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Santa Fe artist and Best of Show winner Kat Sawyer poses with award-winning artist Ken Hosmer, who recently judged the 25th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos. The exhibit will remain on display through Sunday when the gallery closes for the season.

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The opening reception for the 25th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit was held Sept. 21 at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos.

The show, which contained 49 entries from artists across New Mexico, was judged by award-winning artist Ken Hosmer.

The Best of Show painting by Kat Sawyer was purchased by the Grant County Art Guild.

The following artists were awarded ribbons at the event:

Best of Show - Kat Sawyer, Santa Fe, "Quiet Time"

Tenniel Tatsch Award of Excellence and Honorable mention - Kat Sawyer, Santa Fe, "Summer Idyll"

Oil category
Second-place - Jane Seavers, Pinos Altos, "Sandy Road at the Box"
Third-place - Jose Andreas Giron, Reserve, "Mogollon"
Honorable mention - Jane Seavers, Pinos Altos, "Autumn Afternoon in Mimbres"
Barbara Kejr, Silver City, "Waiting for the Sunrise"
Priscilla Baldwin, Silver City, "Reverence"
Gay Marks, Silver City, "Distracted"

Pastel Category
First-place - Lyle Brown, Bernalillo, "In Olde New Mexico"
Second-place - Carolyn Gray Patty, Silver City, "Sunset"

Acrylic Category
First-place - T. Kent Tallman, Mimbres, "One Legged Sam"
Second-place - Florence Rowell, Silver City, "Two Trees - Two Ravens"
Third-place - Barbara Smith, Silver City, "Scissors Tails"
Honorable Mention - Arlene Sarkela, Silver City, "The Plaza"

First-place - Penny Thomas Simpson, Las Cruces, "Peck of Peppers"
Second-place - Penny Thomas Simpson, Las Cruces, "Uncle Mark's Boots"
Third-place - Audrey Goodleaf, Silver City, "Beginnings"
Honorable Mention - Marie Siegrist, Las Cruces, "What a View"

The paintings will be exhibited at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. The public is invited to visit the gallery and vote for their favorite painting, which will receive the People's Choice Award. The paintings are available for purchase.


American Art Collector - April, 2010

American Art Collector - April, 2010 

AARP Foundation Selects L.A.'s
Kat Sawyer Its 2008 Calendar Cover Artist.

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Artistically Speaking..


Sawyer's paintings interpret nature

By Jean McKig On Art / The Desert Sun

Sunday, November 19, 2000

The subject of Kat Sawyer's paintings at the George Shaffer Fine Art gallery at The Art Place seems to be anchored in recognizable reality, a forest glen, a nightscape, moments of nature captured in the freeze frame of the moment.

One can envision being in these scenes that tug at the memory. But after viewing them, it is apparent that the paintings are more metaphorical interpretations of nature, the stuff of dreams.

Sawyer's ability to transport the viewer into another, more spiritual realm is considerable. She has returned the romantic tradition of landscape painting to its rightful place and made a love for the sublime acceptable.

Nature has always offered Sawyer her greatest challenges and her most profound sanctuary. She has climbed mountains and jumped off of them. She has slept under the stars and crawled under the earth. She's cavorted with dolphins and collected cowrie shells at a hundred feet below.

For Sawyer, painting "en plein-air" is another way to touch the heart of nature, dodging insects and avoiding rattlesnakes in a quest for that fleeting amber moment when mountain tops blush salmon and the oak glows from within. Weathering wind and haze and heat to capture the light on an elusive eucalyptus tree in a field of poppies, standing ankle-deep in fresh powder snow while frozen fingers try to communicate the majesty of the High Sierra morning are commonplace experiences for the artist.

Driven by her love of nature, Sawyer offers this quote from Jon Muir as her personal mantra, "One touch of nature makes all the world kin."

Painting on-site, as plein-air denotes, fixes the moment with its particular light and captures forever a scene never to be repeated in the same exact way. Sawyer does not suffer from her relationship with landscape, dealing with its mannered way. She painstakingly exerts her art upon it chronicling all its fullness and the light-filled fragrances of the outdoors. The reality only constitutes a point of departure where Sawyer can satisfy her desire to delve deeper and enclose the subject in a magic circle, exalting its emotional accents.

In her work, Sawyer uses her artistic expression to unite her search for enlightenment and the need to communicate in a body of work that surpasses the confines of direct experience. At times with confidently brushed blotches, she seems to assign an evocative role to color, a role of transfiguration in which she takes the most fascinating notes from color and in a serene manner infuses the spirit of her landscapes with a feeling of enchanted mystery. In some of her canvases, her brushstrokes produce fuzzy edges that blur the reality with a gentle tile of perspective that lifts the viewer above the horizon ­ it seems as thought the viewer has the perspective of a low flying bird. Her work invites the viewer into the scene and makes viewing a personal experience. Everything in these landscape paintings is specific enough for the attention but sufficiently vague enough to raise the question of where it is and what it means, a question answered only by experiencing Sawyer's work.

Jean Mckig is a free-lance writer based in Pinyon Crest.