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OSVC Current Gallery Exhibitions

The OSVC hosts several art exhibitions per year. These are the current exhibitions by New Mexico artists.

Beyond the View

A tapestry made by Donna Loraine Contractor.

A fine art tapestry made by Donna Loraine Contractor.

Presented by Sandra Humphries

March 16, 2024 - May 4, 2024

Growing up in Connecticut and showing an interest in art at an early age, my parents enrolled me in oil painting classes at the local Y. Every Saturday, all through elementary, junior and high schools, I took the bus into the city with my oil paints, easel, and canvases in tow. During the summer, the teacher had outdoor classes in fields overlooking Westport Harbor. I loved working “plein air”. I attended Rhode Island School of Design to continue my study of art, receiving a BFA Degree. Later, earning a MA Degree from the University of New Mexico, majoring in Art Education.

I work in both watercolor and oils, with my paintings in numerous collections including locally at Bank of America and Los Alamos National Laboratory. From entering juried water media exhibits I have earned “Signature Membership” in 5 organizations including the National Watercolor Society. My goal is to create paintings that convey to the viewer not just the visual appearance of a place but its emotional impression; in many of my works, I strive to convey the openness, expansion, and movement that I sense in the natural world.

Geometry of Nature

A painting by Sandra Humphries.

Presented by Donna Lorraine Contractor and Catalina Salinas

March 2, 2024 - May 4, 2024

Donna Loraine Contractor has been a Fine Art Tapestry Weaver for over 3 decades, In that time she has won numerous awards, 5 times 1st place at the New Mexico Art + Craft Fair; among others. She was awarded one of the first Local Treasures Awards. Her work is in private and Public Collections. (US Kenya ambassador residence, as well as the Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque hospitals). Her tapestries are collected all over the world.

Catalina Salinas. Is an oil painter that exhibits internationally and is a full member of the Amapola Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque. She grew fond of the indigenous cultures that surrounded her birthplace of La Paz, Bolivia. Her artwork creates optical illusions and the composition orientation allows the observer to keep looking deeper, discovering textures and shapes like we do once we discover the beauty of design in nature. Her paintings are exhibited in Bolivia, Mexico and here in the USA.