Three local artists are coming together to present recent works in an upcoming exhibition entitled “So Near & So Far.”
Fran Stoval, Marcee Sarracino and John Sarracino will show pieces encompassing a wide array of media including stained glass pieces, mosaics, pastels, photography, watercolor and oil paintings. Also wide in scope is the subject matter for the works, drawn from places near Los Alamos and far from this area, resulting in the title of the show.
The opening reception is 5-7 p.m., Nov. 1, and the public is invited to attend and meet the artists. The show will continue to be displayed through the month of November.
Art has been at the center of Marcee Sarracino’s life for as long as she can remember. Her career path began when she first found paper, pencils, crayons, clay and paint at a very early age. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in 1978, she embarked on her chosen career of art. Proceeding through various types of materials to express herself, she has worked extensively in numerous media including ceramic materials, leather, inks, pastels, photographs, watercolor paints and most recently in oil paints.
When she first discovered the stunning views of Los Alamos 35 years ago she decided to relocate to this area and has been continually inspired over the years by the incredible beauty that is unique to these mesas.
As a long-time resident of Los Alamos, she has had the privilege of joining and serving numerous organizations over the years including Los Alamos Art in Public Places Board and Chairperson, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society, Los Alamos Mini Marathon, Los Alamos Youth Soccer League, American Rock Art Research Association, and Utah Rock Art Research Association. Her work has regularly been displayed at both juried and private local, regional and national exhibitions.
John Sarracino began his photographic journey 50 years ago with a Kodak Instamatic camera he purchased after college. He soon discovered photography is not necessarily about the equipment one uses, but about how one visualizes the image one wants to create and the story one wants to tell.
Nevertheless, before he left for his Peace Corps assignment in a remote village in Nepal he received a hand-me- down Exacta camera, two manual focus lenses and a hand-held light meter from his father. These tools allowed him to expand this creative vision and he used them for the better part of his service in Nepal.
John regularly participates in local photography-interest groups; has had his sports images published in the Los Alamos Monitor and Los Alamos Daily Post; has displayed selected images in recent Los Alamos Photography Club photo shows; and, was accepted into this year’s annual New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, a juried event restricted to New Mexico artists.
John is a long-time resident of Los Alamos, having arrived in 1976. Over the years he has been active in the Los Alamos Mountaineers, leading backpacking trips to the Four Corners area and mountaineering trips to Mexico. He a past president of the Los Alamos Tennis Club and has directed Los Alamos Mini-Marathons. He is active in the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group and Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC), having recently organized this year’s LAPC Photo Show.
Capturing New Mexico in stained glass has been one of the most exciting roads Fran Stoval has traveled. Trying to match the texture and color of the glass, creating landscapes, animals, birds, floral and abstracts has been a delightful voyage of creativity. “It is all worth it when you bring your finished piece up to the light,” Fran says,” and it is always a feeling of AWE and excitement.”
Another by-product of stained glass has been using it to create mosaics. She begins by creating a pattern, then cutting out squares of glass, placing them on a board, and finally grouting, which pulls the piece together. In 2009 she had a one-person show in the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center displaying her Mosaics.
Trained in graphic arts at Weber State University, she worked for many years as an illustrator for Los Alamos Technical Associates before finally turning her attention to creating fine art full time. After working in oils, she studied pastel painting techniques at the University of New Mexico, as well as taking workshops. She is now a signature member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico.
From 1996 to 1998 she participated in the Los Alamos Studio Tour and again in 2014 and 2015. Her work has been displayed at Mesa Public Library, Café Allegro, Andrews Fine Art Gallery, Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, the Coffee House Café, and her own Fran Stoval’s Fine Art Gallery on Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library hosts shows by local and regional artists, as well as travelling exhibits, 10 to 12 times each year. The Gallery is open seven days each week during regular library hours.
For more information about Library events, visit the website at losalamoslibrary.org, or call 505.662.8253.