The Talented Young Musicians Of Santa Fe | Passport to the Arts

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Photo Credit – Leanne Devane

Passport to the Arts is a fun weekend for the entire family. The arts festival opens on Friday May 8th with an Instagram Scavenger Hunt and gallery receptions all along the road. Saturday morning starts with the Artist Quick Draw, in which artists are given just two hours to start and complete an original work. Those same pieces are auctioned later that day, but before that happens the talented youth of Santa Fe take the stage in a series of musical performances.

Head to the Big Tent after the Artist Quick Draw to enjoy the music of Santa Fe students.

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Photo Credit – Leanne Devane

Music is an integral part of the Santa Fe Public Schools experience, and furthering music education is one of the goals of Passport to the Arts. Proceeds from auctions and other fundraisers go to supporting the more than 3200 students participating in elective music programs, and the 100% participation rates in elementary school music. From small groups to large ensembles the students learn to demonstrate their skills in band, choir, orchestra, or with individual instruments such as guitar or piano.

The music will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 9th and will continue for about one and a half hours. Groups will perform in fifteen minute blocks, with five varied ensembles showcasing the diversity of the music programs. The performances include:

Time Performing Ensemble
1:00-1:15 pm Nina Otero 6th Grade Band
1:20-1:35 pm Aspen Intermediate Orchestra
1:40-1:55 pm Ortiz MS Choir
2:00-2:15 pm El Camino Real Orchestra
2:20-2:35 pm SFHS Choir


To see the performances of these talented Santa Fe students, head to the Big Tent after the Artist Quick Draw.

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Photo Credit – Earthbalance Photography

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Photo Credit – Earthbalance Photography

Painting With An Audience | Pat Matthews

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Standing Tall – Patrick Matthews

When I paint live I tend to create some of my best works.

Pat Matthews can often be found painting live. From local events near his Arkansas home, to yearly excursions west to paint in New Mexico and Colorado, painting around people is something that his collectors look forward to.

Matthews brings this love of painting for an audience whenever he visits us here on Canyon Road, and we’re pleased that in addition to participating in this year’s Passport to the Arts Quick Draw, he will spend several days in front of the gallery painting for visitors to Canyon Road.

So what can you expect from the energetic artist during this visit?

Passport To The Arts

It always brings a lot of energy, and I gather strength from people watching.

Pat at Passport 2014 224x300 Painting With An Audience | Pat MatthewsThis will be Matthews’ third time participating in the quick draw, and he plans to work on one of his popular black and white style paintings. Rather than rely on colors to create the vivid depth in his landscape he will use varying shades of gray. This will also help him limit his palette for the timed painting event.

See Pat Matthews paint during the Quick Draw on May 9th.

Plein Air On Canyon Road

It’s always nice to be in Santa Fe, I love that town.

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Colorado Family – Patrick Matthews

Matthews will also be delighting visitors to Canyon Road in the days proceeding Passport to the Arts. He plans to be painting in front of the Gallery from 11-5 starting on May 6th and ending on May 9th. He also plans to demonstrate his new use of a horizontal surface on a lazy susan, which allows him to turn the painting and paint details from different angles.

Matthews will also work on a wide range of different styles of painting while he is here. One of the things he is looking forward to is a series of paintings focused on the unique nature of Santa Fe architecture: doors, porticos and other entryways will feature heavily. Other styles that he plans to work on include some contemporary aspens, some realistic aspens which focus on depth and texture and a flag painting just in time for collectors to see his work in a new book based on artist portrayals of the American Flag.

Stop by Waxlander Gallery May 6th – 9th to see Pat Matthews painting live.

Painting The Flag

Painting the American flag has given me lots of opportunity to help people

Stars and Strips book cover 231x300 Painting With An Audience | Pat MatthewsIt was a moment of great sorrow that lead to Patrick Matthews painting the American flag. His initial inspiration came about on September 11th, 2011, but he has turned the inspiration from this moment of tragedy into a sign of hope. He has used his flag paintings over the past 14 years to help others; donating paintings and prints to help raise funds for firehouses, the Wounded Warrior Project and more.

Now Matthews’ flags are receiving additional attention in a new book being released this May. Stars & Stripes: The American Flag in Contemporary Art by Ashley Rooney focuses on the works of 64 artists and Patrick Matthews is proud to be included. The book will be released on May 28th and you can call the gallery at 505-984-2202 to reserve a copy.

 

April’s Beautiful Blooms

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Hope Springs Eternal – April Deming

April is a time for flowers. Fresh buds appear on trees or sprout from seeds that had been hibernating during the cold months. The rich colors awaken the senses and invigorate a world that had been draped in the tones of winter.

Perhaps then, it is serendipitous that blossoms fill the canvas of an artist whose name is April. Like their real world inspirations April Deming’s blooms are vibrant and full of life, and also serve to awaken the senses.

See April Deming’s Vivid Blooms At Waxlander Gallery.

The Story Of Flowers

The flowers I choose to paint are almost always symbolic and tell a story.

Deming’s personal new year begins each spring. The budding plants and the chirping birds tell a story to her and she translates these tales to her work. She also wants her paintings to have hidden meaning, and the symbolism of each flower is a natural way to incorporate this. This year many of her works have centered on healing, rebirth and happiness. The Iris has made an appearance with its message of hope, and the Lily of the Valley represents happiness returning in a painting which she just started.

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Red Hollyhock – April Deming

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Iris – April Deming

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Hydrangea – April Deming

Fields of Blowing Flowers

I want the viewer to feel like they are running through the flowers on a windy day.

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Purple Mountains Majesty – April Deming

Deming is also incorporating more movement into her recent pieces. Flowers drift on the air and give the viewer the sense of being in a field of flowers with a breeze blowing. Combined with the lush colors there is a sense of peace and serenity in these new works.

I consciously think about goodness, hope, happiness, and love when I paint.  I want the viewer to feel this and especially feel love.

Visit Waxlander Gallery or April Deming’s artist page to view her colorful blooms.

The paintings featured in this blog are fresh from the easel or still works in progress. Keep an eye on April Deming’s artist page to see when they arrive at Waxlander Gallery.