Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango Welcomes Innovative Jewelry Artist Cody Sanderson

Internationally Known Navajo Artist Shows His Playful, Contemporary Jewelry Designs

DURANGO, Colo.; February 3, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of award-winning contemporary Navajo jewelry artist Cody Sanderson to its Durango gallery. An inspiring collection of sterling silver rings, bracelets and necklaces are now on display.

Cody Sanderson is known for his imaginative, often playful style. His award-winning jewelry frequently involves hand-fabricating techniques such as bending, forging, casting, and stamping. Sanderson loves the challenge of doing something different. With boundless energy, he is constantly figuring out ways to execute new ideas. Inspired by his surroundings, Sanderson uses traditional Navajo techniques to create a new visual aesthetic that is cutting edge, contemporary and authentic.

From a sterling lava lamp to spiked bracelets with moving parts inspired by porcupines and cacti, Sanderson’s inquisitive and easily inspired mind coupled with his truly masterful metal working skills, produce the most innovative results. His jewelry and sculptural pieces sometimes incorporate moving parts, so his interest in engineering sets his work apart from most jewelers. He is fascinated by the challenge of learning new skills –his silver Rubik’s Cube-inspired sculpture took nearly a year to complete as he worked through the how the moving parts interacted.

Raised in Window Rock, Arizona, Sanderson now works from his studio in Santa Fe. He began making jewelry in 1999, learning his craft by experimenting, asking questions of other jewelers, and taking classes to learn new techniques such as tufa casting.

Sanderson’s sophisticated, innovative designs have earned numerous awards, including a prestigious “Best in Show” at the Heard Museum for his sterling silver Rubik’s Cube. His work has been featured in many books, and he is a recipient of prestigious Smithsonian and SWAIA fellowships.

Shanan Campbell Wells, gallery owner states, “Cody’s work is consistently beautiful and surprising – we wonder what will he come up with next. It’s an honor to show his work in our Durango gallery.”

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.

Sorrel Sky Showcases All Things Small with Early Sculptures by Star Liana York

Award-winning New Mexico artist shares never before shown miniature works in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M.: February 3, 2016; On February 14, Sorrel Sky Gallery will feature miniature works by award-winning New Mexico sculptor Star Liana York. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a chocolate and sweets reception will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in York’s honor – she will be present to meet the public. This show is a rare opportunity to see a selection of York’s early small bronze and sterling silver sculptures that have never been shown in the West.

York has been receiving awards for her sculptures since she began making art. One of the award-winning works on display is “Postal Exchange,” a miniature bronze picturing a mailbag changing hands between two riders from the backs of rearing horses. In 1981, “Postal Exchange” received a First Place award at the 48th Annual Exhibition of The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society in Washington, D.C.

Since moving to the Southwest in 1985, Star Liana York has been creating works that reflect her interest in the people, animals, environment and history of the region. She is an avid horsewoman, riding daily on her ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico, where she finds inspiration surrounded by the vast open vistas.

York says of her creative process, “When a character emerges from a work I am sculpting, I feel touched at a deeply intimate, subconscious level. It is the essence in a work of art that makes it intensely personal and entirely universal at the same time.”

York is one of “Southwest Art’s” 30 most influential artists. In 2013, she was selected as an Honorary Artist at The Millicent Rogers Museum Taos, NM and received 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.; Miami Zoo in Miami, Florida, and Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, offers, “Star has been showing with us for years and we love her work! I am so excited to feature her early sculptures – especially on Valentine’s 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 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Hosts A Landscape Painting Workshop With Peggy Immel

New Mexico painter offers instruction during three-day weekend intensive in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M.: February 3, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery will host Elements of Landscape Painting with painter Peggy Immel on Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 at its downtown Santa Fe gallery. The three-day workshop is open to all ability levels and costs $275.

During this three-day studio workshop, participants will use field studies, photographs and sketches to develop studio landscape paintings. Topics covered include subject choice, composition, values, color and light, linear and atmospheric perspective, edges and paint quality. Immel’s daily demonstrations will be in done using oil paint though other media are welcomed by participants.

Nature and adventure are Immel’s muse: her paintings are inspired by the exotic beauty of the Southwest and her passion for the landscape is enhanced by experiences as an avid hiker, climber, skier, and general outdoor enthusiast.

