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to Jul 8

Eyvind Earle' Gold-to-GREEN!

Featuring Paintings, Prints, and NEW NOTECARDS
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7th, from 5-8 PM 
Thru Monday, July 8th

 With the California drought officially over after more than seven years and drought conditions improving in New Mexico while composing this postcard on a rainy, May 10th in ABQ, it seems only natural to wax nostalgic about the good ol’ “Golden” days of California that so influenced Eyvind Earle’s landscape artistry before the turn of the 21st century.

These were the days when neither mountainside super blooms of wild flowers were present in California nor were the hills of New Mexico looking so “alive” like scenes from Ireland.

Eyvind’s “golden” artistry featured vast hillsides of parched grasses, probably never fully green, that turned mustard-in-color due to the eternal baking of the California sun.

However, Eyvind was not one-dimensonal in making his compositions pertaining to the California landscape. Creative, definitely, one-dimensional, no. In his self produced DVD, Eyvind answered one of the questions most asked of him when he was alive, “After you view a scene, how long does it take you to turn this image into a painting?” Paraphrasing, Eyvind answered that he would ruminate on the imagery for upwards of a year before attempting to paint it. He then decided whether to accurately paint his chosen scene or to create a fictional image depicting how he wished the landscape were. As Eyvind aged, his scenes became more surrealistic and his imagination “won” more regularly in his artistic decision-making. In his print, “Soft Green Meadows”, one wonders where in California this scenery existed?

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Perhaps, when offering his “GREEN” landscapes in addition to his “Golden” ones, Earle’s ball was “crystal clear” for he accurately foresaw a time when relatively “lush” vegetation would return, no matter how temporarily, to the West? Come see for yourself as we’ll also mix-in a few of Tenley Fohl’s Santa Ynez Valley photographs which show images from one of Eyvind’s prime painting locales. Should you purchase an Eyvind Earle painting or print, you are welcome to take home a complimentary framed Tenley Fohl photograph from our collection at no charge!

 Going on ten years ago, we had notecards with Eyvind’s imagery available for purchase. They were very popular items! Our initial supplier eventually stopped producing these cards once their agreement with Eyvind’s estate expired. GOOD NEWS! Eyvind’s estate has now produced five new card box sets as well as individually wrapped cards that are available, once again, for your purchase. It is now safe to put down your key pads and key boards and resume writing your notes by hand!

Since we started carrying Eyvind’s artistry many years ago, you’ve told us that viewing his work has become one of your favorite reasons to visit Palette. We look forward to your next visit! 

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to May 6

Luminous Reflections: What would my "Uncle" Wassily think anyway?

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Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, 5-8 PM
& Saturday, April 6th, 1-3 PM

*Artist Talk on Saturday, April 6th, 1:30 PM
Hosted by Glass Alliance*

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A Netherlands’ native, Willi was immersed in the abstract art of her parents and friends while growing up. Her father was so influenced by Wassily Kandinsky that he created a wonderful tribute of colorful patches ironed-on to a bamboo mat which was commercially acquired. Such “familiarity” led Willi to believe that Wassily was one of her many Dutch “Uncles”. Today, her husband loves pointing out her “Uncle’s” artwork in museums which always causes quite a stir in the presence of others!


Willi’s artistry comes from within , but, also results from her life experiences, outside influences, and personal discoveries. Her joyful road to creating glass artistry has been long and winding. She has now created cast glass for over ten years and is eternally passionate about further developing her skills. Originally a photographer, she moved to New Mexico and then began wood and steel sculpting. Ironically, she worked as a spine research nurse and realized her steel sculptures reminded her of human spines. When she sculpted her first face, Willi spent weeks working her clay model, daily. One night she dreamt that her sculpted visage enlivened in the form of a complete woman, who with a smile said, “I love what you’ve done with my face!” Willi realized it was time to then make her mold of “Dream Woman”.

