Pasatiempo - - IN THE WINGS - by Michael Abatemarco

Miguel Pei­dro: Em­pezando el Día 2017, oil on can­vas

Canyon Fine Art, 205 Canyon Road, 505-955-1500 “My pas­sion for both paint­ing and na­ture are mixed within my­self,” writes Spain-based artist Miguel Pei­dro. “This is the rea­son I paint land­scapes.” The lush, ro­man­tic panoramic vis­tas Pei­dro en­coun­ters on his trav­els through Europe are the sub­jects he paints — moun­tain­ous ter­rain blan­keted by wild­flow­ers, fields of bright pop­pies, the golden glow of au­tumn fo­liage, still moun­tain lakes, and me­an­der­ing rivers — ren­der­ing them with a rich, vi­brant use of color and light that em­pha­sizes their ma­jes­tic nat­u­ral beauty. Meet the artist at two re­cep­tions for the ex­hibit Paisaje y Poder on Fri­day, July 28, at 5 p.m. and on Satur­day, July 29, at 11 a.m.

Pa­trick McGrath Muñiz: Ge­orge’s Predica­ment 2017, oil and gold leaf on trip­tych panel

Evoke Con­tem­po­rary, 555 S. Guadalupe St., 505-995-9902 The gallery’s an­nual Span­ish Mar­ket show fea­tures works by Ni­cholas Her­rera and Pa­trick McGrath Muñiz. Her­rera, a folk artist known for his bul­tos, retab­los, and large-scale metal works, came to art af­ter a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence as a young man. Her­rera is a de­scen­dant of the orig­i­nal Span­ish set­tlers who ar­rived in New Mex­ico with Juan de Oñate in the 16th cen­tury. He keeps the san­tero tra­di­tion of colo­nial New Mex­ico alive in his art. Muñiz builds on Old and New World artis­tic tra­di­tions, ex­plor­ing the theme of spir­i­tual va­cancy through a con­fla­tion of Chris­tian and colo­nial-era iconog­ra­phy and con­tem­po­rary pop cul­ture and con­sumerism. The re­cep­tion is Fri­day, July 28, at 5 p.m. and in­cludes a screen­ing of the Christo­pher Beaver doc­u­men­tary on Her­rera called Re­cuerdo (I Re­mem­ber).

Bale Creek Allen: Tum­ble­weed 2017, unique cast bronze

Ger­ald Peters Gallery, 1005 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-954-5700 Con­ver­gence: Sto­ries and Ter­ri­to­ries is an ex­hibit of works on pa­per, paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sculp­ture that takes a con­tem­po­rary look at the West as in­spi­ra­tion. More than a dozen artists are rep­re­sented in the show in­clud­ing Bale Creek Allen, Tom Birkner, and Les Per­hacs. The open­ing re­cep­tion is at 5 p.m. on Fri­day, July 28. In con­junc­tion with the show, the gallery hosts an event with Pulitzer Prize-win­ning jour­nal­ist Glenn Frankel, who signs copies of his book High Noon: The Hol­ly­wood Black­list and the Mak­ing of the Amer­i­can Clas­sic on Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. The book sign­ing is fol­lowed by a screen­ing of High Noon at 4 p.m. at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

John Fincher: Burst 2016, oil on can­vas

LewAllen Gal­leries, 1613 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-988-3250 New works by John Fincher as well as a se­lec­tion of paint­ings from through­out his ca­reer go on view in his solo ex­hibit Clas­sics, open­ing with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Fri­day, July 28. The show in­cludes im­ages from Fincher’s Botan­ica se­ries in ad­di­tion to his west­ern land­scapes and figurative works in­spired by clas­si­cal sculp­ture. Fincher’s re­al­ist style is ac­cen­tu­ated by flashes of bril­liant color. He of­ten out­lines nat­u­ral forms in his com­po­si­tions such as leaves, prickly pears, and lily pads. Also open­ing on July 28 is Wolf Kahn: Light and Color.

Honda Sy­oryu: Big Wave 2016, Madake bam­boo and rat­tan

Tai Mod­ern, 1601 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-984-1387 Us­ing tra­di­tional bas­ketry tech­niques, Ja­panese bam­boo artist Honda Sy­oryu cre­ates rhyth­mic, or­ganic sculp­tural forms that cap­ture a sense of os­cil­lat­ing move­ment. Sy­oryu brings two new bod­ies of work to Tai Mod­ern for his sec­ond solo ex­hi­bi­tion: the se­ries Spring and Ring. “When I make my art, I am in con­stant di­a­logue with the bam­boo,” he said in a state­ment. “This ma­te­rial’s unique pli­a­bil­ity al­lows me to draw beau­ti­ful, nat­u­rally curv­ing lines in space.” The ex­hibit opens Fri­day, July 28, with a re­cep­tion at 5 p.m. Sy­oryu presents a bam­boo work­shop on Satur­day, July 29, at 3 p.m. (by reser­va­tion) and at 4 p.m. (walk-in).

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