For the seventh year, the Albuquerque Art Business Association will honor area artists who not only excel in the arts, but who have given back to their communities. By sharing their time, talent and passion, they help develop a whole new generation of art lovers and artists and ensure that New Mexico will continue to be home to thousands of working artists for many years to come. Please join us in celebrating the careers of nine Local Treasures:
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW
Sunday, September 7, 2014,1-3pm
Speaker: A full-time artist since 1983 and Local Treasures award recipient in 2009, Angus Macpherson is a third-generation New Mexican. His grandfather came to New Mexico in 1890 to help build the railroads. His father was an attorney and a judge. Nowhere in his family was there an artist, so it’s not in his genes, but for him art has been a lifelong, accelerating love, not merely in his own work but for all art. “I enjoy looking at art more now than I did in my 40s and I enjoyed it more in my 40s than in my 30s. Really understanding art has a lot to do with giving it enough time.”
Marilyn Drake: Among the reasons Marilyn chose to move here from New York City was the dramatic landscape — the vistas, the light, the geology and native plants. It awakened her desire to be a fine artist, after years spent in commercial art. She is now a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of NM and has served as newsletter editor, website manager and exhibition chairperson. She was also president of Plein Air Painters of NM.
(Image: Sandia Autumn, pastel)
Augustine Romero: Augustine (Gus) Romero was born and raised in Colorado where he studied art and completed a BA in Graphic Design. He received an MA in Sculpture from New York University, taught at Parsons School of Design and participated in numerous New York exhibitions. He is a Gallery Curator overseeing the South Broadway Cultural Center and KiMo Galleries. He is generous with his time and expertise in helping artists and arts organizations prepare for meaningful exhibitions.
(Image: Remains of the Mexican Grey Wolf, wood and electrical conduit)
George Howard Hayes III: Hauie is a prolific artist whose work is described as realistic yet fanciful and mystical. Hauie is known for his contributions to the local art scene having contributed numerous paintings for auction at charitable events and donating time and/or service to New Mexico Aids Services, the Hispanic Cultural Center and to the galleries that represent him. He is known for his generousity with young artists, donating both time and materials to local schools.
(Image: Sweet Dreams With The Desert Queens, Oil on Canvas)
Dianna Shomaker: Dianna has been a public-health nurse, a professor, a researcher, a Dean and an anthropologist – but through it all, she has been an artist. She believes art should express a statement and feeling regardless of rendering, creating a painting that stretches the boundaries of light and space. She works in acrylic, oil, encaustic, ink and torn paper on rag board or canvas. Dianna is a community-centered person who devotes much of her time to others.
(Image: Where the Action Begins, acrylic and ink)
Reg Loving: Reg has been a mainstay in the NM art scene since 1974. For years he was a social worker dealing mostly with children. After he became a full time artist, he worked placing artists in schools that did not have art instruction. Over the years he has donated his artwork to charity fundraisers and served as a member of the Bernalillo County Public Art Board from 2004-2010.
Mary Sundstrom-Gramer: Mary is an avid printmaker, illustrator, cut paper artist and teacher, active in the arts community for 30 years. She has illustrated 18 children’s book titles and an Audubon field guide series as well as museum exhibits. She is the recipient of a Rachel Allen Printmaking Fellowship at New Grounds and continues printmaking there as well as teaching workshops, mentoring printmakers and volunteering. She has donated art to many causes.
(Image: Between Dawn and Dusk, cut paper collage)
Pam Lujan-Hauer: Pam is a potter who makes traditional micaceous pottery the way she learned from her aunts at Taos. She also experiments, making clay sculpture and jewelry in which she imbeds silver before firing. She often gives demonstrations of pottery making and has taught both children and adults. Presently, Pam is on the Board of Directors of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA), and is the President of the IACA Education Fund.
(Image: Turtle Pot, micaceous clay)
Marcia Newren: As a glass artist for more than 20 years, she has carried forward some of the environmental concerns that stem from her work as an archaeologist. Her innovations in kilnworked glass have been widely recognized. She is the recipient of many awards and was nominated for the Corning Award from Pilchuck Glass School (an institution founded by Dale Chihuly.) As a teacher, she opens her studio to children so they can enjoy and explore glass. She also helps artists working in other media incorporate glass elements.
(Image: Pollen, kiln fired glass)
Bart Prince: We are proud to give the President’s Award to Bart Prince for creating extraordinary livable art. Prince is a fourth generation New Mexican and internationally renowned architect known for creating remarkable residences. His style is called “organic”, a philosophy of architecture which promotes complete harmony between human habitation and the surrounding natural world. He is also a master of the art of model-making.
There will also be exhibits and receptions across Albuquerque for these artists:
First Friday Receptions September 5, 5-8:30pm:
Marilyn Drake at Purple Sage Gallery in Old Town
Reg Loving at Sumner & Dene in Downtown ABQ
Marcia Newren at Weyrich Gallery in The Heights, Dianna Shomaker at Framing Concepts Gallery in The Heights
Mary Sundstrom-Gramer at New Grounds Gallery in Nob Hill.
George Howard Hayes’ reception was on August 2nd but you can still view his work at The Old Schoolhouse Gallery in the East Mountains.
Augustine Romero will be at SE-OC Right Brain Gallery in The Heights on October 3 which is also the gallery’s first anniversary.
The October reception for Pam Lujan-Hauer at Wrights Indian Art in The Heights is TBA.