ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Group Show - Blue Rain Gallery - August 20th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Blue Rain Gallery presents: Annual Celebration of Contemporary Native American Art, in conjunction with Indian Market.<br /> <br /> We will offer many special events and features throughout our week-long celebration.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thomas Breeze Marcus (paintings) Cannupa Hanska Luger (ceramic sculpture) Craig George (paintings) White Buffalo (paintings) Yellowbird Samora (micaceous clay sculpture) Thursday, August 21st from 5 - 8pm, Artist Reception: Shonto Begay (paintings) Hyrum Joe (paintings) Mateo Romero (paintings) David Bradley (paintings) Al Qoyawayma (pottery) Jody Naranjo (pottery) Lisa Holt &amp; Harlan Reano (pottery) Maria Samora (jewelry) Dawn Wallace (jewelry) Friday, August 22nd from 8am - 11am, Pottery Show and Sale: Tammy Garcia Richard Zane Smith Friday, August 22nd from 5 - 8pm, Artist Reception: Tony Abeyta (paintings) Preston Singletary (glass sculpture) Friday, August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd from 11am - 4pm: Bronze Patina Demonstrations with Bronzesmith Foundry from Prescott, AZ</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:51:45 +0000 Rose Simpson - Santa Fe Clay - August 20th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Rose B. Simpson will share her transformation of clay into the mechanics of the psyche, the soul, and the spirit. In this special interaction she will be covering her work in sculpture and performance art; her journey in life and the artistic process.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:04:44 +0000 Ric Gendron - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - August 21st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">MoCNA hosts a traveling exhibition of the paintings and related works of Spokane artist Ric Gendron (pronounced zhan-drea), a dual-enrolled member of the Arrow Lakes Band of Confederated Tribes of the Colville and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. Gendron is little-known established artist, and the exhibition and monograph <strong>Rattlebone</strong> feature more that 30 years of his vibrantly expressionistic and lyrical paintings and prints. His paintings and mixed-media works illustrate the rich and diverse visual vocabulary of traditional Upper Columbia Plateau Indian culture and iconography made wholly contemporary.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is curated by independent curator and writer Ben Mitchell, editor of <em>Basalt</em>, published by Eastern Oregon University and is sponsored by the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist: </strong>Ric Gendron is a painter who studied art at Cornish College of the Arts, the Eastern Washington University and in 1983 received his art degree from Spokane Falls Community College. He creates expressionist, strikingly colorful images that chronicle his experience, memory, history, journeys and identity. His paintings and prints are grounded in the work of Francis Bacon, Fritz Scholder, T.C Cannon and Harry Fonseca, and sources as diverse as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood&rsquo;s Western films, and 1950s and &lsquo;60s TV cartoons. Deeply influenced by the Beat poets, and by Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Hunter S. Thompson and other prominent West Coast writers of the 1960s and &lsquo;70s, his work also encompasses the rhythms and strategies of traditional Native music and American traditional blues, country, folk, and rock and roll music.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:06:29 +0000 Mario Martinez - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - August 21st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mario Martinez&rsquo;s artwork always pays reverence to nature through the influences derived from his deeply rooted Yaqui cultural background and allure to Western Modernism. The visual density of his paintings in his solo exhibition <strong>The Desert Never Left &ldquo;The City&rdquo;</strong>reflect upon the magic and power encoded within the spiritual and natural eco-systems conceptualized from an ancient pre-Christian Yaqui belief system. In doing so, Martinez vibrantly conflates his enduring Sonoran desert memory and Yaqui culture organically and abstractly through his lasting relationship to New York City&rsquo;s contemporary urban environment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist</strong>: Mario Martinez was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in Penjamo, a small Yaqui village in Scottsdale. He received his&nbsp;BFA&nbsp;degree at The School of Art at Arizona State University in 1979 and his MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1985.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2005, Martinez had a retrospective that was part of an exhibition series called <em>New York: New Tribe</em> featuring New York based Native artists at the Smithsonian&rsquo;s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. In 2007, Martinez created a lithograph as part of the Art in Embassies, a collaborative project between and the US State department and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. His work was recently included in <em>The Old Becomes The New: New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement And The New York School</em>. His work has been included in institutional and private collections here and abroad.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:07:26 +0000 Da-ka-xeen Mehner - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - August 21st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Alaskan artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner celebrates the lasting and profound relationship between Tlingit language and song in the exhibition <em>Saligaaw (it is loud-voiced).</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Like many Native American families, Mehner&rsquo;s grandmother and grandfather were from a generation who were punished for speaking their language. Inspired by a collective tenacity of maintaining traditional language and song, Mehner&rsquo;s installation combines hand-stretched drums and video projection as a means to keep tradition vitally intact.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist</strong>: Da-ka-xeen Mehner(<em>Tlingit/N&rsquo;ishga) </em>uses the tools of family ancestry and personal history to build his art. