Hope you can join us in Durango or Santa Fe this March. Here’s what’s happening: A Jewelry Show. A Native American Film Reception. An Artist Workshop. A Plein Air Painting Fiesta.
Jewelry Show and Native American Film Reception with Ray Tracey
“There’s an openness about his designs that engage us personally …”Shanan Campbell
From March 4-8, 2020, Sorrel Sky Durango will featuring the jewelry of Navajo artist Ray Tracey during a one-man trunk show. This event, held at our downtown location at 828 Main Ave, coincides with the 15th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival. Tracey will be in attendance at the gallery on March 5, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm for the Native American Film Reception. A comprehensive collection of his work, both new and classic, will be available during the trunk show dates, and throughout the year.
Ray Tracey is one of today’s most recognized contemporary Navajo jewelers. While maintaining his rootedness to Navajo jewelry tradition, he continues to experiment with and embrace contemporary designs and techniques. Whether using traditional materials like turquoise set in stamped silver, crafting intricate multi-stone inlays set in gold or collaborating with other well-known artists, Tracey draws inspirations from several sources. “As I have gotten older, life has become more dear to me. I am now more in tune with intangible sources for my inspiration.”
Shanan Campbell, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, shared her thoughts on Tracey’s designs. “We all recognize that life is a journey of self-discovery. To me, Ray’s jewelry is an elegant reflection of his own personal journey. Yet there’s an openness about his designs that engage us personally, that allows us to make our own interpretation and add a piece of beauty to our own journey.”
Artist Workshop and Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta
From March 6-8, 2020, Sorrel Sky artist Peggy Immel, a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, will teach a 3-day artist workshop at the gallery. Making Your Paintings Sing will focus on a simplified approach to color and values, providing insight into how to achieve luminosity and the effects of atmosphere and light in a painting. Open to artists of all ability levels. Call 970-247-3555 to register.
On March 13, 2020, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) will hold their Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Juried Paint Out Competition and Show at Sorrel Sky Santa Fe. Opening reception and award presentation will be from 5:00-7:30 pm at the gallery’s downtown location, at 125 W Palace Ave. The exhibition of paintings by both award winners and all other participants will continue through March 27, 2020.
Plein air painting has a loyal following around the world, yet New Mexico, with its beautiful weather and unique lighting, offers artists close to idyllic surroundings. “Santa Fe is an ideal location for the PAPNM Paint Outs and their Plein Air Fiesta,” said gallery owner, Shanan Campbell. “The unparalleled blue sky, limitless vistas, unique rock formations, and adobe buildings provide an environment of endless inspiration. I might be a bit partial, but could there be a better place for these artists to paint?”
Santa Fe is at the heart of the Paint Out zone, with a radius that includes Taos, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Jemez Springs. Artists must submit at least two plein air works created during the Paint Out days, as well as one studio work. With 50 participants from across the country, upwards of 180 pieces will show.