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Joy Purcell ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 28, 2020

Joy Purcell is a long time resident of Taos and is multimedia artist who loves to experiment. Her piece features one such experiment – beautifully colorful and richly textural handmade paper, which she has collaged and folded into her cube as a sculptural book, “The bubbles represent the quarantine space I’m in at the moment.”


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Joshlyn Medina ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 27, 2020

Joshlyn Medina is a resident of Questa and student at Questa Junior Senior High School. Her piece explores HOME through a visual exploration of the elements of her life and herself. In her work she gives symbolic meaning to the interior and exterior and uses the different sides to represent different aspects of her and her life. She gives a descriptive and thorough tour of her cube and reflects on her life in her audio contribution.

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Jennifer Vialpando ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 25, 2020

Jennifer Vialpando is a life-long resident of Questa, a National Board-Certified Art teacher and has taught with the Questa Independent School District for 20 years. Her cube, transformed into a functional hanging light, is about being home during the pandemic, seeing the “Light at the end of the tunnel,” the breakthroughs experienced by people in lockdown, confined at home with family and true growth.

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Jaydyn Cintas ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 24, 2020

Jaydyn Cintas is a resident of Questa and student at Questa Junior Senior High School. The focus of her piece is family. Using symbols depicted in paint with short accompanying descriptions, her cube describes her love, appreciation and need for her family.

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Gill McCombs ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 23, 2020

Gill McCombs is a former academic librarian with a new love for creating visually; originally from England she now lives in Ranchos de Taos. Her piece explores the contradiction of pandemic life in Northern NM: “you can live a life of comfort and ease, surrounded by nature’s bounty and beauty, almost forgetting you are in a pandemic, until you try to go outside and engage in all the rites and rituals of normal daily life…the home, for all its softness, is in fact a sterile prison.” 

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Geneviève de Vellis ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 23, 2020

Geneviève de Vellis is a long time Taos resident and has been creating art since as long as she can remember. For her much  of “Home” has been about her children who have just left home and reflecting on this “has brought me to a place of wonderment about what the present and future will be about.” 

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Field Institute of Taos: After School and Nature Art Groups ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artists

November 21, 2020

This piece was created by a group of five kids who love the mountains and who’ve been making nature based artwork under the guidance of Malia Reeves, through Field Institute of Taos. They see planet Earth, the mountains and the forest as home. They chose to show a camping scene “because that is what we think of as a group when we think of Home.”

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This piece was created by a group of second and third graders, who were attending an outdoors after school program with the Field Institute of Taos, a local nonprofit organization, encouraging youth and community members to get outside since 1996. Program instructor, Cass Landrum reflects, “the true beauty of this project was the process of seven different, young children working together to build something for their new friend, Fred (a stuffed Pika).”

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Emelina Medina ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 19, 2020

Emelina Medina is a resident of Questa and student at Questa Junior Senior High School. Her piece approaches the theme of home via celebration of family and her love for fishing. 

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Diane de Fremery ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 19, 2020

Diane de Fremery is a life-long artist; originally from California she now lives north of Questa, NM. Her piece reflects her search for beauty, inspiration and meaning in the midst of the intense stress and tragedy of the pandemic – “an assemblage of collected items that were either sent to me for inspiration or gathered by me during these stressful times.”

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David Vargo ~ NeoRio HOME Featured Artist

November 17, 2020

David Vargo, originally from Cleveland Ohio, has lived in Lama, New Mexico since 2000. His piece explores the wholesomeness and beauty of home and also the pain and confusion when one’s private space is violated – “the antithesis of home.”

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