Six New Mexican poets, including the past and present poet laureates of Albuquerque, will be taking the stage on Sunday at a celebration of Poetry Out Loud. We will hear their original poems as well as work selected from an honored New Mexican poet. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and locally by New Mexico Arts, the state arts agency and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. It is a competition for high school students who must recite poems flawlessly, and some of the local competitors will be participating in Sunday’s event. We will be at the Bookworks in Albuquerque at 3pm, Sunday February 24. More about this event can be found in the current issue of Alibi .
I will be attending to show my support – my Original Collage “Hear the Echoes” is featured on the poster promoting the state finals. This poster has been popular, and I will be bringing the last copies to the poetry reading. I will also bring the original and some prints as well. This poster has been showing up in amazing places – in today’s paper, (the Santa Fe New Mexican) I was reading an article about some students visiting the Capitol to talk to the representatives – look at the photo that accompanied the article: the poster is on the wall of the office. How cool is that?
The State Finals of Poetry Out Loud will be in Santa Fe, on Sunday March 10 in the St. Francis Auditorium. I will be attending that as well, with the art and prints.
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My solo show Universe in Pieces continues for a few more weeks (closes March 2) so there is time to catch it. This show features over a dozen of my Original Collage works with the theme of Outer Space: Galaxies, nebulae, and planets.
Meanwhile, I am preparing for the Fest for Beatles Fans. I set up the Art Room and curate the creations that the fans bring in for display. I also participate in performance art, stemming from the Beatles Poetry Jam that I host.
The opening reception of my exhibit “Universe in Pieces” at the Fuller Lodge Art center was a delight. Friends drove up from Santa Fe and even Albuquerque (a 180-mile trip!) to celebrate with me. Many of the Original Collages were new even to fans who have seen my work in previous shows. The week leading up to the reception including a lot of preparation, but kicked off in a fun way: an interview on the Los Alamos community radio station KRSN 1420 AM/107.1 FM. The next day, I found out that my show had a great write up in the calendar of Santa Fe’s free weekly newspaper The Reporter (that’s like “The Reader” in Chicago). Then on Friday afternoon, I was included in a second interview – The Richard Eeds show on the Santa Fe radio Station KTRC 1260 AM/103.7 FM [a recording is available on their website]
I drove from the interview to Los Alamos for the reception which started at 5 pm – I was glad I arrived early because visitors started to filter in while I was plating up star-shaped cookies. The town was celebrating a “Night of Culture” - musical and visual events were happening throughout the Historic District, drawing in new guests.
I have been exhibiting my work at various shows at Fuller Lodge Art Center for a year and the community has become acquainted with some of my themes and techniques. However, they have never seen so many of my “outer space” collages. It was a thrill and the fulfillment of a dream to display this work in this community. The people of Los Alamos have been so receptive and supportive that I must include this town as one of my favorite places in this world.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars
makes me dream.
~ Vincent Van Gogh
I will be visiting the Art Center a few times before “Universe in Pieces” closes on March 2. I hope that you can see the exhibit while visiting Los Alamos – but not on Sundays: The Art Center is closed on Sundays. I will be at the Railyard Artisans Market on offering my art for sale on February 10 and 17. On the final Sunday of the month, February 24, I will be in Albuquerque, helping to promote Poetry Out Loud at a poetry reading at Bookworks. I will be giving away FREE posters at that event, as well as selling giclee prints of “Hear the Echoes”.
My new solo exhibition, Universe in Pieces, opened on January 15 in the Portal Gallery of the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The exhibition includes over a dozen framed Original Collages featuring galactic images: planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star birth clouds, and imaginative views of the cosmos.
Some of these are large-scale presentations, measured in feet rather than inches, but they all invite the viewer in for a closer look. The collages are layered with images and words, encouraging participation in the creative process.
“…we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
The weeks leading up to the show were a frenzy of creation, as I produced pieces special for the show.
One of these were a collection I call Collage Staves; a friend nicknamed them “long skinnies”. I got discarded wood from the Habitat for Humanity shop, cut them into various lengths, sanded and stained and finally, collaged intense bits on them. They are unlike my usual style - very direct and personal. I varnished them and attached hangers, so they are ready for wall display. The tallest is 25" and the shortest is 13". I have a few remaining from the show and they are available in groups or singles.
Another new collection is a group of small bold collages that I called the Septet. These also are not my usual style and had an interesting origin. In November, three people who I rarely see each gave me stacks of “interesting paper” from various sources. So, I challenged myself to use these to create similar shaped but unique pieces from these donated papers. Each is on 9” x 12” paper and is titled for the dominant word in the collage. I enjoyed the work and will be making more, so the Septet will grow to be a Decade. I also debuted a new line of cards featuring scenes of New Mexico, and these proved to be very popular.
December, with its gorgeous generous holidays, provides ample occasions to meet with friends and family and enjoy the gifts of the season.
Santa Fe decorates its plaza with a glorious blaze of colorful lights. I love to walk beneath them and gawp in wonder – they inspire visitors to sing carols and to dance in the magical light. Seriously! I love it. I saw the full moon rise above the mountains on the night of the tree-lighting. Our mountains have had a beautiful snowy season; tramping in the white woods under a blazing blue sky is something I look forward to every winter. Then coming home to my cozy kitchen and cooking up seasonal feasts with family and friends is always a joy.
My work is also available for purchase from me directly (with PayPal) and always from the online store Santa Fe Arts.
Opening on January 15 and running to March 2, in Los Alamos at the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Portal Gallery, the exhibition will feature my large-scale collages depicting views of the cosmos.
This show, of these galactic images presented in this unique community, is a fulfillment of a long-held dream. Since moving to New Mexico, I wanted my art and visions of the universe to be seen by the people in Los Alamos.
The show is titled Universe in Pieces and the reception will be Friday, February 1, 5-7 pm. Food and live music, of course! I hope to see many of you there. More details to follow.
Wishing all of you and families and dear friends a hopeful and happy Holiday Season!
Love and Peace!
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
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.
Recycle Santa Fe Arts Festival
Recycle Santa Fe Arts Festival, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, December 1 & 2, 2018
And as always…cutting and pasting! Lots of new art on the way.
Love and Peace!
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,
What Goes On:
New Etsy Shop:
greeting card sets, posters
blank book journals
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items
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Collage items in the online store include these:
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, journals, and cards make beautiful gifts
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