Axle Con­tem­po­rary’s Lo­cal Color­ing

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Santa Fe has a lot of artists and writ­ers, so when com­pos­ing a lo­cal color­ing book expo here, there’s a pretty big tal­ent pool to choose from. Lo­cal Color­ing, the lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion by Axle Con­tem­po­rary, is a com­mu­nity-based art pro­ject com­pris­ing orig­i­nal short sto­ries by five New Mex­ico writ­ers — Melody Sum­ner Car­na­han, Jamie Figueroa, Nasario Gar­cía, Joe Hayes, and Lily Hoang — that are wide-rang­ing in style and tone. Axle then in­vited artists to con­trib­ute drawings based on the sto­ries. In ad­di­tion to so­lic­it­ing works from Santa Fe-based artists Alexandra Eldridge, Rita Bard, Crock­ett Bodel­son, Erin Currier, Kather­ine Lee, and Axle’s own Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Well­man, among oth­ers, the gallery opened it up to any New Mex­i­can with a de­sire to cre­ate a draw­ing for the pro­ject. The re­sult is a unique color­ing book, pub­lished by Axle Con­tem­po­rary Press, with 67 black-and-white drawings that you can fill in.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of drawings from the book opens on Friday, Aug. 11, with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion in front of the New Mex­i­can Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.) where, not so co­in­ci­den­tally, the ex­hi­bi­tion Lines of Thought: Draw­ing From Michelan­gelo to Now From the Bri­tish Mu­seum con­tin­ues through Sept. 17. The mu­seum hosts a free read­ing and book sign­ing for Lo­cal Color­ing on Sun­day, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. in­side the court­yard. The book is avail­able from Axle or on­line at Lo­cal Color­ing is on ex­hibit through Sept. 3. Call 505-670-5854 or 505-670-7612 for more in­for­ma­tion and visit the Axle web­site for up­dates on the mo­bile gallery’s lo­ca­tion, which changes reg­u­larly. — Michael Abatemarco

Erin Currier: Star Maiden and Coy­ote, 2017, pen and ink

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