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Meet our 2019 Featured Artisans
New Mexico artisans from 42 different communities and Pueblos in our state are represented in the 2019-2020 New Mexico Artisan Market. Follow along with us and we introduce these talented artists.
Albuquerque artist Aaron Richardson was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1978. Art has been a part of Richardson’s life since before he could write. Richardson is a modern realist/ expressionist painter working in oil paints and charcoals. Since 2000, he has been creating commissioned portraiture in charcoal and in 2011 began painting with oils. He’s had solo shows in Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, Texas and has won an Honorable Mention ribbon in the 2015 New Mexico State Fair. Richardson lives and paints in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Brooke & Adelyn
Artisan Brooke Harper earned her degree in Fashion Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a Patternmaker in New York City before coming back to New Mexico in 2008 and starting Brooke & Adelyn in 2009. Dismayed by the unethical practices of the Fashion Industry, she works to make her microbatch Brooke & Adelyn line of clothing ethical.
Microbatch design is inspired by the concept of slow clothing. It diverges from today’s current culture of fast, throw-away fashion to create quality clothing with timeless individuality. Brooke & Adelyn is not mass-produced. Each style is designed and draped, block printed by hand, and made in small runs locally in Albuquerque, NM. Brooke & Adelyn uses hemp blend fabrics as the base of their design. The prints are inspired by nature, and New Mexico culture and history. The fabrics, inks, tools, and processes used are sourced mindfully of stainability, fair trade, and environmental impacts.
The Cornivore is a New Mexico True locally owned and run family business. They have been in business for about 5 years and specialize in great tasting New Mexico flavors. Their goal is to make your popcorn experience the best you’ve ever had! The Cornivore doesn’t use corn syrup, butter or preservatives making their popcorn a healthier alternative.
Deerskin Bags and Clothing
Pam Dietrich made her first deerskin jacket in 1971 and has been at it ever since. Originally from Santa Barbara,CA she’s been living in New Mexico since 1992. She had a boyfriend who used to do leatherwork and had some tools and scrap in a box. He showed her the basics and she went with it from there. Everything Pam does is entirely hand laced. All of the tools she uses fits in one hand. The skins she uses are top quality Deerskin and Lambsuede which were tanned for the top design houses. Pam’s job is to make her customers look amazing and she’s gotten pretty good at that!
Desert Fig Designs
Jennifer Lamprey is a New Englander, transplanted to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for over twenty years and is now delighted to call Santa Fe her home because the high desert is, without a doubt, where her heart is. She been creating sterling silver jewelry since the summer of 2016. After breaking her leg that spring she was laid up for several months. Unable to do massage work which had been her passion for over fifteen years, she threw herself into designing and working with sterling silver. She is grateful for the “happy accident” which afforded her the time and space to create. Jennifer says “something good has to come out of something bad”. She always had a creative side dabbling in fiber arts, paper sculpture and creative cuisine and feels blessed to have found metal smithing. Working with metal is her bliss and being able to share her work with the world has changed her life in such beautiful and unexpected ways.
A modern interpretation of vintage Southwestern style. Joanne Douglas’s eclectic line synthesizes a lifelong interest in design, sterling silver, vintage leathers, creative colors and attention to fine detail. She creates jewelry that becomes wardrobe staples.
Cebastien + Robin of Dryland Wilds, forage the high desert for common and invasive plants, using old-school perfumery techniques to bring you real desert perfumes that smell like the places they were harvested from and hydrating botanical skin care – from the wilds of New Mexico.
Richard Elkin is a bench jeweler and designer. His creative background in design and fabrication dates back to 1978 and encompasses training in Metalsmithing, jewelry fabrication, ceramic arts and sculpture. He has been a full time professional studio artist since 1978. Richard’s work has received numerous awards for excellence throughout the country.
