Taos In­spi­ra­tions

Ger­ald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe presents a new ex­hi­bi­tion on New Mex­ico pain­ter Ralph Meyers.

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

Open­ing July 27 at Ger­ald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, is Out of the Shad­ows: Ralph

Meyers and the Taos Founders, a new ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cus­ing on the “charm­ing, col­or­ful work” of Ralph Meyers.

Meyers, who had prom­i­nent pain­ter friends in both Santa Fe and Taos, was re­spected as a mer­chant, crafts­man and trader. Mov­ing to Taos from Den­ver, Meyers set up a cu­rio shop in 1910 just off the Taos Plaza—the shop, now called El Rin­con, is ac­tive to­day and is run by Meyers’ grand­son. He was the first white man to es­tab­lish trade with the Taos Pue­blo, which gained him a rep­u­ta­tion as an ex­pert on the Pue­blo cul­ture. Later, and be­cause of this rep­u­ta­tion, he was con­tacted by the Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory in New

York to pur­chase items for their col­lec­tion.

The shop also served as a meet­ing place for lo­cals and new ar­rivals, as well as artists. In his es­say, Per­spec­tive: Ralph Meyers (1885-1948), writer

Steve Win­ston de­scribes the scene, “Night af­ter night,

Meyers and his young wife, Rowena, en­ter­tained artists in­clud­ing Joseph Sharp, Wal­ter Ufer, Buck Dun­ton, Ni­co­lai Fechin and Ansel Adams; writ­ers in­clud­ing Frank Wa­ters and D.H. Lawrence; and arts pa­trons in­clud­ing Ma­bel Dodge Luhan and Mil­li­cent Rogers.

The con­ver­sa­tion was loud and an­i­mated, liquor flowed and the rau­cous mer­ri­ment of­ten lasted well into the wee hours. Through their in­ter­ac­tions, and most im­por­tantly, their work, these rev­el­ers were defin­ing one of Amer­ica’s most sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic move­ments. And Ralph Meyers was at the cen­ter of it all.”

Meyers painted pro­lif­i­cally be­tween 1910 and 1920, and was in­flu­enced by his friends in the Taos So­ci­ety of Artists. Taos Art Mu­seum cu­ra­tor, Julie Parella An­deries, writes, “Un­trained, yet with a con­nois­seur’s eye, his paint­ings cap­tured the depth, color and beauty of the cul­ture he so wanted to em­u­late. Meyers loved to pack into the back­coun­try with friends such as Lee Her­sch, Buck Dun­ton, Harold Bug­bee and Bert Phillips to sketch and paint. He learned from his com­pan­ions and sought out ad­vice from his men­tor Leon Gas­pard.”

Meyers even ex­hib­ited his work with the TSA in 1915 and again 1917 with the open­ing of the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico in Santa Fe.

The Ger­ald Peters ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude roughly 30 paint­ings and will con­tinue through Septem­ber 29. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.gp­gallery.com.

Ralph Meyers (1885-1948), A Day in Santa Clara, NM, 1919, oil on panel, 10 x 13½"

Ralph Meyers (1885-1948), Two Rid­ers at Shiprock, oil on can­vas­board, 9 x 12"

Ralph Meyers (1885-1948), Stu­dio of the Cop­per Bell, oil on can­vas, 8 x 10"

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