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Vines of the Times, painting, by Joe Dowell

Vines of the Times, painting, by Joe Dowell

Wildlife poster by Joe Dowell selected
for 16th NM Wine Festival

Maria Rinaldi
Community Development Director
Town of Bernalillo

The executive board of the New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo has announced that Vines of the Times, by Placitas artist Joe Dowell, has been selected as the commemorative poster for the 2003 event. Vines of the Times was one of nine entries submitted for this year’s poster.

Joe Dowell considers himself fortunate to have sampled wine from the original vines once grown by the Christian Brothers for sacramental wine in Bernalillo. Many of these vines continue to produce, and wine makers still harvest the grape for what the locals call “mission wine.” Thus, Vines of the Times is an inspired melody of Southwestern wildlife “hanging out” on one of these ancestral vines.

One of Dowell’s personal objectives has been to become a renowned wildlife artist. James Audubon and the early illustrator of birds Edward Lear have influenced his style and inspired his work, which is currently showing at the Piñon Café in Placitas and the Range Café in Bernalillo. Dowell recently held a grand opening of his own studio at 7 Post Office Way in Placitas.

The painting, measuring sixteen by twenty inches, is an acrylic on canvas. The poster is now on sale for $10. A limited edition of two hundred posters with the artist’s signature will be sold for $20 each at the wine festival and at poster-signing events prior to the festival.

The Town of Bernalillo MainStreet Association and the New Mexico Wine Growers Association sponsor the New Mexico Wine Festival as an economic and tourism development project. The American Bus Association has named the event a Top 100 Event in North America.

Signpost featured artist - Mary E. Carter

Truth from myth

Barb Belknap

Mary E. CarterRaised dots of luscious iridescence provide twinkling highlights to the painted furniture and artwork of Mary E. Carter. With a few primary drawings in hand and a palette rich in color, she sets to her work and paints intuitively, letting the magic of trance and freedom of thought lead the way. Lately, this has led to a host of marvelous pieces and a one-person show entitled"Myth, Magic and Truth," opening on August 9 at Arte Loca Gallery in Bernalillo.

Carter’s curious subject matter has sprung from her quandary about the lessons presented by mythological beings and our connection to them, subjects she has found compelling for the past decade.

“Ten years ago,” she told me, ”I visited the Metro Museum in New York, as I had many times before. But this time, I became fascinated with the historical works that combined animal body with human head and the reverse. I began to notice them more and more, even in the Disney figurines I had collected as a child, to the point where I asked myself, What is going on here?”

With her focus on the ability of myth to communicate truth, Carter creates her own mythical creatures to populate her work, both in her larger-than-life paintings and her elegantly detailed furniture. Her creatures establish eye contact with viewers, inviting them into a world of magic. ”The mythical creature—part bird, part woman—is found in most cultures going back throughout history,” she said. ”It is so pervasive that I began to see the truths that these creatures were capable of. That is when I began to create my own pantheon of mythical creatures—guardian angels, devi figures, winged human-birds, woman-headed hens.”

With her hand-painted, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, Carter hopes to revive the dedicated craft of the single artisan who lovingly creates one piece at a time, taking it from start to finish. ”I recreate Old World techniques of enameling, japanning, and lacquering, updating them by using contemporary nontoxic acrylic mediums. Most of the time I seek out old battered pieces of furniture to recycle, giving them new life and beauty.”

Every table, chair, or cabinet that Mary paints becomes a jewel, truly an heirloom quality object. It is a long, slow deliberate process. No two pieces are alike and each one holds traces of the hands, mind, and heart of the artist who created it.

Mary Carter obtained a Bachelor of Arts in art from the University of the Pacific in California in 1967. While there she studied drawing, painting, serigraphy, and sculpture, as well as art history, ancient through modern. She had a career as an advertising copywriter, graphic designer, and commercial illustrator, interspersed with several years of hiatus from the intensity of corporate life. During these breaks, she returned to her studio to paint. Her work was exhibited widely throughout the 1980s in group and solo exhibitions throughout the country. She and her husband, Gary Priester, now live in Placitas.

To meet Mary Carter and view her work, attend her the opening reception for her show on August 9, 4:00 to 7:00. A good time is planned with music by the LadyFingers and food provided by Pi–on CafŽ. Arte Loca Gallery is at 373 Camino del Pueblo, just north of Bernalillo High School on the west side of the street. The gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment, 771-8626. The show runs through September 19.

Click here to visit Mary Cater’s Featured Artist Gallery.

Application deadline for Placitas Holiday Sale is approaching

The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale will be held on Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications are now available for booth space and can be picked up at The Merc in Homestead Village and at the Placitas Mini Mart. Applications can also be downloaded at: Applications to this juried show must be postmarked by September 9.


Wendy Day plays Chopin and Debussy

Placitan Wendy Day will present a piano recital on August 16 at 3:00 p.m. featuring music of Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy. The program will be held at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE (two blocks south of Central). Admission is $5 for adults and free for seniors and children. For more information, call 268-0044.


