Rebirth of a Craft: Paper Marbling in New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico-"Rebirth of a Craft: Paper Marbling in New Mexico"
opens on Friday, October 10, 2003, and remains on view in the Palace of
the Governors Community Gallery, 110 Washington Street, through November
28, 2003. The exhibit features 19 works of marbling on paper and opens
with a free public reception on Friday, October 10, from 5:30-7:30pm,
hosted by the Museum of New Mexico's Women's Board.
This exhibition is not the first of its kind in Santa Fe. After a revival
in paper marbling that began in the United States in the 1970s, the First
International Marblers Gathering convened at St. John's college in 1989.
It was a significant event in the history of the craft that was hosted, in
part, by the Palace of the Governors and the Governor's Gallery, and today
some of the works from that first exhibit may be viewed by appointment at
the Press at the Palace of the Governors. Since the 1989 event, four
subsequent international gatherings have met, with the sixth being planned
The six artists represented in "Rebirth of a Craft" also were involved in
the first gathering in Santa Fe: Paul Maurer, Polly Fox, Pamela Smith,
Katherine Loeffler, John "Cove" Coventry and Tom Leech, Director of the
Palace of the Governors Press.
While each credits marblers elsewhere as teachers and inspirations, it is
nonetheless significant that their efforts came together in New Mexico to
generate a renewed interest worldwide about this very old art form.
Although marbling maintains its historical association with the book, it
has been given new life as an independent and exciting art.
Saturday, October 25, 1-3pm
Palace Community Gallery, 110 Washington Street.
Demonstration by Tom Leech, Director of the Palace Press. Free.