The usual accoutrements line the stylist stations at Johnnyâs Classic Barber Shop: straight razors, clippers, Barbasol and Clubman talc. Owner Johnny Boucher plans to add picture wire, a level, hammer and nails to the mix, as the shop hosts its first-ever art show.
âOne of my clients, a photographer, pitched me the idea,â Boucher says of the exhibit, which he hopes will morph into a monthly series. âBefore I knew it, artists started coming out of the woodwork. Everybodyâs an artist hereâŚitâs Santa Fe!â
Hence Classic One, a group show that features New Mexico landscape photographer Xavier Anderson, who rocks a âfairly traditional gentlemanâs haircutâ; abstract expressionist Larry Blissett, who sports a pompadour; and Polaroid artist Matt Sanford, who has a âpretty wild haircut: short on the sides and tapers up steeply.â
âIâm dying to see it happen,â Boucher says from a barberâs chair, taking a breather between appointments.
The accidental curator says the show will run the gamut from âreally beautiful, professional-level work to some quirky, individualisticâ pieces.
He explains that the show arose from his clientsâ/artistsâ need to exhibit their work outside of the local gallery system.
The initiative follows a local trend of artists finding alternative venues for display and representationâlike Grant Kosh [Arts Valve, Jan. 30: âBrush With Fameâ], who shows his work exclusively at the Atomic Grill.
âItâs a frustrating situation for them,â Boucher, a former textbook publisher, points out. âWe have wonderful galleries and museums here, but for a modest artist, itâs difficult.â
Distancing his initiative even further from traditional galleries, Boucher says that, in keeping with a âfor the love of artâ vein, he wonât take a commission on sold works.
âThis is just for my guys,â he says. âItâll be interesting for the clients, itâll be fun for me and everyone will be happy. Itâs one of those win-win situations.â (Enrique LimĂłn)
Where: Johnny's Classic Barber Shop
855 Cerillos Road