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Opportunity: Design (and Make?) Boxes

For an upcoming online class on alchemy and aromatherapy, Florian Birkmayer is putting together a kit of tiny samples of essential oils, along with a few other objects.

If you are a paper/book artists that might be interested in designing an inexpensive and easy-to-mass-produce (perhaps a few hundred or more) box out of paper or another similar material, contact Florian at

Book Arts I Starts August 24; Register Now!

Book Arts (PRBK 165L, 21247, 01), August 24-December 7, 2017 (Thursdays), Room 708, 9 am to 2 pm, Santa Fe Community College Art and Design Department.

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Books have been used by humans for more than 4,000 years. Our electronic tablet is just another form of the original clay tablet used in ancient cultures for recording trade. Scrolls, tablets, dimensional covers, or sculptural forms all describe books for art. In this class with Marci Easterbrook you’ll use traditional and contemporary methods of binding, casting, and repurposing of materials to create books that stretch your learning and skills in completely new ways. Discover Book Arts and “reading a book” will never be the same.

For more information contact Marci Easterbrook (Illustrator, Book Artist, Papermaker, Printmaker, Teacher) at or

Or register at

Wall Sculptures at Tansey Contemporary Gallery

“Found and Made”
Melinda Rosenberg
August 4 – August 25, 2017 in Santa Fe NM
Opening reception: Friday August 4th, 5 – 7pm
Unfolding >>
UNFOLDING 1, 61″ x 28″ x 11″
ROCKERS 70″ x 10″ x 4″ & LOVE SEAT 36″ x 25″ x 7″
View Exhibition

We are pleased to invite you to “Found and Made”, a solo exhibition from Melinda Rosenberg on display at 652 Canyon Road Santa Fe NM, August 4th – August 25th, 2017. 

Rosenberg creates three dimensional wall sculptures out of new, natural and found wood objects, drawn to the material through its representation of time and memory, and inspired by its intimacy with nature. She explains:  

“I love how wood holds the memory of its growth within its grain, and how wood delays to reveal its growth structure. Once I find the wood with the right lecture or grain, I try to highlight the nature of the wood as I construct the pieces. When weathered wood reveals grain and appears soft and decayed, I am embracing age. When a peeling chair reveals layers of different colored paint, the history of that chair becomes a part of my work. All of this wood gives me.”

Collectively, “Found and Made” honors the meeting of art and craft, painting and sculpture. It features works created from a variety of wood materials ranging from an old wood chair seat to croquet mallets, and represents several of the artist’s series of work. Each of Rosenberg’s series centers around a specific look or shape of wood for comparison. Deceptively simple, the repetition encourages the viewer to look twice and notice the subtle differences. 

UNFOLDING 2 62″ x 32″ x 12″ & SPINNING CROQUET MALLETS 86″ x 7″ x 5″

The “Boat Series” consists of long and narrow shaped pieces, the “Stick Series” evokes a connection to sensuality and the “Unfolding” series, Rosenberg’s most recent series, focuses more on painting. Rosenberg states: 

“Just as the driver is painted from the front and side view on the window of a 1950’s era tin toy car, this series explores the area between painting and sculpture.  All of the history and weight of mark making is at play, but countered with the self consciousness of seeing around the painting to the back. Paint is sanded smooth, emphasizing its’ illusion-ism. The physicality of wood counters the apparent depth and atmosphere of paint.”

While her forms are contemporary, Rosenberg has a historical and eclectic influence drawing from chashitsu architecture, a traditional Japanese structure for tea ceremonies, and extensive cross-country travel. She began working with wood in graduate school at The Ohio State University, before teaching art for almost 30 years. Now retired, she is pursuing her dream of creating wood sculptures. 

Her work is exhibited in both public and private collections nationwide.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 4th from 5 -7pm.

We hope to see you there!
Warm Regards,
The Tansey Contemporary Team

For more information on any of the works listed please contact Jen Tansey

Sculptural Paper Class at SFCC This Fall

Jacqueline Mallegni will be teaching a sculptural papermaking class through Continuing Education at Santa Fe Community College in Fall 2017.

Shaping Space

Learn to transform fiber into beautiful textured paper, then “shape space” creating a 3D form exploring the elements of sculpture — form, space, line, texture, light, color and time. This paper can also be used with book arts, dying and painting techniques. During the six week course we will use flax, abaca and kozo fibers along with inclusions such as rusted metal, yarn, string, wire and plant material.
September 21 – October 26, 2017
Thursdays, 2-4 pm

To register: or call  505-428-1676.


Register for SFCC Art Classes Now!

Below are lists of both for-credit and continuing education classes at Santa Fe Community College of interest to book artists, Fall 2017.


  • Book Arts with Marci Ross Easterbrook
  • Letterpress with James Bourland
  • Introduction to Printmaking with Lynch
  • Monotype Printmaking with Ro Calhoun
  • Relief Printmaking with Lynch

Continuing Education

  • Abstract Acrylic Painting with Micheal Long
  • Art Adventures with Michael Long
  • Art Jumpstarts with Michael Long
  • Calligraphy and Lettering Arts with Sherry Bishop
  • Charcoal Landscape Drawing I and II with Michael McGuire
  • Children’s Book Illustration with Julia Cairns
  • Fearless Watercolor with Melinda Baker
  • Figure Seminar Life Drawing with Kevin Gorges
  • Fun with Watercolor I and II with Michael McGuire
  • Michael McGuire’s Fall Watercolor Workshop
  • Monotypes: Creative Printmaking Without a Press with Laura LoTurco-Gorian
  • Oil Painting Basics with Linda Wasko
  • Pastel Basics with Linda Wasko
  • Printmaking with a Press Linda Wasko
  • Shaping Space with Fiber with Jacqueline Mallegni
  • Unconventional Beginning Watercolor: Loose and Free with Sandra Schroeder

Upcoming Art Classes at Harwood Art Center

New Tricks Art Gallery & Studio is closed, but the group’s workshops will go on at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque. Here’s the 2017/2018 lineup. For more information contact Annie Hooten at at or (505) 228-8703.

Leslie Blackford – Moodywoods Circus Workshop – August 11, 12 & 13, 2017

Anke Humpert – Big Beads – September 16 & 17, 2017

Karen O’Brien – Urban Folk Primitives – September 30 & October 1, 2017

Carol Simmons & Maureen Carlson – Floral Dreamscapes – November 6-11, 2017 &

Jodi Ohl – One class Friday evening January 19 and a two-day workshop January 20 & 21, 2018

Orly Avineri – February 22, 23 & 24, 2018

Jenny Grant – March 21 & 22 and March 24 & 25, 2018

Doreen Kassel – April 28 & 29, 2018

Ingrid Dijkers – May 26 & 27, 2018

Tejae Floyde – July 2018 dates being finalized

Lisa Renner – September 14 & 15, 2018

Kate Church – October 2018 dates being finalized

Also in discussion for 2018 dates with Tracy Verdugo