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 Two-Person Show for First Thursday Art Walk

“Locals First” show features contemporary Durango artists Jim Bagley and Jenny Gummersall

DURANGO, CO: May 18, 2016; The two-person show during First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, September 1, 2016 features contemporary western painter Jim Bagley and contemporary Americana-style photographer Jenny Gummersall from 5:00-7:00 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 828 Main Ave. Both artists are 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.”

Jenny Gummersall depicts familiar Southwest icons in a contemporary Americana-style, encapsulating her distinctive vision of the West. Her photographic imagery may be playful, sublime or endearing, and is always inspired by an interest in capturing the illuminated forms she observes in her environment. “My art is a place where the viewer can escape their everyday realities and enter mine. It is hopefully a created space to pause, enter and be within, offering humor, awe, inspiration and happiness. This is ‘My West’”.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, is pleased to have two local artists 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 two local artists. Jim and Jenny each express their talents in such distinct ways, pairing their work for an evening creates an exciting and dynamic fusion of mediums and styles.”

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.

Contemporary Western Women Share the Spotlight at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Two-Woman show features contemporary western painter Maura Allen and contemporary photographer Jenny Gummersall

SANTA FE, NM: May 18, 2016; The two-person show featuring contemporary western painter Maura Allen and contemporary Americana-style photographer Jenny Gummersall commences with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 125 W. Palace Avenue. The show not only welcomes these two artists as new to Sorrel Sky Gallery’s talented cadre of artists, but also highlights their striking and individual ability to portray the American West by means of their chosen medium. Both artists will be present at the opening reception and the show will continue through September.

Maura Allen presents new works that portray the American West with rich texture, vibrant color and dynamic patterns. Her paintings have a cinematic quality that is her signature style. Using wood steel and glass as her surfaces, Allen brings a unique vision to her work. To begin her creative process, she looks directly at the sun, drawing inspiration from stark silhouettes and obsured details. “For centuries, the West has represented beginnings not endings, a place where experimentation and the pioneering spirit – no matter your passion – has enough sky to thrive.”

Allen is now represented year-round at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s Durango location. Her painting “Belvidere” was selected as the official Cheyenne Frontier Days 2016 poster image, the first time a cowgirl image will be featured in the rodeo’s century-long history. Her work is regularly featured in top art publication, including a cover feature in Southwest Art Magazine in 2014.

Jenny Gummersall presents new photographic imagery that depicts familiar southwest icons presented in a contemporary Americana-style, encapsulating her distinctive vision of the West. Gummersall’s images of horses, landscapes and natural objects may be playful, sublime or endearing, and are always inspired by an interest in capturing the illuminated forms she observes in her environment. “My art is a place where the viewer can escape their everyday realities and enter mine. It is hopefully a created space to pause, enter and be within, offering humor, awe, inspiration and happiness. This is “My West”.

Gummersall is now represented year-round at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s Durango location. Her work can be viewed in throughout the U.S. and abroad, in fine art galleries, private collection, corporate installations and museum exhibitions. Such publications as The Briar Cliff Review, Cowboys & Indians and Oxford American have featured her art.

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 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

“Stretching the Boundaries” Contemporary Paintings, Cutting Edge Jewelry and Cinematically Styled Paintings Share the Spotlight at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Three-person show features western painters Carrie Fell and Maura Allen, and Navajo jewelry artist Cody Sanderson

DURANGO, CO: May 18, 2016; The three-person show featuring contemporary western painters Carrie Fell and Maura Allen, and Navajo jewelry artist Cody Sanderson opens on July 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sorrel Sky’s downtown gallery. The show spotlights paintings and jewelry by these contemporary and innovative artists, each seeing, interpreting and stretching the boundaries of Western and Native American art with their individual vision of the West. The artists will be present at the opening reception and the show continues through July.

Carrie Fell presents a new body of work that explores a blend of dynamic energies in her familiar subjects – cowboys and cowgirls, Native chiefs, horses and the infinite sky. Through an array of colorful, abstracted figurative paintings, Fell creates portraits of valor, veracity, and virtue. “It is in our everlasting movement that brings a great variety of experiences to our lives.  We find ourselves experimenting for the sake of practice yet further motivated by a vast ambition for modern change.”

