Santa Fe artistic photographer KiP Walker and watercolor artist Jan Wright of Mancos, Colo., have created a unique collaboration of creative photography and watercolors which expresses their love of the New Mexico landscape. “Sisters in Art ~ Sisters at Heart” exhibits artwork that reflects similar subjects and themes in two very different media. This is their second exhibit together, having created a successful “Sisters” show in Cortez, Colo., in July 2013.
“Sisters in Art ~ Sisters at Heart” shows in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos March 21-April 26. The public is invited to a reception in conjunction with the Art Center’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” show 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 21.
Walker only recently reentered the art scene. During a hiatus from exhibiting, she continued to photograph and hone her creative vision, leaving the darkroom behind and embracing digital photography and the wonders of Digital Art. Walker sees her work as expressing “multidimensional realities…layering images, ideas, and archetypes.”
Walker’s earliest work was inspired by Dorothea Lange, who photographed Walker’s forebears in North Carolina in 1939. This work focused on photographically re-documenting her family’s landscapes, as well as some drawing and sculptural work. Her current work has evolved into more emotional expressions of what she sees, often compositing different photographic images into one piece.
Walker has displayed in more than 100 solo, group, invitational and juried exhibitions around the country, receiving a number of honors and awards over the years. In the 1990s she owned KiP Gallery in Gypsy Alley off Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Her work can now be seen at www.KiPGallery.com.
Wright began her watercolor career after developing tendonitis in both wrists while preparing an exhibit of intricate macramé and weaving. She first exhibited professionally in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City and now has paintings in the Salt Lake County Arts Collection, CEU Price Museum and Wells Fargo in St. George, Utah, as well as individual collections throughout the country and internationally.
Wright lived near Youngsville and Coyote, N.M. for eight years, and exhibited throughout northern New Mexico from Abiquiu to Albuquerque. In 2007 she relocated to Mancos, Colo. Wright exhibited watercolors of ruins and rock art at Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park for five years, was Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde in October 2012, and now coordinates the program for the park. View her work at butterflyvisions.com.
“Sisters in Art ~ Sisters at Heart” shares the works of these two best friends in a delightful banquet of images, which may be previewed at fhttp://fullerlodgeartcenter.com/sisters.shtml.