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LOCAL ART, MUSICIANS AND AUTHORS: The Las Chivas Coffeehouse is a place where the community from Eldorado and surrounding areas gather to exchange information, learn about activities and relax. Las Chivas supports local artists, musicians and authors in Eldorado, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe. Our community is a plethora of imagination and talent and Las Chivas recognizes the opportunity to showcase community accomplishments through its rotating monthly art and photographic exhibits, book signings and musical appearances. Visit our Eldorado coffeehouse. See the article about us in the Pecos River Gazette

featured artist

Leslie Pilgrim. www.winterberryinc.com


Leslie Pilgrim lives in the Twin Cities and has worked as an artist and writer for over 15 years. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the country. Each of her creations is a stand-alone piece, yet, the works are fluid and organic, which allows for pairing or grouping several pieces into a larger original composition. Leslie's vibrant acrylic-on-panel pieces are drenched in color, punctuated with texture, and inspired by nature: tide pools along the Oregon coast, a star-filled night sky, flowers swaying in a summer breeze. "To me, there is nothing quite as visually joyful as the interplay of colors. And color--like time, space, or sound--has no beginning or end. The compositional possibilities are infinite."

 

 

current events

May 2016

April 23 - May 28, 2016
"Capturing Essence: Photography Beneath the Surface", Photography by Daniel Quat

Opening Reception Sunday, April 24, 2016 1-3 p.m. Live Music



BIO

Daniel Quat has been a professional photographer for over 40 years. His studio is in La Tienda at Eldorado (by appointment only). He specializes in personality portraits and headshots, smaller weddings and family reunions, corporate events and portraiture, equine, dance and food photography. He can be reached at 505-982-7474. Daniel@danielquatphoto.com. Website: www.danielquatphoto.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

"Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence". --Photographer, Minor White. This single sentence reveals the essence of what encompasses my love affair with photography. It is always teaching me to slow down, honor my subject, and wait for the magic and connection to appear; this holds true whether I'm photographing a person in Santa Fe, a photo of nachos for a restaurant, or a landscape at Tent Rocks. My work reflects an appreciation of light, movement, grace and beauty. I love iconic imagery. Please visit my website to see more of what I do. I'm also available to create a work of art based on your specific needs-- Portraits, Headshots, Photographs of Dancers, Family Events, Smaller Weddings, and Horses and their owners. Consultations are always free. 505-982-7474. daniel@danielquatphoto.com.

 Daniel Quat, 5/2016 Santa Fe, NM. All photographs © 2016 Daniel Quat

 

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past events

April 2016

March 27 - April 23, 2016
“Leaving Cancer Behind”, Nature Photography by Jeff Sweers

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jeff Sweers grew up taking photos of his pets and family at an early age with his cherished Kodak Brownie Instamatic. His passion grew when he upgraded to a Polaroid Land camera, and then, the very “fancy” Argus 35 mm Rangefinder.  In college, during a Spring Break in Europe, with his Dad’s Minolta 35 mm SLR in hand, Jeff’s interest turned into a passion for photography that he carries with him today.  


Jeff moved to New Mexico in 1973 for college and to study fine arts, with dreams of working for National Geographic and travelling the world as one of their photographers.  A busy and full life temporarily placed that dream on hold but Jeff never put away his camera, or his dream.


After his wife Sandra’s diagnosis and heroic defeat of breast cancer in 2012, Jeff became dedicated to joining the fight against cancer.  In 2014, Jeff was invited to be on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and this has enabled him to be more “hands on” in the fight against Cancer. Please join him in helping the foundation fulfill their mission.  The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico is a local, non-profit organization supporting New Mexicans affected by cancer. Their mission is to help save lives by providing the needed support to enable every northern New Mexican with cancer to access treatment in Santa Fe.


Jeff's "day job" is the Senior Vice President at the Santa Fe Merrill Lynch office. His vacations though are spent traveling the world for more photo adventures. The photos in this month's show were taken in Kenya in August 2015 and Southern Chile and Patagonia in January 2015.


ALL proceeds from sale of prints will be donated to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and then matched 100% by his employer Merrill Lynch. Other print sizes and print media are available. To contact Jeff - call 505-920-1244

March 2016

February 28 – March 26, 2016
Kathy Olshefsky CABALLOS

Opening Reception Sunday, February 28, 2016 1-3 p.m. Live Music and Light Refreshment

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BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

I began my artistic journey out of college primarily as a watercolorist and a sculptor. I worked from life by setting up still-life and working outside. I used full sheets of of watercolor paper and pushed the images to the very edge of the paper and often used a very stilted vantage point. I really enjoyed those times when I could work in high humidity that allowed the paint to be moved around with the brush. Although I was successful as a watercolorist, I had always been attracted to small jewel-like oil paintings. When I moved to Santa Fe and its dry environment, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to switch mediums. I took my 25 years of watercolor experience with me through the transition.

I had studied under a watercolor instructor who had extensive professional background in Chinese brush painting, and through her, I learned the importance and economy of brushstroke. To my sense of aesthetics, the most successful paintings are the ones accomplished with the minimum amount of brushstrokes and effort. I paint without a drawing underneath and often paint the negative space verses the positive to help clarify the image -- all watercolor techniques. Yet, I do enjoy the texture of oil paint. I also paint the things that I love: horses and animals using strong, dramatic light and color.

February 2016

January 31- February 28, 2016
"POW! Led by the Brush! New directions in acrylic painting" by Virginia Westray


BIO

When I look back to find the origins of my love of making things, I end up in childhood. My mother turned me loose on the sewing machine, taught me crochet and knitting, and made sure I had plenty of paper and crayons/colored pencils. Later on, I studied arts and crafts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Albion College, and the University of Illinois. Enameling on copper (used as a painting medium), bookbinding, and acrylic/mixed media have taken hold of my need to create objects that are useful - either in the sense of physical purpose, or in the sense of emotional/sensory pleasure. This latest foray into acrylics was indeed led by my paint brushes (as well as by my eyes).

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

My recent work/play in the field of acrylic painting has combined spontaneity with a love of color and texture. I've enjoyed the actual physical delight of painting on large canvases with large brushes - and subsequently, the joy of looking at and living with the paintings.

January 2016

January 3 - January 30, 2016 
Christina Keibler, Fiber Artist "Propter Aquae"

Opening Reception January 3, 2016 1 - 3 p.m.  Light Refreshments Served  Live Jazz Guitar by David Yard 

Christina is donating all of her proceeds from her January show to Santa Fe's own Pomegranate SEEDs (Self-esteem, Empowerment, and Education through Dance) program, created by Director/Founder/Master Teacher, Myra Krien at Pomegranate Studios. The goal of Pomegranate SEEDs is to mentor young women in order to create healthy and strong individuals who are socially and fiscally responsible to themselves and their community.

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BIO

Christina Keibler is an independent nomad with a short attention span. Growing up in south Florida, she ran unsupervised in the Everglades, and has many memories poking at crabs and raising tadpoles. She holds graduate degrees in both wetland ecology and cultural anthropology, and has been studying the perplexing behavior of humans in the natural world for almost 20 years. She currently lives in Eldorado with her dog River and plies her anthropology and research skills for the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association. In her spare time she makes wearable art for Dancing Ladies on Canyon Road, and creates wall art by merging fiber with encaustics.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My life view comes from two oftentimes opposing elements: the natural world, and the human world. The intersection between those two forces can produce conflict at times, and overwhelming appreciation and beauty at others. My goal as an artist is to express the later as much as possible. This helps me remember and see the beauty in both nature and within people during times of conflict, when I need it most.

Natural fiber is my artistic focus, including wool and fur, silk, and bamboo. I make wearable art from these materials, and wall art that investigates the merging of fiber with encaustics. My work is abstract to stylized, with an emphasis on color and texture.

December, 2015

November 29, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Robert Kegel, Nature Photography

Opening Reception - Sunday, November 29, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m.

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BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning about New Mexico's scenic beauty from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer. www.robertkegel.com

 

November 2015

November 1 - November 28, 2015
Robert Medina Cook, "Fire and Wax: A Celebration of Spirit"--Organic Mixed Media: Fire, Wax, and Elements of the Earth.
Opening Reception Sunday, November 1, 1-3 p.m. light refreshments

 

BIO

Profoundly influenced by the New Mexico landscape, native New Mexican Robert Medina Cook began his journey in the creative arts over thirty years ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A self taught artist and fine art photographer known for his blend of photography, organic elements and encaustic wax, Robert strives to convey the elegant simplicity and rustic beauty of his ancestral homeland, its animals, and its people.

"For many artists, connection is an integral part of the creative process. Incorporating indigenous materials-such as arroyo sand, animal hide, found feathers, earth pigments, bees wax-allows me to maintain and honor the deep sense of connection I feel for the land. Each artwork is a manifestation of that connection, a form of gratitude and ceremony that quietly welcomes and encourages others to not only join in that connection, but to pause and reflect on the simple beauty and mystery that surrounds us everyday."

Proclaimed a "Local Treasure" by the Albuquerque Art Business Association, Robert's award winning work can be found in numerous private, public, museum and corporate collections throughout the USA and abroad. You can view more of his work at www.robertmedinacook.com .

October 2015

October 4 - October 31, 2015
Paul Grabhorn photographs: "DESERT NOMADS" - Portraits of the Tuareg in Mali
Opening reception Sunday, October 4th 1 - 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served

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In the spring of 1997 I was sent on a photography assignment by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to cover their activities in the north of Mali. For a few weeks I traveled with ICRC teams as they move about in Land Cruiser convoys from Gao, on the Niger River, into the desert regions near Kidal. During this time a special gathering of the northern Tuareg tribes occurred. I was privileged to witness and photograph the stunning setting and ritual process. Many of the photographs in this exhibit are from that event. You will notice that there are no weapons present—a prerequisite set by the ICRC for participation.
With the influence of extremist groups and renewed violence in the north of Mali it would be impossible today to travel in the north. The Tuareg are a people whose nomadic community lifestyle and connection to the desert holds ancient wisdoms untouched by ebb and flow of time­—they protect a profound mystery. My forehead would instinctively touch the sand with gratitude when the people I traveled with paused to pray multiple times a day.


BIO
Paul Grabhorn is a photographer and graphic designer. He has served three White House administrations, helping with their environmental and sustainable development initiatives—creating numerous publications about the science and impacts of global change. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Paul is Author of the book "Seeking Light: Portraits of Humanitarian Action in War" a profoundly moving collection of photographs from conflict zones around the world. His four-color portraits tell an amazing, essential story—one of hope in the face of violence and deplorable conditions, of dignity in the midst of degradation, of light in the darkness of war and suffering.


Artist’s Statement
We are beginning of an extended time of unprecedented turmoil, chaos and conflict due to our human contributions to global climate change and to the over-availability and use of weapons worldwide. The need for a well trained, well funded and inspired worldwide Corp of humanitarian workers is growing rapidly. I’ve witnessed the light brought into war by effective teams working together under a mission and mandate of  “providing dignity to those caught up in armed conflict”.

My life’s work is about helping people understand the science of climate change and to see the value and need for humanitarian action in warzones—as in all aspects of living on planet earth.

September 2015

August 30 - October 3, 2015
Sally Hayden Von Conta, "The Brilliance of Light" Plein-Air Pastels
Opening Reception Sunday August 30, 1 – 3 p.m Live Music Featuring Carol Calvert, Harpist

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Wherever you go, your heart goes with you. Walk around and smell the air, listen to the trees or rocks. Ask yourself what pulls your heart to sit at this particular spot. Is it the light, the patterns or just that it makes you happy? Then pick up your pastels and begin to paint.

What happens is always a conversation between you and the landscape. In pastel, you have 10 brushes (10 fingers) so it's great to see what they can do. The end result is always a surprise. As an artist, I am the last to know what will happen. At its best, you become so much a part of the landscape that you disappear. I like the adventure.

When I see my finished pieces, I remember the heat on the rocks and the sound of the bees on the wild roses - it's all inside the painting.

August 2015

August 2 - August 29, 2015
Andrea Sharon, "Flights of Fancy" Birds & Butterflies--Real and Imagined Environments
Photography & Mixed Media

Opening Reception Sunday August 2, 1 – 3 p.m Live Music Featuring Kate Shane on Celtic Harp

BIO
As a young child I was fascinated with nature. This interest in the natural world eventually led me to get a degree in environmental studies from Colorado State University and to permanently relocate from the North East to the West.

After graduation, I found a career with the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger. From the depths of Death Valley to the flanks of Denali, I lived and worked in some of the most spectacular places on the planet. After 32 years of working in 10 different park sites, I retired from Federal service in 2009 and now spend my time travelling, doing international consultation on preservation projects, teaching photography workshops, and working on my art. Recently I have expanded the scope of my work into the realm of mixed media and encaustics (bee’s wax and tree resin)—striving to make one of a kind art pieces. I take the utmost care when creating my art to use high-quality archival materials, such as pigment-based inks and acid-free materials, to insure the longevity of each piece.

Statement of the Artist
My images reflect my enormous joy in spending time in the out of doors and interacting with the natural world. The goal of my work is to awaken a sense of wonder in the viewer, fostering appreciation and ultimately preservation of our environment.