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

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at www.SorrelSky.com

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.

Sorrel Sky Hosts Workshop With Durango Plein Air Painter Sharon Abshagen

Landscapes, Street Scenes and the Figure in the Landscape to be focus of three-day workshop

DURANGO, Colo.: January 28, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery will host the workshop, Landscapes, Street Scenes and the Figure in the Landscape, with painter Sharon Abshagen on Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13, 2016. Abshagen will guide the aspiring painter through the ‘nuts and bolts’ process of creating a painting, helping each student to paint the world they see through their own eyes. If weather permits, the third day of the workshop will be spent outdoors painting en plein air. Offering individualized instruction, Abshagen will assist each participant with improving technique, taking a painting to the next level, and learning the art of self-critique. Designed for the beginner to more experienced painters, the cost is $260 for the three-day workshop.

A Colorado native, Abshagen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Lewis College with an emphasis in fiber art. Shortly after graduating, she joined a plein air painting group and began her 30-year love affair with painting outdoors.

Abshagen is a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a member The Plein Air Painters of the 4 Corners and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America. She regularly shows her work in exhibits and juried shows in the Southwest and her paintings have been featured in Durango Magazine and Sky West Magazine.

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at www.SorrelSky.com.

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.

Sorrel Sky Hosts Workshop With Acclaimed Navajo Jewelry Artist Ray Tracey

Master jeweler offers instruction in crafting a ring during intensive weekend in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M.: January 27, 21016; Sorrel Sky Gallery will host a ring making workshop with master jeweler Ray Tracey on March 5 and 6, 2016 at its downtown Santa Fe gallery. Tracey will guide each student through the various aspects and techniques of producing a ring – from creating a personal design to crafting a completed ring during the weekend. The 2-day workshop is designed for all levels of experience and costs $600 with all materials and tools included.

As one of today’s most recognized contemporary Navajo jewelers due to his rootedness in the Navajo jewelry tradition while firmly embracing contemporary designs and techniques, Tracey is dedicated to passing on this legacy to a new generation of students.

Featured frequently in premiere western art publications such as in Cowboys & Indians magazine, Tracey’s jewelry has been included in major exhibitions at the Heard Museum, Autry Museum, Eiteljorg Museum and in Germany and Japan. He has won Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market and Gallop Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. His work is held in the collections of Natural History Museum in Los Angeles and Millicent Rodgers Museum, Taos, N.M. Tracey lives and works in Window Rock, Arizona.

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at www.sorrelsky.com.

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.

Sorrel Sky Hosts Basket Weaving Workshop With Artist Mimi Bonkowske

Basket maker offers unique instruction in weekend intensive at Durango gallery

DURANGO, Colo.: January 27, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery will host the workshop, Weaving Baskets, with artist Mimi Bonkowske on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, 2016 at the downtown Durango gallery. Bonkowske has developed unique ways of weaving pine needle baskets based on ancient techniques and traditions. In this workshop, she will pass along to participants this heritage. All supplies to make a basket and a complete instruction book are included in the $350 fee for the two-day workshop.

Bonkowske, largely self-taught, has developed a technique all her own using pine needles gathered near her home in southwest Colorado.  Each piece is uniquely inspired, crafted with Ponderosa pine needles and often decorated with feather, stone, wood, bone, bead, claw and quill. Each is imbued with animal and plant spirit totems and is a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at http://www.sorrelsky.com.

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.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Welcomes Contemporary Western Artist Maura Allen

Colorado artist brings a unique, cinematic quality to her art now on display at Santa Fe gallery

SANTA FE, N.M.: December 17, 2015; Sorrel Sky Gallery welcomes award-winning contemporary western artist Maura Allen to its Santa Fe location. Her unique ‘take’ on the West begins with her creative process, as she looks directly into the sun, drawing inspiration from observing stark silhouettes and obscured details, which she crafts then into images on wood, steel and glass surfaces.

Maura Allen portrays the American Westranching life, cowboys, cowgirls, Native Americans, and the native flora of the landscapewith rich texture, vibrant color and dynamic patterns in multiple layers to achieve a contemporary, cinematic quality that is her signature painting style. With over 35 years as a black and white photographer and two decades as a painter, Allen brings unique vision and skill to her work.

