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Santa Fe, NM

Sorrel Sky Gallery, April 28-May 18

Tobi Clement, Sweet Blessed Rain, pastel, 11 x 14.

Tobi Clement, Sweet Blessed Rain, pastel, 11 x 14.

This story was featured in the April 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art May 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

This month more than 50 artists gather in New Mexico for the annual Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta, a paint-out competition and exhibition featuring subject matter from across the state. The event is sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and is hosted by Sorrel Sky Gallery. Beginning on Saturday, April 28, artists are given a far-reaching geographical range to find inspiration while also attending group paint-outs where attendees can watch their creative processes. An opening reception and awards presentation is held on Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery’s downtown location.

Sarah Giuliano, publicist for the gallery, says the geographical range was expanded this year to include the areas of Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Cuba, and Taos, with Santa Fe at the center. “Anybody who’s lived here or spent time driving through the area knows how much the landscape can change from one town to the next,” she says. “This larger radius allows each painter to select a location that truly speaks to them or to explore new places they’ve never discovered before.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery has worked closely with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico over the years, and Giuliano says the partnership has thrived because of the artists they share. Landscape painter Stephen Day has been represented by the gallery since 2003 and is the judge of awards for the event this year. Stephanie Hartshorn, also represented by the gallery, teaches a three-day workshop on architecture in the landscape. “Stephanie originally practiced architecture for several years, and you can see that perspective in her work,” Giuliano says. “She’s married her technical abilities with her creativity, so her pieces are very driven by structural themes.”

Participating artists work in oils, acrylics, and pastels and have access to a variety of subject matter, including desert landscapes and bustling city life. Paint-outs are held in more remote areas, such as Diablo Canyon, as well as in the heart of the city at the Santa Fe Rail-yard Park & Marketplace. More than 100 works created during the event are on display at the gallery through May 18.—Mackenzie McCreary

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505.501.6555
www.sorrelsky.com

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