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska to a Tlingit/N&rsquo;ishgamotherand Hippy/Americanfather his work stems from an examination of a multicultural heritage and social expectations and definitions. In particular his work has focused on the constructs of Native American identity, and an attempt to define the &ldquo;Self&rdquo; outside of these constructs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Da-ka-xeen received his A.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts, a B.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and an M.F.A. in Native Arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He served as the founder and director of <em>Site 21/21</em>, a contemporary art gallery in Albuquerque, NM, and was a founding member/owner of the (<em>Fort) 105 Art Studios </em>in downtown Albuquerque.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mehner&rsquo;s work in photography and sculpture has been exhibited from New York to California; Alaska to New Mexico. Collections include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the University of Alaska Museum of the North (Fairbanks, AK), and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM), C.N. Gorman Museum (Davis CA) and the Alaska State Museum (Juneau, AK). His work has been featured in the art magazines <em>Sculpture </em>and <em>American Indian Art, </em>and in numerous newspapers, art catalogs, and blogs. He is an Assistant Professor of Native Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the director of the UAF Native Arts Center.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href=""></a></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:07:52 +0000 Courtney M. Leonard - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - August 21st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Breach&rdquo; is an exploration of historical ties to water and whale; imposed law; and a current relationship of material sustainability. Navigation lies within visual translation, acceptance, and pursuit of process. Charting exists as a logging of record; documentation and mapping of each point where the surface breaks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>BREACH: LOG 14 </strong>catalogs the expedition, encounters, and experiences that occurred from January &ndash; August 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist</strong>: Courtney Michele Leonard is an artist and filmmaker from the Shinnecock Nation of
Long Island, New York. Leonard&rsquo;s work explores the evolution of language, image and culture through mixed media pieces of video, audio, and tangible objects. She studied art and museum studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts (AFA 2000), Alfred University (BFA 2002), and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA 2008).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Leonard has given lectures and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Toi Ngaphui Northaland College (NZ), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe), Eastern Connecticut University (Willimantic, USA), Tribeca Film Institute (New York), National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC), University of the Creative Arts Farnham (UK), and the University of Rostock (DE).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and works as a professional artist, lecturer, and teacher at the Institute of American Indian Arts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href=""></a></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:08:25 +0000 Tammy Garcia, Richard Zane Smith - Blue Rain Gallery - August 22nd 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">A highlight of Blue Rain Gallery's annual week-long Celebration of Contemporary Native American Art, is our morning debut of new pottery by master artists, Tammy Garcia and Richard Zane Smith. Every year, this event packs the house early in the morning--get here early to see the pieces before they are all sold-out!<br /> <br /> This is Tammy Garcia giving a brief talk about her newest batch of pottery before the sale begins...usually with only about 8 to 10 new pieces each year, this is an exclusive and rare opportunity to acquire one of her works in clay!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Preview Starts at 8:00am<br /> Sale Starts at 10:00am</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:54:08 +0000 Chuck Ginnever - Center for Contemporary Art - August 22nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For more than 50 years, Chuck Ginnever has created large-scale sculptures in bronze and steel that challenge and expand visual perceptions. Every angle of a Ginnever sculpture presents a different work of art; as the viewer moves around the sculpture, the piece is transformed. As the centerpiece of New Perspectives, Rashomon is a 15-piece installation of three-foot high steel sculptures. Identical in shape, these sculptures each take a unique position.<br /><br />For the viewer, Ginnever&rsquo;s array of 15 Rashomon sculptures provides a direct experience of the dynamics of point of view or &ldquo;new perspectives.&rdquo; It is easy to say that everything changes depending on angle of vision; it is another to feel this viscerally. Because most objects have, at most, three dimensionally stable faces upon which they can rest, a sculpture with 15 distinct resting positions presents an entirely new order of seeing in the round. By changing the points upon which the sculpture rests, from each vantage these identical open form sculptures appear to have morphed completely into entirely new figures. By physically rotating the 15 identical sculptures, Rashomon presents irrefutable, mind-boggling evidence of radical results from minor shifts of perspective. Augmented by drawings and models that similarly define unique shapes and the ways they move, this exhibition illustrates Ginnever's fascinating approach to sculpture, space and form.<br /><br />Ginnever has said, &ldquo;Our eyes tell us the works move: our brains assure us it can&rsquo;t be so.&rdquo; For more than fifty years, he has made groundbreaking and innovative works that challenge contemporary sculptural practice. He is a pioneer of public sculpture known for the precise placement of his open forms to promote viewers' perceptual, kinesthetic and conceptual interaction with the environment.