Thursday, September 12, 2013

Featured Area Musicians to Perform at “ARTrageous”

What is ARTrageous?  ARTrageous is an art event designed to be much like a studio tour,
but instead of folks driving all over Rio Rancho (and getting lost), the artists are either all
in one spot or in several large clusters within close proximity.

The 2013 ARTrageous will be Sept 20-21 at the Italian American Association located at
1565 Stephanie Rd SE in Rio Rancho, NM.  The opening reception will be on Friday, Sept. 20th
from 5-9 pm which will include a fundraising (raffle tickets being sold for various items) to
benefit the Sandoval County CASA. You can view a complete list of the raffle items and list of
participating artist names at the RRAA website here.

In addition to the 18 well-know area visual artists who will be displaying their work for
sale, the following musical performances will take place during the opening reception:

• 5:00-6:15 pm  Linda McIntosh, Piano

• 6:30-7:15 pm  A small ensemble of singers from the Westside Concert Chorale will
perform excerpts from the Musical Les Miserables, and several other well-known choral
selections.  The Ensemble is directed by Jerrilyn Foster and it will be accompanied by
MacKenzie Reed.

• 7:30-9:00  Tony & Anthony Russell

Friday, September 6, 2013

Painting Music

Martin Klimas is a German photographer who has developed a way to capture  the actual sonic vibrations of such songs as Miles Davis's
Bitche's Brew and others. Klimas has an exhibit at the Foley Gallery in NYC now, but you can view this amazing photography AND how it is done on you tube :

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Photography Boot Camp for Beginners

For all you artists who are NOT photographers, Amazon local deals is offering a wonderful heavily discounted opportunity to attend a photography boot camp for beginners!  The event takes place on University of New Mexico Campus October 5th for four hours.  You do need to bring your digital camera. You can read more details HERE  For more of the great Amazon local deals look HERE.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September's Program and Guest Speaker

At this month's September 11th meeting for RRAA, our guest speaker will be the renowned landscape artists, Tom Blazier. Tom will be speaking about his work and his technique immediately following the business portion of the membership meeting. This program is offered free of charge to the public-you need not be a member to attend. For more information about the membership meeting and the location, visit the RRAA website.

Here's what Tom has to say about this months' program:

"I have always been sensitive to my surroundings. Memories of being a small boy on our old farm in Pennsylvania and later years in Arizona, Oregon and New Mexico have left indelible images of contrasting landscapes in my mind. From stifling heat to frigid cold, bone dry to moss wet, muted browns to vivid greens, open cloudless expanses to small spaces under brooding skies, these abrupt changes have fueled my imagination and my desire to paint.

Spending time in these settings has made me more aware of the many ways in which light and atmosphere impart mood and drama in the landscape. I am able to approach potential subjects with a fresh eye, where I am aware of what is not in a particular landscape as well as what is. When I am hiking the Arizona desert, I notice that it lacks the intense greens and abundant water found in Oregon. When I visit Pennsylvania, I am aware of how the rolling hills and trees obscure the great vistas seen in New Mexico. Having these frames of reference helps me identify what is special about a particular landscape and use it to dramatic effect. Discovering a hint of vivid Oregon green in the brown New Mexico desert and placing a small addition of that color in my painting enhances the “feel” of an arid environment.

Finding the right words to describe my oil paintings often eludes people who try to define the subtle effect they see in my work. “A touch of fantasy,” “visionary” or “spiritual” are a few examples suggested. Although I don’t consciously begin my landscape paintings with the goal of creating this effect, the fact that it is observable in my completed works can be partially attributed to living in regions with vastly different geography and climate. Whatever words are used to describe my paintings, it is the sheer beauty of the Southwest landscape that inspires my creative impulse, and it is dramatic lighting and atmosphere that are identifiable features of my work."

"Winter Solitude" oil on canvas ©Tom Blazier

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PAUL COZE - Public Works from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, AZ

St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, located at 24th St. and Campbell Rd, was where I first attended school (elementary) after moving to Arizona.  It was also our parish church.  I can remember when Mr.  Coze's Stations of the Cross were first displayed.  They were different than other Stations I had seen in my short life...the others were more like small placques, but these were actual paintings...larger than most and framed.  They were also different in that they were not painted in the old masters' techniques that I was so used to seeing in the Church...these were a little edgy...they made me want to study them more...they seemed more relevant to me...

 The Church is beautiful, has been recently redone with changes in the railing in the front and new paintings...

...for the rest of the story and images, please go to my blog:


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Come One, Come All to RRAA's ART Rageous Event!

Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbors to Rio Rancho Art Association's Art Rageous Event: an art show and sale. This event is being held at the Italian American Association building located at 1565 Stephanie Rd. SE in Rio Rancho-just across from Intel. Admission is free!

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 20th, 2013 from 5 pm - 9 pm. There will be live music, refreshments, raffle ticket sales and a cash bar. This reception also serves as a fundraiser for Sandoval County CASA-all proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go to Sandoval County CASA.

The art show and sale continues on Saturday, Sept. 21st from 10 am - 5 pm. There will also be a "Creation Station" for the kids where they can make their own artistic creation from recycled goods. What a great way to learn about recycling and be creative at the same time.

Come on out and support CASA, support the local economy here in Rio Rancho and support your local artists!