Maura Allen presents new works that portray the American West with rich texture, vibrant color and bold patterns. Her paintings have a cinematic quality that is her signature style. Using wood steel and glass as her surfaces, Allen brings a unique vision to her work. “For centuries, the West has represented beginnings not endings, a place where experimentation and the pioneering spirit – no matter your passion – has enough sky to thrive.”

Cody Sanderson, known for his imaginative jewelry designs, uses traditional Navajo techniques presented in a cutting edge style. The results are a completely new visual aesthetic, both contemporary and authentic. Sanderson loves the challenge of innovation. “I really enjoy waking up to know I’m going to create something. A new day is a new piece.”  He brings this joy to work in his Santa Fe studio.

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 Opens One-Man Show by Native American Artist Kevin Red Star

“Contemporary Traditionalist” Crow artist Kevin Red Star featured at Friday Art Walk at Santa Fe gallery

The one-man show during First Friday Art Walk on Friday, August 5, 2016 features Native American painter Kevin Red Star from 5:00-7:30 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 125 W. Palace Ave. Nationally and Internationally acclaimed, Red Star’s paintings celebrate his culture’s history in a contemporary yet traditional style. He is one of Sorrel Sky Gallery’s featured artists during Santa Fe Indian Market 2016.

Kevin Red Star paints his people – the Crow – as warriors, dancers and healers, portraying the culture of these 19th century Northern Plains Indians. Often using historical photographs to capture details, Red Star’s style incorporates realism with semi-abstract imagery that includes bold gestures and vivid colors. His painting expresses his self-affirmed role as historian, recorder and ambassador for his native Crow culture. “Indian culture has in the past been ignored to a great extent. It is for me, as well as for many other Indian artists, a rich source of creative expression. An intertwining of my Indian culture with contemporary art expression has given me a greater insight concerning my art. I hope to accomplish something for the American Indian and at the same time achieve personal satisfaction in a creative statement through my art.”

Born in Montana to parents active in Crow arts, Red Star attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. With over 100 exhibitions to his credit across the U.S and abroad, including one-man shows in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo and Peking, Red Star’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, C.M. Russell Museum, Heard Museum, Denver Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, sees Red Star’s work as innovative, continually breaking new ground. “Kevin’s use of bold color, his masterful manipulation of light and contrast, his obvious dedication to his craft and his culture … it touches something new in the viewer each time they are in the presence of his work. It’s been an honor to represent Kevin at our Durango location for so many years. To now have him at our Santa Fe location, not just to present this new body of work, but to represent him here as well, I couldn’t be more pleased.”

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 sculptors, painters and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Kevin Red Star, and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Influential Native American and Western artists honored at receptions at the Santa Fe gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery will host a series of events in conjunction with the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market on August 18, 19 and 22. These events will gather together some of today’s most influential artists.

On Thursday, August 18, Sorrel Sky opens the group show, Native Art Now, showcasing new works by contemporary Native American artists Ben Nighthorse, Kevin Red Star, Ray Tracey, Cody Sanderson, Victoria Adams, Darryl Dean and Rebecca Begay, Shane Hendren, Alexis Adams, and Autumn Borts-Medlock. Collectively, these artists have received distinctions from the most prestigious institutions in America including the Smithsonian and the National Museum of the American Indian to the Heard Museum and the Santa Fe Indian Market. A reception for the artists will be held from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. 

Beginning on Friday, August 19, the gallery presents work by its entire selection of distinguished artists and hosts a reception from 5:00 to 7:30 pm for this all-inclusive show. Included will be Western art champions Carrie Fell, Kevin Red Star, Tom Palmore, Gerald Balciar, Star Liana York, and Maura Allen among others.

