Taos Artists Beyond: Part IV

Ira Lujan

Janet Webb – April 15, 2017

Part IV of BeyondTaos’s series* about Taos artists exhibiting “beyond” features seven artists: Hank Saxe in Walla Walla; Allen Polt in Tucson; Susan Folwell in Scottsdale; Charlotte Shroyer in New York; Ira Lujan in Santa Fe; Ollie Bell in Venice, California; and Larry Bell in Aspen, New York and London.

Enjoy the luscious photos of their artwork.

*Take a look at Taos Artists Exhibit Beyond Part I, posted in February 2016, Part II, posted in June 2016 and Part III posted last November. Taos artists are everywhere.

Hank Saxe

Hank Saxe: Ceramics, solo exhibition at Foundry Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington, February 3 – April 30, 2017.

Hank Saxe in his Taos studio
Hank Saxe in his Taos studio
La Coqueta by hank Saxe
La Coqueta, ceramic by Hank Saxe, 16″ high

Hank Saxe has worked in clay for over fifty years. Saxe and his wife Cynthia Patterson create large scale architectural and sculptural projects – their own designs and collaboratively with other artists – in their ceramics studio in Taos. For his own art, Saxe uses industrial processes to create spontaneous objects.

The artist’s website | The gallery’s website

Allen Polt

Allen Polt, American Miniatures Exhibition, a group show at Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, February 11, 2017.

Allen Polt, Jicarilla Maiden,
Allen Polt, Jicarilla Maiden, 12X9 oil
Allen Polt in his studio



Allen Polt earned his degree in Illustration Arts from the Newark School of Fine. In 1974, Allen left the urban commercial art field for the inspiration of the landscape around Taos. Polt’s passion today is portraiture, having a unique ability to capture the essence of his subject’s personality. He currently spends most of his time in Tuscon, Arizona.

The artist’s website | The gallery’s website

Susan Folwell

Susan Folwell, Peering Though Taos Light: Reflections in Clay of the Taos Society of Artists with Jody Folwell and Susan Folwell at King Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 6, 2017. The exhibition sold out!

Susan Folwell
Susan Folwell
Homeward Bound after E. Martin Hennings by Susan Folwell
Homeward Bound after E. Martin Hennings by Susan Folwell

Susan Folwell grew up in a pottery making family at Santa Clara Pueblo. Her grandmother is Rose Naranjo her mother Jody Folwell and her sister is Polly Rose Folwell. She now lives in Taos with her husband, Davison Koenig, director of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

The artist’s FB page | The gallery’s website

Charlotte Shroyer

Charlotte Shroyer, Subjective, a juried exhibition by Women’s Caucus for Art at Riverside Library in New York, February 16 – 28,2017.

Charlotte Shroyer
Charlotte Shroyer
Blue by Charlotte Shroyer
Blue, Monotype, 16 X 6 by Charlotte Shroyer

In 1992, Charlotte Shroyer, Ph. D, left a 20-year career in education to pursue her artistic path. She is a weaver and a painter whose work is highly informed by the written word. She is represented in Taos by Jackies Trading Post Gallery.

The artist’s website | WCA’s website

Ira Lujan

Ira Lujan: Taosoan Glass at Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, January 27 – April 21, 2017.

Ira Lujan glass
Ira Lujan glass sculpture at MoCNA in Santa Fe

Ira Lujan is from Taos Pueblo and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. In the summer of 2000, Lujan was introduced to glass blowing in Taos, where he apprenticed with foremost glass artist Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo). Today, Lujan’s work is influenced by everyday scenes of contemporary Native America.

The artist’s FB page | The museum’s website

Ollie Bell

Ollie Bell, Video Projection Installation at the UNICEF Next Generation Art Party, a
fundraiser for UNICEF in Venice, California, March 11, 2017. The effort raised $127,000 for UNICEF.

Oliver Bell was born and raised in Taos. His artistic pursuits so far have centered around digital media, having studied videography in Santa Barbara, California. In 2014, he was a Rauschenberg Foundation resident artist in Captiva, Florida. Currently, he splits his time between Taos and Venice Beach, California.

The artist’s website | The event’s website

Larry Bell

Frank Stella and Larry Bell at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Aspen, Colorado, March 8 – April 16, 2017.
The 78th Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, March 17 – June 11, 2017.
Larry Bell: Smoke on the Bottom at White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey, London, April 28 – June 18, 2017.

Larry Bell, Light Knot
Larry Bell, Light Knot
Larry Bell, Church Study
Larry Bell, Church Study


Pacific Red II, Larry Bell
Pacific Red II by Larry Bell at the Whitney Museum. Photo by Ollie Bell.

Larry Bell is considered by many to be an “LA Light and Space” artist, however he has lived and worked in Taos since 1973. His mediums most often include glass, paper or canvas. He is represented by White Cube Gallery, London; Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles and New York; and Frank Lloyd Gallery, Pasadena.

The artist’s website | The Aspen gallery’s website | The London gallery’s website

Larry Bell and Ollie Bell
Larry Bell and Ollie Bell. Photo by Tom Vinetz.


A note to all Taos artists: please let me know (editor@beyondtaos.com) about your exhibits outside of Taos – where, when, and what you’re showing. I find it amazing how many of you quietly work in this community then take the work to other cities for exhibition and sale. It’s a testament to the creative inspiration of this Place.


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