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c. Marjie Bassler

“Little Spot’s on the Chair” by Marjie Bassler

c. Ann Pollard

“Caprice” by Ann Pollard

Local artistry

On Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 2 p.m., the Placitas Artists Series will present the art of Marjie Bassler, Emily Holcomb, Ann Pollard, and Preston Photography with a reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The works will be on display from the last Saturday of January through the last Saturday of February.

Marjie Bassler began selling her paintings in 1989 and has had artwork accepted into juried exhibits and shows nationwide. Her work has also been in numerous invitational and group shows. Bassler served as codirector and curator of the New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts Gallery for four years, was on the board of directors of the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair for five years, acting as standards director for one of those years, and has been a juror and judge for art shows. She continues to aid Animal Humane New Mexico and other rescue groups in their fundraising efforts.

Born and raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Emily Holcomb relocated to Albuquerque in 1972. Having majored in art education at the University of Georgia, she taught high school art in Atlanta. While continuing her art studies in New Mexico, Holcomb taught art to both adults and children. Although her original focus was in drawing and painting, she developed a strong interest in fiber arts and mixed-media about ten years ago. Holcomb has shown her work in a variety of venues including Atlanta, Louisville, Kentucky, and Albuquerque. She has won 2nd place and honorable mention awards for her drawing and mixed-media art in Atlanta and Albuquerque shows.

Ann Pollard grew up in Plainview, Texas. She spent 25 years living in the Washington, D.C. area where she studied extensively at the Alexandria Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. Returning to Plainview in 1990, she continued to actively pursue her love of painting. In 2006, she moved to Placitas. Pollard’s work has been featured in solo and group shows in the Washington, D.C. area and throughout Texas and New Mexico. Her work has received numerous awards and is in public and private collections nationwide and in Mexico. Pollard’s work is represented by Houshang’s Gallery in Santa Fe; Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York, New York; and Forms Gallery in Delray Beach, Florida.

Preston Photography is the combined work of Roger Preston Blatz and Roxanne Bebee Blatz. Roger, a commercial photographer, has been involved in photography since he was a teenager. Roxanne, whose day job is structural engineering, developed a love of photography after meeting Roger in 1977, when they were students at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Roger and Roxanne lived in New York City from 1981 through 2002, when they moved to New Mexico. While experiencing the same subject matter, each sees and captures a unique view with its own essences. As Preston Photography, Roger and Roxanne continue to pursue their dreams of providing beautiful, interesting photographs in both commercial and artistic venues.

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. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible.

For more information, call (505) 867-8080, or visit

Signpost cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert

Corrales Bosque Gallery call for artists

The Corrales Bosque Gallery is calling for artists. It will be jurying in new candidates on February 8, 2011. Applications are due by the morning of February 8, 2011. They are available on line at, through e-mail (, or by visiting the gallery in the Mercado de Mayo at  4685 Corrales Road in Corrales. Phone: (505) 898-7203. Artwork is due between 1:30 and 5 p.m. on February 8, 2011. The Corrales Bosque Gallery is a very active, artist-owned gallery of local artists. It has been in existence for 16 years and has an excellent reputation for fine arts.

Jack Hudson

Rio Rancho author Jack Hudson (aka J.P. Hudson)

New Mexico whodunits

—Margaret M. Nava
Never without a notepad or ballpoint pen in his pocket, Rio Rancho author Jack Hudson (aka J.P. Hudson) beams as he talks about his new book, Kidnapper’s Moon. “This one is a little departure from the first two. A Senior’s Moment and The Balloon Eye were both based on the idea that senior citizens have contributions to make. You know … old guys are still useful. Kidnapper’s Moon looks into the minds of kidnappers and the damages done by them to children kidnapped for ransom. Aside from a couple of recurring characters like Bill Hamilton and Freddie Herrera, I guess the only things all three books have in common is that they’re all whodunits, and they’re all based in New Mexico. Right now, I’m working on a fourth book, but I don’t want to give that plot away just yet.”

After receiving an industrial engineering degree from the University of Texas, Jack worked for such companies as Boeing and Ingersoll Rand before making a career change into sales. Upon moving to the United Kingdom, he met his wife, Patricia. Jack says he always liked mysteries but didn’t start writing them until he retired and switched gears. Although Patricia helps Jack format the novels, “I’m not very good with computers,” she is not a coauthor. The pen name J.P. Hudson recognizes her support and stands for Jack and Pat Hudson.

A release party for Hudson’s latest book will be held on Saturday, February 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store, located at 240 S. Camino del Pueblo (next to the Flying Star Café) in downtown Bernalillo. Hudson told bookstore owner, Lara Harrison, “I’m excited about introducing Kidnapper’s Moon at Under Charlie’s Covers because the bookstore plays a role in the plot of the book.”

Drop in on the 26, pick up signed copies of all three of Jack’s books, then walk around the store and check out all the other great titles lining the shelves—many by New Mexico authors like Jack.

James Shields and Teddy Robie

On Sunday, February 20, 2011, the Placitas Artists Series (PAS) will present James Shields on clarinet and Teddy Robie on piano.

The program should include Sonata Opus 120 No. 2 in E-flat Major by Johannes Brahms, Sonata for Piano Op.1 by Alban Berg, and Sonata Opus 120 No.1 in F Minor by Johannes Brahms.

Clarinetist James Shields graduated in 2006 from the Juilliard School of Music with a bachelor of music degree. He currently serves as acting principal clarinet for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. At Juilliard, he was a founding member of AXIOM, a student-run chamber ensemble that focuses on playing only twentieth-century works. He performed at the ensemble’s debut in April 2005. At the age of 15, he performed the second movement of Sonata Opus 120 No. 2 by Brahms as a winner in the 1999 Austin Young Artists Concert presented in association with the University of Texas School of Music.

Teddy Robie holds both a bachelor of music and master's degree in music from the Julliard School and is working toward a D.M.A. at Stony Brook University. Among Robie's many appearances are ones at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Taos Chamber Music Group Concert Series. He is the 2009 recipient of the Nathan Schwartz Scholarship Fund Scholarship to attend the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont. Robie began his study of both piano and violin at age six. 

The concert is generously sponsored by the Firestone Foundation and Dr. and Mrs. Firestone.

Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for February exhibiting visual artists Marjie Bassler, Emily Holcomb, Ann Pollard, and Roxanne and Roger Blatz of Preston Photography.

The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on February 20, 2011, at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

For more information, call (505) 867-8080, or visit

El Rinconcito Español

Cada persona es dueño de su silencio y esclavo de su palabra.
Each person is owner of his silence and slave of his word.

Es mejor encender una cerilla que maldecir la oscuridad.
It’s better to light a match than to curse the darkness.

Amistad por interés no dura porque no lo es.
Friendship for self-interest doesn’t last because it isn’t friendship.

Submitted by, Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication skills.





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