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Alameda Library Hosts Reception for Pueblo Artist

On Sunday, June 24, a reception is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Alameda Free Library to kick off a new show by Mateo Romero, a Berkeley native who is now based in the greater Santa Fe area of New Mexico.

Romero is considered a top contemporary Pueblo painter, says library volunteer Ruth Belikove. Through his father Santiago Romero, his connection to the Southern Keresan Cochiti people and exposure to the Rio Grande Pueblo world, he came to develop his skills and appreciation of Native American traditions.

The artist attended Dartmouth College and received an MFA in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a fellow in painting at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, where he has a studio. He lives in Pojoaque Pueblo with his wife and three children.

Another artist featured by the Alameda Free Library is Owen Smith, who lives on the Island. His art is on the cover of the June 18 edition of “New Yorker” magazine, and now two of Owen’s paintings on display in the West End Library, shares Belikove.

Smith’s latest magazine painting, “Soda Noir,” is designed to complement a story about New York Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to make large sodas illegal. The artist also recently did some paintings for a show at a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art café.

Janet Levaux