Kathleen Ferguson-Huntington

In the Wright Office through July 23, we have Kathleen Ferguson-Huntington’s miniature paintings “Traveling the Silk Road.” These exquisitely detailed works in gouache were inspired by 12 years of teaching art and design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, where the artist realized she was living on the shores of a major trade route of the Silk Road in the Persian Gulf. In the course of her research, she discovered that luxury goods traveled El Camino Real as far as Santa Fe and Taos. The works take as their subject the famed route from Venice to the eastern terminus in Nara, Japan, incorporating maps, porcelain, and features of the landscape—mostly fanciful but always engaging.

Rebecca Crowell

Based in Dixon, NM, Rebecca Crowell is widely recognized for techniques using the medium of cold wax and for abstract paintings that reflect the landscapes she visits throughout the year. The series in The Wright Office, called “Obras,” was realized during a residency near Estremoz, Portugal, in a place she describes as “an arid region of marble quarries, cork trees, and a savannah-like landscape with rocky outcroppings.

“I worked on paper and explored combinations of water-based media including ink, gouache, acrylic, and drawing materials, with an interest in shapes and marks that were isolated on unpainted backgrounds,” she adds. “The first paintings I did resembled torsos, abstracted self-portraits reflecting my initial experiences in the landscape surrounding the foundation. They were followed by many small paintings in further response to the landscape and the marble quarries of the region, along with aspects of pure abstraction. When I returned home, my experiences continued to impact my paintings in cold wax and oil.”