Our Fall Exhibition opens on Saturday, Sept. 7, with a gala reception from 6-8 pm!
Gallery owner and director Carolyn Bunch has selected work from ten local and regional artists:
Nancy Begin, Carolyn Bunch, John Garrett, Kelley S. Hestir, Anthony Pennock, Jo Rango,
Marie Siegrist, Ouida Touchon, Scott Weaver, and Daphne Wirthlin.
Carolyn Bunch comments on this show: "This is an exciting show which
underscores the variety and abilities of our own southern New Mexico artists."
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.
John Garrett says of this piece, "New Age Basket 4", that he is not referring
to a spiritual awakening, "but to the growing necessity of making do with what we have."
John enjoys investigating how parts can be put together in new ways.
This basket refers strongly to quilts, where old fabrics are given new life.
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!
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.
Artist Jo Rango loves detail and has been investigating miniature art recently. Jo is a
master draftsman, painter, and art book maker. Jo has a great appreciation and interest
in the images of ancient cultures. Since moving to the southwest, Jo has been able to
further explore her fascination with the desert, its creatures, vegetation, and environment.
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.
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.