Barry has a show at Ventana Fine Art this coming Friday, 14th October, 5 – 7 pm. Please go if you can! When he came over to visit me in the summer, he nipped over to France to stay with our friend Michael in Avignon and they went out painting together. He also went to visit one of his favourite painters….
Arlene and I went to the SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) exhibition this afternoon in Santa Fe. I was so impressed by the high quality of work. There were many pieces that I would have gladly taken home with me had we not been saving up to replace the roof on our house! I particularly loved Jan Hopkins’ pieces using lunaria pods, hydrangea pedals, yellow cedar bark, waxed linen and paper. Exquisitely crafted and so original. Also very much enjoyed seeing Geoffrey Gorman’s wonderfully innovative and humourous sculptures of animals using found objects, wire and cloth.
Whoops, I think these are a little out of focus! Will try later to get better images. I love etching, but find it challenging. I work away on one or two etchings for weeks on end. Barry usually has a few going as well, but Arlene, my cousin in law produces two in one day! Hers are usually dry point though, whereas Barry and I do the whole aquatint, acid bath (ferric chloride) thing. Quite often I will end up going too far and have to burnish back to light! We are trying to use less toxic methods, but the results are less guaranteed… or at least for me! Still, it’s a wonderful afternoon and evening and great to socialise with a bunch of artists. It’s a little like going back in time when we go to our class. We use a beautiful old press and it’s in an old adobe building and Eli Levin (aka Jo Basiste) has been creating in Santa Fe for years and years. It’s a real connection with the old Santa Fe that I never knew, back when Canyon Road was a dirt road. (Barry remembers those days too!)
On Thursdays, Barry, (my husband, Barry McCuan) Arlene (Barry’s cousin) and I go to etching class in Santa Fe. We love it! It’s our day/night out. We socialise and work. It does take me quite a while to get a plate finished but you can see from this photo of Barry working on his plate, the beginnings of one of my bird etchings lying on the table.