Art buzz – August 2017


OK, so this isn’t in Albuquerque but…About 75 percent of all Native American art sold worldwide is made in the Gallup region, and for the first time, local artists have come together to create a showcase unlike any other. The first Gallup Native Arts Market is Aug. 10-12, deep in the landscape that has inspired and nurtured their art for generations, featuring artists selected by a commission of Navajo and Zuni master artists, creating the finest and best examples of Native art in the region. Spanning everything from jewelry to ceramics, and sculpture to weaving, the work on display and for sale is certain to connect powerfully with collectors and enthusiasts alike. It’s free and open to the public. More at Continue reading

Local Favorite: Great Southwestern Antiques Show

GSA-Ross TrautHow often do you get to shop for one-of-a-kind treasures and support a great charity at the same time? Not often enough, so don’t miss the Great Southwestern Antique Show’s Charity Sneak Preview, held Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Expo New Mexico. More than 175 dealers offer everything from Native American artifacts and antique Indian jewelry to ethnographic and early American art, furniture, vintage costumes, estate jewelry, pottery, decorative arts and more. Not only will you be able to shop the show before the doors open to the public for the weekend, you’ll feel good knowing that 100-percent of the event’s admission fees benefit New Mexico PBS.

“Because PBS is a really great partner, and because of the current political environment—with funding being cut for NPR and PBS—we felt strongly enough that we decided to continue with PBS as our major nonprofit,” says Terry Schurmeier, founder of the Great Southwestern Antique Show. “With our PBS endowment, we’ve raised more than $125,000 to help pay for New Mexico programs including Colores and New Mexico in Focus.” Continue reading

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Maria Chabot, Georgia O'Keeffe Hitching a Ride to Abiquiu with Maurice Grosser, 1945. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Maria Chabot, Georgia O’Keeffe Hitching a Ride to Abiquiu with Maurice Grosser, 1945. Photographic print. Gift of Maria Chabot. Georgia O’Keefe Museum © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum [RC.2001.2.140.c]

While out to lunch with some local folks recently, I mentioned the 20th anniversary of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. To a person, each of my companions was astounded that only 20 years had gone by since the museum’s opening in July of 1997—everyone felt this most-visited Santa Fe Museum had been around much longer than that. One person even thought it had been more like 50 years.

Just as Georgia O’Keeffe herself made a tremendous impact on the art world, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has left its mark on the Santa Fe arts and culture scene to such an extent that many of us assumed the three-building complex in downtown Santa Fe has been around longer than two decades. Since 1997, more than 3.5 million visitors have wandered the military-barracks-turned-church-turned-galleries on Johnson Street; browsed the archives at the former military officers’ quarters and private residence Research Center on Grant Avenue; attended workshops in the Education Annex (a former Safeway); and toured the Abiquiu house and studio. (That last one was always a residence, by the way.) Tourism Santa Fe says one of the questions they most often receive is about the O’Keeffe Museum–where it is and how to get there. Continue reading

Common Threads – Fiber Arts in New Mexico

Quilt by Norma Koelm

Quilt by Norma Koelm

Anita McSorley has been making her own clothes since she was 10 years old. “My mother taught me how to crochet and how to embroider and how to sew,” she says. “I’d go shopping with [her], and I’d fall in love with something, and she’d say, ‘Well, you can make that.’ It was a cost-effective thing when I was growing up.” Today, that financial dynamic has changed, and handcrafting practical items has gone from necessity to a form of self-expression. “It’s definitely the reverse of what it used to be,” Anita says. “Anyone going out to make a garment now, you’re going to spend three to four times what you’d spend back then.”

Still, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the years: Anita’s love of the fiber arts and all the ways they can be used as vehicles for creativity. Anita’s talent has expanded to encompass many facets. “I’m interested in quilts—mostly art quilts—and I do polymer clay,” she says. “I do mixed-media, I paint fabric, and I dye fabric. I make mono-prints on fabric and paper.” She’s also a member of the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council and the director of its 11th biennial Fiber Arts Fiesta.

The AFAC got its start in 1997, when seven local guilds began organizing to display their work to the wider community; it now comprises 20 guilds. According to Anita, the number of entries for this year’s event has surpassed those in the past, and a total of 670 works will be on display. The call for entries goes out nationwide, “as wide as we can get it.” The farthest away participant? “This year, it’s Brazil. There’s a young lady who does lace work,” Anita says. “One year, we had 12 entries from Taiwan: 10 quilts and two mixed-media [pieces].” Considering the size and scope of the event, it’s not surprising that it requires a fair amount of lead-time. “It takes about a year and a half to get the fiesta put together,” Anita says. “It’s kind of like herding cats.” Continue reading

Sound Bites: The Creative Path of Ehren Natay

Ehren Kee Natay

Ehren Kee Natay

Ehren Kee Natay, a 31 year-old Kewa/Dine´ artist from Santa Fe makes it clear his purpose, no matter his artistic mode, is always connection; to bring people together through the drum (his primary instrument), through dance, and through the arts.

While this article focuses on Natay as a musician, he is vastly talented in just about every creative arena imaginable.  In addition to being a singer and drummer, he is a dancer, painter, muralist, jewelry maker, he’s done multimedia collaborations with The Center for Contemporary Arts, as well as taught several semesters at The Institute of American Indian Arts as an adjunct professor.  By the time this article goes to press, Natay will have also participated in his first Albuquerque Comic Con.

When I ask him to choose from his vast list of inspirational musicians.  “I for sure have to tag my grandfather, Ed Lee Natay,” Ehren says with little hesitation. Ed Natay was a traditional singer, well known in Navajo country; often heard on the Gallup radio station in the 1950s, the first Native American to be recorded and played on the radio, the first artist to sign with Canyon Records in 1951 (which produces and distributes exclusively Native American music). “His voice—you can hear influence from Nat King Cole and Sinatra—you can hear those crooners, but he’s singing all traditional,” Ehren explains further. “I’ll always listen to my grandfather and his songs and try to match his skill.” Continue reading