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Artists of the Week : Flo Hosa Dougherty and Amy Hosa share unique artistic visions

May 4, 2014

By S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

May 04--LAS CRUCES -- Amy Hosa and her mom Flo Hosa Dougherty have been making beautiful art side by side since Amy's childhood.

They'll share their unique perspectives in "Desert and Coast: Two Visions/Two People, Connections and Contrast," opening with an artists' reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Unsettled Gallery, 405 N. Mesquite St.

The dynamic duo often share a similar palette of rich, earthy tones, along with an articulate reverence for nature. But their approach, media and style differ.

Dougherty offered a free, loving and nurturing artistic environment for her daughter when she was growing up. Hosa is now based in Northern California, where she is an exhibit designer for the San Francisco Maritime Historical Park, after a career as a graphic designer and illustrator. She works primarily in watercolor.

Dougherty, who has lived in Las Cruces since 1998, has been a high school art teacher and an illustrator whose creations include award-winning children's books. She has worked in a variety of styles and in several media, including oil, gouache, watercolor, collage and other multimedia forms. She has opened her signature Blue Gate Gallery in locations from Williamsburg, N.M., to downtown Las Cruces. The current Blue Gate Gallery is located at 4901 N. Chagar Road at the intersection of Taylor Road and North Valley Drive, where she will show "works in progress" during the North Valley Loop Gallery Tour from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and by appointment by calling 575-523-2950.

"A lot of people ask the question about 'rivalry.' Mom quickly replies, 'No, while I say, 'Mmm, yes.' While Mom likes to think that there isn't a rivalry between us, I say there's definitely a friendly rivalry on my part. While we've never competed outright for a prize against each other, that has never stopped me from comparing my composition and brushstroke to hers to see who got it best -- this time," Hosa says in an artist's statement for the show.

Dougherty has another view.

"I don't think there was ever a rivalry. I think we're always surprised and delighted at what each other is doing. She has always has been her own person. She may have been influenced by me, but she was always kind of independent, saying, 'No, let me do it,'" said Dougherty, who provided Amy with all kinds of art supplies -- but no coloring books -- and encouraged her daughter to think outside the box and color wherever and however the spirit moved her.

Their artistic camaraderie has continued in adulthood.

"Some people gather their thoughts before a sit-down conversation. Instead, mom and I gather deckled paper and colors in tubes. With paint brushes in hand, we sit and talk to each other 'between the lines' as we fill in their shadows and form," Hosa said.

The mom and daughter have had several two-women shows together.

"I haven't been keeping track, but at least eight or ten," Dougherty said.

And although they live in separate places, they connect by painting the same scene at the same time during their visits.

"This selection of paintings represents what I call 'painting in each other's backyards.' Mom and I paint when we visit each other -- literally in each other's backyards. Sometimes we come up with similar images that figuratively fit into each other's 'backyards' through color, form, or subject matter, although we've painted them while world's apart," Hosa said.

Unsettled Gallery owner Catherine Brenner thinks it will be interesting to see their differences, and similarities, of the paintings of the same scenes.

"They're both very strong people and very nice people," she said.

The artistic Mother's Day celebration will be enhanced by some contributions from Dougherty's son Bob Hosa, too, as part of the "Clothesline Project," a special addition to the exhibit.

"To carry that witness of artistic kinship further, locals have been asked to share their familial connected talents with combinations of mothers and fathers with like talented sons or daughters by submitting a page about it. The page should be 8 1/2 by 11 inches and may include several photos of works and a commentary about the work and the relationship and quotes about the parent's influence on the child. The art can include paintings or other work such as pottery, fibers, quilts, sculpture, jewelry, literature, photography and other media. The pages will be hung on a clothesline during the exhibit," Dougherty said.

Artists who would like to be part of the parent and child "Clothesline Project" should contact Dougherty today (the deadline for participation) at 575-523-2950.

The joint exhibition will continue through May 31 at Unsettled Gallery, 905 N. Mesquite St. Hosa and Dougherty issued a special invitation to make the show "part of your Mother's Day celebration this year." Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment at 575-635-2285.

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.


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