Upcoming 2012 Exhibitions

Spring Thaw Group Show

April 6- 28, 2012

Opening Reception, Friday, April 6, 5-7pm

To welcome the beginning of our exhibition season, our Spring Thaw features a selection of work from artists new from the gallery as well as recent work from its current artists. Every year Chiaroscuro brings in approximately five artists, some emerging, some established, to round out its selection of represented artists.

Our Spring Thaw artists will include Nora Naranjo-Morse, Emmi Whitehorse, Gretchen Wachs, Peter Millett, Mike Stack, and new arrivals Katherine Chang Liu, Mar Geaux, and Jack Slentz.

John Garrett – New Work

May 4- June 2, 2012

Opening Reception, Friday, May 4, 5-7pm

Garrett’s new sculpture takes his unique mixed media vocabulary to a new extreme, exploring forms that explode from a center point and hang freely from the ceiling.  Garrett refers to these dynamic new pieces as “Chain Columns”.  This will be his third solo show at Chiaroscuro.

Irene Kung – Gli Alberi

May 4- June 2, 2012

Opening Reception, Friday, May 4, 5-7pm

Known for her exquisite large scale architectural photographs, where buildings emerge from a jet-black background, Kung’s second solo show with Chiaroscuro will feature her majestic tree series.  Gli Alberi, Italian for “The Trees”, pays homage to her roots and to these graceful and powerful natural wonders.

Renate Aller – dicotyledon

June 15 – July 7, 2012

Opening Reception, Friday, June 15, 5-7pm

Chiaroscuro is pleased to present its second large scale solo exhibition of photographer Renate Aller’s work. Her new series, dicotyledon, explores how we see nature and how we “read” photographs. The work, based on Romanticism, memory and landscape, is presented as large-scale color photographs installed to provoke a non-linear narrative. The placement of the photographs is paramount, and, just as words and phrases work together in a sentence to ascribe meaning, the images play off of each other, drawing the viewer into a “conversation” with the works.

Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art – Part II

July 13 – September 8, 2012

Opening Reception, Friday, July 13, 5-7pm


Following the success of Chiaroscuro’s 2010 Aboriginal show, Part II heralds the return of work by contemporary Australian Indigenous artists, in partnership with the Vivien Anderson Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.  Deep ties to the earth, tradition, and culture mark these works as incredible narrative abstractions unfold in vivid colors, shapes and symbols. This group show will feature new pieces from over a dozen major Aboriginal artists. Names to be announced in early June, show curated by aboriginal art expert Vivien Anderson.

Rose B. Simpson

August 10 – September 8, 2012

Preview Reception, Saturday, August 11, 5-7pm

Opening Reception, Friday August 17, 5-7pm

Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara) is an exceptional young artist from Northern New Mexico. Simpson’s second solo show at Chiaroscuro will feature her latest body of work, exploring themes of personal and cultural identity and pushing the boundaries of ceramic technique and form.

Emmi Whitehorse

August 10 – September 8, 2012

Preview Reception, Saturday, August 11, 5-7pm

Opening Reception, Friday August 17, 5-7pm

Abstract painter Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo) continues to define new territory with her progressive abstractions of “a moment in the landscape.” Whitehorse, from Whitehorse Lake, NM, is an accomplished painter whose work is included in most major contemporary Native American museum collections as well as numerous public and private collections. This is Whitehorse’s fifth solo show at Chiaroscuro.


Nora Naranjo-Morse

September 14 – October 13, 2012

Opening Reception, Friday, September 14, 5-7pm

Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara) has been developing this new body of work for years, alongside her work in documentary film and major sculptural installation commissions. Employing recycled materials as diverse as wire and string, Naranjo-Morse’s work will show a transformation of imagery and subject matter while maintaining her natural gift with the visual arts. This is Naranjo-Morse’s second solo show with Chiaroscuro.

Holiday Group Show – TBA

November 23 – December 29, 2012