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 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.

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