April 4, 2017
Have you ever found yourself in a far-flung city exploring museums and art galleries and feeling inspired and creative?

Exploring the David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; a recommended “must do” for any art lover or explorer from Santa Fe Selection. © Loving the Suite Life
Matthew Penkala, I Can't Breathe with You Looking at Me, 2013, Acrylic on canvas stretched panel, 48" x 48"
Lilly Fenichel, Color Geometric Study E, 1976, Acrylic ink on gessoed panel, 30" x 40"

Take it a step farther, and waltz into the studio of an acclaimed artist for an afternoon, or observing a storied craftsman while he makes his art, is the perfect addition to any vacation as well as a great way to disconnect for business travelers. While your emotions are raw and vulnerable in a new city or a distant location, art is the perfect way to connect with your soul.

A unique place to tap into your artistic side is the “Body as Brush” workshop at the Sunrise Springs Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tapping into your raw emotions in a safe and trusting environment allows you to identify your unique feelings and move yourself into an positive energetic state while releasing negative vibes.

Using my body as my brush, I learned to move the brush from my hips, which connected the energy I was releasing to all points of my body as the brush moved the Sumi Ink across the paper. I was asked to pick an emotion or a feeling; I chose frustration, and then I was guided by Diane Chase, on how to incorporate my body, brush, breath, words, and vision into my painting.

The release of emotion from your body to the brush is incredible, and in a few short moments, a piece of artwork is created.

For those that don’t want to actually make art themselves or take an art class while on vacation, you can still tap into your creative side by visiting an artists studio, and seeing something, such as a beautiful cypress wooden bowl as pictured above, being made from scratch.

An artists studio provides a safe haven and a place for spiritual wellness. Watching an artist create something and their transformation during the creation will inspire anyone that is present.

Georgio Romani’s woodworking shop just outside his home in Tuscany is no exception. Getting the opportunity to watch him turn a block of wood into a gorgeous bowl or cutting board will be enough to get your creative juices flowing.

If you’ve inspired yourself enough to create a masterpiece while you are on the road, look for an “open studio” with a local artist to guide you. While not a typical vacation activity, the opportunity to jump into the studio of a local artist and actually work with them to create something will allow you to explore your soul and gain confidence.

Jumping into an “open studio” session at Lauren Mantecón’s studio in Santa Fe involves more than art, and includes a some wine, a la liquid courage to delve into your emotions, and some artisanal chocolate to boost your senses.

Lauren guides you through the two hour session and helps you to present your feelings on paper, and create a masterpiece that is unique from a variety of mediums including paint, chalk, pencil, and pastels.

Just when you think you are done, she guides you through further exploratory, and continually creates an environment where you are safe to experiment with colors, shapes, feelings, and more.

If letting your inner emotions play out on paper is too much for you to handle, make reservations at a hotel with an art gallery inside of it. Spend some time enjoying the installments and letting the art inspire you. Many galleries, like the Buffalo Thunder Collection of Art at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder, use Geotourist, an app that allows you to self-guide yourself through their extensive art collection.

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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