On Monday, August 22 from 9:00-10:30 am, the gallery will host a brunch and reception with respected Navajo sculptor, Pablita Abeyta, who helped establish the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. As the Congressional liaison for the Smithsonian, Abeyta worked tirelessly to found the museum, which hosted the largest gathering of Native American communities in history at its opening in 2004.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, offered, “Each year Indian Market reveals a new level of creativity and originality. To have so much talent in one place is a privilege to witness. What an honor, to once again have with us in Santa Fe, some of the most sought-after Native American artists in the world.”

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 60 sculptors, painters and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Kevin Red Star, and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Two-Woman show features contemporary western painter Maura Allen and contemporary photographer Jenny Gummersall

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The two-person show featuring contemporary western painter Maura Allen and contemporary Americana-style photographer Jenny Gummersall commences with an opening reception on Friday, September 9 from 5:00-7:00 pmat Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 125 W. Palace Avenue. The show not only welcomes these two artists as new to Sorrel Sky Gallery’s talented cadre of artists, but also highlights their striking and individual ability to portray the American West by means of their chosen medium. Both artists will be present at the opening reception and the show will continue through September.

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Maura Allen presents new works that portray the American West with rich texture, vibrant color and dynamic patterns. Her paintings have a cinematic quality that is her signature style. Using wood steel and glass as her surfaces, Allen brings a unique vision to her work. To begin her creative process, she looks directly at the sun, drawing inspiration from stark silhouettes and obscured details. “For centuries, the West has represented beginnings not endings, a place where experimentation and the pioneering spirit – no matter your passion – has enough sky to thrive.”

Allen is now represented year-round at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s Durango location. Her painting “Belvidere” was selected as the official Cheyenne Frontier Days 2016 poster image, the first time a cowgirl image will be featured in the rodeo’s century-long history. Her work is regularly featured in top art publication, including a cover feature in Southwest Art Magazine in 2014.

Jenny Gummersall presents new photographic imagery that depicts familiar southwest icons presented in a contemporary Americana-style, encapsulating her distinctive vision of the West. Gummersall’s images of horses, landscapes and natural objects may be playful, sublime or endearing, and are always inspired by an interest in capturing the illuminated forms she observes in her environment. “My art is a place where the viewer can escape their everyday realities and enter mine. It is hopefully a created space to pause, enter and be within, offering humor, awe, inspiration and happiness. This is “My West”.

Gummersall is now represented year-round at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s Durango location. Her work can be viewed in throughout the U.S. and abroad, in fine art galleries, private collection, corporate installations and museum exhibitions. Such publications as The Briar Cliff Review, Cowboys & Indians and Oxford American have featured her art.

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 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Jenny Gummersall to Show Contemporary Western Photographs at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Colorado photographer transforms the familiar western icons that surround her into unexpected images

 

DURANGO, Colo.: March 17, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of southwest Colorado artist Jenny Gummersall, whose photographic works depict familiar icons presented in a contemporary Americana-style that offer her unique vision of the West. From her earliest days in the darkroom to today, over 3 decades later, she continues to “study” life with a keen eye for the normal being transformed into the unusual.

Gummersall’s images of horses, landscapes and natural objects may be playful, sublime or endearing, and are always inspired by an interest in capturing the illuminated forms found in her environment. She offers, “My art is a place where the viewer can escape their everyday realities and enter mine. It is hopefully a created space to pause, enter and be within, offering humor, awe, inspiration and happiness. This is “My West.”

Her work can be viewed in fine art galleries and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad including Aspen, Chicago, Telluride, Denver, Scottsdale, Dallas/Fort Worth and California. Corporations and museums that collect her work include the Tucson Museum of Art, Nashville’s Omni Hotel, Nestles’ Corporation and Residences at The Little Nell in Aspen. Her art has been featured in publications such as The Briar Cliff Review, Cowboys & Indians, Southwest Art and Oxford American.

A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Gummersall finds freedom in exploring her world under the open skies on a ranch near Durango, Colorado, where she lives and creates with her artist husband, C. Gregory Gummersall.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, states, “Jenny’s photographs, whether straight shots of her surroundings and daily life or photos embellished with hand coloring and other materials, wonderfully represent her contemporary, fresh sensibility.”

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 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and renowned jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

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