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Join us at our beautiful Canyon Road gallery, located in the heart of historic Santa Fe! Mark White's kinetic wind sculptures populate the front and back gardens, creating an opportunity for reflection and meditation. 

Built in the 1700s, our gallery houses many mediums presented in new and exciting ways. View work by painters Javier Lopez-Barbosa, Ethan White, Mark White and Charles Veilleux. Our bold sculptors include jd Hansen, Ethan White and Mark White.

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News and current events at Mark White Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Joy of Plein Air

Mark White

 Mark White painting en plein air. 

Mark White painting en plein air. 

For many people, when they think of painters and their work they imagine studios filled with easels, canvases and paint. However, a growing number of artists are stepping outside their studios to work in plein air, painting outdoors with natural light and the panorama of their inspiration around them.

This transition to working outdoors comes with a number of unique challenges, but also its own rewards. And as it has become increasingly popular the Plein Air Convention and Expo has arisen to help both seasoned artisans and newcomers to plein air painting hone their skills and share the secrets of working outdoors.

This year Santa Fe will play host to the convention, and Canyon Road is excited to be part of the action.

Learn more about the Plein Air Convention and Expo at https://pleinairconvention.com/.

Santa Fe & Art

The crisp clean air of Northern New Mexico has long attracted artists from across the country and around the globe. With a rich cultural history combined with stunning views it provides ample sources of inspiration for artists in all genres and the friendly weather makes it an ideal place for plein air painting.

How To Get Involved

For the creators who would like to connect with other painters or improve their plein air skills, the expo presents an ideal opportunity to meet their fellow artists.

However, there are also events to enjoy for those who are more inclined to observe. There will be painters on Canyon Road and around downtown Santa Fe from 4:30-7 pm on Wednesday April 18. In addition there will be opportunities to add to your collection during their Art Showcase and Sale.  The show will be open to the public from 8am-9pm on Tuesday April 17 and Wednesday April 18.

Learn more about all the various events surrounding the Plein Air Convention and Expo at https://pleinairconvention.com/.

Winds Of Change | Mark White Kinetic Sculptures

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Steady winds accompany spring in New Mexico. Tumbleweeds dried by the winter roll across the open landscape, and even on warm days everybody keeps a jacket for the cool breeze.

Here at Mark White Fine Art we look forward to the winds that signal the start of spring each year. Not only are they a symbol of the season to come, but they also help our sculpture garden come alive. With each gust or gentle flow of air Mark’s kinetic sculptures spin and move, creating entrancing and intricate patterns of motion.

Mark also brings his wide range of skills and ideas to the fore in his wind sculpture. His traditional rotating pieces spin to create repeating patterns in rich patina colors or simple verdigris. However he also has a line of abstract works. Featuring straight pieces and careful counterbalancing these kinetics move in ways that are unique and non-repeating.

See all of Mark’s kinetic sculptures at http://www.markwhitefineart.com/wind-sculpture/.

 

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Spinning Patina or Verdigris

Bright flashes of spinning color or natural verdigris catch the eye, inviting a person to watch as the sculpture moves with only the power of the wind.

Inspired by nature, Mark’s spinning sculptures each try to bring a piece of that inspiration back in their unique shapes and motion. A full flower garden is recreated in minimalisti lines alongside spinning orbs, curves and more.

The artistry doesn’t stop with the form of the sculpture either. Each sculpture is colored, whether with patina or a verdigris finish, by hand, making each blade unique and a work of art all its own.

 

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Counterbalanced Stainless Steel

At a glance both simple and minimalistic, Mark White’s counterbalanced stainless steel kinetic sculptures are a carefully constructed marvel of artistic engineering. Reminiscent of mobiles, each one requires carefully planned weight distribution in order to freely move and spin.

Unlike the patina and verdigris works, that spin on one or two axis, the stainless steel works have multiple rotation points along almost all of their limbs. This helps to create the enticing and ever changing patterns of movement in the sky, and since the patterns are non-repeating one can watch for hours, constantly guessing where the breeze will take the sculpture next. 

 

See all of Mark’s kinetic sculptures at http://www.markwhitefineart.com/wind-sculpture/.

Illuminating Magic | Suzanne Donazetti

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Dawn and dusk. Both are stunning gifts of nature, given freely every day. They capture the imagination and fuel the spirit. Everybody has a memory of one or the other, or both; of a time when the sky was filled with pastel hues and pink washed over the land. The feeling is so strong it’s almost as if the memory exists in the shared unconsciousness of mankind itself. And, just as with memories, they cause all to pause and reflect.

Just as the changing skies cause people to slow down and appreciate their surroundings, or bring a sense of nostalgia, the sunrise and the sunset also fuel artists. Each one is unique, and those who are awed by them know that their beauty must be captured in the moment before the memory is displaced by the next.

It is these iconic impressions of a pastel sky that have fueled Suzanne Donazetti’s latest pieces.  Each one takes on the characteristics of the changing sky, and captures in her own unique way the shared understanding of how beautiful these natural gifts are.

