December 10, 2023


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The Centre Cannot Hold’ Opens Feb. 3

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Jane Shoenfeld’s ‘The Centre Can not Hold’ (in reaction to phrase from ‘The 2nd Coming’, WB Yeats,) Pastel on Tinted, Sanded Paper, 28 1/8” X 20 1/8”. Courtesy/SFCC

  Bill Sortino’s ‘Possibilities’, Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 48”. Courtesy/SFCC 

SFCC Information:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Neighborhood College’s (SFCC) Visual Arts Gallery presents the exhibition, ‘Paintings and Poetry: The Heart Can not Keep,’ 5-7 p.m. Thursday,  Feb. 3 in the gallery at 6401 Richards. Ave.  

The exhibition features the get the job done of artists Jane Shoenfeld and Bill Sortino. Proof of vaccination will be needed for attendance at the opening and to show up at a exclusive workshop with Poet Donald Levering from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. 

The two various up to date artists will present a showcase of paintings imbued with a deep connection to poetry.

“This is these kinds of an fascinating present that will resonate with artists and poets alike,” Director of the Visual Arts Gallery, Linda Cassel mentioned. “While the artists are quite distinct, they equally are so gifted and focused to immersing by themselves in the total creative method of painting, as perfectly as producing poetry.”

A workshop “Poems from Paintings” with Poet Donald Levering is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the SFCC Visible Arts Gallery at SFCC’s primary campus, 6401 Richards Avenue. Members in this workshop will write poems in response to the paintings in this exhibition.

For a lot of years, Shoenfeld’s pastel paintings were being inspired by the poems of W.B. Yeats. In recent decades, her paintings have been in response to her individual poetry. Sortino began exploring the thought of ekphrasis by melding his really like of painting with his very own poetry. 

Jane Shoenfeld Artist Assertion:

“For many years, I’ve designed art in response to traces from Yeats’ 1919 poem, “The Second Coming.” Read aloud, his poem is a visionary incantation. Chanting his phrases while portray, I invoke both of those the collective and my possess unconscious. Sadly, Yeats’ dim and symbolic eyesight remains pertinent as we confront a pandemic and local weather alter. I proceed to develop visual art in reaction to his dim eyesight, to my individual goals, my personal poetry and to nature’s glorious electricity exactly where wind blows, drinking water flows, place is animated and almost nothing is vacant.”

“I was initially invited to clearly show this body of do the job at SFCC in 2019. Given that then, the exhibit has reworked into a collaboration involving Bill Sortino and myself. We are the two giving existence to worlds of illustrations or photos and photographs in phrases. I also have developed a guide of my poetry, along with illustrations or photos that will be accessible at this show.” 

Bill Sortino Artist Assertion: 

“Having lived in Santa Fe considering that 1982, I have absorbed this significant desert land I now simply call dwelling. This hallowed ground, which stirs the soul, is why artists have cherished New Mexico for so long. Lately, I have additional my poetry to my paintings, delivering an extra glimpse into my creative imagination and opening an alternative watch to the work. This process is termed “ekphrasis.” For me, poetry sits at the exact same table with nonobjective art and Jazz. Every single is an expression of the integral place of our remaining, letting for the acceptance of the a number of dimensions of place and the recognition that principles of a mere 3-dimensional relationship with time, limits not just our bodies, but also the never-ending union with our soul!”       

See a lot more about Shoenfeld and her function at Also, perspective Shoenfeld 2016 Movie Abstracts of Character at

See more about Sortino and his artwork at

The Santa Fe Visual Arts Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday by Friday on the SFCC’s principal campus, 6401 Richards Ave.  All are welcome to check out the gallery.

Distinctive observe: SFCC COVID customer on campus protocols call for all site visitors to dress in a mask and to social length. For extra details about the gallery, get in touch with SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at [email protected] or 505.428.1501.