Secret Life Of Plants And Other Adventures
Photographs By Taos Artist Gail Russell
July 3rd – August 31st 2021
The Farm House Cafe, Taos, Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado, NM 87529
Gail Russell at the Farmhouse Cafe
The Secret Life of Plants’ is revealed by award-winning photographer
Dena Miller, Taos News, Jun 30, 2021 Updated Jul 2, 2021
Gail Russell, a Taos-based photographer, artist and designer, will present her latest photo art exhibition, “The Secret Life of Plants and Other Adventures,” at the Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery in El Prado. The show will be available for viewing from July 3 through Aug. 31, with an opening reception Saturday (July 3), from 5-7 p.m.
Enjoy a breathtaking collection of images on paper and canvas featuring Russell’s botanical studies, her keen eye capturing the delicate and exotic beauty of peonies, magnolias, orchids, roses, irises, hibiscuses and more. The 1973 book, “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Christopher Bird and Peter Tompkins served as her inspiration and, “revealed a whole new world to me: an account of the mystical, emotional and spiritual relations between plants and humankind,” Russell said, which she has flawlessly captured.
“Being in the world of plants is nourishment for the soul and senses,” she continued. “From being cooped up all last year, I hope we all are out in the garden, or a place of natural wonder.”
In the early 1970s, Russell was asked by the Hopi tribe’s Traditional Elders to document the devastation that Peabody Coal had wrought on their land. From that time on she has remained involved with Native American causes and issues, and the exhibition will also feature important works from her Native American collection of photographs: moments of solemn ceremonies, joyous dances and haunting portrayals.
The Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery is located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in the Overland Sheepskin compound in El Prado. For further information please call (575) 785-5683.
The Floating World
Vacations and Meditative Spaces for the Mind
Work by Photo Artist, Gail Russell
Saturday May 18, 2019
A reading of selected writings from the Floating World Journal
Show was April 6th through May 31st, 2019 at the
Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery
El Prado, NM
A fund-raiser for the Farmhouse Café’s local, organic School Lunch Program.
The Floating world show invites writers, poets, thinkers, keepers of journals, and local philosophers to participate in the experience. Journals are placed in specific locations during the exhibit to record experiences, and impressions invoked by the imagery. A closing event will be held at the end of May, where selected journal entries will be shared. If you cannot make it to the Farmhouse show location you can share your creative writing on the website.
About the Floating World from the Artist
Art is everywhere. What you see around you is an impression on the mind or memory or Heart.
Floating World is a theme that I have worked with and built upon for years.
Floating World, Images to Relax the Mind.
The title “Floating World” was inspired by Japanese Art during the “Edo” period 1615-1868. Artists painted imaginary universes of everyday life brought into Sensuality and Beauty.
These days, there is a lot of tension in our everyday lives, both personally and on a global level. I’ve been thinking about things that have the potential for Disengaging the Mind:
Meditation, Running, Music, Breathing, Painting,
Moving towards a Visual Doorway…
People often report that after “disengaging” and being in a fresh space, new ideas and solutions would emerge.
That’s a lot to ask of an image, but I want to participate in Creating a Place for the Mind to Rest or Play.
I am especially glad to have this work at the Farm House because the owner, Micah has stayed true to her vision of Farm to Table delicious food for the community and most importantly ~ teaching farming and the Art of Healthy Food to the upcoming generations.
– Gail Russell