Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988

 
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PREVIOUSLY
FEATURED ARTISTS:

TOM ASHE

TOM BAKER

ERIC BEARDSLEY

BARB BELKNAP

BARB & TY BELKNAP

BUNNY BOWEN

GERALDINE BRUSSEL

JB BRYAN

JOE CAJERO

MARY CARTER

ARTURO CHAVEZ

LISA CHERNOFF

RALPH CHURCHILL

CATE CLARK

MICHAEL COLEMAN

DAVID W. CRAMER

CREATIVE SPIRITS OF PLACITAS

SARA LEE D'ALESSANDRO

FERNANDO DELGADO

MARILYN AND HERB DILLARD

SAMANTHA McCUE ECKERT

ALVARO ENCISO

ROGER EVANS

MARCIA FINKELSTEIN

JIM FISH

JIM FISH

BEN FORGEY

C.E. FRAPPIER

BILL FREEMAN

LENORE & LARRY GOODELL

ED GOODMAN

EDWARD GONZALES

SCOTT GREENE

JANA GROVER

SUSAN GUTT

PATRICIA HALLORAN

BIANCA HÄRLE

DALE HARRIS

LYNN HARTENBERGER

LINDA HEATH

KATHERINE HOWARD

BARTLEY JOHNSON

EVEY JONES

SUSAN JORDAN

DAISY KATES

JULIANNA KIRWIN

RUDI KLIMPERT

LYNNE KOTTEL

KATRINA LASKO

KATRINA LASKO

JADE LAYVA

MEG LEONARD

JON WILLIAM LOPEZ

GENE McCLAIN

GENE McCLAIN

BARRY McCORMICK

SARAH MADIGAN

SARENA MANN

JOHNNY MULLENS

TONY PARANÁ-RODRIGUES

GARY W. PRIESTER

MICHAEL PROKOS

GREG REICHE

LAURA ROBBINS

LAURA ROBBINS 2

MAGGIE ROBINSON

JUDITH RODERICK

GARY ROLLER

ANGEL ROSE

RIHA ROTHBERG AND WAYNE MIKOSZ

MARIANA ROUMELL-GASTEYER

MARIA SAMORA

GARY SANCHEZ

ADRIANA SCASSELLATI

SHARON SCHWARTZMANN

RAY & BETTY SHAW

DIANNA SHOMAKER

BILL SKEES

KATHERINE SLUSHER

LORNA SMITH

CIRRELDA SNIDER-BRYAN

KEVIN TOLMAN

MAX & JENNIFER VASHER

CATHY VEBLEN

DAWN WILSON-ENOCH

MARY ALICE WINCHELL

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  Featured Artist

  

c. David Cramer

“Stalion Chase” Photograph by David Cramer

David Cramer: A memorial retrospective

The first showing of David Cramer’s photography since his death was held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church during the month of March as a benefit for the Placitas Artists Series (PAS).

David Wayne Cramer, nature and wildlife photographer, passed away doing what he loved on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Born on December 18, 1951 in Dallas, Texas, David attended Southern Methodist University and Ball State University and was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree by Texas A & M University in 1985. After meeting his devoted life partner, Avi Kriechman, David retired from a successful and respected career as a psychologist in Austin, Texas and moved permanently to New Mexico, where he developed his photography and became an energetic member of the arts community in Placitas. In his too brief time, he earned several awards for his images of wildlife, including the juror’s selection for the All Things Horses International Photography Exhibition and numerous first place awards at the Bosque del Apache Festival of the Cranes.

David loved the natural world. It captured his curiosity, awe, and wonder of the immensity of life and creation. He understood our lives, in nature, as billions of ephemeral events, each one marvelous, momentary, and existing only once. The innate attunement and attention to relationship he brought to his work as a psychologist allowed him to capture those extraordinary moments for all time—moments he lovingly shared with us. He gave us insight into the intimate lives of the wild horses of Placitas and birds of the Bosque del Apache, some of his favorite subjects. Those transitory intersections of light, color, and nature leave us breathless, in wonder, and in reverence for David’s connection with the nature that is around us all.

David wrote of his affinity for wild horses in September 2008:

“I first experienced wild horses when I stumbled upon a young colt hanging close to his pack. He stared intensely at me for a few seconds, after which he snorted, voided, and sprinted off down the hill. For me, it was love at first sight. Since that encounter, I have found wild horses to be an irresistible attraction. Many of us have succumbed to the pull of these majestic animals, and my best way of managing this addiction is with a camera in hand. Then, at least, I can feel I have some control over their pull, even as I know I am the one who is hopelessly in love. I have been blessed with witnessing many stages of their lives: births, newborns finding their first legs, the ceremonial establishment of pecking orders, magnificent battles, powerfully joyous play, and unavoidable signs of the final chapter. I find there is much to learn and value in how they live their lives. Untouched by politics, clocks, appointments, or phone calls, these animals epitomize the meaning of living in the moment. My photography attempts to capture these moments in raw and bold form. I rely on flexibility, attention, and intimate knowledge to create my images. I pull from my past career as a psychologist for three decades in focusing primarily on their behaviors and relationships. To make a beautiful photograph, all that I require is my camera and lens and a little lighting help from nature; the horses provide the rest.” 

Shortly before his death in March, 2010, David wrote:

“The natural world is one of beauty, chaos, cruelty, survival, and joy. My photography attempts to capture some of these elusive moments for humans to experience. My ultimate goal is to share the rawness of nature with my viewers in a manner that stirs emotion and wonder.”

David’s generosity, playfulness, kindness, and joy in connection remain his most lasting legacy.

David’s partner Avi has preserved David’s digital images and is creating an inventory of the work David printed prior to his death. Avi will make David’s work available through showings by nonprofit agencies and benefits for charitable organizations.

The Placitas Artists Series is honored to show some of David’s work during the month of March at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The display runs from February 26 through March 25. The prints have been generously offered by Avi as a benefit for PAS. There will be a reception for this showing, as well as for two other artists—Dorothy Bunny Bowen and Mary & Karl Hofmann. The reception is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2011.

Beyond this show, please look to www.davidcramer.com for announcements of future sales and exhibits of David’s work. You may contact Avi at avi@davidcramer.com. David's work was was featured in the Signpost in September, 2004.

     

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