In the Studio and on the Road...
May was a month of finishing paintings, getting ready for shows, attending shows and going on a great road trip.
Working on a few studies in the studio.
A Trip to New Mexico
We took a trip to New Mexico to attend the opening of the "River Runs Through It" show at Manitou Galleries. I had several paintings in the show, four of which sold right away. We enjoyed a celebratory opening, visiting with our friends at the gallery that we have not seen in over a year. We celebrated the return of live openings in a relaxed, easy-going setting, actually seeing people's smiling faces again. It's going to be a great year.
Plenty of smiles and laughter at the opening
While in New Mexico, we also took a quick day-trip to the Chama River Canyon near Abiquiu. We drove the tortuous, and at times, scary, road along the river, snapping photos, and oohing and aahing the whole way.
Chama River Canyon
Driving the Chama River Canyon road
The Governor's Art Show
In May, we also attended the Gala Opening of the Governor's Art Show at the Loveland Museum in Loveland, Colorado. It was wonderful to have a live event this year. The show was presented as usual in the main galleries of the Museum. But this year with the pandemic still a concern, they moved the food and music outside under a big tent. This spread out the attendees and created a wonderful, festive atmosphere. It was simply brilliant. A huge thank you to all those who worked extra hard to make this such a success. And thank you to all those who attended and all those purchased artwork.
And thank you to the artists for their fine work, making for a very strong show. You can see it online, but see it in person if you can. You will be amazed.
See more photos on my Facebook Page
Under the big tent
Utah Road Trip
We rounded out the month with an eight-day road trip to Utah to collect much needed imagery. We began in Capitol Reef National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the state. We spent several days hiking the trails, taking hundreds of photos. Many of these will become paintings over the next year.
Fremont River in Capitol Reef
Then we moved our home-base to Green River where we explored the area, including Arches National Park and the Moab area getting hundreds more images.
Evening in Arches
Green River Sunset
After a week of exploring, chasing the light, and dodging the heat, I collected hundreds of photos. Many paintings will come from this trip over the next several years.
Too see more photos and several videos from the trip, visit my Facebook page: Facebook.com/MichaelBaumArt
News and More...
Summer Studio Sale
July 2 - 11
I will be clearing out a studio full of paintings and prints, including studies, old work, all sizes, framed and unframed. All work will be priced to sell.
See the artwork online at: Mike's Summer Studio Sale beginning July 2nd.
Contact me to set up a time for you to visit the studio and see all the paintings live and up close. (Social distancing will be observed)
The River Runs Through It
See the show catalog online at
You can always find a good selection of my work at both Manitou Galleries locations:
123 West Palace Ave. Santa Fe NM
225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
For hours of operation, COVID guidelines, and other questions, contact the gallery at
505-986-0440 (Palace Ave. gallery)
505-986-9833 (Canyon Road gallery)
To see my work on their website, go to: Mike's Work at Manitou Galleries.
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Through June 5
This group exhibition highlights the Rio Grande River. I will be showing several new paintings in the show at the 225 Canyon Road gallery.
Governor's Art Show...
The 2021 Governor's Art Show presents an outstanding collection of work by many of Colorado's finest artists. Work will be on exhibit at the Loveland Museum in this prestigious annual show. I will be showing four paintings in the exhibition.
Through June 27
See the show in person
Due to COVID restrictions, reservations are required to visit the Loveland Museum
Contact The Loveland Museum to arrange a visit.
See the show online
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Opening May 22
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