May- July 2015

April 26 - May 30, 2015
Darrell Staples, World Photographs

Opening Reception Saturday April 26 1 – 3 p.m


BIO
Born in 1954 in Bellingham, Washington, Darrell Staples spent much of his life living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. His appreciation of and interest in the natural environment grew as he explored the peaks, lakes, and streams of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges of the Northwest.
As time passed, Darrell's always large curiosity began to turn to other cultures, peoples, and environments around the world. He has been privileged to pursue this interest through extensive travel in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, Northern and Southern Africa, India, Nepal, Tibet, South America, and Southest Asia. Traveling has taught him that even with the haste and turmoil of life there are always moments of great beauty, wonderment, awe, and serenity. We need only to stop and look.

Darrell's photographs are each an attempt to capture these feelings and observations. He hopes that he is able, in some measure, to convey and share a sense of the texture and mood of those moments. The year 2000 brought a relocation to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Darrell now resides with his wife, Joy. He continues to enjoy travel and to find inspiration in the beauty of the world around us.

April 2015

March 29 - April 26
Jill Anderson "The Silk Road Meets Santa Fe." "Ebrylics"--a blending of Ebru and acrylics
Opening Reception Sunday, March 29, 1-3 p.m.

BIO
Jill Anderson spent years working at the edges of art before wading into the deep, deep pool.  As owner of a publishing house, she worked extensively with artists—specifying art, determining graphics to be designed, overseeing photo shoots, shepherding art projects to their completion.  When she moved to Santa Fe, all of that changed!  She began painting with acrylics and then developed a medium that she calls
“Ebrylics.”   Jill wanted to live a life acknowledging the purpose
of lines, and then joyfully stepping over them.  If there is precision in her art, it is to precisely explore that freedom. 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

I believe that nothing of value should be left out of our lives.  Truly these qualities can be found in any art, but they especially spoke to me in an ancient Turkish art form called “Ebru.”  The traditional form is done by working with mineral pigments floated on the surface of thickened water--pulling the pigments along the top of water with an instrument until the design is achieved, then transferring the design to paper and hung to dry.  I was able to create vivid paintings that thrilled my imagination.  I began exploring ways to adapt the principles of Ebru to painting with acrylics on paper.  I call my technique “Ebrylics”—a blend of Ebru and Acrylics. I am delighted that this technique has been well-accepted as “Red Mountains”, an early work won Second Place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2014 annual competition.

Every painting begins with poured paint:  I mix the paints with selected other properties, pour strings of paint of various colors and thicknesses onto 140# paper.  I do not use brushes—brush strokes muddy the effect I want.  “Ebrylics” requires humidity, challenging in our dry climate. The form is hard to predict, harder to control.  But that’s the very quality that I love about it, the very quality that lends its mystery, its excitement, its surprise.  My tools consist mainly of small spatulas and either leather or knitting needles and occasionally, string. My process is almost like painting in reverse:
instead of laying down an image on paper and then expanding it, I often have to find the essence of an image among the colors and chemical interactions of what I have poured, watch for what it may be asking to become, and tease it out.  Oddly, it reminds me of a life. 

March 2015

March 1 - March 28, 2015.
Jeff Sweers Wildlife Photography Cancer Fundraiser
Opening Reception Sunday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.
light refreshments

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BIO

Jeff Sweers grew up taking photos of his pets and family at an early age with his cherished Kodak Brownie Instamatic. His passion grew when he upgraded to a Polaroid Land camera, and then, the very “fancy” Argus 35 mm Rangefinder.  In college, during a Spring Break in Europe, with his Dad’s Minolta 35 mm SLR in hand, Jeff’s interest turned into a passion for photography that he carries with him today.  

Jeff moved to New Mexico in 1973 for college and to study fine arts, with dreams of working for National Geographic and travelling the world as one of their photographers.  A busy and full life temporarily placed that dream on hold but Jeff never put away his camera, or his dream.

After wife Sandra’s diagnosis and heroic defeat of breast cancer in 2012, Jeff and Sandra dedicated themselves to joining the fight against cancer.  In 2014, Jeff was invited to be on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and this has enabled him to be more “hands on” in the fight against Cancer. Please join him in helping the foundation fulfill their mission.  The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico is a local, non-profit organization supporting New Mexicans affected by cancer. Their mission is to help save lives by providing the needed support to enable every northern New Mexican with cancer to access treatment in Santa Fe.

It was through the Cancer Foundation of New Mexico that Jeff and Sandra bid on, and won, a Safari trip to Zambia, Africa through the Sweetheart Auction Fundraiser. The trip was a new beginning for them both.  The prints you see in this exhibit are a clear reflection of that second chance at life and the adventures to come.
To celebrate Sandra’s remission and in total support of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, Jeff is honored to donate all of the proceeds from the Las Chivas Coffee exhibit directly to the Cancer Foundation. Additionally, upon hearing about Jeff’s Las Chivas show, his company, Merrill Lynch, also wanted to help and is matching every dollar raised by the “Circle of Life” show! Customized orders of any photo are available through Las Chivas Coffee through the end of March 2015.  Please come and join us in the enjoyment of this exhibit.

February 2015

February 1 - February 28, 2015.
Robert Medina Cook, Organic Mixed Media: Fire, Wax, and Elements of the Earth "A Phase of Creation"
Opening Reception Sunday, February 1, 1-3 p.m.
light refreshments

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BIO

Profoundly influenced by the New Mexico landscape, native New Mexican Robert Medina Cook began his journey in the creative arts over thirty years ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A self taught artist and fine art photographer known for his blend of photography, organic elements and encaustic wax, Robert strives to convey the elegant simplicity and rustic beauty of his ancestral homeland, its animals, and its people.

"For many artists, connection is an integral part of the creative process. Incorporating indigenous materials-such as arroyo sand, animal hide, found feathers, earth pigments, bees wax-allows me to maintain and honor the deep sense of connection I feel for the land. Each artwork is a manifestation of that connection, a form of gratitude and ceremony that quietly welcomes and encourages others to not only join in that connection, but to pause and reflect on the simple beauty and mystery that surrounds us everyday."

Proclaimed a "Local Treasure" by the Albuquerque Art Business Association, Robert's award winning work can be found in numerous private, public, museum and corporate collections throughout the USA and abroad. You can view more of his work at www.robertmedinacook.com .

January 2015

January 4 - January 31, 2015. Braldt Bralds
Opening Reception Sunday, January 4, 1-3 p.m.
light refreshments

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BIO

Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands in 1951.  As a child he learned of the profession of illustration, and his course was set.  His father brought home scraps of paper from a paper mill, and Braldt drew continuously.  When twelve, he began attending the Grafische School in Rotterdam, where he was instructed in graphic arts and the printing trade.  Aside from this training, Braldt is self- trained. Spending many hours standing nose-to-nose with the Vermeers, Rembrandts, and so many other works of that period in Holland’s museums, Braldt also considers the Old Dutch Masters his silent teachers.  Once out of school, Braldt became a successful illustrator in Holland.  In 1978, on his first day’s visit to New York, he was commissioned to paint a cover for Time Magazine. With that auspicious start, Braldt’s career became one success after another.  With an internationally recognized illustration career behind him,  Braldt now focusses on his Fine Art.
His finely tuned still life oils, with their masterful treatment of light, have a dramatic, contemporary presence.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

It's in our nature to reflect upon our lives at the end of a year, and to contemplate how we might spend our time and energy in the next. Changes have dictated finding a new direction in my art, and this past year has been one of reflection on where I've been and where to go. This show consists of markers along my personal timeline, from the early days of a wonderful career in illustration on through some very gratifying periods in my fine art pursuits. With illustration, the mission was to resolve in an intriguing way, what the art director wanted conveyed. With my fine art, it has been an inner director who poses the challenge. Always, my paintings have been my resolutions.

December 2014

November 30, 2014 - January 3, 2015. Robert Kegel, Nature Photography

Opening Reception - Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1 - 3 p.m.

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BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning about New Mexico's scenic beauty from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer. www.robertkegel.com

November 2014

October 27- November 29, 2014. Sally Hayden von Conta Plein Air Pastels "Moments of the Unexpected"

Opening Reception Sun. Nov. 2, 2014 1-3 pm Live Music with Carol Calvert on the Harp

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Wherever you go, your heart goes with you. Walk around and smell the air, listen to the trees or rocks. Ask yourself what pulls your heart to sit at this particular spot. Is it the light, the patterns or just that it makes you happy? Then pick up your pastels and begin to paint.

What happens is always a conversation between you and the landscape. In pastel, you have 10 brushes (10 fingers) so it's great to see what they can do. The end result is always a surprise. As an artist, I am the last to know what will happen. At its best, you become so much a part of the landscape that you disappear. I like the adventure.

When I see my finished pieces, I remember the heat on the rocks and the sound of the bees on the wild roses - it's all inside the painting.

October 2014

September 28 - October 26, 2014. Kathy Olshefsky

BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

I began my artistic journey out of college primarily as a watercolorist and a sculptor. I worked from life by setting up still-life and working outside. I used full sheets of of watercolor paper and pushed the images to the very edge of the paper and often used a very stilted vantage point. I really enjoyed those times when I could work in high humidity that allowed the paint to be moved around with the brush. Although I was successful as a watercolorist, I had always been attracted to small jewel-like oil paintings. When I moved to Santa Fe and its dry environment, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to switch mediums. I took my 25 years of watercolor experience with me through the transition.

I had studied under a watercolor instructor who had extensive professional background in Chinese brush painting, and through her, I learned the importance and economy of brushstroke. To my sense of aesthetics, the most successful paintings are the ones accomplished with the minimum amount of brushstrokes and effort. I paint without a drawing underneath and often paint the negative space verses the positive to help clarify the image -- all watercolor techniques. Yet, I do enjoy the texture of oil paint. I also paint the things that I love: horses and animals using strong, dramatic light and color.

September 2014

August 31 - September 27, 2014 Jane Otten, Abstract Oil Paintings

Opening Reception August 31, 1-3PM
Live Music

BIO and STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Jane Otten, raised in Georgia, received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. Her career was as a soloist, choral director, voice teacher, and adjunct instructor at Wittenberg University in Ohio. In the early nineties, she decided to return to a childhood love and began courses in Fine Arts through the University. Upon retirement she and her husband moved to Santa Fe, where she enjoys exploring in oils the deep resonating connections she feels to the land and its peoples.

Beginning with representational structure on canvas or wood panel, she builds up layers with rough brush strokes, using a palette knife for scouring out whole areas or scratching lines through wet paint. This process excites her as forms begin to emerge: sometimes suggestions of iconic or even comic figures, sometimes organic shapes resembling geological formations, sometimes patterns resembling Native American, African, or Celtic designs. This process feels like collaboration—exhilarating and freeing.

As well as exploring the concept of emergence and transformation, she is drawn to the deep past; the great themes woven through all world creation stories rivet her. A large part of her painting process is attempting to excavate markers—glimpses of interstices and matrices which connect all life.

August 2014

August 3 - August 30, 2014 Virginia Westray, New Artwork, Acrylic & Mixed Media

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
I discovered the craft of copper enameling as a child, and years later, discovered its potential for use as a fine art painting medium. Vitreous enamel is a finely ground glass that is colored with mineral and metallic oxides. It is fused onto copper in a preheated kiln at temperatures of 1500 to 1800 degrees F., and a typical painting requires 5 to 10 separate firings. In my work, I particularly enjoy using the rich effects of transparent colors over the copper base, as well as the additional color and patina of uncoated and over-fired metal.

July 2014

July 6 - August 2, 2014 "Where I Find Myself" Landscape Photography by Jack Arnold

Opening Reception July 13, 1-3PM
Live Music by Jazz Guitarist David Yard

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I love to find complementary forms in the natural landscape, especially those forms that emphasize what is unique about a place.

Solitude is a critical part of my creative process. I am attracted to the American West as a subject because it is there that I can immerse myself in solitary contemplation. The camera is an important tool insofar as it helps me reveal the elements of light and landscape that portray the emotions I encountered in a certain place and time.

Sharing my images, I hope to inspire viewers to pay attention to the light, form and composition in the scenery around them, and to understand that artistic creation is a very useful tool for developing that attention.

June 2014

June 8 - July 5, 2014--Abad Sandoval Watercolors

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BIO

Abad Sandoval was born in the little town of La Cueva, in northeast New Mexico, near Mora, where the high elevations and cooler temperatures make the region a magnet for those who savor the taste of its luscious raspberries. His local Hispanic roots go back on his father's side to the 1650s and before that to Spain.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

"When I look at a landscape, I can almost smell and taste it," says Abad Sandoval, who grew up amid New Mexico's most breathtaking vistas, from the canyons of the Rio Grande, flooded by the slanting rays of the afternoon sun, to the Jemez Mountains, rising west of Santa Fe, like the spine of some prehistoric dragon. "It's impossible to open your eyes in the morning and not be instantly inspired by New Mexico's legendary light," he says. "You feel like you're living within a painting, whose shadows and panoramas change minute by minute, hour by hour."

May 2014

May 11 - June 7, 2014. "Reflections" Oils by Michele Tisdale

Opening Reception Sunday, May 11, 1-3 PM

About the Artist

Michele grew up in an area of Michigan where there were open fields of wild flowers in one direction, forested land in another and swamp lands filled with frogs, birds and painted turtles. Her Aunt Leta's home was filled with an eclectic collection of paintings, etching and art objects. Her aunt inspired her and opened the world of art to her. Learning about art and enjoying the journey is as much a part of Michele's life as creating.

