You can now see my paintings along with other art work from local and regional artists at Artesanos Gallery on 211-B North Texas Street in Silver City New Mexico 88061.
|Artesanos on Texas Street Silver City New Mexico|
My art always has a spiritual component as it reflects my love of the land and its people. I most often paint my landscapes from life, which is popularly known by the French word plein air or to paint out of doors. I use my plein air paintings and my quick reference sketches for larger studio paintings but I often will bring my plein air work to a high degree of finish so they also stand as well executed works of art and not just quick reference studies.
I hope when you see my paintings or other any painting for that matter, you will take the time to look at the color and brush strokes close up and from a distance and realize the artist makes intuitive and decisive decisions with each stroke.
|Aldo Leopold Vista by Aleada Siragusa|
Also please keep in mind this is done with a brush, which is when you think of it, no matter how refined or costly, is just a stick with some hairs and perhaps a palette knife or just the artists finger to wipe or smooth; all are primitive tools which in the hands of the accomplished artist honed with years of experience can create a masterpiece, a feast for the eyes and soul.
|Mimbres Mountain by Aleada Siragusa|
The Gallery is run by two sisters; Gloria and Margaret who are of Chiricahua, Warm Springs Apache descent, their ancestors lived in Pinos Altos New Mexico, 7 miles north of Silver City.
My husband Guy and I met Gloria, Margaret and Gloria’s husband Joseph Beltran when we were visiting Silver City in 2010. We so enjoyed talking to them and learning about the history of the area and we found we were drawn to them on a spiritual level.
|Day of the Dead Folk Art by Margaret Beltran|
I have a deep appreciation for the spiritual art which is part of this land; so it is a privilege to learn about the Hispanic and Apache art from these two ladies who practice the art of their heritage.
In the Gallery you will see the Folk Art of Margaret Beltran featuring; the Day of the Dead Celebration, our Lady of Guadalupe, Traditional Mexican Crosses and detailed Miniature Alters; all which have deep spiritual significance. Beading and mixed media using oil, acrylic, tin, and polymer clay are used at times in her art. She uses a lot of Native American religious and spiritual iconography in her art. Margaret is a graduate of Frank Wiggins School of Design and she was then awarded a scholarship to Otis Parsons School of Design, both in Los Angeles. She uses her design skill to also to create exquisite handmade shirts.
Gloria Beltran’s Apache name is Goya which literally means Good Mind and translated it means, Wise Woman. Her art reflects her Apache heritage in excellent traditionally crafted including beaded moccasins and medicine pouches from deer and elk hide and loom work such as pendants, chokers, hatbands; appliqué beadwork and peyote stitch key chains. She is teaching the art, culture and traditional ways of the Warm Springs Apache to her children and grandchildren.
|Traditional Native American Bead Work by Gloria Beltran|
The regional photography of Gregg Patrick is a popular item in the store for visitors and residents alike; they are wonderful keepsakes of this area.