Monday, January 26, 2015

Gallery Opening & Artist Reception

An Evening of Dance and Music in Art

April 3rd Opening with an artist reception from 5-8 pm and 

continuing through April 29th

This month long show features internationally acclaimed artist and tango dancer Willow Bader.   Willow was literally born in a log cabin at the end of a dirt road in far eastern Washington State on the edge of the Colville Indian Reservation.  As an only child, she spent most of her young life bare of foot and out of doors - more at home in the woods than inside a house.  In her early years, she was home-schooled and then received her elementary education in a Waldorf School environment while still living out in the deep countryside.  As far back as she can remember, all she ever wanted to be was an artist.

Willow raced through public school because she was in a hurry to get on with her formal art training at the best institution with the most fundamental and classic values.   She transported herself from that rural background straight to Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Because art is her life, Willow devotes most of her time to working in her studio. She is self-taught in encaustic and has mastered techniques and created tools for working in the medium.  Willow always carries a sketchbook and draws wherever she may be - mostly living things in motion: dancers, musicians, goats, chickens, pigs, buffalo, horses, and even insects. If it’s moving and she’s drawn to it, she can capture it on paper with just a few lines.    There is always a feeling of movement in her pieces, and nobody captures the movement of musicians and dancers better than Willow.  For this show of her new works, Willow focused her creative talents on capturing the movement of tango dancing and Argentine tango music.  She herself is an accomplished tango dancer.  Standing in the gallery surrounded by her images of musicians and tango dancers, it’s as if you are on the dance floor, hearing the music, feeling the dancers, wanting to break out in dance yourself.  Come enjoy this unique experience that her art can bring to life.

Willow will be teaching two advanced encaustic workshops April 4th and 5th at the studio of Gallery 901 owners John & Sherry in Santa Fe.  For more information regarding the workshop go to 

The show opens April 3rd and runs through April 29th

Contact:  Sherry Ikeda, Gallery 901, (505) 780-8390
Location:  Gallery 901, 901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM  87501

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