What we're up to
Studio Visits with Danila Rumold & Frank McCulloch- Albuquerque, NM
Danila Rumold utilizes a minimalist lexicon of the organic; the limited palette of the subdued colors of natural dyes, economy of forms, rough, uneven textures built and eroded by unfettered environmental happenings. Responding to the surfaces created by found materials, Rumold utilizes traditional materials such as graphite, pastel, charcoal, ink and oil paint, creating a variety of configurations and fleeting constellations.
Earning her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington in 2001, Rumold went on to teach as professor of fine arts at Seattle University from 2003 to 2010. Recently, Danila participated in a yearlong artist-residency in Motherhood, mentored by Lenka Clayton. Rumold has exhibited her work in Chicago, Seattle, Oregon, California and New Mexico. Currently Rumold is represented by the Gallery I|M|A, in Seattle, SFMOMA Artist Gallery in San Francisco, and Exhibit 208 in Albuquerque.
Frank McCulloch is a true local treasure. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including New Mexico Governor's Award in the Arts, University of New Mexico Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravos Award, AABA Local Treasure, Roswell Artist-in-Residence program and a PBS KNME Colores feature. Andrew Connors, former Curator of Art and now Director of the Albuquerque Museum, has said of Frank’s art, “Hundreds of people paint the New Mexico landscape, but Frank’s vision always stands out with a unique style that celebrates the natural world. His work is often in a soft focus that pulls lush colors out of the landscape. In contrast, Frank’s abstract paintings are strikingly spare and stripped down to the essential elements of color and shape. Frank is revered not only as a constantly innovative artist, but also as a teacher, mentor and friend for the visual and performing arts community in New Mexico.”
Studio Visits with Virginia Baich & Peter Voshefski- South Valley, Albuquerque, NM
Virginia Baich is primarily a painter, working in the medium of encaustic and oil paint.
She lived in California for eight years where she received her BFA from USC, and her MFA from UCLA., After moving to New Mexico; she participated in shows at Dartmouth Street Gallery, Conlon-Siegal, the Downtown Contemporary Gallery, April Price, and many other local and out of state galleries. Most recently, Virginia exhibited a large body of small encaustic paintings based on the abstraction of the landscape at the South Broadway Cultural Center, and she displayed over 30 paintings at the New Mexico Cancer Center.
Virginia’s home and studio are in the verdant South Valley on an acre of land that has a small vineyard and a plethora of trees. You will find it a pleasant escape from the desert Southwest!
Albuquerque-based artist Peter Voshefski will be giving us a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio as he generates new work for a November gallery exhibition in his home city of Cincinnati. Peter has been mastering a new process of using paint as a collage element and developing that alongside the works' subjects: regional geology and nature overlaid with textures, creatures, and an array of metaphors. Peter's modestly-scaled paintings belie the universes they contain.
Studio Visits with Karen Yank & Rodney Hamon- Golden, NM
Karen Yank received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and her MFA in 1987 from Rutgers University. In 1987, she also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Today, Karen works primarily in mixed metals, because of their strength and durability and little to no maintenance is needed. She strives to reveal an organic nature with a sense of history in a material that is usually cold and industrial. Every weld and grind mark is an intentional decision. She loves to completely mesh different metals together reflecting a beauty that can only be found in the organic.
To date, Karen has created over 40 large-scale public sculptures. Her efforts on these projects won the awards for Aesthetics and Public Involvement; PRIDE Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Golden Cumbre Award from the New Mexico Public Relations Society of America, and the Americans for the Arts Kris Art of Giving Award.
Karen says, “My life and work are synonymous. My work is a direct expression of my life and inspirations. I create art because it is the closest expression of life that I have found. My inspirations are often informed by the idyllic landscape. This is not to say that my sculptures represent nature, but rather that they represent the emotional impact one feels when in the natural setting. The focus of my work is on non-verbal communication and emotional expression. I strive to stimulate the viewers’ response by activating emotions associated with past experiences, creating a more meaningful insight…. The design of my art expresses a context that can be understood in a moment, but with layers that can be seen for those who pause to look deeper. My overall goal is to develop a visual language that is compelling within the given environment and community.”
Rodney Hamon graduated with his BA in Printmaking at California State University at Chico in 1979. In 1987 he received his Master Printer Certificate from Tamarind Institute. He finished his MA and MFA in Printmaking at the University of New Mexico by 1991. From 1999 to 2015 he served as the Education Director at Tamarind Institute. He was an adjunct Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the University of New Mexico for five years. His experience as a Master Printer included printing at Origins Press in Tucson, Arizona, Western Graphics in Albuquerque, NM, Houston Fine Arts Press in Houston, Texas, making hand-made paper at Watson Paper Company in Albuquerque, NM, and as a collaborative printer and artist at his own shop in his home town of Golden, New Mexico. Since 2016, Rodney has re-evaluated his ideas about surrealistic narrative. Embracing the concept of contradiction, he searches for the essence in drawing value range using composition of imagery blended together. He still embraces black and white as the principal medium.
Where we've been
Image of CAS Visit to Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, November 2016