See the new sunlight themed works on Suzanne’s artist page.

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Three Suns

Three Suns follows the path of the sun as it rises, sets, then rises again to complete the cycle. It’s path is a gentle reminder that a new day will always break and bring with it fresh beginnings.

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Twilight

In the gentle moments before dawn the landscape is filled with the gentle hues of pink, blue and lilac. Twilight captures this feel, coloring the world and hinting at the approaching dawn.

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Sunrise

The sun bursts over the horizon, and the colors of the world are born anew in Sunrise. Each hue is more vivid in those early seconds of day, filled with a clarity all their own.

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Sunset

Vibrant tones of blue and magenta fill the sky in the moments before Sunset as the sun paints the world in hues as if to present a gift of hope to its inhabitants.

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Dusk

Shadows creep across the land at Dusk and only the most vibrant of colors stand out, yet they still carry with them the promise of a new day and strive to be seen until the world around them is swathed in the cloak of night.

See these and all of Suzanne’s abstract landscape paintings on woven copper on her artist page.

Land and Water | Marshall Noice

Mark White

 Birch Grove Lakeside II

Birch Grove Lakeside II

Trees of vibrant reds, yellows and blues surround calm waters of blue and green. VIibrant colors that set the mood, depicting landscapes that seem to celebrate life itself. These works, which showcase the exuberance of the land, are by Marshall Noice. Yet, in addition to the trees and forested areas that have long been a staple of his art, the role of water plays a larger part in many of the artist’s recent paintings.

While waterfront scenes have long been a part of Noice’s repertoire, edges of streams and lakes forming blue lines or arches across the land, the newest pieces explore more of the symbiosis between the land and the water. The colors and the living elements within the rivers and lakes take on a life of their own while the surrounding land seemingly rejoices in the life-giving liquid.

See Marshall Noice’s works on his artist page.

 

More Than Nourishment

 Whitefish Lake Fall

Whitefish Lake Fall

As Noice’s style evolves so does that of the nature of water in his works, and, as such, those elements themselves take on a greater role. In Birch Grove Lakeside II the trees are reflected on the smooth surface, giving them a feeling of being lusher and fuller just from the proximity to the water.

In his Whitefish Lake Fall he captures not only the reflections, but also a sense of the diverse life that lives under the surface from the deeper greens and mixed blues that give the lake its own sense of movement. And no longer is the water a single element, but a major component of the work, occupying half the canvas in a way that showcases how the water supports the land and vice-versa.

A Landscape in Motion

 Riffles, Boulder River

Riffles, Boulder River

Just as Noice portrays the calm of the lakeside, he is also able to convey the flowing energy of the river. The rough shoreline and the ripples of white in his Riffles, Boulder River give insight to the speed of the water as it cuts a line through the forest on its never ending search for the sea.

On the other hand, one sees a gentle tributary in the calm waters of the stream in his Above Whitefish Lake, the trees growing from the riverbed a sign of the welcoming pace of the water.

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Above Whitefish Lake

 

Whether the depths of the forest of the energetic shores of a river, Marhsall Noice’s expanding style and repertoire explores and showcases the emotion of the world.

See more of Noice’s works that explore the relationship between land and water on his artist page.


 

Mark White, Renaissance Man

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Mark White’s iconic kinetic wind sculptures are a favorite sight along Canyon Road. The gently moving pieces are both calming and entrancing, offering a moment of peaceful reflection as people stop to watch. However, stepping into the gallery reveals a body of work that far surpasses the colorful welcome of the garden.

In fact, Mark White is a renaissance man in terms of his artistic endeavors with sculptures ranging from the vibrant kinetics to the minimalistic “We” series, and paintings that range from abstract to landscape to engraved aluminum or copper colored with bright patinas.

To browse the full breadth of Mark’s work visit his artist page.

Paintings

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Landscape

Mark’s landscape paintings have the ability to capture the serenity of a moment. From sweeping vistas to the intimate feel of a tree-lined pond he makes each work feel as though the world itself is in perfect harmony.

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Abstract

The gentle ripples and seeming reflections of Mark’s abstract works lead audiences to moments of introspection. Each person is asked to determine for themselves what the pieces mean to them as they search for the threads in the blended hues.

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Engraved & Patinaed

Mark’s work with metals is on full display in his engraved and patinaed metal pieces. Shapes emerge as he works the metal, then the patinas are applied, turning the gleaming surface into a myraid of colors with a watercolor feel.

See all of Mark's paintings here

 

Sculpture

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Kinetic

Mark’s kinetic wind sculpture is the very definition of art in motion. Each piece spins and moves in the breeze, creating a piece that can capture the imagination as shapes blend, merge and change.

Browse the kinetic sculptures here.

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WE Series

The “We” series is at once both expressive and minimalistic. The figures are reduced to the bare essentials, yet entire stories are told in the nuances of pose. Comfort, companionship, synchronicity and even determination are all expressed in simple, unmistakable, lines.

