Studio tour shows the artistic side of the city

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(Photo by press staff by Geoffrey Plant)
Michael Berman explains one of his works, printed on Japanese kozo paper: “Think of it like poems,” Berman said of the collection of photographs he took on both sides of the US-Mexico border . The Michael P. Berman Studio was one of 17 artist studios featured during last weekend’s Silver City Art Association Red Dot Studio Tour.

Visits to the Silver City Art Association’s galleries, studios and independent artists go back about 28 years, according to Zoe Wolfe, the association’s studio liaison officer, who organized the Red Dot Studio Tour this year. year.
The two-day event allowed residents and visitors to interact with artists who have made their home in Silver City and surrounding areas.
“To really go to the studios, it’s a whole different experience, with a lot of dialogue with the artists,” Wolfe said. “Interaction and exposure to artists’ processes are important. “
Wolfe noted that there will be a tour of the Red Dot Gallery the weekend of October 9, as well as an independent artist exhibition the week of November 20-27.
Donna Flenniken welcomed artists and art lovers to her new Aldea gallery location at the corner of Bullard and Yankie streets for an opening reception Friday.
“I think there are a lot of people who are new to town and looking to expand their collections. We have honest art at fair prices, ”she said of the Silver City art scene.
Kenneth Hadlock said working in a digital format helps keep prices low. The Denver native, who recently moved to Indian Hills, creates intricate psychedelic artwork based on one or more photographs. Finished pieces take on a life of their own, even when the starting point was a photo of a kitsch Christmas display.
“It starts with taking pictures of anything, and whatever catches my eye, I start to abuse the pixels to turn everything in there into something else,” he said. about his brilliant work, beyond fractals.
Some of Hadlock’s pieces definitely look like memories you can bring back from a trip. A psychedelic trip, what.
“I get asked questions like this all the time, but no,” said Hadlock, who doesn’t use any hallucinogens. “I have always liked surrealism.
Photographer Michael Berman, who recently moved from San Lorenzo to Silver City, opened his new downtown studio to the public for the tour.
He explained that he used to use “one camera, one lens” for all of his recent photographic work, which can largely be classified as Western landscape photography.
Most of his studio’s hundreds of prints focused on border regions, particularly the confluence of several different deserts in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico, but also included images from Big National Park. Bend, along stretches of the Rio Grande Corridor. from Texas to Mexico, as well as photographs taken in and atop the Sierra San Luis mountain range.
Working exclusively in black and white, Berman uses a Leica monochromatic digital rangefinder for everything he photographs, except for the elusive Coues deer, whom he says has become an avid hunter.
He summed up the positive experience he had over the weekend, echoing several other studio tour participants.
“A lot of people came, and not necessarily art collectors,” Berman said. “They are just curious to see an artist’s studio. And that’s a big part of that for me: building new relationships with new people or people from the outside – and seeing other people I know but haven’t seen in months and months. months because of COVID. “
Wolfe agreed, estimating that around 40 people visited his ceramics workshop over the weekend. Overall, she called the tour a great success, saying she sold around 10 pieces to boot.
“I had maybe 40 visitors, and about half were relatively new to town – and they brought friends from out of town with them,” Wolfe said.
Visit silvercityart.com to see a full list of Silver City Art Association member artists, studios and galleries, as well as the group’s full schedule of events.
—GEOFFREY FACTORY


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