A PEEK AT WHAT’S SHOWING AROUND TOWN
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).