SFR Picks

SFR Picks—Week of May 22

Artists and baskets and bears, oh my!

(Courtesy the Artist)

Earth Angel

Multidisciplinary artist Angel Wynn finally has a space to call her own

Though she’s only lived in Santa Fe since 2011, mixed-media artist Angel Wynn has made a name for herself here through bold experimentation and a thirst for trying out new processes. Wynn might best be known as an encaustic artist and member of now-defunct collective/exhibit space 7 Arts but, believe it or not, she’s never had her own studio—until now. Starting this weekend, Wynn kicks off her new era in a humble studio in Lamy, and everyone’s invited to party for the occasion.

“I’ve always had to share space or work in the back of a gallery or an art center,” Wynn tells SFR with a laugh. “This new space…looks chaotic, but it’s mine and I know where everything is, so I don’t have to go digging through boxes and cabinets looking for that one perfect color.”

In addition to showing her newest pieces at the opening, Wynn also plans on unveiling details for upcoming open studio hours and workshops in various styles and methods. She’ll also welcome photographer Bryan Pearson, with whom she collaborated on a recent series exploring white bison.

“The newer pieces are very pop art,” Wynn notes, “and Bryan was instrumental in making that work.”

But why the change now after more than a decade successfully sharing space and working primarily with galleries?

“It’s sort of like how you can’t sell transistor radios or VHS tapes anymore because times have changed,” Wynn says. “I’ve seen a lot of artists struggle looking for a white wall gallery to rep them. My galleries are still there, I’ll still show there, but it’s a challenge these days to get your work out there—you’ve got to be innovative.” (Alex De Vore)

Angel Wynn Art Studio Grand Opening: 6-8 pm Friday, May 24. Free. Angel Wynn Art Studio, 24 Camino Potrillo, Lamy, (505) 819-1103

(Courtesy the Artist)

Metal and Baskets

Artist Carly Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) originally majored in museum studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, though she phased into jewelry and metalsmithing before graduating in 2016. Already an accomplished basketmaker working with a waxed linen technique she learned from her uncle (the artist Joe Feddersen), Carly Feddersen says that while baskets and jewelry are relatively different mediums, she likes to combine aesthetic elements that encompass both. Currently in the final days of a residency at the School for Advanced Research, Feddersen this week offers a presentation, talk and open studio as she prepares to move on to Florence, Italy, for more jewelry training. “The majority of my work has always followed a narrative to a degree,” Feddersen says. “They’re very much moments and it’s really about what part of the story inspires me.” (ADV)

Carly Feddersen Artist Talk & Open Studio: 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday, May 23. Free. School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia St., (505) 954-7200

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Bears, Oh My!

Did you know anti-fire mascot Smokey Bear was based on an actual black bear cub that was rescued in New Mexico in 1950? Or that the black bear is New Mexico’s official state animal? In honor of both our state’s ongoing love affair with the black bear and Bear Awareness Week from May 19-25, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden this week hosts an event dedicated to that most adorable yet tragically deadly beast. Join Garden Educator Robin Baer (really) for a family-friendly educational program on bears’ role in our ecosystem; tips and tricks for how to identify signs of black bears; and numerous examples of their favorite plants. “Obviously we have a lot of plant programs,” Director of Education and Interpretation Christie Collins says, “but it’s just as important to learn about the animals and their relationships with the plants as well.” (Evan Chandler)

The Bear Necessities: 10 am, Saturday, May 25. $7-15. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, (505) 471-9103


Let’s Get Queer in Here

Up-and-coming arts organization LiveArts! Santa Fe gets in the swing of things this week at the El Rey Court’s regular Monday Queer Night with a veritable cornucopia of performers and styles. Find burlesque with Aluna Bun Bun; drag from the inimitable Miss Brandy and Coco Caliente; comedy from Emma Meyers; music from Mark Westberg; written word with Marguerite Louise Scott; and more. How they can fit more in there is anyone’s guess, but the drinks are good and you’d have a hell of a time finding a more jam-packed Monday night event in Santa Fe—trust us. (ADV)

Queer Night @El Rey Court: LiveArts! Santa Fe Cabaret: 7 pm Monday, May 27. Pay-what-you-can. El Rey Court, 1862 Cerrillos Road, (505) 982-1931

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