Meet the Artists
[artists listed alphabetically]
1. John Bennett
Dr. John Bennett ventured into southwest sterling silver-making in 2015 after retiring his Ruidoso dental practice. Being trained by a well respected silversmith, he turned first to turquoise, then later to many other jewel stones. His jewelry pieces include pendants, rings, ear rings and bolo ties.
2. Kai Brown
Kai Brown’s first venture into ceramics began as recently as 2015. Love of animals and angels is reflected in her whimsical clocks, kitchen accessories, ornaments and wall hangings. She hopes her happy critter designs make you smile. A permanent resident of Alto, Kai’s other creative pursuits include designing interiors, cooking classes and writing children’s books.
Email Kai: email@example.com
3. Linda Caperton
Linda is a watercolor and fiber artist. She shows New Mexico landscapes in its color and architectural design in a representative and impressionistic style. She also hand dyes silk chiffon, applying wool, more silk and yarn for a wet felting technique called nuno felting, shown in wearable art, ponchos, wraps, scarves and shawls.
4. Deborah Christopherson
Deborah began fusing glass several years ago in a small shop in Midtown Ruidoso, making dichroic glass jewelry and then fell in love with the process. Since that time, she has branched out into larger pieces including plates and bowls, many of which are produced with the "on the edge" technique.
5. Zoe De Negri
Gemstones are said to have their own particular energetic properties: protective, healing, calming and so on. Zoe feels it is interesting to set these stones and beads in appropriate shapes and designs and to feel the resulting energy of the piece.
6. Lynn Eckman
Lynn’s jewelry is created as a translation of the earth’s language into one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art, with each piece their own unique fingerprint and echo of their time on earth.
7. Nancie Ferguson
Weaving involves the texture, color, and flow of the materials used. Having been taught by her mother as a child, Nancie returned to weaving over 20 years ago. She uses new and recycled materials in her functional work. The colors and texture of the southwest influence her in how Nancie combines her materials to get the results she wants. She uses natural as well as man-made yarns and spins some from local sheep to give greater texture. Each item is unique and one-of-a-kind.
8. Linda Hand
Linda Hand is a native New Mexican whose love of art started at an early age when her Aunt Bernice, a professional artist, and her mother encouraged her to start painting. After that she took art lessons from local artists and in school. She has learned that art can be a social activity but is often more fulfilling when created in a solitude. Through the years Linda has tried several different mediums, but her true love is watercolor. Much of the inspiration for Linda’s art comes from the Southwest. She loves nature and the wonderful scenery of the region. Traveling is something she also enjoys and many of the ideas behind her work are from visiting new places. Linda’s artistic goal is to invoke a response – whether a memory, a feeling, or a smile.
9. Deborah Harris
Deborah Harris is an Oklahoma born and educated artist of several mediums: oil, watercolor and ceramics. She has exhibited in galleries in four continents and most recently at the Canal Street Gallery; Glassell School of Fine Art (in association with the Houston Museum of Fine Art); and the WASH Gallery in Houston. Deborah owns and operates the Harris Gallery in Angus, New Mexico.
10. Priscilla Haynes
Priscilla's jewelry has a unique style that falls somewhere between dressy and casual, using precious and semi-precious stones. Her pieces feature interesting assortments of bright colors and shapes that can be best described as free form and fun. She started selling her pieces privately, including to a CBS producer who bought a necklace she was wearing on a flight to New York. Since then, her work has been featured in several El Paso art shows, with this being her first year as part of the Alto Artists’ Studio Tour.
11. Sid Hilburn
Sid brings over 35 years of experience in multiple media to his design of jewelry. Working with his hands to create dimensional art has always been a passion. Each piece is handcrafted by Sid using a compilation of materials and therefore every one of the handcrafted items is unique and original.
12. Carol Hoffman
Carol is a watercolorist, canvas painter and decorative artist. She loves painting on a variety of surfaces including wood, canvas, glass, furniture, meal, paper, fabric, tile and sculptures. Carol’s distinctive style reflects a love of color, impressionism and her own version for unique and captivating compositions. Carol attends art seminars throughout the year. Her journeys have taken her from California to Pennsylvania and many states in between to develop her artistic skills.
13. Kathy Holman
Nature in its beauty and mystery is the inspiration for Kathy's pastel paintings. She enjoys capturing the energy and bold colors of Nature inher own expressive style. In recent years, Kathy took up painting with a unique technique of applying pastels with a paint brush onto a special artist film. What she loves about this technique is that when the pastel painting is dry, there is subtle soft texture that reminds her of butterfly wings.
