Everything’s coming up roses ─ and lilies and daisies ─ at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
The current exhibit, “Wallflowers” presents five dozen artists and eight dozen blooming works in every imaginable media. It’s quite the bouquet. The reception will also celebrate the fabric art of quilter Nicole Dunn, whose exhibit, “Bits and Pieces,” is on display in the Portal Gallery.
The show opened June 14 and continues through July 23. There will be an Artists’ Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 28 in conjunction with the NM District II Judges Council Flower Show. The Flower Show has three components: Horticultural, Educational and Design. The Horticultural Exhibit will be in the Fuller Lodge Portal. The Educational Exhibit is presented by the Santa Fe Rose Society in the anteroom of Fuller Lodge. The Design Exhibit will be in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The Flower Show opens at noon and will close between 3-4 p.m. The Design Exhibit will be in place through Saturday afternoon.
The physical space at the gallery has been enhanced with garden trellises that provide hanging space as well as setting the mood.
Reflections II by Lily Schlien. Courtesy photo
In what was surely a difficult decision “Reflections II,” a mixed media print by Santa Fe artist Lily Schlien was selected as Best of Show. Schlien, who is showing for the first time at the Art Center, has several pieces in the show.
“I make art to find out what I am thinking, what I am seeing, to linger longer with things that bring me joy, to understand what sustains me through the face of life itself in this fast moving world,” Schlien writes in her artist’s statement.
Working with wood or linoleum sheets to create her prints gives Schlien both the physical pleasure of carving and the change to “feel” the lines that define that structure of an object, she writes.
Desert Flowr Chaco by Richard Thompson. Courtesy photo
Also showing for the first time at the Art Center is 12-year-old photographer Richard Thompson. Thompson’s photograph, “Desert Flower: Chaco,” was taken on a camping trip with Boy Scout Troop 22.
Silk Scarf by Nancy Ullman. Courtesy photo
Fabric artist Nancy Ullman has a painted silk scarf in the show. Ullman, who is also a weaver, began painting on silk about six years ago. Nature is often a subject of her work.
Velvet Glads by Elena Al-Yuan Yang. Courtesy photo
Painter Elena Al-Yuan Yang has two pieces in the show, one a serene Japanese Iris and the other the vibrant Velvet Glads. “The image of brilliant red flowers against a dark background had been fermenting in my mind for years, and finally I took the step of rendering it on paper. In contrast, the Japanese Iris offers a sense of serenity … yet I had to play a little with the background for a whimsical touch,” she writes.
Cranky Flowers By Gordon McDonough. Courtesy photo
Gordon McDonough has two pieces in the show, a painting and what he calls an automation. The automation is an arrangeable picture with movable parts created from wood, acrylic and latex paints. The operation uses hand-made pulleys of different sizes and a string belt.
Maplethorpe’s Englightenment By Judy Pearson-Wright. Courtesy photo
Three ceramic pieces by Judy Pearson-Wright feature porcelain flowers displayed in raku vases. An interesting feature of these pieces is the LED lights inside the flowers.
Visitors to the show will notice a number of rain barrels beautifully decorated with flowers. These barrels are part of an upcoming project by Los Alamos County. Stay tuned for details on how to acquire one of these useful and beautiful artworks for your garden.
This is just a sample of what is on display in “Wallflowers.”
Beautiful…Still By Nicole Dunn. Courtesy photo
Award winning Los Alamos fabric artist Nicole Dunn began quilting in 1988. Some of her latest work focuses on the use of silk, and exploring the use of traditional quilt patterns in a nontraditional way.
She loves arranging bits of cloth so that the grain of neighboring pieces lie in different directions, creating texture in the reflections. Her exhibit in the Portal Gallery, “Bits and Pieces,” features a tag for each piece with a thought about what inspired it.