First Friday Citywide Event
February 7, 2020
From: 5-8:30 PM
Title: Desert Spaces
Solo Show: Artist: Rachel Davis Rankin
Show Closes: February 29, 2020
Rachel Davis Rankin grew up under the big skies and beautiful mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These influences have been an inspiration all of her life. Rachel's technique utilizes oil paint with a palette knife to create the layered texture in her plein air type paintings.
Rankin states, I think the thread that holds this new body of work together is the sky. I have been really drawn to paint the sky and desert spaces. Come by and see this new body of work. I find that my paintings and my technique deepen with my new awareness of the beauty that surrounds me.
First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl Event
Artist Reception: January 3, 2020
From: 5:00-8:30 PM
Show Closes: January 31, 2020
Title: Water and Earth: Spiritual Messengers
Artists: Michael Billie, Cat Tsosie, and Harriette Tsosie
Artist Harriette Tsosie returns to her roots in acrylic painting. She collaborate with her husband Cat, to incorporate native imagery in a series of new paintings and on the surfaces of ceremonial gourd rattles. Their drawings and paintings depict ceremonies such as buffalo, deer, and elk dances-prayers of gratitude for earth's blessings of food and water.
Michael Billie states, The idea to include bundles in my mixed media work came during a moment I had while teaching a workshop on eco-printing at a fellow artist's studio. A year or so later a friend told me about an old story between the Navajos and the Hopi that involved two sacred bundles. The Navajos had given two scared bundles to the Hopi in exchange for helping in obtaining freedom from being imprisoned at Fort Sumner. According to the story the two bundles are still around and are kept in two Hopi family homes. I use this concept in my mixed media pieces.