Today, such visions are complimented by Willi’s ever-developing skills. She has studied with Czech Cast Glass Maestro Petr Stacho at the world’s oldest glass school. In July, she will continue her ongoing studies with another Czech Maestro, Frantisek Janak. Exploring the visual dimension and incorporating the luminosity of glass into it has been an enjoyable journey of which Willi will discuss in her Artist Talk on Saturday starting at 1:30 PM which is hosted by the Glass Alliance.

We look forward to your visit. Bring your own “Artistic Uncle” along with you!

Take Care,

Kurt Nelson & Daisy Yi
Palette Contemporary Art and Craft
7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 855-7777

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to Apr 3


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Opening Reception: March 8th, 5-8 PM

Artist talk at 6:30 PM

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Hilda Appel Volkin makes colorful, multi-dimensional wall hangings. Possibly, a conventional idea, until you discover that she combines fluorescent plexiglass with dichroic film to create her artistry.

Why does Hilda use such unconventional materials? Fluorescent plexiglass transmits colored light to its edges which gives each piece a “lit” appearance. Dichroic film assists by splitting a light beam into two beams with different wavelengths. The film transmits one beam in color and reflects the other.

Depending upon one’s viewing angle, new colors appear. Working with light’s dynamic properties and being inspired by nature continually challenge Hilda to combine artistic and scientific principles in creative ways. Come see Hilda’s artistry. We promise an illuminating experience!

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A Good Sign
to Apr 28

A Good Sign

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During 3-6PM, on Saturday, 4-28-18, Jaqueline Cruz, painter, will be present to discuss her astrological works displayed at her current show, "A Good Sign" which is being held at Palette Contemporary Art and Craft. Feel free to visit, and view Jaqueline's fine paintings with a keen eye out for her depiction of your personal astrological sign.Does it match your expectation of what your sign "should" be? Pro or Con, Jaqueline will be ready to discuss her interpretation with you! Our own Ariana Mancino did great research work in uncovering very thorough and engaging written descriptions for each sign which are posted next to each painting.

Further background on Jaqueline's work is provided by the Albuquerque Journal Art Columnist,Wesley Pulkka, whose wrote a wonderful review on April 1..  For your time's investment on one short Saturday afternoon,between Jaqueline paintings and discussion,Ariana's research, and Wes' commentary, you should now feel well-versed in the field of Astrology ,in general,and of your personal stake or "Sign", specifically. Come for Jaqueline's paintings and get the added benefit of admiring appealing art glass from our roster of international artists which are also on display during her show.

Featuring Paintings by Jaqueline Cruz

Beginning Friday, March 16, from 5-8 PM, please join Palette Contemporary Art and Craft as we welcome, new painter, Jaqueline Cruz with her Zodiac series.

Originally from Brazil, Jaqueline dreamed of coming to the United States and working toward an exhibition of her artistry.  A busy person, Jaqueline is also a physical education teacher, a Spanish and Portuguese interpreter, and a dancer!

Jaqueline's paintings are heavily influenced by her love of music and dance.  She says, "[I am] fascinated by the culture of movement and how dance can represent lines and limitations to give geometric shape to the movement that fits into the rhythm.  From my observations, I noticed that one's astrological bend influences one's body movement during dance.  Dance is an art, like painting, so I started to figure out how to make that connection.  Intuitively, I wanted to represent the signs of the zodiac using delineated lines, squares, and colors.  I mixed my aforementioned desire with music, and my initial sketches turned into finished paintings."

In addition to Jaqueline’s presentation, on our pedestals, we’ll be featuring a fine selection of Mid-Century glass and ceramic sculpture from across the globe. From the Czech Republic, you’ll see Frantisek Vizner’s cut and polished candlestick holders,Pavel Hlava’s stunningly colorful Sommerso vases as well as Karel Wunsch’s vases a couple of which hail from his renown “Dual Series” from the 1960s. German glass from Walther can be viewed as can a number of glass and ceramic sculptures from the Scandinavian countries.

Plenty to be seen!

On March 16 from 5-8 PM, come stargaze with Palette, admire Jaqueline's paintings, learn about your zodiac sign, and also enjoy our terrestrial sculpture,too!

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