Tony Griffith: Passages

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  • October 7th, 2015
Taos Passage by Tony Griffith at Pippin Contemporary
Taos Passage, Griffith, 30×24″ acrylic/resin/panel.

Surrealist abstract painter Tony Griffith creates complex compositions that adhere to the style of southwest contemporary art lovers. His simplified forms and color tones have a southwest, yet modernized look, blending the idea of a simplified desert landscape with contemporary elements.

Griffith’s newest paintings for Passages, opening next week at Pippin Contemporary, vary from pure abstractions to quasi-representational surreal sky and landscapes inspired by desert sunrises and sunsets. The California artist created this body of work in the summer heat of the Coachella Valley desert near Palm Springs, which resulted in warm energy and vibrant colors in each piece.

Passages also takes on a spiritual theme, with paintings like Astral Passage, Bone Passage, Dawn Passage, and others acting as portals through which the viewer can enter into a world of depth and color. Other pieces such as Truth to Power metaphorically address internal self-reflection or peace, and the freedom of the “constant barrage of non-natural outside influences.” Interphase #1 and #2 (below) act as a diptych representing dual realms that lead to a single spiritual destination.

interphase 1 and 2, Griffith, at Pippin Contemporary
Interphase #1 and Interphase #2, diptych, 48″ x 36″ each

“The theme of Passages concerns the individual’s journey from the earth-bound physical into the spiritual realm toward enlightenment,” explains Griffith. “The work may serve as visual touchstones along the viewer’s own mortal journey.”

In order to achieve the depth and portal-like quality in his paintings, Griffith is using a technique that adds spatial layers beneath the surface, giving atmospheric effects of light, color and space within the piece. Acrylic stains mixed and applied with a spray bottle create a granite ground and marble-like appearance, while acrylic aerosols produce airy, sky-like formations. Finally, a resin finish adds a water-like dimension to this juxtaposition of elements, which according to Griffith is reminiscent of a desert oasis.

Seasonal Passage by Tony Griffith at Pippin Contemporary
Seasonal Passage, Griffith, 30″ x 24″

“The title of the series brings to mind the layers beneath the surface, which allow the viewer to pass into other realities or possibilities,” says Griffith.

“There are so many distractions in our society. I hope that when looking at my work, the viewer can clear their mind and experience inner peace for a moment.”

Join us with Tony Griffith at Pippin Contemporary on October 16th, 5-7pm for an artist reception, and see the show through October 27th.

Browse more Tony Griffith paintings.

Back to the Future: The Art of Exploration

  • by Kelly Skeen
  • September 22nd, 2015

Aleta Pippin in her studioPainter and Pippin Contemporary founder Aleta Pippin has followed an artistic journey of continuous exploration through various media, styles, and color palettes. From luminescent oil paintings to acrylic abstract landscapes, from poured paintings to LED lit panels, Pippin’s constant experimentation keeps her work fresh and exciting to viewers and collectors. For this show however, Pippin is revisiting her original passion for creating vibrant, abstract oil paintings, and plans to bring that energy and emotional resonance into her future artistic endeavors.

Back to the Future: The Art of Exploration opens September 23rd with an artist reception on Friday, September 25th from 5-7pm. Vivid blues, glowing yellows, and joyful pinks fill the gallery with light and evoke a feeling of happiness from the viewer. Some paintings take on a more spiritual and thought-provoking theme, while others, such as Caribbean Play, are simply about Pippin’s use of color and the emotions each tone can trigger.

Aleta Pippin Paintings at Pippin Contemporary

Caribbean Play (left) and Magical Mystery Tour hanging at Pippin Contemporary.

“The reason I continue to pursue color and light in my work is because I believe it has a positive impact on people,” explains Pippin. “My goal is to create art that when people look at it, it joyfully inspires them.”

Bloom Where You're Planted by Aleta Pippin at Pippin Contemporary

Bloom Where You’re Planted, 16×16″ oil/panel.

