Image: Waldrum, 31-La reflexión del paisaje en la ventana a la izquierda de la ventana hacia el oeste de la capilla de San Antonio de Chacón, or San Teodoro 2000 aquatint etching, plate: 17 x 17, edition of 68, Artist Edition (detail).
In November, the RioBravoFineArt® Gallery, New Mexico, will show an exhibition of the work of Donna Monroe: Works on Paper, Sculpture, Artfully Embellished Textiles "40 Years of Innovative Wit". The exhibition will trace Monroe’s career from her early photographs, monoprints, collagé, shrines, and altered books to her later totem figures and three-dimensional wall pieces. The gallery plans to increase its focus on fibre and textiles with a textile exhibit to be included annually. After Monroe, fibre artist Sandy Hopper is scheduled for the autumn/winter season 2021. Here we talk to Susan A Christie, curator, about the history of RioBravoFineArt®.
Image: Waldrum, #1 C-37 Bell Tower at Corrales, H. Joe Waldrum, 40” x 40”, Acrylic on Linen.
Where is the gallery?
RioBravoFineArt® is in the historic Hot Springs district of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Once named Hot Springs, the community responded to an invitation from Ralph Edwards, an early television host, to rename the community after his game show by the same name. The desert of Southern New Mexico is a mixture of powerful cultural histories (including Mexican, Spanish, Pueblo, Apache, Navajo, and Anglo). The gallery is a vital institution in the Southern New Mexico arts community and represents a talented group of artists in New Mexico and at the national level.
What is the history of the gallery?
RioBravoFineArt® Gallery was established by H. (Harold) Joe Waldrum, who had a successful career as an artist in Northern New Mexico in the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1999, Waldrum hired Eduardo Alicea to be his assistant. Alicea responded to an online advertisement from Waldrum to assist at the gallery and accepted the position sight unseen in Truth or Consequences. After Waldrum’s death in 2003, Alicea became the director and curator. The gallery now represents the majority share of the work that Waldrum left at the time of his death.
Image: Donna Monroe, ”Tiger Eye" - 40"W x 65"L - Japanese Peasant Jacket, Vintage Pillow, Doillies, Scarves, Doll, Trims & Thread.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
The Gallery is planning on a socially distanced opening for our Donna Monroe show, a detailed presentation on the website and a curator’s video tour. Various strategies are being reviewed for adding more features – online exhibitions, online gallery tours – to the website.
For more information visit www.riobravofineartgallery.com
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