Peter Chapin: Unexpected Findings
Reception: September 8, 5-7 pm
Strata Gallery is pleased to present new works on paper and acrylic paintings by Santa Fe artist, Peter Chapin, in our new downtown location on Lincoln Avenue. The exhibition will run from September 5–22, with a reception on September 8, from 5-7 pm.
Chapin states, “Visual art is a way of finding meaning, ‘finding our way in this world of variety’ as Paul Klee put it. We think with our senses, come to our senses, and more specifically we think with the tools and materials at hand. Drypoint printmaking and other materials on paper, and acrylic on panels, lead to unexpected findings.”
Having lived and worked in Santa Fe for thirty-six years, Peter is delighted to be part of a gallery that values education, relationships with the other arts, and the “examined life”. He is particularly pleased to share his explorations with his hometown community.
Peter graduated with high honors in Art History from Yale, earned an MFA from Columbia University, studying with John Heliker and Philip Guston among others, and went on to teach at Drew University where he chaired the Art Department and Directed the New York Art Semester. He then joined four other artists to found the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. He and his wife, Honey, moved to Santa Fe to direct Skylight Conversations, weeklong sessions for museum groups based on talking with area artists in their studios. Peter has involved himself fully in this place as President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, Chair of the Board of Cornerstones Community Partnerships and of Santa Fe New Music. Far from distracting Peter from his artwork, he is grateful for these involvements which have enriched his life and work.