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Carole Brinkley

Originally from Washington, D.C., Carole arrived in New Mexico in 1999. Carole lives art in all its forms - from food and dance, to painting and motherhood, her love of the beauty of life is present. This trait is also evident in her work. Inspired by her visceral experience of life, her paintings are full of color, texture, and dimension. Carole explores the meanings behind the meaning, layers of interpretation. Self-taught, she was inspired by expressionists like Egon Schiele and Wayne Thiebaud. 

Cosmo Monkhouse

Cosmo Monkhouse is a spirit being whose offerings sometimes appear as wood objects, some of them similar to Himalayan "shaman sticks," which are channeled by Marc Sills - agent, slave and Madrid-area resident.  Sills has a B.A. in Fine Arts and an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations, and has held several occupations in life, including trucker, mover, carpenter, builder, activist, and university instructor of Political Science.

Gail Buono

Gail Buono has been fascinated by parts of the circle (arcs, ovals, ovoids, and spirals) for many years.  She is exhibiting paintings from her series,  “Kaleidoscope” and “New Earth”,  based on a 12-pointed star (arcs emanating from 12 equidistant points on the circle).  The “Kaleidoscope” paintings (Hanging in the Balance”, and Kaleidosphere) involve portals through which one can access other dimensions.  “New Earth” references our current environmental condition, and the birthing of a new world, based on our harmonious thoughts in a collective, global consciousness.  The paintings portray a sculptural space, infused with vibrant color, light, and movement.  The “New Earth” series reveals a narrative stream, from the newly formed Earth being born, as in Birth, to its experience travelling through dimensional portals in the universe--see Star Portal. She has been using more glazing of colors to heighten the perception of a stained glass effect and a more ethereal quality to the circular imagery, as with My Eyes Have Seen You.  More on the artist, incluing more artwork from both series can be found on her website: 

Jane Cassidy

I have lived in New Mexico since 2004, but made the conscious decision to move here in 1994 when I first visited Santa Fe. It was love at first sight: the art, the diverse culture, the beautiful desert, and the magical spirit that prevails captured my soul. However, it wasn't as an adult that I was first introduced to the southwest, but as a very young girl at home in Indiana. My parents had visited Santa Fe in the mid-50's. They brought a few precious treasures back and I especially remember a hand blown amber glass ball. I used to gaze at it and daydream about its mystical origins. Unaware, I was gazing into my future some forty years later. My formal studies began in high school and continued in college at Indiana University. In addition to canvas painting, I have done a series of murals found in public and private settings. In 2007, I was the featured artist in a national cable series, The Art of Living on Veria Cable Network. My segment, The Painted Desert, delves in the importance of art as an individual healing practice, a community experience, and a benefit for all of culture. In addition to many private collectors, I am honored to have a The Lady of Guadalupe as part of a public collection at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rhode Island.

Kathryn Nun

Born in England, and having grown up in south Florida, Kathryn Nun has been embracing “the arts” of Santa Fe since her relocation in 2001. Coming from an extremely artistic family, Kathryn has been applying color to everything in her path since she was able to hold a brush. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising & Design, with intense focus on illustration, from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Further education in graphic design and web development was pursued at the Santa Fe Community College.

Kathryn’s strong use of color results in bold and vivacious pieces, always full of passion. Strongly inspired by music, Kathryn expresses intense emotion in all of her paintings which is evoked by the music she listens to while painting—the more inspiring the music, the more passionate her pieces become. Predominantly working in acrylic, she is constantly seeking new art techniques and mediums. Kathryn also experiments with various utensils and unusual materials to produce interesting textures. In addition to The Lotus, Kathryn has gallery representation at Studio 14 Art Gallery in Madrid, New Mexico.  She was a featured artist in the first love AS Revolution Festival & Art Show in 2015 and has shown annually in Metallo Gallery’s “In Microsale" miniature art show since 2013. She has exhibited in numerous juried and outdoor art festivals, and is available (upon request) for commissions and donations in support of various New Mexico charitable causes—annually supporting the New Mexico Cancer Foundation and the Santa Fe Horse Shelter.

As the sun sets over the Cerrillos hills each evening, you will most likely find Kathryn sitting in front of her easel—paintbrush in hand, covered in acrylics—creating new pieces of art. Any free time, she enjoys spending with her three dogs on her 18 acres. She is passionate about travel, wine tasting, cooking with her Puerto Rican chef husband, and partaking in any activity that involves great music!

