Nina Tichava

While in Santa Fe, we ran into some acrylic panels that looked like traditional quilting patterns, complete with the stains on an old quilt. The artist is Nina Tichava, a native of Northern New Mexico who has lived part time in the Bay Area. Our new friend Peter, from the Nüart Gallery, located at 670 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, told me that she spent a childhood surrounded by quilts. There is something about those old patterns, past down from generation to generation, that become impressive symbols of America, our grandmothers, our mothers, our teachers and the warmth of falling asleep at night. In other words, they mean a lot. Here are some of Tichava’s pieces:

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