Chasing the Heart: Plein Aire Pastels of Sally Hayden von Conta

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Chasing the Heart: Plein Aire Pastels of Sally Hayden von Conta

545 Canyon Road, Suite 2 Santa Fe, NM 87501

Friday, 9AM to 5PM
July 12, 2019

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Chasing the Heart: Plein Aire Pastels of Sally Hayden von Conta

545 Canyon Road, Suite 2 Santa Fe, NM 87501

Friday, 9AM to 5PM
July 12, 2019

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Historic Santa Fe Foundation’s regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. We will be open late on July 12 for the Canyon Road Art Crawl.

ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION:
The exhibition of Chasing the Heart features plein air pastel paintings by Sally Hayden von Conta. von Conta has garnered a national reputation and collector base for her vivid pastel artworks. She uses vibrant colors modeled on those present in the American Southwest — the yellow of aspens, teal blue of the skies, warm orange of the refracted light from a New Mexico sunset, and the rusty, burnt Sienna of iron-rich soil. Her works are descriptive and the viewer is left with a perfect mental vision of the landscape; yet, her use of the pastels is interpretive and skilled modeling shadows, midtones, and highlights with brilliant and detailed color.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Following fine art scholarship studies in Florida, Montana and Mexico, Sally Hayden von Conta pursued graphic design studies in New York City. This culminated in a 25-year career in advertising as an art director in New York.

Arriving in Santa Fe, NM in 1986, von Conta quickly became established as a mixed media fine-art artist, and since 2001, she has been working in plein air pastels. She has exhibited at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MS; Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, TX; and Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, among other venues. Her one-person exhibitions include shows at Galeria de los Colorines, Mexico City, MX; Century Gallery, Santa Fe, NM in “Reflections in the Moment”; and Leech Studio Gallery, Sarasota, FL. Her plein air pastel paintings have been honored with numerous awards and included in many invitational group exhibitions. Sally Hayden von Conta currently lives and paints in Santa Fe, NM.

Contact: Melanie McWhorter at melanie@historicsantafe.org or call 505.983.2567 for more information.

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