May 30, 2015
The Artist's Toolkit: New Mexico Artists at Work -June 4-10, 2015


Santa Fe, NM— A palette adorned with every color of the rainbow, a box full of frazzled brushes, and a color wheel featuring popular hues from another era. They’re beautiful fragments from New Mexico’s past, and time portals that offer rich revelations about the artists who used them. In collaboration with Santa Fe’s SUMMER OF COLOR, Matthews Gallery will exhibit rare studio artifacts and artwork from legendary artists in THE ARTIST'S TOOLKIT: New Mexico Artists at Work, running June 4-10. Featured artists include Tommy Macaione, Alfred Morang, John McHugh, William Lumpkins, Doris Cross, Hilaire Hiler and more.

“For SUMMER OF COLOR, we’re excited to reveal the tools New Mexico’s most treasured artists used to conceptualize, mix and apply different hues,” says Lawrence Matthews, gallery owner. “Showing these never-before-seen artifacts with the artwork that they created will be a rare and invigorating experience.”

Highlights from the exhibition include a paint palette from Tommy Macaione, handwritten notes on color by Alfred Morang and a box of paintbrushes from John McHugh. Each artifact will appear with an accompanying artwork.

“Many of these artists kept studios on Canyon Road during their careers, just down the street from the gallery. We’re keeping our eye out for ghosts as well,” says Matthews with a wink. The exhibition runs June 4-10, with a reception on Friday, June 5 from 5-7 pm.

Santa Fe’s leading cultural institutions and galleries gathered forces to create the SUMMER OF COLOR, a series of exhibitions, events and lectures that celebrate the colorful culture of the City Different.

Learn more on our exhibition page, and follow us on Facebook for updates on the show.

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