The Wild Hearts Gallery in Placitas will showcase Colleen Z. Gregoire’s The Curios of Our Lives from March 7 to April 2 and host an artist reception March 18.

An oil painting by Colleen Gregoire titled “Curio Cabinet”.

“In this series of paintings, Colleen explores the baubles, doodads and various knickknacks we display outside of our homes for the purposes of nostalgia, decoration or to share an appreciation for kitsch, and how these displays can provoke specific memories or entertain the imagination,” the gallery said in a release.

According to the release, Gregoire became interested in the “American Front Porch” when she and her husband restored a Victorian-style home from the 1880s in Lawrence, Kansas.

She found new inspiration when she moved to Placitas in 2020.

“While the role of light is still a key element to the work, these recent oil paintings attempt to capture the curios of everyday items that reflect the culture of New Mexico,” the release says.

Curios is defined as something that is considered novel, rare or bizarre.

The reception will be celebrated with fellowship and refreshments from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18. The gallery continues to follow all COVID-19 safety recommendations in place at the time of the reception.

Wild Hearts Gallery is an artists’ collective, supported by 16 local artists. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can also take a visual tour of the gallery by visiting