Browse the “We” series here

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Cubilinear Series

The Cubilinear series lies at the nexus of size, shape, and precision. Both abstract and complex, Mark forms varied shapes by cutting steel tubes at different lengths and on different sides. From there he has the freedom to explore how size and shape interacts from the building blocks of life to purely abstract pieces that examine the possibilities from such a humble start.

See Mark’s Cubilinear Series here.

To browse all of Mark’s work visit his artist page.

Going, Going, Gone | The Mark White Fine Art Annual Auction

Mark White

 On the Rosebud - Marshall Noice

On the Rosebud - Marshall Noice

There is a thrill to any auction; bidding with the hopes of winning, and uncertainty until the auctioneer declares the results. Each one brings the possibility of victory and the potential to be outbid, and the anticipation of either outcome.

Here at Mark White Fine Art we bring this excitement to our collectors every year with our annual art auction. Featuring works from a number of our artists, and, with paintings starting at 40% off and sculpture at 25% off, it is an excellent time to start or add to a collection.

Browse the included pieces at http://www.markwhitefineart.com/2017-auction.

For those who want to participate, there are still several days available before bidding closes for 2018. The auction ends on Saturday February 3, at 4 pm. Bids can be placed by calling (505)982-2073, and you will need to have contact information and credit card numbers ready.

Paintings

 Pastel Yellow Reflections - Mark White

Pastel Yellow Reflections - Mark White

This year we have several painters who have included a wide range of works: pastels, acrylics and oil, abstracts, animal and landscape are all available. With pieces from Mark White, Marshall Noice, Matthew Higginbotham, Andree Hudson and Suzanne Donazetti there is a wide selection to fit any theme or decor.

Mark White has selected works that include abstracts and landscapes for this auction. Marshall Noice has several pieces for consideration in both oil and pastel. Matthew Higginbotham’s works highlight the beauty of the different seasons, while Andree Hudson brings both people and animals to life in her vivid works. Finally Suzanne Donazetti rounds out the painters with her painted and woven copper abstract landscapes.

 

Sculpture

 Time Out - David Meredith

Time Out - David Meredith

In addition to the works by our painters, we are also pleased to have works from four sculptors included in this Year’s auction. Mark White, Nnamdi Okonkwo, Chris Deverill and David Meredith have each made works available.

Mark White has included three of his kinetic wind sculptures: Passion Flower, Iris 3 Bud Top and Blooming Lily 3. Nnamdi Okonkwo has two pieces: Embrace and Soul Sisters. Chris Deverill has added his Stretch and Senior Bear to the offerings, and finally David Meredith rounds out the sculptors with his Time Out and the monumental version of his Tree Frog.

Browse the available works at http://www.markwhitefineart.com/2017-auction, and call in before 4 pm on Saturday Feb 3 to place your bid.

Place Your Bids | The Mark White Fine Art 2018 Auction

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Auctions are a staple of the art world. They are how famous works are transferred, how beginning artists get their first taste of success, and at all levels in between. Here at Mark White Fine Art we also adhere to this tradition with an annual art auction. Featuring works from many of our artists it’s an ideal way to either begin or add to an art collection.

How To Bid

The auction begins this year on Saturday January 27, at 10am, and lasts until 4pm on Saturday February 3. The included works can all be found from the links on the auction page, with prices and bidding increments in the information box accompanying each piece. Paintings start at 40% off and sculpture starts at 25% off.

For those who would rather not take the chance of losing their preferred piece there is also a ‘Buy It Now’ option on each work.

Bids will be accepted by phone at (505)982-2073. When calling please be prepared to provide such details as your name, credit card information as well as a contact phone number so that you can be contacted in the event that you are outbid or win.

Preview the available auction pieces here.

 

Participating Artists

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Mark White Kinetics

The colorful kinetic works that greet visitors in the garden along Canyon Road are one of the hallmarks of the gallery, and no auction would be complete without them. Mark has selected three sculptures to include this year.


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Mark White Paintings

In addition to his kinetics, Mark White also has several paintings included in the auction. Ranging from the reflective abstracts to landscapes and more there is a good variety for those with diverse tastes.


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Marshall Noice

Vibrant colors meant to evoke emotion are a staple of Marshall Noice’s work. His vivid landscape paintings capture the mood of a place rather than the reality of it. For the auction he is including a mix of both oil and pastel works.


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Matthew Higginbotham

Matthew Higginbotham’s paintings showcase the beauty of nature. Each one focuses on the energy of a place and offers audiences a glimpse into the magic of each location. He’s included works that span the seasons and time of day for those who want to bring a piece of nature indoors.


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Suzanne Donazetti

Suzanne Donazetti’s work is part abstract painting and part sculpture. She paints abstracted views of the landscape on side-by-side sheets of copper, cuts the metal into strips and weaves them together for a piece that bends and curves. She’s selected pieces that feature a range of subjects and palettes for the auction.


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Andree Hudson

Andree Hudson is known for her powerful and true-to-life musculature. Utilizing pose and vivid colors that contrast the movement of her subjects she gives each piece an energy all its own. It’s almost possible to hear the thunder of hooves or sense the calm in the room just from a single glance. She’s including a mix of both animal and portrait pieces.


