Meet artist Holly Roberts at the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango Oct. 7

Open Shutter Gallery to host an artist reception for Holly Roberts, with refreshments, at 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, October 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
VENUE: Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., Durango, Colorado.
OPENING HOURS: 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. Mon – Sat
EXHIBITION DATES: Fox Dreaming, September 16 to November 30, 2016.

"Mimbres Man" - Holly Roberts

“Mimbres Man” – Holly Roberts

Durango, CO: Holly Roberts transforms photographs with paint, telling symbolic narratives that reference the landscapes and cultures of the southwest where she lives. Join us Friday, October 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the chance to meet Holly Roberts during an artist reception at the Open Shutter Gallery, the night before her workshop at the Durango Arts Center.

On display at the gallery for her new exhibition Fox Dreaming are more than two dozen original works, including two exceptional and large pieces, a cowboy fashioned of collaged photographs and the nearly life size diptych, Mimbres Man.

Mimbres Man, the largest piece in the show, seamlessly incorporates flower petals, paint, photographs, and texture. The petals, suspended in a sea of white, create a backdrop for the dark shape of Mimbres Man. Swirling patterns cut through his shape, suggesting aerial photographs of ancient geoglyphs. This exquisite piece must be seen in person.

Also on display is a triptych made up of three smaller paint and photography collages. This quiet collection depicts a black tree with crows perched in its silhouetted branches, all awash in faded yellow.

Roberts collection of collaged images combine paint and photography to create narratives that are more metaphoric than literal. The people, animals, and landscapes of the Southwest inspire her work, and her subjects are “usually awkward, somewhat threatening, and most often a little lonely,” Roberts says.

She works intuitively to create images exploring themes of environmental degradation, spiritual meaning, religious extremism, aging, and modern stress and anxiety. “The large concerns in my life are at the core of my work.”

Accompanying the show, and adding valuable insights into her long career are two of Roberts’ books: her first book, Holly Roberts: Untitled 50, $21, and her third book Holly Roberts: Works 2000-2009, $50. Roberts’ second book, Holly Roberts: Works 1989-1999, is currently out of print and has a limited availability.

The event is free and open to the public. During the artist reception, we’ll serve wine and light hors devours while you enjoy meeting Holly Roberts and seeing her one-of-a-kind art in person!

About Holly Roberts:

Holly Roberts creates works of art by combining paint and photographs. She earned her M.F.A. from Arizona State University and has two books published by Nazraeli Press. She lives and works in New Mexico, and teaches workshops around the country. Roberts will lead a workshop October 8 at the Durango Arts Center, in Durango, Colorado.


Media: Contact Rachel Shockley at [email protected] and 970-382-8355 with questions and for more information. Images to accompany this release must be credited Holly Roberts. Editorial license only.

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Open Shutter Gallery
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO


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