Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
31st Anniversary Season 2017—2018The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Steve Palmer began his artistic career after spending 40+ years as a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at U.C. Berkeley. He worked in the field of vision science, the topic of his pioneering book, Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology (MIT Press, 1999). His current “Liquid Color” paintings are intimately related to his previous scientific studies on the visual perception of color, shape, texture, and spatial composition and the relation of these properties to music. He recently moved from Berkeley to Placitas to be with his husband, Avi Kriechman. Steve says, “I've always been fascinated by the vibrant colors, intricate textures, and abstract geometries of natural materials, such as polished marble, agate, jasper, and petrified wood. But when I tried to paint them using brushes on canvas, I failed miserably! Then I discovered pouring paint instead of brushing it, using acrylic inks and acrylic pouring medium, which I then poured over plexiglass. I call the result "Liquid Color" painting, which produces brilliantly colored, translucent layers of textures that blend and separate into marvelous streams and eddies. The plexiglass substrate makes frames optional and cutting the plexiglass into interesting shapes allows me to compose textured figures in front of a farther ground to create 3D "Wall Sculptures." It's great fun, and I feel like I’m only beginning to explore the process and the medium.”
Harriet Neal pursues photography passionately, primarily in the West, with subjects ranging from steaming fumaroles in her native Wyoming to wildflowers in her own backyard to the ruins of ancient Americans. She sees a spiritual dimension in her work and believes we begin to understand our own place in the universe through connection with our environment. Her award-winning photography is continually evolving and is constrained neither by camera nor darkroom. She has shown her work in numerous shows, including Shades of Gray (an ANMPAS show) and the New Mexico State Fair, and has been a participant in the Placitas Artists Studio Tour for the past three years. She lives and works out of her own studio in Placitas, and shares her life with geologist husband Jim, and Teddy, a Border Collie. Harriet has been an art museum docent for nearly twenty years, first in Prescott, Arizona, and presently at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.During and following her formal education she raised five children and taught mid- and high school math in Albuquerque Public Schools, while obtaining advanced degrees. Although Harriet is not quite a New Mexico native, she considers herself a native at heart— having lived here since 1959, except for 15 years in Arizona.Harriet says: “My photography invites viewers to explore and be touched by some of the miracles of the world. Cameras can poke their way into capturing a flower in ways that the human eyes overlook, or are incapable of seeing, such as with infrared photography. A photograph can bring the observer’s attention to details that they have never seen before, and spark a quick intake of breath at the wonder. Sometimes what is found is distressing and uncomfortable; but all of it is part of the magnificence and fragility of our earthly home. I believe that photography is one way to achieve a greater appreciation and experience of the world in which we live, and can show us how to look beyond the obvious.”
After a career in clinical medicine, Barbara McGuire developed a special interest and fondness for the luminous qualities of watercolor painting. Taking every opportunity to participate in painting classes and workshops, this affection for watercolor painting grew into a passion. As an award-winning member of the NM Watercolor Society, Barbara is pleased to have achieved Signature Member Group status, and plans to enjoy a lifelong avocation in watercolor art.Barbara says, “My fascination with the ability to create an external representation of what the mind visually perceives began as a child with forays into drawing and film photography. With a mother who enjoyed oil painting and art history, my powers of observation and inquisitive nature were enhanced by summer art lessons, art gallery outings, and museum visits. Travel, a photography hobby, and adult art workshops have promoted and nurtured my exploration of fine art and colorful imagery. Watercolor painting, with its challenges and unique characteristics, has served to best express my creative desires.”
Contemporary Realism is the term Victoria Mauldin uses to describe her work in acrylics and oils. She primarily starts with her own photography; therefore her artwork is strongly rooted in Southwest culture and panorama. A retired school principal, Mauldin is a full-time artist, working daily with some aspect of her art. After being an active member of the art community of Ruidoso, NM for 12 years, participating in many shows and serving as an organizer for a variety of art organizations, Mauldin moved to Santa Fe, NM. In 2014, Mauldin relocated to Bernalillo, NM, where she is a member of the NM Art League and the Rio Grande Art Association. She regularly participates in the Rio Grande Art Shows, NM Masterworks, Ruidoso, and other New Mexico and surrounding state shows. She is the featured artist at the Rainmakers Golf Community Club House in Ruidoso, NM.Mauldin’s art education includes college-level coursework and numerous workshops over a 40-year period, auditing college level courses in art, and participating in workshops from such notable artists as Wei Tai, John Farnsworth, and Ann Templeton. Professional memberships include the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Rio Grande Art Association, and the New Mexico Art League.Victoria says, “I love to tell a story with paint, and my intent is to capture the boundless beauty around me making it very personal to the viewer, connecting them to the subject matter in an intimate way. My photography primarily serves as the foundation for my work, and I use the paint brush to tell a story or capture a fleeting moment when the light is perfection or a relationship is special. I am likely to paint any subject matter in which I see beauty. Living in New Mexico has provided me a never-ending array of wonder. In the last two years I have added a series of work based on traditional Magical Realism constructs, but often emerging in my dreams. This Magical Encounter series, which evolves from a deeper place, often sparks more inquiry from the viewer; yet these pieces are uniquely rooted in Southwest culture, and remain true to my style and recognizable as my work.”