Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Image New Mexico 2015 Opening Reception at Matrix Fine Art

Enjoying the Image New Mexico 2015 exhibition
On July 3, Matrix Fine Art was proud to host a First Friday opening reception for the Image New Mexico, 2015 exhibition, an annual photography event. 

This popular annual event always draws a great crowd!

IMAGE New Mexico2015 is a juried photography exhibition organized by Tim Anderson and Patrick Berrett.

More than 50 photographers from all over the U.S sent in over 200 images for our jurors. A point system was used which resulted in a fair, yet still very competitive selection process.  Since its inception in 2010, this juried show consistently has attracted prominent photographers and featured outstanding images covering a wide variety of subject matters. This year’s show is no exception with images ranging from organic subject matters to majestic landscapes, figurative pieces which seem to focus on cowboys this year, the contrast between the natural landscape and human-made structures, and our fascination with old cars. Two years ago the show was opened to photographers from outside New Mexico although the images had to be taken in New Mexico. This changed the flavor of the show, but it also enriched it. Now we are seeing more images about New Mexico where before we saw more work by New Mexico photographers that made every effort to produce work that looked less regional.

The Matrix Fine Art has enjoyed hosting the Image New Mexico exhibitions for several years now--and sadly 2015 marks the final installment. Pat Barrett and Tim Anderson are retiring the exhibition. We want to thank both Pat and Tim for all the hard work they have done for photographers in the past several years. 

They are still hard at work lining up the 1x15 (1 Model, 15 Photographers) in December, opening here at Matrix Fine Art. 

We had a great crowd and an excellent turnout and we thank you for supporting this legendary local event!

The photo lineup included rich monochrome pieces...

...and luscious, full-color entries!

Artists grappled with what it means to capture the image of New Mexico

Viewers contemplate works closely

The photographers:Donna Ahrend, Lance Bollinger, Susan Brandt Graham, Steven Bundy, Mike Dooley, Robert Esposito, Robert Fugate, Hal Gage, Luke Graham, Tyler Green, David Hanson, Kenneth Ingham, Helen Johnson, Michael Keel, Marie Maher, Nathan McCreery, Carol Morgan-Eagle, Kim Reiten, Dan Shaffer, Mike Smith, Kimber Wallwork-Heinem and Cliff Wood. 

The jurors:
Tim Anderson: Publisher, Red Dog News, Shadow & Light Magazine. Photographer. 
Regina Held: Founder and director, Matrix Fine Art & New Grounds Gallery
Ann Pallesen: Gallery Director of the Photographic Center NW, a position she has held since 1996. She has created over 250 exhibitions with emerging and renowned artists. Ann has served as a juror for several exhibitions and competitions outside of Photo Center NW. She offers independent consultation to photographers who are editing their work and preparing for exhibitions. 

Viewers also voted in real time for their favorite pieces during the opening. Winners received excellent prizes (and fame!)--though we agree all the works are fabulous. 

The winners:
Best in Show
Lucas Graham
Windy Dress

People's Choice Award
Bennett Peak
Tyler Green

Regina Held congratulating award-winner Tyler Green

First Place
Tyler Green

Second Place
Siesta del Perro
Kim Reiten

Third Place
Clouds Over Cabezon
Lance Bollinger

More shots of the exhibition opening:

Missed the exhibition opening? Don't worry, the show runs until July 25. 
View a pan video of the exhibition!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Motion/Emotion - New Photography Exhibition

We started May with fresh new work here at The Matrix Fine Art.

Works by Carol Mell

On May 1st we hosted our opening reception for Motion/Emotion - New Photography by Pat Berrett, Time Anderson and Carol Mell. 

Works by Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson enchants us with images of French architecture in the vein of film noir. Pat Berrett captures a point of stillness when a dancer’s movement is fully extended, surprising us placing dancers in the New Mexico landscape.  Carol Mell’s painterly photographs manipulate time and light to produce ethereal landscapes.

Works by Pat Berrett

Don't worry if you missed the reception. The exhibition runs through May 30, 2015. 

More shots from the opening:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spirit Dance at Matrix this Saturday!

Drawing from the ancient traditions of ecstatic dance as a vehicle of self awakening, SpiritDance offers a safe vessel within which, through world music, free form dance, and a community of sisters and brothers to share in the celebration of life. Take an intentional voyage through music and movement to quiet the mind, awaken the body, and increase your love of life.  $10 a class. Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:30 - 8:30pm

Matrix artist, Jill Christian, selected for New Mexico Museum of Art’s “Art on the Edge 2015” biennial

Jill Christian is one of seven artists selected for the New Mexico Museum of Art’s “Art on the Edge” exhibition.  Artists from New Mexico and its adjoining states were chosen by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

In addition to Jill Christian, the exhibition features Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Ian Fisher, Sarah McKenzie, Chris Oatey, and Kate Rivers.

"Art on the Edge 2015"
New Mexico Museum of Art

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

April 17 – August 16, 2015

Public reception: April 17, 2015, 5:30-7:30

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dog and Pony Show

By: Jessica Cassyle Carr

Laura Wacha poses with her globular mixed media sculptures.
Laura Wacha staged her Dog and Pony Show on the inaugural Friday of this month. The new solo exhibit of acrylic paintings is an assortment of wild, colorful narratives that undulate between dreamscapes and nightmares. In her artist statement Wacha explains, "On each canvas I paint images both familiar and fantastic, giving equal importance to topics domestically mundane and globally tragic or vice versa."

Friday's opening was an absolute scream. Matrix Fine Art would like to thank everyone who joined the celebration. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Wacha's show, stop by Matrix before the end of February—you won't regret it!

Dog and Pony Show opening attendees examine Wacha's intricate work.

Opening guests enjoy themselves

The artists discusses her show

Wacha poses with friends

Saturday, December 6, 2014

TV interviews of Matrix Artists

We are pleased to announce that Laura Wacha, Jill Christian, and Susan Evans of Matrix Fine Art have television interviews.

Laura Wacha has an upcoming solo show at Matrix in February. Laura has been with the gallery since it first opened eight years ago!

Susan Evans is a still life painter and frequents many art fairs and growers markets around Albuquerque. Evans was interviewed about her work and the pieces she sells at the Downtown Growers Market.

Jill Christian is our newest artist at Matrix. Having spent time on the water growing up in Massachusetts, she finds parallels between the ocean and the great expanses of distance and sky in New Mexico. You can read about her recent interview at the link below.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Aligned with Nature, Paintings by David Welch and Cynthia WisterThe

The November show in Matrix fine art was made up of brilliantly colorful paintings by artist couple David Welch and Cynthia Wister. The reason why their paintings look so well in the same room together? Cynthia says it is because the two paint next to one another!

Cynthia stands next to one of her favorite paintings in the show.

Students of David came by to see their teacher's work.