What we're up to
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.
Studio Visits with artist/architect Bruce Warren Davis and custom boot maker Deana McGuffin – Albuquerque, NM
Bruce Warren Davis is a New Mexico artist who some may also know as an architect. Considering this background, it should not be surprising that space is the subject his art. The work most often takes the form of built structures, usually rectangular, made of foraged, recycled wood. But spending time with these pieces reveals that the objects are themselves only part of the work. As one experiences these structures interacting with light, the whole becomes visible. Davis’ intention is not only to define the particular spaces within these structures, but to transform the spaces beyond their own boundaries.
Now for something a little different. A native New Mexican, Deana McGuffin has been making custom boots for 25 years. Her grandfather and father were distinguished custom boot makers and she learned the art from her father. Deana has demonstrated her craft at the Smithsonian, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie and was featured in the "Sole Mates" exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe in 2010. In 2004 Deana won the prestigious Open Class Award at the annual Boot and Saddle Makers Roundup. In 2005 she was one of the judges. Deana has taught boot-making through the New Mexico Arts Division's Master and Apprentice program, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and private classes.
Where we've been
Image of CAS Visit to Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, November 2016