Christen Weathers at Magenta Gallery
By Patricia Miller
Cast paper artist Christen Weathers’ welcoming reception as a new Magenta Gallery member will be held Saturday, December 21, from 4-8pm. Christen is donating 10 percent of all her December sales to Mujeres en Cambio, a local non-profit dedicated to higher education for local girls.
Cast paper artist Christen Weathers
Sat, Dec 21, 4-8pm
She has been involved with Mujeres en Cambio on the scholarship committee since arriving to live in San Miguel full time 10 years ago. As a former art teacher in Colorado Springs public schools, she values the importance of education.
“I first heard about San Miguel from my Spanish teacher in high school and also from many friends of my parents who were either writers or artists. So I feel like I have always known about San Miguel and always wanted to live here. I had to wait until after I retired to make that dream a reality!”
Specializing in handmade cast paper, Chris first came to San Miguel in 1967. Later, in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, she came during the summer to get college credits at the Institute Allende.
“My work in textural handmade paper involves seeing the beauty in broken and discarded items from the past. I try to achieve the textural effects of weathering on exposed, disintegrating surfaces. Eroding Mexican walls, fossilized remains and rock formations are just a few of the many sources of inspiration.”
Her work is made from a pulp of cotton linters. The beaten pulp is pigmented and then cast into textural found objects using a deckle and a mold. Sometimes twigs or pot shards are imbedded. After pressing, the pieces are dried and then painted, sealed, and mounted on stretched canvases.
In addition to Magenta, Christen is represented by Commonwheel in Manitou Springs, CO, Earthen Vessels in Durango, CO, and Taos Blue, in Taos, N.M. Magenta is located at Zacateros # 26. To see more of Christen’s work go to www.magentagallery.com.