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,
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!
What Goes On:
New Etsy shop!
A new shop for greeting cards and journals and more...
now collected into one spot. Everything is so giftable!
greeting card sets, posters
blank book journals
I can ship my art almost anywhere - Just ask!
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
Change in Plans
Just like everyone else in the world, I am adjusting my plans and shifting my expectations. Until the crisis has passed and safety in Santa Fe is assured, I will be working from my studio in my home, doing my bit to help flatten the curve.
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