News from Jill Christian Studio

Blue Moon, oil on panel, 24"x24", 2014

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and good things for the coming year!

I wanted to share with you some news and a twist on New Year's resolutions that you might enjoy.

Happy Holidays!

Ditch New Year’s Resolutions for Groundhog Day Resolutions
I’ve been following Dave Seah’s blog for a couple years and use a few of his productivity tools to organize my projects.
As I’m reviewing my year and planning the next, I’m revisiting one of Seah’s brilliant ideas: Groundhog Day Resolutions.  It’s a perfect antidote to two issues he lays out about New Year’s resolutions:  they’ve lost impact (everyone is expected to make 'em and forget ‘em and then joke about it) and the timing sucks (we’re all exhausted by January 1).
I love this!  The holidays get manic, and in that frenzied state, I seem more vulnerable to picking grandiose resolutions that I know deep down I’ll never follow through with: quit coffee, wake at 5:00 am, climb Everest, win an Ironman, become a master yogi…
Another thing I love about his method is setting aside December 12th as Resolution Review Day. There’s a good reason for doing this before the holidays. He declares: “from today to February 2nd, it’s time to take a break from self-improvement and just make it through the holidays!”— brilliant!
This is exactly what I’m doing… Next year!
Here are a few announcements I’d like to share with you and some past news I may have missed sharing:


New Representation

I'm thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Matrix Fine Art in Albuquerque.  If you are in Albuquerque, Matrix Fine Art is having a January group exhibition featuring new works by gallery artists:

NEW: Works by Matrix Artists
Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE, Suite 100 A, Albuquerque, NM
Exhibition dates: January 2 – 31, 2015
Sneak Preview: December 30 – January 1
First Friday Artscrawl Reception: Friday, January 2, 2015

The Lady Minimalists Tea Society

I have joined a wonderful group of artists as part of The Lady Minimalists Tea Society, which includes Shaun Gilmore, Dara Mark, Danielle Shelley, Signe Stuart, and Janice Wall.  I was introduced to this group by a former member and amazing artist, Diane McGregor.
The Lady Minimalists Tea Society is a collective of six Northern New Mexico women artists who have an aesthetic relationship to minimalism as a core principle. For some members, it is a starting point, while for others it is more a concept to react to. Each of them has adapted the minimalist aesthetic to her own individual ends. They retain a shared sense of pared-down processes, materials and/or colors, so that what is left out of the artwork is as crucial as what is allowed in. There is no storytelling; pictorial space is explored abstractly, often with an emphasis on light or atmosphere.”
We are planning right now for future group exhibitions—stay tuned.

Recent Publications and Interviews

New American Paintings Magazine
I thrilled to be included in New American Paintings West (Issue 114).  Juror, Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, chose works from approximately 1,000 applicants to be featured in this issue.

Studio Visit Magazine
My work was also included in Vol. 25 (2014) of Studio Visit Magazine, juried by Trevor Richardson, Director, Herter Art Gallery, UMASS, Amherst.  My paintings are featured on page 25.

365 Arts Interview
Thank you to the people at ‪365artists365days for including me in their project!
365 Artists | 365 Days was started January 1, 2014 by Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery. Their website posts daily spotlights of contemporary artists from around the world.

Recent Exhibitions

New Mexico Art in Public Places Purchase Program
I have been selected as a 2014 finalist in the New Mexico Art in Public Places Purchase Program.  Finalist work is being presented to communities for possible placement in public buildings through June 2015.

Impressions: Paintings by Jill Christian
The Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery, University of New Mexico Hospital
September 19 - November 7, 2014

Miniatures and More 2014
The Albuquerque Museum
October 25 – December 7, 2014

Harwood Art Center 12x12 Fundraiser
Harwood Art Center
December 6 – 19, 2014

Things to Check Out

If you haven’t already heard about these, you must check out:

On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design
A cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by over 20 partnering organizations. From January through June 2015, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that investigate the diverse art of the greater Albuquerque region. This event places a comprehensive focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, contemporary to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region.
Saturday, January 31
2-5pm @ Albuquerque Museum
6-8pm @ 516 ARTS, Richard Levy Gallery and other Downtown area venues

Central Features Gallery
Located in Downtown Albuquerque, Central Features is a contemporary art gallery that promotes environmental stewardship, social progress, and the intrinsic value of creative acts by supporting a wide range of exceptional artists, visionary designers, and other dynamic cultural producers. Through a rigorously curated gallery program that borrows from both commercial and non-commercial practices, Central Features asks: how might art translate and transform the human condition in a relevant, discernible, and local context?  Included in Central Features exhibition program is Pacific Exhibits, a downtown Albuquerque storefront window micro-gallery dedicated to showcasing local artists. Owned and operated by Nancy Zastudil, The Necessarian, LLC. 10% of gallery profits are donated to New Mexico art, community, and environmental causes.

Third Light, oil on panel, 20"x20", 2014
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