Artist Talk: Six Years Smitten

Six Years Smitten reunites a dynamic range of artists, with over 70 participants in a cumulative exhibition of wearable artworks.  This will be the first long-term exhibition of Smitten Forum participants, and will also reunite several members of this remarkable community.


Every year since 2014, Marissa Saneholtz and Sara Brown have invited a new group of jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for a week. Over six years, the forum expanded in numbers and geographic area to encompass over 70 artists in several states.


Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment, or a crafty piece of performance art. Invitees range from emerging to well-established jewelers who employ a stunning array of mediums and techniques—including casting, computer aided design, found object assemblage, powder coating, tin construction, traditional silversmithing, and welding.



Special Discussion: Andrew Connors | History of Adornment

To kick off The Bench | Southwest Makers Symposium, Andrew Connors leads a special public presentation on the history of adornment in New Mexico.

A Southwest native, Connors studied Art History and Architecture at Yale University. He went on to serve as a curator at several national museums. After being appointed as director of Albuquerque Museum, Connors has curated several stunning exhibitions, including American Jewelry from New Mexico. The exhibition showcased over 300 wearable artworks from prehistory to the present.

Metalsmith Rachel Shimpock will introduce Connors, as well as contemporary jeweler Robert Ebendorf. As an award-winning jeweler and founder of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Ebedorf brings over fifty years of experience to this special presentation. He will discuss how the railway introduced the richness of the crafts in the Southwest to the world beyond.


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Meet the Maestro: John Miller

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“A piece of artwork is a self portrait,” says glass artist John Miller. “It reflects who you are.” Miller came of age eating burgers, hot dogs, and fries at traditional train car diners. He sketched the first work in his famous Blue Plate Special series—glass crinkle cut fries the size of your arm—in a diner in the mid 2000’s. Since then, the series has expanded to include a full menu of traditional American grub. 


“My work is about control and proportion as much as it is about finding new textures and forms,” the internationally exhibited artist says. “I try to find equilibrium between the intensity of glass blowing and the humor which can be found in art and the art making process.”


Miller showcases his work and lectures at form & concept on July 20th as part of Glass Alliance New Mexico’s year-round educational programming. John Miller reflects on his love of the immediacy of glass material and his respect for its demanding properties. With over 30 years of experience, Miller offers an expert perspective on the onerous material with levity and charm. 


John Miller

John Miller has been working in glass for more than 30 years and focuses on blown sculpture. He earned his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has worked at Pilchuck Glass School for 15 years. He exhibits internationally, lectures and demonstrates nationally, and is an assistant professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University. In 1998, he was awarded the C.G.C.A. Fellowship at Wheaton Village.



Glass Alliance New Mexico

Glass Alliance New Mexico is a regional chapter of Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, an organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of Studio Art Glass in New Mexico in order to support and enrich the experience of glass art. Glass Alliance New Mexico educates by supporting educational/instructional classes for anyone interested in creating their own art glass. They also sponsor glass artists’ technical demonstrations, lectures/multimedia programs, and maestro events that showcase both national and international glass artists’ work.

note G | Live Performance by New Mexico Dance Project

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PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 6 pm, performances are at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The gallery will ask for a $10-$25 donation at the door in support of the artists.

“I wanted to challenge myself to construct a machine using two human bodies. I wanted to visually demonstrate what a morphing, a weaving, a coding, even a glitch can look like through movement “ says Scarlett Wynne, the choreographer behind “note G,” a live performance installation exploring the relationship between artificial and organic capacity.

The dance work happens in tandem with form & concept’s Beyond Punch Cards exhibition, which offers unexpected perspectives on the links between technology and textiles. Wynne and her husband, Erik Sampson––the team behind New Mexico Dance Project––perform the 15-minute “note G” twice on July 19, along with a special video installation projected after each performance and an artist Q&A rounding out the evening.