Garcia Spanish Colonial Arts
Lorrie Garcia grew up in Northern New Mexico surrounded and inspired by many of New Mexico’s historic mission churches which house some of the most important pieces of Spanish Colonial devotional art. Her background developed her appreciation for Spanish Colonial art; however, her career as an artist started late after retiring from a teaching career in 2001. Lorrie now focuses her creative energy producing traditional hand carved bultos using either aspen or jelutong; and retablos using ponderosa pine boards, homemade marble dust and rabbit skin glue gesso, and natural pigment paint which she prepares herself.
After finishing a B.S. in Industrial Design, Griffith Evans realized that his true passion lay in handwork. His preference for the plane over the pixel led him to complete a formal training program in Fine Woodworking and Professional Craft. Griffith’s special jewelry collection is crafted in reclaimed orchard wood from the northern New Mexico village of Cuartelez. He harvests declining walnut and fruit trees on his friends ancestral property there. He embraces certain elements of the 19th century Arts & Crafts stylistic tradition—simple lines, handsome proportions, restrained decoration, and native materials—while remaining unburdened by the utopian, anti-industrial philosophy of the movement. He incorporates the commercial furniture production techniques of steam bending and bent lamination.
Heidi’s Raspberry Farm
Heidi’s Raspberry Jam starts with hand selected raspberries grown on a farm in Corrales, New Mexico. All of the fruit is selected for its unique flavor, sweetness, texture and color. All of her jam is made in small batches, by hand with loving care. She slowly cooks the raspberries to ensure that the vitamins and beautiful color of the natural fruit are preserved for your enjoyment. Heidi Eleftheriou and her team handmake and package each batch of jam in her Albuquerque kitchen.
Kelly Horrigan is a leather artisan, costume designer and educator. She earned her BFA in fashion design and has been a professor at Pratt Institute since 2000. Kelly has taught leather craft, jewelry workshops, sandal making, sewing construction, computer-aided design and fashion design. She teaches workshops with the Mancos School of the West, CO and in her studio. Her work has been worn by Janet Jackson, Steven Tyler, Debbie Harry and featured in the pages of the Fader, Surface, Vogue.com, Style.com, The New York Times and seen on Transparent, NBC’s The Voice and Bravo TV.
Growing up in Northern New Mexico (Peñasco), Andrew Garcia was always exposed to WPA furniture. He was intrigued by the Mortise and Tenon joinery and the beauty of the carvings. After a career as a mathematics instructor, Andrew began to experiment with carving and construction of Spanish Colonial furniture. He soon fell in love with it and decided to jury into Spanish Market (2004).
After building several pieces of furniture with the traditional “roping” and “rosettes”, he began to include more universal designs and motifs in his work.
Andrew is especially inspired by the work of Nicolai Fechin, which is a combination of Spanish Colonial, New Mexico, and universal styles.
He takes pride in the fact that his work goes “from tree to final form” that is, he harvests and mills his own lumber; designs, constructs, and finishes every piece of furniture. His goal is for all steps in the process come into harmony to produce not only a piece of furniture but a piece of art.
Mary Gonzales received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2014. After finishing her educational training, Mary was hired at Coyote Clay & Color, a local glaze manufacturing company and studio space, as a Pinter. She worked her way from packaging glaze, to working at the front desk, processing sales and shipping information, to managing warehouse production for wet glaze products, as well as teaching. In May of 2018, Mary resigned as wet productions manager in order to become a full-time studio artist. Mary continues to be an instructor at Coyote Clay & Color, where she teaches hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Her Current body of work evokes the beauty and magic of nature, and calls forth the fantastical. Bowls of delicate leaves, mugs of leather, and gemstones and gold chunks nestled in dragon scales, inviting her audience to take a second look at what we think we know, and how we perceive the world around us.
Sage Hagan was born and raised in New Mexico. A self taught artist, Sage brings his all with every stroke and every breath. Life and art are one. Sage celebrates this. His deep roots, spirituality and convictions are evident in his art. Sages work is powerful, communicative and surreal. There is a natural fluidity to his paintings. A gifted talent, with a incredible work ethic. Sage is always at his best Painting one day at a time.
