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CANYON Fine Art Shows Diverse Styles That Focus On Color And Figure

By S. Mathur

Meraki is a Greek word, meaning to do a something with soul, creativity, or love, and to put something of yourself into your work. This is also the guiding mission of CANYON Fine Art, a vibrant gallery showing diverse styles of art, with a focus on color and figure, Hether Bearinger, director and co-owner said.

"We show quality original fine art, by artists who evoke Meraki," Bearinger said. "And with that mission we have artists with original vision and masterful, refined technique."

Located on historic Canyon Road, in Santa Fe NM, the gallery is intended to be your passage to art.

"CANYON Fine Art is at the beginning of historic Canyon Road, with a unique arbor-shaded entrance of large-scale sculptures inviting the way to the light-filled indoor gallery," Bearinger said. "The metaphor of a canyon-as-passageway feels really relevant to our place in arts community of historic Canyon Road, and the transformative effect nature and art offer in terms of a sense of connection, as seeing, feeling, revealing what inspires us in a globally conscious community."

Visitors walk through the courtyard with figurative bronze sculptures by artists like the internationally renowned sculptor Paige Bradley and equine sculptor William Schaaf. The paintings range in genre from representational to abstract. The gallery represents the work of established and new artists, including impressionist landscape painter Joseph Breza, Native Pueblo artist Caroline Carpio, contemporary figurative painter Jane Radstrom, and the award winning abstract painter Johannes Boekhoudt.

The gallery opened in 2007, but recently underwent a change of name and ownership. Bearinger maintains a close relationship with the artists and their work, and her thoughtful curation has become the hallmark of the gallery. The goal is to connect viewers to fine art that inspires and enriches their lives. Visitors find that the owner and frequently the artists themselves are at hand to discuss the work on display, making it much more accessible.

In a Thanksgiving message to the gallery's friends, supporters and patrons, Bearinger shared some of her philosophy.

"We are so grateful for you," she said. "For your support and patronage, it means we get to keep artists in business, and make friendships through art and beauty. A client recently shared an article that said 'art is hope in a material form'. Isn't that just a great way to articulate the love we have for original art?"

Special shows provide occasions for visitors to connect with local and international artists. The gallery participates in the annual events like the Canyon Road PAINT-OUT & SCULPT-OUT! in the fall and the Spring Festival of Arts on Canyon Road.

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