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mN MN Step Up Gallery Takes It Outside! Show Features Landscape Oils By Artist Paul Hotvedt

Step Up Gallery Takes It Outside! Show Features Landscape Oils By Artist Paul Hotvedt

Two large-scale oil paintings by Silver City artist Paul Hotvedt with the same titles as his exhibit, Time, right, and Tenacity, left. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Work is underway at the Step Up Gallery to set up the newest exhibit of paintings by Silver City artist Paul Hotvedt. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Artist Paul Hotvedt

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

In 2020, the pandemic pushed a lot of people indoors but not Silver City artist Paul Hotvedt. Rather than retreating inside, he ventured into the great outdoors.

His newest show, Time and Tenacity, reveals what he saw and experienced while hiking through canyons, meandering by streams and looking down lonely backroads.

Time and Tenacity opens Thursday at Mesa Public Library’s Step Up Gallery. There will be a livestreamed event at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 on the Los Alamos County Community Services’ Facebook Page. Hotvedt will host a tour of his 56 paintings that hang at the gallery as well as answer questions from participants.

Step Up Gallery Manager Diane Stoffel said she is pleased to feature Hotvedt’s work at the gallery.

“His work is very striking and there is a real continuity of style from one painting to another,” she said.

Hotvedt said some of the paintings were painted near his hometown of Silver City near the Gila Wilderness while a few others were painted around Northern New Mexico including near the Valles Caldera. Others are landscapes he saw in his imagination.

“They are really about the spectacular beauty around (New Mexico),” Hotvedt said.

He added he wanted to spotlight the sites people see every day and “what we take for granted.”

Hotvedt said he excited to have his work featured in the Step Up Gallery; it is his first time showing in Los Alamos.

“The Step Up Gallery is a really special place,” he said. “It’s open and it’s large and a public venue. I think I’m most excited to see this whole body of work together.”

Hotvedt explained he knows Los Alamos County Library Manager Eileen Sullivan, who used to live and work in Silver City. Sullivan introduced Stoffel and Hotvedt thus paving the way to the new art show.

It may be Hotvedt’s first show in Los Alamos but it is far from his first exhibit. He has been a landscape painter for 40 years and has traveled across the country including Kansas, Wisconsin, Oregon and Maryland to lead workshops and be a guest speaker. He also traveled to Israel.

“I love being outdoors – the colors and forms are challenging,” Hotvedt said.

Similar to a musical performance, things can change quickly while painting outdoors and as a result, “I enjoy the riskiness of that experience,” he said.

The artistic streak runs in Hotvedt’s family. He said he has an aunt and a cousin who paint. His father and brother were also painters.

“So, they encouraged it,” Hotvedt said.

While Hotvedt is excited to share his work with the community, so is the gallery.

Stoffel said she is pleased to have an artist from outside Northern New Mexico to display their work at the gallery because it gives people an opportunity to see art they might not have seen.

“I think it helps enlighten our community because they are seeing work they don’t see regularly,” she said, “and it is always good for artists to see the scope of work from other artists …”

The Step Gallery is offering a full slate of exhibits this year.

After Hotvedt’s show, the schedule includes:

  • Feb. 17-March 14: All Schools Art Show by LAPS students
  • March 24-April 24: Legacy of Learning: 50hth Anniversary of the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee
  • April 29-May 25: 26th Annual Los Alamos Photographers’ Show by the Los Alamos Photography Club
  • June 2-26 : Toward the Face of the Division, Eastern Orthodox Icons by Father Theophan
  • July 1-27: Watercolors of the High Desert, the work of signature artists of the Watercolor Society of New Mexico
  • Aug. 12-13: 2022 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo
  • Sept. 8-Oct. 4: Facing It Together Series, the sculpture and photography of Jac Bordnick
  • Oct. 14-Nov. 9: The Road Taken, a 45-year journey by Carole Belliveau
  • Nov. 18-Jan. 3: A special holiday show

Paintings by Paul Hotvedt waiting to be hung at Step Up Gallery. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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