Border artists rock it at Tejidos and Ornamental shows

I’m so honored to be showing with some amazing artists in two shows that had opening receptions this weekend. ORNAMENTAL is a show and sale benefiting Jardin de los Ninos, a non-profit that provides for children. It runs through December 14 at Unsettled Gallery (905 Mesquite, Las Cruces, NM). At the opening, I sold three pieces to an art collector I’ve long admired and have 14 more paintings in the show. Drop by if you’re in the area. There are 29 artists showing some terrific work.

Cloud ceramic
Cloud pillow, ceramic, yarn & beads, © Sharbani Das Gupta

I couldn’t resist purchasing  this piece by artist, Sharbani Das Gupta. She’s had artist residencies in Greece and most recently in China and I was told her cloud pieces came out of that residency experience. I love skies, especially in New Mexico, and I really wish I could cover a whole wall in my home with these gems. It makes me so happy when I look at them. What better purpose can art serve?! So if you’re wondering what gift to give me for the holidays, now you know!

Works by Cassandra Lockwood
Works by Cassandra Lockwood

The second opening was for TEJIDOS FRONTERIZOS (Border Tapestry), the Border Artists’ group show at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in conjunction with artists of the Juntos Art Association of El Paso.

Wall Flower, oil on panel, 24x18 in. © Jean Reece Wilkey
Wall Flower, oil on panel, 24×18 in. © Jean Reece Wilkey

My piece, Wall Flower, is happily hanging amongst work by some great artists.

Ceramic sculpture by Suzanne Kane
Ocular, Ceramic and steel, 27x27x16 in. © Suzanne Kane

I’ve always loved Susan Kane‘s work. She has a fabulous piece in the show and will be showing another in January at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center in El Paso. Here’s what she says about her piece for the Border Tapestry show.

Years ago I found myself living in the high Chihuahuan Desert and it took a decade for me to understand the unconventional splendor it had to offer me.  This sculpture is part spinning tumble weed, part viewing port, focused on the odd plant life of the desert that often seems a miracle of life.

Miguel Valenzuela’s painting, El Chuco

This is Miguel Valenzuela from El Paso with his painting, El Chuco. His work is a pastiche of images related to issues of life along the Texas-Mexico border. He and I were students together in grad school and it was great to see him again.

If you’re in town at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 14th, come hear the artists speak about the works in Tejidos Fronterizos at the museum.

I feel so lucky to know these wonderful artists. I hope you all have a terrific art-filled holiday season and if you’re in the area, please do stop in and see the shows.

ORNAMENTAL runs through next Saturday, December 14th and you can purchase the work through Unsettled Gallery.

TEJIDOS FRONTERIZOS  is up till 18 January and works can be purchased through the Las Cruces Museum of Art.