Monday, February 18, 2019

Taos Landscape Qi, Plein Air Painting and Poetry, Design Studio Gallery

Reefka Schneider, Confluencia, Watercolor
Taos Landscape Qi    
February 20 - March 1, 2019
Watercolors by Reefka Schneider 
& Poetry by Steven Schneider

Features plein air paintings and 
companion poems exploring
the quiet moments in nature where
we find ourselves.

Water Color, Reefka Schneider                                             
“A work of art is like a visual form of prayer.” – Ian Roberts
               The way some people say “QuĂ© Taos” makes one feel like it should rhyme with chaos instead of house. For me this beautiful place has provided a refuge of silence and healing. Qi is life energy, the soul of a place. All my “Taos Landscapes Qi” watercolors are painted en plein air. I work to capture and express the Qi, the inner life, the silence and beauty of a moment in Nature. In this way I share with you the healing energies I experience while painting.
               These original watercolor paintings provide a unique experience of Taos landscape Qi that you can take home with you -- to share as a gift or treasure for yourself.

          Poetry, Steven Schneider
In writing these “Taos Landscape Qi” poems, I found it to be a creative challenge to move from writing about the figurative artwork Reefka did for our earlier projects to her landscape artwork in Taos. Rather than find my way into the poem through human emotion, I explore new paths into the poem through the gesture of an aspen, spruce tree or mountain in the landscape.
My recent trip to China and their tradition of yiging – “the world of meaning through images” – is an aesthetic that informs these poems. In China the tradition of combining poetry with paintings of mountains, trees and rivers dates as far back as the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) scroll paintings that so inspired me at the Shanghai museum. These poems deepen and enhance our appreciation of the art,  “add flavour,” much as the Literati paintings known as wenrenhua did in the period of the Ming Dynasty.  

Poetry Reading for Southwest Popular /American Culture Conference. 

Wed. 2/20,12:30 p.m. in the Whyte Room, Hyatt Hotel

Reefka Schneider, The Blessing of the Rain, Watercolor

The Blessing of the Rain

It begins with the darkening of the sky.
Summer afternoons out on the mesa,
The wind picks up.
Whirling dervishes dust devils dance.
Llamas, goats, and burros scurry for shelter.
Then the wind-driven rain
Drenches dust-choked chamiso and sage.
The air dampens and cools.
Now palpable and fresh,
The body feels lighter.
The mind awakens from its torpor.
The rain, the blessing of the monsoon summer rain:
The song of quickening --
So you may see again
The clear light of the high desert
You reach out to and touch.

Steven Schneider

Friday, February 8, 2019

Automatic Dream Theater: Brooke Steiger

automatic dream theater:  Brooke Steiger

February 16 - April 20, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16, 5-8pm
Artist talk: Friday, March 15, 5-8pm

Extended Gallery Hours:
Friday, March 1, 5-8pm
Friday, April 5, 5-8pm

automatic dream theater by Brooke Steiger is an evolving, multi-media project featuring several small scale, found-object sculptures in the form of insect, animal and hybrid/human characters. These nature-inspired personalities inhabit theatrical sets and installations. Each serve as muse in a variety of other media: photographs, drawings, paintings, prints and books. Meant to delight the eye, engage the intellect, and cultivate a sense of wonder. This narrative work is a synthesis of observations gathered through the filter of education and travel.
automatic dream theater  will be an immersive visit into Steiger's studio and the world she has built for her characters, which will be transplanted into the main gallery.

Follow Brooke Steiger on Instagram @steiger.brooke

Above right /Below, images from Steiger's studio.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In Good Company Exhibition

DECEMBER 8 to JANUARY 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 8th, from 5 to 8pm

In celebration of April Price Project Gallery's SIXTH year, 
April and Brianne Clarkson, co-director, have curated the 
group exhibition: IN GOOD COMPANY

This show features artists who have worked with the gallery since it’s
inaugural show, Mary Ann Strandell: Dimensional Baroque, December 2012. 
Strandell's first show with APPG was an extension of her works that included
a series of conversations with April over time. The exhibition was a hyper-space,
site-specific installation of a baroque historic room, painted with sumo-e ink, 
expanding 30 feet, with sixteen 3D Lenticular prints, on the main gallery wall. 

