About Us

  • by aletapippinartist@gmail.com
  • May 11th, 2015

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 expressed through 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 and beauty, offering you, the viewer, an opportunity to reflect, to access emotions, and to explore your thoughts.”

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 Aleta Pippin, Liz Barber, Bassmi, Jeffrey BeauchampJohn Charbonneau, Childers-West, Erik Gonzales, Guilloume, Elizabeth Hahn, Rebecca Haines, Cody Hooper, Rob Lorenson, Pat MatthewsSuzanne Wallace Mears, Nic Noblique, Troy PillowGreg Reiche – 2015 ARTsmart Honorary Artist, Kevin Robb, Gina Rossi, Joe Slack, and Jami Tobey.

Aleta Pippin, Owner

Aleta Pippin, an artist, opened Pippin Contemporary in 2011. Prior to that, she co-founded PippinAleta Pippin, Santa Fe abstract painter 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 Andrea Wexler, Director, Pippin ContemporaryScotia 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.

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 metJohn DePaula, Pippin Contemporary sales associate 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.