Henderson Fine Arts Gallery

New Mexico Stories

September 9, 2011- October 7, 2011

Reception: September 9 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

See stories about New Mexico and the people who inhabit it when the San Juan College Art Gallery features the paintings of Alice Warder-Seely in an exhibit titled New Mexico Stories, September 9 – October 7. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery.

Seely’s paintings are known for their flowing movement and dramatic, bright colors. Her lineage has a solid mark in the arts. Seely’s brother and sister are recognized Navajo artists. Her biological father William Warder was a New Mexico muralist and landscape painter.

Seely’s palette and thematic content of her paintings was strongly influenced by her Navajo step-father. Growing up in the company of Santa Fe artists Cyrus Baldridge, Gustav Baumann, and Josef Bakos, Seely’s style also has elements reminiscent of the traditional New Mexico painters of the 1930’s and 40’s.

She says her greatest influence, however, has been her love of Southwest history, its landscape and fantastic sunlight with ever changing shadows, as well as the faces and character of her fellow New Mexicans.

Along with paintings, Seely is also known for her clay sculptures and pewter jewelry. She has been commissioned to design and install a number of Public Art projects, including large oil paintings and murals, with grant money supplied by various governmental and private organizations.

The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and is closed on weekends. For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.