Pieces like Reaching Deeper, Garden’s Gate, and Bloom Where You’re Planted still burst with color, but the titles allow for a deeper perspective. According to Pippin, these paintings are about connecting with your inner self and looking past the obvious.

Bloom Where You’re Planted is all about being present where you are in life,” explains Pippin. “People are always saying, when I do this or when I get that – then I’ll be happy. But all those things are outside of ourselves. All of us can make the best of where we are at any given moment.”     

Garden’s Gate takes on a similar theme of looking beneath the obvious. It was inspired by the story of The Secret Garden, a book Pippin loved as a child and continues to read often as an adult.

Garden's Gate painting by Santa Fe artist, Aleta Pippin

Garden’s Gate, 40×40″ oil/canvas.

“I think the first time I read The Secret Garden may have been in the fourth grade. I loved it then. On the surface, it’s a “feel-good” story. However after reading it several times as an adult, I’ve discovered many nuggets that can be applied to real life challenges.”

Once Again by Aleta Pippin at Pippin Contemporary

Once Again, 16×16″ oil/panel.

Pippin is constantly making new discoveries through her art that lead to exciting career opportunities as well as deeper self-exploration. With painting as her third career, the journey is never ending as new passions are pursued. Once Again is a small panel bursting with energy that speaks to this theme.

“You always have new opportunities to show yourself. For me, being an artist is a life journey as well as an interior journey.”

Join us Friday, September 25th from 5-7pm for Aleta Pippin’s opening reception for Back to the Future: The Art of Exploration.

Can’t make it to Santa Fe for the opening? View new paintings in the online show catalog. 

Poet to Painter: The Contemporary Art of Adam Shaw

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  • September 9th, 2015

Adam Shaw at Pippin ContemporaryA line will take us hours maybe; yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought, our stitching and unstitching has been naught.

This excerpt from William Butler Yeats’ poem, a favorite of Adam Shaw’s and appropriately titled ‘Adam’s Curse,’ embodies the concept of Shaw’s painting process, one that evolves over time with layers of paint and texture, but that looks as if it were created in a spontaneous moment of quick strokes and fluid color.

“I may work on a painting for ten years, but I want it to look like it just happened – like it was an accident,” explains Shaw. “There may be thousands of accidents in there, but I want it to look spontaneous and unconstructed, even though it’s intensely constructed and labored over.”

Abstract interpretations of landscapes, flowers, and trees make up Shaw’s body of work, as well paintings that use language as a visual element. He is educated in the Renaissance tradition as well as in poetics, having spent time translating poetry and writing and publishing his own work. His fascination with language can be seen in the etchings of words or phrases within the layers of paint on his canvases and panels. The placement of the words, sometimes obscured beneath the paint or written in non-linear directions, creates narratives within the piece that add to the mystery and viewer’s interpretation.

True Nature Is Toward Awakening by Adam Shaw at Pippin Contemporary

True Nature Is Toward Awakening, Shaw, 60×54″ oil/canvas

This unique style is really where Shaw’s artistic career began. He started painting as an escape from writer’s block – so inspired and moved by the poets he studied, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Yeats and others, Shaw often felt overwhelmed by their talent and unable to produce anything that could compare. Consequently, he turned to a creative outlet that didn’t feel quite so menacing.

“I never thought of myself as a painter the way I thought of myself as a poet, so I had a lot of freedom as a painter,” Shaw admits. “Little by little, the idea of wanting to do something creative started to shift from writing to painting.”

In his shift to painting, Shaw started with what he knew by filling the canvas with a poem by one of his heroes or an original work of his own. He would then slowly cover it up with layers of paint, maybe leaving a few words or excerpts visible to the eye, but mostly using it as a starting point for his composition. It eventually dawned on Shaw that he could use the words he obscured as the focal point of the piece, as well as the basis for his entire artistic philosophy.

“At some point I realized I can bring my love and knowledge of literature into the painting and leave it there,” says Shaw. “I can incorporate those elements and actually make the painting about that.”

