Meet Gronk at the Santa Fe Opera

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From a Press Release

It is unusual to have an artist paint a complete set for an opera, but that is exactly what Los Angeles Chicano artist Gronk is doing during the month of April.  He is in residence in the Opera’s Stieren Hall, creating the visuals for this summer’s production of Vivaldi’s “Griselda.”  
As director Peter Sellars explains, “I don’t know what he is going to do, I have not told him anything.  When an artist paints, he creates a special environment in which the singers will perform.”  Gronk prepared the set for the 2005 production of Golijov’s “Ainadamar,” covering the walls and the floor with his singular perspective on the opera.
The public is invited to meet Gronk at an open house from 1-3 p.m. April 16 in Stieren Hall at the Opera.  He will work on the set and will be available to answer questions and talk about his work. There is no charge and reservations are not needed. Families and especially children are encouraged to visit, learn and watch an artist at work.  Those attending may arrive and leave whenever they wish.
“Meet Gronk” is part of a new initiative that makes available activities that families can enjoy together and experience what it takes to put an opera on the stage.  Production Director Paul Horpedahl will be the host for the afternoon. Horpedahl is responsible for all the physical aspects of the opera’s productions. His knowledge will provide insights for those watching Gronk at work.
Gronk is largely a self-taught artist who describes his influences as coming from German expressionists, cartoons, graffiti artists and the vernacular art of early civilizations. His murals can be found in and on prominent buildings throughout the country; he has also created a performance piece with the Kronos Quartet.  During his last visit, he created a mural for the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, which he will undertake again for the Albuquerque Museum in July.  He is acknowledged for his work with students as a teacher and creator.
In addition, Family Nights, featuring three opera performances during August, are part of the new family initiative. “Faust” will be on Aug. 20; “La Boheme” will be Aug. 23; and “The Last Savage” will be Aug. 25. The cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children. The opera offers these discounts in an effort to make attending the opera more affordable for families. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Opera Box Office, or by calling 986-5900 or 800-280-4654.