Friday, October 28, 2005

Creativity is flowing

Henry Woolbert's latest: Shaman Headdresses.

These masks remind me of the work of Paula Brooke, a local poet and storyteller. She's going to be giving a workshop on sharing your story as a gift for others. It's high time we begin to think about how we can give from a part of ourselves that is truly and easily replenished -- might as well start just in time for the holidays!

Please write and let me know your interest in a workshop like this -- I'll set you up!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


This painting, "Pink Yogini," is from a meditative series by Tufani Mayfield.

In a very postmodern way, it reflects my reflection on a conversation with another artist, Ryan O'Brien, who described one of his drawings: a mountain of smashed television sets, topped with a man holding a baseball bat. Now, just imagine the resemblance computer monitors have to televisions...

Not as much about art, but there may be some insight in there somewhere.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Vivia at DIA

Vivia Lawson has a new project at Denver International Airport. Read about it here...

My current work involves painting on-site at Denver International Airport in Colorado. If you have been to DIA, you know that it is an architecturally stunning venue, and that it also has an extensive public art program.

My art is not public art. It is intimate, personal, and unabashedly expressive of a single human’s response to life. I guess I believe that creativity will save the world. Is this just a hackneyed modernist notion, or do we have no alternative but to look within for the pulse of wisdom that can guide us through the minefield of political, ecological, and social complexity that is our world today? How do we cope with the confusion and complexity which is the normal state of our American lifestyle?

Yes, I go to DIA, oddly enough, to find peace. In my small town home of Alamosa, Colorado, my life as an artist can find all the craziness of any professional American career. Why DIA? I want to learn more about our world of engagement and connectedness. What better place than an airport to explore the layers of complexity of our current American life conditions and values systems?

The human creative soul is the final natural resource to be mined on a globe with finite physical resources. We understand intellectual capitol. Now it is time to learn about creative capitol. Those who discover their creative capitol discover new resources for problem-solving, for finding peace in our troubled and troubling world, and discover resources for ingenuity and passion for living that are grounded in the true expression of our deepest selves.

Like good art, creativity requires openness, calm and authenticity. The project was conceived from my concern about how we Americans respond in the stressful environments that we confront daily. We shut down. We close up. We become suspicious. Since 9-11, we have built a Culture of Security. Now we must learn to find balance and humanity within the reality of an unsafe world. I hope to explore and promote an understanding of why public spaces must nurture the individual human spirit in ways we have never done before.

This project is just beginning. Please write to me and let me know you are interested in the process:

Landscapes -- Perla Kopeloff

This camisa is crafted from handmade paper, woven with twigs and fabric. Perla's work is influenced by her native country, Argentina, and her understanding of how we must all move forward, wearing pieces of our past.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug

Some of us need jewelry like others of us need mashed potatoes -- comfort and sustenance and textural interest and all kinds of tastes. Todd Tychewicz makes comfort-jewelry; every piece is as smart as a sculpture (which he also does). He'll be at the art tour on November 4 -- leave a comment if you want more info.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Stephanie Galloway's reception tomorrow!

Friday's a perfect night for a playful, sweet evening! Good words to describe both Stephanie and her artwork -- come see for yourself. Milagros Coffeehouse, corner of State and Main in Alamosa, 6 to 8 pm.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Mark Dudrow

Sometimes our windows don't have the vistas of our dreams, and sometimes our walls don't even have windows! When that happens to you, consider substituting a cut tile painting by Mark Dudrow. Mark's an artist in Jaroso, CO, who believes in preserving and documenting our heritage. There are some cultures who are only known because of the tiles and ceramics they left behind. Stand in front of one of his pieces, and you can imagine yourself in the footprints of the future, looking through a window at a world gone by.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Stephanie Galloway

"Where Have All The Heroes Gone?", 11x14 collage

Children tend to play with all the intensity and urgency of a serious job. Brilliant energy virtually explodes from their warm little bodies – all directed toward expressing curiosity and individual responses to the world around them.

The work of Stephanie Galloway echoes that serious, playful expression. She keeps things very simple – her collage pieces draw on just a few powerful images, and her mixed media drawings maintain the innocence of someone who hasn’t had any formal art training. Examples of both are on view now through November 7 at Milagros Coffeehouse and Gallery, and a more complete viewing will be available at her reception October 21, from 6 to 8 pm.

Those intrigued by the selection currently on exhibit will find much more to explore at the reception. An expanded collection of collage works further defines her style – obscure photos and images, placed with an eye for both serenity and imbalance. Each piece is copied larger than the original, lending a sense of commemoration. With the conviction of a child, Galloway believes in the monumental significance of shared notions. Cultural icons like Amelia Earhart and Georgia O’Keefe make powerful statements about heroism, liberty, and – with the timeless quality of collage – the balance between individuality and interdependence.

In each collage, fragments float with an odd sense of displacement and belonging; the whole piece captures the sense that we as humans are hovering between the sacred and the mundane, slightly lost and exactly where we should be. These images are meant to give you something to think about – they give your mind something to seriously play with.

Galloway’s totem animal series will also be on display October 21. This body of work is most reminiscent of her Santa Fe upbringing – her father is an art photographer there, and she started her education very young, with long family walks down Canyon Road. These mixed media works evoke the American Indian tradition of abstraction: different and surprising colors tell more truth about the soul and purpose of an animal than a realistic rendering.

Picasso was known for his conscious return to a more childlike way of art making. Like his work, Galloway’s art approaches challenging topics with a mixture of subtlety and jarring vision. At the same time, the innocent and playful portrayal is an equally strong reminder to lighten up a little – laugh with delight at the whole parade passing by.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Progressive Dinner and Arts

Fine food, wine, and art, plus I'm predicting a little chaos. It will leave you feeling as refreshed as this San Juan mountain scene by Coni Grant.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy is brilliant. She lives for her work, and there’s apparently a lot to live for.

This egg bowl is part of a series exploring the transient nature of art. The clay is unfired, and every element is biodegradable and sustainable.

Murphy’s background is in painting, and that sensibility comes through in her paper and fiber art, as well.

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