Sorrel Sky Gallery to Host Small Works Show, Little Windows with a Big View

Artists from both Durango, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico locations to participate

DURANGO, CO and SANTA FE, NM: September 6, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery will be hosting an early winter small works show, Little Window with a Big View. The opening reception will be held at both galleries on December 2.  At the Durango, CO location at 828 Main Ave from 5:00-7:00pm, and at the Santa Fe, NM location at 125 W. Palace Ave from 5:00-7:30pm. All of the gallery’s fine art artists and sculptors have been invited to participate in this show and many will be present at the opening reception. The show will continue through the month of December.

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Small works are the perfect way to begin or enhance an art collection. Whether an experienced collector or an emerging collector, the intimate size draws the viewer closer, creating a personal connection with the image or figure. At the same time the dynamic nature of an original piece captures the imagination and stirs emotions. The inherent power that art possess is not defined by its proportions, rather by it ability to engage the eye, the heart and the mind. That can be clearly seen at a small works show. This show will be presenting works from artists such as Star Liana York, Peggy Immel, Stephen Day, Edward Aldrich, Michael Lewis, Cynthia DeBolt, Chuck Sabatino, Gerald Balciar, as well as many others.

Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells is looking forward to the energy that small work shows generate. “As the gallery receives new small works from its many artists, excitement builds for the show itself. These smaller pieces have such a different power than larger works. They speak quietly but with great impact, pulling you in and telling you a story that perhaps only you can hear. Sharing those stories with family and friends makes these small works even more powerful.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery to Host 8th National Juried PAPNM Members Show

Juried exhibition of original plein air paintings by Artists and Signature Members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

SANTA FE, NM: August 16, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery is proudly hosting the 8th National Juried Members Show of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) the weekend of November 4-6, 2016 at the gallery’s downtown location, at 125 W Palace Ave. The varied events will feature the work of artists dedicated to preserving and promoting painting en plein air. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday the 4th, from 5:00-8:00pm. On Saturday the 5th, from 12noon-3:00pm, Judge of Awards, Jeff Legg, will give a still life oil painting demonstration. There will be three additional painting demonstrations by PAPNM members on Sunday the 6th, as follows: from 10:00am-12:30pm Lee MacLeod, Oil; from 12:30pm-2:30pm Damien Gonzales, Oil; from 2:30pm-5:00pm Lee McVey, Pastel. The show will then continue through the month of November.

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Plein Air painting, taken from the French expression meaning “in the open air”, has been called by some an extreme sport. Its devotees brave wind, rain, intense heat and sun, bugs and the constantly shifting light to capture their subject matter. With the desire to observe and paint directly from the source of their inspiration, these artists display a sense of determination that could easily be missed when contemplating their finished works. However, it takes a capable person with both physical and emotional strength to paint in these ever changing conditions. Plein Air artists flock to the Southwest which provides a wealth of inspirational scenery, with its clear blue skies, wide open plains, twisting canyons, stately cottonwoods and gnarled piñons. Although these challenges can be daunting, these artists experience great satisfaction in painting outdoors, meeting nature and their surroundings face to face.  

Past PAPNM shows have drawn top artists from across the country and this show will be no different. Each artist is invited to submit up to four paintings that they have produced over the last two years and a jury committee selects the paintings to exhibit. Bill Gallen, Walt Gonske, Albert Handell, Peggy Immel (represented at Sorrel Sky Gallery) and Paul Murray, the five Master Signature Artists of PAPNM, have all been invited to participate, as well as the Signature Artists. This year’s Jurors of Selection for the show are American Landscape painter Clive R. Tyler, Sorrel Sky Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells, and last year’s Best of Show Winner Cecilia Robertson. The Judge of Awards is Jeff Legg, Master Signature member of “Oil Painters of America.”

Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells sees Plein Air artists as “frontline” painters. “There is a sense of energy and excitement that can be felt when looking at works by Plein Air artists. They were right there, painting in the field as frontline artists, observing in person a scene unfold before them. That moment, that sliver of time, you don’t just see it, you can feel it.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.  

Sorrel Sky Gallery Welcomes Four Artists to Their Santa Fe Location

Mark Swazo-Hinds, Martha Kellar, Stephanie Hartshorn and Victor Gabriel to show at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe

SANTA FE, NM: August 23, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of four new artist: Native American sculptor Mark Swazo-Hinds, Native American silversmith Victor Gabriel, contemporary western and architectural painter Stephanie Hartshorn, and still life and figurative painter Martha Kellar. Each artist brings a unique perspective, a unique talent, and unique works to the gallery’s diverse gathering of artists.

