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Meet-The-Artist Reception Weems Gallery

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Weems Gallery and Framing is pleased to announce that five new artists will be joining the gallery in March, bringing to Weems’ regular lineup a selection of brand-new works in watercolor, pastel, steel sculpture, acrylic and wood.

A meet-the-artist reception will be held Friday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weems, 5935 Wyoming Blvd. NE.

Featured artists include:

Carol Carpenter, Watercolors – Carpenter is an award-winning, self-taught artist. Her early interest in the arts was inspired by her mother, who worked in watercolors, pastels and mosaics and often took her to painting classes. Carpenter is well-known for her paintings of flowers, most notably hollyhocks. She also is known for her watercolors of Taos and other pueblos, which often contrast the old with the new. Her latest awards include first place in the large painting division and first place in the miniature division of MasterWorks of New Mexico. Carpenter is actually returning to Weems as a regularly featured artist. She was affiliated with Weems for more than 30 years before moving to Sumner & Dene downtown, which closed last October. “I’m excited to return to Weems and am working on some new pieces for March,” says Carpenter. “The art community here in Albuquerque is so supportive of local artists, and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

Andy Hageman- Hageman arrived in New Mexico in 2008 from England where he was an award-winning Hotelier/Restaurateur, and author. When he arrived in Albuquerque he owned the largest NFL shop in the region, which he ran with his wife, Sue. After suffering a back injury, he became disabled, and turned to woodworking as his therapy. “I find a little peace, absorbing myself in the beauty of every piece I work with, and often choose to use reclaimed wood,” says Hageman. “No two trees are the same and it’s exciting to uncover the beauty within every piece of wood I find and work with.”

Lynn Kearny, Pastels – Kearny expresses her love of the natural world in pastel paintings of Western landscapes with a strong sense of light and rich, layered color. The award-winning artist most recently received the Mayor’s Award for her piece, “East Fork,” that was featured in the Pastel Society of New Mexico 2023 All-Members Show hosted by Weems last November. Art is actually a second vocation for Kearny, who was originally trained in organizational development, instructional design and human performance technology. She worked as an organizational consultant for 30 years in California. Over that time, she also took art classes at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., and studied under several prominent pastelists in California and New Mexico. Born and raised in Los Alamos, she recently had the opportunity to return to New Mexico. “While in California, I found myself painting New Mexico landscapes, and when I had the chance to move back to New Mexico, I grabbed it,” says Kearny. “I’m delighted to be part of Albuquerque’s vibrant art community and to now be part of Weems.”

Bobbi Mason, Japanese-Style Bells – Mason learned the art of welding steel under the tutelage of her father, the late Tommy Hicks, who was a painter and sculptor and founder of the Shidoni Foundry and Galleries in Tesuque. Her emphasis today is on steel sculpture in the form of functional art. Her Japanese-style bells are made of repurposed steel cylinders – previously used as air tanks for scuba divers and firemen – which have a much richer and deeper tone than lighter-weight aluminum that is more commonly used today. The clapper on the inside of the bell is usually a recycled hockey puck. When asked about her interest in these Japanese-style bells, Mason said, “I love the sound. When you strike the bell with a mallet, the sound continues for 3 to 4 minutes and there’s so much serenity. It’s peaceful to listen to.”

Sofia Savage, Acrylics – Born and raised in the tiny town of La Jara, N.M., Savage says much of her artistic inspiration comes from her parents. Her father was a writer and her mother a painter, ceramicist and jeweler. While raising her own family, Savage worked in graphic design. Now retired, she enjoys painting professionally, and her work is largely influenced by the colors and textures of New Mexico. “I don’t sketch out my paintings,” she notes. “I prefer to load my brush and see where the paint takes me. I love using vibrant colors and horizon lines in my work. It creates a sense of symmetry and balance that is very calming.” Savage comes to Weems Gallery after having exhibited her work at Sumner & Dene, which closed last October. “While I loved my time with Sumner & Dene, I’m especially excited to have found a new home at Weems,” she says. 

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