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Lori Faye Bock

Born
October 22, 1956 - Detroit Michigan

Education
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo in 1981
Center for Creative Studies College of Art & Design, Detroit, MI 1974 - 1977
Pewabic Pottery Detroit, MI 1975 - 1977

Selected Solo Exhibitions
The ABC's Of Life, Blaire Carnahan Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 2004
Companion Friends, Sloan Jordan Gallery - Austin, TX 2000
For the Love of Animals, Waxlander Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 1999
Commemorating Life on the Farm, Waxlander Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 1998
Abiquiu Folk Art Collection, Almblad Gallery International - Santa Fe, NM 1993
Figuratively Speaking, Obsidian Gallery - Tucson, AZ 1992

Selected Group Exhibitions
Gem Show, Wilde Meyer, Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ 2008/2009
Miniature Holiday Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe , NM 2008/2009
Fashion, Wilde Meyer, Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ 2008
Abiquiu Studio Tour Preview Show, La Galeria Arriba, Abiquiu, NM 2008
Dog Days of Summer, Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale & Tucson, 2008
Abiquiu Studio Tour Preview Show, La Galeria Arriba, Abiquiu, NM 2007
Dog Days of Summer, Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale & Tucson, 2007
Miniature Show, Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale & Tucson, 2007
Abiquiu Studio Tour Preview Show, La Galeria Arriba; Abiquiu, NM 2006
Dog Days Of Summer, Wilde Meyer Gallery; Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ 2006
Abiquiu Studio Tour Preview Show, La Galeria Arriba; Abiquiu, NM 2005
Horse Show, Wilde Meyer Gallery; Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ 2005
Dog Days Of Summer, Wilde Meyer Gallery; Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ 2005
Dog Days Of Summer, Wilde Meyer Gallery; Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ 2004
Abiquiu Studio Tour Show, La Galeria Arriba; Abiquiu, NM 2004
Dreams & Narratives, La Galeria Arriba; Abiquiu, NM 2003
Friends for Life, Pismo Gallery; Denver, CO 2003
Miniature Show, Alexandra Stevens Gallery; Taos, NM 2003
Group Show, Waxlander Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 2002
Love & Romance, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2001
Edible Art - Sushi Sheep, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2001
Three Women Artists, Busch Gallery - Boulder, CO 2000
Reflections of Images, Clinton River Arts Center - Clinton, IA 2000
Edible Art - Sushi Cat & Dog, Waxlander Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 2000
Holiday Group Show, Waxlander Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 1999
Heart Art, Waxlander Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 1999
Edible Art - Sushi Cat, Waxlander Gallery - Santa Fe, NM 1998
Mat Hatter's Collected Teapots, Off The Wall - Santa Fe, NM 1995
Fall Celebrations, La Galleria - Abiquiu, NM 1994
Annual Holiday Exhibition, Obsidian Gallery, Tuscon, AZ 1994
A Show of Works in Clay, River Run Gallery - Ketchum, ID 1993
Fall Arts Exhibition, Clay & Fiber - Taos, NM 1993
Spring Group Exhibition, Clay & Fiber - Taos, NM 1993
Spring Arts Celebration, Clay & Fiber - Taos, NM 1992
Fall Celebration, Almblad Gallery International - Santa Fe, NM 1991
Dolls, Clay & Fiber - Taos, NM 1991

Awards & Commissions
Honest! We're Really Ecstatic ... It's Just That ... Image used for the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, 2008
Why Do They Think We Always Want Something?, Image used for the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, 2007
Safe & Sound & Homeward Bound, Image created for American Pet Cross, 2007
Housesitter, Image used for the Santa Fe Humane Society, 2007
Worth The Wait, Image used for the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, 2006
Stay Tuned For Next Week's Exciting Episode, Image created for the Espanola Humane Society, 2006
Rest Stop, Image for the American Humanes Everyday Is Tag Day - 2006
Yours For Life, Image for the American Humane's National Tag Day - 2005
Worth The Wait
, Image for the American Humane's National Tag Day - 2004
I'll Take Them All!, Image for PETsMART Charities' Just A Buck Campaign - 2003
Too Close For Comfort ... NOT!, Image for the ASPCA's Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month - 2003
No Identity Crisis Here, Image for the American Humane's National Tag Day - 2003
We Remember, Image to commemorate 125th Anniversary of the American Humane -2002
They'll Always Know How To Find Us, Image for the American Humane's National Tag Day - 2002
Choose Me Too, Image for PetSmart Charities' Just A Buck Campaign - 2001
Seldom Separated, Image for the American Humane's National Tag Day - 2001
I Will Protect You, Image for the American Humane's National Tag Day - 2000

