What began as a quarantine project during the pandemic is now an Art Movement. Nine New Mexico artists gathered via zoom to offer mutual support and to brainstorm ways to encourage the making of art amid the uncertainty of the times. By July 2020, ARTICO was established and Instagram became the social media platform of choice for sharing and promoting the artwork of this diverse group of individuals. The name ARTICO is distilled from the phrase Art in the Time Corona.
In September 2020, ARTICO was recognized by Creative Santa Fe and offered a small grant to participate in their series of Moment Booklets. Below is our contribution in Connections which contained entries by 13 Santa Feans reflecting on this unique time in our history. Here we explore what it means to connect through our hands in creating our art. Graphic design by Mason Robison with written content by Melissa Merritt.
ARTICO’s Founding Members are established artists, designers and makers. Each contributes their breadth of knowledge working in diverse media and their individual experience running a business. The COVID-era quarantine provided an opportunity to share and explore ways to evolve individually and collectively to the changes happening in the art world. The success of their initial mini shows with shared promotional efforts naturally expanded to include more and more artists in the collaborative approach. In the past year ARTICO has hosted over 40 artists in its ALWAYS FRESH Featured Artist Series.
In February 2021, seven of the Founding Members turned ARTICO into a new small business so that artwork could be offered for purchase.
ARTICO continues to work collaboratively to promote the arts with curated themed SHOWS in which past featured artists may participate and benefit from the cross-promotional efforts.
As the proprietor of Innovate Ceramics in Los Lunas, NM, Carolyn makes functional pottery for everyday use. She employs a broad range of materials which blend to create surfaces with depth and character.
As a primary founder in the creation of Artico, Carolyn inspires continued group participation through kind-hearted facilitation. She is the group’s natural business leader and organizer.
Laura is a wood artist and educator based in Galisteo, NM. She relies on the fallen and salvaged trees she gathers regionally to create one of kind utilitarian bowls, sculptural forms and tree prints on paper.
Laura’s “big picture” vision has been an invaluable asset for Artico since the beginning and ultimately acted as the catalyst toward creating a small business. Her creative energy and ideas continue to contribute to Artico’s momentum and unique role in the art world.
Mason is currently a resident artist at Green River Pottery in Santa Fe, NM. He transforms clay into distinct functional and sculptural forms utilizing wheel-throwing, coil-building and casting methods.
Artico is graced to have Mason as the lead web designer, developer and graphic designer. He is especially qualified in finessing aesthetic desires with the inherent technical complexities of web development.
Melissa is a watercolor artist and illustrator in Santa Fe, NM. She is inspired by the colors and textures of nature and her affinity for plants allows an unconventional perspective that shapes her compositions.
Artico’s Featured Artist series is successful in a large part to Melissa’s dedication as a curator and host of many talented artists in New Mexico and beyond. Her gifts extend also to curating and photographing the group show entitled TOGETHER in December, 2020.
Elaine is the proprietor of Haven Scent Soap and Bath in Santa Fe, NM. She handcrafts soaps, lotions and other skin care products that emphasize natural ingredients, herbs and local fragrance.
Elaine’s extensive artist network from her years as a craft vendor coupled with her sociable nature, contribute to her being one of Artico’s most proactive hosts for the Featured Artist series.
Brooke is working to build awareness of slow fashion locally in New Mexico. Her business is Brooke & Adelyn located in Albuquerque, NM where she designs, drapes, prints and sews every garment.
Brooke is an active participant in Artico’s weekly brainstorms where she weaves in her expertise in marketing and sales techniques utilizing the Instagram platform.
Mardi is a bladesmith in Santa Fe, NM. He creates fine kitchen cutlery, folding knives and sculptural art knives. His interest lies in innovation with both materials and design.
Mardi participates regularly in Artico’s weekly brainstorm zoom meetings. He reliably contributes a wealth of knowledge and ideas, drawing from his own successful artisan business and practice.
Jennifer is a studio jeweler based in Santa Fe, NM. She prides herself on hand-fabricating every piece utilizing natural textures, stones and mixed metals.
Jennifer participated regularly in Artico’s first year of zoom meeting brainstorms and hosted several talented guest artists. This year she is focusing on her art and raising her young family.
TAYLOR & JENNY DALE
Husband and wife, Taylor and Jenny operate their small business in Santa Fe called ModTribe Design. They create Southwest modern furniture, home goods and sculptures.
Taylor and Jenny contributed regularly in Artico’s weekly zoom meetings throughout 2020. This year they shifted their focus exclusively to nurturing their own small business.