March Visual Artists
Visual Artists Reception, 2 p.m., March 19, 2023
Concerts and Art Exhibits at
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
Highway 165, Placitas NM
2 pm - Visual Artists Reception
3 pm - Concert
Please check individual concert details
as dates and times may be subject to
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Linda is both a Watercolor and Acrylic Artist. She has won sev-
eral awards from the Watercolor Society and Masterworks.
Linda likes to experiment with different styles and her inspira-
tions are from Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Klimt and Seurat.
You can find her work in many restaurants and galleries in
Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Linda says: “My style is to create something new and different
with each painting. My inspiration comes from Kandinsky,
Picasso, Matisse, Seurat and Klimt. I have won awards from the
New Mexico Watercolor Society and Masterworks for abstract
Dan is from a family of artists. His mom is a painter and his dad
was an architect. Art and architecture are his world. Dan spent a
lot of time in his mother’s studio or out looking at buildings with
his dad. This was the Abstract expressionist era in California.
Dan lived and painted in the San Francisco for 30 years and
showing on a regular basis. He also spent a year studying in
Europe and also painted with artist Channing Peake in Santa
Barbara, California. Dan moved to New Mexico in 2005.
Dan says: “Making Art is like the air I breath. It’s a way of life! A
spiritual connection to a Higher Power! Art is the foundation
upon which I live my everyday life!”
Judith was a Painting and Design at Carnegie Tech in the 1960's
and has been creating ever since. She has worked in many dif-
ferent media, and has painted on Silk since 1982. First was a long
successful Wearable Arts Career, and she is now focused on Art
Quilts which she shows locally at Wild Hearts Gallery here in
Placitas, and also in National and International shows and Muse-
Judith says: “I love the complex, multi-layered, and meditative
quality of creating and embellishing Art Quilts. Now, more than
ever, appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our Natural
World is so important, and that is the focus of my quilts.”
Dianna Shomaker has created and studied art since the 1950s
with instructors and institutions in the US and Europe. Her style
has evolved from realistic to abstraction guided primarily by
intuition. She is currently using encaustic wax media in a vari-
ety of applications.
Dianna says: “Paintings can be such powerful tools for express-
ing the things we value. Painting gives me another voice in my
world and is as close as I can get to expressing those feelings
whose meanings cannot be conveyed through words alone.”
Creativity and imagination defined Pea Garr’s childhood, from
self-made dollhouses, collage, drawing, and sewing, to wishful
glances at her brother’s Erector® set. First she taught Jazzer-
cise® and watered plants in office buildings. Shifting gears, Pea
completed a mechanical engineering degree at UNM and
worked in industry. Leaving Intel, she returned to a primary
focus of creativity. Currently she makes art lamps by repurpos-
ing materials, and Pea is a Master Gardener and bird watcher.
Pea says: “I create solar-powered ART LAMPS for outdoors
with materials from thrift stores, yard sales, bicycle and tire
shops. With our homes overfilled with art, I seek to adorn the
patio, porch, and pathway with purposeful light and entertain-
Marian has loved creating art since childhood. She studied at the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, University of
New Mexico. She became enchanted with the land and people of New
Mexico forty years ago and has been joyfully painting them ever since.
Marian is an award-winning artist and works in several mediums, pri-
marily fused glass and oil painting. Marian is currently licensed as a
K-12 Art Educator and a Registered Nurse. After returning from a life-
changing experience in Haiti in 2010, Marian started the Art Heals
Project in partnership with the New Mexico Art League. This service
provides art experiences for hospitalized children. Since 2013, she has
visited thousands of children in their hospital rooms to facilitate art
projects with them. She was designated a Local Treasure by the Albu-
querque Art Business Association in 2015, an award for artists who
excel in the arts and also give back to their communities. Marian
believes that art-making is a healing and life-affirming process.