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Open Studio Exhibition: TJ Mabrey and Brian Baretto
October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020
Taos sculptor T J Mabrey and Brian Baretto, a Dixon-based artist, show their work in a two-day studio exhibition. This once a year event presents 20 marble sculptures by Mabrey along with a number of Baretto’s pieces that combine marble with gold and silver.
Visitors can wander around Mabrey’s outdoor stone yard and studio where finished, as well as work-in-progress, can be seen. Baretto demonstrates several techniques, as well as talks about the incorporation of Selenite, gold and silver into his marble sculptures.
New Mexico protocol for masks and social distancing will be followed for the outdoor areas. A limited number of people will be permitted in the gallery at any one time.
Studio Santiago and Gallery, 232 Camino de Santiago, Taos, NM 87571
Brian Baretto is a figurative stone sculptor investigating gesture, body language, and the choreography of form. Working primarily in full and half scale, Brian apprenticed in Germany, studied at the University of Wisconsin, and has been working in Dixon, New Mexico since 2016. Brian established Studio Baretto in 2018 and is in the process of opening a new atelier in Rinconada on the road to Taos from Santa Fe. “I’m a people watcher, I have a lifelong fascination with gesture and non-verbal communication. I’m always watching people’s hands finish their sentences.” Visit marblespeak.com for more.
TJ Mabrey’s life and work are far-reaching. After graduating university with a BFA degree, and the J.J. McVicker Award for Outstanding Portfolio, TJ studied with Master Sculptor Octavio Medellin for four years. In 1980 she established a carving studio in Pietrasanta, Italy where she worked and exhibited in stone and bronze, while intermittently living, working and exhibiting in Singapore and Cairo, Egypt. In 2014 she established Studio Santiago in Taos, New Mexico where she continues work in stone, while aggressively experimenting with paper and printmaking.
Mabrey’s designs and sculptures are prominent in private collections in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, and the Orient.
Pictured: TJ Mabrey, Ouroburos, White Italian Marble, 34h x 19 x 30 inches