What we're up to

October 2017

Studio Visit with Neal Ambrose-Smith & Tour of Marcia Swiss and Ron Costell’s Art Collection in Corrales

Ambrose-Smiths states, “I studied art and came to see that Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs all combined written forms with images before Dadaists. More recently Pop Art artists such as Andy Warhol and later Jean Michel Basquiat infused language into their images as well. On the surface nonsensical, Basquiat’s rap does reveal racial politics, angst and pop culture. I include this with the rabid consumerism of our time.” Ambrose-Smith’s work can be found in number of museums, public and private collections and his work is represented by the Chiaroscuro Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Central Booking Gallery in New York City, New York. Ambrose-Smith is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, in addition to maintaining his full-time studio art practice from his Corrales studio.


Nestled within spectacular cottonwoods and views, a visit to experience their eclectic and extensive art collection will be a memorable one.
Marcia Swiss and Ron Costell reflect on their lifelong passion for collecting art:

"We select items to which we both respond equally and positively.  We select work of artists and gallery owners we have come to know and whose friendship we value.  We accumulate South Persian and other tribal weavings because of their color, design and texture appeal to us.  We accumulate Amish and Mennonite quilts and Navajo rugs and kneeling blankets for the same reason.  We sometimes purchase wind up toys because they make us laugh.  We collect experiences."


November 2017

Studio Visits with Constance DeJong & Kristin Diener in Albuquerque

Constance’s work represents an on-going interest in merging sculpture with painting by creating implied space within three-dimensional space. This is accomplished through exploiting the separate classic territories of the planar space of abstract painting and the spatial presence and physicality of sculpture. The work is never freestanding but either hung independently on a wall or mounted within a framing device, as would a painting or drawing. The work is chemically treated with patinas creating color, texture and the illusion of depth. In this, a painterly surface is integrated with a physical dimensional object. The work is rigorously physical whether it extends several feet into space or only inches; it always maintains a strong material presence.


After receiving her MFA in jewelry making and metalsmithing from Bowling Green State University, Kristin has gone on to create bold and distinctly original artwork. Her award winning metalwork has been featured in various publications and exhibited nationally and internationally. Kristin's work utilizes a variety of new and traditional silversmithing techniques which she has been teaching for over 30 years. Her work will be featured in an upcoming survey of jewelry and metal work at the Albuquerque Museum in June 2018.


December 2017

Tour of When Modern Was Contemporary at The Albuquerque Museum

Curator of Art, Andrew Connors, will take CAS members on another enlightening and entertaining tour of an important exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection. The following information about the exhibition is from the AM website:

“Recognizing the significance of the art of his own time, Financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010) acquired work by a remarkable selection of modern masters, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and numerous others.

He was committed to buying the work of living artists, in order to support the artists themselves, and formed relationships with many influential artists, dealers, and critics. By 1950, the center of the avant-garde art world had shifted from Paris to New York, and Neuberger’s was the most important collection of modern art in the country.

"When Modern Was Contemporary" features some fifty paintings and sculptures, illuminating the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the twentieth century, and providing unique insight into one of the most fertile periods in American art.”


Where we've been

This world is but a canvas to our imagination...
— Henry David Thoreau

Image of CAS Visit to Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, November 2016