Thursday, January 21, 2021

Signe Stuart presents a Studio Tour

In conjunction with her upcoming retrospective at the South Dakota Art Museum, the Museum Guild asked Signe to conduct a virtual tour of her studio.  Signe is a former professor of art at South Dakota State University.  The large work in this image, Fluxwall 2 from 2019, is representative of the work in process that can be seen in this studio tour.  Signe explains the media, the process, and her thoughts about this work and her life in art. 

View the tour here:  Signe Stuart; For the Time Being 


Monday, February 3, 2020

Danielle Shelley is a "New Mexico Artist to Know"

Congratulations to Danielle!  Her work has been chosen by Southwest Contemporary, which publishes THE Magazine, as one of 12 artists to know in 2020.  This is quite an honor, as her work was chosen from over 400 submissions.  The competition was juried by Andrew Connors, director of the Albuquerque Museum.  A two-page spread featuring Danielle and her stitchery appears in this month's THE Magazine.

The Lady Minimalists are proud to have Danielle as a member, and lucky to have shown her work first, at our ahha Tulsa exhibit last summer (see previous blog post).

If you are a Santa Fe peep,  please attend the reception for the group exhibition of all twelve artists at Southwest Contemporary's project space, 1415 West Alameda Street in Santa Fe,  5-8:00 p.m. on March 6th.    The Lady Minimalists will surely be there to celebrate with Danielle.  If you can't make it on the 6th, the show will stay up until April 25th.

A quote from the magazine feature: "Shelley, who earned critical acclaim as a painter, has found similar success as a textile wizard, thanks to work such as her Black Lines series, which showcases Shelley's remarkable cross stitching on linen that depicts geometric patterns muted Rubik's cube-type colors."

More of Danielle's work plus a short profile of the artist can be seen here:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Together/Apart Opens in Tulsa

The Lady Minimalists presented a beautiful show at the Hardesty Art Center, otherwise known as ahha Tulsa.  What delight to see our work in such a handsome space!  The exhibit will be up through mid-September - for more details and an insightful essay by arts writer Susanna Carlisle, see our "Together/Apart...Tulsa" page on this site.

Danielle's oil painting and stitchery to the right of our teacup installation

Jill strolling through the space; her paintings on wall at right

Shaun, Signe, Janice and Nick at the reception

Art lovers

A grid of Janice's multimedia prints

Shaun's paintings and sculpture; Dara's painting in rear

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Together/Apart at AHHA Tulsa/Hardesty Center


We're going to Tulsa!  We will exhibit at ahha Tulsa, otherwise known as the Hardesty Center, from August 2nd through September 22.  Here's a link to our page on ahha's website: together/apart

The title of our show refers to our shared artistic sensibility and our reliance on systems of incremental building and layering.  Our work tends to feature repetition and a restrained usage of color.  We are "together," also, as friends with a history of mutual support.  We are "apart" in our separate studio practices, our personal careers, and the singular paths we follow in developing our own ideas.  

We are busy making plans, which include an on-line catalogue (we'll add a link here when it is ready) and an interactive Tea Party, designed mainly by Shaun Gilmore, that will feature hand-made ceramic and papier mache teacups.  We all worked together to craft the cups.  They will be filled, not with tea, but with short quotes from artists and other pithy sayings, handprinted on rolled-up newsprint.  These "Tea Leaf Fortunes" will introduce topics for discussion during our one hour presentation at ahha on Saturday, August 3rd.  Visitors will be able to take teacups and fortunes away with them, unmaking the installation in the course of the exhibition.

Our show will be held in the large Gallery space at ahha Tulsa, which is located at 101 Archer Street.  918 584-3333.  If you are a Tulsa peep, please come to the opening reception from 6:00 - 9:00  on Friday, August 2, and our hands-on presentations in the Creative Studios the next afternoon, along with our inter-active Tea Party.

Jill Christian - Affinity-9, 2017, acrylic on paper,
48 x 35"

Shaun Gilmore - Branching Out (always greener)
2016, wire and papier mache, 60 x 24 x 24"

Signe Stuart - Flux Wall, 2019, acrylic and mulberry paper
68 x 97"

Danielle Shelley - Black Lines 8 (detail), 2019, cross stitch on linen,
15 x 14"

Janice Wall - Up Close From a Distance, 2018, monoprint collage, 40 x 30"

Dara Mark - Lily/Heart/Memory, 2018, watercolor and thread
on layered translucent Yupo paper, 41 x 54"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Danielle Shelley in Surface Design Journal

Danielle's classy stitched sampler of classy modernist chairs rated a three-page spread in the Winter 2018 issue of Surface Design Journal.

The Lady Minimalists Tea Society congratulates Danielle on this honor in her new medium of stitchery/beadwork!  Danielle's interest in fiber art (and modernist furniture) dates from her childhood.  She has recently begun to explore its potential for fine art and the results are stunning.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dara Mark at Gebert Contemporary

Regarding Nature, an exhibit of four Santa Fe artists, opened at Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road on July 6th.  Besides Dara's paintings, the gallery is presenting work by Cov Jordan, Munson Hunt and Patrick Mehaffy.  The show will be hanging through August 4th, so please come by to see it if you are in the area.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Approximate Affinities: New Paintings by Jill Christian Opens May 11, 2018

Jill Christian
Approximate Affinities

May 11 through June 2, 2018

Opening Reception Friday May 11 from 5-8 pm

Exhibit/208 is pleased to announce Approximate Affinities, an exhibition of new paintings by Jill Christian. This exhibition features work on paper that the artist began during a stay at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO.

Christian is known for her paintings of gridded fields made of repetitively applied brushstrokes of shifting colors.  In Approximate Affinities, Christian has opened up the grid and loosened her compositions.  The works on paper are quickly made, with brushstrokes forming ambiguous shapes that interact in fields of chromatic grays and the occasional color.  The paintings rely on numerous sketches that serve as practice moves for the final work.

As in her earlier work, Christian continues to be concerned with process, repetition, color, and the creation of rhythmic patterns. Here, irregular, painterly ovals and lozenges suggest stones or organic shapes and move in and out of proximity and grid-like order. The work presents variations on a repeated motif that explore how shifts in order, size, placement, and color evoke senses of speed, tension, rest, and relationship between the figures and the fields on which they float.


Jill Christian is a visual artist working in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Having spent time on the water growing up in Massachusetts, she finds parallels between the ocean and the great expanses of distance and sky in New Mexico.  She was a recipient of a 2011 Creative Albuquerque/Albuquerque Arts Business Association Emerging Creatives Award. Her work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions, including 516 ARTS’ New Mexico Showcase and Art on the Edge 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. She holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design, a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Image: Jill Christian, Untitled, acrylic on paper, 49 3/4 x 38 inches.

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