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.

Meet Western Painter Carrie Fell and Navajo Jewelry Artist Cody Sanderson at Sorrel Sky

Spotlight shines on two contemporary artists at celebration of Santa Fe gallery’s 2nd anniversary

SANTA FE, NM: March 16, 2016; Meet contemporary western painter Carrie Fell and Navajo jewelry artist Cody Sanderson on June 3 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the opening reception of their show celebrating Sorrel Sky Gallery’s 2nd anniversary. The two-person show spotlights the paintings and jewelry by two contemporary artists known for stretching the boundaries of western and Native American art through their innovative and dynamic approaches toward the traditional icons of the West. The show continues through June.

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. With deft drawing and bold color, she imparts a sense of spirit and toughness in her frequently faceless subjects. She offers, “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.”

Fell exhibits year-round in galleries and museums and is collected worldwide by corporations and institutions including the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia and Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Arizona. Fell maintains an active studio in Centennial, Colorado.

Cody Sanderson, known for his playful, 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, offering, “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.

As a silversmith, Sanderson often utilizes hand-fabricating techniques such as stamping, forging, casting and bending to craft his sophisticated award-winning jewelry. Having earned numerous awards including “Best in Show” from the Heard Museum for his sterling silver Rubik’s Cube, he is also the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Smithsonian and the Southwest Association for Indian Arts.

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.

Meet Star Liana York at “Mysteries from Lost Worlds and Forgotten Dreams” Solo Exhibit

New Mexico sculptor presents bronze works inspired by ancient cave art at Sorrel Sky Gallery

DURANGO, CO: March 15, 2016; Meet New Mexico sculptor Star Liana York on June 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the opening reception for her solo show, “Mysteries from Lost Worlds and Forgotten Dreams.” The show features bronze figurative sculptures ranging in size from miniature to monumental, inspired by ancient cave paintings. York infuses her sculptures with the raw power, animal strength and mystic qualities expressed in the original cave paintings. Numerous new bronzes will be premiered at the show including a clay work in progress. The show continues through June.

When Star Liana York moved to the Southwest in 1985, she began to come across petroglyphs and pictographs created over 1000 years ago. Intrigued by these images from disappeared cultures, her interest expanded to a passion. Soon she began researching and visiting sacred sites around the world, including the Chauvet Cavern and Lascaux cave complex of southern France, where the wall paintings and carved sculptures were carbon dated at over 30,000 years old, originating from the Paleolithic Period.

Though York has been making sculpture based on these ancient works for over 20 years, she still finds fresh ways of seeing the images and translating them into her cast bronze sculpture. York offers, “These images still resonate at a subconscious level for most of us, connecting us back to our roots in a deeply profound way…recalling for us a heightened awareness of the natural and spiritual worlds that remains in our DNA. It has been a journey for me to continue investigating, through sculpting them, what that mystery and magic is that they still possess.”

York’s accolades include selection as one of “Southwest Art’s” 30 most influential artists; Honorary Artist at The Millicent Rogers Museum Taos, NM; and recipient of the Artist Choice Award at the National Cowgirls Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX. Her monumental bronze sculptures are held in collections across the country including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM. She lives and creates on her ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, said, “Star’s work possess an elegance and mystery that is rare among artists today – art that connects us from our ancient ancestors to present day.”

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.

Meet Artists Laura Bruzzese and Carol Salomon at Sorrel Sky During Gallery Walk

The show “Earthly Presence” features ceramics and jewelry that transform nature’s elements into objects of beauty

Sorrel Sky Gallery features artists Laura Bruzzese and Carol Salomon at the two-woman show, “Earthly Presence,” during Gallery Walk on May 13 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. The show continues through May.

Laura Bruzzese and Carol Salomon are inspired by and utilize basic natural elements such as clay, stones and metals in their hand crafted, unique works. Bruzzese’s porcelain vessels and Salomon’s beaded jewelry transform these raw earth materials into objects of beauty and contemplation.

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.

Bruzzese earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in painting and drawing.

Salomon collects beads from around the world and imaginatively creates distinctive jewelry. Her one-of-a-kind designs are crafted from new and vintage beads such as hand-carved cinnabar, aquamarine, keshi pearls, New Zealand Paua shells, Indonesian glass beads, Mongolian tribal beads and antique cloisonné beads and pendants often combined with silver and other precious metals. Salomon offered, “What I love is the prowl and have found wonderful beads everywhere we’ve traveled.”

