September 20, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Early Fall Art Events

“Solar energy at Photo Eye Gallery and more…”

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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Solar energy at Photo Eye

No, not a photovoltaic array near the corner of Garcia Street and Acequia Madre – “Solar” is a group exhibition of sun-related images opening at Photo Eye Gallery on September 28.

Included in this exhibit will be recent works by Jamey Stillings from the Ivanpah Solar power plant, historic photographs from the Lick Observatory printed by Linda Connor, recent high definition solar images by Alan Friedman, sunburned photographs by Chris McCaw, sunrise studies by David H. Gibson, solar images by film and video artist Sharon Harper and a solar pinhole photograph by Becky Ramotowski.

There is an artist reception on Friday, September 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the exhibit runs through the end of November

Music from London

The legendary Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble comes to Santa Fe for a concert at the Lensic on Tuesday, October 30.

Founded by  Sir Neville Mariner in 1959, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has traveled all over the world, creating sensation after sensation with elegant playing, breathtaking virtuosity and the sheer joy that they bring to making music. The Chamber Ensemble, created in 1967, is made up of the top players from the larger ensemble, and is the elite of the elite. The Chamber Ensemble performs the larger chamber works—from quintets to octets—with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests.

The Academy’s Ensemble is famous for fresh, brilliant interpretations of some of the world’s most beloved chamber music and the Lensic concert, presented by the Concert Association, should be very much in that mold. The Lensic performance brings us Joachim Raff’s  Octet for strings in C-Major, Op. 176, Mendelssohn’s  Octet for strings in Eb-Major, Op. 20 and the Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11 by Shostakovich.        

This is chamber music at the highest level imaginable, with eight extraordinary soloists coming together as one mind and one voice.

Opah!

An Official Selection at the Australian Greek Film Festival, “Without Borders“ tells the story of Thanasis, a good-hearted cotton candy vendor from Athens who has been caring for little Melissa since she was a baby when her mother, an immigrant prostitute, thought it best to leave the girl behind while seeking fortune in America. Her unexpected appearance five years later has traumatic consequences when she takes her child away from Thanassis and leaves, thus setting up Thanasis’ journey to America. No visa, no English language ability, not much money, never been on an airplane – you get the picture. Enter a distant cousin, Plato, a professional gambler, living in Las Vegas, who has offered to help him cross the border. I promise, that’s all I will reveal – but now the fun begins.

Join writer/director Nick Gaitatjis, editor Matthew Cassel and cast members including Academy Award-nominee Seymour Cassel for this screening at the New Mexico History Museum presented by the Santa Fe Film Festival. If you haven’t been to a screening at the Museum, you are in for a treat. Designed primarily as a lecture hall, the auditorium has a steep rake to the seating (stadium style to the max) providing excellent viewing over even Texas style hairdos. Plan to stay afterward for a Q & A and reception with the creative team members.

Tickets to this special screening and reception on Friday, October 5 at 6 p.m. are $30 and available online and at two convenient locations, Constellation Home Electronics and Plaza Cafe Southside.

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