Friday, November 21, is the Citywide Artscrawl and Holiday Kickoff, with five percent of sales of participating galleries going to charity. Of note is New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery’s Hot Off the Press—Open Studio, Fundraiser and Printing Extravaganza with seven artists pulling prints: etchings, gravure, linoleum cuts and serigraphs, available for sale at a discount during the reception only. Participating artists include Diane Alire, Ray Maseman, local treasure Mary Sundstrom, Kaitlin Reese, Wayne Chinander, Nikolaus Hudak and Ren Adams. Visit newgroundsgallery.com for details.
November 22 through 23 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, a juried art show featuring some of New Mexico’s finest artists. Visitors have enjoyed the transition to the holidays for many years while shopping, talking with the artists and meeting old friends amidst the creative wonders. Anasazi Fields Winery, where Jim Fish and his partners make their own wine from New Mexico grapes and fruits is once again a hub of activity, along with the big tent east of Presbyterian Church and Placitas Elementary School. Organic goat cheese and colorful ristras, garlic and local honey, free wine tastings, a raffle and all kinds of art from painting to photography to clothing and accessories to jewelry. Visit placitasholidaysale.com for times and directions.
Framing Concepts Gallery host its 24th annual solo artist show with David Schwindt, a talented landscape artist whose renderings of the Southwest landscape offer a sense of space and awe at the grandeur. Schwindt has been painting outdoor studies for his studio work since he purchased his first French easel in the mid-1970s. He’s won many awards, including three first place awards in oil at the New Mexico State Fair. He has been invited to jury and judge local and national shows and enjoys teaching plein air painting. Schwindt’s Road Trip 2014 opens November 21. Visit framingconceptsgallery.com.
One of New Mexico’s most notable artists, Gustave Bauman, is well known for his scenes of local life, flora and fauna on everything from calendars to totes to T-shirts. The New Mexico History Museum opens Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past, an exhibit of handmade Christmas cards, on Friday, November 7, with a 5 p.m. reception, gallery walk and book signing of the companion book by co-curators Tom Leech and Jean Moss. The exhibition, which features around 100 cards by Baumann and some of the greatest Santa Fe artists of the 20th century, runs through until the end of March 2015. On November 15 and 16, you can make your own holiday cards with provided paper, envelopes and supplies. And remember, Sundays are always free for New Mexico residents.
Adobe Gallery announces the exhibition and sale of over 70 Hopi katsina carvings ranging in age from the 1930s to the present day, November 14 through January. The Katsina Carvings of Hopi Pueblo opens with a reception on November 14 at 5 p.m. Katsinas are spirits or personifications of things in the real world, and a katsina can represent anything from a revered ancestor to an element, a location, a quality, a natural phenomenon or a concept. Pre-sales of these intriguing figures are being accepted at 505.955.0550, and visit adobegallery.com for more.
Continuing through January 18, and in conjunction with the current Georgia O’Keeffe: Ghost Ranch Views exhibition, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is host to Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line. This show presents artwork that links Covarrubias’ commercial art, scholarly publications and studio practice, to demonstrate the cosmopolitan modernism of his life and work, which were deeply influenced by his life-long practice of moving between modern cities and sites remote from New York or Mexico City. It reveals his influential role as part of a global network of modernists, including Georgia O’Keeffe. Ghost Ranch Views brings together brilliant paintings of the harsh geography and spectacular color at Ghost Ranch, the site of O’Keeffe’s most famous landscape paintings. It includes paintings of the landscape, bones and landscapes with bones and flowers, her most iconic contribution to American modernism. Visit okeeffemuseum.org for details, and plan a trip to Ghost Ranch to compare the paintings with the real life experience!
Story by Kelly Koepke