The Art of the Horse
Gail Gash Taylor and Lisa & Loren Skyhorse
Friday, July 21, 5:00 – 7:30
225 Canyon Road
Gail Gash Taylor
Manitou artist, Gail Gash Taylor has received numerous awards and honors during her career. She earned a B.F.A., Magna Cum Laude with Fine Arts 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 one year of study while on a full scholarship and working as a member of the faculty.
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.
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, (onthe 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 are speaking engagements at American Universities including 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 lithographs.
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 has completed numerous commissions for both public and private collectors since 1983. She continues to paint daily in her adobe studio in New Mexico.
Lisa & Loren Skyhorse
Lisa and Loren Skyhorse have been a wife/husband team since 1977. Their full time passion for saddle making has taken them around the world and has overflowed into many forms of leather work.
Lisa began leather work while attending UCLA as an Art Major. This, along with her life time love of horses, blossomed into an apprenticeship with Master Saddle Maker Lawrence DeWitt in 1973. The first saddle she ever built began her love affair with saddle making. She was twenty-four years old.
Loren began as a Biologist, doing much of his work on horseback. Loren and Lisaʼs mutual love of riding brought them together. In 1977 they homesteaded 45 acres on the Northern California coast. For 20 years they produced all their own power, built their own home, boarded and bred Arabian endurance horses, and pursued their saddle making careers.
In addition to their main focus of building saddles, they have also studied in England and learned the art of English Saddle Making, and studied Western Boot Making with Randy Merrill.
As of September 2013, they have built over 950 saddles together, each a custom, one-of-a-kind piece. Their forte is a classically built, contemporary saddle that rides as beautifully as it looks. Since 1996, they have lived, worked and played in Durango, Co. Their (wonderful!) daughter and son also live in Durango, along with their two (super - wonderful!) grandchildren. They are still avid riders and have ridden in Mongolia, Siberia, Africa, and all around the USA.