One of the many rooms of the Freeman
collection filled with original ancient pottery, and replicas and
original art, by Bill Freeman.
It’s hard to tell the difference between the highly collectible
ancient pottery on the left and the Freeman replicas on the right.
Signpost featured artist of the month: Bill Freeman
Eclectic art collection moves to Placitas
Placitas is now home to one of the most delightful collections of
artifacts in the United States. This collection contains ancient
objects from Asia, the South Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Africa,
and the Americas. The person responsible for creating this wonderful
collection is artist and collector Bill Freeman, who recently moved
to a beautiful home in Placitas, where he also has his own art studio
and spends most of his time producing fine replicas of ancient pottery.
With classical music playing in the background, Bill blends his
unique style with the beautiful designs that ancient people from
Native American, Mayan, Aztec, and Peruvian cultures used in their
Walking into this home is like walking into a museum of pottery
and art objects that Bill has been collecting for nearly thirty-five
years. In 1972, he became fascinated by the beauty of Native American
pottery and started collecting it, as well as making replicas of
whatever he encountered when he was hired as an artist to do restoration
of these kinds of pieces. He experimented with a lot of different
techniques, and ended up creating his own.
The beauty and quality of his work became well-known among artifact
collectors. People could not tell the replica from the real one
and his prices were a lot more affordable than buying the real thing.
Bill Freeman was born in 1927 in North Carolina. His father and
mother were portrait artists. His father died when Bill was three
years old. His mother and the four children moved to El Paso, Texas,
where his grandfather and uncle lived and owned a flower farm. Bill
tells great stories about his happy childhood there, raising flowers
and working among the Mexican laborers. His mother kept her career
as a portrait artist, finishing commissions her husband left pending.
She continued painting for the passion of it and also to support
herself and the children.
Bill has lived his life freely and joyfully, always making a living
doing what he wanted to do. In his twenties, he was a cowboy and
worked for ranches in Arizona, Wyoming, and New Mexico. He also
worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department in the fields of
the north rim of the Grand Canyon, gathering research information
on native plants and animals. At the age of thirty, he decided to
be a full-time artist, an activity that he started at a young age.
As he worked on the ranches, he made oil and canvas his eternal
companions. He was a disciplined artist, working seven days a week
producing oil paintings and bronzes. He has produced over five thousand
paintings during his lifetime. He has shown his work in many cities
and has been published in several books, offering inspiration to
many artists to do the same. Bill is one of the pioneers of the
arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, both of
which are known to have two of the biggest art markets in the western
This year, Bill is seventy-nine years old. He has developed long-term
relationships with many of the people in his same circle of interest.
He is a humble, charming, and casual man who treats everybody equally
and has taught quite a few people his art techniques.
Bill is known by art collectors as a very wise man, a good friend,
an honest person, and a good business man. He has made countless
trades and achieved an enormous collection of pottery and art objects
from all over the world. His collection of artifacts contains a
variety of ceramics, basketry, beaded work, fossils, crystals and
rocks of different kinds, and wooden sculptures and fetishes from
Africa and the Oceanic. Most of these pieces are ancient and can
be compared to objects seen in any of the finest art books or museums.
A friend of Bill’s from Arizona said to him when he moved
to New Mexico, “Arizona lost and New Mexico won a lot.”
Bill’s “open art book house” contains art and
culture everywhere you look—classical music, history, anthropology,
archaeology, geology, and tons of ethnographic art. To visit it
is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Bill Freeman shows his fine pottery works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,
and markets his art both from his home and from the Huey Fine Art
Gallery in Santa Fe. Residents interested in seeing Bill’s
work and collection should contact him through the Huey Fine Art
Gallery at (505) 820-6063.
Música Antigua de Albuquerque brings “Banchetto
Musicale” to Placitas
—JACKIE ERICKSEN, BOARD MEMBER, PLACITAS ARTISTS
On Sunday, April 15, Música Antigua de Albuquerque will perform
“Banchetto Musicale,” a concert of music for festive
occasions from the Renaissance, with voices and early instruments.
The program will feature selections from Johann Hermann Schein’s
set of dance suites entitiled Banchetto Musicale, as well as works
written by other early composers for convivial occasions. Performers
will include Hovey Dean Corbin, Jr., Sheldon Kalberg, MaryAnn Shore,
Dennis Davies-Wilson, and Art and Colleen Sheinberg. Both vocal
and instrumental works will be performed, using such period instruments
as the viola da gamba, recorder, crumhorn and shawm. Música
Antigua de Albuquerque has been performing early music from the
Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras since 1978, and has received
a Bravo award for Excellence in Music, as well as numerous prestigious
The concert is generously sponsored by Claudia W. Moraga.
Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for March exhibiting
visual artists Mabel Culpepper, who paints in water-media and oils;
serigraph artist Gwen Peterson; digital photographer and stereogram
artist Gary W. Priester; and Marilyn Saueressig, who creates fiber
The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on April 15 at Las Placitas
Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 1:30.
Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before
the concert, or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon
and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas; at
Gatherings, 9821 Montgomery NE in Albuquerque; or on-line at www.PlacitasArts.org.
Prices are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division
of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment
for the Arts. The facility is completely accessible, and free child
care is provided for families with children under six. Las Placitas
Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165
(Exit 242). For more information, call (505) 867-8080.
Call for artists for downtown festival
Downtown Action Team’s GO! Art Festival is looking for artists
to participate in our outdoor art festival. Log on to www.DowntownABQ.com
to download a prospectus for more information. If you have any questions,
email at goartists@DowntownABQ.com,
or call our Artist Recruitment Manager at (505) 261-0075. We are
also looking for entertainers, sponsors, and volunteers. GO! 2007
is scheduled for September 28- 30.
