Painting En Plein Air | The Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out

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October is a beautiful time of year in Santa Fe. The air has a crisp feel as it chills, and the mountains burst into color as the aspen leaves turn stunning shades of yellow and orange. It is against this backdrop that the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out is held. Now in its seventh year, it is a beloved tradition in which artists from all over flock to The City Different to paint en plein air in front of galleries and with an eager public watching.

Here at Waxlander Gallery we are also eagerly preparing for this favorite fall event. Eleven of our artists will be joining us, filling the spaces in the sculpture garden and in the street in front of the gallery with canvasses and painting tools, and each brings their own unique style to their work.

CR secret eventSo what can you expect besides the chance to see some of your favorite artists at work? There will be a Festival parade at noon, featuring bands from several Santa Fe public schools. After that many groups will head to galleries along the road to perform. Then at 3 pm there is a secret event that will be held at Winterowd Fine Art and GF Contemporary.

Join us for all the festivities on Saturday October 18th from 10 am – 3 pm to see some of your favorite Waxlander artists painting live for the 7th Annual Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out

Woven | Suzanne Donazetti

Silver Moon - Suzanne Donazetti

Silver Moon – Suzanne Donazetti

The process of weaving dates back thousands of years. Originally utilitarian in nature, it evolved over time. What started out as a process to make life easier with the creation of textiles, baskets and other goods soon became an outlet of artistic expression. Woven tapestries tell the stories and myths of history, rugs and kilims are canvases for expression, and the practical becomes a vehicle for deeper meaning.

Wintergreen - Suzanne Donazetti

Wintergreen – Suzanne Donazetti

Suzanne Donazetti’s weavings also tell a story. Though painted copper is not a medium traditionally associated with woven art, the warp and weft of her metallic tapestries combine to convey a tale of place and color. “Whether it’s a piling under a bridge in a bay in Florida, or ocean waves, or a desert sunset or a moonrise over the mesa, I’m interested in the colors,” says Donazetti.

She paints her interpretation of what she sees directly onto the copper, then cuts and weaves it. “The weaving provides randomness to the design so that what was originally an abstract representation of the light as it moves across a landscape becomes fragmented and layered.”

Sunrise Over The Sea - Suzanne Donazetti

Sunrise Over The Sea – Suzanne Donazetti

The resulting pieces are sculptural tapestries; portraying the narrative of their inspiration, while also allowing for the viewer to interpret meanings of their own. The finished work displays a distorted checkerboard pattern where what was once two canvasses are joined to form a single work of art. They ripple slightly from the weaving, and the effect only adds depth to the story.

“Hopefully these pieces will provide moments of harmony and continuing interest for the viewer.”  

Join us for the opening of Suzanne Donazetti’s “Coming Home” on Friday October 10th from 5-7:30 pm, and see her newest works through October 20th.

Coming Home | Suzanne Donazetti

After The Rain - Suzanne Donazetti

After The Rain – Suzanne Donazetti

I could spend the next 50 years and probably not be finished with my exploration of color.” – Suzanne Donazetti

Suzanne Donazetti’s art is unique. She color washes copper and then weaves strips to create works that are both painted and sculptural. The results ripple and draw the eye into the complex layers that are formed from the process. Her art can be seen in many public places across the country, and here at Waxlander Gallery we are pleased to present her newest works during her upcoming one-woman show.

Suzanne Donazetti’s “Coming Home” will show from October 7th through the 20th and we invite you to meet the artist and talk to her about her process during the artist reception on October 10th from 5-7:30 pm.

A Joyous Return

Desert Winds -Suzanne Donazetti

Desert Winds -Suzanne Donazetti

The title of Donazetti’s show comes from her excitement in returning to the Land of Enchantment. For the past seven years she has lived and worked in Maryland, but recently moved back. You can see her joy of being here again in her recent works.

Many of the woven sculptures that Donazetti is bringing for the show have names and color palettes inspired by the landscapes of New Mexico. ‘After the Rain’ shows the vibrant blooms of green that residents recognize after a shower in the desert, while ‘Into the Arroyo’ shows water coursing through the high walls that contain the flow. Other pieces are also named after familiar places and sights.

A World Of Inspiration

Into The Arroyo - Suzanne Donazetti

Into The Arroyo – Suzanne Donazetti

Donazetti is an artist focused on color, and as such she is able to find inspiration for her works wherever she goes. “Whether it’s a piling under a bridge in a bay in Florida, or ocean waves, or a desert sunset or a moonrise over the mesa, I’m interested in the colors,” she says.

This interest is expressed in the finished piece. Warm copper blends with the full spectrum of available pigments. From the subtle shifts of shade in ‘Desert Winds’ to the rainbow hues in ‘Carrizozo Morning #1′ each piece provides a stunning array of color.

An Original Process

Carrizozo Morning #1 - Suzanne Donazetti

Carrizozo Morning #1 – Suzanne Donazetti

Donazetti developed her process over many iterations of trial and error. She had worked in a variety of media prior to starting her journey as a metal sculptor, and her first foray was working with silver. She soon progressed to coloring and weaving copper and developing her signature style. While she has taught occasional workshops in her method, to her knowledge she is the only artist regularly using it.

“I mix the inks directly on the leafed copper with water, interference powders and metallic acrylics, which makes each piece original and difficult to duplicate. The weaving provides randomness to the design so that what was originally an abstract representation of the light as it moves across a landscape becomes fragmented and layered.”

Hopefully these pieces will provide moments of harmony and continuing interest for the viewer. I could spend the next 50 years and probably not be finished with my exploration of color.”

Join Waxlander Gallery in welcoming back Suzanne Donazetti to the Land of Enchantment during the artist reception for her show “Coming Home” on October 10th from 5-7:30 pm.