Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
31st Anniversary Season 2017—2018The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dorothy Bunny Bowen (MA, Art History, UNM; BA, Art Studio in painting, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) has worked with wax resist and dye on fabric since 1980. She studied with major Australian, American, European, and Japanese batik artists and taught fiber art classes at Ghost Ranch for 14 years. Registrar for the 2005 World Batik Conference in Boston, she maintains connections with other wax resist artists around the world and has made six study trips to Asia. In 2005 and 2007 Bowen was invited to speak at the Kuala Lumpur International Batik Convention. Her silk scarves and paintings are shown at Hoot Art Gallery, Placitas Homestead Village. Visit Bowen at the Placitas Studio Tour May 12–13. Bunny says: “Working on silk with dyes resisted by molten wax, I continue a 2500-year-old tradition which has been practiced in various forms all around the world. Since 1998 I have studied with master artists skilled in the Japanese form of wax resist: Rozome. A New Mexican since 1967, I have long drawn upon the high desert landscape, its flora, and its fauna, as inspiration, and am concerned with how this is so rapidly being altered by climate change. While my primary focus has always been upon creating archival-framed wall pieces, I find in the ephemeral nature of the silk scarf a freedom to explore new possibilities and to experiment with process. Many of my recent pieces are presented unframed, displayed on hand-carved juniper branches from the land around my studio.”
Judith Roderick is a Placitas fiber artist who is currently creating hand-painted silk art quilts which are exhibited in national and international juried shows.Judith says: “I use the elegant and familiar medium of silk painting to express my love for the beauty and diversity of nature, my fascination with ancient cultures, and my concern for the state of the earth and all life upon her.”
Preston Photography is the combined work of Roger Preston and Roxanne Bebee Blatz. They have traveled much of the country as well as many places overseas and have lived in Placitas for 13 years. Their portfolio includes images captured on film as well as digital in both color and black & white. All images are printed as giclées with archival inksets and papers.Roger says: “I’ve always liked working with wide-angle lenses, seeking a near-far relationship that tells a story. When I can’t play with lights in the studio, I look for nature’s play of light. What attracts me are subjects of beauty, humor, incongruity, intrigue, and thought-provoking. Recently I have been fascinated by abstracts both in subject and lighting.”Roxanne says: “Through our nearly 39 years together Roger and I have shared our love of photography and getting out in nature. I have always enjoyed bringing the subject closer to me through long-lens photography. I love taking pictures of “lone” and “dead” trees, architectural vignettes, and shots that make people smile because they are humorous. Most recently I have been experimenting with abstracts in rock, moss, and mud. These images have intrigued me because of their textures and the effect of light.”
Elżbieta Kaleta creates paper cutouts and collages. She engages a broad variety of materials and techniques (paper, photography, paint, and calligraphy) decidedly placing her art in the mixed media category. Her Polish childhood and education, Ph.D. in biology, research work, and life in New Mexico all inspire bright fanciful folk art designs showing admiration and respect of nature, reminding us about importance of love, compassion, and friendship. She has executed several public art projects, has been published in countless books and magazines, remains in numerous collections, and has been exhibited nationwide and abroad, including Japan and China.Elżbieta says: “Nature is an enchanting world of beauty and amazing forms, so often overlooked, harmed, or worse, destroyed. For me, every day is a celebration of life. That’s probably why my favorite subject is the Tree of Life design. The message is clear and strong: celebrate, enjoy, value, and save LIFE.”