Sunday, April 10, 2011

Creative Bliss in Santa Fe and the World

Was evident last Friday night starting at Photoeye Gallery with Jamie Stillings' show "The Bridge at Hoover Dam." We have been working on this body of work for nearly two years, opening originally at Photoeye as a small exhibit with Nick Brandt's amazing Africa work, then a large museum show in Las Vegas, then in Tucson at the Etherton Gallery, sharing the stage with Michael Berman and Martin Stupich. Later this year the Phoenix Fine Art Museum, then to the Boston's Klein Gallery for the first east coast exhibition and a book in the works. Wow, I am exhausted just thinking about what Jamie has accomplished and I am honored to be a part of it.

If that wasn't enough, I made my way through the crowds just off the plaza to see our very own Kate Ware, curator of photography at the New Mexico Fine Art Museum put on "Earth Now" an incredible exploration into the photographers relationship with the environment. This is one of the best group shows ever and a must see.

For the last five years I have made Santa Fe my home and it's been a wonderful and challenging experience. I have lived in four houses and the Creek is on its third location. Through it all I have seen a great deal of work come through the doors and to my delight so much of it is world class art. Beyond the expected, so many artists are pushing themselves to create, experiment and tap into a world consciousness. 

In this context, I just wanted to mention that the celebrated, Chinese Artist and Activist, Ai Weiwei is still being held on trumped up charges by the Chinese "Government." This man has never been afraid to speak out in voice and through his work. Remember, if we don't use our voices, we will lose them.