The world is a symptom of the mind by Adam Shaw at Pippin Contemporary

The World is a Symptom of the Mind, Shaw, 60×66″ oil/canvas.

The World is a Symptom of the Mind is one of Shaw’s language infused paintings hanging at Pippin Contemporary. It’s part of a series of globe paintings with random words and phrases contained inside a circle. This globe of ‘chatter’ can be interpreted as the world, the inner workings of one’s mind, or both simultaneously – which is how Shaw sees it.

“The title is a Zen sentiment meaning all that really exists is a projection of your mind,” explains Shaw, who is also a believer in Buddhist philosophy. “It’s the mind that creates the world.”

The ‘chatter’ inside the sphere consists of song lyrics, phrases, poetry, formulas, political statements, and more. The excerpts of thought climb over and push against each other; they’re thrown in all directions, bouncing from one idea to the next within the sphere’s painterly line. This painting is a picture of Shaw’s world, a haphazard display of what was going through the artist’s mind during its creation. The result is a thought-provoking piece that pulls viewers in as they examine and decipher the interrupted ideas and displays of thought.

New Solution to the Universe by Adam Shaw at Pippin Contemporary

New Solution to the Universe , Shaw, 66×60″ oil/canvas

Viewers can also get lost in paintings such as New Solution to the Universe, as they contemplate the depth of the layers and continuously see new passages and pops of color within the abstracted aspen trees. Shaw works on his paintings for years, building up and scraping down paint and texture to create these visual experiences. He can be working on 20 to 30 pieces at once in his California studio in the heart of wine country, spending lengthy amounts of time each day immersed in the process. Shaw has a strong sense of place and his natural surroundings seem to make their way into his art, but not in the realistic way that nature affects some artists’ work.

“I never paint what I see. My trees are a referential viewpoint. They’re not really trees…they’re just abstract. I am never interested in what a painting is of, I’m only interested in what it does to you when you are in its grips.”

See Adam Shaw’s paintings now on display in the gallery, and browse his complete inventory on his artist page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be the first to know about new work and show announcements!

Show Preview, Cody Hooper: A Spiritual Awakening

  • by Kelly Skeen
  • August 27th, 2015

Tomorrow, Friday, August 28th, from 5 to 7 pm is the artist reception for Cody Hooper‘s current show at Pippin Contemporary. A Spiritual Awakening is an exhibition of vibrant abstracts with portals of white light erupting through layers of intense color, an illusion indicative of Hooper’s current spiritual journey and artistic awakening. Check out his online show catalog and call the gallery to reserve your piece now!

Show Preview, Photos by Cody Hooper

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Curious about the creative space where Cody’s abstract paintings come alive with light and color? Take a visit to his Albuquerque art studio and learn more about his techniques and inspiration for these pieces: Cody Hooper, Studio Visit. 

Studio Visit: Cody Hooper

  • by Kelly Skeen
  • August 19th, 2015

The Studio

“This is about as messy as it gets in here.”

For an abstract artist who’s paintings burst from the walls with spontaneous movement and energy, Cody Hooper’s studio is surprisingly contained. When viewing his contemporary abstracts, you may envision the place they are created to be splattered with paint, bottles and brushes scattered on the floor…but Cody maintains order in his creative space, working on one piece at a time with a focused vision. This feeling of structure also plays a subtle role in his paintings through the use of vertical and horizontal lines. These lines anchor the work, providing a break in composition while also giving balance and depth to the painting.

Cody Hooper Studio

Hooper Studio

“I used a lot more harsh lines when I started painting, but now they’ve softened up,” explains Cody. “They’re a signature of my work. A lot of people are intrigued by them and they can add a new dimension to the piece.”

Hooper StudioCody’s grasp of compositional features and painting techniques stem from his creative beginnings as a realistic watercolor painter. After ten years of realism, he decided to dive into abstraction and the creative freedom it offered – but not without the skills he’d been practicing for most of his artistic career.

