Opening Reception: Ask the Trees

Sunday Aug 11, 2019

Wild Hearts Gallery

221 Highway 165
Suite B
Placitas, NM 87043






Wild Hearts Gallery

Phone: 5053612710
Website: Click to Visit

More events at Wild Hearts Gallery

ImageBunny Bowen is the featured artist at Wild Hearts Gallery with her exhibition running from July 30 through August 25. The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Sunday, August 11 from 1-4 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. Wild Hearts Gallery is located in Placitas, at the Homestead Village, 221-B State Highway 165, 2 ½ miles from I-25. 

The images in Bowen’s series titled “Trappers Lake” and “Fire Rising” are done on art panels using cold wax and oil paint.  “Slumgullion Pass” is Rozome (batik) on kimono silk with a Juniper hanger made by the artist.

There is a beauty in death.  Georgia O’Keefe found it in bones. Bunny sees it in dead trees … and weeps for what we are losing.  On a recent trip through National Parks and forests with her family, Bowen experienced the stark reality of the effect the changing climate has had on our forests over the past few decades: a choking smoky haze that burns your eyes, the loss of millions of piñons, ponderosas, spruce and fir. As she pondered the changes she saw, she asked:  “What is happening and how bad is it?” 

“In considering this question, I decided to explore different media starting with Rozome, a Japanese technique of layering dye resisted by wax on silk. I continued with cold wax and oil on art panel. Finally, I decided to allow the trees themselves to speak. Peeling the bark from beetle-killed saplings revealed intricate tunnels (galleries) as lovely to me as illuminated manuscripts or elaborate tattoos, their meaning unfiltered by human language or image making. These pieces contain the tree’s life history from seedling to death due to warmer temperatures, drought and insects.”

Wild Hearts Gallery is an artists' collective, supported by 14 longtime local artists. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

See also: Arts Interview

The Art Found in Beetle Galleries

Bunny Bowen’s Beetle-Killed Trees

Detail of the Beetle gallery
photo by Clarke Condé
It was discovering the beauty of the intricate patterns left by insect infestations that have ravaged Southwestern forests that both inspired and saddened Bunny Bowen.

[ more >> ]