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.
As an emerging artist, Zsuzsanna Rossetter explores nature and the dignity of its beauty in her watercolor and oil paintings. Self-taught, Zsuzsanna began painting in 2015 after finding her mediums in watercolor and in oil. Since then she has exhibited her work in several juried exhibits in New Mexico. She is an active member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society as well as of the Santa Fe Society of Artists, where she is regularly included in the Society’s shows in downtown Santa Fe. She was born and raised in Hungary where she lived until 1997 when she moved to the United States. Since 2014 she has resided in Santa Fe with her husband and two dogs she adores.Zsuzsanna says, “I am fascinated with the nobility, beauty, and fragility of life, whether of the wild or human. I paint living beings as a way of looking into their souls. I invite the viewer to connect with each being’s unique soul in order to share my love and deep appreciation for our beautiful planet Earth.”
Diane Orchard’s artwork has been exhibited in New Mexico, Arizona, and Canada. It includes painting, mixed media, watercolor, and sculpture. I received my BFA (distinguished exhibition) in painting and drawing from the University of Saskatchewan. After relocating from Canada to New Mexico in 1997, I studied Native American art at the University New Mexico. Classes in printmaking at New Grounds Print Studios and in welding and metal sculpture in Albuquerque and Taos have added to my repertoire of work. I am interested in mark-making, texture, and the language of color. In recent years, I have participated in art programs at Anderson Ranch, CO, and in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I regularly participate in the Placitas Artists Studio Tour, and my work is on display at Lovelace Medical Center, New Mexico Heart Institute, and private collections in Canada and New Mexico.Diane says, “My nonrepresentational art includes contemporary mixed media prints, paintings, and sculpture. My work is process oriented, including quick sketches or drawings that help to visualize ideas. Experimentation is a key factor, and I include a combination of techniques such as intaglio, monotype, and collage in the prints. Ideas from literature, as well as environmental issues influence the work. Color, line, and texture help me to develop the original concept into visual form.”
Amelia Arlene Kemp graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Civil Engineering. She earned Professional Engineering licenses in three states as well as a Professional Planners license. Kemp studied painting at New Jersey Visual Arts Center and Newark and Montclair Museums. Upon moving to New Mexico she became a member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists.Amelia Arlene says, “When presented with an image that interests me, whether classically beautiful or flawed, mysterious or complicated, I want to share it. Having been an engineer most of my adult life, I tend to see the beauty in details. I paint for the same reason I became an engineer, to create something that would survive me.”
Deb Brinkerhoff has been painting in watercolors for 30 years after trying different media and finding that watercolors were amazing. She enjoys the ability to bring bright transparent color to the paper and uses successive layers to build up the intensity of the paint which gives strong values to her paintings. She finds that the occasional oops is often a wonderful addition to a painting and the unexpected change may be the key to an exciting image. It is very exciting to try to catch the image on paper within just a couple hours as well as experiencing many beautiful landscapes. She paints many different types of subjects. Recently portraits have been her inspiration. She is part the New Mexico plein air painting group and shows her work in several different art shows during the year.Debby says, “For the last few years I have been having fun with portraits of different people as well as scenes with people in them. I am recently beginning to refocus on landscapes. Then, of course, the animals are also draw my attention. The bottom line is, I don't have nearly enough time to paint what I want to paint. But all of it is fun and will continue to pull my consciousness toward the paper and color.”