A message from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“To create more friends and fewer enemies, we can’t just win wars. We must find common ground and common purpose with other peoples and nations so that together we can overcome hatred, violence, lawlessness, and despair….By investing in [our] common humanity we advance our common security because we pave the way for a more peaceful, prosperous world. Through its temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, ART in Embassies intrigues, educates and connects—playing an ambassadorial role as important as that served by traditional diplomacy. Connecting people to people through the visual arts advances freedom of expression and invites an exchange of ideas.”
Two artists represented by Altamira Fine Art have been curated into the ART in Embassies program: Theodore Waddell and Dan Namingha. Art in Embassies’ website says the program, established in 1963, “curates temporary and permanent exhibitions for the representational spaces of all U.S. chanceries, annexes, consulates, and embassy residences worldwide, commissioning and selecting contemporary art from the U.S. and the host countries.” The program operates in six regions: Africa, the Near East, Europe and Eurasia, Western Hemisphere, East Asia and the Pacific, and South and Central Asia. Host countries are studied carefully as part of each curatorial process and exhibition design.
Waddell’s expansive, thickly painted and mysterious canvases are rooted in his love for the Montana landscape he calls home. He has been described as one of America’s strongest painters. Bordering on the abstract, Waddell’s frozen fields, horses and cattle establish their own private worlds against heavy, rolling skies and thick pastures. Namingha’s powerful landscapes and abstracts are infused with Hopi symbolism; he is from the Tewa-Hopi tribe. His work blows me away—as does Waddell’s, but Namingha is relatively new to me, and I get lost in his paintings. His work, it is said, commands “unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry, the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity….yet allows us only a guarded glimpse of his sacred traditions; the spirit messengers, the kachinas representing blessings, ancestors and cloud people … ” He paints in the color of the desert, sun, mesas—-and Waddell paints in the blue, cool whites and faded flax grass of his mountains.
Cayuse Western Americana has “the best Valentine’s Day gift ever!” Western jewelry artisan Jack Walker will be on hand, with new work, at Cayuse on Friday, February 10, sharing an opening (champagne & chocolates!) reception with all visitors from 5-8:00 pm. For information, call 307.739.1940 or log onto www.cayusewa.com.
Artists MARI ANDREWS and RAKUKO NAITO will attend the opening reception for their new exhibitions at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery on Friday, February 10, 5-8:00 pm. For more information and a description of the show, click here. www.tayloepiggottgallery.com