Chasing the Light” pastels by Janet Amtmann & Lyn Canham open at Otero Artspace on March 1 @ 5 PM


Now at Otero Arts for March 2024, Otero Arts is proud to present “Chasing the Light” an en plein air pastel exhibition with work by Janet Amtmann and Lyn Canham

The exhibition opens with a reception on March 1, from 5 – 7pm at Otero Artspace, 1118 Indiana Avenue, in Alamogordo. The exhibition continues through March.

The two artists are members of Otero Arts as well as Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Pastel Society of New Mexico, and Cloudcroft Art Society. 

  In the course of winding down her career as a Cognitive Psychologist, Lyn Canham reintroduced herself to drawing and painting by studying with various New Mexican art teachers. Her pastel paintings flow from her lifelong love of nature. She often paints landscapes on location, because of “her passion for being planted right in the middle of the beautiful terrains of the Southwest.”

Lyn is represented by two galleries in southern New Mexico. She has participated in many exhibitions in New Mexico.

Janet Amtmann’s interest in painting began as a young child studying with her mother, a landscape and portrait artist. She studied oils, acrylics and watercolor in her teen years with established artists/teachers in Florida and Chicago. At that time, she painted en plein air as well as studio still lives. It wasn’t until she retired in 2001 and took a course in pastels with Kathleen Schallock in Santa Fe, that she embraced pastels as her central medium. “My work carries with it the whispered teaching of many artists I have known and the joy and excitement I feel when confronted with the natural world that is New Mexico.”

Janet has exhibited in National Pastel Exhibits in Chicago, Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, Kennebunk, Maine and Colorado. She has also shown in exhibitions in various locations in New Mexico. She teaches beginning art classes at the Alamogordo Senior Center.

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To see the free exhibition visit 1118 Indiana Ave Thursday thru Sunday 1 to 4 pm. 

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