LOST IN A DREAM: FANTASY AND ABSTRACT IMAGES
BY JOAN FENICE
Featured Artist Exhibition — Jan. 2 through Jan. 27, 2019
Artist Reception- Saturday Jan. 19, 1-4 p.m.
A child of the Colorado Rockies, Joan was drawn to New Mexico in the 1970s, finding a place where ancient and modern, familiar and exotic coexist. The unity of those opposites proffered an invitation to Joan’s curiosity and created a portal for her to explore the energy she felt flowing between the earth and sky.
So she took to the road, travelling the caminos and callejones of Colorado and New Mexico looking for stories. For over 40 years, she has captured images that caught her eye and begged her to share their stories. An ancient tree, a lonely road, a village chapel, an old truck, abandoned buildings and ruins or just a dramatic cloud formation have become part of her image collection which includes drawings, negatives, slides and now digital images.
“Lost in a Dream” represents a series of stories formed in Joan’s imagination and collected images. “It’s one of the few series that include people, transformed into the forest dwellers I meet in my dreams. In order to understand the story being told, you will need to draw on your own imagination and dreams. “ The images are altered photos, mounted on panel with a cold wax finish
In 2016, Fenicle was honored with the Albuquerque Art Business Association President’s Award, part of the Local Treasures program which recognizes artists that are devoted to both giving back to the community and encouraging others to continue the legacy of New Mexico’s diverse culture.
ART WITH HEART
Featuring jewelry artists Rosemary Breehl and Geri Verble
Jan. 29 through Feb. 24, 2019
Artists’ reception Friday, Feb. 8, 5-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Geri Verble, Feb. 15, 5-6 p.m.
Jewelry has been a universal form of adornment for thousands of years but only in modern times has it been associated with Valentine’s Day as a sign of affection. The roses will wilt, the candy will be eaten and cards leave only memories, but a piece of hand crafted jewelry, from the artist’s heart and hands, is a love letter every time it is worn and one that will be kept a lifetime.
Rosemary Breehl and Geri Verble are the featured artists at Wild Hearts Gallery in February. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 8, 5-8 p.m. featuring one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings. 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.
Rosemary Breehl’s artistic journey has been one of experimentation and wonder. She is best known for her affordable and lightweight earrings made from aluminum or silver wire, but she also creates a variety of pendants and necklaces, often incorporating tiny collages and original watercolor images.
Geri Verble is renowned for her tribal, and ethnic jewelry. She developed her passion for collecting ethnic beads and pendants while traveling with the Peace Corps and that passion has lasted a lifetime. She enjoys sharing these treasures through the design of unique pieces of jewelry. Geri will be talking about African Trade Beads on Friday, February 15, from 5-6 p.m.
The artists will be offering stretch heart bracelets for $5 with the proceeds to be donated to the local women’s shelter Haven House. Every donor can send a message of “Hope and Love” with the bracelet. Beads for the bracelets were donated by Mama’s Minerals in Albuquerque.