Chasing Identity: Retrospective Work Of Harriette Tsosie Opens May 4 In Step Up Gallery At Mesa Public Library


Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library has announced its new exhibit, Chasing Identity: Retrospective Work of Harriette Tsosie, which runs May 4-30. The opening reception is 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. The artist Harriette Tsosie will give a 15-minute Gallery Talk at 3 p.m. about her work.

Chasing Identity explores the roles of genetics, language and place in shaping who we are. A retrospective exhibition for painter Tsosie, Chasing Identity covers the last 20 years of her work. Tsosie resides in Albuquerque with her husband Carl A. “Cat” Tsosie of the Picuris Pueblo, where they lived for many years and maintain strong ties.

Chasing Identity will show both 2-D and 3-D work that references the universal search for identity and Tsosie’s individual one. Included in the show are: acrylic paintings on both canvas and panel; cold wax medium and oil paintings on panel; encaustic paintings on panel; three 12 foot high pigment ink scrolls on Tyvek; acrylic paintings on Tyvek and 10 ceremonial gourd rattles created collaboratively with her husband Cat.

Purchasing art from Chasing Identity can be accomplished safely online with bank cards at For more information about Step Up Gallery, visit Step Up Gallery is on the top level of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in the heart of the Los Alamos Historic District.

Library hours:

  • Monday –Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
  • Closed Sundays.
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