Michele's current works begin with a design, then an under –painting. The paintings are heavily layered oils. The mood of the places and real life subjects are her inspiration. The tone and emotion a scene evokes is conveyed using a select color palette. As an artist, Michele is more concerned with how a painting touches the viewer. The warmth, emotional and spiritual response are what the paintings are about.

Today the exploration and learning continue.

April 2014

April 13 - May 10, 2014. Jeanine Allen, Pastels

Opening Reception Sunday, April 13, 1-3 PM

 

Statement of the Artist

My handmade surfaces are the soul of my paintings: I make each support one at a time using an archival board, gesso, pumice and one-of-a-kind papers, very often from Japan. The texture I give my surfaces allows me to develop an extremely durable support for up to 40-plus layers of pastel, allowing both depth and dimension.The pastels used in my paintings are hand-made in the USA, England, France and Japan with the finest quality of ground pigment for the clearest color. That is the heart of my work. Often I use watercolor, acrylic, ink pencils and an encaustic (wax-based) paint to enhance the pastel.

Bio

For 12 years I have been painting full-time in New Mexico using pastel and have never stopped experimenting with the medium and surfaces. I have two larger pastel paintings juried in the MasterWorks Juried Show in April 2014 at Expo NM in Albuquerque. In 2013, I received 1st place in the pastel Miniature paintings at the MasterWorks Juried Show. For nearly 10 years, I have participated in numerous fine arts shows in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, achieving many awards and mentions. I have a B.A. in Art History from Austin College, Sherman, Texas and have graduate work in Art History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

March 2014

March 9 - April 12, 2014. Darcy Gray, Abstract Expressionist

Opening Reception - Sunday, March 9, 1 - 3 p.m.
Live Music by Jazz Guitarist David Yard


Free drawing at the opening for this painting by Darcy

 

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

I encourage you to look “into” my paintings rather than look “at” them.I paint in an abstract expressionistic way incorporating graphite markings layered with muted color. Smudging lines, pushing and pulling images to the forefront and background. I use paper, wax and paint to create multi layered images fading into the distance,  spontaneous marks made into wet paint or scratched into wax. I incorporate printmaking techniques to crate an atmospheric tension in my paintings.

February 2014

February 9 - March 8, 2014. Photography by Mary C. Fredenburgh

Opening Reception Sunday, February 9, 1-3 PM

 

My camera is a tool that helps me convey the wonder I see all around me: the beauty of common things, the details often overlooked, and the special play of light I feel so privileged to witness.

January 2014

January 5 - February 8, 2014. Kathy Olshefsky "Filled with Grace"

Oils Cowboys, Horses and Magic
Opening Reception - Sunday, January 5, 2014, 1 - 3 p.m.  

BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

I began my artistic journey out of college primarily as a watercolorist and a sculptor. I worked from life by setting up still-life and working outside. I used full sheets of of watercolor paper and pushed the images to the very edge of the paper and often used a very stilted vantage point. I really enjoyed those times when I could work in high humidity that allowed the paint to be moved around with the brush. Although I was successful as a watercolorist, I had always been attracted to small jewel-like oil paintings. When I moved to Santa Fe and its dry environment, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to switch mediums. I took my 25 years of watercolor experience with me through the transition.

I had studied under a watercolor instructor who had extensive professional background in Chinese brush painting, and through her, I learned the importance and economy of brushstroke. To my sense of aesthetics, the most successful paintings are the ones accomplished with the minimum amount of brushstrokes and effort. I paint without a drawing underneath and often paint the negative space verses the positive to help clarify the image -- all watercolor techniques. Yet, I do enjoy the texture of oil paint. I also paint the things that I love: horses and animals using strong, dramatic light and color.

December 2013

December 5, 2013 - January 4, 2014. Robert Kegel, Nature Photography

Opening Reception - Sunday, December 8, 2013, 1 - 3 p.m.

 

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BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning about New Mexico's scenic beauty from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer. www.robertkegel.com

November 2013

November 10 - December 5, 2013. Catherine Ferguson, Retablos and Oil Paintings

Opening Reception - Sunday, November 10, 1 - 3 p.m.
Poetry Reading and Chap Booksigning with Denise Lynch, Galisteo Live Flamenco Music by "El Niño" David Briggs

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BIO

Catherine Ferguson was born in Mexico City to American parents, artists who studied with Frida Kahlo and Francisco Zuñiga. She graduated from the University of Tucson, AZ where she majored in art and graduated with honors. During this early time, Catherine also began to write poetry, which instilled in her a profound fascination with word images. At a very young age, her parents exposed her to color, form, and movement. In time, Catherine created her own unique art signature through watercolors, oils and poetry, painting the desert with quail running through the underbrush and other landscapes, animals and plants. Since 1974, she has specialized in traditional paintings of "santos" and "retablos". She has lived in Galisteo since 1987.

October 2013

October 13 - November 9, 2013. Joan Krall, Photography
Opening Reception - Sunday, October 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Joan's calendar has arrived! Calendar signing by the artist at the Opening Reception Sunday, October 13th.

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Bio & Statement of the Artist

I became interested in taking pictures of birds on a trip to Africa and now enjoy the many opportunities I have to take pictures of birds both here in my own backyard and on trips in our RV which provides me with a plethora of backyards. I have gone from capturing the exotic in faraway places to taking photos of birds in my own back yard. I put out water, and seeds. I watch, I wait, I find and capture the wild stillness in motion. I have always enjoyed watching birds. They are colorful and lively and extremely photogenic.

After my 38 year career with the National Park Service, working in accounting, budget, information management, and finishing my career as the Comptroller for the Northeast Region, I retired and moved to Santa Fe and set out to see the parks in the western part of the country. Since moving to Santa Fe, I began taking classes at the Santa Fe Community College, including fine wood working and photography. I got hooked on photography and started capturing birds in photographs. My photography work shows that you don't need to search down an adventure for a wonderful image. It's right there in your own backyard.  

September 2013

September 8 - October 12, 2013. Sally Hayden Von Conta, "The Sound of Color"  Plein Air Pastels 

Opening reception - Sunday, September 8, 1 - 3 p.m. Live Music by Harpist Carol Calvert.  

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Wherever you go, your heart goes with you. Walk around and smell the air, listen to the trees or rocks. Ask yourself what pulls your heart to sit at this particular spot. Is it the light, the patterns or just that it makes you happy? Then pick up your pastels and begin to paint.

What happens is always a conversation between you and the landscape. In pastel, you have 10 brushes (10 fingers) so it's great to see what they can do. The end result is always a surprise. As an artist, I am the last to know what will happen. At its best, you become so much a part of the landscape that you disappear. I like the adventure.

When I see my finished pieces, I remember the heat on the rocks and the sound of the bees on the wild roses - it's all inside the painting.

August 2013

August 4- September 7, 2013. "Inspired Fully in the Land that I Love" Nancy Clark, Oil Paintings
Opening Reception - Sunday, August 4, 1 - 3 p.m. Live Music by Harpist Carol Calvert

Chama RiverStorm CloudArroyo

Bio & Artist Statement

Nancy Clark dates her love of the landscape and nature to her childhood, having been born in Washington, D.C. and growing up in Delaware, Missouri, New York, Virginia, california and Washington State. Some of her fondest memories are of the Shenandoah Valley, whre the beauty, serenity and magic of the forests and rivers made an indelible impact.

Nancy majored in Fine Art at San Jose State University before beginning a career ride that included teaching art, directing a youth center and raising guinea pigs commercially. She went on tooperate businesses, including an in-home family portrait company and a mobile pony picture studio, before moving into advertising in San Jose, California.

July 2013

July 7 – August 3, 2013. Darrell Staples, Travel Photographer

Opening Reception July 7, 2013 1 –3 p.m

Peggy's CoveCapitol ReefMabry Mill

BIO

Born in 1954 in Bellingham, Washington, Darrell Staples spent much of his life living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. His appreciation of and interest in the natural environment grew as he explored the peaks, lakes, and streams of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges of the Northwest.

As time passed, Darrell's always large curiosity began to turn to other cultures, peoples, and environments around the world. He has been privileged to pursue this interest through extensive travel in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, Northern and Southern Africa, India, Nepal, Tibet, South America, and Southest Asia. Traveling has taught him that even with the haste and turmoil of life there are always moments of great beauty, wonderment, awe, and serenity. We need only to stop and look.

Darrell's photographs are each an attempt to capture these feelings and observations. He hopes that he is able, in some measure, to convey and share a sense of the texture and mood of those moments. The year 2000 brought a relocation to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Darrell now resides with his wife, Joy. He continues to enjoy travel and to find inspiration in the beauty of the world around us.

June 2013

June 2 – July 6, 2013. Ann Bitter, Encaustics

"Kaleidescope: To allow fragmentary or disconnected things to become their own harmony." (Artful by Ali Smith)

Opening Reception June 2, 2013 1 –3 p.m. Live Music by Harpist Cate Shane

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Many of my encaustic works combine the radiance of wax with the patina of rusty found objects. The wax and the rust seem comfortable together, creating a shared mysterious syntax. Why wax? Wax is warm, fluid, infinitely malleable, a slave only to heat: melting, then softly hardening into a matrix of color, with great depth and luminosity. And it is the patina of rust that creates the interesting contrast. I hope that my encaustic pieces allow people to see beauty in things --like rust-- that are not traditionally thought of as beautiful. It's an exciting aesthetic jolt to the senses, looking anew!

May 2013

May 5 – June 1, 2013. Chris Kain, "Inside Out" Paper Collages and Collage with Pastel

Opening Reception May 5, 2013 1 –3 p.m.
Live Music by Guitarist Jesse Vernier

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Statement of the Artist

As a collagist my process is a spontaneous improvisation of possibilities with paper on a flat surface. I hope to communicate the joy of this process as images arise from within to find form and to inspire the viewer to create their own stories of meaning.

Bio

Chris Kain attended The Art Institute of Chicago, was a graphic designer in Chicago and Santa Fe, and studied pastel and painting with Santa Fe artists Jane Shoenfeld, Lee Rommal and Roberta Remy, and others. She has been part of the Eldorado drawing group and Eli Levin's drawing group.

On Thursday, May 23 from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association (EACA) will hold its Shop Talk at Las Chivas Coffee Roasters at the Agora where Chris Kain will be sharing ideas concerning her artistic process and the techniques she uses in her art.

April 2013

April 7 - May 5, 2013. Joan Biordi Photography, "Another Country Heard From"
Opening Reception Sunday, April 7, 1-3 p.m.

African FlowersJin MaoNinety DegreesColumbines

BIO

Joan Biordi began her career as a research scientist for 20 years, after receiving a Masters of Science and then a PhD in Physical chemistry from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. She then studied Psychoeducational Processes at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and received a Masters in Education and a Certificate, from the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia. After she retired, she turned her eye to photography in Santa Fe. She enrolled at Santa Fe Community College and began studying digital photography. Photography had always been something that interested her and in the back of her mind, she always thought that when she retired from a career in photochemistry, where she studied the interaction of light with matter, she would try photography. She has had a lifelong fascination with light and the ensuing shadows and forms it creates.

Her images capture shapes and forms that play out against each other, melding into that special allure that Joan Biordi craves. She likes the way light plays with whatever it's illuminating, light playing against shapes, creating what you see as a whole new world that has turned into something else. For example, in her black and white photos that feature images of trees. For Biordi, her attraction to trees is in the patterns and textures often shown by the bark and leaves - all movement that creates a visceral response that pulls you into the tree itself.

Joan Biordi's most successful photographs are scenes that she comes upon; she doesn't necessarily go searching for inspiration, but doesn't fight with it when it's there.

STATEMENT of the ARTIST

I have had numerous careers and interests. As a research scientist, I was interested in the relationship between objects and then as a psychotherapist, my focus shifted to seeking to understand the relationships among people. While I am no longer a practicing scientist or psychotherapist, my curiosity about relationships lingers.

These days the tool I use to explore that curiosity is the camera. Photography allows me to explore the relationship between people and what they see. I now picture myself coming into focus as a photographer, continually researching and refining my interest in the relationship between people and the things they see.

I am attracted to forms and shapes and the way light plays them (and me). Photographers often talk about "capturing" an image. For me it's just the opposite: light captures form and patterns, and I am the captive, holding a camera. I am awed by the incredible beauty of certain landscapes and want to draw others into that beauty.

March 2013

March 10 – April 6, 2013. Nancy Kriebel, "Off-Road Rhythms" Oil Paintings

Opening Reception March 10, 2013 1 –3 p.m.
Live Music by Harpist Kate Shane

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I think of my paintings as the jewels of the Southwest. The paintings are created on location, and they celebrate the compelling mystery and magic of the Southwestern landscape. I am drawn to the incredible bold shapes, rhythms and glorious colors found here. My work focuses on the delicate, multilayered details that catch the essence of this special region. I am drawn to the cliffs, canyons, clouds, and the magnificent expanse of space.

My parents, who were photographers and encouraged my curiosity, taught me the importance of details, and to see beauty in all things. I am grateful for teaching me their vision. My plein air landscapes are metaphors for the contrasts between nature and the culture we live in. Indeed, painting itself is transformative and becomes a stabilizing, healing, and calming process.

