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Published: 03/19/2013
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Doug Evilsizor El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co. 505-898-1771 126

Rare Art From The R.C. Gorman Private Collection Showing at El Pinto Restaurant in New Mexico April 20–28, 2013

Albuquerque's historic El Pinto Restaurant in New Mexico is collaborating with the estate of one of the most celebrated artists of New Mexico, world famous R.C. Gorman. Remaining works from the private collection by the late R.C. Gorman will be on display for public viewing at El Pinto Restaurant in New Mexico in addition to some of his most loved and cherished lithographs, serigraphs, paper casts, bronzes, and giclées. Over 50 pieces within the collection will be on display throughout El Pinto Restaurant in New Mexico from April 20th through 28th for restaurant guests to enjoy.

“El Pinto is the spot for great events, and now this collaboration with the R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery is an exceptional opportunity for the people of Albuquerque and tourists visiting to come enjoy amazing New Mexican cuisine with awe-inspiring art,” said Salsa Twin John Thomas, El Pinto co-owner. Twin brother Jim Thomas continues, “Gorman is a world renowned treasure. This is a perfect pairing that cannot be missed.”

This is the first exhibition of the R.C. Gorman Collection since the passing of Gorman in 2005. Bringing the collection to collectors and everyday public alike at El Pinto Restaurant follows a philosophy Gorman held that art is to be enjoyed by all. “El Pinto is an iconic restaurant in New Mexico. It is an amazing concept to bring the beauty of R.C. Gorman's work into El Pinto for patrons to be surrounded with while they enjoy a fantastic meal with family and friends,” said Jeff Sahd, curator at the R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery.

The Collection will be viewable for restaurant guests during normal operating hours: Monday thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m.

Over the past 50 years El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico. Serving the best in healthy New Mexican food from traditional recipes from grandmother Josephina Chavez-Griggs, El Pinto is the spot that locals and tourists alike seek out for fresh New Mexican cuisine.

About El Pinto Restaurant & Cantina:
Established 50-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the nation in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award-winning chile. http://www.elpinto.com.

About the R.C. Gorman Collection:
R.C. Gorman is considered by many to be the premier artist among Native American Indians and an icon for both New Mexican and Southwest art. “Gorman,” as he was generally and popularly known, enjoyed being the center of controversy as much as he enjoyed being a Navajo. Many collectors called him brilliant, the star of the Navajo Nation, a genius. Critics called him brash, flamboyant, and crazy. But most agree that his talent was universally outstanding. Mastering the art of lithography, oil painting, bronze sculpting, paper cast sculpting, and ceramics, collectors recognize Gorman as a man of many mediums and immense talent. http://www.rcgormangallery.com.
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