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August 15-31, 2014

Art in Aztec - featuring Aztec artists

Feat of Clay Artists’ Co-op in Aztec will be hosting a special Featured Artist Show every August. The show will spotlight the artists living in the towns and cities located in and around San Juan County. The first of these series of shows is Art in Aztec! This show will feature various artists who live in Aztec, NM.
The show will take place between three galleries: Feat of Clay, Teasyatwho Gallery, and Crash Music, all on Main Avenue in Aztec. The show opening will take place on Friday, August 22 from 5:00pm-7:00PM with opening receptions at all three galleries. Deb Fisher, a batik artist will also be giving a batik demo on Saturday, August 23 at the Feat of Clay Gallery from 10AM-12 Noon.
Artists included in Art in Aztec!
Dale Latta, Toni Trosky, Pip Howard, Jessica Polatty, Therese Yanan, Robert Retherford, Deb Fisher, Beth McClure, Sidney Martin, Bonnie Adams, Tirzah Camacho, Diana Luck, Lou Mancel, Zack Pettijohn, and Jeannie Malandro.
Dale Latta: Figurative Neo-Expressionism. Using expressionist techniques, I make paintings of people from candid photographs. Spontaneity, movement, color, and the fluid qualities of paint are important elements in my work.
Robert Retherford's art focuses on nature scenes, and he tries to convey a sense of the sacred in his work. He has been painting in oils since 2005, and opened his law office in Aztec in 2006. These two areas combined a couple of years ago when he ran out of wall space at home. Today, Robert offers prints of his paintings and an eclectic collection of works in his office on Chaco Street, where he practices general civil work with a focus on estate-planning, Social Security disability, collections, and child welfare law.
Sidney Martin - Sidney Martin is a young artist who enjoys thinking outside the box. He was born in Farmington New Mexico in 1998. Sidney grew up in a home that valued art. As a child, Sidney was always creating something. He made his first art sale at a craft show at the age of 5. Currently he enjoys working in clay, wood, metal and encaustics, but he’s always willing to take on a new medium! He enjoys working with his hands and is inspired by his ability to transform raw materials into a piece of art. His art reveals his humor and his passion for design and form. He hopes you enjoy his work
As a teenager, Lou Mancel learned the basics of Navajo style silver-smithing. In 2000, she put aside her oil painting when she realized that silver and gemstones are the media that allow her to “get the ideas in my head out in a form that is right for me.” Lou uses both faceted and cabochon stones as colors on her pallet. Her jewelry is described as a nature-based subject matter with a focus on geometric designs emphasizing her Celtic background.
Being a voracious learner, her jewelry continues to evolve as new techniques and ideas emerge.
Lou expanded the horizons of her jewelry in 2011, by taking the fine techniques of jewelry making to larger designer wall art. She uses stones, intricate saw work, stamping, riveting and many types of metals and stones, to push the envelope into bas relief sculpture designs. Many of the ideas portray her Celtic background. “The ability to use other metals besides silver has allowed me to explore the wonders of patina – the coloring of metal using heat and chemicals.” In 2012, Lou started exploring how to add even more colors on metal with the addition of enamels.
Ever changing, ever progressing in her techniques allows Lou to continually create new and different designer jewelry and wall art. You can see more of Lou’s work at, or contact her at for more information.
Join us for this night of Aztec Artists at all three gallery locations in Aztec! The Feat of Clay Artists Co-op Gallery is located at 107 South Main in Aztec with Teasyatwho gallery just doors south and CRASH Music located at the old Aztec Theater.




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