Thursday, July 8, 2010

Enjarre: Vintage & Contemporary Photographs of San Francisco de Asis Church

The first exhibit for 2010 at Two Graces Gallery features photographs by local artists Cris Pulos, Lenny Foster, Doug Yeager, Gak Stonn & Paula Valentine. This exhibition was timed to coincide with the re-mudding of the Church itself called the enjarre, an annual springtime event to scrape off the old crumbling adobe and plaster with mud and straw. As we are located in the shadow of this great icon I felt it quite fitting that we would honor the San Francisco de Asis Church in this way. People have been taking photographs of this structure since they started coming here with cameras for almost 100 years. The ever changing light, the clouds and the seasons all make this a photographers greatest challenge.
Local photographer Cris Pulos took this photo around 2AM during the full moon, it's richer and darker in real life. He has created an image that reflects Ranchos de Taos as a small village at the center of which is the great San Francisco de Asis Church.
Doug Yeager & Rchard Fallon images above, Doug's photo is the one which appears as sepia toned, my favorite images of Churches are always of the windows.
Here are 2 images by Lenny Foster, the green glow is caused from the street lights at night, the central image here is taken from a bird's eye view, Mr. Foster rented a 'cherry picker' for this great shot. The other is a vintage study by Philip Traeger.
Cris Pulos, Ranchos 1974 by Sean Kernan, and again Lenny Foster.
2 of Cris Pulos images
3 of Cris Pulos images, the color & B&W photographs side by side are wonderful together creating a great dynamic.
3 vintage photos in a row courtesy of Gallery LouLou, Santa Fe, along with Gak Stonn's hand painted giclee shown here above the window. The Gallery also has prints of this image by Gak.
3 images by Taos photographer Paula Valentine, there are days when I see Ms. Valentine everywhere I go, always with camera in hand.
This exhibition was given a featured story in the June 3 issue of Taos News, in the Tempo arts section. The exhibit has been on view in the gallery June 4 - July 13, 2010.
Pricing starts at $5.99 for a small Note Card size print of the Stonn panorama and $11.99 for a poster of this image, or $9.99 for a Note Card sized Lenny Foster "The Prayer of Saint Francis", these are all suitable for framing.
For pricing of framed artwork please contact the gallery at or 575-758-4639
Two Graces Gallery would also like to acknowledge the help and support of these galleries which have loaned artwork and artists to this exhibit: Gallery LouLou of Santa Fe, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Living Light Gallery both of Taos, thank you, R

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