Tierra Mar Gallery brings a new alchemy to Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Meet artist Judith Kohin at the 16th annual Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out on October 21, 10 am-3 pm.
Inspired by a mix of media and palettes, Tierra Mar Gallery showcases inspired contemporary fine art at historic 225 Canyon Road.
Sculptor Jarrett West spent his young life on a cattle ranch in Eastern Wyoming and a farm in Teton Valley, Idaho. During summer visits to Santa Fe, West marveled at the art community and apprenticed with a handful of instrumental local pottery and ceramics masters.
While West’s high-fired ceramic stoneware sculptures are suggestive of architecture, they are not representational. His intention is to ensconce the forms in the outdoors to invite collaboration, similar to the interplay between an adobe home and its canyon. “The collaboration with nature is critical because the work is so minimal. That’s the Asian influence. The drama of nature—shadows, sunset, or rain—enhances it.”
Once it’s time to install a piece, he can generally sense the sculpture saying, “I belong here.”
Artist Judith Kohin received her BA in studio art from Bates College and pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She then headed west to seek bigger mountains, where she found home in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
“As I describe what inspires the imagery in my work, I look to the mountains, the forests, the rivers, the canyons, the sky, and the wide open spaces that surround me,” Kohin says. “I’m trying to convey the exhilaration, exuberance, and vitality that I feel in the natural world. Alive!”
While artist Andrea Pichaida grew up in Santiago, Chile, she learned to enjoy and respect nature to the fullest. Pichaida holds an MFA from the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile where she became an associate professor teaching sculpture, ceramics, and clay.
Pichaida moved to Santa Fe in 2010 and opened her private sculpting studio where she works and teaches. Her creative process starts with a vague idea scribbled on paper. Once she gets her hands on the clay, a more intuitive journey begins. While striving for clean shapes, she also aims for those little nuances to achieve her sculptural abstract forms: shaping, punching, pushing, carving, texturizing, and coloring.
Currently assistant professor and program head of fine woodworking at Santa Fe Community College, Doug Jones also operates a furniture studio in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Jones holds an MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Jones’s current work combines fine woodworking with fire processes evolved from the Japanese technique of shou sugi ban. Burning creates a rich, variable surface of complex color, texture, and form. Grain and glue lines are etched deeply, revealing new relationships within the wood and emphasizing patterns. Jones uses a combination of brushing, waxing, and finishing techniques to enhance these effects. Working with cleaved and natural-edge wood has expanded the possibilities inherent in this process.
Please join Tierra Mar Gallery for the 16th annual Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out on October 21, 10 am-3 pm, where you can meet Judith Kohin in person to celebrate her exhibition, on display until November 7, 2023.