A Group Show featuring Manitou Artists|
“Santa Fe Trail Group Show”
Friday, March 6th
Manitou Galleries, 123 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.
5:00 - 7:30 pm
The saga of the Santa Fe Trail is a story shared by countless individuals, from
all walks of life. It is a perilous story, filled with adventure, danger and the hopes
and dreams of the many thousands who traveled it. The journey was long and
treacherous. Travelers faced hot, dry summers and bitterly cold winters. Water
was scarce and travelers were under constant threat of attack from the Native
people who were protecting their land from trespassers coming from the East.
The risks were great, but the lucrative payoff promised from opening trade with
newly independent Mexico and with the fur trappers of the wild regions north of
Santa Fe made the early settlers accept the risks.
During its heyday (between 1821 and 1872), the historic Santa Fe Trail was an
artery bringing people, commerce and culture to Santa Fe. It helped transform
Santa Fe into a unique cultural hub that is still tangible today. The trail became
less popular and fell into disuse with the introduction of the railroad. Like ghosts
from another era, the wagon ruts from the early travelers are still visible in many
places throughout the American West, including areas just outside of Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe Trail began in Franklin, Missouri and ended one block away from
our Palace Avenue gallery, in the center of the Santa Fe plaza. You can actually
see the end of the trail from our portal.
Please join us for our exhibition that is inspired buy the Santa Fe Trail, it's history,
it's landmarks and by the people who traveled it. Participating artists include (but
are not limited to) Maura Allen, Debra Sindt, Marlin Rotach, Dennis Ziemienski,
William Haskell, William Ersland, Steve Worthington, David Knowlton, Jeff
Cochran, Fran Larsen, Nicholas Coleman, Alvin Gill-Tapia, Tom Perkinson and Martha Pettigrew.
|Contrast and Connection: Alvin Gill-Tapia and Gail Gash Taylor|
Manitou Galleries, 123 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd, 5:00-7:30 pm
Alvin Gill Tapia
Born in Santa Fe, a descendent from generations of New Mexican ranchers, Gill-Tapia's
many life experiences have culminated in his current paintings: The Architectural Series,
which depict iconic Southwestern structures in Gill-Tapia's signature bold and graphic
As a youth, a precocious talent in drawing, photography, weaving, and ceramics
opened the door for him to a four year association with his mentor, Belgian weaver and
painter, Maud Henon (UNESCO recipient for her Tapestry Work). Myriad studio hours,
artistic guidance, and numerous trips to the studios and museums of Brussels, Bruges,
Amsterdam and Paris while under her tutelage, further developed his skills and firmly
planted him on his lifetime path as an artist.
Ten years in New York City followed. Classes in painting, drawing and anatomy from
the masters at The Art Student's League of New York, The New York Academy, and the
National Academy of Art helped hone Gill-Tapia's skills. He later maintained a studio in
the city, taught privately and showed at the Javit's Center, The Red Hook Gallery, The
Brooklyn Waterfront Society, and Soho's New Century Artists.
Today, Gill-Tapia has returned to his native Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and lives and
paints in his beloved Santa Fe. The Southwest provides the inspiration, subjects and
light that are essential to his work.
His familiar centuries-old roots, tracing back to Madrid, NM bind him to the traditions
of the great masterpieces of Hispanic art. The buildings in New Mexico, Arizona
and California are his constant inspiration. He has photographed and sketched them
devotedly. His photographs and sketches of these historic and iconic structures
eventually evolved into his current semi-abstract, yet three-dimensional style. For
emphasis and graphic contrast, he places his images of historic southwestern
architecture against stark monochromatic skies. The results are works of art that
embody the boldness, vivid color and spirit of the Southwest. Alvin Gill-Tapia's paintings
are truly contemporary, yet they reflect the deep history of New Mexico and the greater
Gail Gash Taylor
Gail Gash Taylor has received numerous awards and honors during her career. She
earned a B.F.A., Magna Cum Laude with Honors, from Illinois Wesleyan University and
went on to earn an M.S. in Fine Art on a full scholarship from Illinois State University,
where she would later return to teach. Gail's M.F.A. was awarded to her from University
of Cincinnati after only one year of study, while on a full scholarship and working as a
member of the faculty.
A few years after completing her degree programs, Gail decided to move to New Mexico
to pursue a career as a professional artist. She began exhibiting her work locally, in
Santa Fe, while building her own adobe house and studio. Work produced in that studio
has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and garnered the artist much
attention and numerous awards and invitations.
Taylor has been the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship, (on the national level),
from the National Endowment for the Arts. She also received an "Arts America" grant
from the United States Information Agency for guest artist lectures and workshops in
Italy and Spain.
Among Gail's guest artist appointments include the University of Louisville and Indiana
University in New Albany, Indiana. She has also been a guest speaker at the Museum
of Fine arts in Santa Fe twice, as well as at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque twice.
The Tamarind Institute also invited her twice as a guest artist to create a total of six
Internationally, the artist has been a guest speaker at the Institute of North American
Studies in Barcelona, Spain; Rhode Island School of Design, Rome, Italy; Tyler School
of Art, Rome, Italy; Academy of Fine Arts, Seville, Spain; Washington Irving Center,
Madrid, Spain; Brera Museum and Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, Italy; and the Villa
Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Genoa, Italy. And her work has been included in
international exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Mexico, South America and
the Far East.