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Mark Swazo-Hinds, although influenced by traditional rituals and ceremonies, specializes in creating contemporary sculptural works of art for a contemporary audience. Mark enjoys working with Indiana limestone, Italian marble, Utah alabaster among other stones. He often uses natural red earth pigment for color, and shells and ancient pottery shards bundled in exotic feathers for ornamentation.

Martha Kellar, a New Mexico resident, has worked as a professional artist since 1979. However, she made her decision to become an artist at 6 years old while at her first art exhibition. The works of Rubens and other Baroque painters seen that day have continued to influence her still lifes, figurative works and landscapes. Originally painting only in pastels, she began using oils in 1989, and has since focused on this medium to recreate the beauty of her world.

Stephanie Hartshorn, a fourth generation Colorado native, started out as an engineering student, later turned to architecture as a way to develop her creative side, and ultimately began painting full-time in 2009. She looks for the sense of history in an object, observing and appreciating all its years of service. Structural themes are often seen in her work, giving attention to the complex beauty in the lines and curves of the manmade and natural worlds.

Victor Gabriel draws from the influence of the Washoe Indian culture that his grandmother instilled in him as a youth. His artistic talent is evident by his diverse styles, ranging from stamped silver work to contemporary inlay. He uses a variety of stones, from traditional turquoise, coral, lapis and sugilite, to semi-precious gems such as Australian and Mexican fire opal, carnelian, amethyst, citrine and chalcedony to mention a few.

Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells is thrilled to welcome these four artists to the gallery. “Each has such a singular vision and individual voice. The tangible results occupy a specific niche for visitors, collectors and clients of Sorrel Sky.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Lawrence Baca to Show Award Winning Jewelry at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe

Renowned Santa Fe silversmith and resident, Lawrence Baca, to show at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe

SANTA FE, NM: August 18, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of renowned jewelry designer and silversmith Lawrence Baca, whose work is sought after by local, national and international collectors.

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Lawrence Baca is a multi-talented, award winning jewelry designer, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His design inspiration is defined by the strong Hispanic and Native American cultural influences. The common theme in all his work is a combination of Spanish Colonial Ecclesiastical with roots in the earliest phase of Native American ‘Old Pawn’. Baca’s use of materials range from sterling silver to 24 karat gold. He also uses a wide variety of gems and stones to create one of a kind designs. His work is unique, reflective of the local environment that provides him with daily inspiration, from the natural surroundings to the free flowing adobe architecture. Collectors and visitors alike have been captivated by his style for the last 25 years, and will continue to be.

The youngest recipient ever of the Spanish Colonial Art Society’s highest distinction, its Master’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, Baca often deflects praise by pointing to those that have inspired and guided him. He is quick to mention his wife, Maria, and other family members who have supported him on his artistic journey. The honor is not one he takes lightly but views as motivation to continue learning and stretching his creative process.

While taking a piece from a design concept to an actual finished work, Lawrence is ready to adapt and evolve. Staying open to the dynamic nature of what is in his hand, at that moment, he stays flexible and avoids rigidly following a set path. “Nothing is perfectly symmetrical, but it is all so beautiful. To have found something that I love to do … making people happy with what I make … I count it as a gift.”

Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, expressed her excitement in welcoming Lawrence. “We are so very pleased to be representing Lawrence here at Sorrel Sky Santa Fe. His work is dynamic and free flowing, reminiscent of the warm Spanish Colonial architecture that surrounds us here in New Mexico.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Kevin Red Star, and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Two-Person Show for First Friday Art Walk

“Timeless West, Timeless Meaning” show features contemporary Western paintings of Jim Bagley and painted ceramic vessels of Laura Bruzzese

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SANTA FE, NM: August 5, 2016; The two-person show during First Friday Art Walk on Friday, October 7, 2016 features contemporary Western paintings of Jim Bagley and painted ceramic vessels of Laura Bruzzese from 5:00-7:30 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 125 W. Palace Ave. The evening will spotlight how each artist expresses their passion and enthusiasm for the West, and how the timeless nature of the West continues to give focus to their art. Both artists will be at the opening reception and the show will continue through October.

