Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony

Isolated in the dry desert climate of New Mexico, artists silently depicted the harsh realities of life on the coyote-plagued plains by molding their vision of the world around them.

An influx of Eastern ethnologists and photographers, painters and sculptors settled into the plains of the Western landscape and from there spearheaded the Modernist movement from 1915 to 1940, abstracting themes of cubism and realism.

Witness the works of Gerald Cassidy, Stuart Davis, Carlos Vierra and Marsden Hartley at the Mennello Museum, which wrench viewers out of a digital state of mind and transport them back in time.

Pottery molded by the early Anasazi people sits atop pillars, juxtaposed with the textures on raw canvas painted by the art-colony newcomers, all telling stories from decades past that linger on long after you leave the gallery.

Come out and mingle with the who’s who of the local art scene at the opening reception; if you don’t, the exhibit remains open to the public until April.

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