By Cati Demme
One could not find two artists with more diverse backgrounds than Keith Miller and Suzy Taylor! Yet both have come to the same conclusion—that the ultimate goal of painting is about capturing light and luminosity no matter the subject.
By Keith Miller and Suzy Taylor
Special gallery hours tonight
Fri, Mar 17, 5–7pm
Until April 23:
Rinconada de la Aldea 27 (next to LIFE PATH)
Keith Miller, originally from Canada, is beloved and admired for his multimedia travel sketchbooks and giant flower series. He studied at the prestigious Ontario College of Art, now known as OCAD, and went on to teach at Sheridan College.
Miller’s yen for traveling and adventure eventually landed him in San Miguel. A number of years later he decided to make this colorful town his home. Miller keeps a sketchbook travel log when he travels. Many of his sketchbook images are in private collections; however, a large portion of his books are part of the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, a collection for posterity, Masterworks in Miniature. They will be enjoyed for generations to come. In true Victorian tradition he also adds his often wry comments, making us share his moment of observation and appreciation.
In this current exhibit he features clouds, the ultimate in luminosity. This work is relevant to this local landscape of San Miguel and its environs, a high desert country where one can watch the flow and shift of clouds throughout the day. Miller’s cloudscapes travel through landscapes and seascapes.
Suzy Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. It is one of the world’s top 10 design schools. Known as DAAP, the school has produced some of the most influential artists of this century. After graduating from DAAP, Taylor worked as an interior designer (her furniture designs can be seen in the gallery) and as a photo stylist and magazine editor. She decided to continue her studies and investigation in art with painting at the celebrated Art Students League of NY. This experience increased her visual sensitivity. She traveled through the history of painting internalizing the process until she arrived at her own conclusions and resolutions. The work on view in her studio in the rear of the Arroyo Gallery is an art adventure which goes beyond the hard edge of her design career. Taylor’s work today manages to combine sensuousness and preciousness with a sense of objectivity and minimalism. Some of the work is abstract, absorbing you into the picture plane itself amid edges of color and luminosity.
There will be special gallery hours tonight, Friday, from 5 to 7pm. The exhibit will run through Sunday, April 23. Regular hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm, and Sunday 1 to 5pm. For appointment, call 152 5213.