New Mexico is fortunate to attract and foster many artists of all kinds.
In her intriguing book on some of the visual artists who found the high desert light and landscape of Santa Fe irrestible and inspiring, Stacia Lewandowski explores their lives and art through photographs and personal stories. The book is actually a two volume set which includes a separate walking tour booklet of many artists’ homes and sites in Santa Fe.
As July’s guest speaker for Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series, Lewandowski will present a talk about the book and accompanying slide show with images of Santa Fe and archival photographic images from the book.
Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe won the award for Best First Book at the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. It also was selected as a finalist for Best Book in the Arts.
The talk is 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
In Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe, Lewandowski takes the reader on an art journey that begins in the days before Santa Fe could boast a single gallery or art museum. More than 40 artists are presented, including well-known and lesser-known figures of the Santa Fe art community, Native American and Hispano artists, as well as notable visitors to the city such as artists Robert Henri, Edward Hopper and Stuart Davis.
With fascinating stories and biographical material, the author explains how the convergence of this extraordinarily creative group of people made a lasting impact on Santa Fe’s cultural life. Biographical material is enriched by lively quotes from the period and complemented by 120 color images of the artists’ work – the majority from private collections – and 49 black and white archival photographs.
Lewandowski was born and raised in Chicago and received degrees in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music and in philosophy from the University of Colorado. Her early education also included classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and a year of study in Poland at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music.
Lewandowski has worked as a professional flutist and in arts marketing and public relations.
Most recently, she handled research and public relations for Zaplin Lampert Gallery in Santa Fe, a gallery that specializes in historical art of the American West. It was during this time that she focused on research pertaining to the development of Santa Fe’s art community. She continues an association with Zaplin Lampert Gallery as the creator and editor of their e-news journal, in addition to work as a free-lance writer.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, history and culture, poetry, and more. The series is funded by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.