By popular demand El Retrato Nuevomexicano Ahora/New Mexican Portraiture Now has been extended at the National Hispanic Cultural Center through June 12. Highlighting portraiture by New Mexico artists and curated by the NHCC’s Visual Arts Program Director Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, this exhibition features paintings, drawings and photographs by 11 New Mexico artists: Lydia Gallegos, Miguel Gandert, Edward Gonzales, María Dolores Gonzales, Oscar Lozoya, Max-Carlos Martinez, Derrick Montez, Arturo Olivas, Gene Ortega, Cecilia Portal, and Jocelyn Salaz.
Also at the NHCC, the exhibition Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail explores Spanish heritage in the United States Southwest via the Old Spanish Trail, a route that linked the colonial outposts of New Mexico and California. The exhibition, which is curated by Janire Nájera, combines photography, video and sound, exploring the cultural histories created along the Old Spanish Trail. It is presented by SPAIN Arts and Culture and supported by Wales Arts International. More at nhccnm.org.
Purple Sage Gallery in Old Town presents a new selection of pastels by Patricia Rose Ford, in June. Ford’s scenes of the Southwestern deserts were painted in plein air. Says Ford, “As a landscape painter, I love the great outdoors, and particularly the scenes of the southwestern desert and coastlines. Currently my passion is painting pastels in ‘plein air.’ I love being outdoors in nature, looking at a beautiful scene, and translating my emotions of what I see onto the paper.” Award-winning artist Nita Harper will also be showing recent oil paintings painted on location. More at purplesagegallery.biz.
Welcome back to town Stuart Ashman, the new executive director of The Center for Contemporary Arts. Santa Feans remember Ashman from his time at The Armory of the Arts, as an artist-in-residence for the New Mexico Arts Division, curator of the Governor’s Gallery, executive director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Cultural Affairs under Governor Bill Richardson from 2003-2010. In 2011, Ashman went to the Museum of Latin American Art in California. I guess they don’t call it the Land of Entrapment for nothing.
Nedra Matteucci Galleries’ first summer exhibition, Natural Wonders: Paintings by Chris Morel and Sculpture by Dan Ostermiller, opens with an artists’ reception June 25, with the work on display through mid-July. Morel shares his keen observation of Southwestern beauty through exquisite, light-filled paintings that have won numerous awards, including the Best of Show Golden Thunderbird Award, and the blue ribbon in oil painting at the annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show in Arizona. A past president and member of the National Sculpture Society, the talent of Dan Ostermiller is widely recognized. Recently, the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, and Powell Garden in Kansas City both held successful outdoor exhibitions of Ostermiller’s work, broadening his audience and the national reach of his winsome sculptures. More at matteucci.com.
After an extensive international search, Manuela Well-Off-Man, Ph.D, has been named Chief Curator of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Dr. Well-Off-Man brings more than 15 years of curatorial experience, most recently an associate curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She also served as Curator of Art at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. She also worked as an independent curator at the H. Earl Clack Museum in Havre, Montana, and the Westphalian State Museum in Münster, Germany. Welcome to Santa Fe!
The Santa Fe Studio Tour 2016 is two art-filled weekends June 17-19 and 25-26. A free, self-guided tour is open to the public to discover the original art, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other unique works of 90 artists. Many artists give demonstrations of their craft, share techniques and discuss what inspired their work. Both weekends promise to be dynamic, intimate and totally immersive where visitors can talk with the artists, experience their working environments and purchase art, all while enjoying the landscape of New Mexico. All the info at santafestudiotour.com.
Tansey Contemporary presents Rodeo Rider and Other Wild Pictures, a solo exhibition of new works from collage artist Bruce Helander, June 10-26. Considered one of the most recognizable collage and assemblage artists in the country, Helander is in over 50 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition features a selection of original collages and prints by the artist with materials sourced from small ‘black velvet’ paintings found in flea markets and on the Internet. The original collage maquettes are also shown with the larger paintings. More at tanseycontemporary.com.
Kit Carson Road galleries David Anthony Fine Art and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art are sharing artists for a groundbreaking collaborative photography exhibition of four of Northern New Mexico’s most accomplished photographers: William Davis, Steve Immel, Cris Pulos, and Terry Thompson. Eye of the Photographer: Four Guys, Two Galleries remains through July 4. Said David Mapes, owner of DAFA, “This really is a special chance for Rob (Nightingale) and me, as gallery owners, to bring together four great talents in an incredibly diverse, innovative, and energetic show. The works of these distinguished, award-winning photographers, who have spent nearly 200 combined years perfecting their passion, are a powerful reminder that photography remains a sublime window into the meditative, the visionary, and the inspired.”
by Kelly Koepke