Sean Wells’ artwork has been featured on internationally distributed beer labels (Cerveza de los Muertos), nationally distributed wine labels (La Catrina Vino) and New Mexico Lottery Scratchers 2015 and 2016 all featuring his stylized Day of the Dead themed images. She is also an award-winning 5th generation Spanish Colonial artist and juried member of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in the retablo category. Sean has two distinct lines of art, my Saints and my Sinners. However, all of her art celebrates traditions, culture and history with a focus on healing.
Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Racheal Roybal-Montoya grew up in a loving, artistic family. From a young age she was encouraged to express her artistic identity. Her talents increased with each passing year. Once she decided that art was her calling, she studied under a variety of jewelers including her mentor, Elan Varshay. With his careful guidance, Racheal’s skills as an artist grew. She displayed her art work in several different shows, winning many awards along the way. In 2010 Racheal realized a dream when she was accepted into the Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It has been a great honor for her to work with so many talented artists along her journey. Racheal looks forward to what the future holds, as the demand for her jewelry continues to grow and as does her reputation as an artist.
Gloria Olazabal first embarked on her journey as a jewelry artist fifteen years ago as an apprentice in her home country of Peru. She spent five years learning traditional silversmithing under a master jeweler in Lima. When Gloria arrived in the US, she studied jewelry design and fabrication with Donald Dietz at the renowned Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. Currently, Gloria works independently in her home studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Pena Studios Inc
Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. He was a teacher in his hometown of Laredo as well as in Crystal City and Austin, Texas. He continues to teach as part of the Studio Art League program at Alexander High School in Laredo and is also an adjunct professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas. He has been a presenter at many national education conferences. Of course, Amado’s first love is art, and he has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years. Amado is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry. His art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. Amado’s artwork is defined by its bold color and form and dynamic composition. Through his art, he communicates his vision of a land, its people and their art.
Douglas Jones moved to New Mexico in 2006 to join the faculty of Santa Fe Community College in Fine Woodworking. He is currently Assistant Professor and Program Head at SFCC and operates a furniture studio in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Prior to moving west, he was the program head of the woodworking department at the Shelburne Art Center near Burlington, Vermont. Doug hold an MFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design (1992) and a BA from Wesleyan University (1982). In addition, he completed the Fine Woodworking program at Bucks County Community College (1987).
Since 1992, Doug has operated Random Orbit Studio, often working with his wife Kim. He seeks to build furniture and objects that are elegant and imaginative, sophisticated yet approachable. He shows his work through gallery exhibitions, locally, nationally and online and has been fortunate enough to gather many awards for his work.
Gary Sanchez of Albuquerque creates unique sterling silver jewelry using Kingman turquoise and bezel wrapped traditional and contemporary settings.
LaDonna Victoriano is a potter from Acoma, New Mexico. She has been making pottery for over 10 years. All of LaDonna’s pottery is handmade using natural clay and pigments. She also hand paints each piece using the yucca brush method. She has two museum exhibits currently running: Ancient Inspirations at the William and Lee University in Lexington, VA and One Coil At A Time at the Pueblo of Acoma Musuem.
zMoxy by Cristina Radu
Born in Romania to a family of artists (mother was custom tailor and father a designer), Cristina Radu grew up alongside her parents creating. She was fascinated by the transformation of fabric, wood, metal, and paper into usable and often wearable objects. While other children were playing with regular toys, those materials and tools became her favorite playthings! Christina spent over 20 years building a fulfilling career in environmental engineering – a profession she still loves! But all along, the desire to create things of beauty lay dormant and at some point, it had to burst out in the open and grow beyond admiring what others were making. So in 2016, she became a full time jeweler. While metalsmithing will remain central to her life, she continues learning and experimenting with new materials and techniques to fuel her aesthetic sensibilities. Cristina hopes that her jewelry will infuse a bit of that spirit into those who wear her one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.
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