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.