Art Fusion: March 2, 2019 Visual Artist: Dan Bodelson Singer/Songwriter : CoCo O’Connor

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Visual Artist: Dan Bodelson

Dan spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. Dan was born in Minnesota in 1949. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, NM, Dan went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972. After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his illustrating career in San Francisco after a year, as his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has lived and painted ever sense.
Dan’s subject matter includes the American Indian and their lives, scenes of past and present from western life, subtle landscapes, and delicate still lifes. Dan's imagination is kindled by Western literature as well as the natural beauty, which surrounds him. Dan and his family, wife Patty, and daughters Danielle and Gabrielle travel quite a bit and Dan has painted on most all these trips to the Bahamas, BVI's, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and many other wonderful places.
Dan’s work is found in many outstanding private and corporate collections. His work has been shown from New York to Los Angles at places such as The Art League of New York (special award for painting), The Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, in Los Angles CA., The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN, The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK., Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum (which bought a painting for its permanent collection), The New Mexico Governors Gallery at the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM., Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum, The Haley Library in Midland Texas, The Denver Rotary Artist of America show in Denver CO., He has been featured in select publications including THE NEW YORK TIMES, BUSINESS WEEK, ART OF THE WEST, SOUTHWEST ART. COLORADO COWBOY, THE SANTA FEAN, COWBOYS & INDIANS, the book CONTEMPORARY WESTERN ARTIST and others. One of his paintings was selected for the Santa Fe Opera poster. Since the early 1970’s, Dan has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows. He also has a select few support organization like The Children Museum in Santa Fe, and The Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, that he donates his art for their fundraising efforts.

Dan's work can be seen at Joe Wade Fine Art in Santa Fe New Mexico, Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale Arizona and Jackson Hole Wyoming, and Insite Gallery in Fredericksburg Texas.

Singer/Songwriter :  CoCo O’Connor


“I was too rebellious for the industry,” CoCo O’Connor admits of her years spent in Nashville, a period when the blossoming songwriter felt that she didn’t fit into the stubborn confines of the city’s legendary music scene. So she headed out West, to a region where free spirit and eccentricity reigned. But though the mysterious nature of Santa Fe, New Mexico continues to aid CoCo in her songwriting and self-reflection, it wasn’t the right place to record an album. For both her debut record and her upcoming June 8 release, This Ol’ War, CoCo had to rediscover her roots, heading back to the energized hum of Music City.

Along with producer Parker Cason, CoCo went against the grain of Nashville to let the songs of This Ol’ War breathe over the course of five months. Of their time together, Parker expressed, “CoCo graciously gave me a lot of freedom and creative input on this record. It’s nice being able make an independent record away from the noise of Music Row where we can focus more on being creative instead of hitting hard deadlines." Both unconventional in the ways in which they approach modern songwriting, CoCo and Parker forged a bond that could only come from a mutual awareness of each other as music industry outsiders.  On the original yellow shag carpet of the Creative Workshop, which has seen the likes of prolific songwriters such as Jimmy Buffett and Parker’s father, Buzz Cason, CoCo and Parker created a record that mimics the careful, smooth-like-honey process of country and blues long past.

CoCo’s unwavering sense of self stems, in part, from her time experimenting with songwriting as a child. Growing up just forty-five minutes outside of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and between preparing for beauty pageants, CoCo’s mother gently reminded her daughter, “You know, Honey, you need to learn how to write songs like Dolly.” And though the young songwriter hated the sticky pageant makeup and only knew how to write songs about God, her mother’s sentiment remained lodged tight in her mind.

All the while writing and creating, CoCo waited before releasing her debut album, Turquoise, in 2016. In the passing time between, CoCo settled in the arid desert of the Southwest, leaving behind all that was familiar in favor of the unknown. “Santa Fe is more reflective because of the landscape,” says CoCo. “It makes you introspective because you feel, by default, small. You’ve got the majestic mountains and you’ve got the big sky. You’ve got all this glorious bigness around you, so it makes you look inward to yourself to do some soul searching.”