The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newsmagazine Serving the Community since 1989


“To answer Harry’s question ...”

Greg Leichner

In the summer the campgrounds along the Cimarron River and Route 64 are busy. Chris and I passed Tolby and pulled in at Maverick. The camp host, Mr. Muse, recommended site 43.

“Right on the water.”

We paid the fee, parked the show, popped the top and moved in. Many of all ages stood around the quarry ponds and fished for trout. Picture RVs, SUVs and diesel pickups pulling fifth-wheel behemoths. Picture car campers, tents and campfires. It was our neighborhood, a social gathering with agreed-upon behavior (see campground rules) that kept us all low-key and safe, children on bikes, babies whining, horseshoes clanging. Normally Chris and I hate this kind of camping, but this time we loved it.

That evening we carried our lawn chairs to the front yard of the camp host’s behemoth. At the microphone Mr. Muse welcomed the large crowd and introduced the musicians, four men and two women, all in their sixties and seventies. Charlie had the truest voice. He sang one with his wife Kiwi and for days I couldn’t get the innocent romance out of my head. Kiwi began, “What’s your name?” and Charlie answered, “My name is Lemmy. Lemmy kiss ya. What’s your name?” “My name is Ida. Ida wanna...”

When Charlie and Kiwi found the Lord, they stopped singing about love lost, cheatin’ hearts and political corruption. Mr. Muse had to talk Charlie into singing the tax song.

There was much hollering and applause when Charlie closed out the night with, “If ten-percent is good enough for Jesus, it oughta be good enough for Uncle Sam.”

An excerpt from the Poodle-Free Newsletter, P. O. Box 1011, Placitas, NM 87043.


Bernalillo Arts Trail calls for artists

The Bernalillo Arts Trail will be held on October 2 and 3 throughout the town of Bernalillo. This community arts event promotes local artists, studios, and galleries in Bernalillo with the theme of an arts trail connecting all the art sites. This will be the fourteenth year of the Bernalillo Arts Trail, and, as in previous years, the event will be held over an entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

If you interested in participating or have questions about locating possible show space, please contact Angus McDougall at 867-0556 or e-mail by April 27.


Theater of Life workshops scheduled

Bill Pearlman, director of the Institute for Archetypal Drama based in Placitas, is hosting a talk-demonstration-informal-discussion of the forthcoming Theater of Life Workshops which he will hold in Placitas. The informational meeting will be on Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 p.m. Bill has been offering workshops in many countries and educational institutions. Just this winter he completed a series in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Reach Bill at


Arte Loca Gallery partners Barry McCormick, Alvaro Enciso, and Gene McClain pose during the opening show at their new location in the historic El Zócalo in Bernalillo.

What’s doing in the Bernalillo art galleries?

Barry McCormick

Another round of gallery opening receptions is barely behind us with an interesting show of work by Tea Schiano at Katrina Lasko Gallery, and a mini re-opening of Siete Nombres. No official receptions at Julianna Kirwin or Angus McDougal, but those galleries are certainly worth a visit. At the new and improved Arte Loca Gallery is a nice show by the Albuquerque collage artist Cristina Clarimon, along with some pieces by several gallery artists. But the big news continues to be the opening of the new Arte Loca space in the Salazar building at El Zócalo. With its freshly painted walls and high ceilings, it provides a great way to see some great art.

The buildings of El Zócalo are about to undergo a thorough renovation by Sandoval County. As it is a county project, Arte Loca has been charged with supporting the art community of Sandoval County, and Bernalillo in particular. Therefore, in addition to gallery shows and gala receptions, the gallery plans to become an art resource for the community. You can expect presentations by featured artists and others, with a variety of workshops on subjects such as oil-painting techniques, woodcut art, and encaustic painting.

They also plan to provide and maintain a directory of Sandoval County artists. The visitor’s center will be moving across the street when the renovation is complete, and this should provide a good amount of foot traffic.

Arte Loca plans to interact with emerging artists and develop programs such as Photographing Your Art, Presenting Your Art, Seeking Gallery Representation, and Pricing Your Art, involving students at the high school and the Bernalillo campus of UNM-Los Alamos. As a benefit not only the art community but the entire community the gallery may provide a forum for such topics as The Creative Process, What Is Art?, and Is Computer Art Really Art?

The staff of Arte Loca welcomes suggestions and questions, so stick your head in the door at 282 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo, but be aware that you will be exposed to some art. Visit all the galleries, talk to the owners, take a workshop, give a presentation, exhibit your artwork, buy some art.

Arte Loca Gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment at 771-8626 or 771-8913. Check out all the galleries and details at and click on the Bernalillo Art Scene.

Correction: Last month's “What's Doing in the Bernalillo Art Galleries?,” by Mary E. Carter, should have read, "Riha Rothberg and Wayne Mikosz set a mysterious atmospheric mood in their work."


Japanese flower arranging

Carla Martinez
Ikebana International Chapter #41

A Japanese flower-arranging demonstration and luncheon, sponsored by Ikebana International Albuquerque Chapter #41, will be held at the Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque on April 29, 2004. Lynn Naegele, one of only eight Executive Masters of Japanese Flower Arranging in the world and past Ikebana International president, will give the demonstration. The cost for the demonstration and luncheon is $30; cost for the demonstration alone is $20. To purchase tickets or request more information, please call 897-0191.


Carolyn and Gary Roller with their children Dakota and Sierra

Carolyn and Gary Roller with their children Dakota and Sierra

Rockin’ R Gallery rolls into town

Bill Diven

It’s a Monday afternoon, and the Roller family is catching its breath at the newest gallery in Placitas.

