JOIN IN OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!
BUTTERFLIES, HUMMINGBIRDS & DRAGONFLIES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jane Sauer
Who: Anthony Gchachu, Lorne Honyumptewa, Kay Khan, and Sarah Nolan
What: Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and Dragonflies: Group Show at Singular Couture
Where: Singular Couture, 66 E. San Francisco, Plaza Galeria, Santa Fe, NM 87501
When: Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 2-5 pm
Exhibition continues through January 10, 2019
Dragonfly Squadron, hand painted coat by Sarah Nolan.
Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Dragonflies
A Special Holiday Open House Event
Santa Fe, NM, Opening Reception
Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Singular Couture gallery of fine art hand painted women’s apparel is pleased to present a special holiday open house event featuring the works of four of our stable of 20 artists and themed around Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Dragonflies. The featured artists are Sarah Nolan, Kay Khan, Anthony Gchachu and Lorne Honyumptewa and they will be on hand to discuss their hand painted silk coats at the opening, which is from 2:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
“We wanted to celebrate transformation and understanding a deeper meaning in life at this time of year and therefore selected this theme,” said Singular’s Managing Director Jane Sauer. “Many of our artists like to paint these symbolic, beautiful, and beloved flying creatures on our coats, so we thought it was an appropriate idea to structure an opening around it.”
Singular Couture, started by owner Sarah Nolan, creates one-of-a-kind, art to wear, silk coats that are sold in the gallery in Plaza Galeria on the Santa Fe plaza. Nolan buys the brilliantly colored silk from a silk merchant in New York. Patterns are traced and cut in 8 different sizes on site before being sent out to artists to paint. The painted pieces are then sewn into completed garments by our tailor in Albuquerque before being displayed in the gallery showroom.
Kay Khan, a nationally renowned fiber and mixed media artist living in Santa Fe, has been “getting back to my painting roots” with her Singular Couture pieces. She has become the resident hummingbird expert, having painted a variety of silk coats with beautiful realistic hummingbirds worked into flower, vine and abstracted shapes. “I just found out that a group of Hummingbirds is called a “charm,” so I named this one “Charm Coat” since it has 8 hummingbirds painted on it,” said Khan about a recently finished piece.
Anthony Gchachu, a talented young artist from Zuni Pueblo, uses the traditional Zuni hummingbird as his signature motif. To Gchachu, the hummingbird signifies the strength of Zuni culture, it’s slim beak the needle that stitches the earth back together. “The most important thing to me is the preservation of Zuni language, traditions, and culture,” says Gchachu, a mostly self-taught artist working from the Zuni stories and myths he grew up with. Some of his silk apparel pieces show the hummingbird motif alone, in elegant, flowing renderings, or with added touches of expertly painted realist butterflies, bluebirds, turquoise stones or Puebloan pottery pieces.
Lorne Honyumptewa is a Hopi/Picuris artist currently living in Arizona. His beautifully rendered paintings contain a lot of thought and meaning and often stem from his relationship with the land. In a piece titled “Tails and Wings” he painted tadpoles, cattails, and dragonflies on mint green silk after cleaning the irrigation ditch on his land and noticing all the water creatures that lived in and around the ditch. “Water is the source of life,” says Honyumptewa, “it is clear from all the plants and animals thriving next to the ditch, when right next to it is bare and dry soil.”
Artist Sarah Nolan has created several dragonfly themed pieces for Singular, with names like “Dragonfly Concerto,” “Dragonfly Squadron” and “Dragonfly Rampant.” “Everybody loves dragonflies,” says Nolan, “they’re always a very popular item.” She uses hand carved wood blocks commissioned by master wood carvers in India for her dragonflies and hummingbirds, arranging them in playful random configurations or juxtaposed rows in multicolored hues.
Singular Couture represents 20 artists from New York to Los Angeles, with about half being from the greater southwest area. “We want to offer another medium of self-expression to artists,” and “one that offers unique visibility as well as challenges,” says Managing Director Jane Sauer.