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One day I was taking a stroll down Santa Fe's  gallery-filled CANYON ROAD, and standing tall and proud outside the SELBY FLEETWOOD GALLERY was  a magnificent bison, looking at first glance as if folded from giant sheets of paper. 

That's part of the magic and charm of a KEVIN BOX sculpture.  "It looks like paper, but it's not. It's what draws people to the work, " explains Box who has a wonderful home/gallery/studio in Cerrillos, New Mexico - just 20-minutes outside Santa Fe -that he shares with his equally-talented wife Jennifer.

Box trained as a graphic designer, but well into his career he had an epiphany,  realizing that all his hard work would eventually end up in a landfill. What he wanted was for his creative work to have permanence. "Art is one of the treasures of time, connecting you with your ancestors and allowing you to create for people who aren't even born yet," says Box.

To achieve that longevity, he switched to Fine Art and did printmaking and monotype and then apprenticing with a foundry casting bronze sculpture. "Casting is like publishing," notes Box, "just in 3D."

Along the way he began paper folding. "People said it was like origami, but I didn't know what that was," remembers Box, who has taken this ancient art of paper folding to a new level, creating elegant metal sculpture.

Table-top bronze ponies

"All the original metal pieces begin as folded paper," explains Box. 

The paper is then un-folded to reveal the creases and the back is coated with layers of wax and manipulated and stabilized into the final shape. 

Each sculpture begins in the studio and is then out-source to the foundry for casting into museum-quality aluminum, stainless steel or bronze. The work then returns to the  studio for hand-finishing - welding, sand blasting and painting.

Large works like Pegasus (above) are fabricated in several pieces and then welded together. And while many of the sculptures are one-of-a-kind, multiples can be made by creating a ceramic mold and then pouring and casting them at the foundry.


 Box embraces the collaborative process. A favorite collaborator is Robert J. Lang, one of the world's leading masters of origami, with over 500 designs cataloged and diagrammed.

The origami crease pattern  created by Lang for the cranes.  

 "Sculpture is a team effort and I enjoy working with other artists," says Box, whose most constant collaborator is his lovely wife  Jennifer.  "In the beginning Jennifer just managed the business, but slowly she began to  immersed herself in the creative process as well. "

 The Box squared signature is imprinted on all their collaborative pieces. 


Currently - through October 25th - THE SANTA FE BOTANICAL GARDEN is presenting 'Origami in the Garden'a large-scale sculpture exhibition created by Box. The show-piece of the exhibit is a 25-foot tall sculpture encompassing 500 white cranes mounted on black marble. 

Photo courtesy Box Studio



Call for an appt. to see the gallery and tour their sculpture garden.

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"As a child I was entranced by tiny worlds which flourished in the back yard, realms of bees with their royal families, worm-like caterpillars who sprouted fairy wings and took flight, the heroic odysseys of the birds who reappeared in the spring. Immersed
 in fairy tales and myth I gave these creature human traits. Years later these early fascinations with narrative, myth and wonderment reappeared in my painting.
Delight is sufficient reason to proceed, and so I have."

Photography by C.Whitney-Ward

And what a delight it was for me to step into Lea's wonderful studio - three rooms filled with a retrospective of her romantic, ethereal work. The first room is her working studio where there are paintings and drawings in progress.

The back room is her gallery.

And upstairs is an inviting lounge and a collection of her earlier work.

"I create allegorical/metaphysical portraits, " explains Lea. "My work includes insect and bird headpieces and some sort of ecological theme worked into the millinery touches - what a butterfly
or bird eats, for example." 

Q U E S T I O N S ?

Q.  If you could be one of your paintings which one?

A. I would be the Homage to the Common Bird - either the woman or the birds.

Q.  If you could choose any building in the world to be your canvas, which one?

 A. Two years ago I lived in Paris for a few months - the Montmartre district - and I was drawn to the water tower just behind the Sacre'-Coeur Basilica. I would paint the queen bees court in the honeycomb on the facade and all the bounty that bees pollinate - fruits vegetables and flowers.

Q.  What's themes will be next for you?

A.  Mammals, a more textured element.  I like puns, so perhaps a ' Foxie Series'.



TWO DAZZLING STARS OF THE OPERA WORLD - mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack & tenor Alek Shrader were the guests of honor at an elegant fundraising dinner for the ARIZONA OPERA, held at the gorgeous Santa Fe home of Debbie and Jim Quirk - residents of both Santa Fe and Tucson. 

The Arizona Opera League in Tuscon has been doing these Opera Feasts for the past several years - always themed and presented 2-3 weeks prior to the operas performed each season. But last year they brought their fundraising FEAST to Santa Fe along with a wonderful group of Arizona opera enthusiasts who took in several Santa Fe operas and attended the dinner. It was a hit, so the AZO decided to do it again!

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When the guests arrived the tables were set...drinks and hors'doeuvres were served on the back patio...and there was a lot of opera chat...

Before dinner, guests  were treated to a private performance by the beautiful   Daniela Mack - who starred in the SFO's new production of CARMEN - and husband Alex Shrader who played Ernesto in Donezetti's Don Pasquale. Last year  Bel Canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who played Umberto in Rossini's LA DONNA DEL LAGO at the Santa Fe Opera, was the honored guest. 

AZO General Director Ryan Taylor welcomed everyone to the special  benefit evening and graciously introduced the guests of honor.

It was thrilling sitting just 'inches' away from these two extraordinary talents who appear larger than life on stage, but are warm, engaging and thoroughly down-to-earth.  And, they stayed for dinner.

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Our chef for the evening - Jean Cooper - is the past president of the Arizona Opera League and has been creating these amazing fundraising dinners for the past several years. To say that she is organized is an understatement. Everything for the dinner was ferried from Tuscon to Santa Fe - ingredients, dinnerware, glasses - and Jean took over the Quirk's kitchen preparing the five-course feast.

A wonderful AZO volunteer!

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Many, many happy faces.

Allen  Perriello - Head of Music Staff AZO  (rt.)