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Submitted Photo The painted woven copper art piece, "Heart 9," by Suzanne Donazetti is part of the collection of Carrizozo Arts on its new website.

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A new website for Carrizozo Arts 

A new approach

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

This year, the Carrizozo Artists’ Studio Tour would have celebrated its fifth anniversary, but as many other events had to be canceled in August due to COVID-19, so was the studio tour. The doors of the homes and studios of some of Lincoln’s finest artists may remain closed to real-time visits, but the creative minds did find a new way to open their virtual doors.

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Representing Carrizozo Arts, Suzanne Donazetti emailed to announce that Carrizozo Arts now has a website.

“Carrizozo’s artistic community isn’t going to let a global pandemic get in the way of sharing, showcasing and selling their artwork,” Donazetti wrote. “The artists are pivoting from an in-person studio tour to a virtual one with an updated website that includes a shop where patrons can purchase artwork directly from the artists and learn more about the makers’ practices.

“The website also includes a historic buildings tour that can be done on foot or in your vehicle, information about the world-renowned Carrizozo Artist-in-Residence program that was founded in 2015, as well as a directory of galleries and art venues about town. In addition, you can find information about Carrizozo Music and buy Carrizozo centric merchandise.”

Donazetti is an artist in her own right, her works including Erie landscapes that seem out of focus — purposely — as woven copper paintings. In her biography Donazetti says that she is inspired by the land, and that her works reflect areas near her home in Carrizozo, as well as scenes from the Pacific Northwest where she has family. According to Donazetti, every piece she creates is to preserve the beauty of the now, so future generations can look back and see the same things she did. This longing to reach out into the future came to be with her grandson, Matt Rilling. Haynes writes in her biography that she has been teaching him her art for the past 10 years, in the hopes that he will continue her art after she is gone.

Donazetti’s work can be found in places such as the Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut; the Alaska Supreme Court, Anchorage, Alaska; the New Mexico Emergency Management Center, Santa Fe; Time Inc. Conference Center, New York City, as well as hotels, hospitals and residential spaces. Donazetti’s art is represented by Mark White Fine Art in Santa Fe, and Gallery 408 in Carrizozo.

According to Donazetti, the Carrizozo Arts website was first tested in beta mode when the first sale went to Carrizozo artist and photographer Sherry Hayne. Hayne wrote, “I’m often asked where people can see my work, and now I have the perfect answer. I think this is an exciting opportunity to share the arts of Carrizozo with the world. In addition to selling my work, the website provides an opportunity to showcase different series that I’ve been working on.”

Award-winning Haynes is a Michigan native who was originally trained as a metalsmith, but has been “making photographs,” as she describes it in her biography, since 1989. Haynes has been exhibiting internationally and is the recipient of two MacDowell fellowships: 1997 and 1999. Two of her photographs of White Sands National Monument were selected for the El Paso Museum/Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez Art Binational in 2008. In 2011 to 2012, Haynes participated in a portfolio of the Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jolon, in California. Her work is included with this portfolio in the collection of the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, California.

Donazetti writes, “There’s a new art market in 2020, and it’s not tied exclusively to galleries or physical locations. It is a different thing. We’re happy to see Carrizozo on the forefront of this innovative movement.”

More than 30 artists are represented on the website so far, including Ivy Heymann, who has a studio and gallery in White Oaks, and is known for her pottery/ceramic sculptures and functional art.

For more information, visit carrizozoarts.com.