Printmaker Evey Jones in her Placitas studio
Signpost artist of the month: Evey Jones
The story behind the image
A lifetime in art has come full circle as Placitas printmaker Evey Jones has progressed from doodler to student, artist, teacher, and now both artist and student.
The progression came naturally to a child raised in the vibrant art scene of New York City in the 1950s. Yet until her retirement from Cibola High School in Albuquerque, finding her own expression fell only in the summer months.
“I really feel that to have anything happen, you have to do the work,” Jones told the Signpost. “Today I'm in my studio; tomorrow I'm in my studio.
“I have the ability to go up to my studio late at night if something is bothering me, or if I'm really excited, to stay with it.”
She works for weeks in sketchbooks to find the mythology, the story behind the image, before moving on to large charcoal drawings. Only then does she ink a plate, brush or wipe away the oil to reveal the image, and apply paper under pressure as printmakers have done for centuries.
“Nothing has changed, really, since the Renaissance,” Jones said. “You can make all your decisions, and nonetheless, something will happen.
“There is an element of surprise when you lift the paper off the plate.”
Jones came to art as a childhood doodler taken by her mother to lectures, classes, and museums. The subway brought her to a high school that today would be called a magnet school but then was a vocational academy named the School of Industrial Art.
There professionals tied to the center of the national art scene taught Jones and classmates, including Calvin Klein, using traditional methods that Jones would pass on to her Cibola students. During college, two summers taking classes in Albuquerque and Wyoming sparked a permanent move to New Mexico, with thirty-five years in Placitas.
Jones led student trips to Italy and returns often to see firsthand the early days of the Renaissance, as artists struggled to master perspective and the expression of human form and emotion. Elements of her journeys creep into her prints.
“Why I have winged figures, I don't know,” she said. “I just go to be in that place, but it is stimulating.
“It is my belief all you take in finds a way out.”
Jones has worked with color but currently produces black monotypes including owl, moth, and horse series. With a hand roller and “black, black, black, black” oil of her own mixing, she inks a metal or acrylic plate, removes enough to reveal image and texture, lays on dampened paper, and rolls paper and plate through a press.
“With just the right wetness, the ink soaks in so there is no ink on the surface,” she said. “It goes into the fiber.”
Each image tells a story that Jones keeps to herself. “Art has my moment, and then it has your moment,” she said.
Her involvement has gone beyond art to include six years on the Bernalillo Board of Education, the last two as president. “You have to have art in the schools. This is an art community,” she added, with reference not just to Placitas but to Bernalillo and area pueblos.
Jones monotypes are included in a three-artist show on exhibition through January 29 at the Arte Loca Gallery in El Zócalo in Bernalillo. A few pieces also hang in the Angus McDougall Gallery and the Range Café in Bernalillo.
To see her work Click here. To make an appointment at Jones’s studio off Camino de San Francisco north of Placitas village, call 867-2424.
Holiday sale raised $1,400+ for Placitas Elementary programs
The Placitas Holiday Sale would like to thank all those who bought raffle tickets to benefit Placitas Elementary School programs. This year the PHS raised over $1,400 for the Arts and Literature program. We also thank Sharon Krachunis, Julie Walsh, and Michael Bolger for working the raffle booth, as well as each and every artist who generously donated work to the raffle. Happy New Year!
Placitas artist to show in two simultaneous exhibits
Digital artist Barry McCormick, a Placitas resident, will be showing a dozen new images at two different Albuquerque galleries. Both shows will host opening receptions on January 7.
The “HE” show, at the Downtown Contemporary Art Center, formerly Fort 105 Studios, will feature new work by eleven local, contemporary male photographers. It follows by several months the very successful “SHE” show at the same venue. McCormick will be showing images from his "Horror" series. The show will run from January 7 through February 5; the opening reception is on January 7, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
“Four Distinguished Artists” will run from January 4 through February 25 at the Kimo Theatre Gallery. It is the first exhibition sponsored by the Digital Artists of America Association, recently formed to represent professional digital artists. Printed with archival pigment inks on canvas or paper, the works on display encompass painting, photography, and algorithmic art. McCormick will be showing abstracted figures of the subconscious. The opening reception is on January 7, 5:30 to 8:30.