BIO

Nancy KriebelThe artist's early years were spent working in Santa Fe at the Laboratory of Anthropology after receiving her degree at the University of New Mexico. This experience influenced her love of painting Southwestern landscapes.

Nancy Kriebel studied drawing and painting at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston while managing her successful medical and scientific illustration business. She was a founding member of the Arlington Center for the Arts, and she received her Masters of Fine Arts in studio-art from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Ms. Kriebel studied still life painting with Kevin Gorges and plein air painting with Albert Handel, Ann Templeton, Louisa McElwain, and Anita Louise West and Bill Gallen.

This award winning artist teaches plein air workshops and taught art programs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. She is a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Rio Grande Art Association. Her exceptional oil paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the Southwest.

Nancy Kriebel is represented at www.newmexicocreates.org

February 2013

February 10-March 9, 2013. Howard "Skip" Riley, Oils & Pastels
Opening Reception Sunday, February 10, 1-3 p.m.

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BIO

Artist, Carpenter, picture Framer, Songwriter, living life, riding a bike, encouraging a greener environment. Howard Skip Riley is attempting to share with his viewer a glimpse of the Divine, the space between dreams and "consciousness" the energy that runs through the veins of the universe.
Art classes in early school years, trained in the physics of the color wheel, oil painting lessons at the age of 8, working in a darkroom and shooting photography at the age of ten, Howard Skip Riley went on to study Art at the Center For Creative Studies in Detroit Mi and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ.
First exhibit space being the prestigious rental gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the works of Howard Skip Riley have graced the walls of fine art galleries in Grosse Pointe Michigan, Jerome Arizona, Sedona Arizona, San Francisco California, and San Mateo California where his pastels were surrounded by the works of some of his favorite rock stars, Ron Wood drawings to the left and Jerry Garcia serigraphs to the right . For the past decade Howard has been reclusive in the Eldorado area making only limited direct sales.

 

January 2013

December 30-February 9, 2013. Braldt Bralds, "Resolutions"
Opening Reception Sunday, December 30, 1-3 p.m.
light refreshments

Frans StepsContemplationMissing LinkMikado

BIO

Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands in 1951.  As a child he learned of the profession of illustration, and his course was set.  His father brought home scraps of paper from a paper mill, and Braldt drew continuously.  When twelve, he began attending the Grafische School in Rotterdam, where he was instructed in graphic arts and the printing trade.  Aside from this training, Braldt is self- trained. Spending many hours standing nose-to-nose with the Vermeers, Rembrandts, and so many other works of that period in Holland’s museums, Braldt also considers the Old Dutch Masters his silent teachers.  Once out of school, Braldt became a successful illustrator in Holland.  In 1978, on his first day’s visit to New York, he was commissioned to paint a cover for Time Magazine. With that auspicious start, Braldt’s career became one success after another.  With an internationally recognized illustration career behind him,  Braldt now focusses on his Fine Art.
His finely tuned still life oils, with their masterful treatment of light, have a dramatic, contemporary presence.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

It's in our nature to reflect upon our lives at the end of a year, and to contemplate how we might spend our time and energy in the next. Changes have dictated finding a new direction in my art, and this past year has been one of reflection on where I've been and where to go. This show consists of markers along my personal timeline, from the early days of a wonderful career in illustration on through some very gratifying periods in my fine art pursuits. With illustration, the mission was to resolve in an intriguing way, what the art director wanted conveyed. With my fine art, it has been an inner director who poses the challenge. Always, my paintings have been my resolutions.

December 2012

December 2 - December 29, 2012--Robert Kegel – Photography
Opening Reception December 2, 1-3 P.M.

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BIO AND STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning about New Mexico's scenic beauty from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer. www.robertkegel.com

November 2012

October 27 - December 1, 2012. Roni Rohr-- Whimsy on Wood: Light and Flight Acrylic paintings on recycled wood and cabinet doors
Opening Reception Saturday, October 27, 2012, 12:00-2:00 p.m.  

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BIO

Roni Rohr has been an artist since five years of age when she traced the tile in her Brooklyn bathroom with her fingers. The black, pink and white patterns fascinated her and surely stayed in the back of her brain and hibernated there as she designed her way through the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated honored with magna cum laude in Textile Design and Home furnishings.Roni has designed for major corporations such as Hallmark, Disney, Ogilvy & Mather, Crystal Creative, Contempo, James River and many more. Her products, illustrations and book have sold at Target, Dillard's, worldwide. Currently, Roni Rohr teaches over 400 students art in Santa Fe, New Mexico at El Dorado Community School. She has been past president of the New Mexico Art Education Association and now is Advocacy Chair. She received the New Mexico Art Education Award for 2011 from the National Art Education Association and a Teacher Who Inspires Award from Partners in Education. An educational art consultant for museums, schools and others, Roni holds private art parties and develops workshops on Teaching Art & Kindness, Being and Finding your Muse! and many others. A community artist and advocate, Roni's hope is that by communicating social justice and kindness through collaborative art works her community will have more empathy for others as well as themselves. www.ronirohr.com

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

A lover of recycled art and found objects, these images began three years ago when her car broke down in Eldorado/Santa Fe at a local garage where a recycled artist gave her boxes and boxes of THINGS, including old wooden cabinet doors. These cabinet doors seemed like perfect canvases to Roni who quickly cleaned them up and added a bit of magical whimsy. Creating whimsical works with an illustrative quality, Roni layers her paint with swirls of color! Blackbirds, suns and moons along with some skeletons that don't want to be hung in a closet- have long fascinated her and this summer she locked herself away (because the world has a way of calling her outside!) and created the collection you see here.  

October 2012
October 5 - 27, 2012. Kinsey Spude Digital Works. A Slice of Life
Opening Reception Sunday, October 7, 2012 1 – 3 p.m.

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Since she was four years old, Kinsey Anne Spude has surprised lovers of art with her clarity of vision, sense of whimsy and ability to evoke emotion with a few well-placed lines and brilliant color. Now, at nineteen, this college sophomore brings us her computer generated images and hand crafted scenes to convey images of life today. Mentored by such acclaimed artists as Dean Howell and Sheila Miles, Kinsey claims equal inspiration from her animation instructor, Chris Zappe at Desert Academy. With the support of her school and art department in 2010, Kinsey won the Melissa Engstram Youth Art Award from the City of Santa Fe.

Growing up in Santa Fe it's hard for someone not to soak up art. I find that both me and my pieces are products of the 1990s and the 21st century. Most of my inspiration comes from movies, videogames and the internet and I try to use them to make commentaries on life of today.

 

August - September 2012
Sally von Conta: Transformational works on canvas and paper

Las Chivas is pleased to present the art of Sally von Conta, showcasing the evolution of her art from the abstract work of her earlier days in New York City to her present day New Mexican landscapes.  The two shows express her passion for color, energy and form, displaying two different faces of her enormous talent.  As Sally explains her metamorphosis,
“It began as an ending.  An ending and a shifting, a shattering, a quiet explosion.  I had crossed an inner threshold that demanded I explore new ways of seeing, feeling, and painting.  It is no surprise that the word “heart” has “art” in it; for “Art” happens when you are willing to go into uncharted territory, beyond skill and technique, exploring with passion your own private voice”.” 
Enjoy her artistic journey!

August 4-25, 2012
Transcendence: Mixed Media on Paper

Statement of the Artist: 
I had become known for my abstract work and have always been fascinated with the micro/macro concepts – energy-time-space!  The paintings you see in “Transcendence” are from that earlier artistic period.  Each painting is an on-going movement; a place where energy has become visible but is still in the process of change.  What happens within an eye’s blink or within the time it takes for a star’s brilliance to travel light years to Earth?  It is the same energy that causes a volcano to spew lava?  An ant to carry a crystal of sand to the top of a hill? 
During this time I was fascinated as well with the energy of sound as my subject.  I taped all our rivers and then painted each river by its sound.  Discovery of the interconnectedness of all energy had become my quest and my artistic journey. 
But 9/11 changed all that.  I heard too much pain and sounds of that time.  I made my transition to pastels.


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August 26 - October 6, 2012
The Color of Light: Plein Air Pastels
Opening August 26, 2012, 1-3 p.m.

Statement of the Artist: 
After 9/11, I went out to our land and painted in pastel because they are so direct.  You can finish a work on site, in plein air.  Still each painting, like the abstracts, is an on-going movement, a place where energy becomes visible.  The works in “The Color of Light” show the joy of this exploration and I, as facilitator, am as surprised at the results as anyone else.

 

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July 2012
July 1 - August 4, 2012. Aram Farber Oils & Acrylics
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Opening Reception Sunday, July 1, 2012 1 – 3 p.m.

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Mr. Farber, who is a local building contractor and owns AdobeWorks, began his building career in a plaster company in New Mexico. Mr. Farber writes that his earliest work in plastering in New Mexico called for a lot of sculpting and concern for light and color. Today he finds himself using pallet knives and miniature trowels. The techniques and tools that became second nature to him in the early days are now his new friends. They allow him to apply paint in an almost three-dimensional way, with a looseness and fluidity he could never achieve using a brush alone.

"I'm drawn to the power of color and its ability to reflect and evoke emotion. I don't insist that you see what I see nor do I expect you to stare at a work for hours to uncover its secret inner meaning. What I hope is that the eye and mind see and feel the impact and experience something akin to a pleasing and surprising discovery".

June 2012

June 2-30, 2012 "Southwest on my Mind--Images and Icons" Photographs by George Henke

Opening Reception Sunday, June 10, 2012, 1-3 p.m.

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

George's unique vision allows him to bring to the world images that are beautiful and surprising, causing the viewer to almost catch his/her breath at the immediacy and three-dimensional quality of the image, as if one could reach out and touch it. This exhibit at Las Chivas Coffee Roasters features images of the Southwest which are dramatic, iconic and surprising. In his teaching he places importance on "doing" photography on a regular basis to develop a body of work which can be continually viewed and sorted for the purpose of defining the photographer's vision. In this way photography can inform the artist in each of us. In his own work George brings a romantic, sensuous vision to emphasize the beauty and grandeur of this world.

BIO

George is a professional photographer who has exhibited his work in galleries and has been published in magazines, books and calendars. He also teaches and leads photo tours. George is a native of New York. He studied Economics & Philosophy at Fordham University and holds an MBA in International Business and Finance from Columbia University. He retired from IBM after 31 years. He and his wife, Teresa, moved to Santa Fe in 2000 where they enjoy sunsets, their garden and their Chartres-design labyrinth. He is a founder of the Eldorado School Community Garden and past Treasurer of the Eldorado Arts & Crafts Association. As an adventurous outdoor photographer, George has traveled widely in the USA and abroad. He has frequently visited and photographed faraway places, like New Zealand, Australia and Alaska. He enjoys leading groups on photo outings. George approaches unique challenges as creative opportunities. Among other exotic adventures, George has hiked and photographed the famous Milford Track, a five-day journey up and over the mountains of New Zealand into magnificent Milford Sound.

May 2012

May 6-June 2, 2012. "Animal Medicine" watercolors by Joan La Rocca

Opening Reception May 6 1-3 p.m. Live music with Flutist Danny Wilding

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Joan LaRocca made her first journey to the Southwest in 1988, because of a dream. This experience made such an impact that suddenly everything changed: her vision, her painting, and her life.

The power of the Earth, Native American culture, the universal connectedness of all things, and the palpable Spirit, grounded and intertwined these seemingly diverse concepts to form a synergistic powerful abstract whole which inspires and informs her art. The Sacred Circle and the infinity of no beginning/no end, is the motif of and at the heart of many of her paintings. She works primarily in watercolor using natural items in her painting such as shed lizard and snakeskins, raven feathers, white buffalo fur, and other naturally given materials. Her art is concurrently abstract and realist; mystical, yet physical; visionary, yet grounding. Her themes are diverse: covering, among many subjects, the spark of sentient thought and being; our diverse landscapes and creatures of the earth; the great universal mysteries; and the wondrous cities of the world.

"Art brings me to the center; I want each painting to exist independently and to be felt. I want each work to have a life of its own and to speak for itself."

Born in New York City, Joan LaRocca began drawing seriously at age twelve, and has been on a creative quest ever since. At age 17, Joan received the Alexander Award by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an honor given to the most outstanding art students in New York City. Joan also received highest honors in her BA and MA from the Art Department at NYU. While there, she came under the mentorship of Hale Woodruff, one of the most renowned African-American artists of the 20th century. Mr. Woodruff, LaRocca says, "Encouraged me to paint my own vision, to believe in what I was doing, and to hold to the integrity of my personal expression."

Ms. LaRocca follows a tradition of art that is a part of her family; her father was an impeccable craftsman whose work can be found throughout the U.S., including Harry Winston Jewelers on 5th Avenue, NYC; her brother, a New York City architect. During the 1960's in Greenwich Village, Joan was involved with some of the most influential artists of the abstract expressionist movement: Hale Woodruff, Helen Frankenthaler, Esteban Vicente, Gaudnek, and Robert Motherwell, Edwin Dickinson, to name a few.

She struggled to understand what it all meant, and then one day, after hours of painting, she got it. "The pure joy, power, and love of brush and paint expressed by a stroke, in a moment!" She found it exhilarating, and her first successful abstract piece was created. Although she doesn't consider herself an abstract expressionist, if one looks closely into any small area of her watercolors, that early influence is evident. When the great American painter Edwin Dickinson, met Ms. LaRocca at a one-woman exhibition, he personally congratulated her and wrote "Du Premier Coup" (The First Stroke), an honor and acknowledgement she treasures to this day.

