Sam Baker will be coming to the gallery to showcase his incredible music and artwork for this evening. Come hear his remarkable story that inspired him to create art and write such compelling music~ you’ll be glad you did.
On September 29th from 5PM-7PM, the Worrell Gallery will feature the works of world-renowned singer/songwriter, Sam Baker. His exhibit, “Dream of Snow Geese and Tattooed Wolves”, was inspired by scenes from a biographical play/documentary that is in the works, due to be released next year, and features some of his newest works in various mediums such as oil on canvas and board, postcards and music. He will be performing his original songs at the gallery. Sam’s music career has been featured in many distinguished publications, including Rolling Stone Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Now Baker is ready to share his visual art, with his first major showing at the Worrell Gallery.
Sam Baker has a backstory that must be told. NPR’s Robert Christgau said in a 2013 interview: Baker’s music is simultaneously beautiful and broken, like cracked crockery. His voice barely sketches the simple melodies, and the guitar is marked by the hesitations of someone who relearned the instrument left-handed. But Baker often decorates by quotation – from old hymns or Stephen Foster or, on Say Grace, Emily Dickinson and William Butler Yeats. And he surrounds himself with sidemen who delight in complementing his broken quality. “Feast” showcases a Yeats image as the musicians venture off into the kind of unknown Sam Baker has made it his life’s work to transfigure.
Beginning his work in the visual arts in 2009, Baker shares his life experiences through his art, whether it is through painting, music or photography. One of his more prominent stories includes surviving a deadly attack in Peru. On a bus heading to Machu Picchu in 1986, a terrorist bomb hit the bus that Baker was on, killing most of the passengers and leaving him with injuries that required him to relearn how to walk, move, and speak. Baker now sees beauty in everything around him, and lives by the words, “life is a gift.”
He says “gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost. Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful. All I’ve got is this one breath, and if I’m lucky, I get another.”
Stop by and see Sam Baker’s work on display; admission is free. Check out the following link to an interview Sam did with NPR’s Terry Gross: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/06/310089151/sam-baker-finding-grace-in-the-wake-of-destruction
The “Song to the Patrons” monumental sculpture resided on the corner of Washington and Palace Ave in Santa Fe for over 20 years. It was considered one of the most photographed pieces of art in Santa Fe. Thousands of visitors have touched and posed with the bronze.
Upon the sale of the sculpture to clients in Texas, arrangements were made to have the artist, Bill Worrell, present to oversee the installation of a new piece and “Song to the Patrons” being moved. At 6 am on a snowy morning in mid-January, a small group gathered and photos were taken to capture the event. When the film was developed a beautiful aura appeared in only one photo, the Shaman being hoisted upward with the crane.
Friends had the colors in the image examined and gave this explanation:
The perfect example of the how powerful and magical Worrell’s work has continued to keep the mystery of the Ancients alive.
We wanted to share this with all the collectors and patrons who have supported art and the artists over the years.