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A celebration and a sneak peek

—Jim Fish

Anasazi Fields Winery invites you to the winery on April 19 and 20 for Fruits of the Earth 2014, a celebration of Earth Day, the Historic Village of Placitas, and the gifts of the land. The gates will open at noon each day and admission is free.

Each year for this event we release a new wine made from a “Fruit of the Earth.” This year, the release is our 2004 New Mexico Blackberry Wine. We had used some of this wine in 2005 to blend with a New Mexico Merlot for our Obscuro Seco. The rest has been mellowing out in our cellar ever since. This lovely wine has a beautiful balance of fruit, acid, and oak.

On Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Red Light Ramblers will take the stage with foot-stomping mandolin, fiddle, bass, and guitar tunes. On Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Anasazi Fields’ own Stagefright Slim will entertain us with his original compositions for blues guitar. During both afternoons, local poets Larry Goodell and Jim Fish will take turns at the microphone.

For the entire month of April, the works of the Foothill Artists will be on display at the winery. The Foothill Artists are Joan Fenicle, Lisa Chernoff, Katherine Irish Henry, Dana Patterson Roth, Geri Verble, Reid Bandeen, Audrey Ross, Sonya Coppo, Linda Nisenbaum, Ann Pollard, Denise Elvrum, and Jim Fish. All of these artists will be participating in The Placitas Studio Tour on May 10 and 11, 2014. A reception for the Foothill Artists will be on April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Also showing at the winery, only for the weekend of Fruits of the Earth 2014, will be artists Kristen Wilson, Jonathan Kaniatobe-Lucas, Barbara Barkley, and Michael Colombo.

Food during Fruits of the Earth 2014 will be provided by Little Smokies. Gilbert will be serving his famous Salmon-on-a-Stick, chicken skewers with wild rice, shrimp tacos, grilled portabellas with calabacitas and cheese, and the best tamales in New Mexico.

Artwork inspired by Chihuly, by third-, fourth-, fifth-grade artists

Tin Man, by Angelese Sanchez, fourth grade

Chicken, by Cassandra Moen, fifth grade

Elementary art students from Placitas and Bernalillo present their work at the Range

—Juliana Kirwin

On April 4, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be an opening reception for elementary student artwork at the Range Café in Bernalillo. Placitas Elementary students will be showing a variety of works, which demonstrate the skills they have acquired while learning about the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, and pattern. Bernalillo Elementary’s contribution to the Placitas/Bernalillo Elementary Art Show is a selection of 3D works from the first-annual Bernalillo Elementary Recycled Art Contest of February, 2014. Third- though fifth-grade students spent about a month working on diverse projects in the classroom and at home. They were given the choice to work alone or with a partner to transform junk into the amazing artwork now on display at the Range. Their work will be on display throughout the month of April.

Creation/migration: honoring our ancestors opens at Gaucho Blue

Four New Mexico artists of diverse ancestry are mounting the third in a series of exhibitions based on the theme “Creation/Migration” ( Their installation at Gaucho Blue Gallery in Peñasco, New Mexico, focuses on “honoring our ancestors.” The exhibition opens with a reception on April 19 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The artist organizers, Harriette Tsosie (Albuquerque), Belinda Edwards (Santa Fe), Betsie Miller-Kusz (Jemez Valley), and Donna Caulton (Chamisal), continue to explore our heritage as they move this exhibition around the state.

Gaucho Blue Gallery is on the scenic High Road to Taos route, located at 14148 State Road 75, in Peñasco. To contact the gallery, call 575-587-7076. The exhibition closes on May 26.

South Broadway Cultural Center presents: Sanctuary—A Personal Journey

From April 10 to May 30, South Broadway Cultural Center, located at 1025 Broadway SE in Albuquerque, will present: Sanctuary—A Personal Journey. An artist’s reception will be held on April 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center. Augustine Romero is Curator of Art at the center and Fernando Delgado will serve as guest curator.

Artists presenting their work are Patrick Nagatani, Holly Roberts, Joan Fenicle, Marie Maher, and Fernando Delgado. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public. For information, visit

Chatter at the Rail Yards

On May 3, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a soaring classical music concert at the Blacksmith Shop at the Albuquerque Rail Yards, First Street, at Hazeldine Avenue SW. Performing will be the Chatter Ensemble, featuring David Felberg (solo violin), Ruxandra Marquardt (solo violin), and Conor Hanick (piano and harpsichord).

Chatter at the Rail Yards will mark a powerful step in bringing new cultural life to one of Albuquerque’s great architectural and iconic treasures: the repurposed, ruined, cathedral-like, steel-brick-and-glass blacksmith shop and rail yards, located in the Barelas neighborhood, near downtown Albuquerque.

Tickets are $15 dollars for adults, nine for students, and five for children. They are available online at, or send a check with your name, address, and number of desired tickets to: P. O. Box 7464, Albuquerque, NM 87194.

