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Linda Heath in her studio
Signpost artist of the month: L. Heath
Math and science ground the art of Linda Heath
The numbers aren't visible, but behind Linda Heath's paintings lies the world of mathematics and classical architecture.
“Math is in the background in the way I like to play with symbols,” the Placitas artist said. “It creeps in, not in obvious things, but in the underlying structure of how I put things together.”
Which is not surprising, given Heath's math degree from New Mexico Tech, her years of living in the Middle East, and her travels through Europe and North Africa. Classical artists and architects discovered, and their Renaissance successors rediscovered, the pleasant balance of mathematical ratios repeating rhythmically through their art and buildings, she said.
“I am intrigued by ancient cultures,” she added. “Now I'm discovering the Navajos and the Pueblos.”
Heath came to world travel as an Air Force brat whose father passed through Kirtland Air Force Base in the early 1950s before duty in Morocco led him to the great museums of Europe. He retired to Albuquerque when Heath was twelve, and she came to art much later, finding herself between jobs after moving to Houston with her computer-scientist husband.
To pass the time, she took a painting class.
“I never discovered art until I was thirty years old,” Heath said. “I was always raised with a math and science background. Art and music just weren't practical.”
More classes followed, but, with job and family responsibilities, painting remained sporadic until she retired five years ago. Then the passion became full-time, with classical training at the San Francisco Academy of Art and then building a stand-alone studio when she moved to Placitas last year.
Juried shows in California accepted her work, as have two New Mexico shows since her return to the state. Her paintings, signed L. Heath, also hang in the Angus McDougall Gallery in Bernalillo and occasionally appear in the Red Dot Fine Art Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
Heath describes herself as a representational oil painter, which allows her some latitude as an impressionist but stops short of photorealism. She often chooses traditional still-life images, like the classic tabletop arrangement of a wine bottle and the fruit ingredients needed to make sangria.
Much of her other work focuses on landscapes of northern California, and now New Mexico. Small New Mexico lakes have become a recurrent theme, as she joins her father on his weekly fishing trips.
“It's actually been very challenging to try to capture the light here,” Heath said. “It's so stark you have to let go of some of the crispness.
“It's so stark, but that's the way it is when you can see 50 miles.”
Heath's studio will be part of the Placitas Studio Tour May 7-8 and is open by appointment by calling 867-2533. A sample of her paintings also can be seen in this month’s Sandoval Signpost Featured Artist Gallery.
“Serape,” burnished clay, 15” x 14” x 14”, by Andy Goldschmidt
Face to Face with Corrales artists
Corrales Bosque Gallery
The Corrales Bosque Gallery presents “Face to Face,” its eighth annual guest-artist show, on Friday, May 13, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Each of the twenty member artists at the Corrales Bosque Gallery will invite a guest artist to this show. The gallery will be packed, so it is a great opportunity to see many artists’ work and meet the artists themselves. There will be refreshments and, as always, great food. This exhibition will run through August 9.
Members and invited artists will be creating new and innovative work in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, printmaking, photography, fiber, glass, clay, and sculpture.
The Corrales Bosque Gallery is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm for visiting and will gladly provide any history or information about the artists and artwork in the gallery.
The gallery is at 4685 Corrales Road, 898-7203, email@example.com, www.collectorsguide.com/cbosque.
Corrales art studios open doors for a weekend
Mark your calendar for the seventh annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour on May 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Free tour maps for the self-guided tour can be picked up at any Corrales business or restaurant and are online at www.visitcorrales.com/corralesarttour/CorralesArtStudioTour.html. A preview show will be held on Friday, April 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at The Day Spa/Gallery at Serenity Gardens. Tour pieces will be on display through May 8.
There are forty-four tour stops this year, showing sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and mixed media. Studios will be offering door prizes and a chance to win gift certificates, flowers, a tea basket, or dinner for two.
The Corrales art tour provides an opportunity to meet the artists and view their original work. Corrales is a National Historic Byway.
Placitas Flea Market gets jumping in May
The Placitas Flea Market will be in operation again this year on the second Saturday of the month starting in May and running through October. Thanks to the McCallister family, the booth fees paid by vendors will help fund art projects, field trips, and the purchase of art supplies for students at Placitas Elementary School through the Art in the School Program.
