This is the studio of New Mexico artist and retired UNM art professor , John Wenger. My friend and house guest-A. Fanny and her husband have been friends with him for over 30 years and have been trying to arrange a get together (since he lives very near by.)
We went over on Sunday afternoon bearing gifts and spent about four of the most fascinating hours learning about his work. He regaled us with stories of his annual trips with his students to southeast Utah to study the cave art and its history.
He showed us prints of his early work, explained his challenge as a contemporary artist to tackle current tragedies in the world and his new show.Describing his process on two of the three painting his will be displaying.
September 6th he will be part of a large show at 516 Arts on Central. http://www.516arts.org/exhibitions.html.
I have never had the opportunity to spend time talking with an artist in his studio for hours! It was the kind of experience that has left me wanting to learn more and wanting to paint!