Originally from the LA area, Gretel started working with hand weaving after moving to Santa Fe 40 years ago. She learned about natural plant dyes and techniques, which lead to learning to weave, combining influences from the surrounding western landscape and traditional weaving styles of Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia and Mexico. Gretel’s business has grown and evolved from jackets and accessories to a popular line of home interior pieces and wall art. Using primarily high quality American cotton chenille, every hand woven piece is unique, with an unmatched attention to detail of colors and patterns. “I love to watch something grow before my eyes as I weave,” says Gretel, “It satisfies a special part of my soul to see every detail come alive in my designs.” When Gretel is not at her loom or designing, she is spending time with her other passion, horseback riding, another way to connect with the traditions and beauty of the West.
BARBARA ANN DOWNS-VANCALSEM
Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, this animal-lover visited Northern New Mexico for years, especially when getting away from the hot, humid summers in NOLA. Upon retirement, Barbara Ann moved to a mountain village on the High Road to Taos. Thejedores de las Trampas, a weaving studio in Las Trampas, NM, introduced her to weaving 15 years ago. She started with rag rugs as that was the tradition in Las Trampas. Eight years ago she moved to Taos, NM, and added wool rugs and tapestries. She’s had a life long fondness of color, and weaving with New Mexican hand-spun and hand-dyed wool, especially Churro, has given her fulfillment.
Grew up in Berlin, spent some time in France, California, and Seattle, and now lives in Maui and Santa Fe. "I have been a painter and sculptor for over 25 years and became involved with glass in 2015. I have always been attracted to organic shapes, textures and forms. During my time as a painter and sculptor, I realized that in order to arrive at an organic end product, I have to go through an organic process. Glass is, in my experience, the ideal material for this approach. Between heat, gravity, and centrifugal force, glass takes on a life of its own and as the artist, I end up collaborating with the material, rather than trying to dictate an outcome."
Assemblage + Painting
Kevin Patrick uses techniques gleaned from 30 years of design and building experience to create abstract works that are filled with expression and exploration. After earning his BA in Art from Cal State University in the 1980s, he followed many other professional paths but always found ways to work in creative fields. In 2011, he relocated to New Mexico with his wife to work full time on art. Kevin enjoys the abstract style because it frees him to get to the source of the idea. Most of his work is in mixed media but is dominated by acrylic paints. "In 2020 I started creating assemblages that contain recycled art, found objects, and other items that stretch
back my entire life. I have been gathering objects since I
was very young and this gave me a way to use them to create pieces using old images to create new ones...I get lost in the search, the hunt to find and put the images all together and make it work.”
Jennifer Glenn took her first metalsmithing class over twenty years ago and fell in love with the traditional craft. After earning a BFA in Jewelry and Metals from Oklahoma State, she further honed her skills studying in North Carolina, Maine, and Colorado before settling in Santa Fe. Each piece of jewelry is designed and made by Jennifer in her Santa Fe studio. Skill, care, and attention to detail go into every piece, transforming raw materials into wearable art.
Jeanine is a master pastel and oil artist with numerous awards and publications in the Southwest. A Texas native and world traveler, she now calls Santa Fe home. "The intersection of abstraction and realism is where I find myself working in painting landscapes. To discover the abstract in reality and see realism in abstract color and composition is a balance; I don't want to abandon either one but try to pursue an equality between the two. Ultimately, for me, it's a life-long quest for the beauty of a moment in nature, exploring and using a wide-range of painting mediums."
Laz, a native of Havana, Cuba, is a self-taught assemblage and mixed-media artist who lives in Santa Fe. His work evokes a spiritual and mystical story: dreams, visions, ephemeras of Saints, found objects, a Catholic background and a spiritual soul are all elements. "My work is not about any specific religion. My work is about a connection between you and my art." Lazaro's visions come from dreams, nature walks, and a few artists that have been an inspiration to his art life. "I feel blessed. I'm following my Journey..."
Glass and Recycled Sculpture
Mitch is founder and director of Fuego ABQ Studio School. He does everything from studio construction, art instruction, apprentice training, and fire-building. After working as a studio artist for 15 years, Mitch founded Fuego as a way to build community through art-making.
Carole Belliveau was raised just outside NYC and attended Parsons School of Design. She later taught herself sculpture in order to craft one of a kind and limited edition dolls, going on to win many International Doll of the Year Awards and designing for some of the largest toy companies. Carole moved West in 1997 and was excited by the unlimited vistas, incandescent color and a landscape full of drama and light. She was inspired to paint again, and has since won many awards, most notably the Grand Prize Winner of the Cadmium Award at TRAC 2019, and several FASO BoldBrush Awards. She is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Plein Air Painters of NM, Oil Painters of America, and American Impressionist Society.