Kirk Righter

I have several phases that I go through, including organic (leaves, pea pods, etc.), industrial (lots of screws and rivets) and anatomical (I am fascinated by medical diagrams, which usually involve their representation via use of water slide decals). I create pieces almost exclusively in a particular phase until I have run out of ideas, which is always accompanied by the intrusion of ideas from another phase. I never interpret my own art, as this only gets in the way of creativity. I try not to over-think my design or execution, but I do what feels right at the time. Every viewer has his/her own ideas about my art, so if you ask me what a particular piece means, I will ask you to tell me what you think it means. My interpretation does not matter as much as yours…

Lori Swartz  & Shelly Johnson
This Mad & Beautiful Game

We are Shelly Johnson & Lori Swartz. We are both painters and performers. We have chosen to create work together. This Mad and Beautiful Game is a project that joins the skills of two painters, working on the same canvas. Our work reflects our commitment to challenge the boundaries and structures of painting. Shelly Johnson’s work comes from a pop art tradition. Lori Swartz’s work is contemporary abstract. We both have been painting individually for 20 years. Together we have created something entirely new. Our process has allowed us to explore what we would not have been able to alone. One of us begins the painting, then passes it to the other. We paint and trade off until we both believe the work to be complete. At each pass, we discuss the form, content, color, meaning, and direction of the piece. We often agree. We often disagree. In the tradition of other artist who have shared the canvas (Warhol and Basquiat), we are friends who respect each other’s work and want to make something new. A collaboration requires both clarity of vision and a willingness to compromise.

Mat Crimmins

Mat Crimmins was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has a degree in philosophy from Syracuse University. As a child he drew on everything... homework, desks, doors, walls, floors, elevators, and even himself. Although shapes and figures were created with his food in the early years, it wasn't until an introduction to ceramics class his senior year at college that Mat began sculpting. Moving to San Francisco in his early 20's, he joined the San Francisco Clay Studio and started to create with plaster, clay, wood, and metal. Greatly influenced by the artists he associated with in the Bay area, he experimented in other mediums and enjoyed the collaborative process. After working with a number of contemporary artists in film, photography, and large kinetic sculptures, Mat began taking his own path in art more seriously. In 2002, Mat moved to Cerrillos, New Mexico and began painting, keeping a book of ideas, and using paper, found objects and salvaged materials to create various sized sculptures. In 2007, bronze became more of a focal point as he broadened his knowledge of the lost wax process working at Shidoni Bronze Foundry in Tesuque, NM. In 2010, Mat started working with the artist collective Meow Wolf creating large scale immersive installations including “The Due Return” at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. He has created installations with the group in New York, Chicago and New Orleans. As a self-taught artist he is always trying new things and learning by failure. He purposely puts himself in challenging predicaments knowing that the process yields more than the product. This series of skeletal pieces have become a major part of his current focus capturing ideas of life and death but more importantly character, humor and the soul. He signs all of his work with “CRIM”, a nickname given to him by childhood friends who happen to remain his close friends to this day.
“I have to keep creating, I have to keep learning, I don’t know what it all means right now but I feel if I keep doing, if I keep reaching, it will all make sense at some point…sort of.”

Scott Switzer

I have always been fascinated by line and line drawings, the suggestion of form that our eyes fill in, and the connectivity that occurs when two lines come together.  These paintings begin as drawings from life.  I think of the drawings as a way to record a certain time and place.  The compositions then are formed in the studio.  This body of work has been described as architectural landscapes and is heavily influenced by the line quality of architecture both interior and exterior.  I am interested in how we remember places and spaces and how the memory can become distorted, much like in dreams.


Shelley Yates

Shelley Yates was born in Texas. She was raised to be in the world but not of it. Painting and video are, for her, a way to capture those times she feels a strong connection to the world around her. The titles of these landscapes reflect her experiences both with others and within.Her art is about love. Her love for her people, for the land, for the sky, for the wild horses, for light and shadow, for color and darkness. The paintings of Shelley Yates portray her sense of oneness with the world.

Shelly Johnson

Shelly Johnson's pop art enamel paintings feature twentieth century icons, spiritual imagery, political figures, musicians, local characters and images from her many travels. She has been painting since the late 80's and has shown throughout the country in numerous galleries, including on Canyon Road in Santa Fe as well as her own gallery in Madrid, 'A Wander Out Yonder'. Shelly's use of vibrant colors brings her paintings to life and crosses all cultures. The word 'pop' is synonymous with explode, burst and bang... all of which demonstrate the impact of Shelly's work. Pop art continues to be a strong force in today's art world and forms the framework for Shelly's current and future paintings, which reflect how this artistic phenomenon has evolved from the 1960's to the present. Shelly's biggest visual art influence is clearly Andy Warhol but as published by Kathleen Sloan in THE magazine... one of a kind artwork is the result of her work, reversing Warhol's economy of scale message. Warhol's statement, "I want us all to be machines" is replaced with "We're a spiritual hive communicating by wave lengths."