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Nnamdi Okonkwo

Nnamdi Okonkwo uses full figures to embody the fullness of life. Women in expressive poses convey a range of emotion, from joy to friendship, love to celebration. Okonkwo has included two pieces in the auction, each with a theme of togetherness.


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Chris Deverill

There is a whimsical quality to the animal sculptures of Chris Deverill. Each one takes a familiar animal and combines it with an emotion. The results invite audiences to see both the emotions and animals in a different light as they see how the same moods are universal.


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David Meredith

David Meredith showcases the natural world in his animal sculpture. Each piece showcases the personality of his subject through pose and expression. He has selected two pieces for the auction, each focused on a different aspect of an animal’s life.

Preview the available auction pieces here, and call 505)982-2073 to place your bid.

In His Own Words | Mark White on KSFR

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With the gently moving kinetic sculpture and soothing gardens, Mark White Fine Art has been an iconic location along Canyon Road since it opened. Visitors from both near and far come in to enjoy the peaceful ambiance and spend time reflecting on the art.

However there is more that goes into a gallery than just the art. It takes dedication and passion from the founders. For those who would like to delve deeper into the gallery, its history, and its future, Mark White recently sat down with KSFR’s John Shannon to discuss just those topics.

Listen to the interview on KSFR here.

Mark’s Path As An Artist

Although Mark is now a successful artist and gallerist on Canyon Road, his path was not a straight one. In the interview he discusses his lifelong passion for art, and the wandering path he took to achieve his dream.

The Founding Of Mark White Fine Art

One of the topics of the interview revolves around the founding of the gallery. Mark discusses how the economic recession of 2008 impacted the world of fine art, and how he was left with the decision to either pave his own path or make difficult choices about the ongoing viability of his art.

Mark’s Plan For Staying Relevant In The Digital Age

Even as Mark White Fine Art remains a vibrant place on Canyon Road, Mark knows that the world is evolving. He details some of the challenges that lie ahead for all artists and galleries as the selling of fine art changes, and hints at some of the plans that the gallery is already exploring in order to stay relevant for years to come.

Listen to the full interview here.

Art For The New Year

Mark White

 In the Wetland - Triptych  - Suzanne Donazetti  

In the Wetland - Triptych  - Suzanne Donazetti
 

The New Year is a time of fresh beginnings. Many people take the opportunity of a new calendar to reflect on their lives and resolve to make positive changes to themselves and their surroundings. From setting grand goals to establishing a new daily habit, the range of possibilities is endless.

For those who have made it their mission to experience more art in the new year, several of our artists have been hard at work to help make it happen. Mark White, Marshall Noice, Matthew Higginbotham, Suzanne Donazetti and David Meredith have all introduced new pieces lately.

See works from these artists and more on our artists page.

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Mark White has introduced several series over the past several months. His newest, the Ripple series, features abstracted reflections on bodies of water. In addition he also recently released a number of landscapes focusing on skies and expansive scenes. From oceanscapes to the seemingly endless land of the southwest these pieces showcase the beauty of the world around us.

 

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Marshall Noice’s latest pieces strive for added nuance in the broad range of bold colors. Hues blend and merge, fading from one to another as the energy surrounding a place deepens. Focused on the emotion of a place rather than the reality, the increasing palette offers audiences the chance to explore their own feelings about a work on an even deeper level, and offer more opportunity to connect to what Noice was feeling as well.

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Matthew Higginbotham’s latest works almost radiate serenity. Soothing greens welcome audiences to stroll among the trees, and the vibrant yellow of blooming chamisa has an energy that invites reflection. Meanwhile the blues and pinks of a New Mexico sunset showcase the endless skies that so many love about the southwest. 

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Many of Suzanne Donazetti’s recent works are inspired by wetlands and forests. Gentle greens and soothing blues are reminiscent of trees and streams. Bold reds and oranges showcase the colors of the sky over these serene places, a feeling that she tries to portray in each of her woven copper paintings. 

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David Meredith’s Watching is a popular piece, and now he’s made it available as a monumental size. With bold coloring and an intense gaze, it’s a grand homage to the rabbit’s it’s based on and sure to spark conversation.

With so many new works by these varied artists, meeting the goal of adding more art to your life is even easier.

See works from all these artists and more on our artists page.

Ripples | New Paintings By Mark White

Mark White

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Mark White is a renaissance man, working in a variety of media to create both paintings and sculpture. He melds steel, aluminum and copper as easily as he recreates visions in oil on panel, and is constantly expanding his repertoire. From his gently moving kinetic sculpture, to the ‘We’ series that offers a reflection of humanity, to the diverse selections of paintings and engraved metals, his inspiration seems as boundless as his skill.

Recently Mark has been working on a series of new paintings. At once both abstract and engaging they depict scenes of rippling water and reflections. Each one invites audiences to not only contemplate the work, but their own interpretation of it.