“Having a realism background creates amazing abstract painters,” says Cody. “I use a lot of realism, but you don’t always see it.”

While his Albuquerque space is his first home studio, Cody has always worked in close quarters to his everyday life – his kitchen, dining room, wherever he could find the right lighting. However after having a dedicated art space, complete with mountain views and New Mexico sunsets outside his window, Cody has subsequently shown an artistic awakening in his latest body of work.
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Finding the Light

Cody Hooper, Deepest Passions detail at Pippin Contemporary
Detail of the lighting effects in Deepest Passions, 44×44″ acrylic/panel.

In the past few years, Cody has incorporated more lighting sources into his compositions, another technique he learned when painting realistic landscapes. For his upcoming show, A Spiritual Awakening, white light bursts through dark areas of the paintings, conveying “a feeling of hope in a dark place.”

“The light sources are intuitive. When I’m building the texture with the palette knife, I start to build light in different spots. Then I decide if I want to intensify it with the brush or wash it out. It’s all very gradual – there are lots of layers before adding the white light source.”

Cody has been fascinated by lighting effects since he was a kid. With a police officer for a father, he was able to take exciting rides in the cop car with lights flashing and sirens blaring. These experiences did not cause Hooper to dream of one day becoming a police officer like his dad – he instead took to drawing cop cars and later, attempting to artistically replicate the lighting effects from the rides.

Cody Hooper Art Studio

The light in Cody’s recent work has also been a result of spiritual inspiration found through a less controlled painting process. He’s loosened up on structure and softened the harsh lines in his compositions, allowing his paintings to focus more on the natural interaction between color and texture. This instinctive painting process has brought Cody more in touch with his true artistic passions, opening a portal to another creative dimension – just like the pure white light that shines through in his paintings.

“I’ve let go of worry, control and any stress that can come along with creating a painting. Because of that, I feel much more free and in touch with my inner spirit.”

Cody Hooper: A Spiritual Awakening opens August 20th and runs through September 8th at Pippin Contemporary. Join us with Cody on August 28th, 5-7pm for his artist reception, and preview new work in his online show catalog.

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Art Adds Sizzle to Your Decor

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  • July 28th, 2015
Aleta Pippin painting in collectors home

Aleta Pippin’s The Ripple Effect in a collector’s home.

(By Aleta Pippin) You’ve just looked around your home and realize there’s something missing, something that has the power to make your décor pop. We’re talking about art. The right pieces will literally move your décor from “okay” to fantastic. So, how do you begin? Where do you look for the “right” pieces? And just exactly what are the “right” pieces anyway?

If you’re like many people, purchasing art can prove a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to guide you, as you search out that perfect piece(s) of art, the one that will give your home that “drop dead” gorgeous look.

First, there are a few myths that need to be debunked.

Hooper in Collector's Home

Cody Hooper’s Summer Song hanging in a collector’s home in Texas.

Myth 1: Art should match your sofa.

Great art looks good anywhere. It doesn’t have to match your sofa. Of course if you’re getting ready to purchase a piece to be placed in a certain area, you may want to consider the color and find a piece that enhances it. However, don’t make your purchasing decision based solely on such strict criteria. Remember, if you do purchase an original piece of art, it will stay with you long after the sofa has changed, the walls have been repainted, and you’ve even relocated two or three times.

Myth 2: Original art is a good investment.

It seems to be a common line in many galleries, to tell potential buyers that purchasing an original piece from an up and coming artist is a great investment. They’ll tell you that the artist’s prices have risen steadily over the years or that the artist is just on the brink of making it big. All of that may be true. However, unless you know people who are interested in purchasing art, you will not be able to resell your investment piece and make a profit. The only people who really make a killing in the art market are those who purchased Picasso 50 years ago.

The best reason to purchase an original piece is because you love it. I have several original pieces from other artists in my home, which were purchased because I loved them. (And yes, they are up and coming artists whose prices have risen steadily over time.)

