IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Talks

In the form & concept shop, paintings appear beside jewelry designs and sculptures mingle with hand-painted ceramics. The space, which adjoins form & concept’s ground-floor exhibition rooms, is a powerful expression of the gallery’s mission: to blur the lines between art, craft, and design. This spring, form & concept teams up with local jewelers to celebrate jewelry design as its own exquisite art form. IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Talks will feature special demonstrations from a number of jewelry artists represented by the form & concept shop. Participating jewelers include Bunny Tobias, Charles Greeley, Brian Fleetwood, Debra Baxter, Danny Hart and Victor Atyas. IN PROCESS is a free, public event on Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 pm.

“Our jewelers create one-of-a-kind pieces that can only be described as art objects,” says Clara Holiday, Sales Manager at form & concept. “We’re excited to unite influential members of Santa Fe’s contemporary jewelry community for this special event.” The featured artists will discuss their work, demonstrate different parts of their process and take questions in the form & concept atrium. Visitors can discover finished work by each of the jewelers in the form & concept shop.


Bunny Tobias | 1:00 pm
Debra Baxter | 1:20 pm
Charles Greeley | 1:40 pm
Danny Hart | 2:00 pm
Brian Fleetwood | 2:20 pm
Victor Atyas | 2:40 pm

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Bunny Tobias

Bunny Tobias was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts. While developing her career as a multi-media artist, she lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in San Francisco until moving to Santa Fe, NM, in 1972. Along with her husband, artist, Charles Greeley, she made her studio outside of Santa Fe on their mountain property in the Glorieta Pass. For the past forty years Bunny Tobias has continued to create cutting edge ceramic art, paintings, mixed-media collages and to design and fabricate jewelry using the same eclectic imagery. Recent work includes sculpture using recycled material and hand fabricated bronze jewelry.

Charles Greeley
During my third year at The New York School of Visual Arts, in 1962, I saw the Symbolist Exhibition at MOMA with Redon, Moreau, and Bresden. This experience provided the inspiration to paint imaginary landscapes. Arriving in San Francisco in 1967 at a time when a visionary movement in the local art scene was just getting started, I became involved with this group of artists and we called ourselves the San Francisco Visionaries. Our interests included alternative realities, the spiritualization of nature, the fantastic, the dream, psychedelics, and the study of eastern religions. Linear thought gave way to a new vision governed by the principals of tapestry, mosaic, and collage. Inside and outside space became the same. Utopian vision became a way of celebrating life. In 1972, my wife, fellow artist Bunny Tobias and I moved to Santa Fe and founded our studios on a mountain ranch near the Pecos Wilderness where we have lived a contemplative life close to nature in a rural setting where it is easy to explore the vast space of landscape. I’ve continued in my pantheist genre by creating visionary landscapes and collage with silkscreened Japanese Mullberry papers cut into miniscule shapes that when seen together form a luminous whole.

Brian Fleetwood
Brian Fleetwood is a Santa Fe based jewelry artist whose work is currently addressing ideas involving the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy. Brian holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Debra Baxter

Debra Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who combines carved alabaster with crystals, minerals, metals, and found objects. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Baxter has received an Artist Trust Individual Artist Grant, three 4Culture Individual Project Grants in Seattle, Washington, and was recently nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Baxter’s work has been featured in Zoo Magazine (Germany), Edelweise Magazine (Switzerland), Zink, art ltd., Design Bureau, and Sculpture, Seattle Magazine, as well as hundreds of blogs all over the world. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows including We Care a Lot at Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM; ALL I EVER WANTED, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA; So Proud of You, Howard House, Seattle, WA; and Debra Baxter, Massimo Audiello, New York, NY. Her work was also included in Protective Ornament, an exhibition curated by Suzanne Ramjak for the Memphis Metals Museum which traveled to the Tacoma Art Museum. Other group exhibitions include: Making Mends, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; Death and Other Objects, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; and Woman in the Director’s Chair, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Baxter’s wearable sculpture piece Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles (Lefty) is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and will be in the re-installation of the Renwick Gallery’s Permanent Collection, opening July 1, 2016. Baxter has created two artist’s books: Wanting is Easier than Having, and 100 Days of Sculpture, both published by Publication Studio in Portland, Oregon.