Cowboy poetry round-up
On April 12 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., cowboy poet and musician John
Abernathy will perform at the Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma
Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. Accompanying John will be Red Ryder
and Josh Hanna, for a festive evening of western poetry, music,
and discussion of the history of the wild mustang in New Mexico.
Short films, including Saving the White Sands Horses and
Runnin’ in the West will be shown.
No registration or tickets are required for this special evening.
For information, contact the library at (505) 891-5013, ext. 3039,
"Mesilla Truck," photographic print,
by Theodore Greer
"Two Steps," acrylic on canvas, by Betsie
"Tablita," bronze, by Raymond Sandoval
Group show of Jemez artists at DeLavy House in
The striking red cliffs of San Diego Canyon and the forested Jemez
Mountains have attracted a lot of artists over the years. On the
afternoon of April 15, Art Jemez, a co-op of twenty fine artists
living in the area, will gather for a show at the Sandoval County
Historical Society, once the home of New Mexico artist Edmond DeLavy.
Much of the work is inspired by the Jemez, its natural history,
and varied cultures. Many of the featured artists are transplants,
but some, like Raymond Sandoval, are Jemez natives. The Historical
Society was founded by Jemez newspaperwoman, Molly Kintzinger, and
one of the show’s artists, Kathleen Wiegner, is the current
The opening reception is April 15 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The exhibit
will be open each Thursday through Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. until
The DeLavy House and Sandoval County Historical Society is in
Bernalillo on Highway 550, just west of the Rio Grande and the Coronado
State Monument. Before the Santa Ana Casino, look for Edmond Road
on the north side, next to the Phillips 66 gas station. The DeLavy
house is two blocks behind the gas station. For further information,
call (505) 867-5872.
The Santa Fe Opera begins spring tour
The world premiere of a commissioned opera entitled Trinity
is the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program’s offering
as they begin their annual Spring Opera Tour. This opera was written
by Santa Fe composer John Kennedy with a libretto by the Opera’s
education director, Andrea Walters, and is presented in a fully-staged
production for students. There will be performances in thirteen
New Mexico communities, as well as Lubbock and El Paso, Texas. The
Albuquerque performance will be April 1:00 at 3:00 p.m. at the KiMo
Theater. The production is staged by the eminent director, Edward
Hastings, founder and former artistic director of the American Conservatory
Theater in San Francisco. Performers are soprano Deborah Selig,
mezzo soprano Lucia Cervoni, tenor Chad Johnson, and baritone John
Boehr. They are all former or future members of The Santa Fe Opera’s
highly acclaimed Apprentice Program.
The 2007 Spring Opera Tour is sponsored by The Guilds of The Santa
Fe Opera, Inc.; First Community Bank; and New Mexico Arts, a division
of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For information about daytime
performances for students, contact Education Director Andrea Walters
at (505) 986-5928, or email: email@example.com.
Manga Expo at Rio Rancho Library
You may or may not know the name, but you probably recognize this
when you see it. Manga is the word for Japanese comics.
These comics have become very popular with teens, and barely stay
on the shelves in the Twilight Zone-Teen Scene at the Rio Rancho
During the month of April, a “Manga Expo” will be
hosted by the Library and organized by the National Arts Honor Society
of Rio Rancho High School. It will feature submissions from young
artists in the community. Proceeds from the sale of the art will
go directly to the artists, who will have the option of donating
a portion to the Library for the purchase of new manga.
For information, call the Rio Rancho Library at (505) 891-5013.
The Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado NE in Rio Rancho.
Two sides to every story
“Dinner with Friends” sounds like a less violent play
than The Adobe Theater’s last offering (“Murder among
Friends”). To be sure, no one is killed in this Pulitzer Prize-winning
play from 2000, but there is plenty of tension in Donald Margulies’
tale of two couples whose long-standing friendship is threatened
when one of the marriages falters. In this play, which opens at
the Adobe Theater on April 27, we can eavesdrop on the couples alone
and together, learning the secrets and dangers of “matchmaking”
The production is directed by recent Albuquerque transplant (and
Adobe newcomer) Craig Stoebling, an actor and director who played
the role of Gabe in a New York City production in 2003. Craig thinks
this “powerful, beautifully written play” will appeal
to Adobe Theater audiences, who may be tempted to take sides with
one or another character but who will enjoy the twists of the plot
and the revelations that change the perspectives of the characters.
Playwright Margulies has written over a dozen entertaining works
that have received critical acclaim. “Dinner with Friends”
presents a simultaneously funny and moving portrait of one couple
(Karen and Gabe) learning of the breakup of the couple (Beth and
Tom) they had brought together a decade earlier, and the impact
of that separation on their own marriage. Karen sympathizes with
her friend Beth, while Gabe is inclined to listen to the side of
the story presented by his old friend Tom. Conflicts and questions
arise: how well do we know our friends, our partners, and even ourselves?
“Dinner with Friends” opens on April 27 at the Adobe
Theater, 9813 Fourth St. NW, just two blocks north of Alameda, and
plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through
May 20. Tickets are $12, students and seniors $10. For information
or reservations, call (505) 898-9222.
Friends of Coronado State Monument offer photography
Alex Candelaria Sedillos, an editorial and advertising photographer
and a member of the Coronado State Monument staff, will lead a photography
workshop on April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshop is
sponsored by the Friends of Coronado State Monument, and will be
held at the Coronado State Monument, located on US 550, about one
mile west of I-25.
The workshop is for all levels of experience and for any type
of camera. It will emphasize the mechanics and aesthetics of “photography
of the grand landscape” and also “environmental portraiture.”
Space in the workshop is limited. Reservations and a fee of $25
are required to attend. Call Pat Harris at (505) 822-8571, or email
to reserve your space.