To say that you should love a piece is not an understatement. Art should evoke an emotional response. That response may be from the color, composition, or even something intangible like reminding you of a poignant happening in your life.

Cody Hooper

Cody Hooper’s Distant Drums in a collector’s dining room.

Myth 3: My child could have painted that abstract piece.

Yes, children paint wonderful pieces, but to suggest that a child can produce some of the beautiful abstract work that is in the market is dismissing artists’ creativity too quickly. Actually, most abstract artists learn to draw and to paint representational work before they evolved to abstract work. All good art conforms to guidelines of line, shape, form, atmosphere, design, and rhythm. Each artist finds their voice, much the same as a writer, and that voice may express in paint, sculpture, stained glass and on and on. And in each of those categories, there is a myriad of expressions limited only by the artist’s imagination.



You’re Ready to Purchase

Before you go shopping, stop and consider a couple of things – Do you want to purchase an original piece of art or a retail piece and how much money are you willing to spend?

Originals vs. Reproductions

There is one thing that drives many artists crazy…reproductions made to look like originals. There are plenty out there. They’re those “paintings” you find in department stores, flea markets, even retail outlets in the malls. Of course, these paintings are fairly inexpensive in the $75-$400 price range. Just don’t mistake them for original pieces. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to see the “hand of the artist” in an original piece.

Giclees have been extremely popular. A giclee is a computerized reproduction of an original piece that is usually “printed” on canvas. Some artists, or their employees, paint into this reproduction, giving it the texture and look of an original piece. Usually these pieces are numbered in the lower corner, like any reproduction, so there’s no question in the buyer’s mind.

Giclees are good buys if you’d like to have a piece that looks like an original, at a lower cost. It’s also a way of collecting the work of an artist you like, but an original is out of your chosen price range. (Not all artists agree with mass production and will not produce giclees.)

However, nothing matches the beauty of an original piece of art. If you’ve decided to go that route and have designated the amount of money you’re willing to invest, you can probably find a piece. It may take a little doing but it will be worth it. Visit the Internet. Check out the local galleries. Talk to friends who have artwork you admire.

Aleta Pippin and Rick Stevens

Aleta Pippin’s Momentum (right) hanging with a Rick Stevens painting in a Houston collector’s home.

Blue Arc by Greg Reiche

Blue Arc by Greg Reiche, commission steel and glass sculpture Blue Arc in a local New Mexico home.

What to look for in art?

Are you looking for a certain color, a certain pattern or even a certain size? If you’re purchasing an original, you should love it. If you’re purchasing art purely to finish the décor in your home, then you’ll want to find pieces that enhance the décor. There are several retail outlets that sell reproductions and prints, many already framed – Target, Hobby Lobby, just to name a few.

Why not spend a day looking at the various options. Check out local galleries, as well as the retail outlets. You may decide to purchase an original after you see all of the wonderful art that is available. And don’t forget the outdoor Art Festivals; these are a wonderful way to connect with an artist and to purchase an original piece.

If you choose to purchase an original, do a background check. Ask about the artist’s career, sales history, and make an intuitive assessment of the integrity of the person trying to sell the piece to you. Personally, I think original work truly adds to the quality of any environment.

Have fun with this. Take your time. The right piece will show itself. And it’s worth finding it, because art will add sizzle to your décor.

© 2002 by Aleta Pippin, abstract painter. Visit her web site at www.aletapippin.comUpdated 4/7/2015.

See this blog post featured on the Santa Fe Gallery Association website. 

Guilloume: Diverse Communities

  • by Kelly Skeen
  • July 14th, 2015

Bronze Sculptor Guilloume

“My subjects are purposefully devoid of recognizable facial features. If I provide the viewer with identifiable characteristics, then I play a part in accentuating the differences between people. Instead, I prefer to underscore the similarities common to all humanity.”