Corrales artist Edward Gonzales gets commission with Valencia Hispano Chamber, contract with Intel
An edition of one thousand posters of Matanza, by Edward Gonzales, has been commissioned by the Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the chamber’s fifth annual matanza. The poster was produced from an original painting by the artist entitled La Matanza.
The Valencia Hispano Chamber’s matanza, to be held January 29 at the Valencia County Fairgrounds in Belen, is a popular annual event. The matanza and related poster sales provide funds for a number of community projects the chamber supports. Yvonne Sanchez, contact person for the chamber, can be reached at 450-1611 for more information on the upcoming event.
Edward Gonzales has also signed a three-year contract to provide the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with three original paintings and poster editions to promote the Intel ISEF, which is held in a different state every year. In 2007 it will be held in Albuquerque.
Gonzales has published some thirty-five different poster editions since 1982. Many of the posters promote family learning and literacy and are in schools nationwide. One of his works, Story Time, will be the cover of the new book Public Education in New Mexico (Mondragón and Stapleton, UNM Press).
One of Albuquerque’s newest public schools was named for the artist. Edward Gonzales Elementary, on the city’s west side, serves the Westgate community. The artist shows his work at the Edward Gonzales Heritage Gallery in Corrales (897-3203, edwardgonzales.com).
PAS presents music for flute and strings
PAS Board of Directors
Our next concert of the Placitas Artists Series 2004-2005 season on Sunday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m., promises to be another excellent one. Willy Sucre, violist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by his friends flutist Valerie Potter, violinist Martha Caplin, and cellist Joanna de Keyser. The program will include Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin and Viola, op. 25, by Beethoven, Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285, by Mozart, and Assobia a Játo by Villa-Lobos.
Sucre has served as conductor and music director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Canada Symphony Orchestra and NMSO. De Keyser is a professor emerita at UNM and currently a member of the Seraphim Trio. Caplin has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1982 and a frequent concertmaster and soloist. Valerie Potter has performed as principal flutist of the New Mexico Symphony since 1993 and has held the piccolo position with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 1994.
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 Marcelino Gonzales, Jim Fish, Erica Kane, and Madeline Randle. Examples of their work can be seen on the Placitas Artists Series Web site at www.PlacitasArts.org.
Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the performance, or can be purchased ahead of time at La Bonne Vie Salon & Day Spa, in the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas (867-3333). Tickets can also be purchased online. The prices for this concert are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For additional information and ticket brochures, call 867-8080 or visit the Web site.
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.
Quartetto Gelato comes to Simms
Does your New Year's resolution have you laying off the sweet treats? Fret not, because Chamber Music Albuquerque is serving up a decadent delight from the frozen North—and it's completely nonfattening.
Canada's enticingly named Quartetto Gelato has long enchanted audiences with its blend of sparkling technique, musical finesse, and engaging humor. The group has sold out performances across North America, Europe, and the Far East.
On Friday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 23, at 3:00 p.m., New Mexicans will have an opportunity to savor the flavor of Gelato for themselves.
Classical in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato's programs are filled with an exciting mix of traditional masterworks, operatic arias, tangos, gypsy fiddling, and folk songs from around the world. In their Albuquerque concerts, the ensemble will present two themed programs: on Friday, “Quartetto Gelato Travels the Orient Express” is a grand tour of the Continent with Ravel, Brahms, and more; on Sunday, “Neapolitan Evening” includes works by Piazzolla, Salerno, and DeCrescenzo.
The members of Quartetto Gelato are Cynthia Steljes (oboe, English horn), Peter DeSotto (tenor, violin, mandolin), Alexander Sevastian (accordion, piano), and Kristina Reiko Cooper (cello).