Joan LaRocca's travel, life experiences, and dreams have influenced the development of her work. Although she has worked effectively in a variety of mediums, as continues to do so for private clients, her focus on watercolor is the most "natural" medium that enables her to arrange more complex, detailed, and delicate compositions where space and image could merge, then emerge independently...then merge again.

Joan is also a photographer and has studied at the Ghost Ranch in N.M. She received the Honorable Mention for a photograph that is part of a permanent collection in the New York Museum of Natural History. Joan LaRocca continues to have exhibitions throughout the Northeast (primarily in CT, Cape Cod, NY) and Arizona. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections. Recently a resident of Santa Fe, NM, she is a member of the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association and shows in various venues throughout New Mexico.

April 2012

April 1-28, 2012 "The Art of the Quilt" by Jeri Beitel

Opening Reception Sunday April 1, 2012 1 - 3 p.m. Live Music Celtic Harp KATE SHANE

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BIOGRAPHY

Education:  BA, MA. Cal. State University, Long Beach in Interior Deign with Art Minor.  MA. Cal. State University, Fullerton in Art History.  Professor of Interior Design teaching courses in History of Decorative Design, Drafting, Color, and Composition for 30 plus years at Fullerton Community College in Fullerton, CA.

Background in Design: Established Interior Design and Graphics Business, “Colorway Designs” for 12 years, This business included Interior Design Projects,  Business Logos, Wall Paintings and Murals.

Background in Fiber Arts:  Began creating Art Quilts in 1998 when retired from teaching.  Moved to Santa Fe in 2003 to continue with art related projects.  Quilts have been shown in California Shows, Local Quilt and  Art Quilt Shows in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Las Cruces.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My interest in Fiber Arts has been ongoing since childhood. I started doing traditional quilting in the 1980’s. A long interest in Santa Fe drew me here where the inspiration is boundless. I began doing Art Quilts in 1995 to combine my interest in fabric with my background in painting. My work is largely abstract which I achieve with appliqué. I also have an interest in people with a focus on their situation in life. I paint these on plain fabric and apply them to a pieced or appliquéd background. My current direction has gone to painting on canvas, stitching it together and adding more fabric. I love bright color and so that is the one thing that ties my work together. 

March 2012

Feb. 26-March 31, 2012, "Captured by the Light", Janet Shaw Amtmann

Opening reception Feb. 26 1-3 p.m.

My work carries with it the whispered teachings of many artists I have known, and the joy and excitement I feel when confronted with the natural world that is New Mexico.

BIOGRAPHY

I began painting when I was 6 years old in Sarasota, Florida. My mother, a landscape and portrait artist became my teacher. We'd have afternoon tea together and she'd tell me about her day painting Florida landscapes. Listening to her and smelling that lovely scent of oil paint made me want to take her brushes and dip them into her oils and paint. And so it began.
When I was 14, I began to study seriously with Syd Solomon, an abstract expressionist; Hilton Leech, a renowned landscape watercolorist and later Marilyn Bendell, a famous portrait painter. A deep friendship developed with these artists during this time, and I was encouraged to show my work. I signed my name as "J. Shaw" and continue to do so today.
Many years later after nurturing a family, teaching, and working in publishing and advertising, I retired and closed my advertising agency in Del Mar, Ca. My idea of retirement was to return to paint in an artistic community surrounded by natural beauty and work other inspiring artists. I found all that in Santa Fe, NM and began to paint with pastel artists, Kathleen Gray Schallock and Anita Louise West. Pastels lend themselves to the earth tones, dusty roads, adobes, and mountains of New Mexico. It's exciting to be painting again. I am living my dream. Recently, I have returned to painting in oils, my original medium. Often I will paint both an oil and pastel while on location.

www.janetshawamtmann.com

February 2012

January 29 - Feb. 26, 2012, "Paradise Found"--Photography by Dr. Jim Melisi

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BIO & ARTIST'S STATEMENT

James W. Melisi, M.D., is a self-taught photographer and practicing neurosurgeon. Born in New Jersey, Dr. Melisi developed an early appreciation for travel and the natural beauty that surrounds us all. He first began carrying a camera on childhood vacations. Later, he received his first SLR camera upon graduation from medical school in 1986 when film photography was still popular and the digital age was as yet unknown.

Together with his wife, Debra and their two children, Dr. Melisi's love of the outdoors has taken them to places off the beaten path. As a result, he developed an inclination toward landscape photography utilizing natural color and light and his photos typically exemplify the road less travelled. After many years in Virginia, he and his wife now live and work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With the natural beauty of the American southwest in his backyard, Dr. Melisi is especially grateful that he can pursue both his passions of neurosurgery and photography in a very special place.

January 2012

January 2 - 28, 2012--Abad Sandoval Watercolors

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BIO

Abad Sandoval was born in the little town of La Cueva, in northeast New Mexico, near Mora, where the high elevations and cooler temperatures make the region a magnet for those who savor the taste of its luscious raspberries. His local Hispanic roots go back on his father's side to the 1650s and before that to Spain.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

"When I look at a landscape, I can almost smell and taste it," says Abad Sandoval, who grew up amid New Mexico's most breathtaking vistas, from the canyons of the Rio Grande, flooded by the slanting rays of the afternoon sun, to the Jemez Mountains, rising west of Santa Fe, like the spine of some prehistoric dragon. "It's impossible to open your eyes in the morning and not be instantly inspired by New Mexico's legendary light," he says. "You feel like you're living within a painting, whose shadows and panoramas change minute by minute, hour by hour."

December 2011

December 4 - December 31, 2011--Robert Kegel – Photography

Opening Reception December 4, 1-3 P.M.

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Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning to hunt and fish from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer. www.robertkegel.com

November 2011

October 30 - December 3, 2011--Julia Cairns "The Warmth of Africa"

Opening Reception Sunday, October 30 1 – 3 p.m.
Music by Celtic Fiddler Robin Bulger 

Eating MangoesReaching for the MoonGirls of Galisteo

BIO

Julia Cairns was born in Oxford, England in 1959. After many travels in her twenties, she made her home in Botswana, Africa where she lived for 9 years. Mostly painting landscapes in the Okavango Delta, she also designed cards and was commissioned to paint a number of postage stamps for the country. In 1990, Julia was invited to paint a portrait of the president (Quett Masire). In 1992, she married biologist Dr. John Bulger on the banks of the Chobe River.

After her marriage, Julia moved to California where she found success in the field of children’s books. She has illustrated seven thus far; ‘We All Went On Safari’ has been translated into nine languages and has won numerous awards.

Julia and her family now reside in Galisteo, NM where they are enjoying the sunshine! In 2010, Julia published an African fable with Frances Lincoln (UK publisher) and has just completed another children’s book for Lee and Low Books about the Moon, to be published in 2011. She is currently working on her own picture book with Abrams publishers (New York).

Julia’s whimsical, colorful style has found its way on to many products, from fabric to jigsaw puzzles, shower curtains and calendars. A new fabric line will be completed in the Spring of 2011.

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Painting gives me great joy. There is a special kind of energy that comes through the creative process….a special insight. I feel it is for the beholder to perceive his own interpretation of a painting, so I would not attempt to explain my work, only what inspires me, and that is Africa. The images, vibrancy and color of Africa stay with me, finding expression in my paintings and illustrations. It was through painting landscape for many years in the Okavango swamps, Botswana that I developed an affinity with nature. So eventually I began to interpret the natural world in my own way, a mixture of fantasy, joy and color that celebrate my love for Africa.

October 2011
October 2- October 29, 2011- Molly Hyde
"Sit, Sip and Ponder: Still Life Paintings and Their Quiet Stories"

Opening Reception Sunday October 2, 1 – 3 p.m.

Onions and TurnipsRed PeppersPewter Pitcher

BIO

Hyde had been painting Connecticut River Valley landscapes for about ten years when in 2001 Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik moved into southern Vermont.  She became part of a group of 11 called “The Putney Painters” who met several times a month to paint together. Hyde had the honor of painting with these masters for nearly 5 years, a time she considers her classical training.

The move to New Mexico in 2005 opened a world of new colors, wide open spaces and new teachers. Hyde is frequently out painting en plein air with others at various locations in the Southwest while in the studio she concentrates on still life works where she can take her time and concentrate on a more intimate world.

Hyde lives with her long-time best friend and husband of 40+ years in Eldorado.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I have fallen in love with still life painting. Originally taking up still life to strengthen my landscape work, I was surprised to find how satisfying this intimate work can be. Whether a lovely piece of fruit or a beloved object from my mother’s home, a still life is not just about how an object looks, but about its story and the love it implies.

September 2011
August 27 - October 1, 2011- Karen Fitzsimmons Oriental Brush Works:   "Ahh....Flowers, Rocks, Water, Life"
Opening Reception Sunday August 28 1 – 3 p.m.

sframbler@gmail.com

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BIO
Karen Fitzsimmons has been a painter since earliest childhood and has painted and sketched in many countries the world over. She first went to Japan in 1972 & soon began her study of Sumi-e. Since settling in Santa Fe in 1990, she has focused on integrating her love & appreciation of Sumi-e and the Oriental landscapes with the unique and elegant forms that surrounds us here in the Southwest.  She currently teaches Oriental Brush Painting to private students.

 

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST
I paint both traditional & modern Sumi-e. The traditional practice rewards & delights me with sudden revelations & insights into technique & intent. My modern work is informed by the traditional yet pushes forward inviting brush, ink, & paper to reveal new combinations that reflect the individual in these modern times.

August   2011

July 24 - August 27: Western Landscape Photography--Jack Arnold Photography.
www.jackarnoldphoto.com

Opening Reception July 24, 1-3 pm. Meet the Artist.

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 BIO

Jack's Mom gave him a camera to play with when he was 4, and he has been taking pictures ever since. A resident artist in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Jack taught photography, video production, and he managed a program to integrate the Arts with the general curriculum.

Jack's images of the American West are captured on film with an Arca-Swiss 4 x 5 large format camera, and digitally with a Canon EOS-5D 35mm format camera.

 

Statement of the Artist

I love to find complementary forms in the natural landscape, especially those forms that emphasize what is unique about a place.

Solitude is a critical part of my creative process. I am attracted to the American West as a subject because it is there that I can immerse myself in solitary contemplation of a magnifent landscape.

The camera helps me. It is a second pair of eyes as well as a brush and canvas that allow me to portray the feeling I had about a certain place and time.

In sharing my images I hope to inspire viewers to pay closer attention to what is happening around them, particularly in the natural world, and to understand that artistic creation is a very useful tool for developing that attention.

 

July 2011
June 26-July 23 Sally Hayden Von Conta "Inside the Outside" - Plein Air Pastels

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

Wherever you go, your heart goes with you. Walk around and smell the air, listen to the trees or rocks. Ask yourself what pulls your heart to sit at this particular spot. Is it the light, the patterns or just that it makes you happy? Then pick up your pastels and begin to paint.

What happens is always a conversation between you and the landscape. In pastel, you have 10 brushes (10 fingers) so it's great to see what they can do. The end result is always a surprise. As an artist, I am the last to know what will happen. At its best, you become so much a part of the landscape that you disappear. I like the adventure.

When I see my finished pieces, I remember the heat on the rocks and the sound of the bees on the wild roses - it's all inside the painting.

June 2011

May 21- June 25, 2011 Barney Magrath Photography

Opening Reception Sunday, May 22, 2011 , 1-3 PM

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BIO

Barney Magrath is a native Cornhusker (Nebraska) and received his college education in Wyoming. He lived on the Big Island (Hawaii) for 18 years, working in the Astronomy business before moving to Santa Fe, where he is now teaching astronomy at SFCC. He was bitten by the photography bug almost 40 years ago and now finds himself in possession of quite a large library of unique images, boxes of 35 mm Kodachrome family portraits, Gas-hypered 2 1/4 color transparencies of Halley's comet, low-resolution digital images from the first digital cameras, and medium-resolution images from his current 10 Mp Compact Digital Camera. Before he kicks the bucket he hopes to add high-resolution digital images to this photo library.

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST

The ever-changing and emerging new chapters of our lives, seen in color, written  in black and white, printed, and imaged with ever-evolving photo equipment are as diverse as the people who make up this crazy planet.  In Barnie Magrath's life these chapters comprise a book of life that is also a book of photography - a subject of dizzying choices and changes.  Maria Robinson sums up nicely her view of change by saying "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending".  That's how Barnie sees art, always new, always changing, always reflecting the life we lead. 

May 2011
April 23- May 21, 2011- Darryl Staples World Photographs
Opening Reception Saturday April 23 1 – 3 p.m.

LIVE Music by CATE SHANE

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BIO

Born in 1954 in Bellingham, Washington, Darrell Staples spent much of his life living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. His appreciation of and interest in the natural environment grew as he explored the peaks, lakes, and streams of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges of the Northwest.

As time passed, Darrell's always large curiosity began to turn to other cultures, peoples, and environments around the world. He has been privileged to pursue this interest through extensive travel in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, Northern and Southern Africa, India, Nepal, Tibet, South America, and Southest Asia. Traveling has taught him that even with the haste and turmoil of life there are always moments of great beauty, wonderment, awe, and serenity. We need only to stop and look.

