Fine art

Lovers of color

Group show features 2 painters, 2 photographers

By Tamra Testerman
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 10/3/18

Bill Binger has been a member of the Taos Artist Collective Gallery at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte for over a decade. He is one of a handful of artists who, in exchange for space to …

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Fine art

Lovers of color

Group show features 2 painters, 2 photographers

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Bill Binger has been a member of the Taos Artist Collective Gallery at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte for over a decade. He is one of a handful of artists who, in exchange for space to show their work, spend a few hours every month greeting customers and running the gallery.

It is the only place in Taos to buy originals of his colorful paintings. He describes the gallery space as "special because we have a beautiful bright space with high ceilings."

According to the gallery press release, Binger's goal "is to learn to make paintings from simple pencil sketches using basic shapes with an emphasis on bright colors that work well together. He paints at least five days a week, improving his ability to simplify, keeping in mind that what to leave out of a painting is probably more important than what to put in."

On Saturday (Oct. 6) from 4-6 p.m. an opening reception will celebrate the work of four members of the collective, two photographers and two painters, all of whom love color. The artists are painters Binger and Cynthia Wiggins and photographers Terry Fiala and Dan Jacobs.

Photographer Fiala moved to Taos to follow his passion after a career as a broadcast journalist, editor and writer. He has explored and expanded the photographic process to make fine art digital images. Each of these images begins as a digitally captured subject that he then transforms into an image that retains the essence of the subject, but is creatively enhanced to another level with digital technology.

Fiala said he hopes his work challenges the viewer: "Over the years, while viewing my work, many individuals have asked me to explain the process by which I transform original photographs into my final products. I always find a particular joy in their reactions." He creates his images in his Taos home " a small dining room, a great sound system and a terrific view of Taos Mountain. The dining room is now my studio, the sound system fills the air with innovative energy and the mountain finishes off the creative trilogy."

Fiala said he is looking forward to the show. The subject of his creative work has evolved over the years. "My early work, he said, "while living in Chicago, involved city scenes, urban faces, street traffic and the homeless. A documentary photo series of the latter won an international award from the Prix De La Photographie in Paris. While living on the coast of Maine, my images included seascapes, ships and ocean wildlife."

He elaborated on what he photographs now: "I have now lived in the Southwest for many years and the great majority of my subjects now involves mountains, landscapes, wild horses, adobe structures, churches. One of my favorite pieces, "El Santuario de Chimayó," is in the Taos Arts Fall Festival this autumn, and Taos and its people."

He said, "After less than a decade of working as an artist, my images have been displayed in Denver and many other cities in gallery exhibits, juried shows and other venues, as well as on the historic plaza in Santa Fe and here in Taos, while winning international and national awards. So, I've been fortunate and happy with how things have gone thus far; however, I'm always attempting new explorations into creativity." His current project is "assembling a proposal for a Taos display. It's exciting, but I'm not ready to describe it because it's in early stages of the creative process."

According to the gallery's press release, painter Cynthia Wiggins has been drawing and painting since she was 12 and has over 35 years of experience. She spent her younger years in Spain and loved the vibrant colors and brush strokes of the early romantic painters, such as Goya and Velasquez. Her artwork is based on this style.

She recently traveled to New York City to show her work at the Patron's Gallery at the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan. She said she is excited to return to town and the Taos Art Collective Show.

Photographer Jacobs said he had his first photography show of his travel photographs in college. Over time, his interest has evolved from recording a scene to capturing the feeling and emotional content of a time and place, with emphasis on the qualities of light, color, shape and texture. This collection of photographs he'll be showing focuses on the area around Taos.

For more information, call the venue at (575) 751-7122 or visit taoscollective.com.

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