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Karen Ahlgren: Watercolors

Flying Jewel • 6 X 4 • watercolor & gouache“My focus on animals in each painting reflects my love, respect and concern for the natural world. The combination of intensity, softness and in-the-moment way in which they live their lives is inspiring. I feel that the combination of portraying these beings in vivid ‘non-local’ colors and with sensitivity allows the viewer to approach their soulfulness with greater ease. One can simultaneously be compassionate and delighted.” – Karen Ahlgren

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Mara Cibis: Multimedia

 Guardian angels and saints of wood and tin.

 

Mara Cibis is an 80-year-old holocaust survivor living in the High Desert of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

 

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Nancy DeHerrera Crochet: Photography

me in front of tour gallery (2015) «Personal» Grew up in Costilla with large family-on a farm & ranch on Poleo Road; My parent are still alive Valdemar (97) and Connie DeHerrera (84).
We are a happy family and get together as often as possible( see pic #1).
Married to my best friend Steve R. Crochet for over 22 yrs, he is my right hand with my work/art (pic#2). I have one son Mario Z. Rael he is 33 yrs and 2 grandchildren Zac and  and Emory. The Ute Mountain in Costilla is my best inspiration for taking photos. (more…)

Christina Duran: Painting

1465570954714 Oils & mixed medias.

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Kirk Fishburn: Sculpture

FullSizeRender Metal sculptures.

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Matthew Gonzales: Sculpture / Drawings

photo Sculpture & Drawings

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Yaya Karahkwahawi: Painting

Yaya began her love for art before preschool age.  Formal art training was out of reach during her formative years.  But as a child of the 50’s and 60’s doors opened to her that she considers the finest possible art education.  Before the age of fully 16, she spent many hours at the Bolton Landing farm of her art idol; sculptor David Smith, a recipient of the prestigious “Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts”.  Although Smith died in 1965, Yaya maintains friendships with contemporaries Smith mentored.  Yaya was accepted at Goddard Experimental Collage in Vermont, also at 16, where she learnt with mature artists in that community.  Yaya has participated in classwork at The San Francisco Art Institute, while not old enough to enroll. Her passion is Abstract composition and forms, although she is skilled in portraiture and animal subjects.   She has earned awards for her work in juried competition venues throughout the United States. (more…)

Jane Kircher: Fused/Slumped Glass

Jane transfers strong design skills and a passion for light into unique, evocative and often surprising fused and slumped glass pieces.  Light, by its nature, inspires and reveals.  Her series of window hangings play with the concept of “light chimes”.  Is sound not simply a different harmonic of the visual range?   Instead of wind and sound, these chimes transfer light and colors that will never fade.  Place them in brilliant sunlight or in a window.  Jane also creates slumped votive candle holders or vases for precious mementos or ceremonial objects.

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Lynn Kircher: Sculpture

IMG_2328 Born in Decatur, Illinois, Lynn grew up in Saint Louis. At the age of nine he studied the masters Michelangelo, Bridgeman and Shephard. While in high school, he continued studies with the Minneapolis School of Art on a full scholarship. Upon graduation from high school, enlisting at the age of 17, he joined the “kiddy cruise” to Viet Nam and funded his way to art school. (more…)

Lou McCall: NeoMimbreno Designs

ElDia small NeoMimbreno notecards, spoofs on the ancient Mimbres Pottery designs.

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Karen McCurtain-Blair: Watercolors

magpie-love-on-the-pueblo I landed in Taos in the 80’s after living in Latin America for twelve years.  Life in the tiny village of Costilla; a love of land and culture influence my artwork.  I paint what is framed in an open door, the view outside my window, walks along the acequia, or down our dirt road.  My watercolor process goes from detailed drawings to loose washes and back to tiny brush details.

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Evy McLean: Painting / Printmaking

PinonForest Floor My work is inspired by the beauty found in nature, and I am drawn to looking closely at the intricacies of small things – seed pods, flowers, cacti, tree bark, insects, etc. The early influence of Georgia O’Keefe’s work and aesthetic has set me on a similar path, now living in a similar place. (more…)

Randy Pijoan: Painting / Printmaking

Pena's pollinators, oil 30x40 Randy Pijoan (Peh-zwahn) is nationally known for his large scale western landscapes but more importantly for being the father of contemporary city ‘night-scape’ painting, and the socially popular art movement-Phrasism.  His paintings have been seen in numerous publications; American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine.

