NEW MEXICO AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS GUILD (NMAAAG)
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Members:

Please contact each artist if you are interested in their artwork. Albuquerque has long been a hub of artistic activitiy and is a "cultural corridor." to the United States:


Fred Wilson Sculptor/Potter 3703 Mancherster Drive NW 87107 505-345-7671; email: strawmud at yahoo.com. See his work on my website here
Ike Davis, Sculptor/Painter 424 53rd Street, SW 87105 505-836-1287 see his work and portfolio on my website here
Edna Mciver, Painter, 3300 Santa Clara SE 87106 505-256-0440 ; email: nixon39@comcast.net
Mari Holmes, Sculptor/Paintert/Fabric Artist/Printmaker 402 52nd SW 87105 505-831-3787
Reginald Gammon, Painter/Printmaker 1511 Aragon Rd SW 87105 505-877-8262
Willie Belcher, Painter 9220-C Anderson Dr. 87104 505-898-4935
Janet Smith/J&Bart Painter PO Box 50183 87181 505-323-8626
Janet W. Saiers 1622 Propps NE Painter 87112 505-299-5019
Peggi Randolph Painter/Printmaker 55115 Cascade Place 87105 505-255-1740
Shirley Fears-Wynn Painter 1712 Quail Run Court NE 505-797-2876
Phil Landry Painter/Printmaker PO Box 7775 87194 505-255-2027
Joseph Yvon Marc Painter/Sculptor 2104 Tulip 87105 505-877-1325
Doris Fields Painter/Pen Ink Placitas New Mexico 53 Perdiz Canyon Road Placiras, NM 87043 867-5340
Herman Ulibarri Painter 3413 El Por Venmir Circle SW 87105
Kenneth Winfrey Painter/Printmaker 7000 Phoenix NE 87110 Apt 704 505-833-4457
Donna A. Brazier-Muniz Painter 11504 Bar-Harbour Pl NE 505-294-1960
Marianne Gendron Painter 5924 Osuna Rd. NE 3G 87109 505-881-1599
Ricardo Sarto fabric works/painter 4912 Pershing 87108 505-255-2410

WILSON -- FRED ROBERT Famed African American Artist and Teacher, Fred Robert Wilson, 80, passed on April 23, 2012, at his home and business, The Wild Strawberry and Muddy Wheel Gallery and Studio, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A celebration of his life will be held on June, 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM. For information and to RSVP email fredwilsoncelebration@gmail.com Mr. Wilson was born March 16, 1932 to his beloved mother, Jennie Moore, in Chicago, Illinois. His artistic stirrings began as a young teen when he moved to California. He learned to create beautiful images out of clay and on canvas with very limited materials. He was educated at Fresno State, La Verne University, and Cal- State Los Angeles, with studies in the arts and athletics. The Army gave him life experience, but Mr. Wilson felt that a great deal of his life inspiration came from growing up in the Depression in Chicago. From the first pot that he threw at age fourteen, until the day he passed, he touched countless hearts through the spiritual qualities of his art and his teachings. He taught thousands of students, from children to adults, beginning with his pottery school in California in the 1960's to apprenticeships and workshops in New Mexico until the day he passed. Mr. Wilson's artistic inspirations came from his dreams as well as observing people and animals in their daily environment. The basis for his designs came from his views of human interaction which he interpreted as pieces of abstracted reality that communicate cultural, symbolic and mythical stories. He channeled those ideas into sculptures, architectural wall murals, masks and pottery. These one of a kind creations were made from clay, often incorporating wood, stained glass, feathers, shells, and beads. He believed that art should be for every taste and every pocket book. His artistic philosophy was reflected in the following poetic excerpt from his book of poetry, "Soul Reflections Heart Expressions" "You gotta look up and not down to the ground. You gotta reach out and feel all around, And touch, smell, feel and see All the good things in life to be found." Mr. Wilson's teaching philosophy was that the beauty comes from the creation not necessarily the means. He believed an artist need never feel limited by life; that their only limitations are from their own minds. The family finds comfort in this time knowing that Mr. Wilson inspired so many with his prolific works. Mr. Wilson was inducted into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2003. He won countless awards and accolades during his long career including the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2007. He is survived by his wife and creative partner of 25 years, Kristen Wilson, life friend Jessie Wilson, his eight children, Dion Thompson, Terry Wilson, Andre Wilson, Jaison Wilson, Joi Wilson, Tali Kaniatobe, Caitlin Kaniatobe Lucas, Remi Kaniatobe, his five grandchildren, Tevin Thompson, Johnathon Kaniatobe Lucas, Elliot Kaniatobe, Jaiden Wilson, Alyssa Lucas, and all of his extended family, friends, and students. Donations in his name may be sent to Working Classrooms. Please contact Nan Elsasser 505-242-9267 nanel@workingclassroom.org.

