Teacups & Bouquets

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Joan Potter, Lilies & Eucalyptus, oil on canvas, 20" x 22"

Joan Potter, Lilies & Eucalyptus, oil on canvas, 20" x 22"

Martin Mooney, Oriental Poppies & Ceramics, oil on panel, 48" x 36"

Martin Mooney, Oriental Poppies & Ceramics, oil on panel, 48" x 36"

Laura Robb, Bouquet and Asian Tapestry, oil on linen, 18" x 12"

Laura Robb, Bouquet and Asian Tapestry, oil on linen, 18" x 12"

Walt Gonske, Samovar with Roses, oil on linen, 32" x 34"

Walt Gonske, Samovar with Roses, oil on linen, 32" x 34"

Several of our contemporary artists paint beautifully paired bouquets of fluid, bright florals with the peaceful stillness of ceramic pieces.  Lilies & Eucalyptus, by Joan Potter, contrasts white lilies with red, green and gold, and a touch of oriental influence. Martin Mooney, too, often paints brilliant flowers amidst fine ceramic pieces and patterned fabric from faraway lands.  These still-life paintings are simple and serene, yet bold and adventurous; miniature worlds depicting temporal, earthy pleasures, inviting calm and contemplation.

Laura Robb and Walt Gonske paint lovely arrangements of teacups and flowers in a more impressionistic manner, offering a different perspective on the juxtaposition between manmade and organic material.Bouquet and Asian Tapestryin Robb's fresh and vivid style, depicts an upright cup topped with an array of purple pansies. Gonske's roses, in Samovar with Roses, also convey this pleasing contrast between movement and wildness surrounding vases and tea. What could be more inviting than this single cup of tea, tucked into a dazzling display of nature?

We hope you have a moment to stop by the gallery for a metaphorical cup of tea; to enjoy these serene still-life paintings in person. Despite the cold, the garden is also inviting – even in the winter it feels alive and wild, a beautiful backdrop for the quiet sculptures.

Let it Snow

Snow is a treasured accent in the Southwest, bringing moisture to our high desert panorama and adding brilliance to the colorful landscape of the region. The snowscapes in the gallery remind us of the fleeting beauty of winter, the joy in transition, and the warmth we find in the coldest months. We hope you have a chance to stop by the gallery to see these exquisite paintings firsthand.

Cowboy Artist Gary Niblett

Gary Niblett grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the midst of vast ranch lands. His talent was apparent from an early age, and local ranchers commissioned him to do horse portraits. Niblett attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, working in California as a commercial artist. He was eventually able to return to New Mexico and pursue a career in fine art.

Niblett is widely recognized as an exceptional western artist. At thirty-three, he became the youngest member to be elected to the prestigious art organization, the Cowboy Artists of America. His paintings are widely collected and have been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Taiwan, and Beijing.

For over 40 years, Nedra Matteucci has proudly represented Gary Niblett, an authentic, honest, and kind artist, who continues to paint the West he knows and loves. Niblett's exceptional paintings reflect his knowledge and experience of the West, rich with color and mood, and often large in scale. Please come by the gallery to enjoy these impressive paintings in person.

Dick Mason: Revisiting A Santa Fe Treasure

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Dick Mason is widely known as the Santa Fe artist who painted Dalmatians set within southwestern landscapes. At the height of his career, his work—both original and in print—was a common sighting in Santa Fe, enjoyed by collectors and visitors alike.  While Mason is fondly remembered for his beloved dog “Spot” in countless paintings, his surrealist landscapes, interior scenes, and architectural studies still captivate with nostalgia and wonder. In all of his work, he was reaching for something beyond the visual — exploring the artistic concepts of illusion, imagination, and concrete forms.

The gallery is pleased to offer more than two dozen works from Mason’s estate, including some of his famous Dalmation paintings, as well other works demonstrating his range of interests and skill. Collectively, the paintings offer a glimpse into Mason's creative vision — a world of ambiguity, beauty, and illusion. We hope you can come by the gallery to enjoy Dick Mason: Revisiting a Santa Fe Treasure, a collection of acrylic and watercolor paintings on display from October 6th - 13th.

