Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Intersection: Lens, Light, Life

Diverse and captivating work from four northern New Mexico artists will be featured in an exhibit titled "INTERSECTION:  Lens, Light, Life" at La Tienda Exhibit Space in Eldorado, July 13-August 10, 2013, with an opening reception on Saturday July 13 from 5 p.m - 8 p.m.

Work in the exhibit includes the gelatin monotype collages of Caroline Jenney who uses water- based inks applied and removed in various ways on a formed sheet of gelatin to produce a uniquely soft and 'painterly' image.  Jenney then cuts and reassembles the images into a broader idea.

Lamy water colorist and oil painter Kathy Olshefsky brings her love of animals, particularly horses, to the exhibit on canvas and board pieces using strong, dramatic light and color.  She often paints negative space as opposed to the positive, to help clarify her images.
Fran Nicholson arrived in Santa Fe in 1981 to pursue her love affair with hot metal - bronze in particular - but the invitation to participate in Intersection was a perfect opportunity to work in another favorite medium - oil paint.  Her work within the show honors the canine Zen masters who inspire and enrich our lives.

Photographer Daryl A. Black has been taking pictures since she was 15.   Her interests are wide-ranging and, for her, photography is a passion.  She strives to reflect that in everything she photographs, from details in architecture and nature, to people.

The INTERSECTION artists will conduct an additional gathering at the gallery on Saturday, 20 July from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., featuring the acoustic music of Caroline Jenney's group, Blue Moon Prairie.

Exhibit hours are from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and by appointment with the artists.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eldorado Studio Tour and Preview Gallery

The Eldorado Studio Tour

Presented by Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association
a 502 (c)(4) not for profit educational organization

Open Studios: May 18-19, 10am-5pm
Artist Reception: Friday May 17, 5-7pm
Preview Gallery: May 4-17, 11am-4pm
May 18-19, 9am-5pm

La Tienda at Eldorado, Exhibit Space

Brochures and maps available at the Preview Gallery

The twenty-second year of the largest studio tour in New Mexico  will showcase 110 artists in 72 studios. Twenty of these artists renew to the Tour. The exhibited work includes painting, ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and furniture, as well as digital, fiber, wearable and recycled arts.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Journeys: Intimate and Infinite

Journeys:  Intimate & Infinite
Paintings & Photography
Lewis Riddell, Susan Ann Thornton, Valentine McKay-Riddell, Bruce Wilson

La Tienda Exhibit Space in Eldorado
Opening Saturday, March 30, 2013
4-6 PM 

Through April 27

Journeys is a celebration of our lives:  the roads we’ve traveled, places we’ve lived, challenges met and overcome.  It is a compilation of the work of four artists, each of us hoping to share some of the wisdom and appreciation for life that we’ve gained along the way.

Lewis Riddell began painting in the early 70s, after returning from a long tour of duty in Vietnam as a Naval Air navigator.  Lewis’s acrylics on paper depict his physical journeys in the American Southwest, Pacific Coast, and Asia, as well as metaphysical journeys into the soul of a man.    

Valentine McKay-Riddell’s photographs present moments of intimate beauty that emerge from the pattern of daily life.  She and Lewis met at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1976 and found that a journey shared can be far more fascinating and fulfilling than one taken alone.  They have collaborated on many ventures over the years, including a nonprofit service organization, Orenda Healing International, based in Santa Fe since 1992. 

Susan Ann Thornton is called “Sky Painter” by some of her friends. The sky is the star of her paintings and photographs. Susan’s artistic journey began as a child growing up between the East Coast and New Mexico, where she lives today. She has exhibited in solo and group shows since 1973. Susan believes her roll as an artist is to remind people of the importance of natural beauty to our well-being. Her paintings are her love letter to life.              

Bruce Wilson has been working as an artist in New Mexico since the early 80’s.
In 1989 he moved from New York City to Santa Fe and now has a home and studio in the historic Galisteo Basin. From his studio windows comes the daily inspiration for his art.  Organic shapes and pathways in the land inspire his drawings, while his paintings are abstracted from the evanescent colors of the sky. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Plein Aire and More

"PLEIN AIRE AND MORE" a light-filled art show for January and February, 2013...to lighten up the cold winter's days and nights. The colorful works will be featuring eight local artists in Eldorado and Santa Fe area.

Artists Reception is on Friday, Jan 18 from 5-7 pm.

Gallery Hours for the 4 weeks are: Wed-Sat, 11-6 pm.

The art closing is on Saturday, Feb 16, 5-7 pm.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Light, Wood, Wax, Fire

Light, Wood, Wax, Fire
Nine Santa Fe artists use elemental materials and methods to create with light, wood, wax, and fire. This exhibition is an elegy to the organic. Life sways inside every piece:
a dramatic cloud formation pinned against the sky; a flower portrait at once sculptural and ethereal; a table that evokes the spirit of the wood from which it emerged; the shimmering functionality of a micaceous clay pot; the luster and patina in the marriage of wax and rust; the lush geometry of light portrayed in a shower of sunlight; the wild stillness of birds on a branch; the contained fire radiating from a ceramic sculpture; the watchfulness embedded in a closely observed landscape.
These artists understand what it means to be of this world, to be comfortable with the materials and methods they have chosen, and to be greedy for their own moments of alchemy. Each in their own different ways, these artists live inside light, wood, wax, and fire.
The exhibition runs from November 10 through December 8, 2012 in The La Tienda Exhibit Space at Eldorado, Santa Fe.  Gallery hours: 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Africa: The Holocausts of Rwanda and Sudan

Opening Reception:  Saturday, October 6 from 5 - 7 pm
Show runs through November 3.
Africa, The Holocausts of Rwanda and Sudan is a color photographic essay with a text by Lucian Niemeyer.  The exhibit first appeared at The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.  The exhibit has since appeared in many other venues with the last being at the Maxwell Museum at the University of New Mexico, where over 160 images were displayed over a year. A book by the same name was published by The University of New Mexico Press in 2005.  It was followed by the book Darfur in 2007.  The book Africa was nominated by the University for a Pulitzer Prize.  Though it did not win, a copy of the book was given to every United States Senator by a foundation in Virginia.
Recently Mr. Niemeyer gave lectures to students at the University of Alberta and Calgary University in Canada.  He was made an honorary citizen of Calgary and presented a white hat for his work.  Recently this honor was given to the Dalai Lama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Africa, The Holocausts of Rwanda and Sudan tells the story of ten years of genocide in Africa.  The first chapter reveals, by image and story, the terrible genocide, and aftermath, in Rwanda where over one million innocent people lost their lives in a horrible massacre.  The images were taken in 1994 in the refugee camps.  The second chapter illustrates the slaves taken in raids by Arabs wanting slaves in Northern Sudan. The slaves were being traded back by a non-governmental organization for $35 each, or the price of a goat.  The third chapter is the story of the proclaimed Holy Jihad on the south and demonstrates the conflict between Islam and Christianity.  The fourth chapter takes place in the Nuba Mountains.  Thousands of years of migration by the Nubians to flee the tyranny of Egypt, then the Arab onslaught resulted in 30 different tribes and languages to the mountains up the Nile.  The Arab government has determined that they want these people to practice radical Islam and to adopt the Sharia law.  Over 2.5 million people have lost their lives in the genocide which few people know about.