Placitas artists have been facing a dilemma. While this past year has been a grand time for making art, it provided few opportunities for artists to share their efforts with the general public. The 2020 Placitas Studio Tour was canceled because of Covid-19 New Mexico Department of Health restrictions, leaving studios full to overflowing with art. The annual Studio Tour, traditionally scheduled for Mother’s Day in May has been postponed to August 28 – 29, 2021. In addition, these past few months have also seen a delay in the completion of the library’s new exhibition space, the Gracie Lee Community Room, which, at this writing, is not yet open to the public.
But the Placitas Community Library’s art committee has jumped to the rescue! April 9 will see the virtual unveiling of the Gracie Lee Room’s Inaugural Exhibition, a collaboration between the Placitas Studio Tour artists of 2020 and the PCL’s ongoing commitment to promoting the visual arts. More than 30 of the artists who had signed up for the 2020 Tour are represented in this blockbuster display of works including fiber art, painting, collage, jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, and so much more. The online gallery offers a first-rate opportunity to preview the works that will be displayed on those new walls as soon as construction is completed.
Visitors to www.PCLART.com and, before long, to the library itself, can thank Nancy Holley, PST coordinator, for her dual role in planning the 2021 Studio Tour while at the same time organizing 2020 artists’ submissions for the library exhibition. Her art committee partners welcomed her enthusiasm and endless patience as the original exhibition dates slipped from February to April. Thanks as well to Mara Levy who has once again assembled a virtual gallery that offers an opportunity to see and purchase objects in the exhibition with 25% of all sales benefiting the library. No need to wait until the doors to the Gracie Lee Room formally open; visit the gallery from the comfort of your home and reserve your art purchases today.
Look for announcements from the library and this publication for further information regarding the official opening of the Inaugural Exhibition in the actual (as opposed to virtual) gallery and community room.