What does it feel like to sit inside a kiva? Come to New Mexico and check it out for yourself. You can visit an Anasazi ruin, a present day Pueblo, or you can see the inside of a kiva through the eyes and imagination of artist, Roger Williams. Roger presents his new works which include several masterful pieces portraying what it may have looked and felt like to live, love, work, play and perhaps worship as early as 500 A.D., when the “Ancient Ones” or Anasazi, lived in what is now the Southwestern United States.
The rendition of the Anasazi man sitting among his people within the earthen walls of the ceremonial chamber feels somber, indicating a serious meeting or gathering. The faces of the participants are focused on the elder and you can almost smell the smoking sage in the covered space. Since these structures were built underground, it is difficult to say if it is day or night. The painting transports one back into an Anasazi village at a time when man made his home, given the circumstances, in the best and safest environment possible.
After seeing the Williams’ exhibition at the Joe Wade Gallery, while in the Santa Fe area, visit one of several ruins open to the public. Two ruins close to Santa Fe, where you can actually go into a kiva, are the Pecos National Park just 40 minutes southeast of Santa Fe and the Bandelier National Monument located about 1 hour northwest of Santa Fe.
About Roger Williams, the Featured Artist:
Roger Williams has a classic artist’s training. He obtained his Master of Art degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. He attended the Denver School of Fine Arts and the Instituto de Artes Plasticos in Santander, Colombia. He studied with his contemporary mentors, Richard Schmid, Clark Hulings, and Bettina Steinke. Roger taught art classes at university level and holds several workshops a year in plein air painting. He is the recipient of many awards and his works reside in the permanent collections of The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Vernon Filley Art Museum in Pratt, Kansas; and in the Scottsdale Museum of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information about the artist and his galleries, visit Roger’s website www.rogerwilliamsart.com