Jun 2 @ 5:30 PM – Jul 6 @ 6:30 PM
Featured Artist: Chris Merlyn @ Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery
Artist Christopher Merlyn will show a selection of his works in a new art exhibition called Faith City Funk. The show will be on view from June 2nd until July 6th. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30 PM! Come meet the artist and enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres. BIOGRAPHY Christopher Merlyn was born in London, England and grew up in San Diego, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He’s been painting seriously since the age of 17 and his work is displayed in homes across the country as well as in Europe. In 2003, he was the youngest finalist to be selected in a national competition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  He has strived to be an active member of the art community ever since. He has curated several exhibitions, worked with a wide variety of artists and was recognized by Santa Fean magazine’s annual Art Issue as “an artist to watch”. Also inspired by music, literature, and movies, he has co-produced music for nationally syndicated television, worked with the New Mexico film industry doing set painting and is currently working towards publishing his first book. EXHIBITIONS 2015 – “Indelible”, Pop Up Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2014 – Group exhibition, Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM 2014 – Group exhibition, Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, NM 2013 – “Ferus”, Eggman & Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2012 – “Stunners”, Koi, Santa Fe, NM 2011 – “Through the Looking Glass”, Mirador Gallery, curatorial project, Santa Fe, NM 2011 – “Raw” Mirador Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – Solo exhibition, Mirador Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – “Four Rooms”, Casa Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – “Against The Grain”, La Tienda Gallery, curatorial Project, Santa Fe, NM 2009 – “Off The Record”, Private Collections Gallery, curatorial Project, Santa Fe, NM 2009 – “Levels Of Inquiry”, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2009 – “Sliced Bread”, Private Collections Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2008 – “Evoke”, Private Collections Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2007 – “Double Dare You”, Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2006 – “Kaleidoscope”, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006 – “Street Struck″, The Canvas, San Francisco, CA 2005 – “The Future Of Fine Art: Emerging Young Artists Of New Mexico”, Gerald Peters  Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2005 – Solo exhibition, Club 222, San Francisco, CA 2005 – Solo Studio exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2004 – Collaborative exhibition, CD Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2003 – Solo exhibition, Axis Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Darynda Jones: Reading & Q&A @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
Author Darynda Jones will read from and sign copies of her latest fantasy novel, The Curse of Tenth Grave on June 28th at 7:00 PM! Tickets are $10.00 for General Admission, or $37.00 for Admission and a copy of the book.    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.   ABOUT THE BOOK: If one door closes and another one opens, your house is probably haunted.  ―Bumper Sticker As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers? Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…
Jul 7 @ 5:30 PM – Aug 3 @ 5:00 PM
Featured Artist: Grant Kosh @ Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery
Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery will feature the fantasy realist paintings of Grant Kosh from July 7th until August 3rd. There will be an opening reception celebrating this new exhibition on Thursday, July 7th at 5:30 PM. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Grant Kosh is a photo realist portrait artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He moved from the rocky mountains of Colorado to the high desert, at an early age with his family. His artistic process began with a simple box of crayons and a coloring book, and flourished when he started attending Santa fe’s Waldorf school. Not discovering the airbrush till his early teenage years, Mr. Kosh found comfort with pencils and brushes. Sitting next to his mother while she studied iconography, Mr. Kosh discovered his appreciation for painting portraits. Once the airbrush came into his life, Mr. Kosh began seeking out airbrush masters like Jurek, Noah, Steve Driscoll, Michael Casy, and more, in California and Las Vegas workshops. While attending the University of Hawaii, Mr. Kosh began selling commissioned portraits of Bob Marley to all of his friends. Once back in Santa Fe, Mr. Kosh was allowed to hang his art in the “Atomic Grill” downtown. it was there that Mr. Kosh’s Airbrushed Portraits were seen by the masses of locals and tourists, and thus started the private commission business for Grant Kosh. He now has over 30 private collectors all over the country.  ARTIST STATEMENT I feel comfort when I’m painting portraits. It relaxes me just like swinging in a hammock next to an ocean or babbling brook. Before paint touches the canvas, I use my training from art history, photography, film, graphic and type design, to make decisions about chiaroscuro, proportions, negative space, focal points, and juxtaposition of all the elements. I then use my training as an actor and I become my subject, diving into who they are (or were) discovering their likes and dislikes, researching any history of physical or emotional scars and I ask some questions: • What state of mind or are they in at the time? • Were they happy and warm? With a cold and uncomfortable? • What were they thinking about when the photo was taken? • Where they in the moment, or was their mind somewhere else? • And more. Many factors will affect the facial muscles. It’s up to me to answer these questions so I can make it unique, put life into the canvus, and separate myself from a photocopy machine. Eyes truly are the windows to the soul. They are the most important features for recognizing someone, and will always be my favorite thing to paint.
Jamie Chase: Art Exhibition and Book Event @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
On Tuesday, July 12th, artist Jamie Chase will discuss his artistic process and illustrations for the new Dark Horse edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ At the Earth’s Core. There will be a display and sale of his original works in the gallery! The event takes place from 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM, and tickets are $5.00 for General Admission or $15.00 for admission and a copy of the graphic novel. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
Jul 15 @ 9:00 PM – Jul 16 @ 8:00 PM
The Comedy, Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
New Mexico’s very own Max Krause will join us at the Cocteau for a night of magic and mystery! Krause will perform Friday, July 15th at 9:00 PM, and Saturday, July 16th at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for children. ABOUT MAX KRAUSE: Prepare yourself for an experience unlike any you have seen before. Minds will be read. Jaws will drop. Heads will be scratched. The funny bone will be tickled. The sound of laughter and amazement will echo through the room. Max’s original magic can be seen not only in his show but in the acts of many top professionals performing today as he is not only a performer but an innovator as well. Having performed for over 27 years and 22 of those professionally, Max has entertained at countless venues. He has also performed for several celebrities including (but not limited to) MN Gov. Jesse Ventura, The Minnesota Vikings, Frank Thomas (of the Chicago White Sox), The Cranberries, Motley Crue, as well as Ted McGinley, Scott Bakula, James Belushi, Metallica, and Hinder.

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