The Art Buzz- June 2017


Paint & Palate is a fun, interactive event served up with art, food, craft beer and wine, where you follow along with local artist Kerry Bergen to learn a new twist on painting a colorful, original design. On June 18, bring a few of your friends to Vinaigrette and enjoy a picture-perfect combination of dining and drinking while transforming a blank canvas into your own masterpiece. All materials and food/drink are included, and experience is not necessary. Contact Kerry Bergen at or 505.267.1932 to sign up.

Through Aug. 27, see Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television, a new exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum that highlights the movies and television that have portrayed and marketed our state. From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, over the past decade, film production in New Mexico has enjoyed a renaissance, thanks to state incentives. However, film has long been a part of New Mexico’s landscape, and the state’s landscape and people have often been featured in film. Curated by Dr. Paul Andrew Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, the exhibition features three elements of New Mexico’s film history: the state as a location, the state as a subject, and the state’s people as subjects. Details at new exhibition at Tamarind Institute, 66 Mile Radius, opens June 17. This series of collaborations with three New Mexico artists, all of whom live and work within a 66-mile radius of the workshop, is designed to bring individuals who are relatively new to collaborative printmaking to work with Tamarind’s highly skilled printers. Each of the three artists involved in the project represents a unique response to New Mexico history, landscape and culture. Artists include Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Nina Elder and Diego Romero. Each artist will be profiled by documentary filmmaker Melinda Frame, too. More at

Santa Fe

Currents New Media, June 9-25, brings together the work of both established and emerging new-media artists from New Mexico, the U.S. and the world. Festival events at various venues around the city showcase interactive and fine-art video installations, multimedia performances, digital dome programs, robotics, 3D printing and so much more. Complete info at

LewAllen Galleries presents its summer show—a solo exhibit of figurative work by Fritz Scholder, Figures of Paradox, includes paintings, works on paper and bronze sculpture, many of which only have been only been shown by the Smithsonian. The works come from Scholder’s private collection and estate, as well as the private collections of two of his three wives. The show opens June 9 with a reception June 30, and extends through July 23. Scholder used to show with LewAllen Galleries back in the 1970s when the gallery was called Elaine Horwitch Gallery—and it was Elaine who put on his last show of works of Native Americans before he declared that he was done painting them in 1980 (of course, the spirit of this declaration was short-lived). Visit

ARTsmart’s annual EAT, Edible Art Tour is June 9-10, featuring a special lecture about the “Mona Lisa of Austria” on June 8. “We couldn’t think of a more exciting way to set the stage for the Edible Art Tour than with an insider’s view of one of the world’s most famous paintings,” says ARTsmart President Connie Axton. Peter Altmann discusses the repatriation of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 portrait known as “Woman in Gold.” The son of Maria Altmann, who spent years litigating the return of her aunt’s portrait seized by the Nazis, Peter brings an insider’s view to the facts. EAT includes more than 20 galleries to peruse, and food and drink from local restaurants and caterers. More at

Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present Come Full Circle, a solo exhibition of new works by abstract painter Hilario Gutierrez on view through June 30. The exhibition includes medium and large canvas works in Gutierrez’s abstract style with work encapsulating the emotional journeys Gutierrez has experienced throughout his career as an artist. He explains: “It is human to long for the great moments of our past by reliving what we built or created. As a painter for more than 23 years I have created moments that shine with perfect clarity, in an atmosphere that is totally understood. Thus I have come full circle with this group of work by capturing the many emotions that I have felt throughout my artistic career.” More at

Opening June 23, the Palace of the Governors partners with Curators Without Borders, a nonprofit that specializes in innovative museum collaborations for humanitarian response, for Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat. Through the end of the year, this exhibition displays photographs of historic Syrian sites taken between 1899 and 1909. As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the exhibition highlights the historic sites now destroyed in Syria and representations of its people, and includes a multi-functional information kiosk with insights into the Syrian people and culture. New Mexico has been the home to many diverse groups through its millennia and continues to welcome Syrian refugee families escaping terrors today. Info at


June 9 is the opening of Joseph Henry Sharp: The Life and Work of an American Legend at the J.H. Sharp Studio. This exhibit, installed in the newly renovated, free-standing studio Sharp built in 1915, covers the artist’s entire career and includes numerous works of art, correspondence and Native American artifacts that he collected and which appeared in his paintings. Sharp was one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists—composed of E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus, W. Herbert Dunton, Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips—and is often referred to as the spiritual father of the TSA. Details at

by Kelly Koepke

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