Sunday, October 7, 2012

The October Exhibit

Photography by J. Binford-Bell and Embossed Metal piece by Sherry Wolf

This is our second exhibit and we had it so quickly after the first because of the expansion in membership. This exhibit will hang until the middle of November. We will not always be changing out work this frequently nor will every exhibit include all the work of all members. In the future look for more focused exhibits with three or four artists and maybe even a theme. It has been suggested that the July exhibit be flowers in support of the Angel Fire Garden Club.

Photography by Janet Sailor, Aspens prints by Carol Rupp, photography by Yvonne O'Brian

Watercolors by Julianne Allen and photography by Steve Knight

Or perhaps we need to center an exhibit around a particular media like photography or watercolors or oil painting. We are gaining quite a few photographers but some media like metal smithing is unique as in the work by Sherry Wolf.

Oil Painting by Shirley Ellingboe with Sherry Wolf's unique compositions

Photography by Deborah Binford Baker, oil pastel by Jennifer Cavan and pottery by JoAnne DeKeuster

We also have the works of L.Martin Pavletich, Monique Mountain, Jessica Duke, and Cindy Sprott on exhibit at the Angel Fire Visitor's center. Check out the center and our member pages on this blog. Art is always better viewed in person.

Monday, September 24, 2012

We Are Official

Reception Brochure and glass by Cindy Sprott

I love it when a plan comes together and especially during those times when you were not even aware you had a plan. At least not to begin with. Our first ever meeting was very exploratory. We adjourned with a promise to explore the possibilities. And yesterday, September 23, 2012, it culminated in our first event.

For us it was celebratory as we realized that in a few short weeks we had put together a membership of 26 artists and growing. And an exhibit featuring 18. We have approximately 15 with a presence here on this site on the Members I, II, and II tabs. And I took photos of our newer members yesterday to help them in getting the requirements for me to post them. Amazing just how many artists stay behind the camera.

Carol Rupp on the left facing camera and Jimmy Linton in the background on the left
The guild was originally their idea.

Jeweler Jessica Duke, glass maker Cindy Sprott, and Shirley Ellingboe in deep discussion

On right Steve Knight, photographer, and Sherry Wolf, metal smith, talking to two of our visitors
They are standing in front of the work by Carol Rupp

Art collectors and people just considering the purchase of one or more pieces of art want to feel they are friends with the artist or artists. When art is finally hanging on the wall they want to relate to their friends the experience of buying it and what they learned from the artist about the work. That was how art fairs began in the 1970's.

Now art tourism is becoming more and more popular. Tourists want to go to places where they can meet artists and view a wide variety of art. More and more want to take workshops to learn more about the creative process and nurture the artist within themselves. Watch this site for future events including receptions and workshops. Below is a selection of photographs not previously shared about our current exhibit. It will be up through the end of September and then a new exhibit will take its place.

Photograph by Janet Sailor, top, and paintings by L. Martin Pavletich bottom

Photographs on canvas by Yvonne O'Brian

Black and white photograph by Deborah Binford-Bell and oil pastels by Jennifer Cavan

Oil paintings by Shirley Ellingboe and photographs by Yvonne O'Brian

Ceramic sculpture by JoAnne DeKeuster

Back wall with work by Steve Knight, Jessica Duke, Carol Rupp, JoAnne and Kevin DeKeuster,
and Deborah Binford Baker

Glass by Cindy Sprott

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

And in the beginning

Exhibit at Angel Fire Visitors Center

Angel Fire, New Mexico and the surrounding communities of Eagle Nest, Black Lake and Cimarron, and the miles of highway connecting them and Taos, New Mexico are filled with art studios and little galleries and  artists working away in the beauty that is northern New Mexico. There are not enough galleries in the area to represent us and Taos literally will not let us play (you have to be a Taos county resident or represented by a Taos gallery to enter exhibits and shows).

Artistic Vistas and Treasures Art Trail was begun with the help of the State of New Mexico Arts Council and Moreno Valley Arts Council to link studios and galleries in the area, but it did not help the small struggling artist without an open studio. And so we decided to help ourselves.

Springing from a small meeting the summer of 2012 to see what we could do to highlight the number of artists beyond Taos, the Artists Guild of Northern New Mexico was loosely formed. We now have approximately 20 members and are still growing. Our exhibit at the Angel Fire Visitors Center displays the varied works of 17 artists including Jennifer Cavan, Katherine McDermott, Jacqui Binford-Bell, JoAnneDeKeuster, Jessica Duke, L. Martin Pavlitch to just name a few of the better known of our members.

We are having a meet and greet reception Sunday, September 23rd from 2 to 4 at the Angel Fire Visitors center. And these pages will be developed to display the works and information about our members. As well as feature new exhibits and events and workshops on this blog.

Work of Sherry Wolf

Work of L.Martin Pavlitch