It’s here! The jurying is all done, and this Friday, we’re incredibly excited to bring you the fourth annual “Women’s Work” exhibition! The call is also out for a show we’ll be opening in June, entitled “Super Funkadelic”. And, several of us are prepping for Spring Exhibitions and Art Fairs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe! Read on to learn more…
FIRST FRIDAY ARTScrawl:
WOMEN’S WORK 2020! Friday, March 6th, 2020 (5-8pm)
“It is Woman’s Work to tell the truth… What do we settle for when only part of the story is told?” -Juliana Coles
It’s here! The jury is in, the artwork is almost all in place, and we’re ready for a party! Once again, the local art community really pulled out all the stops. This year’s exhibition represents the work of 26 New Mexican women, selected from 173 submissions by 51 total applicants. The women are from all over central New Mexico, representing the greater Albuquerque and East Mountain Area, Placitas, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Pecos, and Grants.
Christina Akerson, Lisa Baker, Brooke Beggio, Elaine Bolz, Lindsay Brenner, Marita Brookley, Juliana Coles, Elizabeth Criger, Jennifer DeSantis, Constance Falk, Linsay Locke, Sandi J. Ludescher, Sonia Luévano, NC Magnusson, Rhonda Main, Shelley Miller, Barbara Miller, Susan Nordman, Kate Palmo, Susan Pine, Virginia Primozic, Mercedes Reyes, Jamila Savoy, Heather Ward, Alice Webb, & PK Williams.
From a philosophical standpoint, we want Women’s Work to be both inclusive and exclusive… and yes, we’re quite aware that those two things may seem at odds and that those two words are quite literally antonyms. However, given the amount and quality of work we are presented with each year, we think the show represents a great balance of exceptional work and includes a great sub-sample of pieces from New Mexican women in all stages of their careers. Each show takes on its own personality and life. This year is no exception!
Please join us at the reception this Friday, March 6th (5-8pm) in celebration of the truly incredible accomplishments of our participants, and those of ALL local women in art! And, if you can’t make the party, that’s okay. The exhibition will be on display from 11-6 daily for the entire month of March!
CALL FOR ART! SUPER FUNKADELIC
What do you get when you mix Pride Month with an art exhibition? A visual dance party!
Ghostwolf invites local artists to submit their work for a juried exhibition celebrating diversity and inclusion. Artists may be members of the LGBTQIA community OR allies. (Yes, that means pretty much everyone is invited to submit!) We’re looking for both art that is topical to Pride month and that which is joyful, fun, upbeat, and generally Super Funkadelic! We think this show has a ton of potential and hope it will become an annual event.
This year’s lineup of 200 juried artists and craftsmen represents a wide range of original fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal and glass art. Patrons can browse and shop a unique cross-section of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary arts – while enjoying a well-rounded festival experience including a variety of live music and specialty food.
DENISE WEAVER ROSS
WHAT: Birds of Burque Mural Kick-off party WHERE: Little Bird de Papel, 1222 Mountain Road WHEN: March 6th, 5-8pm
On Friday, March 6, Denise Weaver Ross will be participating in the Birds of Burque Mural Kick-off Party at Little Bird de Papel on Mountain Road, where she will be launching The Tortuga Gallery Bosque Mural Guide, a book about flora and fauna represented in the mural that was painted in 2018. Denise and fellow Ghostwolf Gallery artist, Roe LiBretto, spear-headed the mural effort with the help of other artists and volunteers. This guide book is currently available on Amazon as well.
NEWS & NOTES
THE IMPORTANCE OF JUDY’S PARTY by Roe LiBretto
In the early 70’s, my art instructors in high school were women. They kept the school studio stocked with art reference books and contemporary art magazines, and it was there I discovered Nevelson and Bourgeois. I remember reading a NYT’s critique of Lee Krasner’s work and thinking it was wrong for her to give up painting to help Pollack with his career. I saw the work of a few women sprinkled in museum exhibits, but solo shows of female artists were rare. So around 1980, when I started reading about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party I had to see it in person.
Not since I’d seen the Pieta at the 1964 World’s Fair had I been so awed by a work of art. Yeah, she may have hired out parts of the project to other artists, but so did Michelangelo. Big deal. A big vision needs a big staff. What struck me was the conceptual scope and visual impact of the installation, and that it was conceived, organized, and manifested, by someone of my own gender.
To fully appreciate the monumental status of this installation, you need to look at the statistics. Between 2008 and 2018, artwork by women represented just 11 percent of acquisitions and 14 percent of exhibitions at 26 major museums, and that’s considered progress when compared with the status of female artists in 1980. In addition, a recent study conducted by a group of mathematicians, statisticians, and art historians at Williams College, Massachusetts, and the University of California, Los Angeles, found that artists in 18 major US museums are 85% white and 87% male. You can read the study HERE https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6426178/
In light of those statistics, Ghostwolf’s annual Women’s Work exhibition is a refuge for one of several under-represented communities of artists. Now in its fourth year, it has supported and encouraged women in any stage of their career to speak their truth in their own unique visual language. I look forward to a future of equal opportunities in the arts, but until that day comes, this exhibition serves beautifully as an upscale showcase for talented artists who happen to be female.
EIGHT ALBUQUERQUE ARTISTS ON THEIR WAY TO ATTLEBORO, MA!
Ghostwolf Gallery artists, Amy M. Ditto, Laura Wacha, and Denise Weaver Ross have been selected to be part of a group of eight Albuquerque Artists to exhibit as a group at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts in the Spring of 2021. They are joined by several other fantastic local artists, including Christian Michael Gallegos, Ben Harrison, Aquilla Kappy, Ghostwolf Alumnus David S. McKee, & Ilene Weiss.
DENISE WEAVER ROSS
FINDING YOUR VOICE IN AMERICA TODAY
On Sunday, March 1, Denise Weaver Ross gave an Artist Talk about her Postcards to America series as part of theFinding Your Voice In America Todayshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Kelwood Contemporary Art Gallery and co-hosted by the Progressive Social Network. Denise’s series of large-scale works-on-papercontrasts the postcard image of each of the 50 states with socio-political reality. Her painting is shown below, bottom left.