Our new exhibition, "Harvest", opens on Saturday, Oct. 11, with a gala reception
from 6-8 pm! Gallery owner and director Carolyn Bunch has selected work from
seventeen regional artists: Mary Beagle, Nancy Begin, Carolyn Bunch, Brian Cobble,
John Garrett, Linda Giesen, Kelley S. Hestir, Tony Lazorko, Joyce Macrorie,
Anthony Pennock, Sam Peters, Penny Simpson, Marie Siegrist, Ouida Touchon,
Laurel Weathersbee, Scott Weaver, and Daphne Wirthlin.
Mary Beagle attended the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford,
Bloomfield CT where she majored in painting with a minor in graphics,
receiving a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors.
Mary is a highly respected painter and stone sculptor, and comments:
"Art releases my spirit. It can cheer me, calm me, and give me
and give me a feeling of happiness and accomplishment." – Mary Beagle
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.
Brian Cobble says of his work: "Often it is not untouched nature that attracts me
as an artist as much as the raggedy places where the “natural” overlaps the man-made,
the darkness on the edge of town— those places in the American landscape that have
been altered by a civilization that can look shockingly out of place, like it was dropped
from the sky last week into the wilderness. Yet even in these most mundane of places,
light and shadow can elevate the ordinary into something almost profound."
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.
Living in New Mexico, tapestry artist Linda Giesen is influenced by the rich south-
western cultural traditions, and inspired by the high desert landscape. The beauty
found in a desert mesa at sundown, a stretch of white desert sand against a dark sky,
or an ancient image carved into the land touches and moves me. "It is these moments
that I wish to capture on my loom. Weaving for me is not simply a journey through color
and form, but also a journey of self-discovery and expression. In creating my tapestries
I achieve a deeper understanding of myself." – Linda Giesen
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
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."
Respected painter, printmaker, and jewelry maker Joyce T. Macrorie comments:
"I want to evoke the mystery of our natural world and our human place inside it.
In my experience, all art has to offer a somewhat different trip, a new or at least
a compelling experience with each encounter. This means artwork has to be
complex while seeming simple."
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.
Penny Thomas Simpson says of her work: "I'm a New Mexican artist that doesn't do
much traditional "Southwestern" art. I work primarily in watercolors and acrylics and
I'm a signature member of the New Mexico Water Color Society. I've been lucky enough
to win quite few awards in art shows both locally and nationally. I most enjoy doing
pieces of art that are bold, very realistic and full of light."
Ouida Touchon is 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's new print series includes six fruit and nut
woodcuts representing her joy at being back to her Mesilla home and garden.
Laurel Weathersbee says of this watercolor collage: "Looking through
resource materials, I found a photo of strawberry cactus I'd taken in Big Bend
a few years ago. I created the cactus and cut it out; cactus wrens seemed like
the perfect compliment. The background quilt pattern is "Jewel Box", so the piece
became 'Jewel Box Wrens'!"
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 interests.
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.