The Art and Soul of Color: New Work by Stephanie Paige and Suzanne Wallace Mears at Pippin Contemporary

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The Art and Soul of Color is part of Santa Fe's Summer of Color, a series of museum and gallery exhibitions demonstrating color as the catalyst. Summer of Color will run Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Art and Soul of Color will be an exciting exhibition of ethereal light and color.

The Art and Soul of Color at Pippin Contemporary will be an exciting exhibition of ethereal light and color by glass artist Suzanne Wallace Mears and mixed media painter Stephanie Paige. The show will be part of Santa Fe’s Summer of Color, a series of museum and gallery exhibitions revolving around specific color themes from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Narratives from Paige and Mears will accompany each piece in the exhibition explaining the origin or the “soul” of the work and how color played a part in it’s conception.

Collaborations from these artists in the past have resulted in colorfully tantalizing exhibitions. Inspired by nature, Stephanie’s vibrant yet meditative abstractions evoke a feeling of tranquility from the viewer, while Suzanne’s whimsical masks and undulating vessels thrive on colorful abstraction and uneven textures. The use of color will play a key role in this new body of work from each artist.

“When I start creating a piece, color is the catalyst that provides the inspiration and the fuel,” says Mears. “To face a completely blank surface and begin to create is an exciting challenge through my use of color.” After creating ceramics for twenty years, Mears transitioned into an artistic realm that offered a similar creative fluidity, and began creating glass sculptures in the form of vessels, totems, bowls, and masks. For The Art and Soul of Color, Mears will show her latest body of kiln-formed glass that takes on unstructured shapes and architectural color blocks, with unique abstraction that glows with refracted light. The luminosity and uneven surfaces of these pieces pair well with the vivid hues and textural details of Paige’s mixed-media paintings.

Stephanie Paige’s meditative paintings, created with layers of pigment and burnished plaster, are inspired by the natural world. Rich color and texture in her simplified landscapes create the illusion of a sunset on the horizon, a soft spring wind, or calm, clear waters. This spring as part of her Zen Garden Series, the California artist is adding another unique element to her mixed-media pieces in the form of nature. Using natural materials from a grove of eucalyptus trees in her yard, Paige creates a dark base on the panel with leaves pressed into the plaster. She then removes them and sands the plaster back, adds color, and repeats. She finishes with a watercolor wash on the surface, bringing out the leaf impressions from underneath and creating a soft blend of color in either calm blue and grey hues, or energetic oranges and reds. Paige will be introducing the Zen Garden Series.

The Art and Soul of Color will run from June 17th through July 1st with an opening reception on Friday, June 19th from 5-7 pm. Pippin Contemporary is one of more than seventy-five galleries and five museums participating in Santa Fe’s Summer of Color. For more information on these color-themed exhibitions, visit

Pippin Contemporary, founded in May 2011 by artist Aleta Pippin, is located at the gateway to Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gallery is committed to showing abstract art that is fresh and vibrant, as well as collectible. Pippin Contemporary artists, selected for their energetic and tactile approach, provide visitors with a “sensory experience of color and mood” through vivid portrayals of personal expression. Their work ranges from abstract acrylic and oil paintings to contemporary sculpture in stone, glass, and bronze. For more upcoming shows at Pippin Contemporary, visit

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