Art in the School is a private nonprofit organization that trains parent volunteers to provide art education in the classroom. Art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art studio are part of each interdisciplinary lesson. The program addresses a variety of learning styles to make sure every child benefits. It teaches students that art is an integral part of the human experience. PES has been a participant in this program for more than fifteen years and students have explored a variety of art forms, including Pueblo pottery, Hispanic tinsmithing, Navajo weaving, African mask-making, Impressionist painting, scientific illustration, printmaking, and photography.
The flea market is scheduled for May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8. Participants can bring items for resale, arts and crafts, and other treasures to set up in the field on the west side of the Merc parking lot. The cost is $10 per twelve-by-sixteen-foot space. Vendors of all kinds are encouraged to participate. However, no hot foods or sandwiches are permitted. Bake-sale and lemonade stands are welcome.
Vehicles for sale in the Merc parking lot are assessed a $10 booth fee in order to remain in the parking lot on flea market days.
A Placitas Elementary School parent volunteer will collect vendor booth fees starting at 7:00 am. on the day of the market.
For further information, call Linda, at 867-0027.
Detail from “Rebecca,” by Cathy Wysocki
Cathy Wysocki, “Counting and Recounting”
The Katrina Lasko Gallery in Bernalillo will feature recent work by Cathy Wysocki in a show opening on April 30 and running through June 4. Here is Cathy's statement about her work:
“Intuitive and empirical sources are the fuel which ignite my imagination, yielding images painted, composed, animated, then juxtaposed into a tangential world with a history or ‘mythstory’ that I often feel compelled to tell. The varied media that I employ and the layering of them are all within the trajectory, hurtling through metaphorical space to discover the new work/world.
“Some of the materials I use are canvas, wood, paper, museum board, sand, photos, tissue, and oil paint.
“The subject matter varies with regard to what I have collected, seen, dreamed, or imagined, but is then transformed into its own world/tale filled with characters and places—irony and humor—which convey my perspective on compassion; impermanence; the dispelling of greed, hatred, and ignorance; as well as some surreal science and investigative work.”
A public reception will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Katrina Lasko Gallery is at 336 North Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. The gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5, and by appointment. For more information on this exhibit, please call 867-2523 or 570-2523. Please see our Web site, www.katrinalaskogallery.com.
PAS season finale to feature a world premier
PAS Board of Directors
The Placitas Artists Series is ending its 2004-2005 season in high style with a concert on May 22 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Willy and Friends will be playing string quartets, including a world premier of a quartet by Placitas resident John Bullock. Willy Sucre, on viola, will be joined by friends Krzysztof Zimowski and Joanna Morska-Osinska, on violin, and Joan Zucker, on cello. All of these outstanding New Mexico Symphony Orchestra musicians have entertained concertgoers in Placitas in past concerts of the PAS series.
The works scheduled for this concert are String Quartet no. 1, by Heitor Villa-Lobos; String Quartet no. 1, by Grazyna Bacewica; and String Quartet no. 2 in G Minor, by John T. Bullock, a member of the Board of Directors of the PAS.
There will be an artists' reception before the concert, at 1:30 p.m., at the newly renovated Church, which is six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). This month's featured artists are Mabel Culpepper, Mary Beth Goforth, Bianca Härle, and Charl Agiza.
Free care for children under six and handicapped access are provided.
Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased ahead of time at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas (867-3333). Tickets may also be purchased online. The prices for the concert are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For additional information, call 867-8080 or visit www.PlacitasArts.org.
Placitas Artists Series concerts and art exhibits are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs.
Placitas pianist plays Chopin
Placitas pianist Wendy Day invites you to an all-Chopin piano recital on Saturday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m. The performance will be at Keller Hall, University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For further information, call 277-2131.
May 1 concert at Eldorado HS
The Albuquerque Concert Band continues its 2004-2005 season. The eighty-piece symphonic band, conducted by John Sanks will perform a concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 p.m., at the Eldorado High School Theatre, near Juan Tabo and Montgomery NE. The free concert will feature several outstanding soloists, including trumpeter Jon Dante of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, saxophonist Eric Lau of the UNM Music Department, and clarinetist Andrew March, the student winner of the Bruce Kroken Memorial Scholarship.
