The four corners states (New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah) are known for their beautiful blue skies. In addition serving as a source of inspiration and beauty, the skies are a great asset to be protected. Vibrant dark skies at night make this an excellent area for astronomical observations and stargazing.
No More Dark Sky
Shannon Conley, Moore, OK
Art Quilt, 42″H x 28″W, $900
Light pollution is an ever increasing problem, as human-generated light obscures views of the night sky. Bright sparkling stars become less and less visible amid the never dark, urban light which colors our skies a pervasive muddy brown. In addition to obscuring our view of the stars, this light pollution truly is pollution; impairing astronomical observations, interfering with ecosystems, and disrupting the critical circadian rhythms of plant and animal life.
Photo credit: Doug Conley
Diana Fox, Parker, CO
Art Quilt, 25″H x 37″W, $500
In anticipation of the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter on December 21, 2020, the idea for this piece came to mind. Both planets and several of their largest moons would be visible in the same field of view, an event that had not occurred for centuries. The actual event was a marvel to observe as the planets appeared spectacularly close together. The blessing of a cloudless night was the icing on the cake.
Photo credit: Richard Garduno
Let There Be Light
Michelle Jackson, Sandia Park, NM
Art Quilt, 36″H x 36″W, $1500
There is nothing like that time of early morning when there is that first light, a new day.
The Sky According to the Forest
Anne Moats, Bisbee, AZ
Art Quilt, 38″H x 39″W, $800
"The Sky According to the Forest" is my stylized version of my view, as a ground-dwelling hiker, of the forest "sky" while looking up.
Photo credit: Stacie Moats
Are the Stars Out?
Vicki Conley, Ruidoso Downs, NM
Art Quilt, 40″H x 47″W, $2000
We tend to take the stars for granted during the day and often hear the phrase “Are the stars out tonight?” They are always there giving a sense of perspective to our smallness in the universe. Here in the southwest we are fortunate to have bright clear skies in the day and very dark skies at night. What do you see in the stars?
Photo credit: Doug Conley
Nicole Dunn, Albuquerque, NM
Art Quilt, 43″H x 50″W, $800
So many of our New Mexican sunsets are spectacular, bold and bright. When you catch it reflected in a pool of water, whether an eddy of the Rio Grande or a simple puddle after our elusive rains, its even better. I never tire of watching every sunset at every opportunity.
Reaching For the Stars
Debra Goley, Goodyear, AZ
Art Quilt, 45″H x 31″W, $1100
Arizona is home to more certified Dark Sky Places than anywhere else in the world. No country outside the U.S. can rival the state's 16 dark-sky communities, places, and parks. I chose to depict our dark skies at dusk and with the aid of my son's hand to point out the constellations, find the Christmas Star and make a wish. Reaching out, pointing to, and connecting the dots.
Miracle of Infinitude
Betty Hahn, Sun City, AZ
Art Quilt, 27″H x 37″W, $1800
Cycles of night and day have inspired eons of living creatures. Some are night creatures, some day...all are affected by the sky.
Bev Haring, Longmont, CO
Art Quilt, 32″H x 23″W, $750
2020 has been a dark year, but even at night there is a bit of light.
Sandra Hoefner, Grand Junction, CO
Art Quilt, 24″H x 24″W, $500
Awakening in the early morning, I see a greenish-yellow stripe along the horizon. That's what I put into the image on this quilt along with the vertical thrust of rock formations in our nearby Colorado National Monument.
Frances Murphy, Surprise, AZ
Art Quilt, 31″H x 25″W, $900
The phenomenon of what I call "Sun Rain" has always fascinated me--especially when it happens in the desert. Bright skies, few clouds and rain! Blessed rain! Something we've see far too little of in 2020.
Lynn Welsch, Mimbres, NM
Art Quilt, 25″H x 23″W, $800
Waiting in the dark for fireworks to light up the sky is a childhood pleasure that I have carried into adulthood. And the best part of the fireworks, of course, is the finale!