August 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Cultural Bytes for 21 August, 2012

“Out and about in Santa Fe and Taos…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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Charles Arnoldi at Charlotte Jackson

“Case Study,” an exhibition of the work of Charles Arnoldi at Charlotte Jackson is still on view at Charlotte Jackson through the August 27.

The deeper you move into a piece from Arnoldi’s “Case Study” series, the more you may have to contort and bend within its intricate and interlocking structures. These paintings defy two-dimensionality, teasing out a sense of space, not through use of the tricks of perspective, but through their complex layers of geometric form. The tightly controlled and balanced palette of blues, whites, grays, with some rare hints of sienna, successfully suggests space and depth, but perhaps more importantly is utterly satisfying to the eye.

Gail Factor and Veronica Leiton at Mill Fine Art.

Santa Fe artist Gail Factor and Chilean artist Veronica Leiton share the walls at Mill Fine Art starting with an artists’ reception this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Over the past two decades, Factor has been creating and residing in Santa Fe, during which time she completed master courses with Wolf Kahn and Wayne at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Factor’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the western half of the United States. In addition, her work is included in numerous prominent public and private collections.

Of her work, Leiton has said: “I have painted since I was four years old – traveling throughout the worlds of color ever since. After discovering the power of color I learned to love it and to make it a part of my daily life.”

Often the origination of her paintings is a literary piece. Her ideas might spring from a written text such as a poem or phrase, and are transformed into the visual text of her paintings.

Next up at GIG

Wednesday, September 26th at 8 p.m.—Richard Smith and Julie Adams

So sorry to have missed both Jono Manson on the 18th and GIG’s host and producer, Bruce Dunlap on the 17th, but more good concerts are on the way. On September 26, guitarist Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams hold forth at GIG.

There seems to be no limit to Smith’s ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats, including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and Lenny Breau, have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite.

Smith has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius; showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar.

Of Smith’s playing, guitar great Chet Atkins has said:  “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.”

The other half of this duo, Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Conservatory-trained and soloist with symphony orchestras, Adams has found another musical niche in her performances with guitarist Smith.  After marrying British guitar champion Smith in 1999, Adams and Smith released “Living Out a Dream.” Audiences in the U.S. and around the world delight in the eclectic mix of Adams' lyrical style and Smith’s flawless technique. They are truly soulmates in life and in music! When she is not touring, Adams is a Nashville session player and has been featured on a wide range of projects from top 10 albums to major film scores.

Up the canyon in Taos      
“Creative Couples” and “Ginto: Potter Extraordinaire” at Lenny Foster's Living Light Gallery

Potter, Ginto just happens to be the only other artist that is shown at Lenny's Living Light Gallery.  If you haven't seen his pottery, you should stop by and take a look at his exquisite creations in the current show: “Ginto: Potter Extraordinaire.”  With 30 years of experience in creating and teaching, Ginto is truly a master of his craft.

“Creative Couples:  Melody and Rick Romancito”. Visit with these two creative types and find out what makes this Taoseno couple tick, when they talk of life and art on August 29t at 7 p.m.at Living Light Gallery on Kit Carson Road in Taos.

Art, music, writing, movies and a wide variety of other creative pursuits are what help define the lives of Melody and Rick Romancito She is an accomplished musician, artist, graphic designer, writer, and a whole lot more. He is perhaps best known as editor of Tempo magazine for The Taos News, in whose pages he finds an outlet for his experience in the arts.

If this seems like an old fashioned salon, is just might be, as I have sensed a recent interest in presenting artist gatherings of the 1920’s type (read Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) here in northern New Mexico. Patina Gallery hosted one just a little over a month ago and plans more in the future. These organized, semi-organized or even random gatherings of artists have been the lifeblood of many artistic communities and I look forward to a resurgence of them in Santa Fe.

While you are in El Norte, why not make the most of your time. I love walking the streets and alleys of Taos finding old haunts and making new discoveries.

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