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The Color of Light Opening - Sally Hayden Von Conta's Plein Aire Pastels Paintings

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Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents
The Color of Light

An Exhibition of Plein Aire Pastel Paintings by Sally Hayden von Conta

Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) will host The Color of Light during the month of July 2018 in the sala of El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 6 from 5-7pm and continues through July 28.

The exhibition of The Color of Light features plein air pastel paintings by Sally Hayden von Conta. von Conta has garnered a national reputation and collector base for her vivid pastel artworks. She uses vibrant colors modeled on those present in the American Southwest -- the yellow of aspens, teal blue of the skies, warm orange of the refracted light from a New Mexico sunset, and the rusty, burnt Sienna of iron-rich soil. Her works are descriptive and the viewer is left with a perfect mental vision of the landscape; yet, her use of the pastels is interpretive and skilled modeling shadows, midtones, and highlights with brilliant and detailed color.

Following fine art scholarship studies in Florida, Montana and Mexico, Sally Hayden von Conta pursued graphic design studies in New York City. This culminated in a 25-year career in advertising as an art director in New York.

Arriving in Santa Fe, NM in 1986, von Conta quickly became established as a mixed media fine-art artist, and since 2001, she has been working in plein air pastels. She has exhibited at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MS; Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, TX; and Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, among other venues. Her one-person exhibitions include shows at Galeria de los Colorines, Mexico City, MX; Century Gallery, Santa Fe, NM in "Reflections in the Moment"; and Leech Studio Gallery, Sarasota, FL. Her plein air pastel paintings have been honored with numerous awards and included in many invitational group exhibitions. Sally Hayden von Conta currently lives and paints in Santa Fe, NM.

Contact: Melanie McWhorter at or call 505.983.2567 for more information.