Carolyn, a jewelry maker and flight attendant, made a quick run up and down the West Coast and returned to Placitas a few hours ago. Gary, a sculptor, sketcher, singer, and bass player, is just back from a ramble through two states and three concerts, facing one audience of sixty thousand while performing with Michael Martin Murphey.

And Sierra and Dakota are scattering dust out back and occasionally peeking around the corner to see what the adults are doing.

“We saw the building going up and always wanted a gallery,” Carolyn says of the new four-office suite at NM 165 and 3-C Homesteads Road. “We thought it would be a great thing to add to the community.”

“If there’s a master plan, music is a part of it,” Gary adds. “This is what we do. Jewelry, art, and music.”

Already the Roller Studio/Gallery displays the work of ten local artists plus Carolyn’s silver and turquoise and Gary’s Western bronzes, pastels, prints, and cast paper and resin sculptures. Other details still are coming together, but all involve the idea of family-friendly events featuring music with Western and occasional jazz themes.

That includes talks with the Piñon Café, a neighbor in Homestead Village, about dessert nights with artists.

“I’ve thought about an art center for years where a variety of artistic disciplines could find a home,” Gary says. “We’re trying to plant our little seed in that direction.”

Gary, a fifty-three-year-old native of Amarillo, Texas, started out sketching as a kid and was encouraged by teachers through two years of art studies in college. Then music got in the way, initially rock ‘n’ roll, now reflected in the Rockin’ R brand used as the gallery logo.

Shifting to country music in Austin, he and a band enjoyed regional success and produced a few albums. But it was the move to Taos in the early 1980s that brought Murphey to one of his gigs.

“He said, ‘I’m going on tour with Emmy Lou Harris. Do you want to go?’” Gary says. “I’ve been on the bus ever since.”

That includes, he calculates, almost thirty-two hundred performances of “Wildfire.”

Along the way he kept at his art, particularly the sculptures, including a bronze bust of Walt Disney sold to the Disney company and a bust of John Wayne bought by the state of Texas and given to the Duke’s family after his death.

“Little things like that surfaced, and next thing I knew I was dubbed an artist,” he says.

He and Carolyn, an Albuquerque native who holds fine-arts degrees in dance and theater, met in Taos and married in 1992. With two children and competing schedules, she began cutting back on flights with Southwest Airlines and getting serious about the jewelry she’d been making for fun for ten years.

“I started approaching galleries in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Vail,” she says. “People took my work, and I knew I was onto something.”

The gallery currently is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment by calling 867-9595. Gary Rollers’ work can be seen in this month’s Signpost Featured Artist of the Month Gallery.


Band du Soleil plays music of Mozart, Mussorgsky, Purcell, Bizet, and more

Gary Libman
PAS Board of Directors

Three musicians—a pianist, a trumpeter, and a horn player—make up the unique sound of Band du Soleil, who will perform the April 18 Placitas Artists Series concert at 3:00 p.m. Pianist Rosetta Senkus Bacon, trumpeter Gary Ross, and horn player Lawrence Kursar, all trained in the classical tradition, have brought together their experiences from the orchestral stage, the jazz club, and the recital stage to create a new sound in chamber music.

The trio has elicited rave reviews and standing ovations from audiences since their debut performance on April 1, 2001. Superb musicianship, original arrangements, and creative programming infused with humor are the cornerstones of this ensemble. Their unique theme programs, "Old World to New Age," "Red, White & Blues," "Romantic Interlude," and "Jazz Vespers," run the musical gamut from Baroque to jazz to what might be called "Crossover." Their program at this concert, “Old World and Beyond,” includes Purcell, Francesco Manfredini, Mozart, Giulio Caccini, Mussorgsky, Handel, and others. For a complete listing of the program for this concert, please review it on our web site at

The concert will be held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). There will be an artists’ reception at the church before the concert.

This month’s featured artists are Adriana Scassellati, Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, Sylvia Eisenhart, and Lynne Kottel.

Scassellati has always been interested in art and the use of colors as displayed in various media. The opportunity to study and the time to create her own works of art finally came when she retired to Placitas with her husband.

Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen draws upon familiar and remembered places as subjects for her paintings. Working on silk with dyes resisted by molten wax, she continues a 2,400-year-old tradition that has been practiced in various forms all around the world.

Sylvia Eisenhart had the idea of painting under a microscope, thereby enlarging and bringing into view certain shapes, colors, and light sources that are often overlooked. This approach encourages her to present a rapid focus of uncomplicated, enlarged shapes, using surreal colors and light.

For Lynne Kottel, it’s all about the gourds. Their beautiful simplicity and fascinating shapes provide wonderful opportunities for Lynne to express her love of the Southwest.

Please view samples of the artists’ works on the Placitas Artists Series Web page at

For information on obtaining tickets and brochures, please see the Placitas Artists Series ad on page two of this Signpost, or call 867-8080 or visit the Web site at

This concert and the visual art exhibit are made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. There is handicapped access and free child care for children under six.


Eighth blackbird plays “superpieces”

The contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird concert will be presented on April 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the “collage” style, according to eighth blackbird cellist Nicholas Photinos. He explained that each section of the program is presented without interruption and without applause between works. This creates “superpieces,” he said, that leave the listener with the impression of a single continuous musical journey, a single artistic vision. Photinos added that multimedia elements such as special lighting serve to intensify the event.

Eighth blackbird will also present a free family concert on Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., also in the Simms Center at Albuquerque Academy. The concert is part of Chamber Music Albuquerque’s outreach program and is described as informal, interactive, educational, and entertaining for all ages.

Tickets to the Sunday concert can be purchased on-line at or from Chamber Music Albuquerque, 505-268-1990, Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $16 to $32, with student tickets half price. Tickets also can be purchased at the door. No tickets are necessary for the family concert.




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