Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
31st Anniversary Season 2017—2018The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Erica Wendel-Oglesby is enjoying the second chapter of her life expressing her artistic side, following a fulfilling career in healthcare clinical quality improvement. She learned to throw pots as a kid and enjoys using her hands to form small, whimsical clay creations such as birds, horses, flowers, bees, and useful objects like flower-adorned napkin rings and magnets. These clay creations are often the centerpiece of her colorful mosaics. She uses semi-precious gemstones, pearls and trading beads strung with various types of pendants: Afghani, Tibetan, Jasper picture stones, carved bone, reproductions of primitive pieces, and vintage Chinese porcelain. She prefers creating custom necklaces and earrings with customer input.Erica says: “My ongoing inspiration comes from the life happening around me and involvement with other very talented artists in my community. I find beauty and inspiration in front of me all the time – animals, birds, clouds, and flowers.”
Recently Dianna Shomaker’s work has been awarded prizes in major competitions throughout the country and has been shown in juried shows nationally and internationally. Her medium is acrylic or encaustic. The goal of her work involves creating layers of development that cause the viewer to look for the message contained in the piece. Shomaker currently shows at the Corrales Bosque Gallery in Corrales as well as Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.Dianna says, “I believe a painting should have layers of development, movement, depth, and surprises that cause the viewer to look for the message in the work.”
Dana sees life as an adventure to be savored, whether sailing a boat, building a home, or observing the nuances of light and form. Born and raised in New Mexico, she has studied photography and painting at UNM, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and other venues. She has been a photographer for 40 years, initially specializing in B&W portraiture. In recent years she has concentrated on landscape and botanical photography. Her love of hiking, sailing, and being outside influences her work, as she pursues her in-depth studies of nature and the landscape around her. Dana says: “For me, photography has always been a process of discovery---allowing me to closely examine the world and to look deeper into myself. My fascination with the visual world of light, shape, color, texture, and mood propels me to try to convey to others the beauty I see within a fleeting moment, a passing shadow, or a trembling leaf.In this series, I’m exploring the ability of a photograph to capture the intangible, that which we might see in our dreams or imagination. All of these images, are created ‘in-camera’ and printed on dye-infused aluminum.”
Connie Falk started taking art classes in 2004 at New Mexico State University, while a professor of agricultural economics at NMSU. In 2013, she retired from academic life to have more time to pursue oil painting. She moved to Placitas in November 2016, where she draws inspiration from the stunning landscape. She enjoys both studio and plein air painting.Connie says: “Oil painting is an exploration of interior and physical landscapes. When I paint, I am meditating on values, both values in pigment and what I cherish and mourn. Painting helps me process the world, comment on it, share with others my story, and interpret the beauty and anguish in a world hurtling towards disaster. Painting is both an escape from the world and a dive into its core truths.’