Darrell's photographs are each an attempt to capture these feelings and observations. He hopes that he is able, in some measure, to convey and share a sense of the texture and mood of those moments. The year 2000 brought a relocation to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Darrell now resides with his wife, Joy. He continues to enjoy travel and to find inspiration in the beauty of the world around us.


April 2011

March 27 - April 24, 2011 Kinsey Spude  Fantastical Pixels

Opening Reception Sun., March 27, 2011 1-3 p.m.
Live Music Celtic Fiddler ROBIN BULGER

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BIO

Since she was four years old, Kinsey Anne Spude has surprised lovers of art with her clarity of vision, sense of whimsy and ability to evoke emotion with a few well-placed lines and brilliant color. Now, at eighteen, this high school senior brings us her computer generated images from a fantastical world beyond the realm of reality, where dwell urban warriors, imps, mounted lizards and cat-gods.

Mentored by such acclaimed artists as Dean Howell and Sheila Miles, Kinsey claims equal inspiration from her animation instructor, Chris Zappe at Desert Academy. With the support of her school and art department in 2010, Kinsey won the Melissa Engstram Youth Art Award from the City of Santa Fe. 

This show at Las Chivas is her first private showing.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I have been surrounded by art my whole life, and in the way of the sponge, soaked it up. I draw a great deal of inspiration from movies and the conceptual art from videogames. I am constantly sketching and every now and then, one of those sketches will be scanned into the computer so that I can take it to its full potential using graphic arts tools as my medium.

March 2011

February 25 - March 26, 2011 Jane E Chandler,  Watercolors, Pastels and Oils

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STATEMENT of the ARTIST

Drawing and painting have followed Jane Chandler all throughout her life.  She became dedicated first to watercolor as her primary medium after seeing Marin’s and O’Keeffe’s watercolors. An exciting interaction between personality and paint, Jane’s hand dances across the paper, capturing the colors and a sense of time and place with a minimum of brushstrokes.  She continues that feeling in her pastels and oils. Light is most important to the impressionist painter but the expressive use of color adds so much more excitement to interpreting what she sees; Jane’s art is EXpressive and intuitive as well as Impressive with loose, fluid movement!  Her subjects come from figures, florals and landscapes in America and abroad.

BIO
Jane Chandler was always involved with art in some form (music, dance or drawing/painting) while growing up in a happy environment in Texas in the 40’s and 50’s. After high school, she attended the University of North Texas and received her BA and MA degrees in art education. Jane first taught art in public schools that took her to Labrador to teach on a USAF base, where she met her husband, Jim.  Jim’s military career took them to Tucson, AZ, the Philippines and to Los Alamos, NM where they both worked at the national lab; Jane was a graphics specialist, who enjoyed using pens, colored inks and her own airbrush.
Painting in the mountains around Los Alamos nurtured her love of nature.  She studied the techniques of the “modernists” like Charles Burchfield, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Marin, learning techniques from local artists C. Reid (watercolor), A. Handell (pastel), and L. McElwain (oils) who inspired her own artistic quest.

February 2011

February 4 - February 24, 2011: Virginia Westray, New Artwork, Acrylic & Mixed Media


www.virginiawestray.com

westray2WestrayARTIST'S STATEMENT
I discovered the craft of copper enameling as a child, and years later, discovered its potential as a painting medium. Vitreous enamel is a finely ground glass that is colored with mineral and metallic oxides. It is fused onto copper in a preheated kiln at temperatures of 1500 to 1800 degrees F., and a typical painting requires 5 to 10 separate firings. In my work, I particularly enjoy using the rich effects of transparent colors over the copper base, as well as the additional color and patina of uncoated and over-fired metal.

This year I have been exploring mixed media on paper, using watercolor, collage, and drawing in compositions that express my interest in music, movement, and color. Having been a professional bookbinder for almost 40 years, I find this pleasure in playing with paper is a natural for me. This work progresses alongside my continued exploration of the possibilities of enamel art.

Article www.virginiawestray.com/laschivas2007.html

 

January 2011

January 7 - February 4, 2011 Julia Cairns The Warmth of Africa

Opening Reception Sat., Jan. 8, 2011 1-3 p.m.
Live Music Celtic Fiddler ROBIN BULGER

Julia Cairns was born in Oxford, England in 1959. After many travels in her twenties, she made her home in Botswana, Africa where she lived for 9 years. Mostly painting landscapes in the Okavango Delta, she also designed cards and was commissioned to paint a number of postage stamps for the country. In 1990, Julia was invited to paint a portrait of the president (Quett Masire). In 1992, she married biologist Dr. John Bulger on the banks of the Chobe River.

After her marriage, Julia moved to California where she found success in the field of children’s books. She has illustrated seven thus far; ‘We All Went On Safari’ has been translated into nine languages and has won numerous awards.

Julia and her family now reside in Galisteo, NM where they are enjoying the sunshine! In 2010, Julia published an African fable with Frances Lincoln (UK publisher) and has just completed another children’s book for Lee and Low Books about the Moon, to be published in 2011. She is currently working on her own picture book with Abrams publishers (New York).

Julia’s whimsical, colorful style has found its way on to many products, from fabric to jigsaw puzzles, shower curtains and calendars. A new fabric line will be completed in the Spring of 2011.

Statement of the Artist

Painting gives me great joy. There is a special kind of energy that comes through the creative process….a special insight. I feel it is for the beholder to perceive his own interpretation of a painting, so I would not attempt to explain my work, only what inspires me, and that is Africa. The images, vibrancy and color of Africa stay with me, finding expression in my paintings and illustrations. It was through painting landscape for many years in the Okavango swamps, Botswana that I developed an affinity with nature. So eventually I began to interpret the natural world in my own way, a mixture of fantasy, joy and color that celebrate my love for Africa.

December 2010
November 27, 2010 - January 7, 2011 Robert Kegel  Wildlife Photographs

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Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning to hunt and fish from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer.

 

November 2010
October 30 - November 26 Santa Fe Quilters
Opening Reception Saturday, October 30, 2010 1 – 3 p.m.

Quilters Quilters Quilters

The traditional bed quilt has been transformed into a creative and artistic medium through the use of innovative studio techniques, materials and embellishment.  This
exhibit showcases the work of five Santa Fe quilters, each with her own personal style, message and techniques.

Art Quilters of Santa Fe www.nnmqg.org

 

October 2010
October 2 - 29, 2010 Darryl Staples World Photographs
Opening Reception Saturday, October 2, 2010 1 – 3 p.m.

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Darrell Staples spent much of his life living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. His appreciation of and interest in the natural environment grew as he explored the peaks, lakes, and streams of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges of the Northwest.

Darrell's endless curiosity has turned to other cultures, peoples, and environments around the world. He has been privileged to pursue this interest through extensive travel in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, Northern and Southern Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, and Tibet.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Traveling has taught him that even with the haste and turmoil of life there are always moments of great beauty, wonderment, awe, and serenity. We need only to stop and look. Darrell’s photographs are each an attempt to capture these feelings and observations. He hopes he is able, in some measure, to convey and share a sense of the mood and texture of those moments.

September 2010
September 4 - October 1, 2010  Ed Webb Photographs
Opening Reception Saturday, September 4, 2010 1 – 3 p.m.

bridge Ravine Rocks

Ed Webb, Photographer

BIO
After a conservative childhood in Colorado, I, as many hopeful youth of my time, lookedd forward to Ron Reagan’s visions of a "shining city on a hill", I  joined the Army.  As luck would have it, I got stationed in Berlin, Germany, where I bought a photo bag full of equipment and accessories, none of which I knew how to use and wandered into the Arts & Crafts branch Photo-lab for some instruction, and the rest is history.
After I was honorably discharged, I remained in Berlin, married, with a child, and a job working as a photo instructor and photographer in the very photo lab that I had once upon a time wandered into. I was also at the time studying Photography and Art history, both of which I obtained degrees in (Associate Applied Science in Photography, Central Texas College, Bachelor Arts in Art history, University of Maryland and studies in Europe). From late 89 on I was also actively working as an artist, exhibiting, doing performance art, and finally writing/reading my poetry. I was there when the wall fell and the wind’s of change blew the free market eastward. I always feel fortunate to have witnessed a peaceful revolution, how often does that happen? Does it really all come down to a quarter pounder and a banana (probably, yes!)?
I returned to the United States in and as one might do in New Mexico, we bought an adobe house in the forest at the end of a muddy road. I’ve since learned to garden, grow things, deal with squash beetles.

ARTIST STATEMENT
The photographs on display are mostly enlargements from 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” negatives with one or two middle format blow-ups and even an occasional pinhole camera image in the mix. The prints are silver gelatin chloro-bromide prints on an extremely silver rich fiber-base, graded double weight paper (Emax) made in Croatia. The brown color is due to a gold/silver chloride toner. The little red/brown contact prints tucked in here and there are albumen prints rather than gelatin. I want to thank everyone that is giving them a look and hopefully, they are enjoying them!

August 2010
August 1 - September 4, 2010 Sally Hayden Von Conta Listening with your Eyes - Plein Air Pastels
Opening Reception Sunday, August 1, 2010 1 - 3 p.m.
Live Music, Harpist Kate Shane and Flutist Danny Wilding

Kate and Danny
Photo by John Ressler

 

Apricot Sunrise Listening to the Trout Come with me to the Ortiz
Paintings by Sally Hayden Von Conta

July 2010
Bill Bowman
Opening Reception Saturday, July 2, 2010 1 – 3 p.m.

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Bill Bowman, Woodsmith
BIO
I have always enjoyed working with my hands and with wood in particular.  In the mid eighties I began to collect old wide boards, wine box stencils, and recycled chestnut when it became available.  Building and creating decks and coffee tables were a welcome respite from the day-to-day of equity investing.  I moved to Santa Fe in July of ’06 and brought with me on a new trailer some fourteen hundred pounds of boards and wine box stencils.  It wasn’t until I created a table with each shelf a collage of various boards that I discovered a new approach to using my wood collection.

Some of the wood was cut before the age of the circular saw (circa 1845).  Chestnut, nearly extinct, is from recycled barns and fallen down houses found while looking for wood on country byways in New England. Wood from an old loom now forms the base of a coffee table I made for a new friend with some chestnut I rescued from a collapsed barn in Canton, CT.  Other wood in my collection has a similar origin.

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST
By combining the various grains of cherry, walnut, chestnut, curly maple and other assorted woods in a variety of shapes, I found that I could create images of canyons and canyon walls as well as a variety of abstractions that prove emotionally satisfying.

As I enter my 7th decade I have found a new calling. I hope you find the interplay of grains, colors and shapes exciting and, at the same time, peaceful.

June 2010
May 23 - July 2, 2010 Aram Farber Abstracts in Acrylic
Opening Reception Sunday, May 23, 2010 1 – 3 p.m.

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Mr. Farber, who is a local building contractor and owns AdobeWorks, began his building career in a plaster company in New Mexico. Mr. Farber writes that his earliest work in plastering in New Mexico called for a lot of sculpting and concern for light and color. Today he finds himself using pallet knives and miniature trowels. The techniques and tools that became second nature to him in the early days are now his new friends. They allow him to apply paint in an almost three-dimensional way, with a looseness and fluidity he could never achieve using a brush alone.

"I'm drawn to the power of color and its ability to reflect and evoke emotion. I don't insist that you see what I see nor do I expect you to stare at a work for hours to uncover its secret inner meaning. What I hope is that the eye and mind see and feel the impact and experience something akin to a pleasing and surprising discovery".

 

 

May 2010
April 25, 2010 - May 22, 2010: John Ressler - Abstracts in Photography
Opening Reception April 25, 2010 1 – 3 p.m.

John Ressler has been making photographs since high-school. He studied photography at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey under Bill Bardsdale and also at UNM in 1982. I have been a New Mexico resident since 1979, and have lived in Eldorado since 1988. In addition to photography, John worked for many years as a land-surveyor and is trained as a physical therapist assistant. Currently, he is working as a home-health caregiver.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My brother Paul gave me my first camera at age 17, and I fell in love with it. Making photographs keeps me more deeply involved and in-touch with the world in a way that would be less interesting without it. I make images of things that interest me. Some major influences are: Paul Strand, Josef Koudelka, Andre Kertez, and David Alan Harvey. I have always made, printed and framed my own work. When I am photographing I prefer to keep it very simple - I carry one camera and two-lenses. While photogaphing I keep a very low profile and make as few images as possible as to not attract attention to myself.

April 2010
March 28 - April 25, 2010 - George Henke
Opening Reception March 28, 1 - 3 p.m.

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George Henke is primarily interested in creating images of the natural world with a sense of magical, mystical immediacy, images which have depth and capture an essential beauty. Many of his images feature water, that is rapidly vanishing in its pristine, pure form.

Water graces our existence with misty mornings and dew-laden flowers, snow-capped mountains, blue lakes and running brooks, calm reflections and crashing waves, billowing clouds and wispy feathers of white chasing across an azure sky. George’s work is a celebration of the beauty that water brings to our planet and to our existence.

You can contact him at images_garden@yahoo.com

March 2010
February 28, 2010 - March 27, 2010: The Art Quilters of Santa Fe – The Artist Vision
Opening Reception February 28, 2010 1 – 3 p.m. Live Music with Harpist Kate Shane

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The traditional bed quilt has been transformed into a creative and artistic medium through the use of innovative studio techniques, materials and embellishment.  This
exhibit showcases the work of five Santa Fe quilters, each with her own personal style, message and techniques.