Art work by artist Reginald Gammon returned to family estate

Noted African American artist and former Spiral member Reginald A. Gammon died on November 4, 2005 at the age of 84. Following his retirement from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (where he taught art) in 1991, Gammon and his wife Jonni moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. From 1991 until his death Gammon worked exclusively out of the New Grounds Print Work Shop http://www.newgroundsprintshop.com/index.html and his own studio in Albuquerque. A master artist, Gammon worked in various mediums (printmaking, painting, drawing etc.) and served as a respected mentor to numerous young artists.

Well, after Gammon's untimely death it was revealed that the Gammon estate had been trying for many months to have over 100 drawings returned to them. According to New Grounds Print Work Shop owner and director Regina Held and Gammon's widow the drawings had originally been loaned to Michael Valentine of Valentine of New York http://www.valentinenewyork.com/ for inclusion in a book Valentine was planning to do on Reggie Gammon. Gammon's wife said her husband had been trying for months to get his work back from Valentine but to no avail. Valentine had initially said that the deceased artist sold him the work eventhough Gammon supporters have contended that the artist would not sell one drawings, and if he did the cash strapped Valentine would not have been able to afford the cost. This heated issue set off a frenzy of emails in cyberspace about how Gammon's work was obtained. According to the numerous emails sent out it was clear to see that lines were drawn between unscrupulous dealers and artists/collectors. Some of these responses will be posted at the end of this posting.

According to numerous artists and collectors this same type of "graft" had long been perpetuated against deceased and living artists. As of late Vincent Smith, Reginald Gammon, Norman Lewis, Al Loving, and by extension their families, have been the unwitting targets of unscrupulous dealers (see the articles on this blog about art dealer theft). According to persons representing the estates of the deceased artist, often the dealer that once represented the artist is not very forthcoming about work still in their possession, or they choose not to give money from the sold work to the family. In other cases dealers knowing of the deceased artist's financial need and the family's lack of art knowledge swoop down from their perch, shed crocodile tears, and buy the dead artist's work for pennys on the dollar.

Of course the deceased artist is not the only one that can fall prey to the "art dealer scam". In recent years living artists such as Richard Mayhew http://www.richardmayhew.com/, Ed Clark ,http://www.artistedclark.com/ Ron Adams http://newartsweb.com/ronadams/biography.html have been "bitten" by the shark-dealer long on promises but a bit short in the wallet. Over the years various African American artists, collectors and even other dealers have alleged that dealers such as Bill Hodges http://billhodgesgallery.com/, George N'namdi http://www.grnnamdigallery.com/and Michael Rosenfeld http://www.michaelrosenfeldart.com/home.html, have made a fortune off of these smile and grab practices.

Some argue that the capitalistic art world of North America parallels nature, and that to have a healthy balance there must be carnivores that prey on omnivores, who in turn prey on bugs and grasses for their sustenance. Consequently, the odds are that a large percentage of unknowing artists will fall in with the wrong art cabal or cad and be devoured.

The other argument from collectors and dealers is that artists should seek to obtain more business savy and use the proper contracts to protect themselves from these Cads. One New York dealer has publicly declared: "It is the artists fault if they get hustled, and if it were not for the dealer a majority of artists would not have their work purchased by anybody."

While there is some grain of truth in both arguments, as a person that believes in moral integrity and the hallmarks of democracy, I believe there is only right and wrong. If a collector or dealer has entered into a contract with an artist then both parties should adhere to the original agreement. Enough said.

Reginald Gammon, an educator and artist whose paintings and prints focused on social injustice and the civil rights era, died Thursday at Heart Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 84.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Gammon was a retired professor of fine arts and humanities who taught at Western Michigan University.

He was born in Philadelphia and educated at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and the Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported Tuesday.

Gammon later moved to New York, where he became a founding member of the Spiral Group in the early 1960s. The organization of black artists promoted their works and explored how they could use their talents to aid the civil rights movement.

Spiral Group disbanded after putting together only one exhibition. In 1969, Gammon joined the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition, an organization formed to protest the exclusion and disparaging treatment of black art in mainstream museums and galleries.

He came to Western Michigan as a visiting scholar in 1970 and was offered a permanent teaching job at the end of his stay. Gammon moved to Albuquerque after retiring from the university in 1991.


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