2.19.2018

MICHAEL GURULE - SPIRIT OF A STUDIO





Step into FAUST GALLERY - 202 Canyon Rd. - turn left at the reception desk and you'll discover Artist MICHAEL GURULE'S working studio.  Sunlight flows through the windows, his art peppers the walls and if not engaging a visitor to the gallery, he'll be hunkered down in front of his easel working.



A shy child,   Michael's world was happiest when he had a sheet of fresh paper and a row of perfectly sharpened pencils at the ready. "I would draw the image with the first pencil, rotate that pencil to the end of the line and keep going,"  he remembers. When all the pencil points were worked down to a nub, he'd then use them for shading.


Both a painter and sculptor, Michael works in oils,
 acrylic, mixed media and bronze. 






Much of his figurative work is done in black and white, using acrylics and black gesso. His signature is to focus in on one part of the subject, leaving the rest out of focus.






"What I've learned in my art life," explains Michael, "is not to try and create a masterpiece each time. I let the piece happen; let it grow up like a child. 
It's all about enjoying the journey."


202 Canyon Rd. - Santa Fe, NM
T. 505.577.5892








 B L U E   B U F F A L O    P R O J E C T

Santa Fe Artist, Armond Lara teams up with 
Form & Concept Gallery to create an epic
art installation.


“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today,
 even though we tried our best to kill them all off.” The Santa Fe artist has
 depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings and sculptures for decades. In 
recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. The winged blue 
buffalo reference a dark chapter of Lara’s family history: his grandmother,
 who was Navajo, was kidnapped as a child and forced into servitude
by a Mexican family. This was a common story in the region now
 known as the Western United States. Across three centuries of Spanish, 
Mexican and American rule, thousands to millions of Native children were 
enslaved as household servants or field hands.  The Pueblo people
 called these abducted youths “lost bluebirds,” a symbol that Lara
 combined with the buffalo into a new icon of 
Indigenous survival. This August, he’ll collaborate with
 form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating
 a monumental installation of seventy hand painted, cast resin flying
 blue buffalo sculptures that explores this little-told history. 

2.11.2018

WEBSTER COLLECTION - A TREASURE TROVE ON THE SANTA FE PLAZA




Ensconced in the second-oldest building on Santa Fe's Historic Plaza known as the BATTS BUILDING - just above the Plaza Cafe, WEBSTER COLLECTION is a visual feast. I stopped by the other day at the invitation of CHRIS WEBSTER, the charming  impresario/collector/force behind this unique space and its eclectic  offerings of historic and contemporary art.


Originally from North Carolina, Chris came to Santa Fe in the early 70's and immediately became enamored with the richness of the history and culture of the Southwest. He began traveling, collecting art and building thousands of relationships with artists, dealers and patrons. After getting his real estate brokers license in 1976,  he combined  the two  passions into CHRISTOPHER WEBSTER REAL ESTATE AND ART INVESTMENTS, which later became an affiliate of Sotheby's International Realty. 


For 20 years Chris and family traveled between Santa Fe and Mexico and when the opportunity came to take over most of the floor of the building in 1998, he drew upon his passion for Mexican Colonial architecture and interiors and brought artisans from Mexico to transform  the walls and ceilings in the suite of rooms. 

"Each day when I walk into this unique space, I feel inspired
 and fulfilled," says Chris.


There are hand-applied plaster finishes on all the walls and beautiful old  Mexican doors and windows were brought in to re-create that Colonial style.



TONY PRICE ATOMIC ART 






The office today is a multi-purpose space. There are two private  offices  overlooking The Plaza; the central spine of the office is now a gallery space and there is also a large, inviting room for board meetings and events. There's also a  music/sound recording studio and a production company.


The current show - OFF THE GRID - showcases the work of eleven local artists/photographers - Tasha Ostrander, Willis F. Lee, Robert Stivers, David Michael Kennedy, Deborah Samuel, Patti Levey, Victoria Goldman-Amore, Joanne Teasdale, Andrea Senutovitch, Alexandra Ewing, and Tony Bonanno

The photographs and artwork  fill the central gallery and are intermingled with  art objects from Chris's vast collection - a nice pairing of contemporary and vintage.












The large meeting room and office spaces are full of visual surprises...
 as well...


A beautiful space for a board retreat...











THE CONCORD MINUTEMAN OF 1775

Two prized, bronze sculptures  by DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH, N.A.  take pride of place in Chris' office.


THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL


Behind all of these objects is a story. 



This harlequin-painted case, for example, was owned by the equally colorful nephew (see note below) of the famed  Kit Carson. Said nephew - William "Uncle Kit" Carson - lived in Roswell, NM and was at times a  stage coach driver, an Indian scout  and a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.  

However, although many believed that "Uncle Kit" was indeed Kit Carson's nephew, history proves that he was not. His true name was Ora A. Woodman. A consummate performer, he was said to actually become the character he was playing at the time; probably even 'fooling' himself.






THANK YOU CHRIS FOR A DELIGHTFUL TOUR OF YOUR REALM, 
AMAZING COLLECTIONS AND GALLERY OFFERINGS.


W E B S T E R
COLLECTION

54 1/2 LINCOLN AVE - THE PLAZA, SANTA FE

505-954-9500