Bugs and Bunny: Art Enabled by Honey Bees, Moths and Boring Beetles
Dorothy Bunny Bowen
October 2 through November 4, 2018
Opening Reception — Saturday, Oct. 13, 1–4 p.m.
It’s a symbiotic relationship. Insects just do what they have always done: the silk moths make silk, bees make beeswax, and boring beetles make holes in wood. But when Bunny Bowen uses these natural materials creatively, they add a unique quality to her body of work. Throughout the past seven decades, Bowen has relied upon insects to create incredibly innovative work including Japanese rozome on kimono silk, oil painting with the addition of beeswax and solvent and sculptures that have been started with the help of boring beetles.
Bowen is the featured artist at Wild Hearts Gallery with her exhibition running from Oct. 2 through Nov. 4. The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Wild Hearts Gallery is located in Placitas, at the Homestead Village, 221-B State Highway 165, 2 ½ miles from I-25.
“Bugs and Bunny” is about the artist’s lifelong relationship with insects as art enablers. One of the pieces in the show includes cochineal applied as a pigment. While doing research for the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe in the early 1970’s, Bowen studied textiles dyed with rich red hues of cochineal. Bowen’s medium of choice since 1999 has been Japanese rozome on silk, a fiber produced for millennia by the larva of the silk moth. Recently she has returned to her original medium of oil painting, but this time she includes her honeybee collaborators by mixing beeswax and a solvent with the oil paint to form a rich impasto that can be applied with a palette knife and manipulated with other tools. Cypress bark beetles provide interesting channels in juniper wood Bowen finds in her yard which she finishes as hangers to display her silks. “Now, after nearly seven decades as an artist, I realize that much of my body of art has relied on media produced by insects. These pieces are offered in tribute to them and to give thanks for their presence in this world.”
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Western Beauty: Equines and Landscapes from the American West
by Carol Ordogne
Featured Artist Exhibition — Nov. 6 through Dec.2, 2018
Opening Reception- Friday Nov. 9, 4-7 p.m.
Carol has lived in many beautiful places including California and Hawaii. But the first time she visited the Southwest, the beauty of the landscape with its ever-changing light and colors captured her heart forever. The wildlife, especially the wild horses were the added bonus.
Ordogne, who earned a BFA from the University of Hawaii and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from LSU, is the featured artist at Wild Hearts Gallery with her exhibition running from Nov. 6 through Dec. 2. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday Nov. 9 from 4-7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
“Western Beauty” is about the artist’s relationship with the rugged southwest landscapes and all the wildlife she is privileged to see everyday. She is finding her artistic voice most recently in large plein
air landscapes done in a single session with oil paints and a pallet knife although she also paints a variety of local birds in small formats.
“Life on the side of the Sandia mountain range is a constant source of inspiration. Most days I get up
at dawn and hike with my dog to watch the sun peek over the ridge. The colors, the light and the rich shadows are always beautiful and set me to thinking of my next painting.”
Wild Hearts Gallery is an artists' collective, supported by 14 longtime local artists. They are painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, printmakers, jewelers, woodworkers, glass, fiber and mosaic
artists, who are committed to sharing with others the many ways they create.