'Enchanted Inspirations' show opens at college

Mike Easterling
"Southwest Sleeping Beauty Cross" by Lou Mancel is part of the "Enchanted Inspirations" exhibition opening this weekend on the San Juan College campus in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – The work of 31 artists in a wide variety of media will be showcased in the “Enchanted Inspirations” exhibition opening this weekend at San Juan College.

The show features work from the Four Corners Art Association, a local group boasting approximately 40 members of skill levels ranging from novice to professional. President Pamela Winslow said the organization stages two shows each year at the Farmington Civic Center, one in the spring and one in the fall. But this show is an additional opportunity for members to put their work before the community, she said, and the gallery at the college offers a great forum for doing so.

“Oh, yeah, we’re really excited,” she said of her fellow FCAA members, explaining that the organization put in a bid for the show to college officials two years ago. “This is the first time we, as an organization, are doing a show at the Henderson Fine Arts building.”

The work ranges from pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and gourd and stone carvings to brass and stone, jewelry, pen and ink, digital and clay, Winslow said. More than 60 pieces will be displayed, and most of them will be for sale. As the title of the exhibition implies, all were inspired by the natural beauty of New Mexico.

Those participating include Susan Burns, Hortensia Gonzalez, Wendy Downey, Pilar Estrada, Linda D. Brown, Guadalupe Martinez, Bonnie Burkholder, Everett Burkholder, Char Lunde, Bonnie Wethington, Mary Culepepper, Roberta Morris, Mary Morris, Lou Mancel, Gloria Williams, Susan Armenta, Debbie Clay, Anne Hartman, Douglas A. Miller, Anita Dotson, Roylene Hollis, Dorothy Potter, David A. Parsons, Kelly Karlin, Wanda Coffey, Curt Stafford, Lyla Ransdell, Trudy Thompson Farrell, Timithy L. Gordon, Janis Tafoya and Winslow.

"Park Avenue at Arches" by Timithy L. Gordon is one of the pieces included in the "Enchanted Inspirations" show at the Henderson Fine Arts Center gallery at San Juan College.

The FCAA was founded in November 1977, but Winslow said its roots stretch back to the 1960s. Group members meet monthly for an education program that offers instruction on such topics as framing, canvases and photography.
“The whole idea is to encourage the talent we have in this area because it’s amazing,” Winslow said. “We’re a good stepping stone for them to further their skills and move on to something else.”

“Enchanted Inspirations” will remain on display through March 25.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.


"Perseverance Castle," a carved gourd by Doug Miller, will be featured in a new show opening this weekend at the Henderson Fine Arts Center gallery on the San Juan College campus.

If you go

What: Opening reception for “Enchanted Inspirations”

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 4

Where: The Henderson Fine Arts Center gallery on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington

For more information: Call 505-566-3464