Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How we survived three events this month!

Mountains of food, gallons of lemonade, two mailings, two receptions, one gallery talk, getting up at 3 AM to take our Japanese visitors to the airport - All TOTALLY WORTH IT!

September 5 – Reception for McCulloch and Trovillion
Seriously, why have one reception when you can have two, and a Gallery Talk to boot? There are simply too many fabulous artists to feature and too many great works of art to exhibit. Matrix started out with its First Friday reception featuring Local Treasure Frank McCulloch and new work by Emily Trovillion – two long-time Albuquerque artists who have shaped the Albuquerque art scene, such as it is, long before I opened Matrix Fine Art. If you love surreal art, don’t miss Emily’s pieces – this mini show is a treat (of course, I am totally biased since I fell in love with her work when I was still in graduate school, and, after all, she is one of “my” artists….).

Trovillion's Alcove

Frank McCulloch at the Reception

September 19 – Reception for Hayashi
Then, the day before our Friday 19th reception, we picked up Ando Shinji and Takahiko Hayashi from the airport. Our first order of business was to feed them large doses of green chile at El Patio. Thus fully acclimated, they were ready for their receptions the next day – Ando Shinji at New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery, and Hayashi at MATRIX Fine Art. It took us most of the morning to get Ando Shinji prepared for his etching demonstration which turned out to an incredible treat - see our video and stills on the New Grounds blog. Both of these artists have a huge following – this was Hayashi’s second event in Albuquerque – he had an exhibition at New Grounds two years ago.

Hayaashi, Shinji, and Regina, Fritschze and Hayashi at Reception

Gallery Talk by Takahiko Hayashi
On Saturday, Hayashi gave us some valuable insights into his work during his hour-long gallery talk. Hayashi pointed out that the main symbol in his work is the spiral, an element that he uses to illustrate wind, flow, energy, and the landscape in general. On a technical note, he originally created large scale work by collaging several small etchings together simply because he did not have access to a large press. However, he continued to work this way even after he bought his large etching press because he had come to appreciate the flexibility of inking up several plates in very different colors and printing them on various Gampi papers before combining them into a large piece. In addition to his etchings, Matrix featured the artist’s highly textured and detailed mixed media paintings. He creates those by combining many different materials from handmade paper to strips of canvas, pigments and pen and ink. The show was completed by a recent series of under glass paintings which he developed by trial and error. These pieces have an almost primordial feel with spiral pattern in luminous colors emerging out of dark fields – alluding at string and chaos theory. This technique intrigued him because he was forced to work from the front to the back with the first layers of paint showing right against the glass.

Hayashi at the Gallery Talk, Under Glass painting discussion

Thank you, everybody!
As always, tons of people made this happen – Tanya Landin, my infinitely capable intern/gallery assistant/workshop manager (Tanya, we need to take a picture of you), Paul Helphenstine who keeps things going and me laughing, Bruce and Patti Carpenter who took Ando and Hayashi to dinner on Friday, Yoshiko Shimano, UNM professor in printmaking who graciously volunteered her time as translator, my husband Cornelius who, among many other things, takes care of the refreshments, and a sea of artists from Matrix and New Grounds who volunteered in different capacities during our functions. And, of course, thanks to all of you who attended despite of the State Fair opening, despite of Globalquerque, despite of the Old Town Artscrawl and despite of the stock market crashing!!!

See you in two weeks for our October show!
Regina Held

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Frank McCulloch recognized as one of Albuquerque’s “Local Treasures!”

Luna De Miel
Oil on Canvas

Matrix Fine Art is proud to announce that one of its gallery artists, Frank McCulloch, has been chosen as one of Albuquerque’s “Local Treasures.” This month-long event was inaugurated in 2008 by the Albuquerque Arts Business Association who also organizes the monthly Artscrawl events.

“Local Treasures” is a month-long celebration of the arts in Albuquerque. On September 21 Mayor Martin J. Chavez will recognize 12 artists as Local Treasures in a ceremony at 2pm at the Albuquerque Museum. For more information go to http://www.artscrawlabq.org/, or http://www.blogger.com/www.artscrawlabq.org.

Frank McCulloch - contemporary landscape painter

Frank McCulloch is one of those beloved Albuquerque artists who everybody seems to know. He has contributed to the Albuquerque community on many different levels. He taught art at one of the local high schools until his retirement about 10 years ago and is a prolific painter who continues to exhibit extensively. If he is not in his studio painting, you can find him somewhere in town performing with his band, Frank McCulloch y Su Amigos, keeping old New Mexican folk songs alive. Frank was born in Gallup, NM and received his BA from UNM. He went on to receive a Master of Arts from NM Highlands University and a Master of Fine Arts from Instituto Allenda in Mexico. Awards include Governor’s Award in the Arts, National Endowment of the Arts, and National Endowment of the Humanities.

See more of his work at the gallery, or visit our website for a preview. Keep in mind that the work looks a lot better “in person.” http://matrixfineart.com/matrixfineart/frank_mcculloch/frank_mcculloch.html

Friday, September 12, 2008

Matrix Artist Marilyn Dillard is judging art quilts at Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild’s Quilt Fiesta!

Marilyn Dillard will be judging the extraordinary art quilts at the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild’s Quilt Fiesta. Dillard was invited to judge because of her numerous years of experience in fiber arts including art quilts. Tradition Transformed: The New Art of Quilting is the theme for this year’s event that will be at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds Extension Building, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The quilt show will run from Friday, October 17, through Sunday, October 19. Hours are 10:00 – 5:00 Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 – 4:00 on Sunday. Admission is $3 per day or $5 for a weekend pass.
For additional information contact Diane DiMaria at (505) 992 – 3468 or visit the guild’s website at http://www.nnmqg.org/

Storm Mountain
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Cancas
48 x 36"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Albuquerque flying high!!

Albuquerque is read about all over the world! Delta Sky Magazine published a fabulous “portrait” of the Duke City, 42-pages about Albuquerque's history, attractions, businesses, cuisine and culture.

And Regina was quoted on page 87. Really! Check it out online.

Portrait Albuquerque Featured in Delta Sky Magazine

John Garrett showing at the Arts Alliance

For those of you who cannot get enough of John Garrett’s fabulous mixed media sculpture, check out his current show at the Art Alliance. If you are not familiar with John’s work, this is a great introduction to this multi-talented artist.
Show runs through September 29.

An exhibition by three artists: Donna Loraine Contractor, John Garrett and Susan Skinner.
The Arts Alliance Gallery
Courtyard Shopping Center
1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE Suite 10
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Open Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, 10 am to 4 pm
The three artists, a weaver, sculptor and jeweler, randomly exchanged materials of equal value they purchased at local thrift and salvage stores. Their challenge was to use all of the items, supplementing them only with connective materials (glue, nails, thread, rivets, etc.) from their studios. Most artists are notoriously particular about the materials with which they work. While two of the artists regularly use recycled materials in their work and the third is the consummate thrift store shopper, the challenge they created for themselves pushed them all into new territories of exploration. Confronted with the mundane (old bed sheets and children’s toys) to the offbeat and particular (Yugoslavian paper dolls and an American Red Cross First Aid Manual) they were all forced to find new ways of working with the materials. The results are humorous, surreal, provocative and unexpected.

Mixed Media