When Colombian sculptor and painter Guilloume looks at a person, he sees past their temporary physical qualities and attributes of age, beauty or style. He instead looks for the forms that create the essence of the human figure; these simple body movements, delicate gestures, and subtle interactions inspire his work and define his self-described artistic style, “Bolismo.”

For Guilloume’s show at Pippin Contemporary, Diverse Communities, he has created work that represents the idea that even though no two people are like in their language, experiences, Guilloume in the studioand views, we have commonalities that unite us. The show will include freestanding bronze sculptures, bronze wall reliefs on aluminum, and oil paintings of minimalist figures that mimic our daily interactions between friends, acquaintances and lovers.

“Typically, my paintings and sculptures depict two or more people. This is simply meant to express my understanding of humans as social beings. Like living people, my characters are most happy when they are among family, friends, and others with common interests.”

Please join us at Pippin Contemporary on Friday, July 24th, from 5-7pm as we celebrate the universal language Guilloume creates through art that speaks to people from all corners of the earth, from all age groups, from all the diverse communities that make up our disparate, yet uniquely connected world.

Diverse Communities will run from July 15th through July 31st at Pippin Contemporary. Click here to access Guilloume’s online show catalog.

We Can Grow by Guilloume at Pippin Contemporary

We Can Grow, 12×48″ oil.

Just the Two of Us by Guilloume at Pippin Contemporary

Just the Two of Us, bronze ed. 50, 20″h x 10″w x 8″d

Read more about Guilloume and his “Bolismo” artistic style.

Serenity, Harmony, Wonder: The Art of Emotion

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  • June 30th, 2015

Pippin Contemporary Artist Michael EthridgeThe common phrase, “stop and smell the roses,” reminds us to appreciate the little things in life, to find the happiness and peace that exists in the beauty around us. Florida painter Michael Ethridge’s take on this idiom is instead to “stop and gaze into a painting.” As an artist, he is encouraging us to pause, forget our surroundings and allow the beauty and joy we experience from a work of art give us peace and contentment for a moment.

“My paintings endorse feelings of endless time and give a picture of eternity,” says Ethridge. “They take the focus off everyday living.”

For The Art of Emotion, Ethridge is asking viewers to take time in front of his abstract seascapes and allow the emotions his work evokes to relax the mind and heighten the senses. Three series of paintings will allow viewers to visually experience three subconscious feelings that are often associated with Ethridge’s work: serenity, harmony, and wonder. Each emotion will be illustrated through a series of paintings that give color and composition to their corresponding abstract thought. Ethridge will stay true to his painterly style across this body of work – abstract seascapes with layered texture and dazzling color – but with a different color palette and inspiration for each series.

Serenity series:

Distant Serenity by Michael Ethridge at Pippin Contemporary

Distant Serenity, Michael Ethridge, 12×12″ acrylic/canvas

Michael Ethridge grew up in Wynne, Arkansas; he continued to live and work in his home state until his recent move to Florida in 2014. The Serenity series captures the beauty of this time in Etrhridge’s life, as well as the comfort and serenity he felt growing up. Earth tones, including deep reds, oranges and golds, are used to represent various elements of Arkansas’ natural beauty and Ethridge’s outdoor experiences there.

Harmony series:

Harmony of the Wind by Michael Ethridge at Pippin Contemporary

Harmony of the Wind, Michael Ethridge, 36×36″ acrylic/canvas

As a young man, Ethridge spent a year as a professional entertainer on a Caribbean cruise ship. After this experience, music and tropical landscapes both became avenues of inspiration for his work. Ethridge fell in love with the harmony of sky and water, the comfort of the waves, and the lush tropical forest. The Harmony series focuses on this coexistence of sea and sky through various shades of blue as well as Ethridge’s signature turquoise. Gold light in the sky and wispy lavender in the clouds are reflected in the wave caps, illustrating the natural harmony of the Caribbean landscape as well as Ethridge’s current surroundings in Naples, Florida.

Wonder series:

Canopy of Color by Michael Ethridge at Pippin Contemporary

Canopy of Color, Michael Ethridge, 24×36″ acrylic/canvas.

