Opening Reception at Greasewood Gallery Jul 3, 2019 8:23:16 GMT -6 via mobile
Post by jettsgrill on Jul 3, 2019 8:23:16 GMT -6
Join us this Saturday, July 6th from 6-8 PM in Greasewood Gallery at The Hotel Paisano for the opening reception of “Edgewalking; Landscape Interpretations of a Poet and a Painter”
2 Artists Portray Energy of NM and West Texas Landscape
Paintings by Meg Leonard and Wood Sculpture by Jim Fish
Greasewood Gallery in the historic Hotel Paisano
July 5- September 8, 2019
Edgewalking: Landscape Interpretations by a Painter and a Poet
This show is a final tribute to a unique friendship between two talented artists and is a homecoming for the late Jim Fish’s work to Marfa, Texas.
During years hiking public lands in New Mexico, artists Meg Leonard and Jim Fish explored the rich geologic formations near their homes in the Central Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. They shared a sensitivity for the energy in these wild places, discussed scientific principles and delighted in the smells, the silence and sounds of air movement, the flora and fauna, and the colorful minerals.
Meg says, “Jim had an intuitive ability to navigate the wilderness. We’d find isolated canyons and mesas where I immersed myself into drawing while he explored terrain…When we hiked, we each had very unique physical reactions to being on cliffs, ridge tops or rock ledges. I’d feel tingly electrical pulses up from my feet through my body, and he’d see bands of radiating colors! Edge walking metaphorically applies to the way we live life."
His carvings and her paintings were started onsite to capture the essence of contours and harmonies. Afterward in their studios, they refined their work and offered critiques for each to improve and communicate with clarity. The resultant painting, gestural wood sculpture, and poetry was right if it received a “goosebump approval.”
“When the artworks were paired for gallery displays, they had a dialogue we could almost hear, and we imagined them dancing while no one was watching,” Meg says.
Jim grew up in West Texas very near the Mexican border, forty miles from the small town of Sonora. Inspired and encouraged by a high school English teacher, Jim started writing poems and short stories. In 1975, he published his first major collection of poetry, Firemiles.
A Fulbright scholar, he earned a B.A. and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 1972. In 1977, Fish finished his PhD, in Chemical Engineering.
From the summer of 1977 to the summer of 1978, Fish worked at the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas in Cuernavaca, Mexico on a solar energy project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
A number of Fish’s photographs and essays appeared in the monthly publication for the New Mexico Chapter of the Sierra Club and in Wildlands, a guide to the remote public lands of New Mexico. Fish worked as a freelance travel writer and photographer for Sunset Magazine, also for the in-flight magazine for Southwest Airlines.
Jim frequently returned to a favorite ranch in Marfa for hunting trips with his brother, nephews, and friends. He came back to his Placitas, NM home with game, poetic musings, pieces of found wood, and some walking sticks including mesquite, cholla cactus, catclaw, or greasewood which he had carved around campfires. More inclined to shoot photographs than guns, he tried to capture the landscape’s vast beauty.
His formative years in that region permeated his writing, his poetry, his speech, and most of all, his values. Jim Fish made huge contributions to the Placitas creative community by sponsoring artful events at the exhibition space of the Anasazi Fields Winery which he founded with friends in 1985.
Jim wanted to title his next poetry volume, “Edgewalkers.” But, in June 2017, most unexpectedly, Jim, a healthy vigorous skier and hiker, died of a sudden heart attack as he hiked with his nephew near Mount Taylor, west of Albuquerque.
Meg Leonard is an accomplished professional artist whose work has received international, national and regional recognition. She earned a BFA from the College of Fine Arts at Miami University of Ohio; studied art at the University of Wisconsin; was a cultural ambassador for the State of Wisconsin in Japan; created the official Poster for the 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; and was awarded a National Park Service artist-in-residency in Sept., 2017 and 2018. Her work is held in many corporate and private collections.
Her landscape paintings in pastel and oil take the viewer beyond the representational, to masterfully celebrate color relationships, light shifts, and atmospheric magic. They have
She traveled to Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, and Marfa in the fall of 2017 and early 2018 and began her latest series after walking in Jim's native landscape to complete her part of that goal set 2 years earlier.
Copies of "Songs of the Landscape" and "Dancing the Snow; a Guide to Skiing for an Old Man" will be available for purchase at the Greasewood Gallery during the show. Jim Fish's thin poetry volumes are now out of print; however, all sculpture and paintings in the show are available for purchase.