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Great event, catered by Bodega Burger Co. & Lounge. January 27th, 2017.
Luminarias on the Plaza
We were pleased to host Yvonne Magener's Eggsibition 2016 from Wednesday, March 9th thru Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
Heaven and Earth
Emmy-award winning photographer Tom Irion’s solo show titled “Heaven and Earth” was inspired by two quotes, one from Edward Weston, “New Mexico is where the Heavens and the Earth become one”, and the other from the Gospel of Thomas: “Heaven is spread out upon the earth, but people don’t see it”. Tom says he couldn't agree more with those quotes. “They don't call this place ‘The Land of Enchantment’ for nothing. It's turned out to be the perfect place for me.” The reception served not only as a celebration of Tom's wonderful works, but also helped celebrate the inception of the gallery in its great new space on Socorro’s historic plaza. The reception was catered by the Bodega Burger Co. & Lounge. The show opened September 30th and ran through November 1st, 2015. The opening reception was October 9th, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Facets of New Mexico
A juried show in our new location. Opening reception was September 4th; the show ran through September 27th, 2015
The Way I See It
Karyn DeBont's Solo Show. Opening reception was May 8th; ran through June 8th, 2015
Found In Socorro
Photographer Don Boyd’s “Found In Socorro”, an intimate look at his home town, revealed many small things that, like small brush strokes, gives the larger canvas of this uniquely New Mexico town a richness much different than British adventurer George F. Ruxton’s 1848 description as a “... dilapidated brick-kiln, or a prairie-dog town ...”. This exhibit ran from April 8th through May 3rd, 2015. The reception featured elegant hors d’Oeuvres catered by the Bodega Burger & Lounge Co.
We were pleased to host Yvonne Magener's Eggsibition 2015 from Wednesday, March 11th thru Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Hearts and Flowers and Skeeter Leard
Well known locally, Skeeter was a founding member of Friends of the Bosque, and was one of the primary organizers of the Fine Arts Show at the Festival of the Cranes. One of the founders of the Fullingim-Isenhour-Leard Gallery which originated in the Juan José Baca House, Skeeter has lived and created in the Socorro area for more than 25 years. She is well-known for her pastel and acrylic work and her love of horses. Many new works were created for this exhibit which ran through March, 2015
Wild Things, Wild Places, Wild West
“Wild Things, Wild Places, Wild West”, Vertu’s 2014 Autumn show, opened on November 5th. An Artists' Reception, open to the public, was held on Friday, November 14th, from 6 to 8:30 PM. Several of Vertu’s artists contribute to an exhibit focusing on weather, animals, landscapes, flowers and more, all those myriad things that capture the heart of New Mexico residents and make visitors want to return. And to make the point that this is the ‘Wild West’, noted New Mexico historian Baldwin Burr introduced his new book “Images of America: Socorro”, published by Arcadia Publishing, featuring more than 200 vintage images and seven chapters filled with tales of the early days of this vital mid-New Mexico city. Viewers at the exhibit should have no trouble feeling and appreciating the tension between artist Skeeter Leard’s paintings of coyotes on one wall, and quail chicks on the other. Wild Things, indeed! It takes perhaps more imagination to connect with Georgette Evans Grey’s depiction of cattle in a dust storm — unless you have been caught in a New Mexico dust storm, in which case, yes, Wild Places seems very appropriate. Not so obviously ‘wild’ are the smoothly-turned wood vessels by Phil Norton, so different here on display then the gnarled malformation originally found in nature. Other Wild Places are captured in photos by Don Boyd and Tom Irion, as well as in the oils of Karyn DeBont, as she leads you through many beautiful but little-known areas of south-central New Mexico. And sculptors Sharon Fullingim and Burt Calkins delight with offerings in bronze, limestone and wood.
