Exceptional 2D and 3D: stone sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, mixed med
Students between 13 and 18 years old in northern New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County and nearby counties are encouraged to apply for a full scholarship to Session 1 or Session 2. This scholarship, a $925 value, includes instruction, a cubic foot of limestone, the use of hand tools (hammer and chisels) during the week, and lunch each day. The class is held outside. Each student has a covered work area and a work table.
In this class we welcome beginner to advanced, so each student is exposed to various skill levels. Each participant works on their own project with plenty of personal instruction along the way.
We offer this scholarship to introduce a young person to the world of stone carving and working with one’s hands in the hope that this experience will serve them throughout their lives. The student will be working alongside adults who will be eager to assist with their learning process.
The application is available on our website: saxstonecarving.com, and is due by Monday, May 2, 2022, 11:59pm. Notification will be sent by Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to the scholarship recipient(s).
Photo of returning student, Ray, taken by Kevin O'Connell.
The 2022 schedule is now posted online. Visit our website: www.saxstonecarving.com for full details.
Check out the article in Studio Potter Magazine by Marion Angelica about Betsy Williams' wild clay research in New Mexico.
Photos from Dixon Studio Tour's post
Come by Rift Gallery to see the newest work: monumental pastels by Dixon artist, Chris West. West captures the drama and vastness of the local landscape.
Spring cleaning ✅
Now that's a stone.
Thanks to The Studio Potter and Marion Angelica for this article about creating during the pandemic.
Detail of the new bench by Mark Saxe at the Embudo Valley Library.
What absolutely insane times we live in. Stay safe and healthy, everyone, and may creativity prevail.
Congratulations to Rift Gallery artist, Susu Knight, on the selection of her pastel, Red Mountain, for purchase through the NM Arts Commission's initiative. The work will be on display at the Rio Rancho Senior Center.
The second printing of the 72 tiny plate x haiku microseasons book is available now on our website. The book follows the 72 microseasons (one every five days) for an entire year, with a tiny plate by Betsy Williams and a haiku by Joanna McPherson. It's the perfect way to pay attention to the details of the natural world. We offer shipping as well as contactless pickup.
We invite you to come out for our annual OPEN HOUSE, November 7-8, 2020 from 10am to 4pm both days (Saturday and Sunday). Covid-19 protocols in place. Our new website www.riftgallery.com offers online shopping and local pick-up. We will continue to add more pieces to the website in the coming weeks.
Visit Rift Gallery Contemporary Art. http://www.riftgallery.com
Artists: Jane Ellen Burke, Susu Knight, Jaime Lang, Mark Saxe, Kazutaka Uchida, and Betsy Williams.
In the interests of public health, the 2020 Dixon Studio Tour has been canceled until further notice.
However, we will be conducting a virtual tour during the fall and usual tour weekend of November 7th and 8th. Watch this space for future developments!
New Mexico Arts and the Military
Home (Pentagon), 15 x 16 x 5 inches, Basalt.
Meet artist Mark Saxe, Specialist, Fourth Class, Vietnam. Mr. Saxe offers this quote from The Middle Years, by Henry James: "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."
#4 in our Essential(s) poster series featuring seven of the veteran artists juried into the selection pool in our Art in Public Places program. Rift Gallery New Mexico Culture National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (by AFTA) National Endowment for the Arts Americans for the Arts Henry James @ElsaMenendez
While the gallery is closed due to the pandemic, our artists are well and continue to create. We look forward to seeing you all when it is safe to gather.
Until then, here is an article that we have enjoyed over and over again. Be well.
cntraveler.com Part of the wonder of travel is encountering other people, other customs. But, as Paul Theroux reminds us, total seclusion is sometimes the most thrilling state of all.
I am writing to tell you about an exciting new project for stone carvers to watch. Roger Murphy and Mark Saxe are diligently working with photographers and stone carvers on a newly created blog http://www.divinestone.org - a project 'Dedicated to the stonework at the Cathedral St. John the Divine' in New York City. In the beginning stages, we invite you to SUBSCRIBE and become part of the story about the stoneworkers and stone carvers who worked at the cathedral over many years and decades. If you have any images or stories you would like to contribute, please join the group. If you are interested in stone carving, join the group. Our ultimate goal is to document the work of the stone carvers and stonemasons, and we are assembling photographs and interviews to that end. We would love to see you there.
If you're a reader (and I hope you are), listen to the latest podcast from Dixon resident, Rebecca Crowell. https://www.messystudiopodcast.com/podcast/episode/2d269dcb/episode-108-ideas-for-your-bookshelf
Registration is now open for the Stone Sculpture class at Santa Fe Community College, Instructor Mark Saxe, Tuesdays from noon to 4:45pm, 16 weeks, Course Number 30732
messystudio.fireside.fm In today's episode, Rebecca interviews New Mexico artist Betsy Williams about her work and recently published book.
We are so happy to announce that Mark Saxe's sculpture, "Don't Leave Home Without It" has recently been purchased by the state of New Mexico for the New Mexico Community College - Allied Health Building - in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Friday, June 7, 9am to 11am
coffee, pastries, ideas, conversation
"The answer lies in the power of things themselves. They offer us opportunities to connect like nothing else does because they communicate a sort of truth that can be found nowhere else. When you make an object and put it out into the world, there is nowhere to hide. That makes it a great foundation for building communities of respect." --Glenn Adamson 'Fewer, Better Things'
DRINKONADA - Artists, Writers, Entrepreneurs, Thinkers: You are invited to a new coffee circle on select Fridays from 9 to 11, hosted by Rift Gallery in Rinconada. Come to exchange ideas, share thoughts, or just look at books over complimentary coffee, tea and pastries. Tell us you're coming at [email protected].
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Stop # 11 is where you can find 'enbi studio' and Betsy Williams. Enbi means "beauty of the flame"
Quote "The majority of my pieces are wood-fired in a kiln I built myself, and are complemented by Tiny Plate World Headquarters, my wheel-thrown and hand-painted tiny plates."
You can practically see up to the minute images of what Betsy is working on as she is a regular contributor on Instagram follow her @ https://instagram.com/enbistudio .
While a large percentage of her work is set aside for the Studio Tour, during the year you can find them on her website and online store: https://www.enbistudio.com/index.html
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You will find exhibits from Master Sculptor and Stoneworks Craftsman Mark Saxe at stop number 11. Teaching and creating he opened Southwest Stoneworks in '76.
On his website you can find several of his latest works, as well as, sign up for a world class workshop.
Here's a good read about the Dixon Studio Tour by Stanley Crawford in this month's issue of Local Flavor Magazine!
A wonderfully different take on "studio tours" in this video about an artist who finds inspiration in artists' studios. It's worth watching.
Dixon Studio Tour
Also included in #4 on the Dixon Studio Tour is Rift Gallery, representing artists including Susu Knight (pastels), Jamie Lang (encaustic on adobe), Stella Ehrich (oil paintings), Jane Ellen Burke, Kazutaka Uchida, Ebby Malmgren, Alan Powell (wooden boxes, trays, fine furniture). Learn about the nationally recognized stonecarving workshops held here every summer. There is so much to see at Rift Gallery, inside and out.
Our 4th stop on the tour is Mark Saxe. Mark has been creating works of art since his childhood and Opened Southwest Stoneworks in '76. Here is some more about Mark. http://www.marksaxe.com/gallery.html
Betsy Williams is a Finalist. Please register your email + password and VOTE 6 times a day. Thank you!
www.marthastewart.com enbi studio / Tiny Plate World Headquarters is a 2015 American Made Award finalist.
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