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Maggi Rankin: Ceramics

 Maggi makes original hand glazed tiles of horses and other designs.  She has been delighted to work with glazes since 1994.

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Alexis Rykken: Author

Rykken books Of her love affair with wilderness, Alex writes, “It is here I feel connected – hand, foot, and heart – to my inner spirit, to Earth’s dream.”
Alex Rykken has lived in remote areas of the Southwest for most of her adult life, captivated by wild lands, nourished by the mystery and grit of untamed country.  She holds  master of education degree and works as a writer, ecologist, and educator. (more…)

RC Santistevan: Sculpture

Paper & Metal Sculptures

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David Satrun: Woodworker

Nicho David moved to Costilla, New Mexico from the central Rockies in 2002 and has been actively engaged in the local art scene. His furniture graces homes and condos in ski areas of the Rocky Mountains from Vail to Red River.

 

His passion for the restoration of old buildings of historic value include a settlers cabin, a Victorian home, a dairy barn and now some of the old adobes of New Mexico. (more…)

Michael Schraud: Woodworker

Koras African style harps and drums.

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Dean Swift Seed Company

 41 years living and working with horticulture seeds.

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Motte Thomas: Fine Artist

 My ideas are inspired by the natural energy that I feel flows throughout our world and relatively connects us to everything else in the universe. Much like the insistent rushing of a mountain stream navigating around boulders and over the falls, the silent rise and fall of tides in coastal marshlands, the pull of the moon and the planets, the swirl of the galaxies, energies that are intertwined and woven together in much the same manner as my art is composed.

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Kathryn Vinsom Tatum: Painting

Untitled-1 My paintings point upwards, balanced between earth and sky, tangible forms in nature and esoteric mysteries.  These paintings are recognizable objects in nature that have been stripped down to a simplified geometric outline, without detail, to convey the spirit of the form.  (more…)

Steve Waldrip: Painting

FullSizeRender1 Steve is a painter of landscapes in watercolor, oils and acrylics.  He paints local landscapes to include the Rio Costilla and the Rio Grande, Ute Mountain and Poncha Hills, Sangre de Cristos and Sierra Blanca. (more…)

Sarah Welch: Ceramics

Functional pottery & ceramic sculpture.

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Byron Williams: Gourds

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Embellished gourds & gourd musical instruments.

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Karen Ahlgren: Paintings, Jewelry

Karen AhlgrenKaren Ahlgren is a contemporary southwest wildlife painter from New Mexico.  Through the skilled use of jewel-toned watercolors, she captures the spirit and soul of her subjects.  Bears, birds, wolves, deer, elk, coyotes and cougars are all part of the artistry of Karen Ahlgren. Karen Ahlgren grew up in northern California with a life long passion for animals. From spending  her early summers in the forests of northern California and later living near the mesas of New Mexico, Karen developed her deep appreciation and love for the natural world.  Residing in southern Mexico she became enamored of the wild colors in the native costumes, folk art and traditions.    Karen finally realized her dream of living near the wilds of the woods and moved to northern  New Mexico.  Here  her passion and connection with wild beings was nurtured by them  passing through her land.

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Warren Arcila: Paintings, Sculptures

The time I spend creating is a form of meditation and the pieces I create are evidence of time well spent in communion with my self. I have taken to playing in all sorts of mediums; from the rendering of the figure, to landscapes, abstractions in wood, stone and metal and most recently mosaics. I look forward to sharing them with you. (more…)

Cottonwood Meadow Ranch: Sheree Jarrell’s Goat Products

The residents at Cottonwood Meadow Ranch.Cheese, soap and goat fudge.

