Art buzz- May 2017


The Placitas Studio Tour has become a favorite Mother’s Day weekend event, May 13 – 14, with 59 Placitas artists opening their doors, welcoming you to the fascinating spaces where the artwork takes shape. Explore the many unique artist studios in the rolling foothills of the northern Sandias. Take this opportunity to meet and talk directly with the artists about their work, their environment, and their latest creations, and visit your favorite local artists and meet new ones including 13 studios new to the tour. Details at

New Mexico Art League’s Black & White is one of its most popular exhibits, and it continues through May 27, featuring works by New Mexico artists in black-and-white photographs and black -and-white drawings. More, plus info on upcoming shows.

Over 85 award-winning artists will showcase their fine arts and crafts at the first outdoor Indian Market in Bernalillo on May 6 and 7. What started out as a small market has grown into what will be a substantial showing of pottery, jewelry, clothing, katsina carvings, sculptures, paintings and sand paintings. Over 70 artists, vendors and live demonstrations by Gerald Lomaventema, Gwen Setalla, Mateo Romero, Sally Black, Ulysses Reid and more. Plus drumming, music, and fry bread. The artists showing at the event have also shown at SWAIA, the Heard Museum and elsewhere. You had me at fry bread. Head to El Zócalo Plaza, 264 S. Camino del Pueblo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Santa Fe

Mill Contemporary is pleased to announce Sanctuary, an exhibition that celebrates our diverse creative community featuring work by 15 immigrant Santa Fe artists from 11 countries, and an installation by Axle Contemporary from their E Pluribus Unum project, May 5 – 27. Santa Fe has always welcomed outsiders and this show highlights our status as a Sanctuary City, and highlight the significant contribution that our immigrant artists make with their variety of media and exploration of ideas. Participating artists include: Ayellet Ben Ner, Seiya Bowen, Luz Corrales, Fatima El Qion, Kemely Gomez, Gen Hayashida, Phát Le, Jade Leyva, Armando Adrian Lopez, Israel Haros Lopez, Azade Nia, Issa Nyaphaga, Nami Okuzono, Chrissie Orr and Laura San Roman. More at

Patina Gallery enthusiastically opens an exhibition by Ivan Barnett, gallery director, May 12. A renowned folk artist in his own right, he presents his latest series of sculptures for the garden. The artist combines conceptual metal pieces with stylized forms of the people and animals that mill around the garden. His timing is perfect—Mother’s Day, when Santa Fe gardeners get ready to plant. Barnett’s first studio was in rural Pennsylvania. The influence of Amish country folk art resurfaces Beyond the Sky. “I’ve gone from literal to not literal,” Ivan says. “My latest work is far from Pennsylvania German because the abstract shapes are more interesting to me now.” A portion of the proceeds support the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve. More at

The West Coast gave birth to 1967’s infamous Summer of Love. New Mexico was experiencing its own social and environmental revolution then, too, depicted in Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, at the New Mexico History Museum, opening May 14 with a keynote lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. Running through February 2018, the exhibition spans the decades of the ’60s and ’70s, exploring this influx of young people to New Mexico and the subsequent collision of cultures. Through archival footage, oral histories, photography, ephemera and artifacts, the exhibition examines this cultural revolution and asks how these forms of rebellion inform the ways we think about contemporary social and political questions of what it means to be an engaged citizen. Details at

Frida Kahlo, notorious for painting and depicting her emotional state through her own self-portraits, was also the subject of many famous photographers. Follow Frida from a self-possessed teen to a passionate wife and lover, an independent artist, fashion icon and object of cult-like reverence through over 50 portraits by photographers including Manuel and Lola Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Carl Van Vechten and Nickolas Muray. Mirror, Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo through Oct. 29 at the Spanish Colonial Art Museum. Info at

For the first time ever in the United States, the Museo del Prado in Madrid hosts an outdoor exhibition. In Santa Fe. A joint project of the New Mexico Multi Cultural Foundation, Tourism Santa Fe, New Mexico True and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Cathedral Park hosts 92 full-scale and high quality reproductions of many of the greatest Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French and German painters of the 14th – 19th centuries. The exhibit runs through Oct. 29. Who needs a trip to Spain anyway?


The long-awaited special exhibition, W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton: Twilight of the West, is here! One of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists, Dunton was also an extraordinary outdoorsman, printmaker and illustrator. Among the first Anglo-American artists to settle in New Mexico after it achieved statehood, “Buck” Dunton gave up a prosperous career in illustration to settle in Taos in 1915. His acquaintance with Ernest Blumenschein led to Dunton’s decision to visit Taos and eventually relocate in order to dedicate himself exclusively to his own artwork. In partnership with the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House presents the first major exhibition of his art since 1991, through early October. Visit

by Kelly Koepke

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