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Group awards charitable artists

August 31, 2014

Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

Aug. 31--The Albuquerque Art Business Association, for the seventh year, is honoring area artists who have excelled in the arts and have given back to their communities.

This year eight outstanding artists have been named Local Treasures. They are Marilyn Drake, George Howard Hayes III, Reg Loving, Pam Lujan-Hauer, Marcia Newren, Augustine Romero, Dianna Shomaker and Mary Sundstrom-Gramer.

In addition, the President's Award will go to architect Bart Prince for creating extraordinary livable art. The awards ceremony will be held next Sunday.

Drake is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and has served as newsletter editor, website manager and exhibition chairwoman. She is a past president of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Her work can be seen at Purple Sage Galeria in Old Town.

Hayes is a prolific artist who contributes to the local art community. Largely self taught, his work is described as realistic yet fanciful and mystical. He has contributed numerous paintings for auction at charitable events and has donated time and service to New Mexico AIDS Services, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and galleries who represent him.

Loving has been a mainstay of the New Mexico art scene since 1974. Many think of him as an abstract expressionist painter, but in recent years he has focused on a landscape theme. His work is in corporate collections and the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Museum. He served as a member of the Bernalillo County Public Art Board for six years from 2004-2010. His work can be seen at Sumner and Dene Gallery in Downtown Albuquerque.

Lujan-Hauer is a potter from Taos Pueblo who lives in Albuquerque. She is a strong proponent of traditional micaceous pottery, making her pots the way she learned from her aunts in Taos. She has taught children and adults at the University of New Mexico and the Harwood Art Center. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" series. Her work can be seen at Wrights Indian Art, where there will be an artist's reception in October.

Newren was a professional archaeologist involved in excavations in the Southwest, Mexico and Canada, culminating in research on small sites in Chaco Canyon. As a glass artist for more than 20 years she has carried forward some of the environmental concerns that stem from her prehistoric reconstruction. Her innovations in kiln-worked glass have been widely recognized and she has spent numerous hours giving help to beginning kiln workers. She was nominated for the Corning Award from Pilchuck Glass School (an institution founded by Dale Chihuly). She resides in Corrales. Her work can be seen at Weyrich Gallery, where there will be a First Friday ARTcrawl reception on Friday, Sept. 5.

Romero is the gallery curator for the city of Albuquerque, overseeing the South Broadway Cultural Center and KiMo Theatre galleries. As a curator he has been generous with his time and expertise in helping artists and arts organizations prepare for an present meaningful exhibition. He is an artist in his own right, having received a master's degree in sculpture from New York University. Before moving to New Mexico he taught at Parsons School of Design and participated in numerous New York exhibitions. He will be honored with a reception at SE-OC Right Brain Gallery on Oct. 3.

Shomaker has been a public-health nurse, a university professor, a researcher, a dean and an anthropologist. Through it all she has been an artist. She works in acrylic, oil, encaustic, ink and torn paper on rag board or canvas. She uses multimedia with the final effects ranging from impressionistic to abstraction. She devotes much of her time to organizations around her. Framing Concepts will host an artist's reception for her on Friday, Sept. 5.

Sundstrom-Gramer is an avid printmaker, illustrator, cut-paper artist and teacher. She has been active in the arts community for more than 30 years, exhibiting her work around the world while teaching and mentoring aspiring artists. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of New Mexico, advanced studies from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and has done graduate studies in museum practices at UNM. She has illustrated 18 children's books and an Audubon field guide series as well as numerous exhibit illustrations for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. She is the 2006 recipient of the Rachel Allen Printmaking Fellowship at New Grounds and continues her printmaking there today. She has a solo show opening at New Grounds Gallery on Friday, Sept. 5.

Prince is an internationally known architect who opened his Albuquerque offices in 1973. He is known for creating remarkable residences. His style is called "organic" and it is unconventional. He named Frank Lloyd Wright as an inspiration but notes that Einstein, Picasso and Debussy also exemplify what it means to be creative.

If you go

WHAT: Local Treasures awards ceremony

WHEN: 1-3 p.m.Sept. 7

WHERE: Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, 2000 Mountain NW



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