The Wonder series is a glimpse into the unknown. These paintings are an expression of an imaginative beauty we haven’t yet experienced in our lifetime. A blend of complimentary colors and a composite of the hues represented in the Serenity and Harmony series’ create a palette not found in nature, one that represents the unpredictable and unknown parts of the universe that we often wonder about.

Show Preview: Serenity, Harmony, Wonder: The Art of Emotion
Show runs July 2nd – July 14th
Opening Reception: July 3rd, 5-7pm

Pippin Pics: This Week in Photos

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  • June 27th, 2015

Art openings, summer days, artists studios, and more…enjoy this week in photos and follow us on Instagram @PippinContemporary for more Pippin Pics.

Suzanne Mears and Stephanie Paige at Pippin Contemporary

The Art and Soul of Color at Pippin Contemporary

Santa Fe’s Summer of Color is off to a great start! The Art and Soul of Color opened last Friday evening at the gallery with a great reception for Suzanne Wallace Mears and Stephanie Paige. Come experience this ethereal exhibition of light and color through July 1st.

Pippin Contemporary courtyard

The view from our front porch on a beautiful Santa Fe summer day.
View more stone and glass sculptures by Greg Reiche.

Crimson Meditation by Tony Griffith in a Santa Fe home

A photo from happy art collectors – Tony Griffith’s southwest inspired painting, Crimson Meditation, fits perfectly in their Santa Fe home. We love the southwest style! View more of Tony’s acrylic/resin paintings.

Michael Ethridge studio

Michael Monroe Ethridge’s art studio in Naples, Florida. Michael has been busy in this creative space preparing for his show, The Art of Emotion, opening next weekend! Don’t miss the reception on July 3rd, 5-7pm, and see Michael paint in front of the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Show Preview: The Art and Soul of Color

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  • June 17th, 2015

Summer of Color

We’re celebrating the Summer of Color, Santa Fe’s citywide arts initiative, at Pippin Contemporary this week with the opening of The Art and Soul of Color, a collaborative exhibition between glass artist Suzanne Wallace Mears and mixed media painter Stephanie Paige. Join us for the opening reception this Friday, June 19th, 5-7pm.

Suzanne Wallace Mears, Pippin Contemporary Glass Artist

Mears’ undulating glass vessels, whimsical totems and masks, and luminescent color blocks are created with layers of brightly colored fused glass. The Oklahoma artist has named this collection of abstract glass sculptures Feathers on the Loose for it’s lighthearted theme and undemanding joy.

A feather is thought to be a gift from the sky, the sea and the trees.  It arrives unexpectedly, just drifting randomly with the wind. We notice it. It lifts our spirits. It gives us freedom for a moment. We pick the feather up and wonder where it came from, the travels it’s had and why it came our way. A single feather, like a piece of art, is unique and it happened to come ‘your’ way. The art gives us pause, gives us freedom to think about something totally unrelated to the realness of our own lives.”

Stephanie Paige, Pippin Contemporary ArtistStephanie Paige’s mixed media paintings are abstract representations of the natural world. Layers of pigment and burnished plaster reveal meditative illusions of the sun setting on the horizon or a warm desert breeze. Paige will show her Abstract Landscape series, paintings inspired by Mother Earth with rich color balanced around stark horizon lines, as well as her latest group of works from the Zen Garden series. This group of paintings has forged an even closer relationship with nature through the incorporation of eucalyptus leaves and natural materials from Paige’s California home. Learn more about Paige’s process for the Zen Garden series.

In the press: check out the article on The Art and Soul of Color in The Santa Fean, and see Mears’ Feathers on the Loose collection featured in American Art Collector Magazine

Show Preview: The Art and Soul of Color

Suzanne Wallace Mears, Feathers on the Loose, kiln formed glass.

Stephanie Paige, Abstract Landscapes, Zen Garden series, mixed media on panel.