SEED3 Art Show & Tell

This year’s SEED3 show took place during an exciting cold spell in Taos that brought a reported 9 inches of snow up on the Taos Ski Mountain. All those in attendance wisely wore plenty of warm layers of clothes. It was like a scene from another season, but I guess Taos folks are prepared for such inconveniences and so the opening was well attended. The seed-themed food was both beautiful (in a seed kind of way) and tasty and seem to disappear quickly.

This is a detail from a mixed media painting by Katie Woodall, who is one of the core of four seedettes who plan and organize all year to make this event happen. I am a big fan of her work. The name of the piece: Unfolding FIVE.

This is one of Mandy Stapleford’s many ceramic pieces, part of the group that hung on the wall, painted ceramic, the “Specimen Series.” Mandy is one of the originators of the concept of the SEED show three years ago.

Titled “Mysterious Burst” this handmade cast paper installation was created for the show by Stephanie Lerma and piled in a corner. For me it was the kind of art that was surely open to interpretation. It brought up a lot of images for me, raising more questions than answers.

Here’s another large and tantalizing piece by the same artist, Stephanie Lerma. She used handmade paper, beeswax and hollyhock seeds to create “Midnight in a Field of Flowers.”

These are my two Seed Quilt paintings, mixed media–collage and oil with encaustic on cradled birch panels.

I was able to catch this nice photo of Sybille Palmer standing in front of a part of her ambitious project, “Thirteen Endangered Plants of New Mexico.” Images of each of the 13 were printed on silk organza then mounted on cotton from India. The pieces were connected with supporting sticks and draped up the walls and across the ceiling. The end panels had lists of world-wide endangered plants. You can see the banner coming down on the opposite wall in the previous photo of my work.

Outside in the courtyard Matt Adams created this sculpture he named Cladobe Podster. Its ingredients are listed as wood, lathe, adobe clay, nylon fiber, oxides and acrylic admixture. I took this just as the sun was getting low in the west, with just enough light to accentuate the evocative shapes.

This photo shows off a couple of things. First the fiber art (crocheted jute) of Maria Hwang Levy. I believe this one is named “While with Quinn.” At the upper end of the photo you can see the entrance to the back room reserved for the educational part of SEED3, the Seed Exploratorium. Mondays are for visitors from local schools whose trips are organized as part of the show’s three-week venue.

And here’s an actual child demonstrating what it’s like to take seeds and grind them up into cereal-sized bits in the Seed Exploratorium. She seemed to be enjoying the task. I was introduced to her so learned her name is Camille, and she is the daughter of one of the artists in the show, Conrad Cooper.

Since this is a blog and not an official report of this show I have left out a lot of worthy art and a lot of names among the 16 artists who worked to make this event happen. For myself it was a joy and an honor to be a part of this year’s show.

I couldn’t leave out this photo of one of the food dishes contributed by artist Sybille Palmer. There were other artistic offerings of seed-related food but this took the prize. And yes, I had one of the tasty morsels even though it looked too beautiful to eat.