Vertu Fine Art Gallery

102 Plaza Street, So­corro, NM 87801 (575) 835-4487, www.ver­tu­

Western Art Collector - - STATE OF THE ART: NEW MEXICO -

So­corro, home to Vertu Fine Art Gallery, is a small city sur­rounded by an abun­dance of un­for­get­table trea­sures. Vertu is French for “a love or knowl­edge of, or taste for, fine art,” and true to its name, the gallery hosts a col­lec­tion of works that ap­peals to those look­ing for fine orig­i­nals. Owner Ge­or­gette Evans Grey is a pro­lific wa­ter­col­orist whose paint­ings alone could fill the gallery. She has taste­fully in­ter­spersed a few of her own works with acrylics, oils and pas­tels as well as sculp­ture, jewelry, wood­work and tex­tiles by lo­cal and na­tion­ally known artists.

Launched in 1995 in New­bury­port, Mas­sachusetts, and sell­ing art con­tin­u­ously online since 1996, Vertu rein­vented it­self in So­corro in late 2012. The lo­ca­tion on So­corro's plaza is the fourth store­front they have oc­cu­pied since their orig­i­nal open­ing in Mas­sachusetts.

In­ter­min­gled through­out the gallery you'll find works by many renowned artists. Sharon Fullingim, an of­fi­cer of the an­nual In­di­ana Lime­stone Sym­po­sium, is well known for her sculp­tures in bronze, lime­stone or Colorado Yule mar­ble. Skeeter Leard's pastel and acrylic ren­der­ings of desert plants, an­i­mals and birds, and her mag­nif­i­cent horse portraits, bring na­ture to life. Any­one who has driven the back roads of New Mexico will ap­pre­ci­ate the detail in wa­ter­col­orist Grey's land­scapes and flo­rals. Michael Goet­tee's acrylics as­tound with their clar­ity and oc­ca­sional whimsy. Linda Giesen's ta­pes­tries tell sto­ries of New Mexico as they ab­stract their sub­jects.

In the spring and summer, the gallery will host The Garden in Bloom, fea­tur­ing floral portraits, birds, but­ter­flies and plantscape­s.

Vertu Fine Art Gallery's store­front in So­corro.

Vertu Fine Art Gallery, Rocky Stream, trans­par­ent water­color, 11 x 14", by Ge­or­gette Evans Grey.

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