Jim Bagley is ever alert to the dramatic interaction between the land and the sky of the West. An avid outdoorsman, he often travels on foot to locate and document the splendor of undiscovered places. His landscape paintings, masterfully rendered in oil, capture the beauty and simplicity of overlooked terrains and out of the way places. While in his studio, he maintains his focus by keeping in mind the intent or meaning of a piece. “Techniques, materials, composition, color, subject matter are all essential elements, but successful art is all about intention.” Jim resides in Durango, Colorado where his work is inspired by the endless beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Laura Bruzzese, who lives in New Mexico, a landscape replete with views of mountains, mesas and volcanic formations, takes it all in when decorating the surfaces of her porcelain vessels. Each vessel, whether a covered jar or a vase, offers a scene of the natural world, from close-ups of flora and fauna to the grand, sweeping vistas found around her. She uses a potter’s wheel and her training as a painter combined with her love for the earth to craft her nature-inspired ceramic vessels. For Laura, painting “in the round” presents exciting challenges. “I have to consider how the imagery flows together instead of how it meets the borders of a canvas. The unpredictable aspect of clay … keeps it interesting.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, admires the enduring love of the West that these two artists possess and its influence on their work. “Looking at the works of Jim and Laura, it is so clear that they each take to heart the timeless beauty of the Western landscape. When you combine that deep respect, enthusiasm and even reverence with their distinctive talents and skills, the end results have their own timeless quality.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Kevin Red Star, and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Michael Henington to Show Bronze Sculptures at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe

Santa Fe sculptor and resident, self-titled “Connoisseur of Fine Swine” to show his whimsical work at Sorrel Sky Gallery

SANTA FE, NM: July 25, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of bronze sculptor Michael Henington, whose work brings a bit of whimsy into the lives of the viewer and collector. Although Henington has created numerous pieces of varied subjects, his favorite are pigs because, as he sees it, “they make people happy, they make them smile.”

Michael Henington was born and raised on a ranch in Southern New Mexico, and has enjoyed an exciting journey from his cowboy roots to a career as a professional rodeo producer and television personality. Along the way he realized his deep passion for the arts could no longer remain on the back burner of his life. He first immersed himself in the fine art business by taking on the role as Director of some of the most respected galleries across the Southwest. Spending most of his time with inspiring artists and collectors who appreciated and supported them, his yearning to unleash his own creative talent soon emerged. He began studying process and technique with his friend and acclaimed sculptor Star Liana York. While absorbing the influence of varied aesthetics, Michael soon created a style uniquely his own.

For Michael, living in Santa Fe, and being surrounded by its international marketplace for fine art, keeps him inspired and energized. When in his studio, he finds “the actual creation, the actual process of making it all come together as the most exciting.” Recognizing that people make personal connections with artwork, Michael strives to capture the essence of his subject matter’s individual personalities. Watching people make those connections with a finished piece, seeing it add a little happiness to their world, “it’s so rewarding, it’s everlasting.” Best known for his pig sculptures, he often refers to himself as the “Connoisseur of Fine Swine.” With many of his pigs, he finishes by brightly polishing and sealing the nose, as it is commonly believed that to rub a pig’s snout will bring good luck.

Over the past 30 years as a professional artist he has been honored with many awards, accolades, publications and installations. Amongst those who actively collect his work are Alan and Denise Jackson, Pat and Michael Miller, Ronnie and Janine Dunn (Brooks and Dunn), Randy and Elizabeth Travis, Gateway Computers, E-Trade, and others.

To gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells, Henington’s work is deceptively uncomplicated. “When you first encounter a piece from Michael, it would be easy to merely smile and laugh. However, the more time you spend with his work, the more you realize the amount of insight and perception, skill and artistry that Michael invests in each of his subjects. You will smile, and then you will be surprised by its subtle complexity.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery GURHAN Trunk Show

“One of a Kind” – Gurhan and his pure, enduring, seductively designed and handcrafted jewelry

This exclusive event features new works from internationally recognized jewelry designer and goldsmith Gurhan on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 828 Main Avenue, from 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm. Presenting unique, one of a kind pieces, by this unique, one of kind artist, and new collections not available throughout the year. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for collectors and jewelry enthusiasts in the Four Corners region.

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Gurhan began designing and creating jewelry as, what some might say, a bit of a ‘latecomer’. His personal discovery of pure gold happened when he was 40, at a time when he had already established a nightclub, a rock bar, a couple of restaurants and had begun studying watchmaking in Switzerland. The day he encountered a sheet of pure gold changed everything for him. The warmth and physicality of the metal immediately attracted him, and he saw challenges of working with it as intriguing. Many thought it absurd to work with a metal that was viewed as too soft, too heavy, or too expensive. Not Gurhan. By studying the work of the earliest goldsmiths, from some 7000 years ago, he educated himself in their techniques and secrets. It became his passion to perpetuate and perfect their legacy, preserving their ancient craft through his own unique style, design and vision for women’s jewelry today. In his own words, “Every handmade piece has small imperfections from the hand hammering and handcrafted work that are my ‘fingerprints’.”

