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Kevin Red Star Featured Artist at Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Sorrel Sky Gallery has partnered with the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta to offer attendees exclusive event-specific artwork. This year’s celebration from September 21-25, marks 31 years of featuring Santa Fe restaurants and world-class wineries, cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons, and dinners. Sorrel Sky artist, Kevin Red Star was chosen to be the official artist of the five-day fiesta. His work was independently selected to represent the Downtown Arts District by the Santa Fe Gallery Association and will appear on the organization's ever popular ARTmap, slated for publication for the 2022/2023 edition.

As the official artist of the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, Red Star created an original painting that embodies the spirit of the annual event. The original work, entitled "Chile, Grapes & Wine," is currently on view and available for purchase at the gallery’s downtown location at 125 W. Palace Ave. Proceeds will benefit Santa Fe Wine and Chile charities. On September 22, 2022, from 5-7 pm, Kevin will be signing limited edition fine art reproductions of "Chile, Grapes & Wine" at the gallery.

IMAGE: Kevin Red Star • Chile, Grapes & Wine • 28x18" • oil on canvas

Kevin Red Star grew up on the Crow reservation in southern Montana, a member of a highly creative family. His close ties to Santa Fe can be traced back to the late sixties. Chosen to be in the first group of students to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts, the school provided him with a learning environment that encompassed tribal traditions, world art history, and current trends. Red Star and his fellow students mined their ancient customs for content and then created exciting new forms to provide current relevance. Along with other members of his graduating class, Red Star continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Today, Red Star’s art is honored throughout Native America for its authenticity. It presents a shining vision of centuries-old Crow (Apsaalooka) culture through the eyes of a thoroughly contemporary consciousness. Through difficulty and triumph, grief and joy, and with increasing clarity and complexity in his painting, he has created an indelible expression of his tribal legacy. Known for his attention to historical detail, each element has a specific meaning and significance within the context of tradition; whether depicting warriors, women, ceremonies, costumes, shields, or tepees. Through color and composition, the subject springs vividly to life, reflecting the mastery of style and technique Red Star has gained over the course of the years. Around the world, in museums and private collections, he is equally respected for the content of his unique imagery and for the intrinsic value of his work. Red Star continues to evolve and refine his art every day in his spacious studio, located near the Crow reservation and the resort town of Red Lodge, Montana. He also spends time in Santa Fe, where his career began. Each morning brings new facets of his vision to life on canvas, as he lives and works within the all-absorbing power of his art.

Shanan Campbell, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, talked about representing Red Star for twenty years. “I’ve known Kevin for such a large portion of my life. Representing him for the past two decades has been both a privilege and an honor, professionally and personally. His ever-enduring imagery continues to evolve and yet remains classic and timeless.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s visionary approach to Western art allows new and experienced art enthusiasts the opportunity to select from a distinctive collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry. Founded in Durango, CO, in 2002, Sorrel Sky Gallery opened its second location in Santa Fe, NM, in 2014. Representing several acclaimed and renowned painters, sculptors, photographers, and jewelers, including Kevin Red Star, Star Liana York, David Yarrow, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

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