Kathy is an experienced knitter who was taught how to knit by her mother when she was ten years old. She put her knitting aside to focus on a career in the corporate world, but picked up the needles again in 2001 when she decided to leave the stress and intensity of the corporate world behind her. ‘I rediscovered the meditative and relaxing aspects of knitting and really enjoy feeding my creative side, which I generally ignored for most of my working life.” In addition to wearables, Kathy creates intricately patterned knitted sculptures using locally harvested and undyed wools.
For over 45 years, my art career has focused on creating carved and painted traditional New Mexican religious folk art, with intermittent forays into contemporary art in that genre. About ten years ago, one of my brothers was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer. Helping him through his condition made it almost impossible to return to my studio each day to carve and paint, but I still needed an outlet. Never having painted on canvas, I picked up a brush and began work on what would eventually turn out to be a series of contemporary angel paintings. These paintings provided not only a respite from the daily tasks related to my brother’s care, but also a freedom of expression...a place where I could lose myself. Surges of creativity appeared more often here than in my traditional work. I filled each canvas with imagery that flowed from a source not previously present in my work, images gleaned from symbolism of various indigenous cultures and included Native American, East Coast, Hispanic, petroglyphs and extraterrestrial forms. It has been a pure delight to create these paintings, each one with its own uniqueness.
This small batch, limited production jewelry collection is crafted in reclaimed orchard wood from the northern New Mexico village of Cuartelez. My friend and I harvest declining walnut and fruit trees on his ancestral property there. After finishing a B.S. in Industrial Design, I realized that my true passion lay in handwork. My preference for the plane over the pixel led me to complete a formal training program in Fine Woodworking and Professional Craft. I embrace certain elements of the 19th century Arts & Crafts stylistic tradition—simple lines, handsome proportions, restrained decoration, and native materials—while remaining unburdened by the utopian, anti-industrial philosophy of the movement. I incorporate the commercial furniture production techniques of steam bending and bent lamination.
GENEVIEVE "JON" HARTSOCK
A North Carolina native, Genevieve moved to New Mexico to attend UNM, and is currently focusing on her Masters of Art History and Fine Art. Although already a master of technically challenging large-scale woodblock printing featuring complex symbolic imagery, she would like to eventually teach.
Designs of Erika
Erika is a Swedish-born Santa Fe artist who marries form and function in all that she creates.
She transforms hardy materials originally made to withstand the elements into sleek, contemporary pieces that are as practical as they are stylish. Something viewed as purely functional by many, morphs into sculpture with Erika’s vision and nod to Scandinavian design. Her creations have been featured in galleries and exhibits in both the United States and Sweden. These designs in woven and clear vinyl are practical as they are attractive. They are stain, mildew, fade, and mold resistant. Some are waterproof. Careful attention to detail results in light weight articles that hold their shape. Erika's goal as an artist is to “create pieces that both enhance and beautify the world around us.”
“I want to make the ordinary extraordinary and depict beauty in the unnoticed and represent the ambience of a place and time that has a special, memorable, or familiar iconic presence. Many of the places I paint are rural scenes that include abandoned buildings that have a long history. I try to capture the beauty and a sense of time and place, focusing on light and shadow and the abstract qualities in the puzzling shapes that warp over a surface. I use the colors and tones, along with bright contrasting whites and shadows created by the hot sun. I was raised in Indiana but lived in Massachusetts, New York City, Europe, then Montana and Santa Fe. With 40 plus years as a dedicated painter I am still looking for complex and hidden compositions in the seemingly simplest of places.” Sheila Miles has exhibited in over 300 gallery and museum exhibitions, in 150 public collections, and is an art consultant, mentor, and teacher.
A native of Los Angeles who has lived in New Mexico on and off for decades, Wyatt Welker now makes his home in Santa Fe. Although originally a cartoonist, he now primarily paints portraits in acrylic, a medium often overlooked simply because it is bad. He soldiers on, however, driven by his current obsession with the human face. His favorite movie is the one where Anthony Edwards dies in the La Brea Tar Pits in the end.
Santa Fe artist working primarily in oils. For the past ten years Raquel's paintings have focused New Mexico churches, Southwest architectural features, and high-desert plant life. These have lead to her current series and original interest and passion: indoor still-lifes–be they traditional florals and fruit, or more quirky subjects. She grew up primarily in Oregon, Texas and Italy and spent several years in North Africa and France as a teen. Travel has always been a passion, but living in Northern New Mexico has awakened in her the fascination with light and shadows, color and form. She hopes this passion shows in the many subjects she paints.
