Photo by Bill Diven
Signpost featured artist of the month
Layering thought and oil
In her decades as an artist, Sharon Schwartzmann rarely strayed
from oil and canvass.
Maybe a little monotype work here, a touch
of collage there, but always oil and canvass.
“Everyone I know is painting on wax paper
or doing mixed media to the max,” Schwartzmann said. “I'm
just an old-fashioned painter.”
A simple sister of the brush, perhaps, but
one who places strong figures against bold backgrounds spread across
large canvasses. The expressionistic result may reflect little of
where the painting began as elements move, appear and disappear
through successive layers of thought and oil.
“I kind of like the danger of that,”
Schwartzmann said. “To lose something in hopes of getting
something more expressive.
“I just don't want to settle for what
I think other people can do.”
Painting in a converted Corrales barn, Schwartzmann
can be whimsical deciding a pair of goat legs aren't finished until
dressed in pantaloons. Often she wanders through the layers as in
another work not liking a chair on one side so it becomes a figure
while the figure already in the image becomes a chair.
But the work remains a puzzle until four lines from an oil stick
imply floor and walls.
“So she now has psychological space as
well as real space,” Schwartzmann said.
The Washington state native said she always
managed to paint during the years of child rearing, work and life
changes that followed her 1973 degree in art technique from Mills
College in Oakland, California. The commitment to art strengthened
in 1992 when she left the West Coast for Santa Fe and, five years
“In Santa Fe I started getting up at
five o’clock in the morning and painting before work,”
she said. “I always managed to keep the brushes wet.”
She also showed and sold in Santa Fe's Segretto
Gallery before it closed and last year was as accepted into the
New Mexico Women in the Arts juried show at the New Mexico Museum
of Fine Arts. She still works although now it's part time at Wadle
Galleries Ltd. in Santa Fe.
While Schwartzmann doesn't consider herself
a colorist, she uses strong color mixed and remixed and not necessarily
“My palette is a mess,” she said. “My colors are
Schwartzmann's work is not currently in galleries although she showed
at the now-closed Arte Loca and Katrina Lasko galleries in Bernalillo.
Her studio is open by appointment by calling 922-0642, and she markets
her work through her own Web site www.sharonschwartzmann.com.
A sample of her work also can be seen on the
Signpost Web site by clicking on the Featured Artist link at www.sandovalsignpost.com.
Entrance to Wine Country, oil painting, by Rudi Klimpert. Selected
by the New Mexico Wine Festival by board to be the commemorative
poster for 2006.
Rudi Klimpert wins poster competition for NM Wine Festival at
Mayor Patricia A. Chávez and the executive board of the
New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo have announced the selection
of Entrance to Wine Country, by Placitas artist Rudi Klimpert, as
the commemorative art poster for the 2006 event. Mayor Chávez
stated, “the painting was selected by a public vote, and is
one of four finalist paintings placed in Bernalillo restaurants
where patrons voted for their preferred selection.”
The image of a well-worn door suspended in the imagination of
a traveler, caught in the beauty of a New Mexico landscape, leads
the viewer through Entrance to Wine County. Of his image, Klimpert
says, “I like to think of viewers standing eight or ten feet
away to take in the painting as a whole, and then walking up close
and discovering a whole other level of nuances that are hidden from
Maria Rinaldi, executive director of the wine festival, commented,
“This image greatly enhances the collection of commemorative
paintings that represent the tradition of New Mexico's wine-making
Mr. Klimpert grew up in New York City and studied for four years
at the famed Art Student League. He has lived in metropolitan areas
throughout the United States. Klimpert exhibits his work at the
Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, in Santa Fe, and in galleries
in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Salado, Texas.
Commemorative posters will be available for $10 on July 1. A limited
edition of two hundred posters with the artist's signature will
be sold for $20 each at the festival and at poster-signing events
prior to the festival. The artist is scheduled to sign posters at
the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market on August 18, and at Jackalope
in Bernalillo on August 19.
The Town of Bernalillo MainStreet Association sponsors the New
Mexico Wine Festival as an economic and tourism development project.
The American Bus Association has named the event a Top 100 Event
in North America. The New Mexico Wine Festival will be held on Labor
Day weekend, September 2-4. Go to www.TownofBernalillo.org for festival
Rudi Klimpert is the longtime staff cartoonist
for the Signpost. Congratulations, Rudi!
Calling all artists—July 21 deadline
The twenty-fifth annual Placitas Holiday Sale applications are
now available on-line at www.placitasholidaysale.com.
This is an extremely popular juried art event to be held on November
18 and 19 in the village of Placitas at three locations: Placitas
Elementary School, the big tent next to the Presbyterian Church,
and Anasazi Fields Winery. You do not need to be an artist in Placitas
to apply. A new requirement this year is that all images for jurying
must be digital. All details are available at the Web site mentioned
above. If you cannot get the application on-line, call Mary, at
867-5740, to have one mailed to you. The deadline for all applications
is July 21.
Juried fine-arts show in Corrales calls for entries
Artists are called to enter the eighteenth annual Corrales Fine
Arts Show, a New Mexico multi-media art exhibition and sale, in
Corrales at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church, October 7 through
15. Jurying will take place on August 24. Entries will be accepted
on Wednesday, August 23, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, August
24, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
The works must be gallery-ready. There is a $30 entry fee (no
refunds). For details and an entry form, please call Hope Grey,
at 897-3942, or Deb Kennedy, at 344-2110.
