Fine Art Gallery

Three New Mexico Artists

Randy Follis, Kathleen Holmes, and Jason Hobbs

March 17 - April 10, 2006

Opening Reception:
March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Art Gallery at San Juan College will present an exhibit by New Mexico artists Randy Follis, Kathleen Holmes, and Jason Hobbs, from March 17 through April 10. A reception to meet the artists will be held March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

Follis did not discover an interest in art until he was 27, and took another four years to become serious about it. He has now been painting professionally for nearly 35 years and is listed in both the Contemporary Western Artist and The Artists Bluebook. His western and landscape paintings are included in private and corporate art collections throughout all 50 states and in many foreign countries. Follis has exhibited in many art shows including a one-man show at the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, and has won numerous cash, ribbon, and purchase awards. His work has been published in Western Horseman, The Western Horse, and The National Horse Peddler.

Holmes says, "There is no more beautiful color than a bar of steel 2000 F glowing like the sun." As she works quickly on her anvil before the metal can turn brittle, Holmes creates images of grace and gentle beauty using only a hammer. As an industrial pipe welder, she spent decades on construction sites across the U.S. Holmes has made professional contributions since the early 70s in painting, fiber sculpture, basketry, shadow boxes, poetry and prose. She has visited the major art museums in France and Italy, but draws her inspiration from nature - having spent her youth hiking extensively in the Gila Wilderness around Mogollon, New Mexico. Holmes and her husband own Rustwater Forge and design and build architectural elements and furnishings for homes in the Four Corners area.

Jason Hobbs grew up in the Four Corners area and has actively pursued his interest in art through different mediums, including music. As an adult, Hobbs has focused on making rustic furniture. He finds inspiration in the culture and unique designs of furniture makers of early New Mexico. He uses aged materials to express his version of the furniture that has inspired him.

Randy Follis, southwestern artist, will present a free demonstration of his work on Friday, March 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center, room 9036. Follis is providing one of his own paintings as a door-prize.

During the free demonstration, Follis will discuss his lesson plan for a three-day advanced student workshop, titled "The Anatomy of a Painting," that will be held March 27-29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center, room 9036. The cost is $175.00 per student. For more information on Randy Follis, visit his website at

To register for the workshop, or for further information, contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday. The Art Gallery is closed on weekends. For more information call (505) 566-3464.