Art buzz – March 2017


Harwood Art Center’s annual Encompass event runs March 4-20, with the opening and celebration on March 4. Mark your calendars and join them for this unique, multi-generational art event. Encompass not only features four gallery exhibitions, open artist studios, and a new mural on the Harwood building, it also provides multiple art-making projects for all ages, food from some of the best local food trucks, and live music from Burque SOL. There is so much to do and see at Encompass. Visit for complete details and events.

Weyrich Gallery/The Rare Vision Art Galerie presents new work by artists Michael Billie and Jarrett West through March 31, with an artist reception March 3. The show is titled Honoring Mother Earth II. Billie’s mixed-media works come from experiments with eco-prints on silk that he shreds and wraps in horse and buffalo hair. In 1987, West began exhibiting his functional ceramic works and small sculptures in Santa Fe. Now he combines architectural scale with his ceramic skills and experience. His larger works seem to emerge from the earth, rather than resting atop of the ground or the floor. Details at

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center gallery has a new exhibition by Laguna Pueblo artist Marla Allison on display through June. Called Consumed by Design, the solo show incorporates images of the past in a contemporary way. Allison is known for vivid paintings that depict the landscapes, wildlife, architecture and particularly the people of her native New Mexico, as well as for experimenting with geometric patterns to depict living forms. She deliberately draws from the artistic traditions of Laguna Pueblo in order to enrich her own work. More at

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Maverick Camera is a collection of New Mexico-based photographer Karen Kuehn’s work, primarily centered on her time as a professional photographer in New York City. Previously a Ranger for the U.S. park service in Montana, Kuehn arrived in New York in the late 1980s just as The Factory, Interview Magazine, and punk rock were exploding on the scene. Maverick Camera, the book, is a memoir of sorts, where personal recollections and anecdotes mix with images lending an intimacy to the monograph while giving readers insight as to how a particular model or experience affected Kuehn. The exhibition continues through April at Photo Eye, and you can purchase the book there, too. More at

Lloyd’s Treasure Chest at the Museum of International Folk Art has reopened! Visitors will take “the vehicle to the vault” to see the Folk Art treasures in sharper focus. Lloyd’s Treasure Chest offers a participatory experience highlighting the Museum’s permanent collection of over 136,000 objects of international folk art from over 100 countries, representing thousands of unique cultures. Because the entire collection can never be on view at once, collections are carefully stored and cared for in rooms such as the Neutrogena Vault, which visitors can view from the Treasure Chest gallery. This “behind the scenes” peek is worth the visit, and runs through January 2018. Head to for details.

Tasha Ostrander and Ben Lincoln are braveARTconsulting, an independent consulting group serving artists, collectors and entrepreneurs in career promotion, publication, advertising, popup and event planning, website design, collecting, curating and sales. One of their recent popup artists, Natalie Bieser, returns with a new body of work, Arroyo Moods. Bieser achieves both precision and fluidity of a biomorphic landscape—stroke and movement sculpt dry river beds, arroyos. From a seemingly still and monochromatic earth, Bieser perceives color, shape and time, revealing the impact of water, rain and flood that transform desert-carved passages in these dynamic new works. Another braveART artist, the late Ciel Bergman, is featured in the Alcoves exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art through March 25. More at


The Taos County Historical Society presents its monthly, free, public program” by Barbara Brandenburg Brenner on March 4. Brenner is the granddaughter of Oscar E. Berninghaus, a founding member of the famed Taos Society of Artists. The lecture is in collaboration with the Taos Art and Cultural Consortium 2017 theme: Taos stories and legends. Brenner’s short biographical piece is colored with his paintings and life. He was a modest man and often claimed people would probably mistake him for an undertaker. Berninghaus (1874-1952) was born in St. Louis and is best known for his paintings of Native Americans, New Mexico and the American Southwest. Visit for details.

by Kelly Koepke

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