Retrospective Show with Mary Sweet (Japanese Woodblock Prints), Local Treasure
Ralph Lewis (Deceased Artist-Watercolors & Drawings)
Opening Artist's Reception: April 2, 2021
From: 11:00-6:00 P.M. (By Appointment)
Artist's Reception: May 7, 2021
From: 11:00-6:00 P.M. (By Appointment)
For your private or small group showing contact:
Valerie Tibbetts at (505)-450-6516 or (505)-883-7410
Show Closes May 21, 2021
Monday: By appointment
Tuesday-Saturday : 11:00-3:00 P.M. (Call for appointment)
Sweet states, I have been a painter all my life but have only been doing woodblock prints, Japanese style since 1993. I found I love the Japanese style of woodblock printmaking, which is done with watercolors as ink and printed by hand with a baren. I use dampened Japanese paper and kento registration marks. Most of my woodblock are done by reduction block rather than making a separate block for each color. I can only do small editions this way David Steinberg states, Woodblock artist scales own mountain. Mary Sweet finds inspiration in famous Japanese artist's series. Snow-capped Mount Fuji, sacred to the Japanese, is in the far distance in Hokusai's famous woodblock print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, The Japanese artist had made the print in 1830 for a series that is know as 36 Views of Mount Fuji. Fast forward to 2010 in Tijeras, where artist Mary Sweet has drawn inspiration from Hokusai to create her own series of another sacred mountain. Sweet's series is titled 30 Views of Mount Taylor. Sweet has been developing her Mount Taylor series off and on for the last twenty years. Trained as a painter, she now enjoys doing Japanese style woodblocks.
Ralph Lewis, stated Because I find in nature an ideal place to work, free from interruptions, and an inexhaustible source of form I return to it regularly. It is a place i find new ideas, new beginnings, new insights.
I rarely finish paintings in the field. There are too many options, too much material unrelated to the work I am doing at the time. I do many drawings at the site where I am working, some line, some value and most both. They provide valuable material when I am finishing a work. My work has been influenced by the following artists: DeKooning, Rothko, Cezanne, Hopper, Burchfield, Picasso, Robins on the ink drawings of Wyeth and so many others.
Ralph Lewis was a retired professor from the University of New Mexico's Fine Art Department.
First Friday Citywide Artscrawl Event:
Range of View
Carla Forrest-Oil Painting
Peggy Trigg-Oil Painting
February 5, 2021-March 26, 2021
Regular Hours: 11;00-3:00 PM - Tuesday-Saturday
Monday: By Appointment
Opening: 11:00-6:00 PM
For your private or small group showing contact: Valerie Tibbetts at (505) 450-6516 or (505) 883-7410
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Forrest's statement, "I approach art as an observer of the soul, enlightening the viewer about the presence, wonder, and dignity of nature and life. I want the viewer to value place and person in a space of spirit and heart and bring this illumination into their personal environments. While painting, i think about scale and how insignificant and unimportant we are in relation to the natural elements like sky, mountains, rivers, foliage, and fauna. I think about light-warmth and cool-and the play of highlight and shadow, and how nurturing our sun is in the cycle of life. This direct observation of nature and presence inspires my spectral luminescent works. My plein air and object abstract pieces are created through a complex layering painting process starting with brushes and then layering tiles of color and striations using pallet knives and other mark-making tools and materials. My palette and three-dimensional form come from what I see in U.S.A's Southwestern landscape-full spectrum colors and stellar shapes, not just greens, blues, and square angles. I just love New Mexico! It is a painter's paradise.
Peggy Trigg's states, My primary focus when painting is the energy of the land, not the actual depiction of what I see. I try to reflect my feelings for the landscape through the colors I use and loose, strong brush strokes, laying color over color to create depth and texture. I most often work using a spatula to apply my thick paint. I primarily use oils and work on both archival birch panels and canvas. I love the land around me because I was raised in the county by Santa Fe, and working on my family's cattle ranch. I taught art in high school and focusing on composition and exploring art techniques.