Recent weeks have seen a flurry of flashing scissors and wind-lofted scraps of paper as commissioned collages have been completed and delivered, while new shows have been lined up and new venues opened. Here is a roundup of the latest events, followed by a sneak peek at upcoming exhibitions this Fall.
The Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico, announced the People’s Choice Award for one of my collages that was in the juried exhibition “Spirit Lines”. The winning piece is “My Thoughts Be True” a large-scale collage, the second work my Elements series. (The first one depicts Water). I am just thrilled to receive this award, which was selected by vote of the visitors to Fuller Lodge Art Center gallery.
Next up at the Fuller Lodge Art Center is the group show “Shadow Boxer”. Four of my original collages were juried into this exhibition. This will be the public debut of one of my large pieces, “Summer Storm” which was inspired by the monsoon storms raging over the Sangre de Christos range near Santa Fe. Another piece, “I Seek the Truth” from my Winged Creatures series, has been in only one show, in Oak Park, IL. In “Letting Go”, I explored personal loss by way of planetary depiction. The fourth piece, “Night Vision” is an apocalyptic scape, full of flaming chasms; but as I worked on it over the period of a year or so, Hope found its way into the picture. “Night Vision” may be one of my darkest pieces at first glance, but it remains one of my favorites.
Shadow Boxer opens at the Fuller Lodge Art Center on October 12, with a reception that evening 5-7 pm and runs through November 15, 2018
The poetizing group exercise “exquisite corpse” gets translated into the visual arts in the juried exhibition at the Santa Fe Community Gallery for their Fall/Winter show. The writing exercise has poets passing a folded paper from writer to writer, each one adding a line of verse without seeing the previous lines, until the end when the paper is unfolded and the resulting mysterious masterpiece is read out loud. In this version, invited artists were assigned a body part (head, torso, legs), and given specifications of size and so forth, and allowed to let their imaginations carry them forward. I was assigned “Head” and my contribution is “Naughty Boy” a stylistic departure. I had fun with this one! The artists will bring their artwork to the gallery where the “bodies” will be assembled by the gallerist and crew. It brings to mind the funny face flip books we had when we were kids – the exhibition is sure to be an amazing and amusing assemblage.
Exquisite Corpse opens in the Santa Fe Community Gallery on October 26, with a reception that evening 5-7 pm and runs through January 15, 2019.
Hear the Echoes
Early this year I was commissioned by New Mexico Arts, the state arts agency and a division of the Department of Culture, to create art for the poster they will use to promote Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition for high school students created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. New Mexico presents the state finals in Santa Fe in March, and the poster with my art on it will be used to promote that event. I created an original collage depicting an iconic New Mexico landscape and I embedded the names of poets who are associated with New Mexico and are included in the Poetry Foundation’s Anthology which the students use to select their poems for recitation.
To celebrate the launch of the poster, I will join the New Mexico Arts for an evening of art and poetry. Local poets will read, I will display my original collage “Hear the Echoes”, and we will distribute the poster to the public.
The Poetry Poster Launch Party will be On October 26, 2018, 5-6 pm, at the Collected Works Bookstore.
Once a visitor was grasping to find a word to describe my abstract process. “Freestyle” is the word he produced and I embrace it enthusiastically. Freestyle collage work is what I do. Doesn’t that sound liberating and energizing?
I began four new pieces this week; two, nearly completed, are destined for the Beatles fan show in Chicago next month; one is a very special landscape for a project I am creating for the State of New Mexico; and the fourth is one of the Coral Reef pieces – ninth in the series! This is going to be awesome – I can see it now. And yes, I know where I am going with it!
A recent hop “across the pond” to tour Yorkshire and the Northeast corner of England, turned out to be a journey of discoveries. I traveled with my sister, and we took a low-key approach, getting about by train and bus, which we found delightful. I had been to York as a student, but this visit showed me parts that I hadn’t seen before (some had to excavated!) Sitting in the grand York Minster for Evensong as the setting sun filtered through the stained glass and the stonework echoed with the voices of the choir – special joy. I saw Morris dancers in the square, and the hidden relic of the martyr Margaret Clitherow in Bar Convent.
I renewed my acquaintance with strong Yorkshire tea.
I also renewed my acquaintance with vin santo...
I have been applying myself to my work with enthusiasm since my return – I have deadlines to meet! Shows to launch! Dreams to fill!
The show “Vessel” opened at Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos on Friday, May11. The exhibit space was full of beautifully crafted pieces, including many ceramic items; woman-as-vessel was the predominant subject. I submitted one piece, “Still Life” which I thought was appropriate to the theme of the show. “Vessel” runs to June 22.
Upcoming is the Interplanetary Festival in Santa Fe, (www.interplanetaryfest.org) which will be held concurrently with the Currents event. I will present my galactic and planetary pieces in the art show, on Friday June 8, in the Railyard.
Soon after, my portrait of Leopold Bloom will be in the art show in conjunction with the Santa Fe Bloomsday event, Saturday June 16, 7 pm, at the CCA in Santa Fe: readings, music, and food.
In a few months’ time, is the Fest for Beatles Fans, where I join my team Troika for performance and spoken word as well as present the Fans Art Show.
I am going on a trip soon, and will be visiting historical sites and places of literary interest, including the place that inspired scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yikes! I will try to post photos, but often I go far afield in my travels and never end up exactly where I think I am heading.
“The further one travels, the less one know” – GH.
Love and Peace,
The Bistro Show
The Spring had been blooming:
events flowing in quick succession.
As some shows are ending, others are “springing” up.
