Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Visual Synergy

Five highly regarded Eldorado artists join talents for the exhibition “Visual Synergy” at the La Tienda Exhibit Space.  Painters Joe Mayer, Ann Sharp and Russell Thurston, together with printmaker Jack McCarthy and ceramics artist Bob Coyle will be displaying new and established work in a wide range of media, including oils, watercolors, acrylics and encaustic or tinted beeswax.

The show continues through January 14, 2012. Several of the artists will offer free demonstrations of technique during the run of the show. On Friday, December 16th, Joe Mayer leads “Composition in Watercolor,” from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the gallery.The following day, Saturday, December 17th, Russell Thurston shows “Basic Encaustic Painting Techniques” from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. And on January 7th, Jack McCarthy leads the demo, “Printmaking Made Easy,” from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. All activities are free and open to everyone.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


The La tienda Exhibit Space is pleased to present Anna Keller, Jane Otten and Charlotte Scot in an exhibtion of the fine art of painting. 

Opening Reception, Saturday, November 5 from 5 - 7 pm
Show runs through December 3.

From bold abstraction to excavations of past lives to glimpses of time, atmospheric3 displays the distinctive moods and talents of three Eldorado artists: Anna Keller, Jane Otten and Charlotte Scot. Opening is November 5th in the Exhibit Space in La Tienda at Eldorado.

Anna Keller says when she paints, a story begins to emerge. She then incorporates her visual world with her inner life. Layers of oil paint, wax medium, collage and natural materials result in stunning abstracts. The vibrant colors veil the figurative secrets trying their best to break through to the surface. Poetry may present or a snippet of graffiti, a scribbled note or a piece of a conversation, or the secret may remain hidden somewhere in the layers of oil paint.

Jane Otten’s abstracts are like magnets. They lure viewers in with their earthy tones and mysterious shapes. Like an archeologist, Jane excavates figures from another time ... another world. They appear from a place where we feel we may have walked but when the light shifts we are unsure of what we saw. Mystery ... mirage ... magic.

Charlotte Scot’s work focusses on selected moments of time depicted by landscapes, faces, places, abstracts and items of interest. Her scenes evoke memories : the agave we stared at in wonderment; a man we saw reading a menu in the restaurant window, a downtown street still wet from rain. Her hope is, if we stare at one of her paintings we will be transported to that time and place and, become a part of it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


EX.EX.: Excerpt Exhibition

The sixth annual EX.EX.: Excerpt Exhibition will be presented at the La Tienda Exhibit Space in Eldorado during the month of October, 2011. The invitational will present 35 local artists, who individually exemplify un-common interests, sensibilities, and notions about ART, and its practice. Some are emerging in their homes & are new to exhibitions; some are students; some are everyday artists...doing their things; some are internationally renowned; all are pushed, pulled, and motivated by a "feeling"--a longing--which never goes, away! "They rock"...in their own world! For these reasons, each has been invited to select & show two pieces in EX.EX. VI! The criterion is established by artist/professor, Dean Howell...who writes:

Artistic Existence

There's an artistic soul, an artistic process, and an artistic object. Inherent to them all, is artistic existence. The EX.EX. concept is about honoring the fact that at the end of the day-everyday-there are those who find themselves pursuing this existence, sometimes unknowingly...and there are those who simply embody it-whether they intend to or not...whether they're judged good at it or not. EX.EX. VI: Excerpt Exhibition presents artists, who are... to the side, underneath, and over the top of normal levels of soul, process, and objectified existence. We need to study them hard.

Dean Howell

Originator, Coordinator, Artist of EX. EX.

WHO: 35 Artists of EX.EX. VI

WHAT: An Invitational Exhibition...recognizing/honoring "artistic existence"

WHEN: Oct. 1-29, 2011; 11-6 Daily; OPENING: Oct. 1st, 5: 00 P.M. -8:00 P.M.

WHERE: La Tienda Exhibit Space in Santa Fe...at Eldorado

CONTACT: John Stevens, coordinator @ (505) 466-7277

Dean Howell, coordinator @ (505) 466-2838

Friday, August 19, 2011


Opening "Reception Saturday, August 27 from 4 - 7 pm
Show runs through September 21

"The Next Realm" of an urban art movement based in the desert southwest.

Join us, for a month of exploration of the urban arts. Twenty diverse artists come together in Eldorado to share their experiences and tell their stories with paint, photography, music and self-expression through hip hop. There will be djs, bboys, and live painting to invite you to a truly interactive experience.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Transfer of Innocence

"Before I Fade Away" Mixed Media
The La Tienda Exhibit Space is pleased to present Donald Rubinstein's one-man-show, "Transfer of Innocence."

July 23 - August 20.  Opening reception Saturday, July 23 from 5 - 8 pm.

Donald Rubinstein is not who you think he is.  He’s not even always who he thinks he is.  While many monikers may fit for awhile, none of them do justice to the entirety of the man.  Simply put, Rubinstein is an anomaly who’s musical and artistic attributes are an amalgam of poetry, rhythm and line both on and off stage. 

