Our new exhibition, "Primavera", opens on Saturday, April 5, with a gala reception from 4-6 pm!
Gallery owner and director Carolyn Bunch has selected work from fourteen regional artists:
Nancy Begin, Carolyn Bunch, John Garrett, Winfrey Hearst, Kelley S. Hestir,
Tony Lazorko, Anthony Pennock, Louis Ocepek, Sam Peters, Marie Siegrist,
Ouida Touchon, Scott Weaver, and Daphne Wirthlin.
Nancy Begin is a nationally recognized master of watercolor and oil painting,
woodblock printmaking, and sculpture. Nancy says of her work:
"As an artist I am constantly on a voyage of discovery."
Nancy has a gift for seeing beauty in the simplest of scenes and objects,
always striving to see "with new eyes"!
Carolyn Bunch has lived a life guided by her art. Carolyn was born in the midwest,
but has lived most of her life in Las Cruces where she has been honored both for her artwork
and her many years teaching. Carolyn and her husband, Henry, have owned and operated
fine art galleries, most prominently a series of "Adobe Patio Galleries" that have featured
the work of the area's most respected artists for 30 years. In her artwork Carolyn has been
moved by the faces of the Mexican native peoples, and the portrait continues
to be the favored focus of her special talents.
A native of Las Cruces, John Garrett learned to weave in a class at Scripps College
in Claremont, California, in 1970. Intrigued with the materials and technologies involved,
he pursued a graduate degree at UCLA in fiber and design. His early interest in reusing
and repurposing materials has continued to today. He transforms found and collected
objects with industrial materials to produce sculptures and wall hangings.
Winfrey Hearst, born and raised in El Paso, studied art and education at the
University of Texas at El Paso. She furthered her study of ceramics at the Archie Bray
Foundation in Helena, Montana, and education at Carroll College in Helena. She continued
her study of printmaking at the Institute of Experimental Printmaking in Santa Cruz,
California, and at Frogman’s Workshops at the University of South Dakota. "The contrast
and blending of landscape, architecture, and culture make the borderland unique. I prefer
to work on location, since the light, the colors, and the surroundings are so important to
the experience. I attempt to express a feeling, a mood, a time of day, and a sense of mystery."
Kelley S. Hestir is a nationally recognized sculptor whose works range from whimsical
to serious, but always executed utilizing the skills of a master artist. Kelley returned to
New Mexico in 1995 after many years of teaching and working in Hawaii. Kelley co-founded
the Art Forms Artist's Association and the annual "For the Love of Arts Month" festival
in Las Cruces NM. Kelley is especially famous for portraying cats in her sculptures,
to the delight of everyone who has had the pleasure of viewing her work!
"Although I have made my living in commercial art, the love of printmaking has always
been a big part of my life. A few years ago I retired from my job as Art Director
of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and I again began to make prints. The focus of my work has
always been to depict something about the American experience, no matter how ordinary,
and to say it in an aesthetic manner with tactile surfaces, color and composition."
Louis Ocepek uses conventional and digital media to make low-relief constructions,
photo-intaglios, relief prints, screen prints, and paintings, expressing his interest
in nature, music, and archeology through abstraction.
Anothony Pennock is nationally recognized for his landmark public art. A native of
southern New Mexico, Anothony is currently investigating the mytho-poetic magic
of native New Mexican rock art in his latest mosaics and drawings.
Sam Peters, born in West Virginia and resident for many years in Maryland, has lived in
Las Cruces for 14 years. He received an MFA from the University of Maryland and taught
printmaking at The Maryland Institute, College of Art. He has shown his work nationally
and internationally. His works include mixed media sculpture, photography,
printmaking, and painting.
Marie Siegrist has been a watercolorist most of her life, and her paintings
are an expression of her observations of color, light and shadow. Since moving
to New Mexico, the desert and mountains have become a recurring theme,
but Marie still ventures occasionally into the world of the abstract.
Ouida Touchon is a master artist, as well known for her printmaking as for her
masterful oils, whether done plein air or in the studio. Ouida is driven to create her art,
and likes to say she is "living life as art". Ouida says of her work:
"Each expressed image is linked to the observed, relying on my eyes to unlock
the mind and investigate the possibilities of manifesting the image."
Scott Weaver's fine art photography consists of landscapes, still lifes,
and nude studies; on occasion combining several of these genres!
Scott responds to images that reveal "universal consciousness". Duality,
sequential progression, challenging traditional concepts of beauty,
and seeing something where there is 'nothing' have been his interests.
American artist Jean Wilkey traveled extensively and lived successively in Honduras,
Costa Rica and Israel before moving to New Mexico, where she completed her Master of
Fine Arts degree in painting. The influence of these cultures is seen in the clear,
vivid colors of her paintings of still life, landscape and figures, which explore aspects
of perception and nature.
Daphne Wirthlin's remarkable paintings emerge from her imagination, combining
her southwest experience with the private elements of her life. Daphne's art
brings together drawing and painting in a completely unique style. The creatures
of the desert, including the occasional human creature, inhabit her landscapes,
portraying daytime as a dream.