Press Release: Andrew Beckham’s “The Lost Christmas Gift” & Holiday Group Show

Contact: John Addison, 505-992-0711                  


The Lost Christmas Gift: Images & Artifacts 

Andrew Beckham    


Holiday Group Show  


November 23 – December 29, 2012   

Opening reception for both exhibitions: Saturday, November 24, 5-7pm 

Santa Fe – In conjunction with the recent release of his new book, The Lost Christmas Gift, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art is delighted to offer a special holiday exhibition of the images and artifacts of artist/writer Andrew Beckham.  Original pages of the journal, packaging and letters will be accompanied by a selection of limited edition, mixed media works from the project.

Below is a brief description of the book from Beckham‘s website:

After seventy years, a package arrives in the mail unlooked for, a lost gift from father to son.  Now a great-grandfather himself, Emerson unwraps a decades-old Christmas present from his departed father, a handmade book recounting the extraordinary boyhood adventure he shared with his dad one Christmas long ago.  With maps, drawings, watercolors and photographs, this artifact and family heirloom recounts a mountainous winter landscape alive with mysterious encounters and life-changing gifts. (Published by Princeton Architectural Press, Fall 2012.)

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to view and purchase original artwork from a book that acclaimed author Pam Houston has said deserves “to become part of the Holiday tradition in countless families. The story is deeply moving, the artwork, simply sublime.”

Holiday Group Show

Also on view through the end of December: new work from our gallery artists, including two mixed media paintings by Bebe Krimmer, wood sculpture by Jack R. Slentz, two large paintings by Emmi Whitehorse, as well as recent pieces from textile artist Rebecca Bluestone, found object sculptor John Garrett, and mixed media painter Jay Tracy.


Location: 708 & 702 ½ Canyon Road on Gypsy Alley, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-992-0711

High resolution photographs available; call Heather Doyle at 505-992-0711 or email