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.

Monthly Free First Friday Gallery Tour

Every First Friday of the month, Nedra Matteucci Galleries offers a free tour, open to the public, beginning at 3:30pm. Join our knowledgeable gallery staff for a fun and educational experience, covering the most important works in the collection, the history of the building, and some of the gallery's private rooms, including the research library. Join us on April 7, 2017, at 3:30pm, and every First Friday after!

Nedra Matteucci Galleries Featured on the "Best Things To Do In Santa Fe" 2017 List

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Have you seen the new list of "Best Things To Do In Santa Fe" for 2017? Nedra Matteucci Galleries made the cut! According to the Best Things website, "Santa Fe, New Mexico is an awesome destination, filled with breathtaking architecture, a wonderous art galleries, marvelous restaurants and diverse activities." We couldn't agree more! 

Painter John Moyers awarded James R. Parks Trustees’ Purchase Award at the Autry Museum

Nedra Matteucci Galleries has proudly carried John Moyers' paintings of the American Southwest and its peoples for ten years, and offers you this special selection of his work. Please contact the gallery to inquire about these paintings and more.

Contemporary painter John Moyers has been awarded the prestigious James R. Parks Trustees' Purchase Award at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, California. Moyers' painting The Elder's Walk will join the Autry's permanent collection. 

Film Featuring Michael Naranjo

Jenna Winters, director and producer, aspires to tell the story of her father’s extraordinary life through a full-length documentary. The film will reveal how Michael Naranjo sees, despite having lost his vision in Vietnam. With his hands, his heart, and his intuition, Naranjo creates bronzes of uncommon beauty. Winters' proposed documentary will reveal the challenges and triumphs of his life, the love and determination he shares with his wife Laurie, and the importance of dreaming, trying, and doing. 

We hope you will consider supporting this incredible project. To help spread the word or make a contribution, please visit: dreamtouchbelieve.com

Panel Discussion Organized by the Harwood Couse Foundation, September 3

Members of the Taos Society of Artists, ca. 1932, photo courtesy of The Couse Foundation

Members of the Taos Society of Artists, ca. 1932, photo courtesy of The Couse Foundation

On the first Saturday of September, The Couse Foundation is collaborating with the Harwood Museum to present a panel discussion with three distinguished scholars of western art: Taos Society of Artists: Western Art or American Art? The lecture will be held at the Harwood Museum, Arthur Bell Auditorium, located at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM 87571. Tickets are available for $10.00 from the Harwood Museum at 575-758-9826. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. on September 3, 2016.  The Couse Foundation will be holding their regularly scheduled open house on Saturday, September 3, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Couse-Sharp Historic Site is located at 146 Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM 87571.
 

John Moyers and Terri Kelly Moyers: Time-honored Traditions in Painting

John Moyers,  August Sky , oil, 16" x 16"

John Moyers, August Sky, oil, 16" x 16"

Nedra Matteucci Galleries' late summer exhibition will open with an artists' reception from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13; the work will remain on display through September 10.

Husband and wife artists, John Moyers and Terri Kelly Moyers, will present their newest collection of original oil paintings, showcasing a broad range of locations. Their work includes traditional, small, plein air paintings and large, figurative works, often with expressive and inventive narratives that capture the imagination. John, especially, invites a sense of history to his Native American themes, and Terri achieves insightful sensitivity through her expression of character. The couple's shared love of the Southwest remains a focus of their work, and their art reflects a dedication to their established rhythms in contemporary painting.

Terri Kelly Moyers,  Beyond the Mission Walls,  oil, 30" x 40"

Terri Kelly Moyers, Beyond the Mission Walls, oil, 30" x 40"

The Moyers are both accomplished, award-winning traditional realist painters. Among many accolades, Terri Kelly Moyers has won the Frederic Remington Painting Award at the Prix de West Invitational twice. John Moyers has also won numerous awards, including the prized Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the Prix de West in 2013. Together, the couple has studied with fine painters such as J. Noel Tucker, Ramon Froman and notably with their friend and mentor, Robert Lougheed. The couple met at a two-month painting workshop Okanagan Game Farm in British Columbia. Now, they live and paint in Santa Fe.

For more on the exhibition, please see the recent articles in Western Art Collector and Southwest Art.