Monday, January 09, 2017

City offers Free Public Workshops Breaking the Block: Artists Confront Creative Obstacles December 16, 2016 – March 3, 2017

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission will present three public programs as part of, “Breaking The Block,” an exhibit that explores the process and tools artists use to overcome creative blocks.  All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are FREE and open to the public.  For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email

Portals of DepartureOpening to the Creative New
Wednesday, January 18th, 5-7 pm in the Community Gallery

This conversation is an opportunity for artists to listen to their creative voices and embrace the new path awaiting them.  Join a roundtable conversation with gallery owner Karla Winterowd.  Engage in discussions on navigating through artistic change (inner and outer) from a gallery owner perspective.

Karla Winterowd, owner of Winterowd Fine Art, is an advisor to both artists and collectors, drawing upon her significant experience as gallery director and art aficionado, with a special interest in contemporary art. Winterowd’s knowledge and life-long passion for art and the creative process began early, with degrees in studio art and art history, and studies abroad.

It's Never Too Late: Becoming an Artist in Mid-Life
Wednesday, February 8, 5-7 pm in the Community Gallery

Bruce Warren Davis and Jami Porter Lara will discuss how many people find a second career in the arts after a successful career in another, sometimes unrelated field.  Warren Davis and Porter Lara will challenge the notion that artistic talent is something you must be "born with," and will discuss why age and experience may be your greatest assets to becoming an artist later in life. 

Bruce Warren Davis is an artist and architect whose work is rooted in the basic matter of physical structures and spaces.  As an architect he has completed hundreds of projects across the Southwest.  In 2012 he turned his attention to art, working both with discrete objects and more diffuse installations, sometimes collaborating with other artists.  He has shown at 516 Arts, South Broadway Cultural Center and Richard Levy Gallery, all in Albuquerque.

Jami Porter Lara is a conceptual artist whose approach to making remains deeply tied to her concern with cultural inheritances, ethics, and citizenship in the natural world. Her work is widely collected and has been featured in CFile, American Art Collector, Hyperallergic, and on PBS. Recent exhibitions include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2017 her solo exhibition Border Crossing will be presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She is represented by Central Features Contemporary Art in Albuquerque, Peters Projects in Santa Fe, and Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts in San Francisco.

The Silent Conversation:  Methods for Artists to Overcome the Creative Block   
Saturday, February 11, 1-3 pm in the Community Gallery

Ariana Lombardi’s workshop aims to create a space and a dialogue that allows participants to produce a work of art from silent discourse. It is dialogue wherein participants communicate without speaking. They are asked to write down answers to questions and thoughts and work to develop a text from what is written. This encourages artists to discover how poetry (or art) can be made through divergence and then collection of a stream of thought. Through this process artists are deprived of traditional communication methods, creating a deeper, more meaningful internal exchange that can inform their creative process.

Ariana Lombardi is a writer, artist and teacher. Her website, Home is a Lonely Hunter ( is a virtual think-space wherein she houses her artistic endeavors, ideas of home, collaborations, and of course, her writing. Lombardi produces, The Salon, and is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of KNACK Magazine. She is a member of Strangers Collective, based in Santa Fe, NM. Her written works have been published in That’s PRD, The Laurel Review, Pasatiempo, and The Essential Guide. She currently lives in Guangzhou, China. 

All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are free and open to the public.  For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission (SFAC), an agency within the municipal government of the City of Santa Fe, provides leadership by and for City government in supporting arts and cultural affairs.  The SFAC also recommends programs and policies that develop, sustain and promote artistic excellence in the community.  For more information contact the SFAC at 505-955-6707, email, or by fax 505-955-6671.

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