Jo-an Smith Studios will continue to be open by appointment only for the time being. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to establish contact during this time. It has been awhile since I updated due to all that has been going on. Here is what happening over my way. At the beginning of the Pandemic, I started a large (12'x8') mural on the wall of one of my patios. It continues as a "work in progress." When it became too hot to paint, I moved into my studio to start a series of paintings for my new one-woman show which is in the early planning stages. I will announce more details about that shortly. Please take a look at the Las Cruces Bulletin which comes out this next Friday, October 2. Mike Cook is working on an article about my art to be in that issue. Please come by the Phillips Gallery at 221 N. Main if you are downtown during October. Phillips will be featuring my jewelry and paintings. Please sign up if you wish to receive notice of my gallery activities in the future. Meanwhile, I feel very fortunate to have recovered well from my October 2019 accident injuries.
Thank you everyone for your support and your patience. On October 14, I was involved in an accident which resulted in several broken bones so I have been healing ever since. My downtown gallery has been open for each Ramble but the first time I have been able to attend myself was the most recent January 2020 Ramble. It was great to see many of you and I look forward to being at future Rambles as well.
YOU ARE INVITED!
I invite you to visit me at my new location. After 43 wonderful years with Sally and Glenn Cutter, the Cutter Gallery is now closed, I now am at 221 N. Main in Downtown Las Cruces. Mark and Gail invited me to show my jewelry at their elegant Phillips Gallery. Just down the hall in that same building, I have opened my small painting gallery, Jo-an Smith Studios/Gallery. Tomorrow, October 4, from 5-8PM, the October Downtown Ramble will occur. I will be celebrating my opening with door prize registration. Then each Saturday in October, I will be in my gallery to visit from 10AM-1PM. At 11AM each October Saturday I will be available to show samples of alcohol ink. Meanwhile, just 2 doors over is Jean Wilkey's Gallery and she always has interesting paintings...hers and her guest artists. Julie Ford Oliver will demo her beautiful oil painting techniques across from Jean's place at the Ramble tomorrow. So, come on over to 221 N. Main. All four of us will have beautiful unique art to share. Jo-an Smith
Next Saturday, May 4, will be the last Saturday of my show, "Continuum." I will speak and answer questions from 11-noon.
My topics will be: "How Our Ancient Cave Dwellings Led Me
to Paint Space" and "Exploring the Alcohol Ink Process." Please
do come to Cutter Gallery at 2640 El Paseo Road in Las Cruces,
NM. Additionally, I will be "in galley" from 10-11 and 12noon-1
for that last visit in the gallery. You may have heard that our
"icon" unique Cutter Gallery is closing. There will be alot to see with my show as well as in the rest of the gallery. I hope you will.
"Continuum: From Caves to the Cosmos" is the name of my newest one-woman art exhibit. It will feature many new alcohol inks as well as jewelry, watercolors and oil paintings. The opening reception will be Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1-4PM at Cutter Gallery 2640 El Paso Rd. Las Cruces, NM. Cutter Gallery is partnering with the Las Cruces Festival of Space by exhibiting a very large (8'x10")Hubble telescoope space photo through May 8. Please join us if you can. Additionally, there will be special Space and Art talks each Saturday after the opening...April 20, April 27 and May 4. Details to follow.
My Art Journey" will be my presentation at Cutter Gallery next Saturday, November 18, 11-12. I will remember early art experiences
and will share some of my early art efforts. There will be very large exhibition style jewelry pieces which I created as I completed my MA in Jewelry Design at NMSU in 1965. I will discuss my new directions with alcohol ink paintings and watercolor on canvas. By special arrangement with the Cutters, I will then be "In Gallery" from 12-3 to visit with you individually and to conduct small tours of "Elemental." Please do come and see. AND a special thank you to all who have so enthusiastically attended "Elemental" so far. You have helped make this my most successful show of all.
My Newest Show opens Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1-4
Please join me for the artist's reception at Cutter Gallery
"Elemental" will include new jewely, paintings and prints.
I invite you to enter my world.........
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and eventually lived all over in the Western Hemisphere, including Alaska, Argentina, El Salvador, and Panama. The many diverse places have influenced my art, a passion since childhood. Once I settled in New Mexico in 1972, this enchanted land has inspired me in many ways. My earliest paintings were primarily landscapes, including many of our ancient cliff dwellings. I also explored the inner landscapes of chile peppers and created a series of Virgin of Guadalupe designs on gold leaf. More recently I have been fascinated by the gem like images from the Hubble Space Telescope. My quest continues, nourished by my love of New Mexico and its many diversities.