Pippin Contemporary, founded in 2011 by abstract painter Aleta Pippin, is located on the historic Canyon Road and is an uplifting world of vibrant color as expressed in contemporary art. “I was drawn in by the amazing color” and “it feels so welcoming in here.” These feelings are standard, hard to put one’s finger on, yet a common thread weaving throughout our guests’/collectors’ experience. The richly sensuous visual experience is complemented by the warm, engaging approach of our staff.
Pippin Contemporary’s artists, selected for their energetic and tactile expressions, present a range of personal perspectives emerging from a passion for depth, feeling, and beauty expressed in their art. Those expressions range from original paintings in vibrant colors to sculpture in stone, metal and glass, bronze, and kinetic. As Pippin suggests, “that passion creates an element of surprise, offering you, the viewer, a venue through which to access your emotions and transport you to inner worlds.”
Owned by an artist, we at Pippin Contemporary understand the importance of the artist, gallery, collector relationship. Collecting art is about that relationship as much as it is about the purchase. Oftentimes, our collectors become friends who make it a point to stop in whenever visiting Santa Fe.
Pippin Contemporary represents artists Bassmi, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Hunt Slonem, Liz Barber, Joe Slack, Pippin-Reiche Collaborations, Elizabeth Hahn, Rebecca Haines, John Charbonneau, Gina Rossi, Paul White, David Baca, Guilloume, Stephanie Paige, Kevin Robb, Cody Hooper, Aleta Pippin, Suzanne Wallace Mears, Troy Pillow, and Greg Reiche – 2015 ARTsmart Honorary Artist .
Aleta Pippin, Owner
Aleta Pippin, an artist, opened Pippin Contemporary in 2011. Prior to that, she co-founded Pippin Meikle Fine Art in 2006 with fellow artist, Barbara Meikle, and in 2012 left to focus completely on growing Pippin Contemporary. She had a vision of showing abstract art by outstanding painters and sculptors. As her gallery business grew, she expanded that vision to incorporate landscapes and cityscapes in an abstracted style. In 2013, she relocated her gallery from downtown Santa Fe back to the world-famous Canyon Road which allowed the addition of several sculptors who created large-scale work.
In 2016 Pippin had the opportunity to purchase the building at 409 Canyon Road and leapt at the chance. This move catapulted Pippin’s business into further growth through the addition of more artists, larger space, and greater visibility.
As Pippin continues to grow her gallery business, she is also committed to furthering her artistic endeavors. Her love of color and painting in a free and energetic style has been key to her success. Pippin continues to explore that path adding different media over the years. A color field painter at heart, she loves creating work that is visually exciting to her collectors.
Pippin is in her third career. Prior to becoming an artist, she founded her Houston company in 1984, subsequently growing it to four locations and selling to an international company in 2008. She believes visioning and growing a business is also a creative endeavor using the same basic steps as creating art.
Pippin enthusiastically served on the board of the Santa Fe Gallery Association from 2006 through 2014, as well as serving as past president of the Santa Fe Society of Artists.
When you visit Pippin Contemporary, you’ll be surrounded by artistic beauty and cheerfully greeted by an engaging staff.
Andrea Wexler, Director
A Gallery Director and Business Development Specialist, Andrea Wexler graduated with a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia.
Consistently involved in the arts throughout her career, Andrea has participated in every aspect of the art business, from sales to gallery director, curator, exhibitions manager and artist. In collaboration with The Fine Art Museum of New Mexico, Andrea created a solo exhibition of paintings that travelled to prestigious museums throughout the country including the Eiteljorg Museum, The Skirball Museum and the National Museum of Jewish History.
After spending eight years engaged as a Gallery Director and Business Development Specialist in New York and Boston, Andrea returned to Santa Fe joining Pippin Contemporary as Director. In addition to her daily responsibilities, she will develop partnerships with art advisors, designers, and other professionals in a wide range of corporate disciplines.
Beverly Evans, Art Consultant
Beverly Evans is a warm and engaging art consultant at Pippin Contemporary. Having grown up in Santa Fe, Beverly has been charmed by the magic of “The City Different” since she was a little girl. She has since lived in several cities in the east and western United States and followed a varied career path; hosting and producing her own television show, creating two retail businesses which featured local artisans, as a real estate broker, and finally, as the executive director of a child advocacy program.
Having always considered the vibrant culture of Santa Fe her true home, she and her husband returned in 2008 and she has now found a passionate and fulfilling career in the local art market.
Her love for the arts has been a common thread woven through all her life experiences. Beverly was involved in the arts in every city she lived in, be it serving on the board of a small opera company or jazz organization, hosting radio programs for public radio, promoting art in schools, or simply enjoying the work of artists in the community. She brings an abundance of expertise and current knowledge of the arts to assist you in your experience at Pippin Contemporary.
John DePaula, Art Consultant
Like many born and raised in Northern New Mexico, John grew up among ranchers and the scientists of Los Alamos. His mother grew up on a cattle ranch and his father was raised in Brooklyn. His parents met in Los Alamos. John spent much of his life between the open spaces of the southwest and the congestion of the city. He studied English/Creative Writing and Education at the University of New Mexico and Hunter College, New York, and received a Masters degree in Liberal Arts Education from St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
Though John has always maintained a big interest in the arts, he started his career in the 1970s as a teacher of deaf/blind and emotionally disturbed children. After over 30 years in the mental health and disabilities field, he came to Canyon Road and started working as a sales associate and gallery assistant at the Tom Ross Gallery in 2012. John has also served as a director on several art-related organization boards including the Ballet Folklorico de Albuquerque and the Galeria Guadalupana in Chimayo. He taught Mexican dance at the University of New Mexico and Northern New Mexico College. In addition to these interests John has studied photography and continues his creative writing. He is connected with many local, indigenous artists and performers.
John prides himself in accepting new challenges, adapting to change and communicating and engaging with people from around the world. He brings a local personality to the Pippin team and is always willing to help you enjoy a genuine air of New Mexican hospitality.