Contemporary galleries – Balazo Gallery Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:58:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Contemporary galleries – Balazo Gallery 32 32 Stagecoach Mercantile Scores Difficult First Year Downtown Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:58:46 +0000

Dirk Manning and Judi Taylor are well versed in antiques, jewelry and fine art.

The two business partners ran successfully at the Galleria on 8th Street in the 1990s and early 2000s. From Southwestern French furniture and housewares to early American and rustic, they offered a unique shopping experience locally and throughout the southwest.

“We hope to bring the same shopping experience downtown with a bit of everything,” Manning said as the duo gear up for the store’s first anniversary.

Manning has worked in the gallery business since 1978, when he opened his first boutique in Deming. He has since had galleries in London, Paris and South Africa. His career spanned over 50 years, including two stops at Deming.

The Stagecoach Depot Mercantile, located at 114 S. Silver Avenue, is in the heart of Deming’s historic business district with a house full of merchandise ready to move, including fine jewelry.

“Most of what we collect comes from nationwide clearance sales and some estate sales,” Manning said. “Judi coordinates our inventory and prepares our displays for display. She does an amazing job with our inventory.

Manning, Judi Taylor and Dave Taylor are all involved as co-owners of the new venture.

Stagecoach Depot is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is housed in the historic Ranch Bar building that housed the community in the early 1900s. The building is on the New Mexico Historic Register. In its heyday in the 1910s, the bar shared a pool hall and included so-called “smoking” boxing matches in the basement where illegal gambling took place.

“You can still see cigar burn marks on the parquet,” Manning said.

Thursday’s first anniversary celebration included in-store specials and a special guest. Renowned Southwestern graphite artist Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt appeared in person to sign greeting cards of some of his works. Shufelt’s art has been exhibited nationwide in prestigious galleries and museums.

Shufelt will also bring original drawings to display.

“We try to bring in a good mix of good quality period pieces as well as contemporary pieces and we try to keep our price margin where it’s affordable for the public,” Manning said. “Vintage pieces and real stone jewelry are in the game.”

Manning noted that the past year has been a turbulent one for some of the wrong reasons.

The business was robbed in February. The suspect was caught in the act by Deming police and arrested after a brief chase within the walls and ceiling of the historic structure. A month later, in unrelated incidents, vandals struck twice, smashing two storefronts in a series of property damage in the downtown block.

Stagecoach Depot overcame thousands of dollars in damages to keep the company rolling. “We weren’t alone in this vandalism,” Manning said. “Other companies have been victims. I estimated between $70,000 and $80,000 in damage.

Manning said proceeds from the day’s sales would benefit the Deming-Luna-Mimbres Museum: “The public is invited to share in our celebration and see what we have to offer in terms of antique jewelry, collectibles and of art.

This story originally appeared in our November 16 issue. It has been edited for publication online.

Billy Armendariz can be contacted at [email protected]

50 years of Glasgow Print Studio celebrated in new exhibition Sat, 19 Nov 2022 16:37:04 +0000

A new exhibition celebrating 50 years of printmaking at the Glasgow Print Studio has opened at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The Love of Print will feature works of art created by famous Scottish artists over the five decades since its inception in 1972. The exhibition has been co-produced by GPS and Glasgow Life, the charity responsible for culture and sports in the city.

The Love of Print will bring together over 225 significant prints by 130 artists, who collectively embody a Who’s Who of Scottish art over the past 50 years.

Works by artists like Alasdair Gray, Barbara Rae and John Byrne represent some of the earliest pieces from Glasgow Print Studio’s incredible archive. Many New Glasgow Boys have worked with the studio to produce some of the most identifiable pieces of their careers. Etchings by Adrian Wiszniewski, Ken Currie, Steven Campbell and Peter Howson take the exhibition forward through the 1980s, towards the turn of the century.

More recent Scottish artists, often recognized more widely as Turner Prize winners and nominees, are also on display. Martin Boyce, Ciara Philips, Richard Wright, Jim Lambie and Christine Borland, who have worked with Glasgow Print Studio to produce an incredible range of artwork, sit alongside works by lesser-known printmakers.

Glasgow Print Studio has an international reputation as a major contributor to contemporary printmaking. With some of the most sophisticated facilities in Europe, it attracts artists from all over the world and offers a unique environment where famous names work alongside students and members.

