San Luis Valley resident Perla Kopeloff’s work will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone in January and February. A symposium with Perla will be held on Sunday January 15th starting a 3pm. A reception will follow. Call Shumei at 719-256-5284 for more information.


Perla was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she received a Masters in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. Perla moved to the United States in 1980.   Combining her unique background and creative talents she established herself as a tapestry weaver, completing commissions with residential and corporate entities.


The lure of greater artistic freedoms in the American West brought Perla to Taos and finally to Colorado’s San Luis Valley where she is a resident since 1992.

Her new series “Camisas: body and soul” brings together fragments of cultures and attempts to integrate them into everyday ceremonial garments to wear or to hang.

“Camisas for the soul:”  are built with layers of warm-colored handmade papers, fabrics and found objects covered with encaustic media reflecting the everyday complexity found in women’s life.  They are medicinal shirts that cure most everyday illnesses such as headaches, lack of money, fear to start a new project etc,

“Camisas for the body:” are felted garments providing women with shawls celebrating the fusion of Indian saris and merino wool wrapped around the body.

For the body or for the soul these garments are about vestments that cover our naked self. You can see her new series of wearable art at the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery in Santa Fe or at Artemisia in Taos NM. She can be reached at her studio by appointment at moc.l1527224510iamto1527224510h@eca1527224510psreb1527224510if1527224510