Chamber’s artists of the month
This month at the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce it’s the Barb and Bev Show, featuring clay pottery and oil paintings by the local artists.
Barbara Szabo and Beverly Hansen are the Chamber’s featured artists for the month of September. Samples of their work are on display and available for purchase during regular business hours.
Szabo is a master potter who has her usual fare of pots, bowls and cups on display. She’s also added some new items, including sushi plates, more colorful bowls, small owl and lizard figurines, and a couple of guys named “Harvard.”
Szabo has delved into a new medium recently, working in bronze. She created a mold for a 1-foot-tall statuette named Harvard Q. Bobbitt.
Working with the Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque near Santa Fe, a limited edition of 100 Harvards were produced. They sell for $1,800 each.
The statue appears to be that of a boy wearing overalls staring bug-eyed at something above, but that’s open for interpretation.
“Some people think it’s Bill Gates, but it’s just something I made up out of my head,” said Szabo. “When I draw I don’t know what will come out. He may just end up being a garden gnome.”
Szabo works from her studio, Casa Loma Pottery in San Antonio, N.M., and also has her work at Sundance Gifts in Socorro and Pepper’s Gallery in Magdalena.
Beverly Hansen is also displaying new work. So new, in fact, that the paint hadn’t completely dried on one of the 14 paintings she was hanging on the Chamber’s art wall on Monday, Aug. 31.
The painting of a cowboy singer she ran across when she stopped for a slice of pie in Pie Town is a bit of a departure from wildlife and landscape paintings for which she’s most known.
“I occasionally do portraits,” she said. “I’ll paint whatever I see that interests me.”
The only painting she has on display that is not for sale is a portrait of her granddaughter, Gabrielle Michlig, surrounded by a litter of white puppies.
Other things that interest Hansen are scenes from around her home in Luis Lopez — flowers, hummingbirds and barn swallows.
Hansen said she’s been preparing for the Arts Studio Tour that takes place during the Festival of the Cranes in November. Her Pink Pig Studio on N.M. 1 is one of the stops and her painting of a sandhill crane will be featured on the cover of the tour guide.