ELLENSBURG, Wash. — I’ve always liked art made out of beer bottle caps and life-sized bear statues and stuff; it connects with me in ways that, say, watercolor lilies just never do.

That’s why I like Justin Beckman’s work. (Full disclosure: He and I have been friends for more than a decade; we were groomsmen in each other’s weddings. But I’d be an admirer even if I’d never met him.) The Ellensburg artist explores the urban-rural dichotomy in ways both serious and whimsical.

His exhibit “How the West Was Won,” which opened last Friday at the Clymer Museum & Gallery in Ellensburg includes an old-West saloon, a rhinestone bear, a video projection of Beckman as a gunfighting cowboy and a stallion silhouette made of Busch bottle caps tacked to the wall. It’s all very cool.

You can get a glimpse of it, as well as some comments from the man himself, in the video attached to this post.

The show runs through Aug. 31. Admission is free. The Clymer is at 416 N. Pearl St. in Ellensburg. For information visit www.clymermuseum.com or www.beckman.ws or call 509-962-6416.