|Forty-five years ago, Glenn and Sandy Green started a gallery on a shoestring.
Over the years, they've brought us "greats" like Allan Houser.
...And they're still at it today By K.C. Compton
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Frist Stop In Tesuque
Written by Camilla Rees Photographs by Kate Russell and Kerry Green
Set in the lush, green village ol Tesuque, a gracious estate on spectacular strolling grounds under ancient cottonwoods is filled with
rooms of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, jewelry, fine basketry, and ceramics. The landscaped gardens outside ieaturt
beautilul outdoor sculptures. Less than ten minutes lrom the Santa Fe Plaza, it's the home oi Glenn Green Galleries, an experience of
contemporary fine art and culture that has a rare purity to it in Santa Fe's booming art scene—it's more like a museum of world-class
art than a gallery, The well-designed, spacious displays throughout the estate celebrate a deep love for humanity, respect for diverse
cultures, and the proprietors‘ mission to serve the creative expression ol artists, whom they take into their hearts.
Widely recognized as among the very best at spotting world-class talent, Glenn Green Galleries has been committed to developing
the careers oi promising artists for decades. With a penchant for art that speaks on many levels, that touches the human core and
conveys a sense of universal oneness, founders Glenn and Sandy Green, and their daughter Kerry, dedicate themselves to seeing the powerlul expressions of their artists be known and enjoyed internationally. Many artists represented here go on to exhibit at major museums worldwide—from the Pompidou in Paris to London's British Museum to the Museum oi Modern Art in Mexico City—and have received important international awards, including the National Medal oi Arts, the highest honor given to an individual artist by the United States government. President George l-l.W. Bush awarded the National Medal to Allan Houser, Chiricahua Apache, whom Glenn Green Galleries represented as agents and art dealers for 20 years, Houser was the first artist of Native American heritage to receive this distinction.
LEFT: Kenji Yoshida, La Vie I, oil and metals on canvas, 77' x 309'
(six panels), 1991. On display at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
BOTTOM LEFT: View of Glenn Green Galleries
Changing Exhibition Atrium at the PhoenicianResort.
On display from left: Jeffrey Maron, The Illusion of Duality, etched copper alloy, 36' x 9' x 9” Nagual Woman, 73' x 2' x10’,1990. Approaching Kerher, 96' x 40' x I8‘, I986. Far right: Eduardo Oropeza. Chita La Chihuahua, bronze, 32” x 23” x 13 1/2”. I999.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Donald Davis, Orbis, Carrara marble, 68‘ x16‘ x 12'. 2002. On display In the Phoenician Resort’s Canyon Suites Lobby
Glenn Green Galleries—in Tesuque, plus indoor and outdoor art throughout the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona—-features sculptures by -Eduardo Oropeza, Guy Dill, John Reeves, Troy Williams, Melanie Yazzie, Jeffrey Maron, Malcolm Susman_ and Khang Pham-New; paintings by Kenji Yoshida, John Hogan, Harriet Johns, and Dan Namingha; fine Wounaan tribal basketry from Panama; ceramic and bronze sculptures of Wi Taepa, a Maori from New Zealand; and much more. New artists discovered by the Greens regularly refresh the galleries, evidencing this leading art family's commitment to exposing new talent and encouraging the next generation of artists through whom works of enduring value are continually emerging.
The Greens also enjoy educating the public about the creative process of each artist, The passion at, their galleries is not just for the art but also for the creators‘ messages and cultures through which the art emerged. The totality of elements in the generative process is what they love sharing—the voice of their artists in an unfolding global creative process.
The overwhelmingly green, natural setting of this stunning Tesuque landmark is in stark contrast to the brown hues of downtown Santa Fe only a few miles away. Pristine lawns and gardens to stroll in abound, with large ancient trees, sculptures large and small, and sounds of delightful birds— said to own the place—everywhere, There couldn't be a finer and more relaxing setting in which to absorb, contemplate, and reflect on art.
CLOCKWlSE FROM TOP: Gallery founders Glenn and Sandy Green with daughter Kerry.
Khang Pharn-New, Escurcheon, Vietnamese granite, 72 ' ii 50%‘ X 48114‘ Troy Williams, Reflection, bronze, 25 1/2” x 17” x 21”, 2003.
|Focus Santa Fe Magazine January/February/March 2004
Under Radiant Skies
Glenn Green Galleries has a superb new Santa Fe venue.
By Charlotte Berney
Glenn Green Galleries, a commanding presence in the art community for almost forty years, has raised the art experience to a whole new level. The new Sculpture Garden and Gallery outside townjust a short distance from the Plaza in Tesuquedisplays art the way it ought to be seen, in a spacious and beautiful setting.
