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The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) opens its 2022 gallery season with the artwork of Darien Bogart and Mary Prentice. Bogart’s vibrant landscapes will be shown in the arts council’s main gallery, and Prentice’s whimsical birds will be in the Staszewski Library, in the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center, 250 W. Amador Ave.
Bogart grew up in Florida and attended several Florida schools before graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s in fine arts, DAAC said in a news release. While working as a graphic artist in the newspaper industry, he spent many hours honing his artistic skills and experimenting with different mediums. He moved west to pursue art full time, and his work reflects the vibrant colors of both Florida and New Mexico.
“Living in New Mexico has allowed me the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature as a landscape painter,” Bogart said. “Its influence surrounds you as you become part of the Western landscape... The land and the light in the West seem to interweave playfully as the sun makes its daily journey across the sky. The shapes, color, contrast and textures that this land offers is beyond description and in turn are the strongest elements that unite my work."
Without any background in art, Prentice began painting in 2012 as stress relief from a complicated job, DAAC said. She painted for herself and was reluctant to show her work to other people. Her wife, Monica, convinced her to share her art, and people responded positively to her colorful paintings of subjects composed of exciting patterns.
"I don't think it is worth doing if it isn’t fun and colorful," Prentice said. "What attracts me most to painting is the ability to play with colors."
DAAC is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Call 575-523-6403. Visit www.daarts.org.