Wild Things, Wild Places, Wild West
“Wild Things, Wild Places, Wild West”, Vertu’s 2014 Autumn show, opened on November 5th. An Artists' Reception, open to the public, was held on Friday, November 14th, from 6 to 8:30 PM.
Georgette Evans Grey, gallery owner and artist at Vertu, says she wakes up every morning saying, "I love where I live!” This newest exhibit shows why.
Several of Vertu’s artists contribute to an exhibit focusing on weather, animals, landscapes, flowers and more, all those myriad things that capture the heart of New Mexico residents and make visitors want to return.
And to make the point that this is the ‘Wild West’, noted New Mexico historian Baldwin Burr introduced his new book “Images of America: Socorro”, published by Arcadia Publishing, featuring more than 200 vintage images and seven chapters filled with tales of the early days of this vital mid-New Mexico city. Mr. Burr is a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico, the Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners International, the Valencia County Historical Society, the Madison County (Ohio) Historical Society, and the Los Alamos Historical Society. He currently serves as the president of the Valencia County Historical Society, and is the secretary of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Viewers at the exhibit should have no trouble feeling and appreciating the tension between artist Skeeter Leard’s paintings of coyotes on one wall, and quail chicks on the other. Wild Things, indeed! It takes perhaps more imagination to connect with Georgette Evans Grey’s depiction of cattle in a dust storm — unless you have been caught in a New Mexico dust storm, in which case, yes, Wild Places seems very appropriate. Not so obviously ‘wild’ are the smoothly-turned wood vessels by Phil Norton, so different here on display then the gnarled malformation originally found in nature. Other Wild Places are captured in photos by Don Boyd and Tom Irion, as well as in the oils of Karyn DeBont, as she leads you through many beautiful but little-known areas of south-central New Mexico. And sculptors Sharon Fullingim and Burt Calkins delight with offerings in bronze, limestone and wood.