Show Preview | Gallery 822: Anniversary Show

Santa Fe, NM
May 11

Joshua Tobey, Barefoot, bronze, 32 x 23 x 22.

Gallery 822 adopts a Rio de Janeiro-style carnival theme as it opens its 9th Anniversary Show on May 11. The gallery presents new works by all 14 gallery artists, including new gallery artist Linda St. Clair. “We are always excited about the variety of work that we have,” says gallery director Sara Shawger. “With the addition of Linda St. Clair we have bright, colorful, and very expressive animal pieces.”

The show opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 11, at which, Shawger says, all gallery artists are anticipated to be in attendance. As part of the Canyon Road Merchants Association’s Passport to the Arts event, three gallery artists—Jami Tobey, Linda St. Clair, and Sandy Keller—are participating in a Quick Draw from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. The works created are auctioned immediately afterward, and a portion of the funds from this and other Passport events are being donated to local schools to support music programs.

Works in the 9th Anniversary Show include a variety of disciplines and mediums, from oil and acrylic paintings to bronze and stainless-steel sculpture. Gallery artist Trevor V. Swanson presents western wildlife paintings featuring landscapes intensified with the charged color of transitional hours. “I always paint sunset or sunrise,” he says. “Those are the witching hours; there’s something magical about those times of day.”

K. Henderson, known for her Plains Indian portraiture, has been working with a more limited palette over the past six months. “These pieces are bolder,” Henderson says of her current works, “more focused on the face. They are more like the old sepia-toned or black-and-white photographs, but I add color around the eyes, and some in the clothing, too.” This limited color, Henderson says, creates drama but doesn’t distract from the rest of the painting.

Sculptor Joshua Tobey unveils new bronze sculptures featuring completely new patinas. “I’m very excited about these patinas,” Tobey says. “As an artist, I’d like to describe it, but I can’t. You just have to see it.” While Tobey’s past works have tended toward woodland and mountain wildlife, his new works feature sea and shore animals. “I enjoy different species that allow me to create different compositions,” Tobey says. “Last year I moved and changed foundries. It’s been very inspiring to me.” Along with trademark pieces, such as two 4-foot-tall dancing bears (still in clay), Tobey presents a sea lion sculpture and two rabbit bronzes featuring the new patinas. “Right now I’m locking myself in the studio for a couple of months,” he says. “A lot of the work coming out this year is going to be new subject matter for me.”

In addition, other gallery artists presenting new works for the show include Jane Chavez, Carol Gold, Peter Krusko, Brent Lawrence, James Moore, Robert Rogers, Carol Swinney, and Robert Taylor. —Laura Rintala

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Featured in May 2012.