Artists of Note | Drew Sarka

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Finding his art

Drew Sarka, Amarylis Solitaris, oil, 24 x 18.
Drew Sarka, Amarylis Solitaris, oil, 24 x 18.

This story was featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story

Drew Sarka splits his time between medicine and art. Sarka earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then moved to Denver for his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in 1996. An appreciator of art since his youth growing up outside of New York City, Sarka comes from a family full of designers; his father, a landscape architect, gifted him his first set of paints while he was in medical school. “My father bought me an oil painting set and said it would be a good way for me to get away from studying,” Sarka says. “I think he was worried that I was spending too much time in the library.”

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Artists of Note | Mikyoung Ahn Osburn

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Abstract impressions

Mikyoung Ahn Osburn, Cog-wheel at Mt. Rigi, oil, 20 x 24.
Mikyoung Ahn Osburn, Cog-wheel at Mt. Rigi, oil, 20 x 24.

This story was featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story

Mikyoung Ahn Osburn grew up in the countryside of South Korea, fascinated more by drawing and painting than by playing outside. Art was the one subject she loved and excelled at. Osburn earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and for 10 years worked in the design world, but throughout that time she felt a desire to create her own works of art. “I wasn’t painting, but it was in my heart,” she says. “The work really didn’t satisfy me, and I wanted to make my own art. I had a dream to become a fine artist one day.”

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Show Preview | Harvest

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Santa Fe, NM
Greenberg Fine Art, October 16-29
Wendy Higgins, Hopi Legacy, oil, 16 x 20.
Wendy Higgins, Hopi Legacy, oil, 16 x 20.

This story was featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story

Just in time for the coming of autumn is a group show at Greenberg Fine Art in Santa Fe titled Harvest, featuring eight of the gallery’s 23 artists. The show begins on Friday, October 16, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and continues until Thursday, October 29. “We have many artists who feature fall in a big way, whether it’s a painting of a farmers’ market or a traditional cornucopia still life,” says art director of the gallery Bella Gaspich. “We’re trying to showcase just how everyone loves that feeling when fall is around the corner. It’s an almost intangible feeling, but [we’re trying to] catch that in a visual feast.”

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Show Preview | Invitational Art Show & Sale

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Klamath Falls, OR
Favell Museum, September 26-October 24
Xiaogang Zhu, Gig Harbor, oil, 14 x 18.
Xiaogang Zhu, Gig Harbor, oil, 14 x 18.

This story was featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

This month the Favell Museum Invitational Art Show & Sale celebrates its third year and runs from September 26 until October 24. Showcasing 32 West Coast artists hailing from Portland to San Francisco, the show kicks off with a weekend of events including opening receptions on Saturday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, September 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. There are also special pre-ticketed events on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. All participating artists are in attendance on opening weekend, and guests can see art demonstrations, enjoy refreshments, listen to live music, and more.

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Show Preview | Lindsey Bittner Graham

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Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Fine Art, September 5-26
Lindsey Bittner Graham, Still Miles to Go, oil, 8 x 10.
Lindsey Bittner Graham, Still Miles to Go, oil, 8 x 10.

This story was featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

Artists often paint what they’re most connected to, and that’s certainly the case with Colorado-based artist Lindsey Bittner Graham. Her love affair with horses has lasted a lifetime, and she hopes people will recognize that strong connection in her newest body of work. Her solo show at Evergreen Fine Art opens with a reception on Saturday, September 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. and runs until September 26.

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Show Preview | Evergreen Open Door Studios

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Evergreen, CO
Various locations, September 19-20
Laura Mehmert, Three Amigos, oil, 33 x 48.
Laura Mehmert, Three Amigos, oil, 33 x 48.

This story was featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

Each year on the third weekend of September, the annual Evergreen Open Door Studios tour invites art lovers to visit the working spaces of artists. This month marks the 14th year for the tour, which kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. where patrons mingle with artists and plan their itineraries for the tour. Participating this year are 35 artists who work in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, and fiber. “We invite the public into our studios so they can see us work,” says artist and event coordinator Jeanette Stutzman. “You’ll see the tools we use, you’ll see us working our process, you can talk to us about our inspiration and why we do what we do. It’s a very casual, fun, and comfortable event.”

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Artists of Note | Nancy Haley

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An artistic life

Nancy Haley, Neck ‘n Neck, oil, 24 x 16.
Nancy Haley, Neck ‘n Neck, oil, 24 x 16.

This story was featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

Nancy Haley’s artistic journey has led her down many different paths. She began creating in third grade, experimented with watercolors at age 12, and continued by making the backdrops for plays all through high school. Haley took that love of art with her to Michigan State University, where she received her fine-art degree. “At MSU I was like a kid in a candy store,” she says. “They had an amazing art department, and I tried just about everything—etching on zinc plates, pottery, painting with acrylics, and graphic arts.”

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