The celebration at Fire & Hops was a delight, as friends from many circles of life gathered to kick off the Bistro Show there. This show will stay up for a while, although I will be changing out a few of the selections; one collage was sold (yay!) and another is destined for another show (more on that later!)
Additions to the Store!
I am pleased to have added to the on-line art store Art of Santa Fe. I have now uploaded the Scenes of New Mexico Greeting Card collection, a popular selection at the Sunday Market, so it is now available to seekers on line. Culled from my Autumnal Haiku Series, this collection comprises five collage images of scenes in autumn in northern New Mexico. From the backyard to mountain vistas, these colorful cards capture the bright hues and lively atmosphere on this unique corner of the American Southwest. Whether you are a native norteño, a visitor wishing to bring a memory home, or a faraway dreamer longing for the high plains and mountains of New Mexico, this collection is sure to please.
More Shows Coming
Meanwhile, you can find me cutting and pasting at the Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market on Sundays. I am still working on my Coral Reef Series – although I will take time out to work on my piece for the Exquisite Corpse show (October, Santa Fe.)
Peace and Love,
The first to open was the Spirit Lines show in the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This is a group show exploring the concept of Wabi Sabi – finding the beautiful within the broken. I was very pleased to have four pieces accepted into this show. The exhibit opened on March 23, to the beautiful sounds of a Celtic harp. The reception was well-attended, and I was excited to be in the presence of such moving art and their creators. The show ends on May 5.
Meanwhile I am cutting and pasting away at the Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market, and offering for sale prints, posters, cards, and original collages. I am exploring the possibility of presenting a workshop on creating collages soon, looking for the appropriate venue.
Peace and Love,
A few years ago, a Santa Fe gallery solicited work for a juried show with art focused on the human body. I entered and was accepted into the exhibition which was to start in the Spring. The collage I had been working on would be perfect for the show; the second installment of my Elements Series was large, intricate and colorful. I was delighted. At the time, I was also experiencing extreme pain in my eyes – like a thousand tiny daggers stabbing repeatedly – and I could hardly see well long enough to work more than 30 minutes at a time, but I was determined to complete the piece. Then 3 weeks before the art delivery date, the gallery canceled the show, with no explanation. I was devastated.
Against this disappointment and the pain in my eyes, and a number of other obstacles, I completed the collage, which I titled “My Thoughts Be True”. I framed the piece, but I could find no place to display it, no show open to its size or intensity; all dressed up and no place to go. So it sat in my studio, waiting for its moment.
And opening at the same time, is my solo show at the Northern New Mexico Regional Arts Center, in the Plaza in the center of Española. I will display large scale collages that don’t often get shown and some new pieces. The show will include the Lincoln portrait “So Costly A Sacrifice”, the award-winning “Still Life” and “Loosen Your Soul” and the depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 6, from 5-7 pm (after the Easter holiday)
Love and Peace!
I took some photos of the snowy mountains standing serenely against the blue blue sky. The snapshots can not do the moment justice. Somehow the scale is not honored, the vastness of the landscape is diminished. I was reviewing the photos before writing this blog entry, and I was struck how different my interior vision is from the view I see from the mountains. On one hand, I see the landscape as a still and magnificent abstract in subtle tones, and on the other, I see in my latest work (Coral Reef Series) the swirling and thrilling chaos of my thoughts and feelings in brilliant and colliding hues.
When I am cutting and pasting in public, as I do at the Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market, demonstrating my technique, people watch me, and ask questions about my procedure. One comment I hear frequently is “Oh my, you must have such patience!”
I always laugh, because while my process is slow, my thoughts are always racing; I experience the thrill of discovery every time I sit at my easel to work.
A few weeks ago, the Railyard Artisans Market hosted a Valentines Collage Workshop. I showed my technique to the participants and we all sat together and made emblems of love for the holiday.
Love and Peace,
Meanwhile, I am busy at my easel, cutting and pasting. I am working on the eighth collage, in my series the Coral Reef. A few more to go and I will exhibit them all at once. You can come see me at work on Sundays at the Railyard.
In the coming weeks, I am preparing for a show in nearby Española, New Mexico in April. I am very pleased to be asked to display my work in the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center, in the Plaza in the center of town. Besides the opening reception, I plan to have a demonstration of my technique. I will post the dates and times as soon as they are finalized.
More shows to come!
Love and Peace,
What Goes On:
New Shows Added!
The Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM
October 12 through November 15, 2018
October 12, 5 -7 pm
Four original collages displayed in this show.
Santa Fe Community Gallery
201 W. Marcy St.
Santa Fe, NM
October 26, 2018- January 15, 2019
October 26, 5-7 pm
Poetry Poster Launch Party
One Night Only
Santa Fe, NM
Unveiling of Art
"Hear the Echoes"
October 26, 2018
Fire & Hops Gastropub,
222 N. Guadalupe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
downtown Santa Fe
This show features some of my largest and rarely seen collages, including "Bloomsday at Molly Malone's" , "Cast Out", "Still Life" "Carina" and "Limitless Undying Love"
On display for the rest of the month
Santa Fe Arts Festival
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
December 1 & 2, 2018
Railyard Artisans Market
Sundays though October and November
Originals, prints and fun things for sale
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”) $50 medium (16” x 20”) $75 full size (18” x 24” )$100
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Listen to ArtFusion,
Thursdays at noon on KVSF, the Voice of Santa Fe, 101.5 FM
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
And Waiting in the Wings
Stars, Planets and Galaxies - Solo Show in Los Alamos, January 2019
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
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