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The Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents Stacia Lewandowski, author of Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe, 7 p.m., July 25 in the upstairs rotunda.
New Mexico attracts and fosters many artists of all kinds. In her book on some of the visual artists who found the high desert light and landscape of Santa Fe irrestible and inspiring, Lewandowski explores their lives and art through photographs and personal stories.
The book is actually a two volume set which includes a separate walking tour booklet of many artists’ homes and sites in Santa Fe.
As July’s guest speaker, Lewandowski will present a talk about the book and accompanying slide show with images of Santa Fe and archival photographic images from the book.
Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe won the award for Best First Book at the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. It was also selected as a finalist for Best Book in the Arts.
Lewandowski was born and raised in Chicago. She received degrees in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music and in philosophy from the University of Colorado. Her early education also included classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and a year of study in Poland at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music.
Lewandowski has worked as a professional flutist and in arts marketing and public relations.
Most recently, she handled research and public relations for Zaplin Lampert Gallery in Santa Fe, a gallery that specializes in historical art of the American West.
It was during this time that she focused on research pertaining to the development of Santa Fe’s art community.
She continues an association with Zaplin Lampert Gallery as the creator and editor of the e-news journal, in addition to work as a freelance writer.
The two volume set includes the hardcover 272-page book, with the softcover 88-page booklet, Walking in the Path of the Artists: A Guide Booklet to the Artists’ Homes, neatly inserted in a pocket within the hardcover book.
In Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe, Lewandowski takes the reader on an art journey that begins in the days before Santa Fe could boast a single gallery or art museum.
More than 40 artists are presented, including well-known and lesser-known figures of the Santa Fe art community, Native American and Hispano artists, as well as notable visitors to the city such as artists Robert Henri, Edward Hopper and Stuart Davis.
Biographical material is enriched by lively quotes from the period and complemented by 120 color images of the artists’ work — the majority from private collections — and 49 black and white archival photographs.