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Santa Fe, NM
Gallery 822, July 25-August 15

Jami Tobey, Heart Song, acrylic, 48 x 48.

Jami Tobey, Heart Song, acrylic, 48 x 48.

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“Art can make people feel contented and good in ways that few other things can,” says painter Jami Tobey. It’s a simple but powerful sentiment that comes through in every piece the artist creates—Tobey’s colorful interpretations of the landscape and other subjects evoke feelings of revelry and wonder in the viewer. “The faces of visitors to our gallery light up with joy when surrounded by Jami’s creations,” says Gallery 822 director Sara Shawger. This month the gallery presents 15 to 20 new works by Tobey in a solo show that opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 25 and runs through August 15.

Many of the pieces in the show are a continuation of the type of work Tobey 
has become well known for, such as whimsical florals and abstracted landscapes featuring big swirling clouds, vibrant colors, and bold imagery. But Tobey’s work is always evolving, and 
collectors can expect to see examples of some new avenues of exploration for the artist, including collage pieces that in-corporate text from poems, and even a few pieces of painted furniture. “The furniture is a great new shift, and seeing the collection bloom has been really exciting,” Tobey says. Her landscapes have also continued to evolve. “The landscapes are becoming more and more about the clouds and pointillism elements, and in the past year they’ve become very streamlined 
and almost stark in nature,” she says.

Shawger is excited to display this unique collection of works from Tobey. “Jami leaves no surface untouched, whether on the margins of her canvases or wrapping around and under her latest three-dimensional furniture paintings. Her acrylics incorporate line and design elements to create lively and fun landscapes and charming florals,” she says. Indeed, Tobey’s latest body of work is a visual representation of her enthusiasm for life, nature, and the intrinsic value of art. “My biggest hope is that people will view my work and make an emotional connection with it,” Tobey says, “that they will see a piece I’ve created and know that having it in their home will make them happy and give them a feeling of peace.” —Lindsay Mitchell

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