Captures the wonder of nature’s ephemera by casting carefully selected specimens into solid sterling silver, ancient bronze, and gold. Shells, branches, minerals, coral, pods, and leaves are all transformed into wearable jewelry emphasizing the inherent sculptural and textural qualities of the original. Precious and semi-precious stones chosen for their unique qualities embellish and are celebrated in much of the work. Every piece tells a story of the profound human connection with nature. Creator Michelle McGregor brings a unique perspective and sensibility to the collection along with a passion for design, casting, and fabrication. She lives with her family in the high desert landscape of Santa Fe.
Will Geusz, of Willin and Chillin Arts, is a ceramicist, woodworker and sculptor from Albuquerque. His creative career began as a mosaic arts apprentice in 2009. In 2017 he began working for Metal the Brand as an installation artist. Will has created large-scale works for public spaces and events, and started a vigorous practice in a personally constructed studio space. Since 2019, his focus has been on slip-cast ceramic sculpture. Will sculpts each design and mold, finishing each piece with a unique combination of glazes. His artworks range in scale and function, and are often inspired by nature or sci-fi.
Ginny Wallace-Curry is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and comes from a family of artists. She moved to Santa Fe in 2011 after retiring from a career as a lawyer and labor arbitrator. In retirement, she is able to devote more time to her lifelong passion: making art. Over the years, Ginny has taken numerous and diverse classes and workshops across the country and in Italy. She works in many media: ceramics, collage, printmaking, encaustic, painting, drawing, and book arts.
Across all media, her work searches for the magic and mystery in the past and present worlds. She has carved ancient symbols, real and imagined, into clay. Her collages and encaustic paintings combine the ephemera of life, from magazines, books, nature, and found objects, to tell a story or create interesting juxtaposition of images and patterns. In all media, texture heavily inspires Ginny’s work.
Inspired by the frescoes and fairy tales of old Europe, Lisa began creating her painted canvas dreamscapes in 2010. Both romantic and ethereal in feeling, they evolved naturally from her prior 10 years of experience painting murals and decorative finishes for homes. Working mostly large-scale, her paintings become a "glimpse of serenity" that invites the viewer to wander into a timeless world. In her airy Northern New Mexico mountain studio, she lets the images grow naturally, using tinted gesso, acrylic, pastel, glazes, stencils she makes from pressed leaves and flowers, her nature sketches, or historical designs, to build layers of organic pattern and texture. Flowers, birds, and animals emerge, colors shift between faded and fresh, as she explores her landscape that is partly real, partly imaginary.
I began my artistic career as an illustrator and graphic designer for print media; I now concentrate on painting with acrylics, oils with cold wax, and encaustics as I venture into the abstract. My method of creation requires that I face and embrace change and the unexpected, painting layer upon layer, often destroying or obscuring one layer to create the next. While I am often terrified by what I am doing, I have also learned to recognize that this method of creating new works of art mirrors life and has the potential to produce a final image that is richer and more nuanced than any painting that I might have planned with precision. I am delighted, too, to find that my abstract paintings invite wide and lively interpretations by viewers and collectors.
I am a full-time multi-media artist who incorporates detailed imagery into art. My work reflects who I am. I care about attention to detail and the nostalgic. I adore texture and pattern, weathered metal/ brick, antique buttons and wax seals. I am especially drawn to the subjects of architecture, vintage automobiles and fish. Most importantly, I am interested in integrating these elements, subjects and surface into my work using various media and techniques.
My media includes watercolor paintings, stoneware/porcelain clay and artisan jewelry. I have received awards from the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the New Mexico Watercolor Society and various weaving and clay associations. I often draw inspiration from time spent at home in New Mexico and the southern San Juan mountains of Colorado.
& LISA ADLER
We love what we do. We love the animals and the natural environments that inspire our artworks. We love connecting with the communities where our sculptures are located. And we love bringing something of beauty into the world that resonates with the viewer. As a company, our mission is to activate public space while bringing nature into human consciousness.
Alice Bailey’s sojourn through design began at age 15 and has encompassed fashion, costuming, interior design, hand-painted silk scarves, jewelry and mosaics for over 30 years. Though she has been creating mosaics for over 10 years, her newest passion is one-of-a-kind mosaic sculpture. Reflective to her jewelry designs, Alice implements gems, minerals, fossils and natural stones to embody elegance and motion; clearly revealing her passion for color and texture. The beauty of her sculptures offers the individual dance of interpretation for each viewer. The impact of Alice’s mosaic sculptures is enchanting and leaves one wanting to see more!