Mini mas­ter­pieces

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Hol­i­day group show

Small works shows open the art col­lect­ing door a lit­tle wider for ad­mir­ers of art who have been look­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to dive into the fold, with smaller-scale pieces of­ten of­fered at sig­nif­i­cantly lower price points. This Novem­ber, Man­i­tou Gal­leries’ Palace Av­enue lo­ca­tion holds its an­nual Small Works Group Ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing more than 100 minia­tures from its tal­ented lineup of artists, in­clud­ing Cur­tis Wade, Don Brack­ett and Paul Rhymer, among many oth­ers.

“The Small Works Group Ex­hi­bi­tion al­lows ev­ery artist the op­por­tu­nity for ex­po­sure, but view­ers and col­lec­tors also see the co­he­sive na­ture in what makes each par­tic­u­lar artist rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Man­i­tou,” says Cyndi Hall, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Man­i­tou Gal­leries.

Posti­nos View by Alvin Gill-tapia de­picts a bell tower—build­ings that are in many ways em­blems of New Mex­ico—from a ground view look­ing up. “The tolling of the bells in each of its com­mu­ni­ties re­minded its res­i­dents to at­tend a par­tic­u­lar func­tion or [honor] a de­parted soul/ bell tower series con­tin­ues through my new body of works and will al­ways find a place in my ex­hi­bi­tions,” says Gill-tapia. “My use of gold leaf in this piece helps con­vey the ef­fect of light and tex­ture of the plas­ter.”

Tom Perkin­son’s Full Moon in Win­ter fea­tures a palette of cool blues. Perkin­son, who sees him­self as a ro­man­tic painter, says the piece was in­spired by his ob­ser­va­tions of a quiet win­ter night in New Mex­ico, the paint­ing it­self a visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the sen­sa­tions and emo­tions felt. “The ris­ing moon and a me­teor in­ten­sify el­e­ments of sur­prise and mys­tery in the nar­ra­tive,” says Perkin­son. “I added a small vil­lage at the base of the moun­tains for visual punch. Be­tween the vil­lage and the viewer, I painted moon glow re­flec­tions in a body of wa­ter to cre­ate depth, and fi­nally, I added three small rab­bits in the fore­ground to com­plete the story.”

The small works show will be on view through Novem­ber 19, with an open­ing re­cep­tion on Novem­ber 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Alvin Gill-tapia, Posti­nos View, acrylic and gold leaf, 12 x 10”

Jerry Jor­dan, To­day’s Brush, oil, 4 x 4”

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