One section, titled ‘Here and Now’, includes 50 newly commissioned works. The Love of Print offers emerging artists, currently involved in the artistic practice of printmaking, the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of Scotland’s most popular museums and art galleries.

Each artist featured in The Love of Print has donated a print that will become part of the Glasgow Museums collection.

Artists Kate Downie, Adrian Wiszniewski and Ade Adesina, all of whom have works in the exhibition, were at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to see the final preparations underway before the exhibition opens on Friday 18 November.

Artist Adrian Wiszniewski said: “A stroll through the museum in Kelvingrove on a Sunday afternoon is one of my fondest memories. The collection reflects Glasgow’s personality, rich in range and depth, often idiosyncratic and always democratic. The Glasgow Print Studio shares these attributes. Like Kelvingrove, the print studio has embraced the very Glasgowian belief that art is for everyone.

Kate Downie – Study for Three Bridge Evening 2022 Courtesy of the artist and Glasgow Print Studio

John Mackechnie MBE RSA, Director of Glasgow Print Studio, said: “The history of Glasgow Print Studio is quite remarkable indeed, beginning in 1972 with a group of enthusiasts with no money in a basement apartment, but in need of a facility they could use. make prints after art school. Its progress since then has been quite meteoric and at the forefront of contemporary Scottish art ever since, inviting top Scottish artists to work with them and then presenting the work to an international audience.

“It has provided a facility for thousands of artists over the years and could fill the entire Kelvingrove Art Gallery with the prints made over its 50 year history. This snapshot illustrates the history of Glasgow Print Studio with more of 200 works of art, memorabilia and videos to give the public a glimpse into the inner workings of Glasgow’s oldest visual arts facility”.

The Love of Print will revisit the collaborative projects that Glasgow Print Studio has undertaken over the past five decades with guest artists, and ambitious commissions with external partners such as The Modern Institute.

Short films showcase various printmaking techniques, and interviews with staff and artists provide rich detail about the process and final product. The theme of making a print is explored in detail and forms the focus of an innovative public program of demonstrations and workshops that will complement the exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Founded in 1972, the Glasgow Print Studio was an artist-led initiative, which provided facilities and studio space for artists using fine art printmaking. Unique in Scotland’s cultural landscape and at the heart of the development of Glasgow’s Merchant City as the city’s vibrant cultural quarter, workshops, galleries, education space and other facilities now span three floors of the Glasgow Arts and Creativity Centre, Trongate 103.

Its whole philosophy is to encourage contemporary and innovative printmaking by supporting artists, exhibitions, learning and curation in a stimulating and creative environment supported by equipment, advice and training to encourage everyone to participate in the engraving art.

The Love of Print opened on Friday 18th November and will run until 12th March 2023, tickets are £7.50, discount is £5, children under 16 are free.

Art Around Town – Flagpole Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:06:34 +0000

ACE/FRANCISCO & OX FINE ART GALLERY (675 Pulaski St.) Franni Thrasher, aka “Heaven4theYoung,” presents a solo exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture and film. To see by appointment until December 9th.

ARTWALL@HOTEL INDIGO ATHENS (500 College Ave.) New York photographers Lucy Reback and Megan Reilly share a collection of intimate vignettes from their relationship in addition to snapshots before they met.

THE ATHENEE (287 W. Broad St.) Brooklyn-based artist and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed presents “SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH OPERATOR,” an exhibit examining the poetics and power of machine learning. Until December 1.

ATHENS INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) Juried by Liz Andrews of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, “MOOD: 2022 Juried Exhibition” features works by 37 contemporary artists who explore or reference mood in all of its many forms. Until November 20.

ATHICA@CINE GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Christy Bush’s photography exhibit, “Familiar,” looks back on 30 years of rock and roll, fashion and coming of age in the South. Until December 25.

CIRCLE GALLERY AT UGA COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (Jackson Street Building) Cameron Berglund’s exhibition “Design (Sketch) Process” focuses on the role of manual and digital sketching throughout the design process. Until December 6.

CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) “Spotlight: Paintings by Amy Watts” features bold, colorful canvases full of cowgirls, farmers, miners, and Native people. • ‘Light Bright’ features artwork by Caitlin Gal, Allison McPheeters and Alivia Patton, all of whom use simple circles to create inspiring artwork.

DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) “Twin Realms” combines the work of Dodd MFA candidates Katie Ford and Lindsey Kennedy. Until November 17. • Curated by Ciel Rodriguez, “Soft Architecture” is a group exhibition of works by Ashley Freeby, Jacob Goble and Hope Wang as part of an investigation into the relationship between architectural spaces and grief. Until November 17. • ‘Pretty in Pink’ features works by Catie Cook and Sarah Landmesser, and explores the contradictions inherent in femininity and feminism. Until November 17. • On display in the CUBE gallery, “Design for a Museum: Tangible & Functional Objects III” is a student exhibition in graphic design. Mondays and Wednesdays until November 30.

E-VORTEX CREATIONS (560 Caldwell Circle) Jen Graff, Yoon Hwang and other local ceramicists sell sculptural and functional pottery. Every Wednesday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

THE DONDEROS KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Susan Pelham’s collages are inspired by magic realism, surrealism, nursery rhymes and folk tales. Until December.

FLICKER THEATER AND BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Mark Dalling. Until November.

GEORGIA ART MUSEUM (90 Carlton St.) “Infinity on the Horizon” highlights modern and contemporary works that expand common understanding of landscapes. Until December 31. • “Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from The Do Good Fund”. Until January 8. • “Allison Janae Hamilton: between life and landscape”. Until February 5. • “Kristin Leachman: Longleaf Lines” focuses on close-up views of the patterns and biology of longleaf pine and its ecosystem. Until February 5. • Exhibited in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, “Jane Manus: Undaunted” includes five large abstract works. Until February 12. • “In dialogue: Henry Ossawa Tanner, mentor and muse”. Until June 18. • “Decade of Tradition: Highlights from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection”. Until July 3.

GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the Northern Lights using 3D geometric figures and lights.

HERITAGE COFFEE (815 N. Chase St.) Local artist Jack Burk shares a collection of nature-inspired works in pastel, collage, pen and colored pencil. Reception on November 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Currently visible until December 13.

HENDERSHOTS (237 Prince Ave.) The Nirvinyl Album Art Museum presents “Nirvinyl 1 Revisited & Halloween Selections”. Until mid-November.

LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Cedric Smith presents a series of portraits for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that uses the building’s main entrance windows for outdoor viewing of artwork. Reconfiguring the card games of kings and queens, his portraits question the absence of black figures in the graphic history of the country. Until December 21. • “The Ties That Bind: The Paradox of Cultural Survival in the Face of Climate Events” features sculptures by Anina Major and photographs by Tamika Galanis. Until November 30. • The biennial Clarke County School District “RE-” Student Art Exhibition features work by K-12 students in all media. Until January 14. • “Resilient Civic and Musical Life: Stories of Slaves and Ware-Lyndon House Descendants” includes a film; reading room for books relevant to the African American experience in art, music and heritage; and a visual timeline telling a fuller and more truthful story of the property and its people. To be seen from Thursday to Saturday. • Bess Carter, recipient of the 2022 Art Center Choice Award from the 47th Juried Exhibition, presents a solo exhibition of landscapes, bedroom interiors and still lifes. Artist conference on February 16. Currently visible until March 4. • “A Pattern of Moments” features works by Kate Burke, Rebecca Kreisler and Sylvia Schaefer. November 17 workshop at 6 p.m. Currently visible until March 4. • In preparation for “The Same, Yet Separate Artworks,” blacksmith and interdisciplinary artist J Taran Diamond visited the historic Ware-Lyndon House Museum and created new objects in response. . Third Thursday Gallery Talk January 19, 6 p.m. Currently on view through March 4.

MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) Joni Mabe, creator of Everything Elvis in Cornelia, GA, presents “Calvacade of Stars,” a group of sparkling mosaics featuring Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Ty Cobb, Steve McQueen, PT Barnum and other entertainment luminaries. Until January 28.

JSP ART PHOTOGRAPHY Austin Eddy presents “Passers-by” to Tif Sigfrids until November 22. A book release and closing reception will be held on November 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN ART MUSEUM (567 Georgia St., Demorest) “I’m Not a Habersham Firecracker” features multimedia paintings and assemblage sculptures by Joni Mabe, owner of the Everything Elvis Museum in Cornelia, GA. Until November 29.

ODUM SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY GALLERY (140 E. Green St.) Natural science illustrator C Olivia Carlisle shares illustrations of insects, botany, and ecosystems using graphite, carbon pencil, watercolor, acrylic, ink, colored pencils and Adobe Photoshop. Until May.