His works (both musical and visual) highlight the silent places between thought and emotion, control and abandon, idea and intuition.  In these negative spaces, he creates constructs that continuously inform and surprisingly connect without any pretension toward resolution. 

Rubinstein has been engaged as an artist for over forty years.  Rooted in both visual and musical disciplines, his visual art sometimes includes examples from his musical scores and combines them as elements.  Employing multiple approaches he also engages character drawings that explore personal and cultural foibles with a comedic bent.  The conceptual can be a part of either oeuvre.  It is a confluence of form and approach, as well as the exploration of a visual aesthetic.  

His techniques are varied. They start with a drawing, or series of drawings, sometimes including hand written excerpts from musical scores and computer drawn images.   He combines these, scans the results, and prints often living with the work for months and even years while adding material to bring idea and form to completion. Working freely with paint, pastels, crayon and collage during this phase, he sometimes see new ideas beyond the original and uses this time to incorporate them.
Rubinstein’s cause is one of discovery.  It exists along a continuum in which he sees anew while he strives for completion. “I build upon what I know and develop departures,” he says, juxtaposing both the spiritual and the worldly in his myriad explorations. 

In addition to his numerous musical accomplishments Rubinstein’s multimedia and visual works have been exhibited in multiple one-person shows, as well as at The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with Kiki Smith. Some of these collaborative works will be included in his one-man show, “Transfer of Innocence.”  A film entitled “Pilgrim “by Emmy Award-winning director Miguel Grunstein, based on Donald’s work and life, is currently shooting and slated for completion in 2012.

For additional information please visit www.donaldrubinstein.com

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Eye of the Storm

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is pleased to present

A group show featuring the works of Pablo Perea, Sean Healen, Mike Grabarek and Linda Storm

Show Dates: June 19 to June July 15

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 7 pm

Award winning, multi talented artists exhibit in Eldorado.

Pablo Perea was born and raised in Cuba. Since coming to the States he has led public mural projects, and recently has been awarded the People's Choice Award at the Chicago Latino Film Festival for "The First and Only Lesson," a short film he wrote, directed, and produced. As a painter Pablo has created thousands of paintings of the same woman, who he describes as his inner female self.

Sean Healen is well known as a musician, with a repertoire of songs that yank at the heart strings of everyone who hears them. His CD, "Floodplain," was awarded Best Rock CD at the 2009 New Mexico Music Awards. Just this month he was featured in the Santa Fean Magazine. Sean's paintings are likened to the soulful and intensely inspired work of Edvard Munch. Like his songs they bring to the surface deep dark personal feelings of entangled emotions. Sean will play songs from his latest CD, which was produced by Malcolm Burn who is renowned for his work with Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Patti Smith.

Mike Grabarek is a glass artist who fuses ancient wisdom and divine symbolism into his vibrant glass creations. While his colorful glasswork reflects, and refracts physical light, his designs illuminate and express spiritual and meditative ideals. Mike's works are also functional and decorative and add beauty and luminescence wherever they are displayed.

Linda Storm's creations include miniature wearable oil paintings and larger mixed media wall art. She specializes in symbolic, spiritual, mythological, and surreal interpretations of the natural world. The raven is an iconic image in many of her paintings. Her work has twice graced the cover of the NM Bar Bulletin, was the cover of The Sun Monthly, and was featured in New Mexico Magazine. Linda's paintings have been purchased by well-known local collectors as well as collectors from around the U.S., and as far away as London and Australia.

Like a hurricane surrounded by the creative vigor of her friends, Linda Storm, has pulled them all together for Eye of the Storm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Over El Dorado

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is pleased to present "Over El Dorado," a group exhibition featuring the works of Annie Horkan, Christopher Kent and Thom Ross.

"White Sands" -- Christopher Kent

Thom Ross Art

"She Sings to the Coyote" -- Annie Horkan

May 14 through June 11
Opening Reception:  May 14 from 4 to 7 pm

Thom Ross has had a life long interest in American History and the "folk hero" who is a product of that history.  These have long been the motivating forces behind his work. His emphasis however is focused on the historical "folk hero" as compared to the mythical "folk hero". (An example of the historical folk hero would be Jesse James, a mythical folk hero would be Paul Bunyan; one actually existed while the other is a product of tall tails.)

His desire is to produce works of art that require the viewer to re-examine either what he knows about history, or what he thinks he knows about history.

His other objective in re-working so much of our past history into his work is his deep desire to "update" with bright colors, abstract forms and a contemporary style of painting the figures and events from a dim and often misunderstood past.  Ross believes that as we re-examine and often question the historical forces which shaped the lives of the subjects he paints, their "meaning" can fluctuate, and that the subjects of his works can be brought into a contemporary setting with a vibrancy and excitement that is seldom, if ever, found in the more standard traditional style of art work that has so often been used to represent "historical" figures and events.

With his love of history comes an enjoyment in story telling and he can easily capture and audiences attention with his passion and unique perspective.

Thom Ross shows in numerous galleries throughout the
and now lectures at colleges on the Wild West where he combines a unique and passionate presentation of art and history.

