Opening Reception: Friday, September 5th. 5:00-7:30 at 123 W. Palace Avenue|
Manitou Galleries is proud to present Spirit of the Horse featuring new works by Ethelinda.
Born in Hawaii, a fourth generation descendant of an Island family, Ethelinda has always painted, first sketching the characters of the books of her youth. Using strong brushwork and vibrant colors, Ethelinda creates her signature, grand oil paintings of beautiful horses, sensual still lifes, and mysterious Native American portraits. Horses seem ready to gallop off the canvas in her equine compositions, with wild manes flowing in the wind. Her stately portraits of Native Americans are meticulously researched to ensure accurate representation of dress and beadwork.
Ethelinda's artistic philosophy is to paint things that aren’t seen elsewhere in a manner they are not painted elsewhere. Charlotte Berny, in Focus/Santa Fe Magazine writes, "Ethelinda’s vision transforms her subjects. She begins with things that are real – horses, Indians, fruits, flowers – and then through some alchemy, recreates them as grander versions of themselves."
Show will be on exhibit for two weeks. The opening will be the same evening is the West Palace Arts District’s First Friday Art Walk.
Opening Reception: August 21, 5:00-7:30 at 225 Canyon Road
|Paul Rhymer: All About Bronze|
While revelers will be celebrating Indian Market Downtown, Manitou at 225 Canyon Road presents a show of new bronzes featuring the works of East Coast wildlife sculptor, Paul Rhymer. Rhymer will be demonstrating all aspects of bronze sculpting from working with clay to pouring bronze on-site! These demonstrations will be held throughout the day Friday and Saturday August 22nd and 23rd only at our Canyon Road gallery. We will also be featuring new bronzes from other gallery artists in our fabulous sculpture garden.
Paul Rhymer comes from a family of artists and has drawn and painted his whole life. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree from a local college in 1984, he accepted a job at the Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making and retired in 2010. As a result of so much three-dimensional work in his museum job, his own personal artwork gradually began to transform from painting and drawing into sculpture. Being an avid birder, waterfowl hunter, and taxidermist gives him constant anatomy and behavioral learning experiences that inspire his sculpture.
Paul’s work has been exhibited in such prestigious art shows such as the National Sculpture Society, the Society of Animal Artists and Birds in Art. His wildlife sculpture is at the National Zoo, National Museum of Natural History, the Denver Zoo, Woodson Art Museum, Hiraim Blauvelt Museum and various public buildings and parks and private collections thought the US. He is on the Boards of Directors for the Society of Animal Artists and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.
Opening Reception: August 22 at 123 W. Palace Ave. 5:00-7:30
During the Market, Manitou will feature the works of Jennifer O'Cualain and Martha Pettigrew. Both artists will be present providing demonstrations of their process throughout the weekend.
Jennifer O’Cualain is a prolific painter of all things natural. Her popular wildlife paintings touch on the idea of illustrating the simple and honest physical characteristics of many species ranging from field mice to bison.
“I strive to make my paintings more like portraits than typical animal art. The feel of fur under your hand is a relatively universal goal, but I want my viewer to get a sense of the individual animal.”
After graduating from Arizona State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in painting, Jennifer continued to attend figure drawing classes. As a people portrait artist throughout high school and college, she knew that one day her love of animals would need to become a larger part of her everyday life. Now she has the opportunity to continue developing her ability to capture a likeness with her desire to spend time with animals.
Formerly an illustrator, Martha Pettigrew has established herself as one of the foremost Western contemporary sculptors. Her work has been accepted in such prestigious and exclusive exhibitions as: Settlers West’s The Great American West Show, Tucson Arizona; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art, Wausau, Wisconsin; Women Artists and the West, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; and Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado.
Pettigrew says, “I find the everyday tasks of the native people of the Southwest, especially the women, to be an endless source of inspiration. If I have achieved my goal as a sculptor the viewer will feel an emotional attachment and never tire of seeing the piece. The sculpture may become a source of inspiration in their lives.”