Come in or see Mark’s new ‘Ripple’ series on his paintings page.

A Place Out Of Time

Soft colors are a hallmark of the new ripple series. Featuring calming blues as the base, the other colors lend themselves to the soothing nature of the pieces. Each shade gives a sense of time, with oranges and yellows making one think of the warmth of fall, while greens and vibrant hues lead one to the growth of spring and summer.

The play in the ripples also add their own character, the higher energy in pieces such as Blue Ripples III or Ripple Rhythms I give the impression of a breeze moving along the water and blending the scenery like a kaleidoscope. On the other hand, in pieces like Soft Waves of Light I one can almost make out the shape of the trees.

No matter which colors or energy, there is a sense of serenity when looking at the new paintings.  One can envision sitting beside the shore on a warm day listening to the sounds of nature, smelling the moisture saturating the air and feel the cool breeze coming off the water. Looking from one work to another there is a feeling that the seasons are passing in oil, and it’s easy to imagine returning to a scenic place throughout the year to watch the days go by in the gentle motion of the water.

Places Of The Mind

While the colors and reflections give the Ripple series a sense of place, at the same time they tease the mind like abstract pieces. The indistinct nature of the world allows a person to envision what they will and find their own meaning in the work much in the same way that other abstract works invite each person to come to their own interpretation.

No matter which you see, the serenity of the waterfront, or an abstract piece that teases the mind, Mark White has once more delivered a series that showcases his skill at creating whatever he puts his mind to.

See Mark’s new ‘Ripple’ series on his paintings page.

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Blue Ripples III

Enjoy A Holiday Tradition | The Canyon Road Farolito Walk

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Thousands make their way downtown each year to celebrate in a beloved Santa Fe holiday tradition: the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. Filled with flickering farolitos and roaring luminarias, it is an event which draws people from both around the city and across the globe. Taking place on Christmas Eve, it’s a magical experience, whether it’s your first time or a longstanding favorite in your family.

Galleries all along the road participate in this annual event, lining sidewalks and walls with farolitos; their fragile beauty a symbol of the southwest. Many also decorate entrances and sculpture gardens with beautiful light displays, showcasing the love of the holidays.

In addition to the beauty of the scenery, there is a jovial atmosphere as visitors and residents alike come together to celebrate the season. Carolers roam the street and gather around roaring luminarias, singing favorite holiday tunes. Others groups set up stands selling warmed cider and hot chocolate with proceeds benefiting various charities. No matter where you turn it’s an evening filled with magic and holiday cheer.

The Canyon Road Farolito Walk begins at dusk, and walkers should expect a bit of a walk to get to the road. Roads around Canyon Road will be closed in advance of the walk to traffic to accommodate the large number of pedestrians. Additionally one should dress appropriately for the weather and expect to be outdoors for most of the evening.

Though Mark White Fine Art will be closed so that our employees can spend the evening with their families, we hope that you enjoy the farolitos along our wall and the decorations in the sculpture garden.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Mark White Fine Art. 

Come Party With The Canyon Road ‘400’ Block

Mark White

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The holidays are a time of joy and friendship. People come together to celebrate the season and the festive atmosphere of the city. Lights flicker from trees and entrances, and farolitos line sidewalks and walkways. Despite the chill in the air, a feeling of warmth saturates the essence of Santa Fe.

The 400 block of Canyon Road is hosting its own festive event this year with a block party to celebrate the season. Mark White Fine Art, Ventana Fine Art, Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Pippin Contemporary and Wiford Gallery are joining together for an evening of frivolity and fine art at the heart of Canyon Road. Featuring music, farolitos, bonfires, refreshments, and, of course, fine art, it is an ideal way to spend an evening this holiday season.

Join the party from 3-7 PM on Friday December 15 on the 400 block of Canyon Road.  

Give The Gift of Art

Each of the participating galleries is making your shopping easier this holiday season with select items available from $50 - $1000. With fine art and art inspired items at such affordable prices there is sure to be something to fit every budget or taste.

Meet The Artists

In addition to the festive atmosphere, this is also a fantastic opportunity to meet Mark White, Matthew Higginbotham and Suzanne Donazetti, as well as local artists from the other participating galleries. These artists will be on hand to discuss their work and give insights into how they create their cherished works.

 

Whether you're still shopping for that perfect artistic gift, or just want to enjoy an evening celebrating the season, the block party is the perfect holiday event.

The block party will take place from 3-7 PM on Friday December 15. Bring family and friends to make this festive occasion even merrier.

Happy Holidays!

Nnamdi Okonkwo Brings His Jubilant Sculpture to Mark White Fine Art

Mark White

 Friendship

Friendship

Large bronze women dance and play, or find solace in their shared experiences. Subtle pose communicates strong emotion and it is immediately apparent that the sculpture is merely a vessel for an idea that is much larger. These pieces are the work of Nnamdi Okonkwo, who has recently joined us here at Mark White Fine Art.

