Susan Guevara, a renowned children’s book illustrator, seeks to depict her internal world without editorial restrictions and the limitations of a 32 page book. She is deeply moved by the natural world and making art helps her express the gratitude and wonder she perceives in everyday life. She use Mesoamerican mythology and imagery, classical archetypes and imagery from her dreams. Her journey through the arts is a curious and engaging way to appreciate being alive.
Nicholas Herrera, a self-taught artist, creates powerful and unique bultos, retablos, altars, doors and mixed media pieces that reflect the heritage of traditional Santero art. His contemporary approach to these traditional forms incorporates satire, humor, political commentary. Herrera’s works reveal his innermost feelings and the opposition he faced in overcoming sadness and frustration in a culture plagued with violence, drugs, alcohol and weapons.
Working in New York in the 1970s and 80s, David Michael Kennedy developed a successful career in advertising, editorial, album cover, and portrait photography. In 1986, he left his commercial career behind to concentrate solely on personal work, Kennedy then moved to northern New Mexico where he began documenting the land and cultures of the southwest. In March 2004 he departed New Mexico on a two year journey through America. He traveled over 70,000 miles, in a vintage 1960 Airstream trailer, photographing the American people and diverse landscapes. In addition to his “road” photographs, the exhibition features a selection of images of Native American dancers.
The Plaza de Espanola: The Heart of Northern New Mexico--Where Cultures Unite