Mary Kramer—”Wounds like Language”


The Katrina Lasko Gallery in Bernalillo will feature works by Mary Kramer in a show entitled ”Wounds like Language” that opens on August 9 and runs through September 20.

Kramer's recent mixed-media pieces were created around the notion of turning language and memory inside out, and other related ideas. She uses oils, wax, pigments, and charcoal on linen, canvas, and paper to create richly layered and evocative works. In one instance a series of waxed pages of a book (in this case from Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, by James Joyce) have become painting surfaces, and the resulting images echo phrases of the page. Language, it seems, has become a material in the work, almost like any other.

In some pieces, there is weaving of words and strips of paper that contain them, creating a surface that invites a close look as the depth continues to reveal itself over time. Meaning and memory can take strange turns, and Kramer attempts to explore the processes, "the connections, near connections and missed connections within the brain." These works are steady and contemplative, at times conveying vulnerability, but resulting in a strong presence.

Kramer grew up in Santa Fe and has resided in Terre Haute, Indiana, since August of 2001. She received an MFA from the Hartford Art School in Connecticut and has exhibited her works in the southwest and northeast United States, New York City, and most recently in Terre Haute and Indianapolis. She recently received a 2003 State of Indiana Individual Artist Project Grant.

A public reception will be held on Saturday, August 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Katrina Lasko Gallery is at 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. The gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information on this exhibit, please call 505-867-2523 or 505-570-2523.

This exhibit is presented in part by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Marshall Monroe named chairman of state film board

Governor Bill Richardson has named Marshall Monroe, an entertainment industry veteran and New Mexico native, as the new chairman of the New Mexico Film Advisory Board. Richardson said,"I believe Marshall and Frank Zuniga (director of the New Mexico Film Office) will be the perfect team to lead the New Mexico film industry to a new level. With our new incentives, and our intense focus on developing our own capabilities, we have more to offer the industry than ever before."

Shirley MacLaine, honorary chairwoman of the New Mexico Film Advisory Board said,"I look forward to working with Marshall. Together we are forging a new path for the future of the film industry in New Mexico—strengthening and expanding upon our many assets and talents."

Richardson also appointed Jan Paulk as executive director of the Film Advisory Board to oversee the organization of the board and assist in the boards’ major activity: the development of a statewide multimedia strategic plan for the development of an indigenous entertainment industry.

ÒWe expect a great deal from this board," said Zuniga."They have the complex task of setting a plan for the future of the film and multimedia industry in the state. Development of this industry could become a critical component in the entire state’s economic future."

The Film Advisory Board will hold its first meeting later this month. The membership of the board will be announced at that time. The board’s report to the New Mexico Legislature is scheduled to be completed on December 1, 2003.


Drawings by Placitas artist Michele Bourque Sewards chosen for museum show

Ink drawing by Michele Bourque SewardsDrawings by Placitas artist Michele Bourque Sewards have been selected for"Contemporary," the fourteenth annual juried exhibition of Albuquerque-area artists that is currently at the Albuquerque Museum. The jury chose three of Sewards’s ink drawings to be included in the fifty-eight works of art selected from a total of 706 works under consideration.

Michele is happy to have been juried into the show and said,"I think it’s interesting that my old work"Birds" (1973)—which was included in a January 2003 exhibition called"Ground, Art in New Mexico, Selections from the Permanent Collection"—will be coming down at the Albuquerque Museum in the same West Gallery where my newest work will be hanging in August."

Cottonwood, one of the drawings selected, was pulled from the many works Sewards is showing at Angus McDougall Gallery in Bernalillo through August 8.

The exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum is part of the Magnífico event and closes on Sunday, August 31.


Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama brings
boos and hisses to town

Santa Fe Playhouse presents its ever infamous 2003 Annual Fiesta Melodrama at 142 East DeVargas in Santa Fe. It is a local tradition to attend this extravaganza in The City Different, which started in the 1920s, and spoof the city’s politics, culture, and society, hiss the villainess, boo the villain, and cheer the hero as he saves the city and the heroine from impending disaster and devious plotters. The writers of this original satire ask to remain anonymous so as to protect the not so innocent.

The preview performance is August 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Performances continue on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m.through September 6, with the final performance on September 7 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are offered on August 24, 30, and 31 and September 7 at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students, except for the 2:00 p.m. matinee on August 24, which is a"pay what you wish" event. For further information and reservations, call 988-4262.


Pulitzer Prize-winning drama finishes run at The Adobe in early August

Through August 3, the Adobe Theater, located at 9813 Fourth Street NW (two blocks north of Alameda Boulevard) will present Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Thornton Wilder.

Thornton Wilder was one of the literary stars of the early twentieth century. The recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, his themes reflect questions about one’s place in the everyday world. Our Town, his best-loved and most widely honored play, will be directed by Becky Mayo for The Adobe. This eminently human drama relates the commonplace lives of ordinary people living in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in the early 1900s.

Performances will be presented at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Group rates are available. For reservations, call 898-9222 or email:




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