At the heart of each of his sculptures is Okonkwo’s belief that there is a magnificence to the human soul, something larger and deeper that goes well beyond the physical confines of the body. There is an abundance in the emotion, and for him showcasing it in the rotund forms of jubilant women sees the perfect means with which to convey the emotions of the work.

See Nnamdi Okonkwo’s work on his artist page.

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An Artistic Journey

 

Okonkwo’s story starts in eastern Nigeria, where even as a child he was drawn to art. While he attempted and even earned a degree in painting, he soon learned that his true calling was in sculpture.

Okonkwo’s journey brought him to the US when he was recruited by BYU-Hawaii to play on their basketball team. This allowed him not only to continue his education, earning a BFA in sculpture, but gave him the opportunity to reach even higher. He moved to Provo after graduation, and continued to attend BYU for graduate school at their main campus, earning an MFA in sculpture as well.

Celebrating Womanhood

In addition to the large and expressive movements of his sculpture, another recurring theme in Okonkwo’s work is that of womanhood. It is an important aspect as part of his heritage, but also because he sees the noble characteristics of women in those closest to him.

These noble characteristics are often what makes up the bulk of the emotion behind each Okonkwo sculpture: human attributes such as love, life,  empathy, serenity, inner strength, and other universally embodied traits.

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Celebration

 

Simplicity For Meaning

Another trait of Okonkwo’s sculpture are the clean lines and minimal detail. Each piece has just enough detail to convey the emotion he seeks to portray, but not enough to focus on and therefore miss the bigger picture. In addition, each of his works isn’t derived from precise measurements, but rather from his own sense of balance and beauty.

 

By combining the largeness of spirit, the noble characteristics of woman and the simplicity to properly convey the message, each of Okonkwo’s works transcends any one of these things and instead speak to audiences on a deeper level.

See Nnamdi Okonkwo’s work on his artist page.

Chris Deverill Brings His Whimsical Sculpture To Mark White Fine Art

Mark White

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Encounter

There is a unique reaction when looking at a Chris Deverill sculpture. Audiences connect almost immediately to the mood of the piece, but at the same time one quickly recognizes the subtle details in the subject itself that deviate from reality. Extended limbs, or expressions not common to the animal in question are common.

However, rather than the effect of distancing the sculpted animals from their living counterparts, the result is that the viewer is drawn closer. The differences invite exploration, and that allows for an opportunity to connect the human audiences to their own feelings and put them in relation to those of other creatures in the world. The results are a greater sense of place among the animals that man shares the world with.

See Chris Deverill’s sculptures on his artist page.

Connection To Nature

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Pepper Grande

Deverill’s ability to connect the emotions of audiences to those of the animals of the world stems from his own connection to nature, which can be traced to his childhood. He spent his early years exploring the scenic beauty of Hawaii, and there developed a deep love of the great outdoors. Later in life he lived in both Alaska and Colorado, each places in which he could strengthen that bond.

This connection allowed Deverill a chance to observe the reactions of the animals around him, and he was able to see how often they would have recognizable responses. From curiosity and confusion to alertness and intrigue he could see familiar emotions reflected in the animals he saw.

By exaggerating these emotions, Deverill is able to present them in a way audiences can empathize with, and each whimsical sculpture becomes both a work of art, as well as a conduit to see the world through different eyes.

Creating Whimsy

 Maximoose

Maximoose

Though the end results are filled with a lighthearted whimsy that seems effortless, the process behind the sculptures are involved. Deverill creates each of his bronze cast sculptures using lost wax casting. This procedure starts with an original sculpture, from which a mold is made. This mold, with a rigid exterior and a soft interior is the basis from which further sculptures are created, and can be reused for as long as it is viable.

Making a sculpture using this mold starts by coating the inside with hot wax until a thick shell is formed. Once it’s ready the wax is released from the mold, any blemishes are removed and pieces that were separate are attached. This wax replica is then given channels for the molten metal to travel through in a process called spruing.

After spruing is complete the wax is dipped in a silica slurry and allowed to dry. This process is repeated several times in order to provide a thick shell for casting. Once the proper thickness is obtained the new shell is baked, making it rigid and the wax runs out. It is tested and patched then ready for use. The shells are placed in a tub filled with sand, and the metal is poured into them and allowed to cool completely.

Once the metal has hardened the shells are removed and imperfections such as evidence of the process, air bubbles or blemishes are corrected. Finally each piece is patinaed, finished and mounted. The end results are works that can stand the test of time and continue to captivate audiences for generations to come.

See more of Chris Deverill’s sculptures on his artist page.

Sculptor David Meredith Joins The Mark White Fine Art Family

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 Time Out

Time Out

There is a growing, sculpted, menagerie at Mark White Fine Art. Rabbits, bears, owls and frogs perch and play both inside the gallery and out in the garden. Each one brings a sense of delight and a true emotion that resonates with all who see them.

These whimsical pieces are the creations of David Meredith, one of the newest artists to join the gallery, and one for whom the profession of artist seemed to apply from the start.

See David Meredith’s sculpture on his artist page.

