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.
Geri Verble, a Placitas jewelry design artist, specializes in tribal and ethnic jewelry. Verble developed a passion for collecting ethnic beads and pendants while travelling with the Peace Corps. Bead collecting not only became a passion for her, but a journey into learning about the history of beads. Majoring in Theatre Arts in college, Verble’s focus was in Stagecraft Design. This sense of design has influenced her work in creating one-of-a-kind, exceptional designs. Visit Verble at the Placitas Holiday Sale in November and Placitas Studio Tour May 12-13.Verble says, “I begin my design by choosing a bead or pendant that I have collected from around the world. Many of these treasures come from third world countries as well as co-ops that work with some of the world’s poorest people. Each ancient bead and ethnic ornament tells a story and has a spiritual energy that flows through it. That energy guides me as I design. From the intricate work of the African lost wax brass beads, to the silver repousse pendants from Nepal, or the masterful metalwork of the Tuareg desert men from Niger, these stories take us to a different time and place and remind us that somehow we are all connected.”
Jane Fritz is an award-winning artist who became hooked on watercolors when she created a painting journal while traveling for 10 months with her husband throughout southeast Asia. Her watercolor mentor was John Pollock, with whom she studied at Montana State University-Billings. She has traveled and painted in over 20 countries. Fritz is a Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, and is also a member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and has exhibited in state, regional, and national exhibits. Her work is in private collections in the USA, Canada, and elsewhere.Jane says: “My work focuses on wilderness landscapes and wildflowers to share my passion for the beauty of the earth. A pathway of shadows or other guiding lines leads the viewers’ attention to a luminous focal point. Leaving exposed some of the white paper and warm underpainting creates a glow in this area. This center of interest beckons the viewers into the painting, and entices them to examine the details of the flowers, to ponder what is beyond the next bend in the scene. My hope is that my work will help foster an appreciation for wilderness and nature that encourages people to work toward preservation of the ecosystems that sustain us all.”
Quilting is Jo Anne Fredrikson’s passion. It has expanded into an art form across the world with many new dimensions. Looking at imaginative designs pioneer women created on scraps of old newspaper confirms that quilting has always been an art form. Fredrikson enjoys learning new techniques for working with stunning fabrics, textures, threads, and embellishments. Contemporary art quilts offer challenging new approaches to color, design, and cultural themes. She finds joy is in sharing creations with fellow quilters and fabric artists who understand the nuances of composition and technique.Fredrikson’s quilts have been juried into local and national shows, and are part of private collections. She is president of the New Mexico Quilters’ Association, a retired educator, and has six grandchildren. She loves writing and enjoys creativity in all dimensions of her life—especially her garden.Jo Anne says: “My desire is to create quilted pieces that can tell a story and surprise even me.”
Peter Böhringer was born in Germany, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, lived 10 years in Switzerland and finally moved to the US in 2002. He lived first in California where he discovered his love for the high desert’s vastness and light. In 2010 he moved to New Mexico and since then he explores, hikes, backpacks and photographs the American Southwest. Böhringer loves to share his skills during his photographic tours and workshops. Peter says, “There is no journey, road, trail, location too far, or weather conditions too adverse for me not to follow the call and photograph the American Southwest.”