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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John grew up in Montana and started drawing at an early age, mostly wildlife and fantasy art. After moving to Los Angeles and embarking on a career that included animation, technical illus-tration, and marketing, John retired with his wife Barbara, first to a cabin in the Mojave Desert, and now in Placitas. He enjoys being part of the creative community here.John says: “I love the intensity of color and subtlety that pastels allow, and I've recently branched out into oils as well. I try to capture the light and interplay of highlights and shadows in my work. New Mexico and the West provides endless inspiration.”
Myra has a technical background and worked in Engineering and Design throughout her career until her retirement in 2014. She has been designing jewelry for the past 15 years and truly enjoys the opportunity to use her right brain! Myra currently shows at Weems Gallery and Yucca Art Gallery in Albuquerque. Myra says: “At Tierra y Luz Studio, I design contemporary jew-elry with a Southwest spin. Unique combinations of gemstones bring together earthy yet refined harmony. Often my designs are a combination of "rough and refined" materials resulting in aesthetically pleasing jewelry that is comfortable to wear.”
Karl Hofmann taught humanities and art at universities around the country. In 1976 he found himself in Placitas in a community of artists. He taught at Sandia Prep for 19 years and worked on his craft of pottery. He thinks of his pots as New Mexico landscapes in clay and hopes that, like the mesas, they will last in their beauty and usefulness. Since retiring from teaching, Karl has had time to explore other interests. He has attended printmaking and pastel workshops.Karl says, "My work is based on personal experiences. I am 'process oriented’ reveling in the material itself like when a lump of clay turns into a shape or blocks of linocut come together to make an image or pastel layers merge into a landscape.”
After a short stint at the University of Texas where Alice Webb studied drawing and design she moved to Taos. For five years Webb designed jewelry, studied tapestry weaving, created fiber sculptures, and continued to hone her drawing skills. She soon knew though that she had to return to painting. Over the past thirty-five years Webb has exhibited work nationally and inter-nationally. Her paintings and prints are included in numerous public and private collections.Alice says: “The graceful or wild lines that create a mountain or a river; the contrast in light and shadow; all the simple, com-plex, natural and man-made shapes that make up the landscape excite me. I am particularly interested in the Southwest.”
Christiane Couvert was born into a family of artists and fostered her own artistic inclinations through multi-cultural travel expe-riences in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She brings to her work 30-plus years of working as a physical therapist, plus the training, centeredness, and inner discipline of a lifetime practicing and teaching yoga and martial arts.Christiane says: “My art is a product that evolves from a prac-tice of finding my center. Clay, has a fixed center on the wheel, however, it’s design evolves around the feel, look, and questions about how the clay and glazing will express itself as an art object.”