Wynne and Sampson founded New Mexico Dance Project in January of this year. Since launching their project, Wynne and Sampson have taken every opportunity to perform. Open rehearsals and audience talk-backs allow them to connect with the larger community. “The dance industry has maintained a certain separation from its audience, and we wanted to press into that and find opportunities for exploring dance in unique environments that provided more access to our audience,” Sampson explains.

Wynne and Sampson met while studying dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. They soon found that Sampson’s cautious and practical approach to dance balanced Wynne’s tendencies towards creative risk-taking. After graduating, Wynne danced for the Georgia Ballet.
The two then danced for the same company, Uptown Dance Company, in Houston, where they married. They then moved on to Denver, where Wynne danced for Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet and Wonderbound and Sampson worked as an educator. After a short stint in Saint Louis, the pair moved to Santa Fe in late 2018.

New Mexico Dance Project innovatively takes storytelling elements from classical ballet and combines them with raw, experimental forms of human expression found in modern and contemporary dance. In terms of choreography, Wynne sees “note G” as an opportunity for personal growth. “During my choreographic process, I create work specifically to be identifiable, to be human, and to be raw. Note G was a way of stretching myself by exploring material outside my comfort zone and looking at movement from a different perspective.”

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Issue VII Print Release Party | UNUM Magazine

Join UNUM Magazine to celebrate the women of Issue VII: Women of the New Collar Workforce.

Sponsored by Fab Lab Hub, these forward-thinking women use new tools like 3D printing and augmented reality to create and innovate. The print version launch party will be held at form & concept on Thursday evening July 18th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Print issues of the magazine that feature Augmented Reality links will be available for purchase.

The evening will feature a chance to meet a few of the women from the magazine and Mayte Cardenas and Marisa Xochtl Jimenez joining us as guest speakers. We will have light refreshments and bites by DayaSantaFe.

Demonstration | Erik Gellert

“My works are cause and effect relationships in material form,” says artist Erik Gellert. “Their hand rolled nature gives each coil a slight irregularity and a distinction which informs the overall shape and patterns that comprise each work.”


Using hundreds of hand-rolled coils of clay, Gellert carefully layers the ribbons atop each other, creating a thick slab of undulating clay which protrudes and recedes into coral-like forms. The tendrils are then coated with acrylic paint to capture more vivid, varied color schemes than traditional ceramic processes can achieve.


This July, Gellert unravels the techniques, inspirations, and meaning behind his sculptures in a three hour hands-on demonstration in the form & concept atrium. Audience members will interact with and assist Gellert as he manipulates clay cords to form his quintessential sculptures. Alicia Bailey’s workshop on Innovative Folded Book Forms will be presented simultaneously, among the works of Superscript.


Erik Gellert


Erik Gellert is a contemporary ceramicist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Inspired by contradictions, Gellert pairs slabs of clay formed into perfectly squared shapes with wild, rounded coils of clay which protrude and recede across smooth planes. The work’s hand-rolled nature creates a slight irregularity and a distinction which informs the overall shape and patterns that comprise each sculpture.

The Bench | Workshops

The Bench | Southwest Makers Symposium

July 26 – July 29

Are you ready to master the art of soft circuits? Maybe you’re in need of business coaching, photography tips, or insight on the possibilities of reclaimed materials.

Beginning July 26th, The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium offers workshops and over a dozen lectures by prominent names in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing.

We’ve re-opened registration to The Bench  and its exclusive workshops. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

From RAW to Refined: Documenting 2D and 3D artwork with a DSLR

July 25 & July 26, 9 am – 4 pm

This intensive 2-day workshop covers the fundamentals of photographic documentation using a DSLR camera for both 2D and 3D media.

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Soft Circuit Dolls 

July 27, 9 am – 12 pm

Experience the satisfying feeling of creating an electric circuit using conductive threads and fabric that will put a sparkle in someone’s eyes. Led by Nicole Jacquard, participants create an interactive doll using conductive threads and fabrics.