Forces of Nature
Three renowned artists join together for a two-month exhibit at Vertu Fine Art Gallery. These three, Jean Newcomb, who has been painting New Mexico since the early 1970s; Joel Smith, who was raised in Utah and taught painting, design, drawing, and general art history survey courses at seven universities until retiring 1994 to create art full time (working in watercolor and oil); and celebrated New Mexico artist Doris Steider (deceased 2010), best known for her lush egg tempera landscapes employing what she referred to as "magic realism". The exhibit opened Saturday, June 28th, 2014 with a reception elegantly catered by the Bodega Burger Company from 3 pm to 6 pm; it ran through Sunday, September 7th, 2014
From The Heart
Local Landscapes, Local Colors
With Tom Irion and Virginia Unseld. Show runs October 22nd, 2013, through January 18th, 2014
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico: Paintout and Exhibition in Socorro
Paintout, Thursday, September 12th — Saturday, September 14th, 2013. Quick Draw: between the Plaza and San Miguel Mission, 10 AM — Noon, Saturday, September 14th. Opening Reception: Vertu Fine Art Gallery, 2 PM — 4 PM, Saturday, September 14th. Exhibition ran from September 14th through October 20th, 2013
The Cowboy Way
"The Cowboy Way" Opened July 10th and ran through September 8th, 2013. It featured work by Michael Goettee, Leon Dunning and others. The opening reception was July 10th, 7PM, and featured music in the Courtyard by Earl Gleason.
Mothers and Other Goddesses
We were pleased to host Yvonne Magener's Eggsibition 2013
Grand Opening Festivities
Friday, February 1st, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, February 2nd, 11 AM to 6 PM
Opening day: January 23rd, 11 AM
Wednesday — Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM
Sunday — Noon to 5 PM
and by chance or appointment
The fine art gallery in the Juan José Baca House, on Abeyta Street in Socorro, has seen many changes. The weathered sign on the east end of the building has, for years, advertised the Fullingim, Isenhour, Leard Galleries; the space has also been home to Curious Crow Studios, the working studios of Natasha Isenhour, Margi Lucena and Georgette Evans Grey.
Lucena and Isenhour recently made a decision that, although it takes them away from this gallery, allows them to establish closer relationships with the several galleries that represent them across the Southwest.
Grey, having owned and operated a gallery for many years in Newburyport, Massachusetts, has seized this opportunity to establish a new gallery in this historic space. The new gallery will be known as the Vertu Fine Art Gallery, named after the well-known gallery she closed when she moved to New Mexico. But even while there is a new name, and new management, there are strong ties to what has gone before. Work by Leard and Fullingim will continue to be featured, and Grey will continue to have a working studio at the gallery.
Vertu means "a love or knowledge of, or taste for, fine art", and all of the artists included in the gallery surely fit that definition. Leard, Fullingim and Grey will be joined by Don Boyd, Karyn DeBont, Nancy McCloud and Chrysan Spreng, all noted local artists who intend to assure that their new venture will offer a wide variety of high-quality art suitable for many budgets and tastes.
Skeeter Leard is well known for acrylic paintings inspired by her love of horses and wildlife, as well as by one of her favorite haunts, the Bosque del Apache NWR; her distinctive paintings, prints and cards have always found a wide audience. Nationally recognized sculptor Sharon Fullingim, who aptly describes herself as “Head Chisel sharpener and Sculptor”, offers exquisite work in bronze and Indiana Limestone, as well as some interesting furniture and hand-colored etchings.
Many have said that Grey’s detailed floral portraits and local landscapes "take you somewhere you want to be". Boyd’s photographs of outdoor spaces convey a notion of intimacy that he hopes will make the observer care about the natural world, as well as about themselves and their relationship to it.
DeBont’s en plein air oils tap into a resource largely undiscovered by southwestern artists: the beauty and inspiration of south-central New Mexico. Spreng’s magic on the potter’s wheel brings to life elements of earth, fire, water, air and spirit she has transformed with her custom glazes and bold designs using vibrant reds and purples.
McCloud has a far-flung reputation for her hand-crafted custom leather chaps and belts, flute bags, and backpacks as well as for beautiful handmade jewelry done in a fabulous southwestern style.
Hoffacker's jewelry demonstrates his feel for nature, how its contours and structure evolve to enhance survival and perform functionally. He says, "shapes found in the organic world harmonize to produce appropriate and necessary forms. I am deeply inspired by the natural world. This inspiration is often revealed in my sculptural ‘freeform’ pieces as well as the wildlife creations"