Jun 282015

If you’re planning on selling a home soon, you might want to consider hiring a professional photographer or improving your photography skills. Doing so could be worth over $10,000.

real esate photography

Brokerage firm Redfin Corp looked at listings to compare those with professional photos versus amateur ones. It found that for homes listed between $200,000 and $1 million, photos taken with a DSLR sold for $3,400 to $11,200 more relative to their list prices. They were also more likely to sell within six months and up to 3 weeks faster than the listings with amateur photos.

Although the analysis was done in 2013, it repeats a previous study the company had done in 2010 with similar results. It’s interesting to know just how much of a difference this one thing can make. Santa Fe real estate photographer Kim Richardson says her professional photography services are known to increase interest in a listing. “A professional photo dramatically increases the likelihood that a potential buyer will click through to view your listing”. Ultimately, the more people interested in your house, the better your chance of receiving an attractive offer. A photo really can be worth a thousand dollars.

Apr 272015

May 7, 2015, 6 pm

Greer Garson Theater at Santa Fe University of Art and Design


Join us for a conversation between ­Ellen Berkovitch of Adobeairstream.com and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadya) and Maria Alyokhina (Masha), two founding members of the Moscow-based activist collective Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot’s appearance in Santa Fe is a collaboration between SITE Santa Fe and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The arrival of Nadya and Masha kicks of the beginning of SITE’s 20th Anniversary — celebrating 20 years as a vital platform for creative expression, innovation and inspiration through the art of today. This conversation is also part of Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Artists for Positive Social Change.

Your ticket purchase is a vote of support for creative freedom and enables SITE to continue to produce outstanding public programs that spark dialogue about the role of art in today’s society.

Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-performance collective of approximately 10 women, known for staging provocative guerrilla-style public performances often with political themes. The group is instantly recognizable by their trademark brightly colored balaclavas, tights and short skirts.

Pussy Riot was founded in 2011 in reaction to the announcement that Vladimir Putin would run again in presidential elections, despite having served two consecutive terms from 2000 to 2008. Pussy Riot’s initial actions took the form of miniature flash mob protests in places like the Moscow Metro, where the group performed short and fast politically charged punk songs, harshly critical of the Putin government, specifically its restrictive stance on women’s issues. The group continued to use public performance and confrontation with authorities to bring attention to political repression, judicial and church corruption, LGBT issues, and women’s rights.

Pussy Riot gained international notoriety on March 3, 2012 after the arrest of 3 of their core members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutselvich. The three were arrested for “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred & hostility” after a performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior church in Moscow, which the group saw as a symbol of the corrupt collusion between the Russian state and church.

The performance consisted of a ‘punk prayer’, a song called “Holy Shit” which called for the Virgin Mary to overthrow Putin and criticized the corruption on the Orthodox Church, which the group sees as a propaganda instrument of Putin’s regime, citing frequent pro-Putin statements made by Russian Orthodox bishop, Patriarch Kirill, including “It is unchristian to demonstrate,” and “Putin has been placed at the head of the government by God”.

Once in custody, the three women were denied bail and held until their trial began in late July of that year. On August 17, 2012 the trio were convicted of “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” and each was sentenced to two years in jail. While Yakaterina had her sentence suspended, both Nadezhda and Maria served their terms in Russian prison. Throughout the trial and their incarceration, the women attracted vocal international support from musicians, celebrities and politicians.

Since then, the group has become even more outspoken in their criticism of the Putin government and continues to perform, provoke and raise awareness around the world in spite of continual intimidation from the Russian government and media.


 (re)LAUNCH  Posted by  Events
Apr 062015

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 25, 2015 6-8 pm 2015
by appointment April 26 – May 2

Featuring artists from Cyndi Conn’s dynamic Launch Projects:

Rita Bard, Danae Falliers, Grant Hayunga, Munson Hunt, Jennifer Joseph & Chris Collins, Patrick McFarlin, Clayton Porter, Willy Richardson, Tete de Veau, Eric Tillinghast, Lucrecia Troncoso, Jordan West

cyndi connOffroad Productions
2891-B Trades West Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Feb 102015
Ray with one of this new works in 2013. Photo: Facebook

Rex Ray, the San Francisco-based fine artist and graphic designer known for large-scale, brightly colored, 1960s-inspired, often psychedelic paintings, has succumbed today after a long battle with cancer. Ray, who’d been active on Facebook up until the last week of his illness, entered hospice care over the weekend and posted — or had help posting — one final message to friends this morning, saying, “I’ve left the building. xo.”

SFist confirmed the death with Ray’s gallery, Gallery 16 in SoMa, which submits their own obit that you can read in part below.

Ray had shown work at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Cheryl Haines Gallery. In 2013, he was commissioned to do a mural for the barricade covering the construction of the new Levi’s flagship store on Market Street.

