“Oils and pastels” continues at the gallery of the arts council

By Mike Cook

A show called “Oil and Pastels” continues until Monday, June 29 at the Arts and Culture Center of the Arts Council of Doña Ana (DAAC), 840 Calle de Mercado.

The participating artists are Silvia Saenz Sierra, Mark Morden and Storm Sermay.

Here are the biographies of the participating artists, of each artist:

  • Silvia Saenz SierraHer interest in pastel and oil painting began over 30 years ago when she enrolled in a course at New Mexico State University while pursuing a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. As other priorities entered her life, such as family and work, oil and pastel painting moved to the fringes of her daily life, but not of her consciousness. Four years ago Sierra met artist Rick Rotante from Raven Studio and with her training and guidance, Silvia has enjoyed learning and exploring oil painting as well as pastel. During her training with Rodante, Sierra had the pleasure of venturing into her own artistic quest for pastel painting as a medium ranging from hard to soft to the alluring beauty of oil paintings which guided her. towards a deep level of self-expression. She enjoys painting portraits, vintage cars and landscapes. In search of light and dark contrast in her everyday landscapes, she finds inspiration for a joyful creative process that she calls art.
  • Mark Morden is a retired Pacific Northwest architect who moved to Las Cruces in 2018. He received a BA from the University of Oregon in 1980. In addition to architecture, Morden studied pastels and drawing in school. During his architectural career, Morden channeled his artistic endeavors into the folding of fine art paper. He created a number of original pieces and participated in exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest. Two major international exhibitions included his works: ORIGAMI MASTERWORKS – Innovative Forms in the Art of Paperfolding, 2003, at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego (Morden’s piece “United We Stand (1000 Cranes)” is now part of the permanent collection of the museum), and Masters of Origami, 2005, at the Hanger-7 gallery in Salzburg, Austria (Morden had two pieces included in the exhibition). Since moving to Las Cruces, Morden has been able to develop his drawing and pastel painting skills. Due to his long-standing interest in architecture, most of his painting subjects are the built environment. Its goal is to capture light and shadow as well as the design and composition of the room. Morden also draws and paints portraits and includes figures in his drawing work. Morden studied for approximately 18 months with Rick Rotante at the Raven Art Gallery and Studio. The DAAC exhibition is the first exhibition of his pastels.
  • Born in New York and raised in Florida, Storm Sermay has lived in New Mexico for 46 years. His photography began in 2008 after taking classes at Mesilla Digital Imaging in Las Cruces and photo workshops in Santa Fe in the United States and abroad. She works in black and white as well as in color. She also produces hand-colored photographs in pencil and pastel. She enjoys street photography and has also photographed landscapes and seascapes extensively in the western United States. Sermay says the intention of these photos is to capture the atmosphere and emotional feeling of the place rather than a specific travel location. Locally, she is active with the Border Artists, a 20-member group (by invitation) comprising painters, sculptors, photographers, metal and stone workers, printmakers and mixed media artists. . As a member of the Doña Ana Photography Club, she has presented programs and taught numerous photography workshops.

DAAC is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Karen S. Conley, DAAC Program Manager, at 575-523-6403 and [email protected] Visit www.daarts.org.

Norma D. Ross