Art Quilters of Santa Fe www.nnmqg.org

Exhibiting Quilters
Jeri Beitel  - www.colorway-designs.com
Julie R. Filatoff - www.jirafstudio.com
Mary Olivera - www.newmexicocreates.com
Ann Anastasio
Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak

February 2010
January 31, 2010 - February 27, 2010: Darrell Staples - World Landscapes
Opening Reception Sunday, January 31, 2010 1-3 p.m. Live Music. www.dstaplesphotography.com

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Darrell Staples spent much of his life living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. His appreciation of and interest in the natural environment grew as he explored the peaks, lakes, and streams of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges of the Northwest.

Darrell's endless curiosity has turned to other cultures, peoples, and environments around the world. He has been privileged to pursue this interest through extensive travel in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe, Northern and Southern Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, and Tibet.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Traveling has taught him that even with the haste and turmoil of life there are always moments of great beauty, wonderment, awe, and serenity. We need only to stop and look. Darrell’s photographs are each an attempt to capture these feelings and observations. He hopes he is able, in some measure, to convey and share a sense of the mood and texture of those moments.

January 2010
January 3, 2010 - January 30, 2010: Sheila Bicoll
Opening Reception January 10, 2010 with Celtic Harpist Kate Shane.

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A native of Michigan and graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, Sheila and her husband, Norton, raised their children, Adam and Jessica in Texas and have now “retired” to Santa Fe. Sheila was not aware of any artistic ability until two events changed all of that. She was given a “point and shoot” camera and her father, Nathan Faine, an artist, passed away. Sheila feels that her dad, no longer needing his talent here, left it in her care.

Since that time, Ms Bicoll won several photography contests, including an all expense paid trip to Disney World. Sheila has shown her work in many Santa Fe locations and a number of special car shows in Texas, Louisiana, California and New Mexico. Her images are in private
collections in New Mexico, Texas, California, New York and Israel.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
About her art, she says, “I shoot what I like and I shoot in color because that is how I see the world. I often see something special in very ordinary settings and try to capture that image. My work is not “enhanced” or changed in any way from what my eye first enjoyed." She and her friend, the camera, enjoy traveling the world and recording the wonderful images that are there to be captured on film. They can often be seen off wandering back streets or out of the way places looking for that unusual view.

December 2009
November 22, 2009 - January 2, 2010: Robert Kegel – Wildlife Photography and Other Subjects
Opening Reception November 22, 1-3 pm. Meet the Artist. Live folk music by Leo Sanchez.. www.robertkegel.com

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Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning to hunt and fish from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer.

November 2009
October 25 - November 21, 2009: Barbara Carter Flight of Fancy: Birds and Imagined Landscapes.
Opening Reception November 1, 2009 1-3pm. Meet the Artist. Live music by Celtic Harpist Kate Shane.
www.barbaracarterfineart.com, www.barbaracarter.etsy.com

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Barbara Carter's signature style has developed out of an exploration of alternative photographic processes and digital image manipulation. Initially, she was attracted to the Polaroid transfer process because it creates a particular mood and texture, an impression rather than a literal expression. Her Polaroid transfer composites combine this process with digital manipulation to create a unique interpretation of Southwestern and European landscape.

The images in Barbara's newest portfolio, "Flight of Fancy: Birds and Imagined Landscapes", are all photomontage: multiple images brought together in one composition (a bird, different landscape elements, added mist, texture, and borders). Each bird is seen as through a vintage viewfinder, with dark borders and layers of texture. Backgrounds are simplified and the bird is center stage.

This portfolio began as an obsession with the ravens that fly through the immense New Mexico sky near Barbara's home in Eldorado. Next to take hold of her were the Sandhill cranes that winter over at Bosque del Apache, a wildlife preserve several hours away. To witness the cranes as they take flight at first light in the stark winter landscape is pure magic.

October 2009
September 27 - October 24, 2009: Mary Ann Jackson, My Favorite Things, Oils and Mixed Media. www.maryannjackson.com
Opening Reception September 27, 2009 1-3pm. Meet the Artist. Live Flamenco by Bruce L'Hommedieu

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Mary Ann Jackson has exhibited her oil paintings extensively in group shows and galleries in Canada & California and have won many awards for her work. Recently, in addition to oil-on-canvas paintings she has been exploring art created from found objects; glass, wood, canvas. New Mexico is the mother lode. Subjects include flowers, animals, figures and whatever captures her imagination as she explores New Mexico. The light in this State surely lives up to its reputation…it’s enchanting. Mary Ann Jackson strives to get this sense of enchanting light across in her work. She continues to create art full time in her studio in Eldorado and enjoying those great sunsets.

All paintings in this show are oil on canvas, Mary Ann Jackson's first medium of choice, except one is mixed media, have added pastel to the painting. She prefers strong images of animals, natural bold shapes of flowers. Co Co, the “Walking Dog at Sunset” has been her inspiration for many paintings, she exhibits a wonderful silhouette among the colors and shadows that surround her.

September 2009
August 30 - September 26: Jack Arnold New Mexico Landscape. www.jackarnoldphoto.com
Opening Reception August 30, 1-3 pm. Meet the Artist. Live music by Flamenco Guitarist Bruce L'Hommedieu.



August 2009
August 2 - 29: Nancy Allen – Cyanograms

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The alternative photographic process, known as blueprinting or cyanotype, was invented in 1842 by Sir John Hershel and was one of the first successful methods of photographic reproduction. Nancy Allen fell in love with the beautiful, deep and mysterious, Prussian blue of the print and found the process simple and accessible because she could do it at home.

The artist's intention is to create cyanograms that are a pleasure to live with and to capture the viewer with a powerful graphic quality, a delightful abstraction, an intriguing composition, or an out-of the-ordinary application of materials. Sometimes poetic, sometimes literal, Nancy Allen strives to create beautiful prints.

 

July 2009
Chuck West. June 28 - August1, 2009: Chuck West – Cowboy Stories.
Opening Reception June 28, 1-3 pm. Meet the Artist. Traditional Cowboy Music. chuckwestphotography.com

Chuck West has had a long career as a professional freelance photographer.  This exhibit is a display of his work selected from over fifteen years of photographing working cowboys from New Mexico, California, Colorado, and Texas. In fact, in 1994, Chuck signed on as a ranch hand at the Cross Ranch Cattle Company in Pescadero, CA. The cameras went into the closet, and he immersed himself in the work—10% tending cattle, 90% mending fence, chopping thistle, and other intensive labor. This experience gave Chuck insight that brings authenticity and realism to his portraits of working cowboys and their

families. His rural landscapes reveal the cowboy life that exists beyond the barbed wired fence along our familiar highways.

Professionally, if you had to hang a label on him, you could call him an environmental portrait photographer. But, that by no means tells the whole story. His career has included architectural, corporate, annual report, advertising and editorial assignments for major national and international clients. These projects have taken him all over the USA and around the world. Chuck’s work is held in several private and public collections, and has garnered numerous industry awards, as well as fine art awards.

Being the peripatetic wanderer that he is, Chuck has called many places home— from his birthplace of Charleston, South Carolina to Wiesbaden, Germany; New York City; the San Francisco Bay Area; the Texas Hill Country; and several other stops along the way. Now, he and his wife, Fabian, have settled here in Eldorado with their dogs, Sadie and Cora, and their cat, Elko—plus their horses Bear and Coco which they keep at the Eldorado stable facility. He is also an avid motorcyclist and founder of the Motorado motorcycle club.

June 2009
June 1 - June 31, 2009: Jeremy Hammond Photos, Scenes From Rwanda, Tanzania and Other Parts. www.jeremyhammond.org
Opening Reception June 7, 2009 1-3pm. Meet the Artist. Live music by Bob Demboski, Jazz Guitar and Michael Kott, Electro-Cellist
• Presentation on African Culture: Beauty and Happiness in Small Villages: The Stories Behind the Photos – Jeremy Hammond
• Presentation On African Landscapes And Its Beauty: Kenya And Tanzania - Jim Bellamy - TBA

The mission of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is to provide solar power and wireless communications to a quarter of the world’s population living in energy poverty.

SELF believes that energy is a human right. To meet global challenges such as food and water scarcity, climate change and poverty, SELF is working to assign greater priority to the importance of sustainable energy among international development banks, aid agencies, foundations, and philanthropic individuals, who are committed to improving the health, education, and economic prospects of the world’s poorest citizens. www.self.org

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE SOLAR ELECTRIC LIGHT FUND, PROVIDING SOLAR ENERGY TO AFRICAN VILLAGES

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
I started genuinely exploring the world at the age of 1 when I miraculously climbed to the top of my parent’s 6ft high refrigerator. It wasn’t until I discovered underwater photography at the age of 11 that I became interested in seeing the world through a camera lens. Since then my passion for exploration and photography has led me to travel in over 26 countries and to shoot professionally in Austria, Rwanda, Spain, & Tanzania.

Shortly after graduating college in 2006 Jeremy left the US on an excursion for 14 months; the first 3 months he worked at the Salzburg Global Seminar at the elegant palace of Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, the next 9 months he volunteered as a health worker for Columbia University’s NTD/Access Project in rural Rwanda, and the last 3 months he spent as a free lance photographer in Rwanda and Tanzania.

Jeremy also was a Portrait Photography Competition Winner for IKAZE Magazine Nov - Jan 2008 and has several publications, including
“Visual Visit: Tanzania.” IKAZE Magazine Feb-Apr 2008
“Keep in touch with the Dutch.” IKAZE Magazine Nov – Jan 2008
“The Rwanda Cure.” Forbes Oct. 29, 2007, Robert Langreth
“De Irlanda a Oviedo, por amor al asturiano.” La Nueva Espana May 22, 2005.

May 2009
April 25 - May 30, 2009: Alicia Otis Transparent Landscapes: Acrylic/Gouache Paintings
Opening Reception May 17, 2009 1-3pm Folk Guitar by Leo Sanchez
Booksigning with Alicia

Alicia Otis is a Sufi, a grandmother, a poet, and a photographer. She and her dog live outsideSanta Fe, NM. The natural world is where she feels most at home.Visit her website www.NewRiverDancer.org


 

 

April 2009
March 29 - April 25, 2009: Victoria Seale Charcoal Horses
Opening Reception March 29, 2009 1-3pm. Live Music: Gypsy Guitar by Bruce Hommedieu

Victoria Seale received her BFA from the University of Texas-Austin in 1984 and her MFA from the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque in 1994. Ms. Seale has shown her mixed media work nationally.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
These mixed media drawings were originally inspired by a dream of a horse standing in a room. In this series, a surreal stillness is evoked with the juxtaposition of horses in interior spaces. The horses are photographed then the photos are photocopied so that they could be enlarged or reduced. Some are composites of different horses. The photocopies are glued to boards then drawn and painted to bring out the detail.

 

March 2009
March 1 - 28, 2009: Jim Jennings Oil Landscapes
Opening Reception March 1, 2009 1-3pm. Live Music: Celtic Harp by Kate Shane

 

 

 

 

 



Jim Jennings was born in El Paso, Texas in 1957. He graduated from The University of North Texas in 1987 with a BFA in Graphic Design. After graduation, he worked at several design firms in Dallas as an Art Director and Graphic Artist before moving to Colorado.

Inspired by the spare beauty of the southwestern desert landscape, Jim moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997, where he currently lives with his wife
Gaia and cat Alice.

Jim is currently pursuing the study of oil painting and stone sculpture in its many forms.

 

February 2009
Douglas Stewart: “Near Here” Photography Exhibit
Opening Reception Feb 1, 2009 1-3 Pm Presentation By Photographer. Folk Guitar by Leo Sanchez

stewart1stewart2Doug Stewart has taught and/or exhibited photography in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, England, and in numerous programs in the US, including the Maine Photographic Workshop, Ohio University, and Northern Illinois University, where in 1968 he founded and then directed the photography department. He has been a free-lance commercial photographer, an industrial photographer at the California Institute of Technology, and on the staff of several automotive publications. His images are in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, the French National Museum, Friends of Photography, Galarie Fotohof, the Columbus Museum of Art, and numerous private collections.

 

 

 

When asked the "Why do you photograph?" question a number of years ago, my answer was,
"I photograph those few things I do understand
to help explain them to others;
" I photograph the many things I don't understand
to help explain them to myself."

These many years later, that still seems to be the case.

WORKSHOP "Make Your Own Photo Art" Sunday, Feb. 8th, 3 - 6 p.m. In addition to Douglas Stewart's photographic exhibit, he will be offering a workshop at Las Chivas Coffeehouse in the Agora Shopping Center that will include basic photo-art tips and production methods as well as an aesthetic group discussion and photographic examples.

Min. participants – 8; max. – 22. Please register ASAP, as space is limited: Email Douglas at: stewart@rt66.com to sign up!
Cost: $14, individuals; $12 each, couples, seniors, and students.
Price includes handouts and one 11x17" enlarged print of your work by QuikSend in the Agora.