Beginnings of an Artist

David Meredith was born to create. Even before he could walk he was immersed in the creative process, sculpting in the sand pit, and the desire to see his creations come alive has never left. It fueled him throughout his childhood and beyond, and led to the life of an artist.

Although Meredith was a good student, he preferred art classes to academics. He attended college with the intent of becoming an illustrator. He used his skills to pay part of his way through college, painting album covers on the backs of leather jackets. However, it was serendipity that lead to his career as a sculptor. He’d crafted several pieces in the school’s ceramic studio, and after they were displayed in a show he was hired at a firm that made detailed jewelry. This helped him develop the finer detail skills of sculpting, as well as mold-making and casting.

Meredith eventually left the jewelry studio to turn freelance, and further developed his skills and range as a sculptor through the varied pieces he was commissioned to create.

A Menagerie In Bronze

 Sitting Jack Rabbit

Sitting Jack Rabbit

As Meredith turned to creating his own works he returned to the interests of childhood and his love of the natural world. He remembered his experiences in youth of living near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, and to the diversity of wildlife he’d found there. It was a time that shaped his life and remained with him, and it was his connection to animals that led him to sculpt them. He started with ceramics, then resin, and finally started casting in bronze, ensuring that the creatures he portrays today can be seen for generations to come.

Familiar Emotions

Because Meredith spent so much time around animals he has a knack for observing their moods, and translating them to emotions familiar to all. There is exhaustion in a mama bear and her cubs after a day of work and play, owls quietly contemplate, heads turned to watch, and rabbits perk up their ears as they are alert to the world around them. The sculpted animals resonate with audiences because they express emotions that almost everybody can relate to.

No matter which animal or emotion, one thing is clear: each piece leads back to the child living near nature, determined to create and share his vision with the world.

Browse David Meredith’s sculpture on his artist page.

 Owl (Medium)

Owl (Medium)

Mark White Fine Art Welcomes Richard Pankratz

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Richard Pankratz always knew that he would become an artist. As a child, he declared his passion for creation and made his intention clear. He then set about to making his dream a reality. Despite a small school district that did not have the capacity to offer art curriculum, he assembled a portfolio of works and was admitted to the Kansas City Art Institute.

Even when Pankratz was swayed to pursue a second skill he never strayed far from his goal, earning a teaching certificate in art from Emporia Kansas State University. He taught art for eleven years before returning to his passion. He left teaching to fulfill his dream, and with the same determination that he demonstrated as a child he embarked on the path of an artist.

This intention that has fueled Pankratz to create is also evident in his sculptures. Each of his works is an act of communication. His work is more than just something to look at, but an active form of interaction with the audience as they contemplate the meaning and message conveyed in the form.

Pankratz strives for a sense of timelessness in his work, and his ability to convey human truths in the nuance of pose calls to something deeper within the self. Women laugh and play in Happy Dance, reminding viewers of joy with those close to them. Or there is the moment of mutual respect in Friends. Then there is the same sense of determination that fueled Pankratz’s career in Reaching.

From the determination of childhood to the careful intent in his work today Richard Pankratz is a man who dared to achieve his dreams.

See Richard Pankratz’s art on his artist page.

 Reaching

Reaching

Andree Hudson’s Powerful Works Come To Mark White Fine Art

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 Sextet

Sextet

Horses and cattle stampede across the canvas. Vivid colors accentuate powerful muscles, demonstrating the strength of the animals. Those who take the time to look quickly get a sense of the moment, the smell of dust rising up from the hooves, the thunder of their beats against the plains. It’s more than a painting, it;s a moment of time captured in paint. These are the works of Andree Hudson, who is known for her powerful southwest paintings.

We are pleased to welcome Andree Hudson to Mark White Fine Art. Her art can be found on her artist page.

 Stand-Off

Stand-Off

Hudson began her career as a medical illustrator after professionals noticed her ability to portray muscular and skeletal forms. However she quickly followed her creative passion for painting living beings.

Hudson is known not only for the power of the animals that grace her works, but also for the drips of paint and the vivid colors. Contrasts of light and dark emphasize the movements, while accent colors draw the eye to the muscles that fuel the movement.

The resulting works speak to something deeper, they awaken a primal instinct to follow the herd and captivate audiences.

See Andree Hudson at the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out

Hudson has long been a favorite at the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out, and will be painting in our sculpture garden this year. For those who want to learn more about her and her work, or just want to see her process, this is the perfect opportunity.

Join us Saturday Oct. 21 during the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out to see Hudson work live.

Suzanne Donazetti Brings Her Woven Copper Paintings To Mark White Fine Art

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 Shadow Whispers Triptych

Shadow Whispers Triptych

Many painters have layers to their art. Colors and hues peek out from under those above and provide depth to the work. But few paintings have added dimension from the canvas itself. It is a unique element to the painted and woven copper works of Suzanne Donazetti. Each piece offers audiences two glimpses of the world, and they are left wondering which is the real and which is the illusion.

See Suzanne Donazetti’s work on her artist page.

