Mixed Media George R.R. Martin opens his Dragonstone Studios
BREATHING FIRE: DRAGONSTONE STUDIOS
Author and Jean Cocteau Cinema proprietor George R.R. Martin opens his Dragonstone Studios for its first art show and open house this weekend. Martin announced his plans to renovate the building as artists’ studios last year. Dragonstone is located at the site of Desert Academy and shares the old academy with the New Mexico Film Foundation, OWL Framing, D-Lot Productions, and other businesses. The art show includes works by more than 20 artists, including paintings by Cheri O’Brien, Tom McGee, Jill Abernathy, and others, and drawings by Shelbie Loomis, jewelry by Carol Huntington, and photography by Ray Belcher, France Temkin, and other works in a variety of mediums. The studios are named for the fictional island of Dragonstone in the author’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is based.
This is not the first time that Martin has supported Santa Fe’s local artists. Earlier this year, he purchased the vacant Silva Lanes Bowling Alley at 1352 Rufina Circle, leasing to the Meow Wolf art collective, which is renovating the building to become the Meow Wolf Art Complex. The complex opens its premiere exhibition, The House of Eternal Return, in 2016.
The art show and open house takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. and includes a live performance of acoustic Americana trio American Jem. Dragonstone Studios is at 317 Camino Alire. For information call 831-747-4676. — Michael Abatemarco
Cheri O’Brien: The Kid, 2015, acrylic on panel; top, Piper Leigh: Instruction of Dreams, 2015, mixed media