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 featured regularly in top art publications, including a cover feature in Southwest Art Magazine in 2014.

Allen’s work is included in private, corporate and museum collections nationwide and has been shown in major exhibitions at the Tucson Museum of Art, Old West Museum, Desert Caballeros Western Museum and Pearce Museum.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, offered, “Maura’s vision of the West is fresh and eye-catching. Her use of multiple layers of imagery is always dynamic and interesting.”

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. The gallery represents over 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and renowned jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Colorado Artist Reinvents the Landscape in Show at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Defining Spaces: New Work by Cynthia DeBolt features Colorado painter’s unique take on the land

DURANGO, Colo.: December 15, 2015; Sorrel Sky Gallery presents Defining Spaces: New Work by Cynthia DeBolt opening March 3, 2016. Meet Cynthia DeBolt at the opening reception from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the downtown Durango gallery. The show runs through March 30.

Cynthia DeBolt’s reductive painting style is the result of her interest in eliminating elements from the observed landscape to create invented places on her canvases. She uses photographs as reference points, attaching them to her easel, while she paints. By the time DeBolt has finished a painting, there is little resemblance to the photograph, having reduced the visual information to areas of color, shape, contrast and texture.

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.

She offers, “Inspiration comes when I see something I perceive as unique in a landscape – treetops interfacing with a storm sky, the curve of a river through a field, the boundary of the ski meeting the slope of a hill. The desired result is a paring down to that which will convey the abstract quality – the essence that attracted me in the beginning.”

Having grown up in Michigan, she earned a B.S. in Design with an emphasis in painting from the University of Michigan where she was influenced by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. DeBolt lives and creates in Durango, Colorado.

Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, finds DeBolt’s paintings, “quite elegant and infused with an inner light that is calming and restful.”

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.

Award Winning Painter Bonnie Conrad To Present Workshop at Sorrel Sky

Portraitist offers instruction in weekend intensive focusing on portraying real life scenes

Sorrel Sky Gallery will host the workshop, Painting Real Life, with painter Bonnie Conrad, O.P.A., in Durango, Colorado on Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2016.

Bonnie Conrad’s ability to use the play of light as it dances through a painting, and her attention to texture and the direction of each stroke adds character to each painting she creates. In this weekend intensive workshop, Conrad will guide each student through the process of understanding people and animals in motion, how to put ‘real’ into real life by using photos, and central to her teaching is instruction on how to make a painting ‘sing.’ The 3-day workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate painters and costs $325.

Motivated by color, Conrad uses it in her oil paintings to evoke an emotional response from her viewer. She wants the art enthusiast to hear the drum beat and feel the excitement radiating from a dancing Indian child; to relive a tender moment between a mother and her offspring or to taste the dust and feel the sun on their face as they view a western ranch scene. “There is something about a masterfully executed painting that touches the inner soul,” Conrad offers.

Conrad is honored as a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.), American Women Artists (A.W.A.) and American Plains Artists (A.P.A.), and has won several awards in these organizations’ national exhibitions.

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at http://www.sorrelsky.com.

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.

Sorrel Sky Hosts Workshop With Award Winning Animal Portraitist Linda St. Clair

Painter offers instruction in weekend intensive focusing on portraying animal emotions

Sorrel Sky Gallery will host the workshop, Painting Animals with Emotion, with artist Linda St. Clair in Durango, Colorado on Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 7. St. Clair will begin each day with a painting demonstration and offer instruction in the use of value, color and brushwork to bring the personality of each animal alive on the canvas. Designed for the beginner to more experienced artists, the workshop offers individualized instruction. The cost of the 3-day workshop is $395 with single day participation available.

An award winning artist, St. Clair is an innovator who creates animal portraits that explore the personalities of creatures great and small. Raised on a Tennessee farm, she observed daily the mannerisms and attitudes of barnyard animals. Since then, she has traveled to the North Pole to study polar bears, Africa to observe elephants and zebras, and Yellowstone National Park to watch grizzly bears. After each trip to view her subjects, she returns to her Santa Fe studio with photographs and sketches where each painting is completed during a single, intense session.

St. Clair says she wants her work to “tell a story, to make us feel a connection with the subject, to remind us all that upon closer inspection, animal emotions and relationships are not unlike our own.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at http://www.sorrelsky.com.

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.

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