Monday, April 30, 2012

A Visit to Santa Fe

Spring in Santa Fe!
As we planned our cross-country trip, we decided to stop in Santa Fe for a day.  Santa Fe, if you have the time and energy, is always worth the visit - especially if you're a painter and you want to see what's happening in the galleries.  It's been about a year since we were here last, and I'm glad to say the City Different hasn't changed much.   Our visit this year was timed particularly well, since everything was in bloom - roses, lilacs, ornamentals we don't know the name of, and all of it at once.

We did note some gallery closures and changes.  Our old favorites are still there - Ventana, Meyer, McLarry - but we were pleased to find a few new ones.  Also, Sage Creek Gallery, which I always found hard to get to at its old location, is now conveniently located on Canyon Road.   Here are some notes from the road.

At Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, we ran into the beautiful color harmonies of Gregory Frank Harris:

Gregory Frank Harris, "Pecos River" 38x40 oil
At S.R. Brennan Gallery, I finally got to see some of Adrian Gottleib's fantastic figure work:

Adrian Gottleib, "Truth Corrupted by Vanity"
At McLarry Fine Art, I encountered the work of David Ballew:

David Ballew, "Spring Afternoon in Santa Fe"
And finally, Ventana Fine Art had some nice new work by my perennial favorites, Doug Dawson and Albert Handell:

Doug Dawson, "Fountain of Light" 34x38 oil
Albert Handell, "Very Early Spring (Dogwood)", 12x18, pastel
We'll get back to Santa Fe again.  It's always inspiring to stop.

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