What we're up to
Studio Visits with Kevin Tolman and Sara Smith – Albuquerque, NM
Artist Kevin Tolman will open his studio to our members for a tour and a discussion of his new work. His wife, artist and gallerist Sara Smith, will also be presenting some of her new work and the two of them will be discussing recent joint residencies they experienced in Portugal. Kevin Tolman describes his paintings as "a sort of balancing act between where I imagine a work might go and where the piece will lead me. And to allow for this, a distinct effort is made on my part to relinquish control, to persistently encourage accident, and to let a piece change and evolve. There is little or no planning before beginning a piece. This journey without a distinct destination is a path that I find to be quite invigorating, and is one that pulls me back into the studio daily."
Sara Smith describes the subject matter of her prints as all having "to do with personal experiences, whether it be in my own backyard, along my travels or in my childhood. I have drawn and made prints of pigs in Portugal, squirrels in Detroit, donkeys in France, chickens at the State Fair, moths from my back porch and in general all the things of this world that delight and intrigue me."
SUM of ALL – Tour of New Exhibition of Paintings by Artist Angela Berkson at Exhibit 208 – Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque-based painter Angela Berkson will guide us through her exhibition entitled SUM of ALL composed of new paintings on canvas and mixed media works on paper. Berkson continues with her investigation of the power of universal symbols now incorporating a darkened palette and metallic pigments. Berkson states, "I've been thinking about how black is really the sum of all colors. The darkness is a result of many layers of color, none of which are black, and the metallic pigments offer a ray of light through it all." Berkson studied Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, studied painting techniques and art history with noted encaustic painter Rachel Friedberg in New York City, and earned her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin. Berkson has been working professionally in Albuquerque since 1991, and is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary Gallery in Denver and by Exhibit 208 and April Price Projects in Albuquerque.
Where we've been
Image of CAS Visit to Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, November 2016