All of the APPG exhibitions have begun as conversations and studio visits by 
April and Brianne, with the artists who have joined in, to make this venue a culture 
center in downtown Albuquerque. It is with the help and participation of so many artists, 
collectors, writers, craftspeople, and the greater Albuquerque community 
that we celebrate SIX years!
Please join us this Saturday, December 8, from 5 to 8pm

Exhibiting Artists:

Left: Karsten Creightney, Top: "Potted Plant I", Bottom: "Potted Plant II",print, mixed media, 28.5” x 24”
Margaret Fitzgerald, La Playa, Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 54”

Jeff Laird, French’s Mustard Yellow, powder coated aluminum, 48” x 30” x 9”

On wall: Orlando Leyba, Perico Zumbido y Mastadonte, mixed media and diamond dust on panel, 60” x 47”
On Shelf: Left to right:
 Linda Mae Tratechaud, Justice, cast bronze, cast glass, glass beads, cherry wood base, 14” x 7.5” x 8.5”
Linda Mae Tratechaud, Maternal Time Clock,  cast bronze, cast glass, antique time piece, 13” x 6.5” x 5”
Spodumene Vase, porcelain, 9” x 4”
Spodumene Vase, porcelain, 9” x 6”

David Antresian, left, top to bottom: Grazeebil, Kokopelli Come Home, The Eternal Struggle
Digital pigment print, framed 8” x 12”
Jo Antresian, right, top to bottom: Bird on the Wing, Contemplation, mixed media on paper, framed 32.5” x 32.5”
Mary Ann Strandell, Bamboo Forest Hybrid V, lenticular diptych, 64” x 48”
Top: Cindy Dominguez, Blue, Archival pigment on Canson Rag, Photographique, mixed media 23" x 23"
Bottom: Cindy Dominguez, Hannah, Archival pigment on Canson Rag, Photographique, mixed media 23" x 23"

                                On table, left in back: Jeff Kreuger, Kings of Kings, Ceramic and Poplar, 23” x 10” x 10”
Front right: Jeff Kreuger, To be the Strawberry, Ceramic, Poplar and walnut, 18” x 8” x 8”
On wall: Margaret Fitzgerald, La Playa, Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 54”

Top: Reyes Padilla, Quiet Water Major Waves, acrylic on panel, 24” x 24”
Middle: Barbel Helmert, Assemblage # 33, Mixed Media, 12.25” x 12.25”
Barbel Helmert, Assemblage # 36, Mixed Media, 12.25” x 12.25”
Bottom: Ann Dunbar, Letting Go, Mixed Media, 18” x 24”

Left top to bottom: Bonnie Putnam Verado, A Pear Affair, oil on canvas, framed, 9” x 9”, Garden Sanctuary, oil on canvas, 14” x 13”,  The Possibility of Paradise, oil on canvas, 15” x 15”
Top Left center: Debi Dodge, Untitled, monotype framed, 21” x 23”
Middle Left center: Brooke Steiger, Robin as the Blue Prince, mixed media on paper board, 25.25” x 25.25”
Bottom Left Center: Debi Dodge, Untitled Encaustics, assorted sizes
Top right center: Virginia Baich, Ascent, encaustic on panel, 9” x 12”
Bottom right center: Bradley Reyes, Above the Clouds I, Acrylic on board, framed, 16” x 32”
Right: Lin Johnson, Primary Subjects (Woogie Boogie), 10 piece Ceramic Sculpture, 33” x 17” x2.75”
Sally Condon, Becoming, oil and wax on panel, 35” x 35"
Alan Paine Radebaugh, WAVE, oil on canvas, triptych, 36” x 84”

April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW
Suite G, Hyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ph- 505-573-0895   505-850-2307

Hours: 10:00 to 5:00 Tues. -Fri. + by appointment
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper St.