If you missed this year’s Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache, you’ve got a second chance. This year’s featured artist, Sandra Corless, will be selling signed copies of her sandhill crane poster photograph, “Looking for a Mate,” at the annual New Mexico Photographic Arts Show (ANMPAS), at Expo New Mexico. The exhibition runs December 7 through 29 and all proceeds from the sale of the poster benefit the Bosque del Apache. Corless is an avid wild bird photographer and “Looking for a Mate” is part of her current project called In the Company of Cranes, which reveals the birds’ intimate behaviors and human-like characteristics. Head to anmpas.com for details, times and info about the full exhibition highlighting the best of New Mexico’s amateur and professional photographers.
This January, Weyrich Gallery features artists Chris Meyer (mixed media) and Jenn Noel (ceramics). Chris combines modern photography and printing with traditional collage and assemblage to create objects that appear to be unearthed from another culture or time, each with its own story to tell. Jenn’s functional pottery perfectly compliments Chris’s objects, featuring earthy glazes and traditional symbols such as spirals. She believes handmade objects allow you to slow down and experience the beauty of the world. Both artists’ works gives the impression of being archaeological finds while still being recently made, fitting Weyrich’s overall theme of “diverse works from dreams, folklore, myth and the earth.” The opening reception is Friday, January 2, 5 to 8:30 p.m., and both artists will be present to discuss and explain their work. The show runs through January 30. Weyrich Gallery is at the corner of Louisiana and Candelaria, weyrichgallery.com.
The New Mexico History Museum opens its new exhibition December 7: Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy, telling the story of the Fred Harvey Company and its impact on New Mexico. The company, known for its necklace of eating houses and hotels (like Santa Fe’s La Fonda on the Plaza and Las Vegas’ La Castaneda Hotel), served passengers heading west on the railroad. Opening day events include filmmaker Katrina Parks’ 57-minute documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, and at 2 p.m., exhibition curator Meredith Davidson joins Parks and Stephen Fried (author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time) for a discussion. Admission for New Mexico residents is always free on Sundays, we lucky residents …
The second annual GLOW—A Winter Lights Event in the Garden begins December 4 at Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill.The garden will be lit up like a winter wonderland Thursday through Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. through January 3. Friday nights bring Santa and Saturday nights feature live musical entertainment and a cash bar. Dress warmly and bring the whole family.
When Alfred Morang’s Canyon Road studio caught fire in 1958, the Santa Fe art community was shocked to the core by his death. One of Santa Fe’s best known and most colorful bohemians, Morang’s been called a neglected master. Now, Matthews Gallery is excited to present Morang and Friends, an exhibition of artwork by Alfred Morang and his contemporaries, opening December 12 with a special reception that evening. Running through December 26, the exhibition features a charred violin, sketches and extensive writings, alongside artwork by Morang and other New Mexico modernists of the period. Morang made impressionistic, heavily impastoed landscapes and portraits, treating his pigments like a sculptural medium. As a revered art teacher and prolific painter, he helped shape a generation of Santa Fe artists. Decades after Morang’s death, local art scholar Paul Parker conducted a national search for a box of the artist’s writings and personal effects that had passed down through the Morang family. For more visit thematthewsgallery.com.
The traditional arts of the Southwest are brought together in one volume for the first time in Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide by Margaret Moore Booker. “If a person had no other book on the arts of the Southwest, this one could provide a better starting point than any other I have seen,” says Jonathan Batkin,director of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. This comprehensive survey of Native American and Hispano art is accompanied by full color photographs of works from museums, galleries and private collections, featuring terms or definitions for the pottery, textiles, jewelry, basketry, weavings, tinwork, woodwork, retablos, architecture and other traditional decorative arts of the Southwest. Santa Fe resident Booker conducted extensive research on the region’s arts and consulted with leading scholars to bring you the reference book for art enthusiasts, collectors and scholars. She is also the award-winning author of several books and numerous articles on art, decorative arts, architecture and history. Get your copy at Collected Works, Garcia Street Books, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture gift shop, International Folk Art Museum gift shop, Wheelright Museum gift shop and the La Fonda Hotel’s gift store.
If you didn’t get enough Fred Harvey in Santa Fe, head to Taos and the Millicent Rogers Museum through January 31 for its own exhibition, Fred Harvey and the Making of the American West. The Fred Harvey Company in many ways created the images that most Americans have of the American West. Through postcards, books, jewelry and more, the name Fred Harvey became synonymous with all things west of Kansas. This unique exhibit, featuring items borrowed from the family of Fred Harvey, will tell the story of the company that made the west! Special highlights include work by Maria Martinez and Nampeyo, Native American pottery artists whose careers were heavily influenced by their time working for Fred Harvey, and Fred Harvey jewelry from private collections illustrating the range and diversity of the work produced for and sold by their retail shops. See the train layout just as children in the 1950s and 60s would have seen it on Christmas morning. Visit millicentrogers.org for details.
story by Kelly Koepke