Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Visual Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
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John's early interest in photography was influenced by instructive time in his uncle's darkroom as a young teenager; as an adult he evolved to shooting large format black and white photography using two Deardoff field cameras shooting 8x10; 5x7 and 4x5 inch negatives. He developed and printed B&W film in his custom designed darkroom. John has moved from film to digital images and is currently a member of JPG-Photography Group in Jardineros de Placitas and the ABQ Enchanted Lens Cameral Club.John says “A traumatic brain injury in 1970. Music was therapeutic, it nourished my soul. I was drawn to the audio and visual stimulus. Every instrument is an exquisite form of art. This Project: Images which move music into visual artistic expression.”
Katherine Irish knew she was an artist from an early age. She attended DePauw University, Tyler School of Art in Rome and an internship with Willard Midgette in New York as an undergradu-ate. She studied art in New York. Her desire to pursue a career in art led her to New Mexico. Previously painting in oil, she began to work seriously in pastel in 2002 and has studied with Albert Handell. Katherine is an award-winning artist who exhibits in juried and invitational exhibits nationally.Katherine says: “I have made a conscious decision to contribute beauty to the world through my art. I find camaraderie with landscape artists who work to reflect the beauty of nature despite a backdrop of world crisis.”
Rebecca Nolda completed her MA in fine art/art history at the University of Minnesota, taught there during graduate school and after, and then spent the next several years as a corporate new media specialist/graphic designer. Since then she has been a full-time mixed media artist exploring different themes. She has been fortunate to exhibit her work nationally and interna-tionally.Rebecca says: “I love to explore the subtle relationships between what we see and what we imagine: suggestions of a story, a hint at the elapse of time, or a history of events. I like to think I'm offering a roadmap for a different interpretation of reality.”
Cheryl has long been a student of the Historic, Religious, and Metaphysical significance of gemstones and precious metals that have been used by many cultures over the millennia. Using these exotic materials, she creates one of a kind heirloom jew-elry in her studio in Placitas. Cheryl says: “The important element for me in working with gemstones is to work with natural, Earth Mined Stones that have not been color treated, stabilized, enhanced, heat treated, reconstituted, lab created, or are just plain fakes. Transparency is very important in the jewelry industry and very important to me.”
Karen Valdez was born in Nebraska and moved to Albuquerque in 1964. She graduated from HS here and started a bookkeeping career until her retirement in 2020. Karen discovered a passion for paint-ing experimenting with a pour technique called "dutch pour". This technique produces delicate ribbons of colors and beautiful details. Her artwork is exquisite due to her perfectionism making every piece flawless and they are one of a kind. She expresses her art on wood and canvas.Karen says: “I am an abstract impressionistic artist. I express myself by painting with a "dutch pour" technique that is unique and its own interpretation. Painting brings me peace, joy and offers me a place to meditate the beauty in the world of art and grace.”