The purpose of the move was to feature more sculpture in natural surroundings, says Glenn Green. In addition to the garden, the five-and-a-half-acre property includes a large, elegant gallery that is open by appointment.
|The art found outside and inside covers a range of world-class artists whose sculpture, painting, basketry, prints, photography, and jewelry represent the finest in artistic expression. Consider these: the sculpture of Allan Houser and Eduardo Oropeza, the paintings of Kenji Yoshida, and the Rainforest Basketry of the Wounaan. The gallery exhibits the work of over forty outstanding
Glenn Green Galleries’ Tesuque sculpture garden and gallery are complemented by art showcases downtown and the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. Daughter Kerry Green manages all three art venues.
Why this extensive dedication to art? "We enjoy the creative process," says Sandy Green, who first saw Allan Houser’s work in Arizona in the early seventies. Glenn and Sandy Green represented Houser’s work for over twenty years and helped develop his distinguished career. She adds, "When we discover an artist whose work is special and who has a unique approach, we respond. To be able to promote their work is very satisfying."
Step onto the Sculpture Garden grounds, located next to the well-known Tesuque Village Market, and you find yourself in a serene setting with ancient cottonwoods, apple trees, and an expanse of meadow. The open sward accommodates monumental sculpture while side gardens provide intimate spaces for strolling and contemplation.
"We’re pleased that we have a variety of spaces to work with," says Kerry Green. "When you see the works in a natural setting, you can see the possibilities of living with art."
|In the meadow, several of Allan Houser’s monumental signature pieces, "Sacred Rain Arrow" and "Illusion" (a semi-abstract image of a Buffalo Dancer carved in steatite), are a testimony to that artist’s immense talent. Guy Dill’sabstract steel sculptures provide a fascinating contrast to the figurative work.Throughout the grounds are the striking bronze sculptures of Eduardo Oropeza. His figurative works, such as "Horizontes" and "Las Tres Cabezas," touch the humanity in everyone. They often contain passages of straw that symbolize the vulnerability of life while the metal represents its strength. A California artist, Oropeza lived in one of the guest houses on the property for a time. Sandy Green remembers, "He loved this garden, especially the birds."
The sculptures are rotated with much thought given to placement. With plenty of space around them, each piece sets the imagination free to roam through cultures, images and time.
Leaving the meadow, one enters another place of poetic beauty. The enchanting "white garden," surrounded by greenery and white flowers, has a delightful Old World feeling. According to the Greens, it has been a popular setting for weddings. Now, with a stone gateway and sculptures along the periphery, it is an exquisite space that lends itself to dreaming and reflection.
Follow the garden path to the rear of the gallery and you are within what feels like an old New Mexican hacienda. An arroyo cuts through the hilly grounds dotted with sculptures and birch trees. In and around the patio are smaller art works such as Oropeza’s "Calaca Contemplando la Vida" (death contemplating life).
"The grounds are beautiful in all the seasons," says Kerry Green. "In the fall, the cottonwoods turn gold, and when the snow comes, it’s tranquil. In summer, there’s so much green everywhere." The large, old trees around the gallery provide shade and a lovely ambiance.
The high-ceilinged gallery contains both large and small-scale art works and should be approached like a museumwith sufficient time to do it justice. The paintings Kenji Yoshida renders in oil, copper, and gold and silver leaf lend rich tones and abstract movement to the walls. Yoshida is a Living Treasure of Japan, and an exhibition of his works opened the Asian Wing at the British Museum. Guy Dill’s abstract geometric sculpture is on view. He has work in the major museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Norton Simon, the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney. Helen Stanley’s contemporary paintings are large, bold, and exciting.
The Greens have long had an interest in the art of indigenous cultures. After discovering the basketry of the Wounaan tribe in Panama, they set about raising consciousness about the people and their remarkable work. Using palm fibers and natural dyes, the Wounaan create tightly-woven pictorial and geometric baskets with rich colors in a variety of sizes. Due to the tribe’s isolation, their basketry has been little known but is growing in recognition. The gallery has a large selection of the finest Wounaan baskets by different artists.
Finding artists with "a unique approach" has led the Greens to unexpected discoveries. Glenn Green has long represented the works of Melanie Yazzie, a multi-talented artist whose prints and ceramic sculptures enliven the gallery’s offerings. She draws on her Navajo heritage to create piquant, evocative works. Yazzie travels frequently to other parts of the world, and while collaborating on art inNew Zealand, she met Maori artist Wi Taepa. After Taepa was introduced tothe Greens, the gallerybegan representing his ceramic and bronze sculpture, which is inspired by Maori culture and rendered in a contemporary style.The work of young Maori artist, Noelle Jakeman, has recently joined Taepa’s in the gallery.
Over the years, Glenn Green Galleries has remained consistent in its vision of presenting the best art work and promoting it well. Visit the Sculpture Garden during daylight hours and call for an appointment to enter the Gallery. Art of this quality is both a rarity and a pleasure and must be experienced.