GEORGIA STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN (2450 S. Milledge Ave) Vicky Tavernier and Jenifer Borg’s collaborative exhibition, “Words About Birds, Insights About Insects,” is comprised of playful collages of found and altered objects accompanied by poems. Until November 20.

TIF SIGFRIDS (393 N. Finley St.) Brooklyn-based artist Austin Eddy presents “Passers-by,” a collection of new paintings and works on paper. Book launch and closing reception November 19, 4-6 p.m. Currently on view until November 22.

SMALL ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Dedicated to the late Art Rosenbaum, Peter Loose’s solo exhibition “Places of Peace” revolves around paintings of birds he created the night he learned of Rosenbaum’s death, as well than other new paints. Open third Thursday, November 17, 6-9 p.m. Open by appointment weekdays after 5 p.m. through November by emailing

UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Georgia on my Mind: Finding Belonging in Music History” explores the genres, spaces and performers that have helped define music in the state over time. Until December 9. • “Unequal by Design: Housing in Georgia and America” ​​draws on historical government records, photographs, historical journals, and other materials to trace the evolution of housing policy, tackling issues such as zoning, gentrification and suburbanization. Until May 26. • “A Chance to Play: Title IX and Women’s Athletics at UGA” celebrates 50 years of women’s sports at UGA.

NORTH GEORGIA UNIVERSITY OCONEE CAMPUS (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy., Watkinsville) Lisa Freeman’s exhibition of mixed media assemblages and works on paper, “Dark Cotton Revisited”, shines a light on the lives affected by a racially prejudiced world. Until December 9.

LONG LIVE ARGENTINA (247 Prince Ave.) A retrospective exhibition of paintings by the late Chatham Murray to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday. Until November.

WINTERVILLE LIBRARY (115 Marigold Lane, Winterville) Oil paintings by Dortha Jacobson. Until November.

Arts Council England pits London against regions in assault on culture Sun, 13 Nov 2022 18:13:01 +0000

Arts Council England’s (ACE) latest funding scheme is a massive attack on the arts. Under the guise of a regional “race to the top”, major London-based arts organizations have been starved of funding and stripped of National Portfolio Organization (NPO) status in a devastating act of cultural vandalism.

Major arts organizations like the English National Opera (ENO) will lose all funding unless they move out of the capital.

English National Opera is based in the historic London Coliseum, pictured here in 2004. [Photo by Mike Peel / CC BY-SA 4.0]

Organizations requesting or reapplying for assistance are grappling with a long-term decline in government funding for the arts and arts education. This was compounded by the government’s willful neglect of culture and the arts at the onset of the COVID pandemic. Venues that have struggled with the impact of the lockdown are now facing catastrophic increases in running costs.

Tension was already high, before the announcement of ACE’s 2023-26 budget. Last week’s announcement generated further disruption. Scheduled for October 26, it was suspended with just 24 hours’ notice.

The ACE is nominally an ‘independent’ funding body from central government, but the delay has revealed the reality. On October 25, ACE tweeted: “Following decisions with @DCMS [the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport]we have agreed to delay the announcement” of the budget.

Credited with the cabinet reshuffle, even though Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan didn’t budge, ACE was doing as it was told. He couldn’t even confirm a rescheduled date, only saying “it will now happen as soon as possible in the next few days.”

ACE’s weak “we feel for everyone” rang hollow. For London-based organisations, the delay was even more agonizing. Former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries had flagged a program to cut funding from London in the name of ‘upgrading’. This was ostensibly to distribute funding regionally, but forecasts of a 20% budget cut have fueled expectations of vast cuts to capital bodies and demands for relocation.

The budget was finally announced on November 4, with Donelan advancing Dorries’ plan. ACE’s program is in line with its plan to transfer £32m of funding out of London. ACE President Sir Nicholas Serota said: “We’ve just had to make some awkward choices about where we fund the most.

ACE strongly promoted as positives: the wider distribution of funding across England; the total of 276 organizations receiving funding for the first time; the average annual total funding budget of £446,264,485 (compared to £377,550,919 for 2022-23); the fact that 990 organizations must be funded, including 950 NPOs (an increase of 119 since 2018-22); and that 266 London organizations (+13) are among the beneficiaries.