In addition to his paintings, Ray was well known to local concert-goers for having designed over 100 concert posters for Bill Graham Presents, including for shows by The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, REM, Bjork, U2, and Radiohead, a couple of which you can see below. He had also done graphic work for Apple, Dreamworks, Sony Music, Warner Brothers, City Lights Publishers, and Matador Records, as well as package designs for Diamanda Galás, Matmos, and Deee-Lite.

Writing for ArtSlant last year on the occasion of a solo show at Gallery 16, Kara Q. Smith wrote, “[These latest works] reflect a zenith of Ray’s prolific body of work, beaming proudly forward, as the artist himself battles illness. Prednisporata represents Ray’s unrelenting need to create beauty, to create that which will never fade, even as his health flickers and dims.”

From Gallery 16’s obituary, in part:

Celebrated artist and graphic designer Rex Ray died on February 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California after a prolonged struggle with cancer. A major cultural force in the art, literary, and activist communities in the Bay Area, he was recognized for his collage pop aesthetic.

Born Michael Patterson in Germany on a United States army base in 1956, he grew up in Colorado Springs and studied fine art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1981 he moved to San Francisco, completed his BFA at San Francisco Art Institute, where he entered graduate studies. During an era of anti-beauty aesthetics, Rex Ray committed himself to a lifelong practice embedded in beauty.

His career took off with ubiquitous digital designs produced as guerrilla marketing for nightclubs and rock ’n’ roll shows. He created the first t-shirts and posters for the San Francisco chapter of the protest group Act Up. An innovator in graphic arts, he was one of the first to embrace Mac-based technology combining color xerox, photo souvenirs, and typefaces of his own design…

In the early 90s, rebelling against his own highly successful computer graphics business, he returned to his studio practice generating a prolific body of work. His collage and painting of the last twenty years is marked by the use of parabolic forms, double images, and seemingly infinite repetition of eye-popping compositions. In Rex Ray: Art + Design (Chronicle Books, 2007) acclaimed novelist and cultural critic Douglas Coupland writes “Rex’s art correlates closely to that of other artists who seemingly cross over from design or pop art graphics, such as Takashi Murakami or Ryan McGinness.”

Rex Ray is survived by his sister, Jean Cathey, and his brother, Kevin Patterson; Tim Gleason, Amy Scholder, Cydney Payton, Gent Sturgeon, and an enormous community of beloved friends.

Feb 102015

AXLE INDOORS opens this Friday, 5-7 pm.
Axle Indoors
at Peters Projects
over 140 artists
from the past five years of Axle’s exhibitions

February 13 – March 21
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 13th, 5-7 pm

1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, map

www.axleart.com www.petersprojects.com

Craig Anderson, Philip Augustin, Jamison Chas. Banks, Nova Cynthia Barker, Brad Bealmear, Ernest Bell, Jeff Benham, Bobbe Besold, Michael Bisbee, Jonathan Blaustein, Gay Block, Burning Books, Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton, Charlie Carrillo, Susan Case, Paula Castillo, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Dana Chodzko, Chris Collins, Sydney Cooper, Glenn Craley, Guy Cross, Lisa de St. Croix, Luke Dorman, Nina Elder, Alexandra Eldridge, Betsy Emil, Jay Etkin, Lisa Freeman, Robert Gaylor, Abraham Gelbart, Christy Georg, Shaun Gilmore, Kirk Gittings, Victoria Goldman, Michelle Goodman, Sondra Goodwin, Meggan Gould, Charles Greeley, Danny Green, Jamie Hamilton, Fran Hardy, James Hart, Karina Noel Hean, Christy Hengst, Helmut Hillenkamp, Elodie Holmes, Cheri Ibes, Bart Johnson, Jennifer Joseph, Peter Joseph, Kathamann, Don Kennell, Shirley Klinghoffer, Ai Krasner, Leigh Anne Langwell, Eve Andree Laramee, Katherine Lee, Willis Lee, Joanne Lefrak, David Leigh, Patti Levey, Tamara Lichtenstein, Emilee Lord, Richard Lowenberg, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ana MacArthur, Jacqueline Mallegni, Dara Mark, Nina Mastrangelo, Thelma Mathias, Dominique Mazeaud, Kathleen McCloud, Diane McGregor, Nick Merrick, Lia Moldovan, Duane Monczewski, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Jonathan Morse, Michael Motley, August Muth, Patrick Nagatani, David Nakabayashi, Stacey Neff, Timothy Nero, Eugene Newmann, Lara Nickel, Mayumi Nishida, Nancy Ziegler Nodelman, Gabriel Luis Perez, Larry Bob Phillips, Prakash, Gail Rieke, Zachariah Rieke, Carolyn Riman, Janet Stein Romero, Meridel Rubenstein, David Rudolph, Donna Ruff, Janet Russek, Kate Russell, Tara Raye Russo, Key Sanders, Celia Luz Santos, Mark Saxe, Suzanne Sbarge, David Schienbaum, Michael Schippling, Sam Scott, Danielle Shelley, Conrad Skinner, David Sloan, Steve Smith, Gerry Snyder, Brandon Soder, Catie Soldan, Mark Spencer, Steina, Dianne Stromberg, Signe Stuart, Nancy Sutor, Linda Swanson, Carrie Tafoya, Myriam Tapp, Gina Telcocci, Victor Teng, Bunny Tobias, Edie Tsong, Lisa Olive Tyrrell, Woody Vasulka, Peter Voshefski, DeeAnne Wagner, Janice Wall, Erika Wanenmacher, Marion Wasserman, Jerry Wellman, Raina Wellman, Kappy Wells, Jerry West, Melanie West, Betsy Williams, Robin D. Williams, Will Wilson, Cedra Wood, Francesca Yorke, Greta Young, Joan Zalenski