<br />Charles Ginnever's work is included in numerous public and private collections around the world, including Storm King Art Center, which owns three works as part of their permanent collection in Mountainville, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Woodside, CA; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laumeier International Sculpture Park, St. Louis; Seattle Art Museum, and the Australian National Gallery, among other noted institutions. Ginnever lives in Vermont.<br /><br />This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Gayle Maxon-Edgerton, GME LLC.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:37:13 +0000 Sam Scott - Center for Contemporary Art - August 22nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">An abstract painter with a background in figure drawing,&nbsp;<strong>Sam Scott</strong>&nbsp;has always been interested in the energies connecting humans, earth, and life's great mysteries. Soon after 9/11 Scott began a series of large paintings called<em>The Wounded Healers</em>. As portraits of singular characters that are neither human nor non-human, but laden with wounds and emerging from the earth, these paintings describe a terrible destruction of life and the trembling hope that remains.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:58:14 +0000 Lisa Holt, Harlan Reano, Rick Bartow, Yatika Starr Fields, Harry Fonseca, Emmi Whitehorse - Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:18:15 +0000 Eric Boyer, Charlotte Foust - Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">There&rsquo;s a subtle but unmistakable sense of joy underlying the work of Charlotte Foust and Eric Boyer, from the energy-charged color fields of Foust&rsquo;s abstract interpretations of nature to the sensuous figures and forms of Boyer&rsquo;s transcendent sculptures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Boyer&rsquo;s creative impetus is the material itself. The fabric-like drape of the steel wire mesh is an endless source of fascination for him, and his intimate awareness of its quirks and qualities allows him to mold, nudge, coax, and tease it into forms and figures that are astonishing in their sheer beauty.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Foust&rsquo;s kinetic, color-suffused paintings display different moods and interpretations of the world around her. She mines her personal experiences and memories for inspiration, then translates these into the interactive shapes, lines, and markings that she layers onto her canvases with abandon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Both the figures and the free-form pieces live in the same fantasy landscape,&rdquo; says Boyer. &ldquo;The abstracts inform the figurative work by giving me an opportunity to see the material in a new way. I&rsquo;m always looking for new ways to use its distinctive qualities.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m using color, line, and paint to create harmony and balance in a harnessed space,&rdquo; says Foust. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s my internal process for ordering the world around me, expressing internal observations of the seen and the unseen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The perfectly proportioned torsos resemble classic Greco-Roman sculptures, their sensuous contours rendering them receptacles for a life force, as if they were living, breathing beings complete with emotions and a back story.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Foust mines her personal experiences and memories for inspiration, then translates these into the interactive shapes, lines, and markings that she layers onto her canvases with abandon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:15:25 +0000 Robin J. Laws, Buck McCain, Jack Sorenson - Joe Wade Fine Art - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:11:54 +0000 Cody Hooper - Pippin Contemporary - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Internal Light</em> will be a show dedicated to the inner spirit of the artist. The work will touch on the contrast of struggles and triumphs in life that makes us the dynamic creatures we are. I will be highlighting on illusions of light, contrast, complex layering, bold colors, and surfaces to tell these stories through my paintings.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:32:30 +0000 Reid Richardson - The William & Joseph Gallery - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The William&amp;Joseph Gallery presents &ldquo;Dreaming in Color&rdquo; a new series of surrealist tree paintings by Arizona artist Reid Richardson.&nbsp; The show opens with a reception for the artist on&nbsp;August 22 from 5-7 p.m.&nbsp;at the gallery and will be on exhibit until&nbsp;September 25th.<br /><br />Says Reid of his show, "A tree is a powerful symbol.&nbsp; It can represent protection and wisdom, personify a human being or teach us about our past.&nbsp; A tree has been used for centuries in many cultures as a symbol of hope and connection with the divine.&nbsp; &nbsp;Its branches outstretch like nurturing arms bearing fruit to give new life.&nbsp; Its roots dig deep within the soil affirming its rich history.&nbsp; We grow as a tree does, planting ourselves firmly in the ground of modern society and evolving with the ever-changing seasons. &ldquo;<br /><br />Reid&rsquo;s work is included in the collection of Governor Susannah Martinez, and is also on display at City Hall in Santa Fe. This is his fourth solo exhibition with The William&amp;Joseph Gallery.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:21:57 +0000 John Nieto - Ventana Fine Art - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:55:56 +0000 Group Show - Winterowd Fine Art - August 22nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Modern Illusions in Native American Art</em> is an exhibition featuring works by artists who are on the cutting edge of Native Art.&nbsp; Artists were asked to mine the illusions of their culture, including icons, myths, dualities, mirages and stories.&nbsp; Paintings, sculptures, works on paper and installation are all part of this break-out exhibition.&nbsp; Participating artists include Marla Allison, Jamison Chas Banks, Brian Coffin, Shan Goshorn, Silvester Hustito, Jeff Kahm, Joel C. McHorse, Chris Pappan, Alex J. Pe&ntilde;a, Wendy Red Star and Kathy Whitman Elk-Woman.&nbsp; This exhibition runs from August 17-31, 2014.&nbsp; Meet the artists on Friday, August 22 from 6-8pm.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:09:41 +0000