Santa Fe Fine Artist Robbi Firestone Captures the Elusive "Spirit of Santa Fe" in Interactive Oil Portrait Exhibition and Film Portraying a Range of New Mexico Citizens

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Oil Portrait Commission Artist Robbi Firestone will portray citizens who exemplify Santa Fe, from a beloved judge to a homeless youth. The fine art, portrait exploration and film project will culminate in an opening at Casweck Galleries in Santa Fe, NM.

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Robbi Firestone Captures 'The Spirit of Santa Fe' in fine artworks

With this portrait project, I explore why we are drawn to this land and one another… I want to look at each of my muses, and discover 'The Spirit of Santa Fe.'

On August 9, 2013 oil portrait artist Robbi Firestone’s groundbreaking, fine art exhibition, "The Spirit of Santa Fe," composed of her oil portraits of a brave range of Santa Feans—from a beloved judge to a homeless youth—will open at Casweck Galleries in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Oil portrait artist Robbi Firestone, who recently relocated to Santa Fe, is consciously considering the "Spirit of Santa Fe," through an ambitious art project exploring soul of her newly adopted city.

Firestone seeks to explore her love affair with the New Mexico desert through the eyes of some of Santa Fe’s most fascinating residents, who will share their thoughts on their home. Viewers will see Santa Fe through the eyes of participants such as:

-Actress/Model Jill Momaday (Kiowa, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday and wife of artist Darren Vigil Gray)
-Beloved living treasure Judge Michael Vigil
-Shibana Singh, community leader, a yoga teacher, dietician, and healer
-Doctor of Oriental Medicine Fiquet Hanna Duckworth
-Linda McDill, President of New Mexico Women in Film
-Armand Lara, Museum collected, legendary Navajo artist

The ‘city different,’ will be explained to Firestone as folks sit and discuss as subjects for Spirit Capture portrait artist Robbi Firestone project.

Firestone says, I’ve been pondering, "What makes me so viscerally drawn to Santa Fe? So I will ask each subject two questions. 'What does spirit mean to you? And what is the spirit of Santa Fe?'" These answers both satisfy her curiosity and inform her painting process, which includes the inscription of words, intuitive insights, and occasionally, the use of collage and embedded objects.

Firestone discovered Santa Fe eight years ago, and planned her move ever since. She decided to explore the city’s strong magnetic pull by painting the portraits of quintessential Santa Feans.

These individuals were nominated by trusted advisors, because they exemplify the City Different, from beloved community members to media personalities and a homeless youth. The subjects, from varying socioeconomic levels and backgrounds, represent Santa Fe’s rich diversity.

"With the spirit of Santa Fe project, I am intent on exploring why we are all so drawn to this land. So drawn to one another… I feel welcomed and at home. I feel I have found my tribe. I want to look at each and everyone of you, discovering my own version of the spirit of Santa Fe, through your eyes."

Firestone’s desire to stay put is something many Santa Feans and visitors experience to various degrees. But Firestone is doing something unique in response. Her exhibition has already found its home in the Casweck Galleries space in downtown Santa Fe, and will debut during the height of Santa Fe’s gallery season, in between Spanish Market and Indian Market. A filmed interview of the subjects on the same theme will accompany the gallery exhibition.

Casweck Gallery features the works of renowned artist Ernest Chiriacka (1913-2010), known for his exquisite historical Western and Native American paintings, as well as his iconic work in the genres of pin-up and pulp illustration. Casweck Galleries, 203 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. (505) 988-2966

Three percent of proceeds of this project will be donated to the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Robbi Firestone creates Spirit Capture Oil Portrait Commissions, focused on ones' inner, as well as outer beauty. Clients? Michael Beckwith of “The Secret,” for her upcoming show, "12 Global Visionaries in 12 Months," Bart Millard of best-selling band MercyMe, and three-time Grammy winner Keb'Mo'. 10 percent+ charitably donated. Learn more about Spirit Capture Oil Portrait Commissions and Robbi Firestone’s work at

Contact: Debrianna Mansini
Telephone: 505.988.2966
Cell Phone: 505.913.1435
Email: info(at)casweckgalleries(dot)com

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