Selected Publications
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo, October 10, 2008, "Abiquiu Studio Tour"
Rio Grande Sun, October 8, 2008, Rio Grande Sun Arts
Chico's Catalog, On the Road to Fall 2008. "Traveler's Diary"
Southwest Art Magazine, May 2008, "Six Seriously Funny Artists"
Rio Grande Sun, October 5, 2007, Rio Grande Sun Arts
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo, October 8, 2006, "Abiquiu Studio Tour"
Rio Grande Sun, Oct.6, 2006, Rio Grande Sun Arts
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo,
April 1, 2005, Image in "Comings & Goings"
The New Mexican/Santa Fe El Norte,
April 1, 2005, "Rio Arriba Pushes Tag Day"
The Chama Courier,
April 2005, "County 'Tag Day' Supports American Humane Association
Albuquerque Journal,
March 28, 2005, "Rio Arriba Deems April 2 Tag Day
Rio Grande Sun,
September 30, 2004, Cover & Inside Cover of Rio Grande Sun Arts
Tucson Lifestyle,
September 2004, "September Events"
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo,
August 13, 2004, "Gallerywise/Being Scene"
Phoenix Home & Garden,
August 2004, "Gallery Row"
Art Business News,
March 2004, "News"
Santa Fean,
Jan/Feb 2004, "Carnival Of Animals"
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo, Sept. 5, 2003, "Abiquiu Artists"
The Los Alamos Monitor: Kaleidescope, Sept. 4, 2003, "Cover & Three Abiquiu Artists"
Cowboys & Indians, Sept. 2003, "Gallery Tour"
Santa Fean, Sept. 2003, "Openings & Exhibitions"
Santa Fean, Jan/Feb 2003, p.70 "Openings & Exhibitions"
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo Pasatiempo, September 13, 2002, "Cover and High Country Art Tours"
Art-talk, June/July 2002, p.21, "Artist Worth Watching"
ASPCA Animal Watch, Spring 2002, p. 40, "Dreamwork"
Cats & Kittens, March 2002, p.10, "Artist With A Mission"
Petroglyphs, Fall/Winter 2001, p. 3, "Animal People: Von Bock Farm"
Albuquerque Journal, April 1, 2001, "Artist Draws on Talent to Help Pets"
Focus/Santa Fe, Cover Story, Oct/Nov/Dec 2000, "Creatures Great & Small"
Enchantment, April 2000, "Work by NM Artist Highlights Tag Day 2000."
Albuquerque Journal North, April 6, "Statewide Tag Day Reconnects Pets With Owners."
Focus/Santa Fe, Jan/Feb/Mar 1998, "Lori's Ark."
The New Mexican/Pasatiempo, April 3, 1998, "Lori Faye Bock Captures the Critter's Whimsy."
Santa Fean, April 1998, "Gallery Reviews"

Biography
Lori Faye Bock's paintings of animals speak to the soul and the heart. She declares her affection for the animal world with wit, lively color, and jaunty poses, striking a responsive chord in the viewer who can't fail to recognize the truth in her images.

The artist says, "Knowing animals and caring for them is one of life's joys. Even the most ordinary-seeming animals are truly extraordinary and give us so much. My art reflects my life." Bock and her husband live in an 18th-century adobe on a riverside farm near Abiquiu, New Mexico, where they delight in the company of some forty sheep, six dogs and six cats.

Lori Faye Bock was born in Detroit and credits supportive parents, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a scholarship to The Center for Creative Studies¹ College of Art & Design with her pursuit of a career in art. She studied ceramics and went on to teach in the Watts area of Los Angeles while producing hand-painted ceramic art, often with animal imagery.

In the late eighties, Bock moved to Santa Fe and opened a studio and gallery on Gypsy Alley, an artists¹ haven off Canyon Road. Longing for the rural life, she and her husband purchased their property in the agricultural community of Los Silvestres north of Abiquiu and proceeded to acquire their menagerie. In 1994, they founded the Abiquiu Studio Tour.

After working in clay for over twenty years, Bock began painting her images on paper, board, and canvas, continuing to portray her beloved animals. Already successful as a ceramicist, she found a ready acceptance for her paintings among collectors. Her images are known nationally and have been used by PETsMART, the ASPCA, and American Humane.

Lori Faye Bock¹s work has the whimsy of a Klee and the color and detail of a Matisse. Her paintings deftly capture the essence of their subjects with a dash of irony, humor and often, poignancy. Her reward comes, she says, when the joy she feels in portraying her animal subjects is communicated to those who see her paintings.

Artist Statement
In the beginning, surrounded by a menagerie of cats, dogs & sheep, whose eyes just dont ever leave me alone ... ever - there was no doubt in my mind what subject matter I was to paint. So,I painted and painted and painted ... animals.

I live in a most beautiful river valley encircled by majestic mountains to the north, south, east and west - so it was just a matter of time before my animal paintings had skies, land & water.

Household objects, both ordinary and extraordinary, intrigue me. I believe my windowscapes evolved so that I can have animals and landscapes along with those wonderful domestic inventions - all in one painting!

My years as a first grade teacher have no doubt influenced my ABC Series. Besides being able to paint anything in the whole wide world as long as it begins with a letter of the alphabet - I get to write text which accompanies my illustrations. Sometimes these words are funny. Sometimes they are serious. Sometimes they are mine and sometimes I borrow from others.

My Womens Perspectives Series is fun but also very meaningful. When I turned 50 a couple of years ago - something wonderful happened. All of a sudden it seemed like I started 'getting it' - 'getting life'. These paintings are all about the wild & wonderful realizations and experiences which take place in the second half of women' lives.The quotes are both humorous and insightful. The illustrations follow suite.

The everchanging relationship between composition, color and subject matter continue to interest me. As I embrace my 50th year of life, I am questioning less and doing more. At times I find myself pushing boundaries like there is no tomorrow - like there are no rules.

People tell me I am funny. They say they feel good because I make them laugh. If I can squeeze a smile, chuckle or better yet downright roaring laughter because of the joy, beauty, wit or humor I transmit through my art, then I believe I am doing my job well. And if someone falls in love with my animal paintings and goes running to the nearest shelter to adopt a cat or dog, or both, then I think I deserve a gold star.

All in all, being able to vanish into my studio, thus into my own little world, day in and day out, is truly a tremendous gift & blessing.

Oh, and the best thing about being an artist is that I get to go to work in my pajamas, with a cup of tea in hand, followed by a host of darling faces who just happen to have whiskers.

 

 

 

Lori Faye Bock
Von Bock Farm
Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510

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