Gurhan’s reincarnation of these techniques have won him recognition in the late 1990s by Barneys New York; Grand Prize in the prestigious World Gold Council’s Millennium Design Competition in 2000; top placement annually in World Gold Council competitions; amongst others. Now sold and collected world wide, his pieces have been worn by celebrities Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Sandra Bullock, Oprah and Jennifer Lopez. His collectors include First Ladies Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush.

Owner Shanan Campbell Wells’ excitement about this event is contagious. “Pieces by Gurhan are sought after by collectors around the world. Representing him here in Durango at Sorrel Sky is something I am very proud of. Having this exclusive Trunk Show, with works never seen before … it’s an opportunity not to be missed!”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery One-Man Show During Spanish Market

“¡Viva el Artista!” features bronze vessel and cross sculptor Fred Ortiz

The one-man show during the 65th Annual Spanish Market on Friday, July 29, 2016 features bronze vessel and cross sculptor Fred Ortiz from 5:00-7:30 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s 125 W. Palace Avenue location. The evening will spotlight the artist’s all original pieces and provide the opportunity to discuss with the artist himself his technique and the influences of his Hispanic heritage and culture on his work.

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Fred Ortiz was born and raised in Nambe, North of Santa Fe, New Mexico. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, he began to create vessels in bronze. Working with a well-known foundry owned by his wife’s family, he began to cast and sell his work throughout the country. His work has now been collected for over thirty years, and he has designed and produced many commissioned pieces for a diverse and international list of clients.

When Ortiz creates a bronze vessel or cross, he usually starts with a turquoise stone that he likes and then builds the vessel or cross around it. He does not make molds and then cast editions, but rather makes one piece, casts it and then creates a different piece. All of his vessels and crosses are signed and engraved with the number 1/1, signifying that the piece is an edition of one; there are no duplicates. “The basic difference between my work and the traditional way of making art pieces, is that I make all of my pieces originals.”

To Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, the Spanish Colonial influence on Fred’s work is visibly evident. “Fred has such a clear vision of his personal culture, as well as the rich historical culture here in Santa Fe. To posses one of his original bronze vessels or cross, inlaid with turquoise or lapis, each unique and distinctive, is to possess a tangible piece of living history.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 90 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Kevin Red Star, and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery One-Person Show for First Thursday Art Walk

“Locals First” show features contemporary Durango artist Jim Bagley

DURANGO, CO: May 18, 2016; The one-person show during First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, September 1, 2016 features contemporary western painter Jim Bagley from 5:00-7:00 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 828 Main Ave. Bagley is well known not only locally, but nationally as well, and will be present at this show, presenting new works for the first time.

Jim Bagley’s landscape paintings, masterfully rendered in oil, capture the beauty and simplicity of overlooked terrains and out of the way places. Ever alert to the dramatic interaction between the land and the sky of the West, Bagley often travels on foot to locate and document the splendor of undiscovered places. “My paintings are records of the places I have been. I try to go ‘back there’ in my mind when I paint these places later.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, is pleased to have a well-known local artist at this First Thursday Art Walk. “Although the gallery proudly represents artists from throughout the West, there is something special about having the focus of an evening be on a local artist. Jim expresses his talents in such a distinct ways.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 70 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery One-Man Show for First Thursday Art Walk – George Lundeen

“At the Heart of It” features western figurative bronze sculptor George Lundeen

DURANGO, CO: May 19, 2016; This one-man show during First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, August 4, 2016 features nationally known western figurative bronze sculptor George Lundeen at Sorrel Sky Gallery at 828 Main Ave from 5:00-7:00 pm. The evening will spotlight Lundeen’s remarkable ability to capture the full-range of human emotions, regardless of age or moment in time. It will also provide an opportunity to speak with Lundeen about his influences and current work.

George Lundeen considers himself a western artist whose figurative bronze sculptures transcends time and culture. His often life-size figures, masterfully designed and crafted, draw the viewer in through their all-embracing expressions of human emotion. Lundeen has traveled the world gathering images of people that he then skillfully transforms in his Loveland, Colorado studio. He finds it personally satisfying when people from different walks of life find a common bond with his work. “I am attracted to the human figure, and it will be enough to keep me busy for the rest of my life.”

Lundeen’s sculptures have been commissioned for, and are held in, private collections as well as universities, municipalities, foundations and corporations throughout the world. He is a member of and has received numerous awards from the National Sculpture Society and Allied Artists of America. Lundeen has achieved the status of full Academician of the National Academy of Design in New York. This is the highest professional recognition bestowed on visual arts in America.

Owner Shanan Campbell Wells, has long been honored with representing Lundeen’s work. “George’s ability to take a single moment of day-to-day life, turn it into a poignant, moving experience for us each to individually interpret, and to appear to do it so effortlessly and with such grace of spirit, says so much about what is at the heart of his work.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 70 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.