Rough draft of a mantra
For six years I lived in a twelve-by-twelve cabin on the Blackfoot River near Bonner, Montana. Inside my asylum: bed, desk, wood stove, refrigerator, animal bones, fly rod, art reprints on postcards.
For six years I explored from a distance the world of social and political intercourse. My credo: withdraw, read books, take notes.
I filled my journals with quotations, cartoons, and ravings. My mission: piece together a world view.
MOUNTAINS: “The mountains render the soul efficient for the conduct of the affairs of life.”
SOUL: “The soul is primary, and matter is governed by soul conditions.”
CULTURE: “Culture raises man, then encrusts him.”
EMOTION: “To open the door to feeling, even a little, risks the release of the emotional storm.”
VIRTUE: “For the masses, virtue follows security; for the heroic, virtue follows action.”
EVIL: “There is no compromise with evil.”
FREEDOM: “Government is a system of power, freedom is a function of personality.”
GOVERNMENT: “All government operates by myth, fraud and ultimately force.”
AMERICA: “There have always been two contradictory American ideals: to be the occasion of maximum violence…and to remain absolutely innocent.”
MATERIALISM: “I can decorate my prison forever.”
SOCIALISM: “Government cannot assume responsibility for its citizens welfare without affecting their moral fiber.”
ANARCHY: “The anarchist keeps watch within and opposes our resignations.”
ART: “The history of art is a sequence of successful transgressions.”
SEX: “Every shred of the usual weather is precious and sexual as it goes.”
HOPE: “The naming of the intolerable is itself the hope.”
BEAUTY: “Exuberance is beauty.”
DESTINY: “To be an American is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than inherit one.”
Noon. I sat at the counter of the Metlen Café in Dillon, Montana, nine degrees above zero, six inches of snow on the ground, no mercy.
The Metlen was established in 1897. A quick glance at the customers and the ladies running the show told me I’d stepped back into 1953. The towns that appeared now and then in this vacant valley of white and shadow felt no obligation to obey the calendar.
In Montana the gods were mountains and rivers, and the priests were the animals of the wild. Crags, pines, and white water did all the driving. The clock, culture, and ego sat in the back seat with the groceries and the laundry.
I ate my eggs and potatoes and conjured the priests who, when I last saw them, were taking communion. Just south of town, late morning sky utter blue, five eagles and a magpie devoured the patron saint of asphalt, the roadkill deer.
Greg Leichner, P. O.Box 101, Placitas NM 87043, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMSU professors emeriti win Western Writers award for book on Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution, by Charles Harris and Louis Ray Sadler, has received the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America as the best contemporary history of 2004.
The authors join a celebrated cast of former Spur winners, including Tony Hillerman, Max Evans, Marc Simmons and Paul Hutton, all from New Mexico. Other works that have earned the Spur Award include such well-known books as Lonesome Dove and Dances with Wolves.
The Rangers book is the product of thirty years of collaboration and research between Harris and Sadler, NMSU professors emeriti of history. "We started to write a scholarly paper on gunrunning in El Paso and soon found that you couldn't understand what was going on in El Paso without understanding the entire border," Harris said.
Thus began an in-depth research on the United States-Mexico border region. The book on the Rangers is a part of the result of that research, and there likely will be more books to follow, Harris said.
Sadler noted that theirs is the first Rangers history to use archives from the Mexican government and declassified FBI records on the Mexican Revolution.
The book has been controversial, Sadler said, because there seems to be a general unwillingness to recognize that the president of Mexico could have "bounced around the president of the United States" and played a clandestine role to spawn violence along the border.
According to the authors' statement on the back cover, that violence led the "governor of Texas to order the Texas Rangers to wipe out the insurgency along the border. This resulted in an estimated 300 Hispanics being killed by the Rangers and others without benefit of judge and jury."
Sadler said, "Here's a case where people simply became cannon fodder, and Venustiano Carranza, the president of Mexico, wanted it to happen."
Harris and Sadler will be recognized at the 2005 Western Writers of America Convention in June in Spokane.
Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution was published by University of New Mexico Press.