Hot new book on New Mexico artists

Cover art: At the Loneliest Moment of an Afternoon by Pauline Ziegen (oil, 60×48)

The first snow of the season dusted the yards and downtown streets of Boulder this week. And while the air outside my office has taken on a definite winter chill, inside Art Journey New Mexico has also arrived and warmed my desk with the fiery orange landscape on its cover. The 224-page coffee table book features works by 104 of the state’s top artists, brought together by the editors of The Collectors Guide, a sister publication to Southwest Art and The Artist’s Magazine.

Flipping through the pages serves as a reminder of the rich, multicultural influences and imaginations that thrive and drive the state’s reputation as a fertile nesting ground for artists. And interspersed with these treats are works by artists originally from New Mexico and a cadre who’ve come from other places seeking a creative place to call home. As a group, the artists vary widely in style from the chiaroscuro realism of the old masters to colorful abstraction. But the traditional mixes with the edgy to offer readers a delicious slice of the New Mexico art scene.

And for readers hungry to experience a sense of place there are adobe churches, pueblos, burrito stands, sizzling sunsets and nature’s famous color palette that brushes the small towns and cities. Expect to see brilliant yellow aspen trees, purple streaked skies and the wild red poppies that pepper the state’s roadsides. Residents may grow weary of hearing their state dubbed The Land of Enchantment, but when it comes to art, this southwestern oasis really is quite enchanting.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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