The Seattle Channel recently featured Manitou painter, ZZ Wei in this wonderfully produced video about his painting practice. Please check it out. I enjoyed the scenes of ZZ Wei painting in his studio.
Manitou painter Roger Rossi recently cruised down the Rhine River with his fellow Salmagundi Club painters. A highlight of the trip was a tour of the world famous Old Holland paint factory. Read below to learn more about Old Holland and see pictures from Roger's tour. We're excited to see Roger's upcoming paintings!
The history of Old Holland Classic Colours goes back to the seventeenth century, the golden age of the Dutch masters. In this era, the training of painters was organised under the guild system. The painters' guilds were called Saint Lucas Guilds, after their patron saint Lucas. Traditional knowledge and skills in the area of the manufacture of paint were passed on from generation to generation in these guilds. In the guild, the master taught the mate and the apprentice. The apprentice learned to rub the pigments with the binders, the mate learned to mix the colours and make underpaintings. Once the mate was deemed to be skilled enough, he in turn became a master, started his own studio and gained standing.
Around 1664, a Saint Lucas guild in The Hague started the preparations for the establishment of 'Pictura Brotherhood of Painters and its Academy for the Visual Arts of The Hague' (1682-1882). An association of master painters which organised art reviews and where artists drew from dressed models: the first academy. The correct manufacture of paints formed an important part of the education. The Pictura Brotherhood of Painters remained in existence until the nineteenth century.
Gallery Owners, Bob and Charla Nelson were recently invited to be appraisers on the PBS television program, "Arizona Collectibles."
Click here to watch Bob appraise a painting from the legendary western artist, CM Russell. The appraisal price was higher than anything I've ever seen on Arizona Collectibles (or Antiques Roadshow). It's amazing to watch to couples' expression when they learn that their inherited painting is worth nearly 1 MILLION dollars!
Season 2, episode 7, 22:00 (Charla)
Season 2, episode 9, 20:00 (Charla)
Season 2, episode 10, 22:00 (Bob)
Season 2, episode 6, 9:00 (Bob)
Congratulations to Manitou artist, Tim Prythero! Tim's sculpture, Starky's Trading Post, will be included in the Albuquerque Museum's exhibition, Visualizing Albuquerque.
"Starky's Trading Post reminds us of a tourist trap during the Great Depression , This tromp l' oeill sculpture does fool the viewers eye through painterly illusions of dents, rust, trash and decay. The broken screen doors, deteriorating stucco and faux artifacts in the yard remind us nothing is permanent, except our nostalgia for the past . Tim Prythero captures Albuquerque longing for better times in his detailed observations of disintegrating landmarks. He confirms that abandonment occurs at the end of a business cycle by focusing on faded memories from a seemly prosperous past."
Joseph Traugott - Curator, Albuquerque Museum
Collector's Eye: With two galleries, two auctions, one store and a museum to run, Bob and Charla Nelson are collector's to their core.
The bright notes of a mariachi band waft down Palace Avenue, past the New Mexico Museum of Art, it's Pueblo revival style architecture a blend of Pueblo and Spanish influence and the perfect compliment to the music. You can hear the guitarron and the brass horns all the way to the historic downtown plaza, drawing seekers every First Friday to Manitou Gallery. From a second story portal on the front of one of their Santa Fe galleries, the musicians bring brightness and joy to those who come for the art.