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Paper artist featured at Placitas Community Library

—Anne Grey Frost

Barbara Barkley has been making paper for over 25 years. She was originally taught by Japanese papermakers in the ancient process of making paper. By gathering long, strong-fibered plants, she creates paper by cooking the plants in lye for several hours, then forming the paper by hand beating and floating it in vats of water. Traditional Western fibers are also used in her work. Flax, hemp, linen, cotton rag, and sisal are broken down into fine fibers. She then adds natural earthen pigments and quality light-fast pigments. Each fiber and color lends its own character to the final artwork. Additional textural materials may be added, creating layer upon layer to further enliven the surface texture of her design. With the exception of occasional added precious metals, all color comes from the layering of colored fibers.

Barkley’s work has received numerous awards and is represented in public and private collections and in galleries.

Placitas Holiday Sale

30th Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale calling for artists

Deadline July 21, 2011

Applications for artists are now available for the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale. This popular and well attended show is the weekend before Thanksgiving and will be held on November 19-20 at three central locations in the 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 posted on the Web site (

Here the artists can print the application and then mail it to us. If you need an application sent to you, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Placitas Holiday Sale, 3 Cañon del Apache, Placitas, NM 87043.

All applications must be postmarked by July 21, 2011.




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