Pathway, Ray Ortiz
We live daily with the land all about us but truthfully we sometimes don’t even notice it. At times we need the artist to point out the beauty of the simplest things, the grandeur of nature and the mystery of our ties with the land. Ray Ortiz let’s us explore through watercolor the simplicity of beauty, Maureen Anderson reminds us of the grandeur and Mauricio Josytewa unfolds Hopi traditions and stories like a cartographer’s map of living on the land.
Spirit of Deers, Josytewa
Crater Lake, Anderson
Yarnell Hill by Vivian Farmer
There has already been some chatter in the community about the anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire; the destruction and deaths, the political and legal buffoonery and fatigue. What could be an artist’s response?
The fire itself was a horrific and at the same time awe filled moment. A moment like so many when the real world, nature, slaps us in the face with its indiscriminate power. The deaths that were part of it tore our community to its heart. We responded as a community both in need and in giving. What followed later; the circus, pandering and trolling are immaterial.
The gallery is currently showing a painting by Vivian Luchessi-Farmer that, I believe, holds that event in its palm and offers it to us for reflection. It is not a highly detailed piece of realism of the fire’s horror or the maudlin remembrance of heroes we can never repay or forget or whose last moments we can ever fathom. The painting is large by the gallery’s norms, four feet by five. It is less realism than abstraction but that allows our personal thoughts, needs, experiences of the fire to fill in our own story of the events. And that’s what I think art provides, a way to share, to remember, to begin to resolve by confronting the horror and loss and assist our need to remember that, as a community, we are overcoming a tragedy, together, and that petty differences are like the smoke, gone on the wind.
If you get a chance, please come by. Along with Vivian Farmer’s work, Maureen Anderson, Jeannie Mehl and Cindi and Joe Shaffer are exhibiting some very nice work. Show continues until April 30th. Reception April 25th.
Owning a gallery in Prescott gives me the opportunity to meet very many people. Artists, of course, visitors, collectors, wanderers and wonderers. This morning I had the privilege of meeting a truly wonderful woman.
The current show (ending tonight with the Art Walk) presents among other artists, Diane Iverson’s book “When I dream”. The subjects of the book, a little girl and her mother endure some very trying times. The book not only treats them with respect but also shows us the dignity within us all.
This morning, by chance, I met the Mom, a now successful manager in Prescott. Tonight I may get the privilege of meeting her daughter. How great is that!