Sorrel Sky owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, said, “Laura and Carol are both very passionate about their creative processes and this passion is embodied in their beautiful 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 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

New Mexico Artists Stephen Day and Peggy Immel Featured in show, “This Enchanted Landscape”

Two artists’ views of the quintessential Southwest presented in an exhibition at Sorrel Sky Gallery

SANTA FE, NM: February 25, 2016; “This Enchanted Landscape: New Paintings by Stephen Day and Peggy Immel” opens on Friday, May 6 at Sorrel Sky Gallery in downtown Santa Fe. The artists will be present at a reception from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The show continues through May.

“This Enchanted Landscape“ presents new paintings of the southwestern landscape by New Mexico plein air painters Stephen Day and Peggy Immel. For both artists, painting outdoors on the land is a captivating experience, offering moment-by-moment engagement with the ever-changing light that bathes the unique landscapes found in the Southwest.

Stephen Day’s ‘first love’ is painting the beauty of the natural environment that surrounds him. He frequently paints on location using the smaller works as studies for larger paintings completed in his studio. He offered, “I paint almost exclusively from life trying to capture the feeling and the mood of the subject before me. This work philosophy forces me to paint quickly to get a spontaneous and fresh response, because everything around us (including ourselves) is in a constant state of change.”

Well known for his signature sunset paintings, Day is academically trained, having earned both a B.A. and a Masters’ degree. In addition, he studied at the Art Students League of Denver and the Loveland Academy of Fine Art in Colorado. He lives in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.

Peggy Immel looks to nature and adventure as her Muse. Often working en plein air, her landscape paintings are inspired by a love of exploring the outdoors and the Southwest’s exotic beauty. Before Immel begins a new piece, she asks herself, “Why am I painting this?” Such a query helps her stay focused on the original intention and ultimate goal of each piece, which may involve visual elements like light, color and contrast or an interest in philosophical aspects of a particular subject.

Immel is a Master Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and a Signature Artist of Plein Air Artists Colorado. She regularly participates in plein air painting and western art exhibitions across the West. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her husband.

 

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, offered, “Peggy and Stephen are masters at creating paintings that capture the quintessential southwestern landscape with all its unique ambience and distinct character.”

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 jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Meditate On This – Our Attraction to the Landscape May Be Hard-wired!

Artist Cynthia Debolt is in good company as a painter of the landscape, engaging in a time-honored and respected tradition. Though the Romans and Greeks adorned their villas with wall paintings of nature, it was during the Renaissance that the landscape emerged as a compelling subject matter to artists.

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According to one theorist, the appeal of the landscape may go back much farther in human history, with notions about the landscape being hard-wired in us, lodged deeply in our primordial memory. Geographer Jay Appleton suggests that our modern enjoyment for landscape is based on the kinds of environments that helped our species flourish and evolve. In his “habitat theory” he states, “that aesthetic pleasure in landscape derives from the observer experiencing an environment favorable to the satisfaction of his biological needs.”

This may explain why so many people who view Cynthia’s landscape paintings find them so pleasing. Perhaps her canvases, through their combined references to open space, fields and bodies of water as well as trees and foliage, touch a place inside our primitive psyche that feels abundant with opportunities for safe haven and sustenance – a tree to climb provides safety and a possible meal of leaves and an open field offers a view of potential predators and food sources.

Cynthia chuckles when people tell her how restful they find her oil paintings. For the artist, there is nothing relaxing about making them: she is solving problems with shape and color, value and line that engage her mind in a most demanding effort. “For me, each painting is a puzzle in which to work something out. With each one, I don’t know how it’s going to go when I start. I guess I’m comfortable tolerating ambiguity.”

Her creative process begins with photographs that she has taken of landscapes that appeal to her. There might be some tiny part of a landscape that she wants to use in a painting so the photographs are mounted on her easel during the initial stage of a painting’s development. At many times in the painting process, the canvas and the photos are turned upside down and sideways, allowing for a distanced or objective way of seeing the composition on the canvas. While this method helps Cynthia to create more abstract depictions of the landscape, it is also a solid technique for creating well-balanced and dynamic compositions. “These are not real places that I am painting, they are imagined. I am using the landscape as an arrangement of specific shapes and colors. Sometimes there is no reference to the photograph left in the finished painting.”

Her penchant for abstracting the landscape is understandable when one considers the mixture of influences in her background. Raised in a small rural town in Michigan, the broad expanses of land and groves of trees that surrounded her childhood home were balanced by frequent trips to the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the mid-1960s she was introduced to Abstract Expressionism through a painting professor. She recalls, “He was a great teacher. Though my interests in painting were very different from his, he helped me recognized what was important to me and I respected that in him.”

