An exhibition inspired
by the beginning of everything
Seed Exploratorium
5 Senses Experiential Installation for All Ages

Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-8 pm
Show Dates: Oct. 6 - 29, 2012
Stables Art Gallery
133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, #D
Taos, NM 87571- 7019
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SEED 4 Artists

Ginny Abblett
Denver/Taos artist Ginny Abblett moves from medium to medium to satisfy her creative quest by painting with pastel, acrylic, oil, and watercolor.   She also is a seamstress, recreating discarded vintage Japanese kimonos into scarves and purses, and creating soft sculpture “storyteller” dolls. Ginny teaches art in Denver and Taos and hosts private lessons at Ginny Abblett Fine Art at 910 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.   Her work can be found at, Ginny Abblett Fine Art, in Denver, and Garden and Soul, Moxie,and Wabi Sabi in Taos.

Matt Adams
Matt Adams studied art at the University of Colorado, apprenticed at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and then went on to receive an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been living in Taos, making art and teaching clay at the University of New Mexico for the past 12 years. Recently, he has been creating large-scale organic outdoor sculptures plastered with adobe mud. These works explore the relationship and interconnection between patterns found in nature and patterns of design and intention created by man. His creativity is informed by microcosms, textures and forms from within the natural world.

Claire Blanchard
Having enjoyed a creative childhood in the UK, Claire explored many areas of the art world including painting and drawing, sewing, knitting, and other textile arenas.  These explorations led her to a degree in architecture.  After working in that field for 12 years and learning a number of construction trades, she changed paths into the interior design field.  Beginning with learning upholstery, she now designs and builds custom furniture for clients and is developing her own product line.  Her current work has now evolved into a merging of skills and interest but always with a reference to structure and architecture. 575-613-5607

Laura Brzozowski 

Peter Chini
At 84, Peter Chinni has enjoyed a distinguished career that began in the 1950’s and spans two continents. Chinni studied at the Art Students League in New York where he caught the attention of the great Italian critic and art historian, Lionello Venturi. With Venturi’s endorsement, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, studying painting and portraiture. In 1949, he left the Accademia to study privately with painter Felice Casorati in Turin and later with the cubist sculptor Roberto Melli in Rome.
Although he still paints, it was in Rome that Chinni discovered his natural inclination toward sculpture, making his first piece in 1957. He has important pieces in the Rockefeller Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art. Chinni has continued to develop his art and since his move to Taos nine years ago, has been reworking some of these earlier pieces - not recreating them, but revising and expanding their initial impulses into new territory so that along with their maker, they are undergoing a phoenix-like rebirth.

Kerrie Lynn Cohn
Kerrie Lynn Cohn is a clay artist and owner of Tierra Hermosa Pottery and Supply in Taos and she is one of Taos's own.

Claire Coté 
Claire walks the tightrope of the artist, anthropologist, environmentalist and educator. In her artwork, she explores environments and the ecological relationships within them, through experimentation in mediums including drawing, painting, sound, book-making, collage, sculpture and photography. Claire has a BA in Art and Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and an MA in Art and Ecology from Dartington College of Art in Devon, England. In 2009, she founded LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place), an experimental arts initiative and is honored to be a co-organizer/curator of SEED. Born and raised near Questa, Claire is happy to call Northern NM her home.

Gretchen Ewert 
Artist Gretchen Ewert is known for work in several mediums- particularly for pen and ink drawings on Japanese paper and sculpture in clay. Uniting all of her work is a special focus on forms/colors found in nature with strong botanical references: seeds, pods, leaves, flowers, buds, fruit. Her interest began early from living with botanist parents who managed a seed/ exchange bank for individuals and institutions all over the world. As an adult she traveled to world botanical gardens including Tresco Abbey in the Scilly Isles, and Kew to draw. In 2007 Ewert had an exhibition of her pen and ink drawings at the Harwood Museum. The drawing for Seed 4 is a continuation of that work. Gretchen lives and works in Arroyo Hondo with her cats and greenhouse. 

Stephanie Lerma   
Stephanie Lerma is a New Mexico native who returned home in the early 1990’s after living in New York for several years.  She attended school in Paris, France where she received her teaching certification in piano pedagogue from L’Ecole Normale de Musique and holds degrees from the University of New York at Albany. Lerma has been a papermaker for nearly twenty years - and paper remains a primary element in her work today.  Current work tends to gravitate toward labor intensive, often repetitive methods of making with thousands of individual hand pulled pieces contained in each work of art. With much of the work, the papers are watercolored and/or waxed before being sewn or fixed to surfaces. She describes her work as both meditation and obsession -  where paper is both canvas and paint – where the single unit morphs through accumulation into a unified mass of color, form, movement, and sensation.