Donazetti is inspired by the land, and her works reflect areas near her home in Carrizozo such as the Malpais. She also recently added scenes from the Pacific Northwest, where she has family. With each piece she aims to preserve the beauty as it is now, so that future generations can look back and see the same things she did.

Once she’s chosen her landscape Donazetti creates her pieces by first painting side-by-side pieces of copper. She layers acrylics, inks and powdered pigments onto the metal, keeping in mind how the finished works will look once combined. After the paint has dried she cuts the copper canvasses into strips and weaves them together to create a single piece that curves and bends.

Suzanne Donazetti At The Paint Out

We’re excited that Donazetti will be joining us for the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out. It’s a fantastic way for visitors to see her unique process live and to ask questions about her and her work. Stop by on Saturday October 21 to take advantage of this opportunity and to see all of her works in the gallery.

 Blue Sky Over Amber Wave

Blue Sky Over Amber Wave

Matthew Higginbotham Joins Mark White Fine Art

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 The Story Sunflowers Told

The Story Sunflowers Told

The landscape spreads across the canvas, realistic and seemingly painted when the world reached its most beautiful stage. Hues of fiery pastels fill the sunsets, warm ambers drape across sun-drenched plains, and flowers exude the joys of life. There is a sense that if one wishes hard enough they can step across the threshold into the vibrant world beyond.

These radiant and energetic paintings are the work of Matthew Higginbotham, who recently joined Mark White Fine Art. His paintings, which seem to have a glow of their own, are a stunning addition to our stable.

See Matthew Higginbotham’s work on his artist page here.

 Galisteo Storm

Galisteo Storm

A Land Alive

There is a natural energy to the land and each place has a radiance all its own. It’s this layer of the world that Higginbotham taps into that gives each of his paintings and what he strives to project again to audiences who view the work.  

One of the ways Higginbotham taps into this energy is by returning to favorite places year after year, such as the Tall Grass Prairie, The Bosque Del Apache, and the region near his home outside of Santa Fe. Each time he visits he becomes a bit more familiar with the nuance of a particular location, and can delve into its nature a bit better. Many collectors recognize the lands that he paints, and can track the evolution of the world in the rich hues.

 Storm Cloud Passing

Storm Cloud Passing

Showcasing Radiance

Another way that Higginbotham taps into the spirit of the land occurs as he’s painting and in the way that he portrays each scene. He utilizes not just into the seen, but the unseen as well. He allows the underlying energy to shine by mixing oils into the paint. These oils give the paintings a glow of their own, and they are almost luminescent as they reflect the light.

Matthew Higginbotham At the Paint Out

For those who want to get a closer work at Higginbotham’s art, he’ll be working in our garden for the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out on Saturday October 21st. While he’s a regular participant in the event, this will be his first time with us.

Higginbotham says that he’s looking forward to painting from a new place on the road, and loves the zen feel of the garden.

Join us on Oct 21 for the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Art to see Matthew Higginbotham painting live, or visit his artist page here.

Marshall Noice Comes To Mark White Fine Art

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 Lawn, Lake

Lawn, Lake

Familiar shapes take on vibrant hues, trees in yellow and blue, magenta mountains and orange fields. The scene is both familiar and foreign, until one takes a moment for introspection and examines how the paintings make them feel. It is then that they realize that the work spoke to an underlying truth all along, one stripped of the mask of physical reality.

These paintings, which focus on the emotion of a place rather than the reality, are by Marshall Noice, one of the newest artists to join Mark White fine Art. Known for his use of vivid colors and exuberant energy he’s an exciting addition to the Mark White Fine Art stable.

See the works by Marshall Noice on his artist page.

Oils and Pastels

 Little Ash - Marshall Njo

Little Ash - Marshall Njo

Noice works in two different mediums, depending on his needs at the time: oils and pastels. Each has a unique character and vastly different feels.

Often smaller, Noice’s pastels have a frenetic energy to them. There is a sense that he has captured a transient emotion before it could shift in a vibrant place. The colors are as energetic as the mood, and bring a lighthearted feel.

While Noice’s oils are as colorful as the pastels, the feel is both the same yet different. Colors build, blend and overlap, adding depth and nuance. There is a sense of longevity, that the emotion of the land changes slowly.

 

Knowing His Subject

 Fall Evening, Whitefish

Fall Evening, Whitefish

 

Because Noice paints the mood of the land rather than its reality, he often finds that he paints familiar places. He returns time and again and develops an understanding of the locale that goes deeper than the first impressions. This allows him to paint even more character into each piece.

However in recent years he has also challenged himself to paint his first impressions. This freedom allows him to find inspiration in the smallest things, from the scene near his home to lone trees alongside the highway. The result is that he’s even more in tune with the world around him.

 

Marshall Noice At The Paint Out and Sculpt Out

In addition to just seeing his work, visitors during the Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out will have the opportunity to meet the artist and watch him work live in our garden. Noice has long been an exuberant participant in Canyon Road events, and we’re excited to see his passion infuse our sculpture garden.

The Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt out will be held Saturday Oct. 21, 10AM - 4PM.