Annie Horkan finds a deep well of inspiration in the beauty of both the inner and outer worlds. Some of her latest works combine these two worlds into poetic visions that invite the viewer to journey more deeply into the realm of the known and beyond, while captured by the beauty of color. Annie relocated to the land of enchantment in 1996 where she continues to paint her passion for the land and Nature, infusing it at times with her more personal, mystical visions in support of the Sacred Feminine. She believes Nature holds the key for humanity. Our future depends on our ability to pass through the coming portal of change with respect, understanding and humility.

“My love for color is an obsession. It's what gets me out of bed in the morning. Sometimes I dream about color combinations, and I can't wait to get my brush in hand. Painting is a journey, and the creative process keeps me mindful and connected to the unseen force within all the beauty that surrounds us."

Annie has been painting for thirty-four years, and has completed over six hundred paintings in that time. She has had many one woman and group shows over the years, and has been represented by prominent galleries in New York and Washington, DC. Currently, she is painting her passion for wild horses in an effort to raise people's awareness about the imminent disappearance of these beautiful creatures.

Christopher Kent first “discovered” the West on a cross country road trip with two buddies when he was 16. They pounded on the roof of the car to “Hot Town, Summer In The City” all the way to San Francisco. Soon after, He went to High School in Sheridan, Wyo., then to college in Boulder, Co. When he moved to Santa Fe in 2004, it seemed like a home coming and a launch pad from which to take road trips into so many incredible landscapes, far and wide.

He first took up photography as a way of seeing in the late 1960’s. Mostly he worked in B&W with 35mm and a large format view camera. In 1972 he attended an inspiring and intensive 3 month workshop at Apeiron in Millerton, NY.. In 1982, he packed up his New York darkroom to move to Atlanta and it hasn’t reassembled itself since then.

Photography focused on the family albums until the new age of digital imaging and archival giclees got him refocused on our incredible West. He has been slowly building up his new portfolio over the last few years. He is forever itching to hit the roads and trails with his camera as his guide dog. “Being there”, wherever, at the right time is his inspiration. As his youngest boy sets out for college next fall, he is looking forward to “being there” as much as possible.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weavers and Fiber Artists of Northern New Mexico

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is pleased to present the Weavers and Fiber Artists of Northern New Mexico.

March 23 - April 26

Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 2nd from 4 to 7 pm

The exhibit features a wide variety of outstanding work.  Wall hangings, tapestries, clothing, hand painted silks, table linens and pillows are just some of the pieces on display.  Unique and widely acclaimed techniques and styles are represented along with emerging and internationally recognized artists.

During the artists reception on Saturday, April 2nd, visitors will be treated to an antique spinning wheel display and demonstrations of spinning dog hair, alpaca wool, silk, wool and buffalo hair.  You can also try your hand at spinning lint from your dryer or cotton from your pill bottles. A miniature horse, alpaca and golden retriever will be on site and all of them will be having their hair spun. 

Gallery hours during the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Weavers and Fiber Artists of Northern New Mexico

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is pleased to present the Weavers and Fiber Artists of Northern New Mexico.

Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 2 from 4 - 7 pm

March 23 through April 26 

The Weavers and Fibre Artists of Northern New Mexico present an exhibit of fiber work, including wall hangings, tapestries, closthing, table linens, pillows, hand-painted silks, hand dyed yarns and felting. 

During the artists’ reception on Saturday, April 2nd, there will be demonstrations of spinning alpaca, dog hair, silk, wool, and buffal hair.  You can also try your hand at spinning lint from your dryer and cotton from your pill bottles.  There will also be a display of antique (200+ years old) and modern spinning wheels, spindles and other fiber craft tools.  Weather permitting, we will have some special guests:  alpacas, a miniature horse, a golden retriever and an angora bunny.  All of them will be having their fur/wool spun.   

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Way I Saw Things -- a retrospective

One Man’s Comet Ride Along Madison Avenue

February 19 - March 19
Opening Reception Saturday, February 19 from 5 - 8 pm
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

A brilliant past is the setting for Braldt Bralds’ retrospective exhibition, “The Way I Saw Things”, opening on February 19th at the La Tienda Exhibit Space. A self-taught Dutch painter, Braldt spent many hours of his youth in Holland’s museums standing nose to nose with works by the Old Masters of his heritage; he was equally drawn to the enticing world of American illustrators, and dreamt of a similar career. Upon arriving in New York in 1980 he was swiftly welcomed through the gate into their dynamic and luminous world, Manhattan’s illustration scene. That entry opened onto the international realm of art directors, and Braldt’s life soon took an unimagined turn. “THE WAY I SAW THINGS” recounts those times with original oil paintings, archival prints, and the stories behind them.

Over the course of his career Braldt was an internationally recognized, award-winning illustrator, whose work was produced for such publications as Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy. Braldt was commissioned by the United Nations Postal Service’s Environmental Division to produce three different stamp sets; those original works will be featured at the show. Portraits created for Time Magazine covers are currently in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. And Braldt’s design and illustration works include the book jacket for the iconic “Mists of Avalon” and packaging for Celestial Seasonings.

A section of the show named “THE WAY I SEE THINGS”, represents more recent works of fine art.