Michael Carroll and Tonya Turner Carroll began renting their gallery space on Canyon Road when they were in their twenties and so poor, they recall, that after paying the first and last months' rent, "We had 50 bucks," says Michael, laughing. But they say it was all worth it.
The skill of the artist is tantamount in the work Tonya and Michael exhibit. Says Michael, "The value of the artist's hand has always been really, really appealing." The couple show graphic art, such as work by Romanian printmaker Traian Filip, who studied engraving in Bucharest, and Russian painter Igor Melnikov. The gallery owners say they strive to be as skillful at showing art as their artists are at making it. Both have backgrounds in art history; Tonya studied 18th- and 19th-century European painting, while Michael specialized in Chinese and Russian art. Says Tonya, "We've had the knowledge of the art, and we've invented the rest."
The most recent invention is an upcoming collaborative exhibition in Mexico, where Tonya and Michael have traveled extensively. Artemita is an arts-and-culture event they've planned in Punta Mita for November 2008. An October invitational exhibit launching the Mexico collaboration in Santa Fe will highlight work by six Mexican artists: Sergio Garvál, Conchita Rivera, Olivia Guzmán, Ricardo Pinto, Magali Lara, and Lucía Maya.
Tonya and Michael remark that owning Turner Carroll Gallery together is a natural fusion of their backgrounds and similar tastes. Says Tonya, "We have the same vision." Adds Michael, "And it's changed at the same rate."725 Canyon Road, 505-986-9800, turnercarrollgallery.com