The Darker Side of White: Art by Tiffany Rose Opening Reception at MPL Art Gallery June 5

Artist Tiffany Rose. Courtesy photo

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An Opening Reception for The Darker Side of White, Art by Tiffany Rose is set for 4:30-7:30 p.m., June 5 at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery  in Los Alamos.

Artwork by Tiffany Rose. Courtesy photo

The show consists of work in two monochromatic mediums: charcoal drawings and portraits in pencil. Without the influence of color, the artist can emphasize light, shadow and texture, and still capture a remarkable realism.

Hinojosa has always been passionate about art. She creates art “to move you, to inspire you, to take you into your own soul.” With The Darker Side of White, her first public exhibit, Hinojosa hopes to create this experience as she showcases her work for the community.

Hinojosa uses two techniques for her charcoal work. With the first technique, sketching and shading, she can “capture the likeness of nature but without all the detail.” The second technique, which uses masking tape, was influenced by the work of Santa Fe-based artist, James Drake. Viewing Drake’s work gave her the idea to try a new technique with her own charcoal work.

Hinojosa first applies masking tape to the parts of the paper she wants to remain white. Then, as she carefully shades with charcoal, she adds successive layers of tape to protect the gray and black areas. Finally, she removes the tape, revealing the white of the paper, and the shaded areas underneath. Hinojosa says, “This technique takes a lot of forethought to produce the ultimate outcome … a creation worth looking at.”

Artwork by Tiffany Rose. Courtesy photo

Hinojosa’s hand-drawn pencil portraits are detailed and realistic. Hinojosa has been interested in art since she was a child, and first discovered her skill at portraiture as a teenager, when she was surprised by the amount of detail she could pull from a photograph. Her parents encouraged her art from an early age; Tony, her husband of 13 years, inspired her further, convincing her to take her first art class.

This propelled her into the art world and reinforced confidence in her abilities. Hinojosa has recently refocused her efforts, with a goal of eventually pursuing art full time. She has been taking courses at UNM-LA, where she is completing a Certificate in Studio Art, as well as at Fuller Lodge Art Center, where she is learning new techniques and gaining experience in a variety of mediums.

Hinojosa was born and raised in Los Alamos, and still appreciates the support of the close community. As president of the Los Alamos Arts Council Board of Directors, she can contribute first-hand to the Council’s promotion of lifelong engagement in the arts through education and community partnerships. In addition to presiding over Council and

Board of Director meetings, she supervises the affairs of the Council, including preparation of the annual report and presentation of the annual budget, and signs formal legal documents. Hinojosais serving as Chair for the 17th Annual Kite Festival, which is the largest event hosted by the Arts Council. This three-day event takes place the third weekend in May and is held in Overlook Park, White Rock. As Chair, she coordinates school kite building workshops and organizes the efforts of Arts Council volunteers. 

In addition to art, Hinojosa enjoys sports, especially snowboarding. She won third place in Slope Style at the USASA National Competition in Copper Mountain, Colorado this year. She also enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family,especially her children Diego and Daniela. find more information at

The Darker Side of White: Art by Tiffany Rose may be viewed through June 1-29 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, open during regular library hours 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

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