Victor Atyas

Victor Atyas was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, grew up in Italy, and at age 20 immigrated to the United States. Atyas later obtained a Ph.D. in psychology and while working as a clinical psychologist at the University of Rhode Island Counseling Center, he enrolled in night courses at the Rhode Island School of Design to study jewelry making. Now a long-time Santa Fean, Victor’s is well-known for his signature three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces, suited to be worn or framed and hung on a wall. His metalsmithing ability is reflected in the fine craftsmanship of the refined and elegant jewelry designs. Victor enjoys Camping, adventure traveling, writing fiction and travelogues, classical literature, classical music, stone and gem collecting.

Danny Hart

I was born and raised in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Spending my childhood in Santa Fe cultivated my passion for creative processes and design. I later studied Architecture at the University of New Mexico, which allowed my appreciation for design to manifest into a functional practice. Drawing inspiration from the colorful landscape of my home state, my Father’s influence in woodwork, my Mom’s inherent craftiness and my architectural background I have consolidated these influences in contemporary lifestyle accessories.

Deliberate Acts Gallery Talk | SITE Scholar Exhibition

Joanne Lefrak, Director of Education and Outreach at SITE Santa Fe, engages several of the SITE Scholars in a conversation about the Deliberate Acts exhibition, the SITE Scholar program, and New Mexico’s emerging arts community. The gallery talk will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 2-3 pm.

The SITE Scholar program honors college and graduate-level creative students from several New Mexico institutions. Nominated by their professors, these emerging thought leaders will mount an exhibition of their artwork—and vault into the role of a professional artist. The annual show usually takes place at SITE Santa Fe, but the museum is currently undergoing a major expansion that will be completed in fall 2017. form & concept, which is a short walk away from SITE in the Railyard Arts District, will offer the SITE Scholars a new bridge into the gallery world.

Deliberate Acts opens on Friday, April 28 from 5-7 pm, and runs through May 20, 2017. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

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Gallery Talk: Shifting Landscapes & Mending

Join us for an engaging conversation about our concurrent exhibitions Shifting Landscapes and Mark Newport: Mending. Both shows include innovative approaches to fiber art. The gallery talk will feature Surface Design Association Executive Director Danielle Kelly, artist Mark Newport, and Shifting Landscapes jurors Frank Rose & Erika Lynne Hanson.

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SHIFTING LANDSCAPES: 3rd International SDA Member Juried Exhibition

Artists from the Surface Design Association (SDA) will reinvent the map using felt, cotton, silk, string and countless other fibrous materials in the 3rd International SDA Member Juried Exhibition at form & concept. The gallery is pleased to host Shifting Landscapes, a show that explores traditional and contemporary interpretations of place by artists, designers and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials and techniques. The exhibition opens on Friday, February 24 from 5-7 pm, and runs through May 20, 2017. SDA Executive Director Danielle Kelly and Shifting Landscapes jurors Erika Lynne Hanson and Frank Rose will speak at a gallery talk on Saturday, February 25 from 2-3 pm.

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A WISC Fellowship Presentation on Judy Chicago

NOTICE: All of our seating is full for this free event, but the gallery will broadcast the presentation on Facebook Live. The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) and form & concept present a WISC Fellowship Presentation on Judy Chicago by Chad Alligood, curator of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Throughout the month of February, Alligood will be in residence at WISC to draft an essay for an upcoming monograph on Chicago from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Alligood will recount a fascinating chapter of Chicago’s life, and conduct a Q&A with the legendary feminist artist. The event is at form & concept on Friday, February 10th at 5:00 pm, with a reception to follow.

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Jewelry Event with DB/CB by Debra Baxter

Experience the beauty and power of the DB/CB Jewelry line and learn about the jewelry-making process with Smithsonian-collected artist, Debra Baxter. Receive a 10% discount on any purchase that evening.

Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who works with crystals, minerals, metals, found objects and myriad other materials. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Her work has been featured in publications and exhibitions around the world. Click here to read our interview with Debra on the form & concept blog, and take a behind-the-scenes peek at her studio.

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