Art Buzz: August 2015


The 17th annual Great Southwestern Antique Show is August 8 and 9 at the Manual Lujan Complex, at Expo New Mexico, showcasing over 200 of America’s finest dealers of art and antiques, with the proceeds from this event benefiting local arts and education non-profits. This show continues to grow every year with its unique early American arts & crafts, Native American, Western fine art and ethnographic art bent. Sponsored by Cowboys & Indians Antiques on Central Avenue in Nob Hill, visit for ticket details, a list of exhibitors, more on the charity sneak preview on August 7 and more.

Art in the Park, an outdoor summertime art fair in the heart of Corrales, is August 2! Shop award-winning artists and a wide range of art and fine crafts, including paintings, photography, fiber art, fused and stained glass work, jewelry, ceramics, woodcarving, printmaking, sculpture, silk painting and woodwork. The Red Light Ramblers will again stroll La Entrada Park to entertain with their bluegrass sounds. In the afternoon, The Buckerettes, another local favorite, will perform at the band shell. Street Food Institute food trucks and O’Bean’s coffee van will provide nibbles. This event also features three local art galleries—Galeria de Corrales, Bosque Gallery and Morgan Gallery—and the Corrales Wine Loop (Corrales, Acequia, Pasando and Matheson wineries), and Village Pizza and Indigo Crow Café. For more, visit

HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts opens August 29 at 516 ARTS with opening receptions for two exhibitions, Knew Normal and Off the Charts. Knew Normal is a selection of recent works from established and emerging contemporary artists who use paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and wearable art to bear witness to the moments when environments, including the body, become more difficult or awkward to inhabit for reasons generally attributed to climate change. Off the Chartsexamines the visual language artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit. This collaborative season of public programming explores climate change through the arts to create a platform for education and dialogue. Programs include exhibitions, the popular Downtown Block Party in September, special events with guest speakers, film screenings, workshops and youth programs, with a mix of local, national and international artists. One of the highlights is the renowned artist Mel Chin’s, The Potential Project, which envisions a Bank of the Sun in the Western Sahara that could provide the rest of the world with a working economic model as a response to climate change; the artists speaks in September at UNM. Visit for the complete schedule, venues and artists.

Santa Fe

On August 14, Portraits, a solo exhibition featuring all new works from Gugger Petter will open at the Tansey Contemporary Main Gallery on Canyon Road. Petter’s work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout Europe and North America and her list of private collectors, permanent collections and commissions is extensive. Petter’s high-profile portrait work includes Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and President Barack Obama. She most recently unveiled her portrait of former President Bill Clinton, located in the Danish Embassy, in Washington DC. Petter’s fascination with newspaper as a medium consists not only of it being the diary of our lives, it also presents a black/white/and limited color palette. Normally known as a fragile material, Petter transforms paper, which is typically thought of as a fragile substance, into a very strong and solid material. The exhibition will feature a series of Madonna- and Maesta-style images in a range of sizes, from small to very large. The artist’s “heads” or portrait-style works reflect the influence of Renaissance and Byzantine styles and approaches, as well as the extended time she has spent in Italy and Mexico. Visit

After a successful inaugural event in 2014, Indigenous Fine Art Market is gearing up for its second year. IFAM is a juried art show and includes the highest-quality artwork featuring Indigenous artists from around the globe. More than 400 acclaimed Indigenous artists will show and sell their contemporary and traditional art at the second annual IFAM at the Santa Fe Railyard on August 20-22. Participants include (among lots of others) Patricia Michaels, Jesse Monongye, Darryl Dean, Rebecca Begay, J. Nicole Hatfield, Ric Charlie, Evelyn Fredericks and Vernon Haskie. Find out more at

SITE 20 Years/20 Shows: SUMMER is the second in a yearlong series that celebrates SITE’s dynamic exhibition history by reconnecting with artists who have exhibited over the years, and inviting them to return with new work. Through October 4, five SITE exhibiting artists have returned to SITE to present a new show, complemented by archival material presented in the SITElab (a rotating selection of video footage from performances and public programs, and photographic documentation of SITE’s exhibition history). SUMMER welcomes back Janine Antoni, Amy Cutler, Ann Hamilton, Harmony Hammond and Dario Robleto. Visit for complete details, hours, etc.


The Taos Society of Artists arguably put Taos on the art map. On August 8, Dr. Dean A. Porter, a noted painter and historian, author of Victor Higgins: An American Master, and co-author of Taos Artists and Their Patrons, gives the why and when of the Taos Society of Artists. Purchase tickets for the lecture at the Harwood Art Museum at

Thursday, August 27 is the opening of The Beautiful Midden project, a model for place-based stewardship for future environmental restoration and art projects throughout the state of New Mexico. The project runs through September 24 at the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium and Stables Gallery. By bridging the cultural and economic divides in confronting systemic societal issues and destructive habits that underlie environmental degradation, the project serves as way to unify and revitalize existing efforts. This exhibition is a celebration of the project and will feature artwork and documentation of the Beautiful Midden team as well as related Taos student work. Head to for details.

By Kelly Koepke

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