Friday, October 1, 2021

Featured Artist - Allen Lowery

 

                                             Allen Lowery

 

"Art has always been a background focus in my life but has become a primary focus in retirement. My primary training was UNM where I earned a BFA. There have been many workshops and affiliations since. I founded Spiritpath Studio several years ago with emphasis on experimental as well as traditional stylistic interpretations mostly in acrylic media in which any subject is fair game."

Allen grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and now lives in Albuqueque.  

"All Life Matters"


 
 
"Nova"


"Washed Out"


"Dia De Los Muertos Spirit"


 

"Landforms"

 

"Summer"

 

I own a couple of Allen's landscapes.  The textures and shapes just called my name!  You can own one too.  To see these works (the photos do not do them justice!) visit St. Mark's Episcopal church through December.  Details below.



Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Featured Artist - Audrey Minard

 This is another post in a continuing series highlighting the artists whose work is currently hanging at the Sacred Arts Gallery at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque. 

Audrey Minard


I paint for the pleasure of painting and not as a livelihood. I always felt if I had to make a living at it, it would become a job and not a pleasure. However, I have done many commissions, mainly children and pets.

Self-taught for the most part, I’ve always had an interest in various painting media.

I started out in oils, having been mentored by my older sister who was an outstanding water color artist.

I took several community college courses in landscape, life drawing, water color and pastel. I belong to RGAA (Rio Grande Art Association) and served as member chair for MasterWorks of NM, Pastel Society and at one time the Colored Pencil Society of America. I always found involvement in fine organizations of this type to be an inspiration and education.

 

A Road Less Traveled


 

"Church at Madrid"


                                                 "Reflection"

 



Sunday, September 26, 2021

Featured Artist- Manuel Hernandez

Manuel Hernandez

Several years ago, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond NE, Albuquerque, NM was looking for a piece of art to add to the renovation of our interior courtyard.  We found Manuel Hernandez, a mosaic artist, who in collaboration with his fellow artist, Lisa Domenici, designed a tree of life mosaic to be created by the members of the church with their supervision.  Recently, we again engaged Manuel and Lisa to create a mosaic for our Montessori School's playground.

So if you come to see the current show hanging in the Sacred Arts gallery, be sure and take a look at those two enormous wall mosaics.

 Manuel, also contributed many smaller mosaics to our show.  The first day of the show, all three of his original mosaics sold and were taken away before I could take photos!  But here are his replacements, also sadly for us, SOLD.




The following piece is a sample piece created to give us a vision of what the finished Cosmos Mosaic would look like.  It also will be sold, so if you love it, contact St. Mark's at 505-262-2484 to get details.


 

If you are interested in Manuel's work, you may contact him at  jmhe76@gmail.com

His work will hang with many other talented artists at the Sacred Arts Gallery, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond NE, Albuquerque, NM


 


Monday, September 13, 2021

Featured Artist- Anne Gordon Fritz

 

 

Anne Gordon Fritz, Artist

Anne has been painting since she was a child having been enrolled in a watercolor class at age four. she studied classic art history, interior design and architecture in a small private college in California.  Anne has used skills learned in those classes and further art classes in Chicago where she earned a BGS Degree in Studio Art in 1976.

 

In 2001, Anne ventured into painting on silk with Sennelier silk dyes. She loved painting with this medium for 20 years and was quite successful at it. Currently she paints with watercolors, and acrylics.  Anne enjoys using Gesso to create abstract images within realistic scenes. She also uses Cyanotype on watercolor paper.  Anne often uses watercolors over the Cyanotypes to enhance a design.  

 

Anne says “I enjoy painting our New Mexico native plants and skies, but also waterscapes.  My paintings have been exhibited in local, state, and national exhibitions.”     

 

       


                            

Artist Memberships
Buford Artists Group, Buford GA, 2004-2012;

Kudzu Art Zone, Norcross GA, 2004-2012;

Silk Painters International, 2001-2016;

Silk Painters Guild for Fine Artists 2001- 2016; 

New Mexico Silk Painters Guild, 2012-Present; 

St. Mark's Sacred Arts Guild, 2013-Present;

Rio Grande Artists Association, 2016-Present; 

New Mexico Watercolor Society, 2020-Present



"Wolf Creek" - Northern New Mexico

"Gorgonian Sea Fan"

"93 Miles to Mount Taylor"

 Currently 8 of Anne’s watercolors are in St. Mark's first Art Exhibition in 1 1/2 years.  Please come to this show from 9-2, Monday through Thursdays, and Sundays from 9-12.  The members’ paintings are shown until December 3, 2021. 431 Richmond NE, Albuquerque, NM.  Masks and social distancing are required in the church buildings.  20% of sales support St. Mark's art projects and art programs, including ongoing shows of local artists.   

Be sure and visit the east side of the building to see the gorgeous new Cosmos mosaic designed by tile artists Manuel Hernandez and Lisa Domenici and executed with the help of the parishioners.

 


 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Featured Artist - Pat Catlett

 I don't often purchase artwork.  Mostly because, although I love other artist's work, those works often inspire me to paint more of my own things.  However, I do have a number of paintings by Pat Catlett.  Pat writes and teaches others to write icons at ongoing workshops at St. Mark's after a career in graphic design.  But in addition to the very careful and prayerful work of iconography, look at the wonderfully loose and colorful paintings she creates as well.  These paintings, along with those of other talented artists, are part of a show that opened last week at St. Mark's Sacred Arts Gallery.  If you are in the area, please drop by and look at them in person, and maybe, like me, you will be inspired to purchase something to support the ongoing arts projects and programs at St. Mark's. 

"Cloudburst"

"Dancing Rain"

"After the Rain"

"Pedernal Summer Morning"

Gallery open during office hours Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Please wear a mask while in the building.  Our Montessori school children are not old enough to be vaccinated.  Check upcoming blog posts for more featured artists.

New Show Opens


 If you have been following my work, you might want to visit the Sacred Arts Gallery at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Due to to Covid restrictions, there are limited hours and you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the church buildings.  For the next several posts, I will feature some of the artists whose works are hanging along with mine.


Friday, January 22, 2021

The Light-A Portrait of Amanda Gorman

 Hi.  I have been busy playing with portraits and clearly not finding the time to blog, but thought I would take a moment to post a few photos of what I have been working on.


The first step is always the drawing, but I forgot to take a photo of that.  In the second step, I lay out some of the shadows which establishes the structure of the face.  Then I added the highlights in the pupils so that I would be able to get her expression correctly. Can anyone guess who this is?  Not a lot of clues at this point....But maybe you can guess from the title of this post?





Blocking in the hair helps but the lips are making things much easier to identify.








A little more work on the eyes and more shadowing help bring a very glamorous poet laureate to life.  This painting is based on a photo of Amanda taken for an article on Afro hair styles, so she is highly styled and made up.  But a beautiful woman is gorgeous no matter what she wears if her spirit is lovely!