Opening Reception For Step Up Gallery’s ‘Beneath And Beyond The Night Sky’ Draws More Than 100 Visitors

Artists Darla Graff Thompson, left, and Trish Foschi at the opening reception for their show ‘Beneath and Beyond the Night Sky’. Courtesy photo


At the January 28 opening reception for Beneath and Beyond the Night Sky, artists Darla Graff Thompson and Trish Foschi greeted more than 100 visitors. The show is the first of the 2023 season at Step Up Gallery in Mesa Public Library. The exhibit runs through Feb. 22.

Los Alamos resident and ceramic sculptor Darla Graff Thompson, reconnected with many friends and co-workers from her scientific career at Los Alamos National Laboratory; she is now retired. More than 60 of Darla’s expressive, colorful and whimsical ceramic heads are on display in this exhibit. Most are hand-built, brightly colored with low-fire glazes, often using multiple glaze applications and kiln firings.

Santa Fe artist, Trish Foschi’s 32 pieces of two-dimensional art complement Darla’s three-dimensional sculptures in such a way as to elevate both media. Trish’s paintings in this exhibit are done mostly in encaustic, but some are in acrylic and oil as well. Many of the encaustic works are from a series of landscapes crowned with astral images or sun symbols. Both artists’ works are displayed in the gallery in groupings of complimentary colors and subjects.

The artwork in Beneath and Beyond the Night Sky: The Work of Darla Graff Thompson and Trish Foschi will be available for purchase during the show’s run online at  

Step Up Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm, Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission is free. Step Up Gallery is located on the upper level of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos. Please visit Step Up Gallery’s website at for additional information.