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Nancy DeHerrera Crochet: Photography

Nancy CrochetHi, my name is Nancy DeHerrera Crochet. I was born in New Mexico, raised in Costilla, a community tucked below the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. As a child waking up to the majestic mountains and going to bed with our colorful evening skies, was and still is a pleasure. I have been taking pictures for many years, and finally realized I wanted to take my photography to the next level. I enrolled at U.N.M. Taos, in a black and white photo class. To say the least, it was a very empowering experience. I specialize in landscape photography, but enjoy shooting portraits, weddings, etc. I’m not just a photographer but an artist. (more…)

Jane Kircher: Fused, Slumped Glass

VaseJane transfers strong design skills and a lifelong interest in light into original, evocative and often humorous fused and slumped glass sculptures.  This love of light gave her the inspiration to develop “light chimes”, creations that play with sunlight as wind plays with metal chimes.   For Jane, light and life are synergistic.  Light dances in the silence between thoughts.  It invites opportunity for delight, intimacy and wonder.   She loves to bend light through glass, cabochons and prisms setting a stage where it is broken into rays and rainbows as the day progresses.  Each object she creates, whether intended as a window sculpture or as a three dimensional piece, reflects and transfers light and color in ever changing ways.  Her experimentally crafted works use scrap glass, found materials, beads prisms and wire.  Some pieces are fused or slumped multiple times to achieve the desired result. (more…)

Lynn Kircher: Sculpture

CraneBorn in Decatur, Illinois, Lynn Kircher grew up in Saint Louis.  Long past the time when the child’s artwork is relegated to the closet, Lynn dreamed of making beautiful creations in color and clay.  At the age of nine, he studied the masters Michelangelo, Bridgeman and Shephard.  Awarded a full scholarship to the Minneapolis School of Art as a high school student, he set his sights on art school.

Enlisting upon graduation, he joined the “kiddy cruise” and set off to Viet Nam and the promise of the GI bill.  In 1969, he resumed his studies under the tutelage of John Jellico, founder of the Colorado Institute of Art.  He maintained ties with this institution for the next 27 years, first as a student and eventually, as a teacher.  During his time with the Institute, Lynn developed a passion for teaching. (more…)

Karen McCurtain Blair: Paintings

Watching Hollyhocks by Karen BlairKaren McCurtain-Blair is an artist based in Taos, New Mexico. Karen has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and her work is found in private collections internationally. Karen landed in Taos in the 80’s after living in Central and South America, and the Caribbean for l2 years.

Now living in a tiny village in the foothills of Northern New Mexico, her art continues to be influenced by the local culture and her love of the land. She paints what is framed in an open door, the view outside her window, a walk along the acequia or down her dirt road. Karen has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and her work is found in private collections internationally. (more…)

Wayne McKinzie: Paintings

The Fog Will Clear Soon by Wayne McKinzieI grew up in the shadows of grain elevators.  Many years were spent in fields, hauling hay, working crops, watching the weather, and viewing the vibrant colors that nature and man created with the land.

 

In my artwork I am creating an observance of the effects of human interaction with the landscape.  Whether from eye level or from 30,000 feet, whether  it is a plowed field, a field with hay bales, an area that has eroded from too many years of over work, or the patchwork and circles created by planting, irrigation and roads, the viewer gathers information by just observing what interaction has happened in that place.

 

I use the airbrush to recreate the open gradation of the sky and clouds, and traditional brushwork to show the contrast of the many different textures of the land. (more…)

Evy McLean: Paintings & Printmaking

Cactus 2 by Evy McLeanMy work is inspired by the beauty found in nature, and I am drawn to looking closely at the intricacies of small things – seed pods, flowers, cacti, tree bark,insects, etc. The early influence of Georgia O’Keefe’s work and aesthetic has set me on a similar path, now living in a similar place. The high desert of northern New Mexico echoes my years in the harsh landscape of Texas, where rugged beauty thrived amongst rocks and thorns. (more…)

David Satrun: Woodworker

David SatrunDavid moved to Costilla, New Mexico from the central Rockies in 2002 and has been actively engaged in the local art scene. His furniture graces homes and condos in ski areas of the Rocky Mountains from Vail to Red River.

 

His passion for the restoration of old buildings of historic value include a settlers cabin, a Victorian home, a dairy barn and now some of the old adobes of New Mexico. His concern for conservation led to the re-using of old slow growth wood indigenous to the area. The weathered outer layer is removed to reveal the beauty and stability of the wood, which inspire the skillful crafting of each original piece. (more…)