Visual Artists ReceptionFebruary 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.All artist images are copyright protected and may not be duplicated or shared without the express consent of the artist. Click on any image to enlarge view.
Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
The image of a window set within a frame, a view to another place, another reality is a unifying theme in Contractor’s work. The colors and the unique quality of light in the southwest make up a rich and diverse palette that she naturally makes use of, and the diverse forms of its land and sky-scapes find their way into the window “views”. She tries to achieve a blend of the representational and the abstract in the landscapes and to keep a geometrical contemporary feel in the “frames” combined with a bold approach to color. Color is a source of constant joy.Donna says: “Color is a source of constant joy for me, from bold and surprising, to subtle gradations. My earliest childhood memories involved vivid color combinations and these continue to inspire me today.”
Colleen Zacharias Gregoire grew up in the Midwest, and studied drawing and painting privately before attaining her BFA and MFA in painting from the University of Kansas where, inspired by regional artist Robert Sudlow, she began a life-long love for the local landscape. Her work also focuses on architectural themes that reflect the intimacies of daily life. Colleen has taught design, drawing, painting and art history courses at the college level, and has provided graphic design services for non-profits. She relocated to Placitas in the fall of 2020, and has enjoyed new-found inspiration for her oils and watercolor paintings.
P.K. Williams started her art career after retiring from teaching and relocating from El Paso, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She worked with Art in the School for six years and is a Master Gardener and member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and the Rio Grande Art Association. She has shown her work in several local exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery. She has also participated in group exhibitions in other cities including Denver and San Diego. She’s won various awards including first place for mixed media at the Texas & Neighbors Regional Exhibition.P. K. says: “I use mixed media to explore various subjects which inspire a personal connection; abstracting that connection to create a style quite the opposite of minimalism.”
Shomaker continues to study art since the 1950s, from instructors and institutions in the US and Europe. Her style has evolved from realistic to abstraction guided primarily by intuition and currently using encaustic media.Dianna says: “Welcome to my art world, one of exploration, curiosity and intuition. I love a good puzzle. That’s what the world of art offers. I’ve looked at technique and composition from inside and out. Always seeking the path leading to emotion and meaning of the art. What I hope to achieve are answers to my curiosity, greater awareness of materials and substrates, and a sense of satisfaction. “
Christiane Couvert was born into a family of artists; father a wood craftsman, brother a sculptor and painter, sister an art scholar. Her world travels contributed to her artistic nature. Teaching yoga, healing with physical therapy and practicing martial arts gave her centeredness and discipline. She believes creating artwork is a process that creates two stories: the making, combining feelings and inspirations; the feel, through touching and the piece’s use in everyday life.Christiane says: “My artwork becomes part of my story. It takes on the patina of my expression. I wish for my patrons’ happiness using my ceramic art pieces every day.”