Sunday, July 18, 2010

Santa Fe Galleries

A few of the Santa Fe galleries are featuring textile exhibits in cooperation with Handweavers Guild of America's biennial conference, Convergence. This conference is held in different regions around the country and 2010 was the year for Southwest. As we visited the Santa Fe area, we found the gallery guide from Convergence to be very helpful in planning our gallery stops. Our first gallery was Santa Fe Weaving Gallery which is located in the plaza area. The exhbit is a trunk show of Diane Prekup and her work. Not weaving but a clever way to make your own fabric using water soluble fiber. We visited for quite some time as she explained her technique. Then we ventured down Canyon road to visit two other galleries that were within walking distance--only you can't find a parking space! Luckily, the driver was happy to circle the block a few times. Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art hosted several artists with their exhibit of "Materials Matter". Down the road a short distance is the William and Joseph Gallery which is featuring Enchanted Pathways sponsored by American Tapestry Alliance These are all small format tapestries.

A nice collection of small tapestry works. Victoria Price Art & Design features the work of Sarah Hewitt and Nancy Hidding Pollack with "Lost and Found". Then onto William Siegel gallery where we feasted our eyes on silk ikat resist work of Polly Barton . There were other wonderful textiles from Andes--one a checkboard cotton woven piece that dated 500 years. Our last stop for Sante Fe was Wheelwright Museum which is hosting a fabulous exhibit "Nizhoni Shima': Master Weavers of the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Region". These were wonderful natural color Navajo rugs of historic importance dating from 1920's till contemporary times. We were disappointed when we drove to Madrid to Johnsons of Madrid and the gallery wasn't open even though we were there much after opening times as stated. Too bad as the exhibit was 'Wearables and Wallables by 5 Wonderful Weavers" and other interesting pieces. Most likely we will not drive that way again.

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