focus, thanks to a fabulous, off-the-beaten-path exhibition aptly called Laura Wilson’s West.

The show, on view at the Red & White Gallery in the tiny hamlet of Fayetteville (about midway between Austin and Houston), begins Saturday and is definitely worth the trip.

Wilson once worked as an assistant to Richard Avedon at the height of his In the American West fame, and her work draws similarities in subject matter. While the black-and-whites feature hyper-real Texas cowboys and Laredo debutantes, the color shots have a more surrealistic bent. We particularly love Young Girl with Colt in Living Room and Neon Bronco, Sheridan, Wyoming.

Perfectly suited to the nostalgic, Old West-y vibe of Fayetteville (stop by Joe’s Place for Southern comfort food at its best), it all makes for one thoroughly enjoyable visit.

“Laura Wilson’s West” runs from January 25 to March 1 at the Red & White Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Fayetteville

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