14. Patsy Massey
After retiring and moving to Ruidoso with her husband, Patsy took her first pottery class. It was love at first touch. Now she spends hours in her studio, making whimsical flower pots and garden ornaments. Her first love is sculpture, and she incorporates it into most of her work. Details include colorful flowers, birds, butterflies, rabbits, etc. Her work can also be seen year-round at Rainmakers Golf Resort in Alto.
15. Jane Pattillo
Jane Pattillo began making beaded jewelry in Midland, Texas in 2007. Her first projects were for friends, family and herself. Since then, she has developed a love of semi-precious gemstones. Her first business ventures were home shows which were well received by her clientele. She now participates in various tours and shows in the Alto/Ruidoso area. Jane’s goal is to make beautiful jewelry creations that are affordable for the “working woman” who wants to look fresh and professional. She asks for God’s blessing on each piece, that the woman who selects it will always feel attractive, loved and valued every time she wears it.
15. Lay Powell
Lay Powell was born into the ranching industry and landscapes of southeastern New Mexico. The grasslands often offered up rare outcrops of stone to the young child, that held ancient messages carved on the rocks. Powell soon established a relationship with graphic images and has been seeking out all things archaeological to this very day. He initially started as a painter and began to synthesize all things and mediums of art until he discovered a love for welding and making steel petroglyph images for people's yards. To date he stands proudly behind his detailed drawings, ambitious acrylic paintings and often wild watercolors, but his sculptures are to be played with by all, as he did once as a child.
16. Tish Rhoads
Tish started creating and designing her unique style of jewelry while working for Neiman Marcus in Dallas, TX. After retiring, she and her husband moved to New Mexico, where she continues to create her one of a kind works of art using semi-precious stones, sterling silver, gold and African trade beads, as well as beads of bone and glass.
17. Steve & Madeleine Sabo
Steve and Madeleine Sabo create one of a kind wood art from locally found wood near their mountain-top studio in Nogal, New Mexico. All of their hand-crafted bowls, vessels, urns and other creative pieces have been turned on a wood lathe, sanded and finished to bring out the beauty of wood.
18. Pam Schuster
Pam has always been in awe of everyday miracles. From the smallest dust particle to the majesty of a star lit sky; through art, she has found creation.
“…to work with a delicate touch, to hammer, pierce, saw, form and torch a piece of metal; to break and imagine and melt glass, creating objects of art and jewelry…it’s magical.”
19. John Soden
John's photography expresses the emotion and beauty that he finds amidst routine life. He captures these moments by being attuned to the visual understanding of the transience of light and isolation of the subject in that light. Walking through the landscapes of our fascinating planet, it's his hope to share the aesthetic value of organic moments from everyday life.
20. Bonnie Soley
"I love chasing the light”, Bonnie says of New Mexico. She moved to Carrizozo, NM, in 2007 with her husband, Bill, and began living her dream of painting New Mexico, capturing the kaleidoscope of colors of the landscapes in acrylics, a new medium for her. Much of Bonnie's current work is in this medium. She also loves working in pastels, primarily creating portraits of endangered species. Growing up in Lockport, NY, she began painting at age six, when she took her first oil painting class. Over the years, she has experimented in various mediums, but concentrated in oils. In 1982 she moved to Niagara Falls, NY, and was soon experimenting with, and teaching, stained glass, in addition to painting. Her paintings and stained glass creations have been displayed in a number of shows in Niagara Falls, at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, where she still maintains a studio. Her work can be seen locally at Art Ruidoso.
21. Mark Stambaugh
Mark Stambaugh has lived in the Alto area since 1987, and now specializes in wildlife and nature photography. His love for New Mexico is evident in the landscapes that he captures. From snow covered shots of Sierra Blanca, to wildlife images of elk, wild horses, and birds, Mark Stambaugh Photography captures the scenic beauty of the Ruidoso area.
23. Sally Wimberly
Sally’s life passion is painting and drawing. Starting in water colors, she has since expanded into acrylics, pastel, and mixed media as well as water colors. Painting from her own photographs, or “en plein air”, her paintings are primarily representational/impressionism, some more loosely rendered than others. Her subjects are varied and she loves the colors New Mexico has to offer. Her art can also be seen at the Art Ruidoso gallery.