On April 21, the Santa Fe Society of Artists (SFSA) kicks off its 37th year of offering fine art shows to the public from mid April through mid October in downtown Santa Fe.
On display are paintings in all media, sculpture in bronze, stone and clay, prints, traditional and digital photography and mixed media works by the 75 local artists who are part of the non-profit collective.
“Thirty or more of our members are on-site at each of the season’s 22 weekend shows,” explains SFSA’s president Judy Boyd, who creates bird portraits in watercolor. “This year we’re excited to introduce more than a dozen new artists.”
Twice a year, the Santa Fe Society of Artists juries in new artists to the group to insure that visitors not only see work by their favorite artists but also ones who are unfamiliar to them. Jurors look for high-quality and well-executed work when selecting new SFSA members. They also admit one or two emerging artists who can benefit from professional mentoring.
“The quality of work by applicants was really high this year,” Boyd adds. “Out of 30 people juried, less than half were accepted.”
Among the returning artists:
Ginny Hogan, who shows her paintings on handmade paper. Recently, she started collaging strips and bits of the handmade paper onto canvas to create a texture reflecting light much like water reflects the sun.
Marianne Hornbuckle, a painter and sculptor, offers abstract images in acrylic on canvas and table-size nudes of contemporary women.
Painter Ron Patterson, who worked for many years as a commercial artist, art director, graphic designer and illustrator before entering the world of fine art. He is fascinated by the intimacies between people and people, people and animals and animals and animals.
Amadeus Leitner, who was born and raised in Chimayo and received the 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, photographs the dynamic landscapes and skyscapes of New Mexico.
SFSA shows are held on specific Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 122 W. Palace Avenue in the First National Bank parking lot between Palace Avenue and San Francisco Street.
For more information and the schedule of shows, visit santafesocietyofartists.com