Taylor's work is included in more than fifty public collections including: Museum of
Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico; Portland Art Museum, Portland,
Oregon; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah; Villa Croce Museum of
Contemporary Art,Genoa, Italy; Museum of Sezze a Romano, Sezze, Italy; Institute
of North American Studies, Barcelona, Spain; Palace of Culture, ArtCenter, Warsaw,
Poland; State Capitol, The Rotunda, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The City of Santa Fe, The
Santa Fe Civic Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and numerous University art collections
as well as corporations.
Gail Gash Taylor's realistic and highly detailed oil paintings depicting animals are widely
known and collected. She continues to paint daily in her adobe studio in New Mexico.
Featuring New Manitou Artists: Maura Allen, Amy Poor, Tim Prythero & Zoe Urness
At 225 Canyon Road:
"New Visions: Maura Allen, Amy Poor, Tim Prythero and Zoe Urness
Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th
Manitou Galleries, 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.
5:00 - 7:30 pm
We are very excited to announce the arrival of several new artists to our gallery. Among
them are Maura Allen, Amy Poor, Tim Prythero and Zoe Urness. Our New Visions
exhibition aims to introduce these artists to our gallery's audience. Each new artist has a
unique vision, an innovative approach to traditional materials and a mode of expression
that is distinctly their own.
Maura Allen’s work speaks to the rugged nature and allure of the American West.
Working on wood, steel, clay and paper, she pushes the traditional boundaries that have
long defined the western art genre.
Ranches and towns throughout the West, cowboys, cowgirls, Native Americans and
the land they call home are the iconic imagery of her work. Each piece begins with
time spent on location. Back in her Denver studio, Allen transforms ordinary moments
into larger than life western scenes. Using her original photography as a starting point,
she works in a reductive style, presenting images in bold silhouette forms with light
and shadow taking on a contemporary, cinematic quality. She employs a mix of tools,
techniques and materials to create each original mixed media work.
Allen’s work is included in museum, public and private collections nationwide including
the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Ritz-Carlton, Yellowstone Club and Hilton
Hotels. SouthwestArt Magazine showcased her work on the cover (August 2014) and in
a feature article called “Today’s West.” In addition her Monumental West body of work,
Allen recently embarked on a new journey chronicling the 170+ flora and fauna identified
by Lewis and Clark during their Corps of Discovery expedition in the West 200+ years
Allen is a featured artist at A New Look at the West at the Pearce Museum (2014) and
has been invited to participate in the Tucson Art Museum’s upcoming show entitled
Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction: Dime Novel to Pop Culture, set to debut in Fall 2015.
Additional museum shows and exhibitions include Corps of Discovery: On the Trail
with Lewis & Clark, a solo show at the Pearce Museum (2014); The New West, a
group exhibition organized by the Denver Arts Commission (2014); and museum
shows including Desert Caballeros Western Museum's Cowgirl Up! (2012 – 2015) and
Collecting the West exhibition (2011). She is the proud recipient of the Desert Caballeros
Western Museum Purchase Award (2014); Cowgirl Up! Artists’ Choice Award (2013); the
Rene di Rosa Award of Merit; Hearts of San Francisco artist grant; and numerous juried
Amy Poor's expressionistic, non-traditional oil paintings of Western wildlife are known
for their vibrancy and a loose, confident "shoot from the hip" style of paint application.
Her artwork is heavily inspired by her experiences growing up on the fringes of the
Eagle Cap Wilderness in Northeastern Oregon, on a mountain ranch that her family
has worked for the past five generations. It was there that Amy developed an intimate
knowledge, love and fascination for the animals and wildlife that surrounded her, and
still do to this day. Amy is primarily self-taught but is grateful for her Art Degree from
Eastern Oregon University.
Amy now paints primarily in oils, a medium that allows for her bold use of color and
fluid, ephemeral paint quality. She focuses on compositional designs that are simple
and striking. The fluidity of her paint application is influenced by years of painting with
watercolors. Her work dances across the thin line between realism and abstraction,
traditional and contemporary.
Amy's work can now be found in private collections across the United States.
Tim Prythero creates miniature diorama-sized structures of gritty scenes from Northern
New Mexico and beyond. These one-of-a-kind sculptures record a moment in time in
very particular places. Locations that Prythero depict include gas stations, roadside
cafes, old tenement buildings, trailer homes and even a school bus converted into
a dwelling. The entropic effects of weather, time, accumulating junk and human
intervention are always part of Prythero's ultra-realistic and detailed sculptures.
After researching his subject matter, Prythero spends many long hours carving,
assembling, hand painting and creating in minute detail, these sculptural environments.
Tim Prythero's small worlds are simple. Yet upon inspection, they unfold into dramatic
and detailed tableaus of aspects of the human experience that are often overlooked
by commercial artists. He has been compared to artists such as Joseph Cornell and
Richard Shaw, however there are no implicit arguments in Prytheros sculptures. Rather,
a deep familiarity and the need to describe and document. His sculptures evoke
memories for some, curiosity for others and have the ability to make all of us chuckle.
Tim Prythero's work has been collected by The Crocker Art Museum, the Sandy
Besser Collection, the Albuquerque Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Chase
Manhattan Bank, the Roswell Museum, the Albuquerque Sunport and numerous private
Zoë Marieh Urness is a Tlingit Alaskan Native whose portraits of modern Natives in
traditional regalia and settings, aim to send a message –– “We are here. And we are
thriving through our traditions.” Her unique style fuses documentary and fine art, with
her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the ancestral strength of her
Zoë Marieh Urness studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.
After working in the photographic fields of fashion, sports and editorial, Zoë is currently
focusing her passion exclusively on sharing her beautiful, powerful images of Indigenous
Americans, and the lands they hold dear.