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.
Carol Mullen received her MA in Art Education and BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing from UNM. She has been an Instructor at UNM’s Department of Art Education, TVI (now CNM), and Manzano High School. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows in New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Arkansas, and California, and received numerous awards. Carol says: “Mixed media/collage is a visual art for in which disparate elements are joined to create and express a new theme. In my anthropomorphic work, I create collages in an abstract human-like form. Many elements come together to form these pieces: wood as a substrate, handmade paper, paint, metal, fired clay, and ephemera. My abstracted landscapes, to which I occasionally put text, may tell a story to encourage the viewer to understand my intent and/or to help the viewer establish his/her own interpretation.”
Meredith McPherson left her job as Project Director for Traveling Exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. in the mid-1990s and moved to Nanjing China to serve as personal apprentice to Grand Master painter and calligrapher Liang Zongheng. With Master Liang, she studied Chinese art history and philosophy, poetry and painting, culture and craft, and the tools and techniques of Chinese calligraphy. Master Liang gifted Meredith with a rich tradition passed from master to apprentice and honored her with the name Mo Feisheng – Voice of Flying Ink.Meredith has exhibited her artworks extensively throughout the USA, Canada, China, and Australia. She currently lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she continues studying Shang Dynasty (circa 16th-11th centuries BCE) Oracle Bone Inscriptions and paints with a special focus on contemporary Zen-inspired brushed ink calligraphy on handmade paper.Meredith says: “Traces of black ink flying across white paper enables me to express my interpretation of ancient sacred symbols and then release those images to the custody of the art viewers who reinterpret the symbols through their own personal cultural lens. This creative process respects Master Liang’s behest to ‘Share the sacred images with the people.’ ”
Wanda Cavanagh syndicates a simple look to her work with traditional metalsmithing techniques. Granulation, 24K gold over silver fusion, and unfinished or hammered natural gemstones come together to create unique jewelry with understated elegance and sophistication.Growing up in the heart of beautiful Poland and traveling to over 28 countries, Cavanagh absorbed from her exposure to European and Asian history, architecture, and art. She attended graduate school at Silesian and Warsaw Universities. Her mentors in large part gained their skills from the School of Design in Pforzheim, Germany. After living one year in Italy and six years in Canada, Cavanaugh moved to the USA, where she graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After contributing to creative teams in the corporate world, she switched gears toward jewelry design and metalsmithing. Wanda and her husband, Robert, moved to Placitas, New Mexico and currently own the Hoot Art Gallery, continuing the efforts originated by Arte de Placitas. They are both honored to promote local artists.Wanda says: “One of my favorite anonymous expressions is, ‘I have enough jewelry said no one ever.’ Jewelry making has become my artistic passion.”
Robert Benjamin got excited about New Mexico landscapes in 1971. He spent his formative years in northeastern Ohio, executing his first oil painting at the age of ten. In New Mexico he worked as an illustrator, art director, lithographer, and art bronze foundry owner before deciding his true love was landscape painting. His expression and artistic vision of the innate beauty of the New Mexico landscape continues to be celebrated in museums and private collections alike.