About

Portrait of Mom in Mexico, gouache on paper, Magali Rutschman

I am a New Mexican and my childhood along the central Rio Grande Rift was full of exploring. As the eldest daughter of a field geologist I was taken on many adventures and learned early on an invaluable appreciation for the world around me. The beauty, diverse cultures and landscapes of New Mexico will always be artistic inspiration. This is truly my Land of Enchantment.

Las Vegas lies on the Santa Fe Railroad. While walking the tracks in 2009, shortly before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Sculpture from New Mexico Highlands University, I found a beautiful piece of broken ceramic with a red fish and a black zigzag. I had never seen anything like it before. I set it in sterling, cast the missing fish parts in bronze and my love of Fred Harvey and Mary Colter ceramic dinnerware was born.

As an avid hunter gatherer, I will make a sculpture out of almost anything that tickles my fancy. I resurrect and alter what I find to make something different, beautiful and wearable.

I continue walking the tracks along the old Santa Fe Chief route. The broken pieces are few and far between but such pleasure I get when I find part of a Mimbreño animal! I then create a sculpture, sometimes completing the image of the animal. My imagination is my only limitation.   

I have shown in several galleries in NM and currently sell my work at Rough Rider Antiques in Las Vegas, NM and at Santa Fe Antiques in Santa Fe, NM.

I am: a mom, an abuela, a slave to my pets, a keeper of friends, a healer, and of course, an artist. Vive la résistance and right back atcha Ché. Siempre.    

EXHIBITIONS and GALLERIES

  • October 2019, Featured artist Fred Harvey weekend, Santa Fe Antiques “Meet and Greet”, NM
  • November 2018, Featured Artist, Fred Harvey Weekend, Santa Fe Antiques “Meet and Greet”, NM
  • September 2018, “Castañeda Under the Stars”, Las Vegas, NM
  • May 2018, One of Two featured artists, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX
  • October 2017, Featured Artist, Detours at La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
  • September 2017, Alumni Show, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
  • May 2017, One of Two featured artists, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX
  • November 2015 to 2017, Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NM
  • November 2015 to 2017, Santa Fe Antiques at Valdez, Santa Fe, NM
  • October 2015, Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour at Rough Rider Antiques, Las Vegas, NM
  • January 2015-present, La Posada Fred Harvey Hotel, Winslow, AZ
  • October 2014, Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour at Rough Rider Antiques, Las Vegas, NM
  • January 2014, Silent Auction “Performing Arts Series,” New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
  • April 2013, Student Art Show, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
  • April 2009, BFA Installation and Exhibition “Your Mama Was Black”,
    Ray Drew Gallery, Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • December 2008, Student Art Show, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
  • May 2008, Student Art Show, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
  • December 2007, Student Art Show, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
  • May 2007, Student Art Show, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
  • June 2005, “Las Vegas Celebrates the Arts”, Studio Art Tour,
    Las Vegas Art Council, Las Vegas, NM
  • February 2002, “Making Faces and Coloring between the Lines, “The Art of Two 3rd Street Women”
    Ray Drew Gallery, Las Vegas, NM
  • 2001-2002, Gallery at Traditions, Budaghars, NM
  • May 2000, Doug West Gallery, Socorro, New Mexico
  • May 1999, Doug West Gallery, Socorro, New Mexico

COMMISSIONS

  • 2019, bolo, Santa Fe Opera Sterling with commerative SFO pin
  • 2018, pendant, Walking Liberty Coin
  • 2018, pendant for holding ashes of beloved pet
  • 2018, bolo from old turquoise and black coral necklace
  • 2016, Mimbreño Turkey, pendant in sterling
  • 2015, Mimbreño pendant (Fred Harvey Line), mimbreño and sterling silver
  • 2015, Mimbreño bolo tie (Fred Harvey Line), mimbreño and sterling silver
  • 2015, engagement ring wedding band, sterling silver and diamond
  • 2014, cross, sterling silver and turquoise
  • 2014, belt buckle, sterling silver and turquoise
  • 2014, ring, sterling silver
  • 2014, ring, sterling silver
  • 2014, ring, sterling silver, ammonite
  • 2014, cross, sterling silver
  • 2013, company logo brooches for LEAF Environmental, Gretna, LA
  • 2013, reincarnation of cuff-link sets into dangling and post earrings
  • 2012, custom wedding band, sterling silver

AWARDS

  • 2013, Jewelry Studio student show, 1st place
  • 2008, Student show: 1st place; painting
  • 2008, Lorraine Schulla Outstanding Art Student Award

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