The concert takes place at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CMA office,1209 Mountain Road Place, Suite D, or by phone at (505) 268-1990; office hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www.cma-abq.org or at the door. Prices are $16-$33 for Friday's performance and $17-$35 for Sunday's, with students admitted at half price.
The Chamber Music Albuquerque season continues in February with acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss. More information is available on the Web site or by calling the office.
Placitas musicians to give benefit concert: “Divas and Desserts”
At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will host Divas and Desserts, a benefit concert for the church's current expansion project.
Placitas sopranos Jennifer Chavez and Susan Passell and pianist Katherine Alexander will perform a medley of classical and contemporary music. The first half of the program will include selections from Bach, Mozart, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Puccini. Following intermission, there will be gospel, American, and Brazilian jazz standards.
The expansion project will provide improved community meeting rooms and handicap-accessible facilities, as well a new wing for children’s educational and outreach activities.
Jennifer Chavez founded the women’s a cappella group Sarsaparilla Seven in Washington, D.C., and has sung with the Motet Choir of the University of Chicago. She has played Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the title role in Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Mother Superior in Nunsense.
Susan Passell, the principal of Lincoln Middle School, has sung the lead in Carnival, West Side Story, and Godspell, and has performed for fifteen years in many venues, including cruise ships, nightclubs, and private parties. In New Mexico and Florida she served on the executive board of the Music Educators Association and assisted in the development of national standards for music education. In the Placitas community, she recently organized the Rio Grande Children's Chorale (ages five through thirteen).
Katherine Alexander, a Latin scholar, is an accompanist at Las Placitas Presbyterian and other churches in the area. She is completing her master's degree at UNM, freelancing as a ballet-class accompanist, and providing preshow entertainment at Popejoy Ovation productions.
Tickets for the concert are $20 per person and are fully tax-deductible. Beverages and desserts will be available for a suggested donation of $3 to $5 per person. Child care will be available.
For further information or advance ticket purchase, please contact Glenn or Wendy Ingram at 867-7924. If you are unable to reach them promptly, call Pastor Jane Harmes at 867-5718.
Ceramist Sue Wink demonstrates clay sculpting to elementary-school children
Children get their chance to create clay art
PES kids learn from ceramist, author
Two special educational events took place at Placitas Elementary in early December, providing artistic and literary enrichment to all students.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the school’s parent-teacher organization, Roswell ceramic artist Susan Wink worked with the kids in numerous sessions to create original clay face sculptures. The students learned how to roll out a slab, shape it over a newspaper form, and “score and slip” the facial features onto the base to make an image of themselves, a family member, or other creation from their imagination. The children then painted their sculptures with underglaze, and Ms. Wink whisked them off to be fired. The final products will be on display at the school for awhile, then given as gifts by the students or selected for display at the state fair next fall. We can’t thank Sue Wink enough for her expertise and easy-going, playful approach to creating art with the kids. Many parents showed up to assist, and even passersby were drawn in to the action as the students worked in a makeshift art studio in the main hallway.
On December 9, award-winning children’s author, playwright, and Placitas resident Edith Tarbescu enchanted the students seated on the library floor in front of her rocking chair as she talked about her four children’s books. She described how she came to be an author, how she goes about writing her books, and the challenges that come with working with her publishing company. The New York City-born author told the kids about Annushka’s Voyage, the story of a young girl coming to Ellis Island, based on Tarbescu’s Russian and Hungarian parents, who immigrated to this country.
Her nonfiction book The Crow especially captivated her young audience, as they asked questions about the Battle of Little Big Horn, photographs taken by Tarbescu of the Crow Fair in Montana, and the artifacts she showed them of the Crow Nation. When asked which of her books she likes the most, she replied, “That’s like asking which one of your children is your favorite ... you love them all the same!”
Thanks to Andi Callahan, Placitas resident and artist, for donating shelves, stilts, and other supplies for the school kiln. We appreciate her continuing support of educational activities at Placitas Elementary. The current Art in the School project "Pueblo Pottery," as well as future ceramic projects, will benefit from this generous donation.