Jennifer Lynch
Jennifer Lynch has been working as an artist, art educator, collaborative printmaker and artist assistant for the past Twenty-five years.  Ms. Lynch received her M.F.A. in printmaking from Hunter College in New York City and B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute.  Owner and master printmaker of Lynch Pin Press, Inc. since 1999, where she has worked with may regional and nationally renowned artists.  She has been the Master printer for Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop and The Printmaking Center for Safe and Non-Toxic Printmaking at the College of Santa Fe.  In addition she has worked as a technical assistant and project manager for both Larry Bell and Ron Cooper. Her most recent shows:  Crystals, Gallery Neuartig in Los Angeles, Pressing the Limits at Golden West College, Huntington Beach CA, Taos Contemporary at the Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO. along with a group and solo show Jennifer lynch- Lithographs at New Art Center, in NYC in early 2013.

Reto Messmer
Reto grew up in an artistic household mentored by his sculptor father. In his twenties Reto had many solo sculpture exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland helping build his artstic reputation. In 1985, he was commissioned by Migros, the largest Swiss corporation, to create a large scale sculptural installation at their headquarters. Another notable commission was a mural at the Zurich Stock Exchange. This piece was at the time the biggest mural in Europe, 85' long by 35' high, on canvas made specially for this project. Reto emigrated to America in 1994 and has lived and made art in El Rito, NM, ever since.

Linda Michel-Cassidy 
I am a visual artist and writer living in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. As I am so fortunate to live in this beautiful place, my writing and artwork often address my concerns over the loss of our landscape and my thoughts about geographic amnesia. Working in text-based installation, my current project in particular, allows me to merge my interests in the written word, image and use of space. I hold an MFA in Visual Arts from the California College of the Arts and am an MFA Candidate in Fiction at Bennington.

Merce Mitchell
I have been a feltmaker for nineteen years.  I create dimensional pieces of inlay design, embellished, embroidered, and quilted, and cast as sculptural pieces.  What I love about feltmaking is its tendency to mutate and change form. There's an element of chaos that emphasizes process over result. My inspirations and translations revolve around chaos theory, vortex energy, womens' power and aspects, seeds, life/death imagery, and my personal experiences.  My main focus is fine fiber artwork, emphasizing color, construction and deconstruction. Form, technique, and the combination of felt and wire are my current passions. / 575-770-1199

Siena Sanderson   
Siena Sanderson was born and raised in south Florida where she was inspired by the beauty within her father’s garden. She was dispersed from there to Texas for under-graduated school, Oregon for graduate work, then to southern New Mexico and Massachusetts until she landed and planted herself in Arroyo Seco. She had worked for many years with the domestic violence program where she witnessed the worst kind of dispersal. She is currently teaching art in the Taos Charter School and Anansi Charter School and in the summers has been working to develop the Neighborhood Art Project, bringing art to children living in the neighborhoods in Taos. Politics are near and dear to her as she believes it’s all political and finds herself in a constant search of ways to create a nurturing world.

Mandy Stapleford 
Mandy Stapleford’s sculpture explores an array of forms, colors and textures inspired by the natural world. She strives to illustrate seamless and powerful relationships between art, science, nature and ourselves. Her work is original and innovative yet it is entirely familiar. It is the inside on the outside; the psyche and essence exposed. Much of her art deconstructs long held distinctions between the modern human and an ancient earth. "Art should consistently be a part of our everyday existence; in the gallery, the yard, the bathroom or at the kitchen table. If not, what are we fighting for?" She is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a BFA in Ceramics. Mandy is a current and founding co-creator of the SEED art exhibitions.

John Wenger Every year in early spring John Wenger travels the northern routes into the Southwestern highlands and rippled badlands. For thirty years he took his University of New Mexico art students with him to make art and develop personal relationships to the natural world. Running with artists and poets into the heart of deserts and alpine glades has been Wenger's movida since his early days in Oregon. Journey experiences in the West and in Europe over many years inform this artist's continued learning, which is more central to his purpose than preoccupations with commerce or past achievements. Bouncing around in the cab of Wenger's old jeep are some guide service cards he occasionally gives out to folks who are really interested. They are inscribed: Remote Lands Art Adventures Since 1974. His other card lists a website where he represents figurative painting sets under two titles "Webs of Carbon" and "Corpa Vida." /

Katie Woodall
Living in Taos for 28 years, Woodall consistently finds new ways to assemble images and textures into intricate surface media.  Installations, altars, collaged surface, layered portraits: she has received awards for abstraction and mixed media. Showing locally since 1984, she currently exhibits at Envision Gallery. Woodall has a passion for educating and collaborating with youth in the arts.  Her experience in this field includes a background degree in integrated arts education, along with 15 years consecutive experience in Arts, English, Humanities.  She has coordinated various youth projects for all ages in both partnership grants and within organizations.  5757768963