'Mel's Mesa'
"Mel's Mesa," by Nancy Lane.

The Art Program of the University of New Mexico Hospital presents a group exhibition from seven Southwest fine art tapestry masters, “State of the Art: Tapestry in the 21st Century." An opening reception will be held for the exhibition, which is now open, on Friday, Dec. 11, from 4 – 6 pm at the Jonathan Abrams MD Gallery, located on the 5th floor of the University of New Mexico's main hospitals’ Ambulatory Care Center. Parking is in the West Parking Structure at Lomas and Yale Blvds.

The seven featured artists include: Mary C. Cost, Heather Gallegos-Rex, Linda Giesen, Nancy Lane, Katherine Perkins, Janice Thomson Peters, and Letitia Roller. Their work is exemplary of modern or contemporary tapestry. When classical or even ancient weaving techniques are in the hands and rich imaginations of these weavers and are exhibited in one show, the results are visually stunning. Each artist has a unique style and vision, but all share the ability to make this old medium fresh and exciting. All transform weaving into fine art tapestry.   

Tapestry is art, but is more than art in that it has an inherent tactile sensuousness as well as a strong implication of timelessness.  It engages the viewers senses beyond the visual; it engages the mind while it draws the viewer in for a closer look.

State of the Art: Tapestry in the 21st Century continues through Feb. 19, 2016. Gallery hours are weekdays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Chris Fenton at (505) 272-9700 or email, cfenton@salud.unm.edu.