2019 Art Exhibition at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Art and gardens: the pairing goes back millennia. The latest exhibition at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Human Nature: Explorations in Bronze, features the unique sculptures of three artists: Allan Houser, David Pearson, and Jonathan Hertzel. Showcasing human figures in bronze, each artist brings his distinct style to reveal the spirit and cherish the fragility and power of human nature. The exhibition includes 24 bronze sculptures and opens to the public on May 25, 2019, with an opening reception on May 24, 2019. The exhibition runs through May 10, 2020.

About the Artists

Allan Houser is one of New Mexico’s prolific artists; he was a student of the Santa Fe Indian School, and later set up the sculpture department at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Houser created revolutionary pieces that not only inspired and influenced his contemporaries and protégés, but have an ongoing impact the world over. From his iconic narrative works to the serene and mysterious forms of his geometric abstract works, Houser’s art connected people through its refined aesthetic and exacting execution.

Having grown up in Tesuque, sculptor David Pearson began working at Shidoni foundry as an apprentice at the age of 15. His rapid mastery of every phase of fine-art foundry work led to career phases as Foundry Director, Patina Master, Foundry designer and builder, and the one closest to his heart, Master Sculptor. His bronzes reach people across the usual human divides and categorizations. Serenity, peace, and spirituality constitute as much of the mass and gravitas of Pearson’s bronze figures as the dense and durable metal itself.

Jonathan Hertzel is a classically trained sculptor who calls himself a sculptural historian. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts and the University of Rochester, with more than thirty years of experience under his belt, he can certainly hold his own with more traditional artists who work in bronze. But, he has a slightly different intention, one for which his history can provide hints. The artist feels that figurative sculpture changes in order to best represent the times in which it is created. The sculptures are rooted in motion, transition and passage, and are visually multi-directional. The far and near views offer differing perspectives, the changing views culminate into an evolving figurative landscape.

Collaborating galleries include Allan Houser Gallery, Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, and Jonathan Hertzel Studio.

Allan Houser’s Watercarrier

David Pearson’s Song of Songs

Jonathan Hertzel’s Endless

Related Events

Artist Studio Tours

For three dates this summer, Artists Studio Tours will give participants a unique opportunity to see the artists’ latest work and their working environments. Registration is limited so sign up early to ensure that you have a place!

Tours of each of the artists’ studios will take place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Tours will include small bites, wine, and sparkling water. Maps will be provided following your reservation for the tour. Registrants are responsible for their own transportation.

Cost: $40 Members / $55 Not-yet-members

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Studio Tour Dates:
June 15, Saturday | Artist Studio Tour at Allan Houser Sculpture Garden
July 20, Saturday | Artist Studio Tour at David Pearson’s studio
August 24, Saturday | Artist Studio Tour at Jonathan Hertzel Studios

Exhibition Opening Reception

May 24, 2019, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Featuring remarks by each of the artists or their representatives, wine and a catered buffet. The evening also features a silent auction of colorful planted containers, and a drawing for a sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel. Proceeds of the silent auction benefit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s mission and education programs.