and coming in March
Axle Indoors
Poetry & Performance Art
at Peters Projects
1011 Paseo de Peralta
Saturday, March 14, 1-4pm


Chuck Calabreze, Lauren Camp, Deborah Casillas, Joanne Dominique Dwyer, Jamie Figueroa, Teresa Gallion, Christopher J. Johnson, John Knoll, Jane Lin, Jane Lipman, Joan Logghe, Valerie Martinez, Stella Reed, Barbara Robidoux, Rick Smith, Marguerite Wilson

Performance Artists

Madelin Coit, Ross Hamlin, Mara Leader and Jason Goodyear, Molly Sturges

Jan 302015

The first exhibition, Reverberant Matter, will open Friday, Feb. 13

Reverberant Matter/Project I

Feb. 13–27, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Wade Wilson Art
217 West Water Street, Santa Fe

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will collaborate with Wade Wilson Art this spring to put on several university-curated exhibitions in the Wade Wilson Art contemporary gallery, a 3,700-square-foot space in the heart of Santa Fe. SFUAD@Wade Wilson Art is a series of three exhibitions, curated by SFUAD art professor David Leigh, that examine the historical and contemporary relationships that have formed the Art Department at SFUAD. The first of these curatorial projects, Reverberant Matter, will open Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It will highlight work by SFUAD students, alumni, faculty and guest artists, including Franco Andres, Nouel Riel, Brandon Soder, Daisy Quezada, Tom Miller, Willy Richardson and Cedra Wood.

Reverberant Matter uses the framework of material and scale to consider work from both students and professional artists, across and within educational and community contexts.

“It becomes a question of dialogue and influence, of looking back as well as looking ahead,” said Leigh. “Material and scale are a significant focus in the work of these artists, and those concerns resonate and form relationships between the works in this exhibition. This collaboration with Wade Wilson Art also gives SFUAD students exposure to gallery practices outside the classroom and enables them to further interface with the Santa Fe community in a professional atmosphere.”

Established in 2006, with a Santa Fe presence beginning in 2012, Wade Wilson Art highlights work of the highest caliber from artists in national and international contemporary art circles. Wilson continues his professional and personal commitment, more than two decades long, to the visual arts and arts education through his interaction with both the for-profit and nonprofit arts communities.

“Wade Wilson’s generous invitation to Santa Fe University of Art and Design is both a tangible statement of support for the university and a gesture of confidence in the education of young artists,” said Linda Swanson, dean of SFUAD’s School of Visual and Communication Arts. SFUAD@Wade Wilson Art will also present events from across other artistic mediums that span the breadth of SFUAD programs, including musical performances, readings, artist talks and screenings.

About SFUAD’s Art Department

The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding his or her artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe’s internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.

About Wade Wilson and Wade Wilson Art

Wade Wilson founded Wade Wilson Art in 2006. In July 2012, he opened Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe. Wilson’s career path reflects a successful record of curatorial, critical and commercial successes in the visual arts, coupled with a solid background in management, promotions and public relations. Wilson earned a B.A. in Environmental Design at the University of New Mexico, where he also minored in art history. He completed an M.A. in English at Texas Christian University and later pursued doctoral studies in postmodernist art, architecture and literature. Since 2000, Wilson has chaired, hosted and/or organized more than 50 galas, fundraisers and benefits and helped raise more than $8,000,000 for arts and other organizations.

Media Contact:

Lauren Eichmann

Jan 292015

peters projects
In celebration of their fifth anniversary, Axle Contemporary will be coming in from the cold this February in a collaborative exhibition with Peters Projects. In a month-long exhibition, all of the artists who have previously exhibited at Axle have been invited to participate. Over 100 artists have replied favorably to the invitation, and more are coming in every day. Please stay tuned to learn more as the date for the exhibition nears.