Elizabeth Sailer

Bethe Sailer is a painter, sculptor and teacher living in Albuquerque.  She is married to the artist Jason Sailer; together they are raising three children and own Sailer Fine Art and Instruction. 

Their art is shown at the New Fisher Gallery, 1620 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque NM  87106.   Bethe Sailer’s work can also be found at the Bank of Albuquerque’s Ladera branch, and at the New Mexico School of Music.

She grew up in California, in an artistic family, where drawing was a normal every day activity.  Bethe was a dancer until injured at 19.  She became a chef while living in England.  Inspired by the beautiful landscape there, she began painting in watercolor.  Bethe later moved to Clovis, NM, where she studied art at Clovis Community College (AA General Education 1993 and Fine Art 1994) and Eastern New Mexico University at Portales (BFA 1996).  Bethe Sailer moved to Albuquerque in 1997 following a serious automobile accident in which she shattered both ankles, broke a cheekbone and suffered a traumatic brain injury. 

Bethe Sailer has been teaching art since 1990 privately and publicly: 

in schools (K-12 and college-level:  James Bickley Elementary in Clovis, Clovis Christian School, APS:  Sierra Vista Elementary, Griegos Elementary, Governor Bent Elementary, at Mountain View Private Elementary, Clovis Community College and UNM Continuing Education Personal Enrichment),

at museums (Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque and The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science),

at pueblos (Acoma Pueblo Headstart and San Felipe Pueblo Elementary),

for the City of Albuquerque at the South Broadway Cultural Center,

for organizations (Art in the School, inc. Studio Activity Instruction and after school program curriculum and supervision, the NM Art Educators Association workshop presentation, VSA Arts, seminar presentation)

at stores (Hobby Lobby Creative Centers in Albuquerque on Juan Tabo and Eagle Ranch, and at the New Mexico Clay store) and at the Sailer Studio:  8401 Dunhill Avenue SW, Albuquerque NM  87121.

Bethe and Jason Sailer also provide classes (group and one-on-one) for disabled students, and provide consultation, analysis and recommendations for accessible studio set-up and practices.

Bethe has been a judge for the APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit (2004, ’05, ’06) and became the coordinator for that event since 2008.  She was a juror for the Masterworks New Mexico Miniatures Division in 2008.  Bethe has been organizing art exhibitions since childhood.  These exhibitions have ranged from “kitchen galleries” as a child, to hanging museum shows in England, to running the art exhibition program at Explora.  In between and after, she has installed exhibits in California, Texas, Clovis, Portales, Taos, Santa Fe and of course, Albuquerque. 

Her work is found in collections internationally, and is installed in several New Mexico churches and public facilities.  Commissioned works of art found in Albuquerque include an altar piece carved from wood and installed at the Church of Our Savior and a welded mixed-metal sculpture (made as part of a team including Jason Sailer and Greg Senn) for Bernalillo County.  She recently completed a commissioned painting of a client’s dream (August 2009).

Her art work has been used to raise money for Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum (2000, 2001), SEED (2003), Wheels for the World (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and Casa Esperanza (2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011).  Her limited edition print of Judy Garland, Judy, Judy, Judy, is in the collection of the Judy Garland Museum, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  The Sailer Fine Art studio routinely donates handmade ceramic bowls to the Empty Bowls fundraiser sponsored by Project Share.  She has volunteered at the Edward Gonzales Elementary library (reading to classes and art/literacy presentations), and at Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital (enabled art activities, one-on-one).  She has been a guest speaker for classes at West Mesa High School and Jimmy Carter Middle School.

Exhibits in addition to those at the New Fisher Gallery include: South Broadway Cultural Center’s Dia de Los Muertos exhibit (since 2007 onward) and Virgin de Guadalupe exhibit (2008), the Virgin de Guadalupe 2008 and Recycled/ReSeen 2007 exhibits at Art Street, the Corrales Art Council show at Iglesia San Isidro (2007), the Recycled Art Exhibit in Santa Fe 2005, the New Mexico Watercolor Society (2003 Expo NM, the Albuquerque Little Theatre 2004, 2005, 2006, the Around the Corner Art Gallery 2006), the Faces of Woman Show (Las Vegas Arts Council, 2005), a solo exhibit at Clovis Community College in December 2004/January 2005, the 2004 VSA traveling exhibit, and with the Spiritual Odyssey Group at Galleria EliasInez in Taos, NM, 2002, at South Broadway Cultural Center 2004, and at the Four Hills Country Club in 2008.

Jason Sailer

Jason Sailer is an artist, illustrator and teacher who lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

He is married to the artist Bethe Sailer, together they have three children and own Sailer Fine Art and Instruction.

Jason was born in Texas and raised in New Mexico. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from ENMU Portales.

His interests include costume drawing, design and fabrication, scuba diving, rappelling, shooting and web design.  Jason has received numerous “best costume” awards for costumes worn in competition at Jimmy Carter Middle School, and 2009 Bubonicon.

He has worked for KENW and KRQE providing on-air graphics, graphic stills and billboard design.  Jason also provided consultation and project research/development for Explora and has worked in a variety of other fields including Law Enforcement, and has worked as an EA at Chaparral Elementary School in the Intensive Support/Special Ed program.

Jason’s work is shown at the New Fisher Gallery on Central Avenue.  His work illustrates a book written by Nicki Ryan “Grandma Cookie’s Treasure Box” and sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.  “Grandma Cookie’s Treasure Box” was published in April of 2008.

Together with Bethe Sailer and Greg Senn, Sailer created a commissioned mixed-metal welded sculpture for Bernalillo County in 2005.

Exhibits in addition to those at the New Fisher Gallery include: South Broadway Cultural Center’s Dia de Los Muertos exhibit (2007, 2008, 2009), the Recycled Art Exhibit in Santa Fe 2005.  Jason Sailer’s limited edition print of John Wayne as the Green Beret is on display at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum and Learning Center, Winterset Iowa. 

Jason has volunteered as a guest reader at the Edward Gonzales Elementary library.

He teaches at the Sailer Art studio, at Hobby Lobby Creative Centers in Albuquerque on Juan Tabo, Wyoming and Eagle Ranch and for the City of Albuquerque at the South Broadway Cultural Center (classes sponsored by New Mexico Arts and South Broadway Cultural Center).

Bethe and Jason Sailer also provide classes (group and one-on-one) and provide consultation, analysis and recommendations for accessible studio set-up and practices.