Corrales Art Studio Tour coming in May

On May 3 and 4, the sixteenth annual CAST will take place in the Village of Corrales. Village artists will open their studios and homes, hosting artists from the surrounding areas. Last year, 75 artists participated in the event, and organizers anticipate the same great response this year.

The tour provides an opportunity for the public to see how the artist’s develop, execute, and display their art. Start your tour at the Preview Gallery in the historic Villa Acequia in the heart of the Village, located at 4829 Corrales Road—open May 2, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and May 3 and 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may pick up catalogs and maps at local sponsors and art studios at the north, south, and west edges of the Village.

For more information, visit or

Featured Artist:

Sage Hagan in his Bernalillo art studio Photo credit: —Oli Robbins

Innocent Blood, mixed media, by Sage Hagan

Truth, 48”x68”, mixed media, by Sage Hagan

Sage Hagan: a moment of clarity

—Oli Robbins

Art has existed for as long as we have. It is a fundamental form of expression and communication; our predecessors created visual representations long before they developed written language and agriculture. And while artistic technique and methodology continues to grow and shift through the centuries, the drive to unveil ones own primal abilities remains. In the vivid paintings of Sage Hagan, this connection to human instinct and history is achieved. For Sage, truthful expression is paramount, and specific technique less critical. Sage has no formal training and has been devoting himself to painting for just three years, yet his works are wildly powerful statements about human history, archetypes, and his own personal symbology.

Sage, who now resides in Bernalillo and grew up in Corrales, spent many years in Los Angeles, attending culinary school, writing, and eventually cooking in successful restaurants. When he embraced sobriety, at the age of 21, he found himself turning to writing more and more. He said, “It was always something I went to, especially poetry, to help me come to grips with my own sobriety and how I looked at the world.” Later, Sage’s other talent, cooking, landed him a position at a Michelin-rated restaurant in Paris. And he loved it. “Being around fire and big knives and pressure—it was a lot of fun.” While living in Paris, Sage went to several wonderful art shows and museums, and thought to himself, “I could do this.” Once back in L.A., the restaurant world wore on him, as did the energy of L.A. He recognized a pattern: work hard, burn out, need break. He also realized that it may be time for a change. So, he left a beautiful but somehow-not-totally fulfilling life in California and moved back home to New Mexico.

A vision quest helped Sage accept the next chapter in his life, which included being in New Mexico and painting. Along with less than a dozen other people, Sage went without food for three days, and bared his soul. “In that vast, expansive openness, you can find out some pretty cool things about yourself.” Sage is among several great artists who have turned to such an experience for guidance and inspiration; some of the surrealists—particularly Joan Miro—went on (personal and unorganized) hunger strikes in an attempt to open up their minds to new information.

Sage is now quite certain that he would not have cultivated his identity as a committed and virtuous painter had he not moved back. Coupled with sobriety, painting offers Sage certainty. Since giving up drinking, he has exercised his inherent talents and surrendered to his passions. Says Sage, “It’s a solitary life, and I’m very comfortable with that. It’s sobriety, it’s production. I sacrificed a lot to have that freedom so I can dedicate eight hours a day to art.” And produce he does. He has already almost doubled his goal of four paintings per month in 2014.

Sage’s paintings—linear, bold statements about human strength, leadership, artifice, and struggle—demand to be looked at. Sage is careful never to copy sacred or traditional Native American patterns or imagery, but he builds upon the Native American aesthetic. Some of his pieces evoke earlier human experiences: “the freedom, open space... and the history, sorrow, and beauty of living off the land, and the natural cycle.” And several works feature chiefs who represent leaders, or in his words, “someone who has experienced trials and tribulations but has the knowledge to teach.”

These large-scale works are typically a mixed media of spray paint and acrylic. Incorporating spray paint is important to Sage, since it was graffiti (and the skateboarding subculture) that kept him engaged in art through his teenage years. And the raw, loud, untamed energy of graffiti is present in his paintings. For Sage, the art-making process itself (when he allows images, thoughts, feelings and symbols to flow freely from himself to the canvas) is as meaningful as the finished product. While he sometimes makes preparatory sketches, he feels most comfortable when the planning is over, and it’s just him, the paint, and the surface. “As soon as I get paint to the canvas, I’ve already made that piece. I’m a part of it.” “For me,” says Sage, “it’s become this place of serenity (creating). The solitude that I experience in being sober and not wasting my time on the randomness life has to offer.” He continues, “I have times in the studio when there’s a moment of clarity, and I get chills—like, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

This month, on April 12, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sage is presenting his works in a one-man public show at the artist’s home—located directly behind the back parking lot of the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.. You can preview Sage’s work by visiting his website:

Jim's Super Soda, by Janet Worne

Local women photographers in prestigious show

Fifteen local women photographers have been chosen to be included in the third Annual InSight Women’s Photography Exhibit.

