Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Visual Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
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Reid Bandeen is a contemporary impressionist landscape painter who began his creative explorations at an early age, where his middle school instructors bought his first paintings. He pursued studies in fine art at the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Art League and via workshops and mentorships with various contemporary master painters. Painting professionally since 2011, he exhibits in private galleries; local, regional and national shows and competitions.Reid says: “To me reality is a feeling, and the true test of my painting is to ignite the feeling of awe and mystery I have expe-rienced from a scene in the viewer. Conveying this sense of feeling in a painting is my ultimate goal.”
Carolyn Berry has been passionate about teaching and making art for over 25 years. As a public school teacher, she has been named Kansas Art Education Association Outstanding Art Educator of the Year and has taught workshops for the Kansas City Art Institute Continuing Education, the Nelson Atkins Museum, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the New Mexico Art League and various art centers. She maintains a studio and exhibits in the Albuquerque, NM area.Carolyn says: “Growing up on the prairie, I have seen so many places disappear. By embedding images, collage papers, found objects or dried materials in encaustic wax, I am striving to evoke a memory that triggers a sense of time and place and what remains.”
Placitas photographer Mary Lee Dereske creates images of nature, travel, and life. She developed her photographic skills through independent study, master workshops and college level classes. Her work has shown at several juried shows in New Mexico and Wash-ington state. Dereske sells her artwork through her website, allowing her to reach a national and international audience. She has authored several photobooks. A MIchigan native, Dereske has called Placitas home for more than 25 years.Mary says: “I am creating gilded photo artwork using imitation and fine metals. Much like in a darkroom, the process involves a physi-cal interaction to bring my image to brilliant life. A lustrous and 3D quality emerges with each image. Gilding is magical.”
P.K. Williams’ first career was in teaching, but in 2010 she and her husband relocated to Albuquerque, where she began walk-ing a different path. In 2012 she entered her first exhibition and has gone on to win various local and regional awards. P.K. now lives in Placitas and works out of her home studio. See her work at pkwfineart.com.PK says: “In my art practice, I use mixed media to explore vari-ous themes, often inspired by nature, which motivate a personal connection or sense of wonder. Experimentation and intuition are the process drivers which compel my audience to take another look.”
Lisbeth Moores is a contemporary Santeria. She creates her art with found items and a bit of humor.She believes there is spiri-tuality in everything and that everything is connected. The bits and pieces that are found in her art have been held, perhaps treasured by someone else. Her art expresses her seeking of meaning and purpose as well as her connectedness to the moment, the past, to nature, and to the significant and the sacred in all things.Lisbeth says: “I am a mixed media sculptor and painter living in Santa Fe New Mexico. My inspiration comes from sacred art and the beauty I find in worn and rusted artifacts. Using found items in my pieces allows these elements to gain new life.”