THE ART BUZZ APRIL 2015

Albuquerque

Three women sculptors strut their stuff at the newly expanded Page Coleman Gallery in an exhibition titled The Grand Expand. Ali Gallo creates powder coated steel abstractions that resemble ribbons blowing in the wind. Gwyn Metz recomposes disparate debris into dysfunctional objects such as fossil-free vehicles and doll-like characters. Maria Ross works wonders with wire and paint to create airy, ghostlike forms that have both organic and architectural references. The show runs April 11 through June 27, with a reception Friday April 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Page Coleman Gallery is at 6320-B Linn Avenue NE, and is open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Visit pagecoleman.com.

InSight New Mexico is proud to present Through Her Eyes, a group exhibition of more than 125 works by 61 women photographers from across the state. The exhibit runs April 5 through 26 at Expo New Mexico. Photography is intrinsically an expression of who we are and how we move through the world. We each experience the world in unique ways and for photographers that is translated, visually, into the kinds of images they make. That is the premise of Through Her Eyes, which showcases a variety of subjects, themes and diverse processes. This is a great opportunity to see the work of some of New Mexico’s top emerging and professional fine art women photographers. The exhibition was juried by a nationally recognized panel of jurors, whose work will also be on display and available for purchase. Visit insight-nm.com.

Amapola Gallery offers light refreshments during this month’s reception on April 12 for the exhibition Crystal Clouds, featuring the work of four artists. The show includes Gloria Casale’s stained, fused and stumped glass; Philip Green’s ceramic and raku clocks; Denise Ballou’s oil paintings; and Debra Montoya’s mosaic art. Amapola Gallery is located at 205 Romero NW. Visit amapolagallery.com for times and complete details.

Santa Fe

We’re eagerly welcoming spring to the City Different, and the influx of arts, music and other events. For instance, from April 3 through 29, the exhibition An Evening of Dance and Music In Art atGallery 901,features internationally acclaimed artist and tango dancer Willow Bader. For this show, Bader focuses on capturing the movement of tango dancing and Argentine tango music. She will also be teaching two advanced encaustic workshops April 4 and 5. For more, call 505.780.8390 or visit gallery901.org.

Somewhere between abstraction and realism lies the work of Sammy Peters and Connie Connally, each remarkable for their unique practice of expressive brushwork, sweeping gestural marks and animated cadence. Fusion, which runs April 3 through May 3, at LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard, is a dramatic interplay of geometric and gestural abstraction that juxtaposes the signature-muted hues and jazzy rhythms of Peters’ introspective canvases with Connally’s poetic multi-layered surfaces suffused with organic color and brushwork. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Peters skillfully composes complex canvasses with a powerful and sensuous combination of brushwork, iterative marks, drips and mixed-media collage.

Organic color and calligraphic brushstrokes combine to serve as imprints of Connally’s profound passion for nature in graceful canvasses of liminal elegance, with imagery teetering between representational reference and powerful abstraction. Rich, multi-layered surfaces of sun-drenched color morph, coalesce and juxtapose in quietly energetic rhythms that evoke the sense of being in a place of nature’s beauty. Check lewallengalleries.com.

Santa Fe Women’s Club hosts the April 25 and 26 Spring Contemporary Clay Fair, one of the finest ceramic shows New Mexico has to offer. Featuring 30 outstanding ceramic artists, the fair celebrates the various methods of creation and use of clay throughout history. This juried show features useful, decorative and jewelry pieces from noted ceramic artists like Mike Walsh, Ginny Zipperer, Maggie Beyeler and Todd Volz. Visit contemporaryclayfair.com for times and participating artists.

On a sad note, we express our condolences to the family of Margarete Bagshaw, who died last month at age 50. The artist was one of the third generation of female painters in her family. Her mother was Helen Hardin and her grandmother the renowned Santa Clara Pueblo artist Pablita Velarde. Bagshaw made an indelible mark on the New Mexico art scene, and will be missed.

Taos

Congrats to Magpie, which celebrates its first anniversary and the opening of its new art gallery this month. Located in the beautiful Overland Ranch just three miles north of Taos Plaza, Magpie boasts an impressive collection of over 45 local artists, with jewelry, blown glass, pottery and other gifts, as well as a magnificent showcase of fine art, all made in the Taos area. Artist and owner Georgia Gersh takes special care in selecting the best talent that the area has to offer, specializing in affordable, small art. Go to magpietaos.com, and better yet, stop in and tell them how happy you are to help them celebrate their birthday on April 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. That’s no April Fool’s joke, either!

V. Vaughan’s show would make any museum proud and many of V’s paintings are in museums. Visit Act One Gallery during April for a new show of her works, Welcome the Light. As you peruse her works on line and in the gallery, you note the deep understanding she has of all forms of light. Well known for her deep, dark night scenes, she can paint a bird or a caballero with equal finesse. This is Act One’s first and long-awaited show with Ms. Vaughan, so head to actonegallery.com for details of the show and the April 11 reception.

 


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