PLAY READING "Park-Naked", Santa Fe Playhouse Feb. 14-15 (only) This new short stage-reading play depicts the interactions with passers-by of a man with unusual powers on an urban park bench, apparently clad only in the New York Times and a wristwatch. For more information: www.santafeplayhouse.org/season.php4

BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AND SIGNING DURING THE EXHIBIT

"How To Stay Stressed" is Doug Stewart's creative reverse-psychology book on the how's and why'sof avoiding the many varieties and inherent ills of undue stress. With humorous Mina Yamashita illustrations.

Also available during the exhibition will be European-edition monograph copies of Doug's work from the exciting photographic era of the 60's and 70's.

 

January 2009
January 4 - January 31, 2009: Sande Anderson, Silk Abstracts
Opening Reception January 4, 2009

anderson 1anderson2The arts has been a passion all of Sande's life. Painting, drawing, and design are things she has been doing since growing up in northern California. Wherever she lived, southern California, Kentucky, New Mexico she has continued to explore creatively in silkwork, printmaking and painting.

Schools and universities she studied at include The Art Institute of San Francisco, University of Guadalajara, La Reparata Art school in Florence, Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, with a BA in Art form San Francisco Statue University and an MA in Art from Sacramento State University. She has taught in a variety of places including community centers, youth-at-risk, in adult education and community colleges classes. Her works have been shown in galleries, museums, groups shows and in schools and universities.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Ancient shapes and changing forms combined with the expressiveness of color often defines Sande's work. Things seen and unseen are explored in space of dream-like forms as they flow on various media. Layers are worked upon often with spontaneous drawing or writing. Light is an essential part of her work with nature, people, animals and artifacts of the mind and glimpses of the possible Eternal being inspirations.

Though her work Sande seems to be on a continual path of exploration of herself , her spirit, each piece leading to the next, often working beyond words.

 

November 30, 2008 - January 3, 2009: Robert Kegel – Photography
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 30, 2008 from 1pm to 3pm. Folk Guitar by Leo Sanchez

 
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Robert Kegel's work primarily concentrates of the rich beauty of New Mexico land forms and the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains which are printed on canvas and available in limited edition prints. His philosophy of photography is that each work must communicate a special and unique moment in time. He was born in Santa Fe and has followed a number of career paths ranging from Ski instructor, Flamenco Guitarist, Woodworker, and Sculptor. He grew up spending time in the mountains learning to hunt and fish from his father who was an avid outdoorsman. Robert has combined his love of the outdoors with the photographic skill acquired in business and the artistic eye of the sculptor to become a well known New Mexican photographer. www.robertkegel.com

 

November 2008: Paul Rice Photography and Aram Farber Acrylic Abstracts

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Photography is a means by which I discover the world using a different window, a different perspective of sight and experience. There are so many windows through which we can see. As The great philosopher Yogi Berra put it… "You can observe a lot by watching." My cameras have brought me to many places and I hope there will be many more exposures to come. Through the process of creating the print, I have been able to express my sense of life and refine my understanding of this place.

 

 

 


November 2008: Aram Farber Acrylic Abstracts

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Mr. Farber, who is a local building contractor and owns AdobeWorks, began his building career in a plaster company in New Mexico. Mr. Farber writes that his earliest work in plastering in New Mexico called for a lot of sculpting and concern for light and color. Today he finds himself using pallet knives and miniature trowels. The techniques and tools that became second nature to him in the early days are now his new friends. They allow him to apply paint in an almost three-dimensional way, with a looseness and fluidity he could never achieve using a brush alone.

"I'm drawn to the power of color and its ability to reflect and evoke emotion. I don't insist that you see what I see nor do I expect you to stare at a work for hours to uncover its secret inner meaning. What I hope is that the eye and mind see and feel the impact and experience something akin to a pleasing and surprising discovery".


 

October 2008: Gene Bushe

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Gene Bushe was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. After two years as a military policemen in Berlin, Germany, he settled in San Francisco, CA, where he and his wife raised their son and daughter. Following twenty five years in Federal Law Enforcement, Gene retired to Santa Fe, where he lives with his wife Glenna and their son Jaz. Throughout his adult years, Gene has been an avid photographer. His work has been exhibited both in San Francisco and Santa Fe. For the past five years, he has worked in the digital format in both black and white and color. "The great pleasure of photography for me is to capture a certain essence and for others to connect with that essence.

September 2008: Joan Larocca

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Ms. LaRocca is an artist member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Silvermine Guild of Art, the Connecticut Watercolor Society and Connecticut Women Artists. She continues to have exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Southwest and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections. Joan LaRocca, also a photographer, studied in Santa Fe, N.M. She was given Honorable Mention for a photograph, which is now part of a permanent collection in the Museum of Natural History in New York.

 


July/August 2008: Nathan Addison Photographic Works – Equador and Cuba
"It has always been my personal belief, as a documentary photographer, that photography is a tool for positive social change." Nathan Addison is an accomplished documentary photographer. Nathan received his B.F.A from the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe. Concentrating on documentary and photo essay he studied under Life photographer Tony O'Brien. Nathan has recently received the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts Annual Emerging Photographers Award, in which, his project on drug addicts in Kashmir received high honors. His work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions across the country.


July 2008: Westray Watercolors
www.virginiawestray.com

westray2WestrayARTIST'S STATEMENT
I discovered the craft of copper enameling as a child, and years later, discovered its potential as a painting medium. Vitreous enamel is a finely ground glass that is colored with mineral and metallic oxides. It is fused onto copper in a preheated kiln at temperatures of 1500 to 1800 degrees F., and a typical painting requires 5 to 10 separate firings. In my work, I particularly enjoy using the rich effects of transparent colors over the copper base, as well as the additional color and patina of uncoated and over-fired metal.

This year I have been exploring mixed media on paper, using watercolor, collage, and drawing in compositions that express my interest in music, movement, and color. Having been a professional bookbinder for almost 40 years, I find this pleasure in playing with paper is a natural for me. This work progresses alongside my continued exploration of the possibilities of enamel art.

Article www.virginiawestray.com/laschivas2007.html

June 2008: Aram Farber Acrylic Abstracts

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Mr. Farber, who is a local building contractor and owns AdobeWorks, began his building career in a plaster company in New Mexico. Mr. Farber writes that his earliest work in plastering in New Mexico called for a lot of sculpting and concern for light and color. Today he finds himself using pallet knives and miniature trowels. The techniques and tools that became second nature to him in the early days are now his new friends. They allow him to apply paint in an almost three-dimensional way, with a looseness and fluidity he could never achieve using a brush alone.

"I'm drawn to the power of color and its ability to reflect and evoke emotion. I don't insist that you see what I see nor do I expect you to stare at a work for hours to uncover its secret inner meaning. What I hope is that the eye and mind see and feel the impact and experience something akin to a pleasing and surprising discovery".

 

 

May 2008: Eldorado Kinder and First Grade Art Program Fundraiser. Raised $500

kinderartKinder and 1st grade art exhibit: Flowers in Bloom
Art and Poetry afternoon
Opening Reception: SUNDAY APRIL 27th Time: 1-3 pm
Open mike poetry - Ms Casias 4/5 students Live Music-Guitar by Brian Delay

Six classes (3-kinder & 3-1st grade) at Eldorado Elelmentary School worked for 6 weeks on beautiful and exuberant child's art based around SPRING! Growth! Flowers! They created sculpture from recycled materials that hung from the rafters and the walls. Colorful and hopeful, the children were proud to show their art to theior parents and other visitors. Art fed the soul,the little soul and big ones, that day!

Las Chivas donated a % of sales from all drink beverages to Art programs for our kinders and 1st grade programs!

April 2008: Jim Jennings Oil Landscapes

Jim Jennings was born in El Paso, Texas in 1957.
He graduated from The University of North Texas in 1987 with a BFA in Graphic Design. After graduation, he worked at several design firms in Dallas as an Art Director and Graphic Artist before moving to Colorado.

Inspired by the spare beauty of the southwestern desert landscape, Jim moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997, where he currently lives with his wife Gaia and cat Alice.

Jim is currently pursuing the study of oil painting and stone sculpture in its many forms.

March 2008: Rachel Weiland Photos

February 3 - March 1, 2008: Nancy Allen – Cyanograms

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The alternative photographic process, known as blueprinting or cyanotype, was invented in 1842 by Sir John Hershel and was one of the first successful methods of photographic reproduction. Nancy Allen fell in love with the beautiful, deep and mysterious, Prussian blue of the print and found the process simple and accessible because she could do it at home.

The artist's intention is to create cyanograms that are a pleasure to live with and to capture the viewer with a powerful graphic quality, a delightful abstraction, an intriguing composition, or an out-of the-ordinary application of materials. Sometimes poetic, sometimes literal, Nancy Allen strives to create beautiful prints.


January 6 – February 2, 2008: Robert Kegel – Photography
Reception:
January 13, 2007 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with music by Leo Sanchez. Light refreshments will be served.
www.robertkegel.com

 

December 2007: FOLK ART Exhibit - Disappearing Indigenous Art: The Endangered Artistic Culture of the Miao of Southern China

ChinaThis exhibit featured authentic, hand-made Miao woven and embroidered pieces that have played important roles in the daily and ceremonial life of the Miao. These include robes, baby hats, pieces of baby carriers and ceremonial dress, such as a shaman’s ceremonial garment, panels from skirts and tunics. The Miao also adorn themselves lavishly in silver necklaces and bracelets, which also were sold.




November 2007: Leslie Pilgrim – Paintings and Mixed Media Collage. www.winterberryinc.com

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Leslie Pilgrim lives in the Twin Cities and has worked as an artist and writer for over 15 years. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the country. Each of her creations is a stand-alone piece, yet, the works are fluid and organic, which allows for pairing or grouping several pieces into a larger original composition. Leslie's vibrant acrylic-on-panel pieces are drenched in color, punctuated with texture, and inspired by nature: tide pools along the Oregon coast, a star-filled night sky, flowers swaying in a summer breeze.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
"To me, there is nothing quite as visually joyful as the interplay of colors. And color--like time, space, or sound--has no beginning or end. The compositional possibilities are infinite."


November 2007: Alexander Hale – Photography

HalePhotography has been a lifelong profession - his architect's unique view is reflected in his work. A study of ethnographic art and primitive civilizations is combined with his architectural and photographic abilities. Many of his photographs have been taken during world wide travels, recording his impressions of these areas on film.

 

 


October 2007: Bill Sherman – Photography

ShermanBill is interested in color, form, and composition as they relate to the sensory process. Buildings, landscapes, flowers, or animals may be seen close up or from afar. The finished print reflects what he senses and imagines rather than the reality of the original image. Santa Fe has a special pirit that guides his work which ranges from realistic to abstract. jovansherman.net

 



September 22, 2007: Book signing with local Eldorado author, Cathy Spude

SpudeCathy Spude has just published her first novel, "Sin and Grace", a vibrant tale of the 1890s in Gold Rush-crazed Alaska. Her book is currently on sale at the Las Chivas Coffeehouse at the Agora Shopping Center in Eldorado, New Mexico, and through her website at www.montanadawn.com.

The Klondike Gold Rush has received all of the press in Skagway’s history. The truth be told, the best stories have all been hidden away. Until now. See the author's description.


 


Joretha Hall showed her "Clay Companions" at Las Chivas during August and September 2007

Joretha is constantly incorporating new inspirations and ideas into her work. She creates unique figures sculptured from stoneware (a high fire clay). The figures are stained, glazed and given unusual accents. Each figure or grouping is intended to remind you of someone you know or have heard about. She often gives her pieces a touch of the Southwest with turquoise, chilies and Native American touches. The purpose of her creations is to bring pleasure to your home.

Eldorado Studio Tour



September 2007: Larry Cohen (Lost Tribe Studio) – Acrylic Paintings and Monotypes
Larry Cohen studied art at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and Art Students League, New York City.  Oil and acrylic painting and pottery wheel thrown and hand built.  Santa Fe Community College Art Department, painting and pottery.

 

August 2007: Virginia Westray – Enamel and Mixed Media. www.virginiawestray.com

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July 2007: George Henke – Garden and Landscape Photographer

HenkeGeorge is primarily interested in creating images of the natural world with a sense of magical, mystical immediacy, images which have depth and capture an essential beauty. You can contact him at images_garden@yahoo.com

 

 

 

June 2007: Rae Paretzkin – Oil Paintings

ParetzkinRae's oil paintings feature bold, colorful ribbons, which, for her, represent the linear quality of of human relationships but usually are shown as being entangled in other elements in her paintings. Rae is not afraid to use color and finds shapes and forms on the canvas after she has put paint on it. Rae studied at the Winnipeg School of Fine Art.

 


May 2007: Denise Lynch – Contemporary Photography Galisteo Studio Tour 2007

April 2007: Mary Fredenburgh
Photography that shows special glimpses of nature by a native New Mexican photographer. Mary’s photography is how she expresses her love of light, color, seasons and moods. She shoots 35 mm to large format, landscapes to machines. Mary’s work is black and white, color and hand-tinted. Her offerings range from large framed prints to handmade cards. You can contact her at mcfphotog@aol.com

March 2007: David Lefeldt - Acrylic paintings

February 2007: Jack Arnold Photography – Black and white and color photography. jackarnoldphoto.com

January 2007: Tony Bonanno Photographywww.tbphoto.us

December 2006: Catherine Ferguson and Denise Lynch
• Poetry Reading by Catherine and Denise
• Chat books for sale
• Flamenco guitar by El Niño Davîd