The Fine Folk of New Mexico

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La Guadalupana Mixed Media Photo © 2012
The Tears of the Lord, 2005 Acrylic On Canvas 96"X72" © 2005
I married a Monster, 2012 Pottery 14.75"X5" © 2012
Taos Fiesta Queens V Mixed Media Painting 36"X48" © 2012
La Boda, The Wedding Oil © 2012
Monja Coronada, Flor de Dios, 2012 Hand Carved And Painted Wood 32"X11"X7" © 2012
Governor Tony Anya Albuquerque NM, 1986 Palladium Print Photography 20"X20" © 1986
Mestizo, 2012 Hand Pigmented Watercolor, Hand Carved Wood, Mixed Media 32"X17"X12" © 2012
Self-portrait (detail), 2004 Ceramic © 2004
The Fine Folk of New Mexico
Curated by: Arthur Lopez

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
October 26th, 2012 - January 26th, 2013
Opening: October 26th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Guadalupe, Railyard
Santero, Spanish Market, Indian Market, photography, mixed-media, installation, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, pop, landscape, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional, sculpture


The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery announces “Fine Folk of New Mexico” an exhibition celebrating the art of the people, places and culture of New Mexico. “Fine Folk of New Mexico” will run from October 26th, 2012 through January 26th, 2013 and will feature work inspired by New Mexico's abundant natural beauty and culture which has attracted and inspired artists for decades.  This exhibit is  the first time the Community Gallery has commissioned a local artist to curate an exhibit. The public is invited to an opening on Friday, October 26th, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Community Gallery is located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, at the intersection of Sheridan Street.  The Community Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. For more information call 505-955-6705.

Message from the Curator

The Fine Folk of New Mexico was inspired by the art of the people, places and culture of New Mexico.

New Mexico's abundant natural beauty has attracted and inspired artists for decades.  From the distinctive architecture to the flowing landscapes that blend into the wide open sky that creates the stage for her diverse tri-cultural people that make up the majority of our area. New Mexico is rich in culture and traditions from the Native American People to the religious artwork brought by the Spanish 400 years ago and the academic influences of the Anglo settlers. These riches are all still fostered today. It is these things that have inspired artists to incorporate this in their work and distinguish New Mexico art from any other in the world. The show will focus how an artist’s work is influenced by New Mexico’s People, Places, Culture & Traditions. From Fine to Folk art it is these common threads that make up the diverse group of artistic talents selected for the show. From emerging to the established artist, this unique New Mexico essence is clearly demonstrated in the influence of New Mexico artists and has helped propel them to the top of their genres.

With much exhilaration I invite you all to view and enjoy this groundbreaking exhibition because you are also one of the many Fine Folk of New Mexico.

-Arthur López

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