Evangeline Chavez of Bernalillo; Mary Lee Dereske, Linda Heath, Marie Maher, Linda Poe, and Dana Roth of Placitas; Nancy Haseman, Sarah Holcomb, and Paula Scott of Rio Rancho; and Dana Benjamin, Cheryl Cathcart, Carol Dickey, Diana Kelleher, Antonya Molleur, and Janet Worne of Corrales all entered and competed for exhibit acceptance into the juried show, and all fifteen women will have works on display at the prestigious show in April. The exhibit will display more than one hundred juried works from photographers all over the state.

The exhibit opens at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds on April 5 and runs through April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, at the Expo New Mexico Fine Arts Building, 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. Attendance at the exhibit is free, minus a five-dollar fairgrounds parking fee. For further details, visit

The Rincon, by Joan Hellquist

Off the Beaten Path: a pastel exhibition of original landscapes and giclees

There will be a reception on April 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Placitas Community Library for Joan M. Hellquist’s show Off the Beaten Path. The show will be hanging at the library for the month of April. Although some immediately think of wildlife paintings on drums when they hear Joan’s name, long before she started painting wildlife on drums, she was painting pastel landscapes.

The title, Off the Beaten Path, has to do with the fact that especially during the Nineties, Joan was camping, backpacking and rafting in order to gather photos of places “off the beaten path.” Her pastel paintings are of places that touched her while she was out in the wilderness. Joan says, “The wilderness is a place of majesty, unlike any other. And these are real places and scenes that you can’t just stop by the road and see out your car window.”

Joan is showing both original pastel paintings framed under glass along with giclees of long-since-sold paintings. The giclees are printed on canvas.

Placitas Holiday Sale Board

Placitas Holiday Sale organizers donate last year’s raffle proceeds to Placitas Elementary School’s Art In The School’s program.

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale—gives for the love of art

—Nancy Couch, Placitas Holiday Sale

The Placitas Holiday Sale is passionate about the arts and continues to give to Placitas Elementary School’s Art In The School program from its raffle held at the 2013 show. For 11 years, the artists have donated a piece of their work to the raffle that funds this program. Last year’s Placitas Holiday Sale raised $1,045 dollars. This year marks the eleventh year that the Placitas Holiday Sale has donated to the Art in the School Program at Placitas Elementary School. The Holiday Sale raffles have raised a total of $12,345 dollars.

The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is organized by a small committee of local artists and sponsored by the Placitas Mountaincraft and Soiree Society, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to serving the community, the arts, and artists.

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale calls for artist entries

Applications for artists are now available for the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. This popular and well-attended show is held the weekend before Thanksgiving, on November 22 and 23, at three central locations in the historic village of Placitas. Artists do not have to be from Placitas to apply. This is a juried show, and all artists will need to submit digital images of their work.

The application is online: If you need an application mailed to you, call 867-2450. All applications must be postmarked by July 22.



PAS presents concert and artists reception

—Patt Cain

On April 27, the Placitas Artists Series will present a concert by Ashu, concert saxophonist, accompanied by pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. With a dynamic style, Ashu has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. His repertoire ranges from classical works to his own arrangements of Piazzolla and Morricone. This concert is generously sponsored by Sally and Jack Curro.

The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance ($20/$15). For further details see: or call 867-8080.

Preceding the April 27 concert at the church, at 2:00 p.m., a reception will be held for April visiting artists Dorothy Bunny Bowen (wax resist and silk painting) and Dennis Lee Gomez (jewelry). A retrospective of Bowen’s wax resist paintings with the theme ‘Out of Time’ will be on display from April 1 through May 1.

Dorothy Bunny Bowen paints on silk and has studied with major Australian, American, and Japanese batik artists, and taught fiber art classes at Ghost Ranch for fourteen years. See her paintings, learn about the batik/rozome process, and learn about her classes in silk painting, batik, or rozome at               

Exploring the infinite colors and patterns of stones inspires the bold and dynamic designs of Dennis Lee Gomez. Treating the stones as pigments and constructing the framework using ancient forging, inlay, stone setting, and fabrication techniques in silver and gold, Gomez creates unique expressions that celebrate love, life, and happiness.

These artists’ works may be previewed at 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 childcare 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).

Westside Concert Chorale to present: A Tapestry of American Music

The Westside Concert Chorale is preparing for its upcoming spring concerts to be held on April 26 and 27 to celebrate the rich heritage of American Choral Music.

The first performance will be at 7:00 p.m., on April 26, at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, off Highway 550, in Placitas.

Rio Rancho Methodist Church, at 1652 Abrazo Rd NE, will host the second performance at 3:00 p.m. on April 27. Tickets are $12 dollars for adults and seven dollars for students and seniors and can be purchased at Joe’s Pasta House at 3201 Southern Blvd, Rio Rancho, from chorale members, or at the door.

Founded in the winter of 2002, the Westside Concert Chorale is composed of volunteer singers, high school through adult. For further information, email

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