Tag: Sara D’Alessandro

  • “From The Ground Up XXIX”

    Every two years we ceramic artists get the opportunity to enter what is arguably the biggest ceramic exhibition held in our state. This year’s iteration was “From the Ground Up XXIX.” This show is held in Las Cruces at the Museum of Art in conjunction with the Las Cruces Potter’s Guild. While this show is held in New Mexico it’s a regional one and is open to all ceramic artists that reside in the Mountain Time Zone. The fact that it’s held every other year also adds to its status.

    [caption id="attachment_3469" align="aligncenter" width="800"] BEST-IN-SHOW-CINDY-WADDELL-EXCELLENCE-IN-CERAMICS-Desert-Dance-by-Suzanne-Kane-of-Las-Cruces-NM[/caption]


    The juror for the “From the Ground Up” shows are also recognized artists. This year’s juror was Naomi Clement. She is a young Canadian artist and educator who explores ideas of home and belonging through functional ceramics. She received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2017, and her B.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University in 2003. Naomi has participated in residencies, given lectures and workshops, and exhibited her work across Canada and the United States. She recently served as a board member for the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine.

    The exhibition opened Friday, August 2, and will run through Saturday, October 19. This show featured over 60 pieces by 38 regional artists, including 5 members of the NMPCA: Jan Archey, Jacquita Beddo, Sara D’Alessandro, Hebe Garcia, Judy Nelson-Moore, and Margarita Paz-Pedro.

    [caption id="attachment_3482" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Judy Nelson-Moore Desert Cache[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3474" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Judy Nelson-Moore Blue Bone[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_3483" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sara D'Alessandra[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3478" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Margarita Paz-Pedro[/caption]

    As a tribute to a long time member of the Las Cruces Potter’s Guild that passed away recently, the “Best in Show” award was changed to the “Cindy Waddell Excellence in Ceramics” award and was taken by a piece called “Desert Dance” by Suzanne Kane of Las Cruces, NM. First place went to “Akin” by Stephanie Seguin of Carbondale, CO. Second place was awarded to “Certain Knowledge” by Vincent Burke of El Paso, Texas. Third Place went to “Conversationes en Silencio IV” by Hebe Garcia, one of our own. Honorable Mention went to “Rabbit Ruminations” by Jacquita Beddo, also a member of the NMPCA. Honorable Mentions also went to “Genevra” by Caroline Brooke of Roswell, and “Expectations, Desires and Responsibilities” by Dina Edens-Perlaxca of El Paso, TX. The Functional award went to “3 Sided Jar” by Adam LeFebvre of Ogden, UT. The “Aaron Gara” award was taken by “Blue & Red Mug with Yellow Liner” by Sarah DeBerry of Austin, TX.

    [caption id="attachment_3470" align="aligncenter" width="216"] FIRST PLACE Akin by Stephanie Seguin Carbondale CO[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3471" align="aligncenter" width="279"] SECOND PLACE Certain-Knowledge by Vincent Burke of El Paso TX[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_3463" align="aligncenter" width="300"] THIRD PLACE Conversationes en silencio by Hebe Garcia of Abiquiu, NM[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3464" align="aligncenter" width="205"] HONORABLE MENTION Rabbit Ruminations Jacquita Beddo Abiquiu, NM[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_3465" align="aligncenter" width="248"] HONORABLE MENTION Genevra by Caroline Brooke of Roswell, NM[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3466" align="aligncenter" width="300"] HONORABLE MENTIONExpectations Desires and Responsibilities by Dina Edens Perlaxca of El Paso, TX[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_3467" align="aligncenter" width="255"] FUNCTIONAL AWARD-3-Sided Jar by Adam LeFebvre of Ogden, UT[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3468" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AARON GARA AWARD Blue Red Mug with Yellow Liner Sarah DeBerry of Austin,TX[/caption]


    Once again the NMPCA made a good showing and I think it speaks to the quality of the artists involved with this organization that out of the 38 artists that got through the jury process 5 of them were members of the NMPCA. Then out of 60 or so pieces in the show 2 of the awards went to NMPCA members. I was intrigued further by the fact that both of those artists were from the tiny little village of Abiquiu.

  • “Clay Bosque” – Festive Opening for NMPCA Juried Show

    “Clay Bosque” – Festive Opening for NMPCA Juried Show by Kim Louise Glidden   Unique to New Mexico is the “bosque” (Spanish for woodland), the focus for New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists first juried show since the 1990’s.  Hosted in the beautifully spacious gallery at Albuquerque’s  Open Space Visitor Center, “Resonations in Clay – Life on the Bosque” opened on… Continue reading "“Clay Bosque” – Festive Opening for NMPCA Juried Show"

  • Report on the Anita Field’s Workshop

    Report on the Anita Field’s Workshop by  Sara Lee D’Alessandro, member Having attended the Anita Fields workshop at the Ghost Ranch, it may be helpful to those who have considered participating in a workshop for me to give a report of the experience.  Anita Fields was open, very interesting as a person and sage in conveying her Osage culture as… Continue reading "Report on the Anita Field’s Workshop"

  • Earth Tongues

    A Sense of Being Inhabited Recently installed in the courtyard of Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitors Center,  Earth Tongues could be said to fall into the category of statuary.  Common availability of statuary today is usually of a representational figure – many, many, many copies cast in concrete, derivative of some idea of the antiquities meant to be displayed outside on the… Continue reading "Earth Tongues"

  • Celebration of Clay “Light & Shadow” Show

    Abiquiu Inn and NMPCA Present Celebration of Clay:  Light and Shadow by Phil Green The 2017 Celebration of Clay exhibit held it’s opening reception Saturday, July 1, at the beautiful Abiquiu Inn in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  This exhibition is sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Ceramic Artists organization to promote ceramics as art and to provide visibility for the… Continue reading "Celebration of Clay “Light & Shadow” Show"

  • “Confrontations” A focus on the medium of clay as thought provoker

    The choice of “Confrontations”, for the theme for New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists’ annual Celebration of Clay exhibition, shifts the paradigm to focus on the medium of clay as thought provoker and away from the paradigm of function.  The tradition of fired clay in human history is long and essential.   An easily accessed material, ubiquitous around the globe, is… Continue reading "“Confrontations” A focus on the medium of clay as thought provoker"