Fiber artist Betty Busby, painter Richard Hogan, tuberculosis “Health Seekers”

Air Date: Saturday February 25th at 4pm on 5.1

Experimenting with textures, fabrics, dyeing and weaving, Albuquerque fiber artist Betty Busby makes stunning works of art that go beyond traditional quilt making.

“The branching of trees is the same as the branching of vessels in a circulatory system. It’s the same as a river branching off. Those repeated patterns in nature are something I revisit again and again.”

Since the 1970s, Richard Hogan has been one of Albuquerque’s most celebrated painters. He sees his paintings as objects and uses line and color to build spatial tension.

“In a certain sense my work is very simple. It’s visual and I want people to look at it without preconception, without looking for a narrative.”

In the early 1900s, Albuquerque became a destination and a symbol of hope for many who were suffering from tuberculosis. “Health Seekers” came seeking a cure in the high desert.

“There was no known cure at the time. Streptomycin wasn’t discovered until the 1940s and in the meantime, climate was thought to be very therapeutic, someplace that was dry, sunny, and a high altitude where the air was considered to be pure and New Mexico had that in abundance.”

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Celebrating the creative spirit, ¡COLORES! broadcasts Saturday afternoons at 4pm. ¡COLORES! is a production of New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV. Funding for ¡COLORES! was provided in part by, The Nellita E. Walker Fund, KNME-TV Endowment Fund, The Great Southwestern Arts & Education Endowment Fund… and Viewers Like You.

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