Best Painter / Sculptor

TIE: Blue Genie, Julie Speed

Of course it's a tie – a tie that binds in our culturally enamored minds these two epitomes of the ridiculous and the sublime. The former word best describes so many of the Blue Genie creations enlivening the skyline of our city; the latter's a word easily connected to the enigmatic and eye-jarring paintings of Julie Speed. And now that these aesthetic forces share the honors in our Readers Poll this year, we hope to see the Blue Genie team render one of Speed's triple-eye portrait tableaux in three full-color and larger-than-life dimensions. Real soon now, right, guys?

Blue Genie Art Studios, 916 Springdale, 444-6655; Allene Lapides Gallery, 558 Canyon, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505

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