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Sustainable Belt Buckles

July 29 & July 30, 10 am – 4 pm

Learn how to make a unisex piece of jewelry that looks good while holding your pants up! Custom findings appropriate for recycled material buckles will be provided allowing us to incorporate found and recycled materials.

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Business Coaching for Makers

July 29, 9 am – 1 pm

Heidi Lowe provides tools for you to have the most successful year to date. Covers mind reframing techniques, including meditation and visualization, as well as logistics so that you can put into motion the things you want to attract.


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Opening: Summer Show

Every summer since its founding in 2016, form & concept has invited its dynamic team of represented artists to come together for a group exhibition of new works. Each show unites local and far-flung creative voices in a conversation about art, craft and design. form & concept seeks to examine the conceptual lines drawn between such broad categories, and how these distinctions reflect cultural attitudes toward gender, race, and class.  


The gallery, located in Santa Fe’s Railyard district, was voted “Best Gallery” by readers of the Santa Fe Reporter last year. In its short history, form & concept has curated a formidable array of exhibitions that aspire to give platforms to mediums and topics that have been largely overlooked or excluded by local and national art galleries. “The Summer Show is the singular exhibition where our ethos is most clearly on view,” Eddy says. “It’s the most diverse in terms of mediums, forms, and concepts. It’s bigger than just an exhibition. It’s our annual contribution to the contemporary art discourse of Santa Fe and beyond.”


The Summer Show is anchored by an immersive installation by Santa Fe artist Thais Mather. Large-scale watercolor figure paintings descend from the ceiling, cast with holographic prisms created by C. Alex Clark. The two mediums to bleed together, morphing what we believe into a suspensin of disbelief. “Perhaps the work is about a loss of perception of self; a melting,” Mather explains. “In this way, the transitional wave created by a prismatic breakdown of color works to dissolve perceived image. I felt somehow prismatic light was almost a breath, in it’s simplicity and utter complexity. What is light, what is breath?


Each represented artist will debut new works, including sculptures by Wesley Anderegg and Debra Baxter, as well as paintings by Heidi Brandow, Matthew Mullins, and Thais Mather.

Artist Talk: Ryan Singer | Childhood Mythologies

Ryan Singer hosts an artist talk for his solo exhibition, Childhood Mythologies on Saturday, March 30 from 2 to 3 pm. Childhood Mythologies showcases original narratives inspired by dreams and childhood memories while interweaving subtle sociopolitical commentary.

For Singer, the exhibition is an opportunity to showcase his paintings on a larger scale. Although the theme of Childhood Mythologies offered Singer the opportunity to touch on social issues, the artist is purposefully withholding commentary or explanation. “The paintings are different parts of my life, and I put them together like a puzzle,” the artist explains. “I think if I say too much it ruins it, so I leave it up to interpretation. I want other people to weave their own stories into it as well.”


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Opening: Ryan Singer | Childhood Mythologies

Albuquerque artist Ryan Singer unveils a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings of Navajo Nation landscapes populated by cultural icons. The artist’s vivid imagery showcases original narratives inspired by dreams and childhood memories while interweaving subtle socio-political commentary.

“My older sister was really into sci-fi. If she wanted to see a movie, she had to drag me along,” says Albuquerque painter Ryan Singer. “I remember watching Star Wars, Godzilla, and old black-and-white movies like Frankenstein or The Mummy.” Pretty soon, the iconic beasts had traveled from the silver screen into the artist’s psyche—plaguing Singer with vivid nightmares of monsters standing outside his bedroom window or chasing him through his neighborhood. Years later, the artist still has intense dreams, but they’re a welcomed occurrence. “It keeps my mind focused,” Singer explains. “It feels like there’s a spirit or muse guiding me and influencing me.” In his solo exhibition Childhood Mythologies, opening Friday, March 29 from 5 to 7 pm, Singer presents vibrant acrylic paintings imbued with his own youthful legends: Navajo landscapes populated by characters from comic books and popular culture.


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