Autumn’s Harvest: Gallery walk to feature new work, new artists, Durango Herald, Sept. 19

Jackson Clark at Toh-Ahtin Gallery has spent the last year putting together a collection of pottery for the Fall Colorfest Gallery Walk this Friday. Other gallery owners and managers also have diligently prepared to highlight new artists and new work from represented artists.

Toh-Ahtin will feature work by the legendary potter of San Ildefonso, Maria Martinez, an artist whose reputation and matte and shiny black-on-black works are easily recognizable. Additionally, the work of two contemporary artists, Terry Gasdin, a Hopi-Akimel O’Odahm sculptor and Kachina carver, and John Tissaw, who creates engraved sandstone tables and wall hangings with traditional petroglyph designs, will be highlighted.

Sorrel Sky will emphasize the work of local watercolorist Pat Howard. Howard has a background in design and illustration and has been a painter for 19 years. Her work is bright in color and she is attracted to pattern and texture as reflected in the subject matter of her paintings: flowers, rugs, landscapes, rocks and fruits.

Rain Dance is focusing on the colorful paintings of Peruvian painter Juan de la Cruz. Cruz, who began painting when he was 6 years old, creates vibrant pastoral paintings of his native country.

Open Shutter unveils “Spirit of the West,” an exhibition of work by Shane Knight, Robb Kendrick, Jenny Gummersall, Larry Price, Janet Woodcock, Tony Stromberg, Adam Jahiel, Chip Thomas, Emilio Mercado, Dean Conger and Paul Boyer. All are photographers specializing in images of the Western lifestyle.

Lime Berry continues to highlight its collection of work by local artists, including the dynamic work of Navajo folk artist Leland Holiday, the fun sculptures of Amy Vaclav-Felker and the creations of Deborah Gorton, Amy Schwarzbach and Angie Steinberger. All artists will have new work on display during Gallery Walk.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Art will focus on metal and bronze works by Jeff Brown, Karin Schminke and Julie and Ken Girardini. These metallic, three-dimensional items will contrast nicely with Gabaldon’s own watercolors and landscapes, which are on sale Friday and Saturday only.

Ellis Crane highlights “Process,” a new series of mixed-media work by local artist Krista Harris, and new encaustic work by Albuquerque artist Sally Condon.

The large silk-screen works of Edward Lambert are still on display at Durango Arts Center, and Local Expressions features the work of local potter Rebecca Barfoot and pastels by Bethany Bachmann. Jim and Eileen Baumgardt will show their work and that of other local photographers at Image Counts. Earthen Vessel will host the work of potter Randy Bowens and Angels and Lights features a new line of dichroic jewelry.

A new gallery, located at Habitat Home Supply, will introduce visitors to the work of 15 local artists who are donating 50 percent of their sales to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Participating galleries are:

• Angels and Lights, 726� Main Ave.

• Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

• Earthen Vessel, 115 West Ninth St.

• Ellis Crane, 934A Main Ave.

• Habitat Home Supply Art Gallery, 600 East Second Ave., Ste. E

• Image Counts, 835 Main Ave. No. 108

• Karyn Gabaldon Fine Art, 680 Main Ave.

• Lime Berry, 925 Main Ave.

• Open Shutter, 755 East Second Ave.

• Rain Dance, 945 Main Ave.

• Sorrel Sky, 870 Main Ave.

• Toh-Atin, 145 West Ninth St.

artsjournalist@centurytel.netLeanne Goebel is a freelance writer focusing on the arts.

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