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Guest Artists

Diana Monte
Diana Monte
Diana Monte
Diana Monte
Diana Monte
Diana Monte

Diana Monte was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and in the early nineteen seventies her family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was during Monte’s sophomore year in high school that it became apparent that art would be her future. She remembers her art teacher setting up an enormous table in the middle of the classroom loaded with various objects in every shape and size. The students were instructed to sketch from their particular vantage point, with full shading and detail, along with daily drawings from home. From this, Monte had created notebooks full of images from every vantage point. Early on, Monté learned depth perspective, intensity of contrast, light and shadow. These exercises became the revelatory spark of what would become her lifelong passion that would forever influence how Monte views the world around her. These introductory skills instilled keen observations that Monté employs to this day. Some of her earliest canvas works came from this period. After high school, Monte attended the Southwest School of Art in Albuquerque, where instructors introduced students to critical analysis of the classic styles of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, and more. Monte’s natural ability for fine detail was noticed and praised by her instructors. Instruction received in private classes, where the realism of nature was the primary focus, further enhanced attention to the finer detail of art. She has continued to take a myriad of online courses and workshops to enhance and hone her craft. Monte takes influence from landscape artists, Carl Von Hassler, Betty Sabo and Irene Ricker, among others, as well as many contemporary artists. Monté, using oils as her medium, established her current art studio in 2003, and has focused more on who she is Asan artist. The inspiration for her work is in the breathtaking natural beauty of New Mexico’s mountains, deserts and changes in seasonal weather that creates the kaleidoscope of colors displayed in the southwestern skies. Monte enjoys experimenting with colors and light, embracing their warmth, building upon layers of paint and creating texture. Her paintings truly display a portion of her soul poured out onto a canvas, and invite the viewer to understand what she feels as she paints. Monte has enjoyed instructing weekly personal art classes for over twenty-five years. Some of her pupils have been with her for over ten years and she continues to paint with some of them to this day. She is a 'juried' artist, whose work has shown at the New Mexico State Fair, local Art Studio Tours, Lavender Festival, Encantada Art Exhibition, and several other exhibitions and local galleries. She has amassed a body of work to be most proud. Monte has sold her work more broadly online for several years. Monte currently resides in Los Ranchos, New Mexico, and is married to her husband, John Monte–who is an assistant pastor at a local church. They have two beautiful adult daughters. When Monte is not painting, she spends her time gardening and is a Director of Women’s Ministry overseeing various events at one of the church campuses.

Debi Smith
Debi Smith
Debi Smith
Debi Smith
Debi Smith
Debi Smith
Debi Smith

As a native New Mexican born in Albuquerque, I have a deep connection to my homeland. Joining the military out of high school and many duty stations later, including working on a master’s in art in 3D design, it took 36 years to make it back to the Land of Enchantment. As I retired from the government in 2022, while continuing to teach art part time, I have more time to focus on my passion to create with clay. I am inspired by the multicultural aspects and the sacred land of New Mexico. Primarily a clay artist, I love telling narratives with sculptures and organic shapes of my experiences and connections to earth and life itself. Life is fleeting and from time to time I capture in clay those subjects important to me. Through the shapes, textures and colors of my surrounding native land, I embrace the creation cycle from the raw earth to the finished piece. Vessels are organic in shape and might be finished with floral designs, Raku and Saggar treatments which mirror the landscape around us. Each vessel is focused on emergence, discovery and rebirth. It is through the openings (Sipapu) we emerge just as in the many beliefs from this sacred land. I am a member of New Mexico Clay and Pottery Artists and the New Mexico State Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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Greta Roskom

Greta Roskom retiredfrom a longcareer as apublic-schooladministratorwhichhas affordedherthe time and space to rekindleherpassion forart and the natural environment.Sheenjoysdrawing and painting but textiles areherfavoritemedium. Fromhervast collection of fabricscraps,shecombinescolors and shapes to create“interpretive” images of nature. Ona backgroundof fabric forherlarger pieces or paper forhersmaller ones,shepiecestogether and machineraw-applique stitchherdesigns.The largerfinished pieces are backed,batted,and quiltedusingdifferentthreads and stitch patterns.Shehangsthem from sticks,dowels, or clotheshangers.Thesmaller pieces, sewn on paperbackings, can be framed

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Randi Snidow

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