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Plein air artist remembered

Friends and family of Salvatore Giglio plan exhibit and reception in his honor

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 8/13/19

A founding member of Sage Fine Art Gallery, Salvatore "Sal" Giglio, died May 20. The gallery will honor his life and work with a show during the month of August with an exhibition of …

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Plein air artist remembered

Friends and family of Salvatore Giglio plan exhibit and reception in his honor

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A founding member of Sage Fine Art Gallery, Salvatore "Sal" Giglio, died May 20. The gallery will honor his life and work with a show during the month of August with an exhibition of his work. As part of this show, a reception is planned for Giglio's family and his many friends Saturday (Aug. 17), 4-7 p.m., at Sage Fine Art Gallery, 115C East Taos Plaza. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Sal and his wife, Pauline, moved to Taos in the early '90s after retiring from his graphic arts business.

"For some 20 years I owned a graphics arts company, Twin Arts, in New York City, specializing in corporate promotion," Giglio wrote in an online bio. "I graduated from Pratt Institute and attended special classes at the Art Students League, studying art under Andy Lukach and Gustav Rehberger. While I engaged in my commercial art enterprises, I still pursued my painting and exhibited at the Long Island Artists Gallery in Greenport, New York, and was part of a group show at the Monserrat Gallery in New York City."

Captivated by the Taos landscape, he spent the next 27 years as a plein air painter.

"As a watercolorist, the spontaneity, fluidness and constant surprises of the medium have always excited me and still does today," Giglio continued. "My earliest teacher, Edgar Whitney, introduced me to 'wet-in-wet' technique and the joy of painting outdoors. As a result, I have become primarily a plein air watercolorist. I find the spatial quality of the Southwest along with the quick change of weather both challenging and stimulating. My on-the-spot watercolors are usually completed on the spot and I do very little work on them when I return to the studio. Those 'happy accidents' that occur on location cannot be duplicated in the studio."

According to colleagues, he loved the spontaneity and finality of getting it right the first time. Frustrated that his watercolors froze outside in winter, he learned to paint with oil, and became proficient in that medium as well. Giglio often said, "With my paint bag packed, I'm ready to head for a location anytime."

Painting sustained Giglio and he continued to produce beautiful work throughout his final illness. He was a member of the Taos Society of Portrait Artists and the Taos Watercolor Society. This exhibit at Sage Fine Art is a wonderful opportunity for admirers and collectors to own a piece of Giglio's work.

The exhibition will continue through the month of August. For more information, call (575) 758-9396 or visit sagefineart.com.

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