Though her painting style bears little resemblance to the energetic ‘action painting’ of the “AB EX” painters like Jackson Pollock, it does reveal a contemplative aspect more akin to the ‘color field painting’ of Mark Rothko, one of her favorite artists.

What Cynthia does share with the Abstract Expressionists is a philosophical perspective about the role of art in restoring our world, through liberating us from worn out concerns and helping to refocus our priorities. She reflects, “It seems that with everything we all do, we just keep getting busier. Our heads are jammed full of something every minute. With my paintings I set out, on a philosophical level, to give some visual hint to the viewer, and to myself, about how to simplify our lives and get down to the essentials.”

From this truth-seeking attitude, Cynthia chooses the canvas as her ‘place’ in which to practice simplicity, and through landscape features, where open fields meet the forest’s edge, invites us, the viewer, to consider where we ‘locate’ themselves in this busy world.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Presents Insightful Wildlife Portraits by Colorado Painter

Wildlife in Wild Places’ features masterful realistic paintings by wildlife artist Edward Aldrich

DURANGO, Colo.: February 23, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery presents Wildlife in Wild Places: Paintings by Edward Aldrich opening April 7, 2016. The public is invited to meet Edward Aldrich at a reception for the artist from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the downtown Durango gallery. The show runs through April.

In his sophisticated portraits, Aldrich is dedicated to reaching beyond the realistic rendering of wildlife in the natural environment, conveying the inherent being of an animal. His goal as an artist is to ever explore more deeply the concept of putting life into his paintings – invoking the thrill of witnessing a cougar or wolf in the wild.

He offers, “Effective painting is the culmination of a vast array of elements and vision. The true joy in painting is to be able to effectively use these elements to produce works that really speak to the viewer – to have one’s vision come through.”

Aldrich earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and is a member of Society of Animal Artists and Oil Painters of America. His work is held in numerous permanent collections including Morgan Stanley Inc., Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Wisconsin’s Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, where his paintings are also regularly featured in their prestigious exhibition, “Birds in Art.” Aldrich has exhibited at prestigious art institutions such as the National Wildlife Art Museum, The Rockwell Museum, and The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and has over a dozen solo shows to his credit. He lives and creates in Golden, Colorado.

A Southwest Art magazine article profiling Aldrich offered, “What Aldrich has most to show is a technical affinity, a precise brush technique, a splendid sense of light and composition, and an almost psychic attunement to the natural order that place him in the tradition of such past masters as 19th century British favorite Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, said “Not only is Ned an inspired artist, he is an amazing instructor, passing on his enthusiasm and expertise to his students.”

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, painter Billy Schenck, and Ben Nighthorse, among others.

A Close Look & The Far View: New Works by Cynthia DeBolt & Merri Ellen Kase at Sorrel Sky

Santa Fe Gallery Presents New Paintings by Two Contemporary Women Artists in the West

SANTA FE, N.M.: February 17, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery presents the exhibition, A Close Look & The Far View: New Works by Cynthia DeBolt and Merri Ellen Kase, bringing together contemplative minimalist landscape paintings by Cynthia DeBolt and vibrant still life and portrait paintings by Merri Ellen Kase for a look into the varied interests in subject matter by contemporary women painters in today’s West.

Both DeBolt and Kase will be present at a reception for the artists on April 1 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through April.

Cynthia DeBolt’s landscape-based oil paintings are quiet, restful places that invite focused contemplation. Using a reductivist approach, DeBolt simplifies and eliminates elements she observes in the landscape to create new and invented places on her canvasses. DeBolt offered, “I try to see the canvas as a whole – not things in isolation but how they interact, independent from the subject matter; not a tree, but a shape, an area of color; the canvas as an arrangement of abstract shapes and colors and their relationship to each other.”

DeBolt hopes her paintings function as a meditative source for the viewer – a focus for contemplation in a busy and complex world. Her paintings are a visual hint to the viewer and the artist to eliminate the unnecessary details in one’s life and strive for a general economy of lifestyle.

Merri Ellen Kase’s dynamic realistic paintings depict close up subject matter with an emphasis on color and texture. Whether her subjects are flowers set against a backdrop of western icons, whimsical arrangements of objects such as Americana toys or portraits of long horn steer, Kase’s able use of realism commands the viewer to take a very close look. In her paintings, Kase creates worlds that are fun, visually stimulating and honor the history and traditions of the American West. I enjoy making people smile with my paintings. I love color, close-up visuals, and use of humor to evoke a good feeling for those who see my work,” Kase offered.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, offered, “This show is a great example of the variety and quality of contemporary painting being done by women painters in the West today.”

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 jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

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