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Taos Mesa Arts hosts first Holiday Show

Artists Abby Salsbury and Dean Pulver exhibit art and renovations to passive solar studios

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 12/4/19

Taos artists Abby Salsbury and Dean Pulver celebrate recent renovations to their passive solar studios and Taos Mesa Arts - an arts space encompassing clay, printmaking and woodworking studios, a gallery and workshop space -- by hosting an exhibition of five regional artists.

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Taos Mesa Arts hosts first Holiday Show

Artists Abby Salsbury and Dean Pulver exhibit art and renovations to passive solar studios

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Taos artists Abby Salsbury and Dean Pulver celebrate recent renovations to their passive solar studios and Taos Mesa Arts - an arts space encompassing clay, printmaking and woodworking studios, a gallery and workshop space -- by hosting an exhibition of five regional artists.

The venue's first Holiday Show is planned Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7-8), 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., "rain, snow or shine." It can found at 319 Tune Drive, off U.S. 64 west. Refreshments will be served.

Seven artists will set up their work together in this two-story arts space and will be present both days to talk about and sell their work. In addition to Pulver and Salsbury, artists include Jane Ellen Burke, Julie Lake and Tracy Turner Sheppard of Taos; Lindsay Locatelli of Longmont, Colo.; and Alice Watterson of Santa Fe.

Pulver and Salsbury said they met in 1985 at the Philadelphia College of Art. Pulver studied sculpture and Salsbury was in the ceramic department. After a great deal of experience working in Minnesota and Colorado, they travelled to New Mexico in 1996 and, after visiting a friend, began making Taos their home. Now, almost three decades later, their lives have come full circle, since their days in Massachusetts with Artistry. Taos Mesa Arts, again, represents the idea of the arts, community, education and the sharing of ideas, information and opportunity.

"We curated the show mostly based on the work and aesthetic of these five artists but they're also people we enjoy and admire; we're looking forward to being around them and their work for the weekend," Salsbury said.

• Burke, who does drawing and printmaking, said she arrived in Taos in 1976 taking a job as the arts administrator for the Taos Arts Association (now the Taos Center for the Arts). She remains fascinated by the soft shapes of adobe buildings and how their weight shaped the doorways and windows of the mud constructions. For more, visit janeellenburke.com.

• Lake, who is a jeweler and sculptor in steel, says "My work is fabricated from a high tensile strength, small gauge stainless steel, a material which I've been exploring for the past 13 years. The nature of this metal allows me to create deceptively strong, yet visually fragile and complex forms with very small diameter wires." Visit lakeobject.com.

• Lindsay Locatelli, who is a jeweler and sculptor in polymer clay, says, "I'm drawn to creating contemporary art jewelry highlighting nature's bold spirit and kinetic presence." Visit wazodesigns.com.

• Sheppard, who is a painter, said, "My vision as an artist is a kind of Magical Realism. Simply, my paintings are inspired by a love for the mystery and beauty of the world. I find that I'm always looking for the hidden magic that can be shared through my art … With oils, I use a glazing technique, layering vibrant colors of paint to achieve the maximum brilliance in a composition." For more visit tracyturnerart.com.

• Watterson, who is a fiber and mixed media artist, said she is a lifelong resident of the Southwest. The first inspiration for any piece is the handwoven fabrics that dictate all the further color choices and embellishments, defining the character and spirit of each work. Visit alicewatterson.com.

• Pulver has taught workshops at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, at Anderson Ranch and Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, as well as showing in museums, galleries and exhibitions throughout the country. Last November, Pulver was presented with the International Award for Creativity in Wood and given a museum show at The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, Pa. He is also opening a solo show of his sculpture this Dec. 13 at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.

• Salsbury has primarily sold her work through retail art shows across the country, as well as having an active wholesale business. In the last 16 years she's had a strong interest in printmaking and, as a result, has concentrated on a direction of works in mixed media. Her upcoming projects include a group exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum running through December.

For more information, call (575) 770-8366 or 751-4402.

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