SHA Studio Tour Slated for September 6-7, 2014

“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.” – Maya Angelou

The Sandia Heights Art tour September 6-7, 2014 offers a bird’s eye view of 18 artists in 12 stops. I’m proud to open my studio to the public as a part of this tour.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Studio view

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Studio view

This is my fourth year to participate in the tour. What can I say to encourage you to save the date?

“You use a glass mirror to see your face, you use works of art to see your soul.” –George Bernard Shaw

Plan to experience this community of artists. A group of only four, committed to promoting art started the tradition 11 years ago.

Peek into the places where participants work. See tools, organization, works in progress. Relish the different displays and treat yourself to products that appeal.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Studio view SHA 2013

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Studio view SHA 2013

Enjoy beauty. Each participant crafts handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Trust me. You’ll find something to treasure.

Preview Night Friday, September 5, 2014 coincides with Albuquerque’s city-wide ArtsCrawl. High Desert Art and Frame hosts Sandia Heights Art and will display individual works of art for the month of September.

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Join us 5pm to 8pm at High Desert Art and Frame for a reception and meet some of the artists. Each member of the SHA tour will have two or three pieces at the store.

“When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.” –Jim Hodges

Participants for the 2014 tour include the following artists:

Marta Burckley, gourd art
Lynda Burch, mixed media collage and acrylics
Ann Connely, mixed media acrylic, watercolor, pencil and clay
Carol Erickson, book arts
Judi Foster, oil painting
Frank Long, Lorraine Long, fusible and dichroic glass
Nancy Mattern, Mickey Shaw, ceramic garden monsters
Terry Matthews, Southwest paintings
Mary Ellen Merrigan, beaded jewelry and all things bead-related
Michele McMillan, silver and natural gemstones
Barbara Nahler, oil painting
Gloria Sinsheimer, wire-wrapped jewelry and recycled jean garments
Toni Seidel, watercolor
A.J. Toepfer, photography
John Vogel, functional wood objects
and VSA Arts of NM

I look forward to seeing you during the 2014 Sandia Heights Art Studio Tour. See submissions from each artist and get additional information at

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