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Nedra Matteucci Galleries to Participate in The American Art Fair

Nedra Matteucci Galleries is honored to participate in The American Art Fair. Since 2008, The American Art Fair has focused on American 19th and 20th century works, featuring hundreds of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, studies, and sculpture exhibited by a select group of premier specialists. This year's Fair will be held in The Bohemian National Hall, Friday, November 12 - November 15.

Indian Market

In August, Santa Fe welcomes over 100,000 visitors from around the world for Indian Market, an incredible event featuring approximately 900 artists. If you have a moment during this exciting week of events, please visit the gallery to enjoy work by Native artists in the quiet of the garden.

Doug Hyde, Hopi Maidens, pink Tennessee marble, 33 1/2" x 57" x 23"

Doug Hyde, Hopi Maidens, pink Tennessee marble, 33 1/2" x 57" x 23"

Hopi Maidens, a sculpture by Doug Hyde, arrived recently. The maidens are wearing the traditional hairstyle of unwed Hopi girls, called squash blossom or butterfly whorls.  Carved in pink Tennessee marble, they sit quietly amid the Aspen trees beside the water, evoking another time. Born in Oregon of Nez Perce and Assiniboine background, Doug Hyde is considered a leader in Native American art.

Nearby, Little Cloud, a bronze sculpture by Michael Naranjo, evokes Native traditions as well — a woman carrying water on her head. She stands tall, content with her mission; simple, strong and beautiful, like much of Naranjo’s work. Blinded during the Vietnam War, Naranjo's remarkable talent is evident in his bronze sculptures, which often celebrate his Santa Clara Pueblo heritage. This month, The United States Veterans' Artists Alliance has selected Naranjo as their Colleague of the month for August; please visit USVAA.org for further information regarding this honor.

New Heights at Morning Star Gallery

Jane A. Dedecker, New Heights, bronze, 180" x 55" x 90", edition of 17

Jane A. Dedecker, New Heights, bronze, 180" x 55" x 90", edition of 17

New Heights, a bronze by Jane A. DeDecker, has moved to Morning Star Gallery on Canyon Road. We hope you have a chance to see New Heights in this beautiful new location, and please visit our sister gallery while you're there. Morning Star carries cultural and artistic treasures of unparalleled beauty from over fifty Native North American tribes, including pottery, beadwork, textiles, jewelry, and wooden sculpture.

William Berra: Inspired by Nature

Church At PICURIS, oil on linen, 24" x 30"

Church At PICURIS, oil on linen, 24" x 30"

Nedra Matteucci Galleries' 2017 exhibition will remain on display through July 22.

Artist William Berra paints sunlit Italian landscapes, rustic New Mexican scenes, figures, and churches – all with an impressionistic touch. He enjoys painting on location, and he begins by visualizing the composition. As the work evolves, it becomes a composite of visual stimuli, memory and experience. 

"To keep my mind and my approach fresh I mix it up,” says Berra. “Sometimes painting figures, on other occasions landscapes, while sometimes turning to still life. If I look out to my garden, a painting of a bird on a sunflower skeleton is born. If I'm traveling, my subject lies out the window. And if my wife happens to stand in silhouette in an arched doorway, that image will inspire a composition."

Berra’s work emphasizes light and color, harmony and spontaneity, and each piece conveys emotion through an inviting sense of ambiguity. The expressionistic mood of Berra's work strikes each viewer differently, offering a sense of discovery and affinity.

For several decades, Berra has been an exciting artist to follow. The collection of recent paintings will include an expanded range of subject matter, demonstrating Berra's inclination to explore beyond the boundaries of his work.

Berra's paintings have been exhibited extensively in the United States and are represented in private and public collections around the world, including those in Taiwan, Mali, Portugal, and Spain.