Happy New Year

It was a whirlwind end of the year.

I hosted a student show from Art Workshops in Santa Fe in my studio in November. Eight local participants have been steadily working away for the last year. We had a fantastic turnout and an image of Laura Newmark's work "Pain Body" had a half-page print in the November issue of THE magazine, Santa Fe. The new year workshops have begun.

Wednesday Ongoing Painting: focused on your individual needs within a group 1-4 and beginning Feb. 23.

Tuesday Night Mixed Media 5 Week Intensive. 

Check out the workshop page—there is still room.

I am teaching a Drawing I class at Santa Fe Community College this term and will offer an acrylic and color course through continuing education at the Community College beginning April 5th.

May 23: I will be in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the Art Association teaching a 5-day Alchemy of Mixed Media.

I had a solo show open at Friesen Gallery Gallery http://friesengallery.com// in Ketchum, Idaho the day after Thanksgiving. This begins the official ski season in the area. The show, Intersections of Vast Things, is my first exhibit with Friesen and I am thrilled to be a part of them.

Friesen Gallery- Installation View

Friesen Gallery- Installation View

After a nice, long break, I am back in the studio. I am part of a group show at Chase Young Gallery in Boston in January 2016. I am finishing pieces for Mark Woolley Gallery opening in Portland, Orregon March 20, 2016. A peak at a piece (no title as of yet):

mixed media - 30x40 2016

mixed media - 30x40 2016

Life appears to be diving into depths of some unknown and known facets that are emerging through paint. Lightness of being seems to be temporarily on the shelf. Sometimes deadlines push me into gear. Other times, I freeze and all avenues to a groove of working seem to be nowhere in sight. Looking for the door, the shimmer of light, I pace. Pace around like a dog, looking for the perfect comfort spot in which to enter. I know this process. I have been here before, many times. Not quite sure why every time feels like the first time. The beauty is, once you’re in, the dialogue can begin, but the waiting is a form of magic. Painting is not done alone. There is a cohort that beckons. Sometimes it speaks through the painting itself, and I can enter into relationship. Sometimes it just comes where a harmonic symphony takes place with three or four pieces at once. I paint, waiting for just these moments.

I have been thinking a lot about how all this translates into teaching. How to communicate what happens in the studio. If I have left my process for a time—a week, a month—I have to search out the delicate balance between who I was when I left the door and who I am now in the moment: pick up and carry the conversation forward. Do the work. I just want all to know that we are not alone in this process.

John O’donohue said it so well in his book, Beauty:

“No person is a finished thing, regardless of how frozen or paralyzed their self image might be. Each one of us is in a state of perennial formation. Carried with the flow of time, you are coming to be who you are in every new emerging moment. Life is a journey that fills out your identity and yet the true nature of a journey remains largely invisible."

Fall Newsletter- Upcoming Exhibits and Events

Happy Fall To All

Wheelhouse Art Gallery, June 2015

Wheelhouse Art Gallery, June 2015

Life has been quite busy this past summer and fall.
After completing “Visceral Gravity”, a body of work that was exhibited at Wheelhouse Gallery in Santa Fe, June 26th- August 26th, I found myself, not painting, but catching up on all the little mundane activities that can fall off the rails when you immerse yourself in creative acts: website updates, taxes, laundry, self care of body, mind, and spirit, scheduling, and planning.

Wheelhouse Art, 418 Montezuma, here in Santa Fe is closing their doors at the end of October. Joyce Stolaroff did a fantastic job for the year, plus she was on board. Now it is time for her to move on. I wish her all the best in her new endeavors. If you have not seen the space go on down before it closes. 

Next month I will deliver new work to Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho. I am excited to be trying out new work with them and a great excuse for a fall roadtrip. So to all my Ketchum, Idaho friends, when meandering around town, please do stop on in.

I sent off smaller pieces to Chase Young Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, for a group show upcoming in January 2016.

I am thrilled to announce that I am the recipient of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant, 2015.  As part of this award, there will be an exhibit with three other fellow recipients. The scheduled opening will be sometime in September 2016 at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Massachusetts. Stay tuned!

Back in Santa Fe, I continue to offer workshop and classes from my lovely studio.  An upcoming schedule can be found at www.artworkshopsinsantafe.com.  I have added some diverse talent to come on board this winter.

In January I will be offering a “One Day Retreat of Deep Listening and Discovery Through the Creative Acts of Continuum Movement and Process Painting” with Lynette Kessler, Dance Movement Artist on January 23rd,  9-5pm.

Also in January (dates to be announced) Carrie Ronneau will be returning to offer her encaustic skills in her workshop “Viva Encaustica”.

Saturday, November 14th- 4-8pm, I will be hosting a group show in my studio. "The Alchemy of Mixed Media- Works of 7 Emerging Artists". Seven practicing artists that have been immersed in my workshops and classes over the last year and a half will be exhibiting. Elizabeth Pinson, Barbara Bally, Laura Newmark, George Maloof, Vickie Deane, Sara Mckenzie and Julia Meeks. Lauren Mantecon Studios- 123A Camino Teresa, Santa Fe, NM.

And for all those Marin County folks, I will be coming to town to facilitate a two-day workshop, “The Alchemy of Mixed Media” in the ICB building of Sausalito. Tentative dates April 9th and 10th. Please contact me with your interest, space will be limited.

You can view my work at:

Be Well and Creative,


Artisan Alchemy of Mixed Media Demo

Lauren’s demo will include the making of traditional gesso and how to apply it on wood panels, in combination with rabbit skin glue. Joint compound- mixed with mediums and pigmentswill also be introduced as well as the use of wax/ encaustic in combination with materials. Lauren will demonstrate the the combined use of pencil,oil pastel, acrylic paint, binders and collage, showing that together they can create something of greater depth.