Fine-craft artisans called for December Corrales
Artists are called to enter the eighteenth annual Fine Crafts
Show, a New Mexico crafts exhibition and sale in Corrales at the
Historic Old San Ysidro Church from December 1 to 10. All fine-craft
media are eligible. Jurying will take place on August 30. Entries
will be accepted prior to August 26. There is a $30 nonrefundable
entry fee. For details, please call Hope Grey, at 897-3942, or Deb
Kennedy, at 344-2119.
Rio Rancho commemorative posters now available
Reproductions of the winning selection from Rio Rancho's 25th
Anniversary Poster Contest are now available for purchase at the
offices of The Rio Rancho Observer, Rio Rancho City Hall, Rio Rancho
Chamber of Commerce, and all city-sponsored events. The cost for
the “Visions of Rio Rancho”-themed poster is $10.
The contest was sponsored by the Rio Rancho Art Association, Department
of Cultural Enrichment, and The Rio Rancho Observer. Artists submitted
original art reflecting the many unique and distinct images that
constitute the City of Vision. Early in 2006 a mayor's select committee
selected seven finalists from submitted entries. Of those images,
one was selected to be reproduced into a twenty-four-by-eighteen-inch
commemorative poster to coincide with the city's twenty-fifth anniversary
Also available for purchase are sets of note cards containing
all seven contest finalist images. A packet of seven cards can be
purchased at all designated poster-retail sites for $7. For additional
questions in regard to purchasing posters or note cards, you may
contact the city's Cultural Enrichment Department, at 890-5015.
Wendy Day to play all-Chopin
Pianist Wendy Day will present an all-Chopin program on July 22
at 2:00 p.m. at Keller Hall, UNM Center for the Arts, in Albuquerque.
Tickets for adults are $15; seniors and children, $5. For further
information, please call 277-4597.
Historical Society to hold ice-cream social with
The Sandoval County Historical Society will present a summer concert
and ice-cream social on July 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Delavy House
in Bernalillo (on Highway 550, west of Coronado State Monument).
Come tap your toes to the Dixieland music of the Howling Dog Jazz
Band. Members are asked to bring cookies or cakes. Ice cream will
be provided. The concert is free and open to the public. For more
information, call 867-2755.
Anasazi Fields to host seventh poetry reading
The Duende Poetry Series of Placitas announces the seventh in
its reading series at Anasazi Fields Winery of Placitas. “Shaking
The Foundations of Poetry” will feature Bob Holman, from New
York City, and Gary Glazner, from Santa Fe. The reading will begin
on Sunday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Bob Holman has been a central figure in the reemergence of poetry
in our culture. The series he produced for PBS, The United States
of Poetry, features over sixty established poets, from cowboy and
traditional to slam. He has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning
America, ABC News Magazine, MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, and The
Charlie Rose Show. For more information, check out bobholman.com.
Gary Glazner, author of How to Make a Living as a Poet, has been
featured on NBC's Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered, and the
Voice of America. Glazner is the author of Ears on Fire: Snapshot
Essays in a World of Poets, La Alameda Press, which chronicles a
year abroad in Asia and Europe meeting poets and working on translations.
He’s the founder of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project and editor
of Sparking Memories: The Alzheimer's Poetry Project Anthology.
For more information, check out alzpoetry.com.
Anasazi Fields wines will be available for tasting and purchasing.
Books by the poets will be for sale. Admission is free. Any donations
will go to the poets.
The next reading in the Duende Poetry Series, on Sunday, September
17, at 7:00 p.m., will be “Blood On The Porch—Tales
and Songs of the Real West,” with Mark Weber, Todd Moore,
and Bayou Seco (Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie.
For further information, contact Anasazi Fields Winery, at 505-867-3062,
email@example.com, or Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, of the Duende
Poetry Series, at 505-897-0285, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your licks on Route 66!
Well, it is that time of year again, when all of Bernalillo is abuzz
with the scent of the Bernalillo Wine Festival in the air!
Art Gallery 66 will be participating this year by hosting a first
annual Chocolate and Art Festival at its location north of 550 on
historic Route 66. The event will run the same days as the wine
festival, with the hours yet to be determined. The gallery will
host several delicious chocolate makers, such as Señor Murphy
and Eros Truffles, both from Santa Fe, who will have sampling available.
AG66 and Señor Murphy are also talking about working together
on a benefit for a local animal shelter. Rand Reed, owner of Señor
Murphy Candy Company, said he'd be pleased to participate in a function
that would benefit our four-legged pals.
Art Gallery 66 invites all chocolate makers to participate in
the chocolate-and-art event by calling the gallery, at 867-8666,
Fridays through Sundays. Art Gallery 66 will also have an artist
open house, so that chocolate-eating guests can meet the artists
whose art also makes us smile.
The gallery met with the Town of Bernalillo's community coordinator,
Maria Rinaldi, who wholeheartedly supports AG66's chocolate and
art event. The idea is to bring people into Bernalillo and keep
them in Bernalillo to see all that it offers. Both the wine festival
and the chocolate-and-art festival are open to all.
There is no fee to attend the indoor swamp-coolered chocolate-and-art
festival, and there is plenty of free parking. Keep an eye out for
ads for the event giving times of the festival, as well as any additions
to the festival. Art Gallery 66 wants this to become as much a part
of the Bernalillo landscape as the wine festival, and hopes to see
the community come out and support its candy makers and artists.