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Dave Trujillo Presents First Show At Karen Wray Gallery

on September 17, 2019 - 10:39am

Image of work by Donato Spitzer and David Trujillo. The community is invited to the opening reception of their show, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Karen Wray Gallery, 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2 Courtesy/KRG

 

By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos
 
For the past 10 years, David Trujillo has been one of the most popular and best-selling artists at the Karen Wray Gallery. This fall, he will co-present his first exhibition, “I should Have Known by Now,” with artist Donato Spitzer.
 
David Trujillo with one of his scrap-metal sculptures. Courtesy/KRG

Like many talented Los Alamos artists, Trujillo began his art career when he retired and had the opportunity to look at the way he spent his time and decide for himself, what’s fun?

Part of the fun of being retired is creating art, he said, adding that, “The most fun is when you see people enjoying it.”

When he ran a booth at the Contemporary Spanish Market, he sold 10 of his scrap-metal sculptures and was thrilled with how his work brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Several of the pieces from the market will be in the upcoming show at The Karen Wray Gallery, including a dragon and several horses.

A creative life fueled by quality time with family and world travel

When he’s not sculpting, he’s travelling to Colorado to spend time with his grandkids. The last time he was there he built them a tree house with a slide.

Or he might be harvesting fruit from his farm in the Valley.

Or he might be exploring rough mountain roads with his wife.

Or traveling the world. Last summer he went to Vietnam.

“I haven’t been there since 1971,” he said. “It was completely different.”

Trujillo was a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and is now working on a book of short stories about his experience. One of his short stories, “Dreaming in the Desert”, was published and got second place in the 2019 Pasa Tiempo short story contest.

Meet Trujillo and Spitzer at the ‘I Should Have Known by Now’ Opening Reception

While Trujillo’s work has been available at The Karen Wray Gallery for 10 years, this is his first show and one not to be missed.

“I kept telling Karen that I didn’t want to do one, but I’m really good friends with Donato Spitzer and we will do it together,” he said.

The reception for “I Should Have Known by Now” is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Karen Wray Gallery, 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2 in Los Alamos. The exhibition runs through Oct. 21 and the gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 

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