New Mexico Wildlands and Wildscapes

An Open Space Visitor Center gallery exhibit ongoing through the end of the year


This event has already happened.
Nov 11, 2018 09:00 AM - Dec 30, 2018 05:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


The Open Space Visitor Center presents New Mexico Wildlife and Wildscapes, the Art of Julia Cairns and L. Wren Walraven. The exhibit runs until December 30th, 2018.

About the artists:

Wren Walraven: “As a child, I was fascinated and awestruck by the natural world around me. The birds at our feeders brought forth great adoration and excitement in their wild beauty. Little did I know, this would be the foundation of a life’s path. Bisbee, AZ. During this time, I too became a skilled bird watcher and participated in bird banding and bird surveying projects, along with painting wildlife, running my own gallery and interacting with the new flora and fauna of the Southwest. It was a glorious 10 years full of an inventory of natural experiences. But the songbirds of the East, and family, called us back to Asheville, NC, where we spent 5 years and I further developed and played with new inventive styles. I started to expand my own interpretations of animals and plants, staying true to the perfection of nature, but adding my own whimsical layer – the magical layer that I cherish.” L. Wren Walraven has received a BFA from Ohio University, and has worked in wildlife rehabilitation and bird surveying. She has been a professional artist for 19 years.

Julia Cairns Artist/Illustrator: “Julia was born in Oxford, England in 1959. She left home to travel at an early age, finding herself especially drawn to Africa.   Although she did not attend art school, Julia realized her vocation in life was to paint, so she went to live in Botswana, Africa in 1983 and began what became a decade long creative endeavor to paint the flora, fauna and people of the place she loved. While in Botswana, Julia got the opportunity to paint 4 sets of postage stamps for the Postal dept. there. She was also invited to paint a portrait of the President, Dr. Quett Masire. Although she painted mostly landscapes, Julia developed a style that she used on greeting cards which is still recognizable in her current work today. In 1992, Julia married John Bulger, a student at UC Davis who was working on his Phd in animal behavior (baboons) in the Okavango Swamps (Northern Botswana). They moved to Davis so John could complete his degree and have remained in the U.S ever since. In the late 90’s, Julia began illustrating children’s books and has now illustrated 10 books for various publishers. Her most popular book thus far has been ‘We all went on Safari’ published by Barefoot Books. It has been translated into over 12 different languages. More recently she illustrated ‘A Full Moon Rising’ for Lee and Low books and a book for the organization My Book Buddy which brings books to third world countries.   Julia’s work has been licensed on many products, from jigsaw puzzles to shower curtains and has been particularly popular in the form of quilting fabric (Cranston ). She continues to paint at her studio in Galisteo, NM and takes part in the annual Studio Tour there every October.   Julia teaches and travels, taking a group to Italy every year to paint the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany. Her inspiration comes from nature and the world around her.”




Kent Swanson