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The Gauntlet

Rose’s Pottery House displays work of
IACA Artist of the Year

Mary Small, an acclaimed pottery maker from Jemez Pueblo, is the Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artist of the Year 2002. The amazing pot that helped win her the title is for sale at Rose’s Pottery House in Bernalillo. Rose Silva says that she and Mary have been friends and business associates for almost forty years, and she is proud to display the artist’s work.

Mary has created a unique and recognizable style over the years. She uses clay deposits from Jemez and San Felipe for pot, slip, and adornment. The fired pot becomes red and is likely to bear her trademark design colors—white, and a matte blue-grey mixed with bee-plant pigment. She uses a traditional technique that requires additional firing after the application of each pigment. Mary travels the world sharing her creative knowledge and has been honored in many venues nationwide.

The award-winning pot shows Mary’s skills at a whole new level with its rim incorporating an intricate sculpted pueblo village.


Tamaya Artisan Market will celebrate
Native American arts, crafts

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa will hold their third Tamaya Artisan Market on June 6 at the resort from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a free event and celebrates the traditional and contemporary arts and crafts of the many different pueblos, tribes, and nations of Native Americans. For details, call 867-1234.


Michael Horse to star in Indolent Boys at Indian museum

The Southwest Repertory Theater has signed Michael Horse for the lead role in this summer’s production of The Indolent Boys, by Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday. Produced in collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Crafts, The Indolent Boys is scheduled for August 15 through 25 at the newly completed Milner Plaza at the museum.

The play offers audiences a glimpse into the mind of the Bureau of Indian Affairs by documenting the story of three Kiowa boys who ran away from boarding school after being punished by a teacher. Tragically, they froze in a snowstorm during their attempted return home. The play explores the impact and aftermath of their deaths for both the Kiowa families and the school.

Placitan Jennifer Chavez, the artistic director of the Southwest Repertory, said, “This opportunity to collaborate with the museum, Dr. Momaday, and Michael Horse reinforces my determination and the theater’s mission to reflect and enhance the rich history of the three primary cultures of the Southwest. The confluence of these cultures cries out to be heard, explored, and celebrated by a wider, cross-cultural theater audience. The stature of the participants, and the talent of the individuals we have assembled will make the quality of this production rival anything of this nature produced anywhere in the nation.”


New arts directory online

New Mexico Arts Online Directory, an online arts portal dedicated to promoting New Mexico arts worldwide, will have been launched as of June 1. This directory has been registered in more than 850,000 online databases, link directories, high traffic portals, classified indexes, cybermalls, and major search engines such as AOL, Yahoo, Lycos, Netscape,, and many more. Its main objective is to help New Mexico artists expose, promote, and sell their art worldwide, as well as integrate all the different arts in a common place where artists can give, mentor, share, help each other, and exchange ideas. Based in Santa Fe, this project was developed by galleries from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos, over the past two years in conjunction with Adobe Web Solutions, a local web design firm.

For information, e-mail or visit the directory at


Yateses fly with Eagles

Terry and Nancy Yates stand between Linda Valdez and another representative of Eagle 104 radio. The Yateses were the winners of a drawing at Lunatique on May 24 for a pair of tickets for the June 4 Eagles’ concert at the Pit sponsored by Eagle 104. Terry Yates is with the UNM biology department and lives in Placitas. Lunatique is at Homestead Village in Placitas.


Call for artists—Bernalillo Arts Trail 2002

The Bernalillo Arts Trail offers area artists the opportunity to open their studios for a weekend to the public and helps arrange showspace in Bernalillo where needed. The event will take place over the last weekend in October 2002 (October 26 and 27) and, as in past years, is organized and promoted around the concept of an Arts Trail linking the participants' locations. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Julianna Kirwin at 771-0590 or by email: Deadline for applying is Saturday, July 6, 2002.


Corrales Carnival of the Arts in early June

Carnival of the Arts, a New Mexico multi-media show and sale, will be held at the historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales on June 1 and 2. The carnival, featuring the work of fifty-one artists and craftspeople, is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days. Items for sale will include jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, woodwork, acrylics, santos, and stained glass. Angel Rose, of Placitas, will bring her contemporary 3-D multimedia work to the show. A portion of each sale will go to the Corrales Historical Society for restoration and preservation of the Old San Ysidro Church.


Albuquerque Folk Festival comin’ right up

On June 15 at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, the Albuquerque Folk Festival will celebrate community spirit for its fourth year with a song, dance, music, and storytelling program that extends beyond the flashy public entertainment many have gotten accustomed to. The schedule begins at 11:00 a.m. and extends to 11:00 p.m. with persevering jam sessions for music diehards.

The main stage will feature seven regional groups exhibiting a sweep of folk music talent in the Albuquerque area. Las Huertas Jam from Placitas will perform on the Jam with a Band stage, and players of all levels are invited to “sit in.” A storytelling spectacle, folk-music demonstrations, over forty sing-alongs, songwriting, music and dance workshops, and almost endless jams will be offered.

The Albuquerque Folk Festival is a nonprofit organization operated solely by volunteers with help from generous supporters. Advance discounted tickets may be purchased through Apple Mountain Music, 237-2048, Bill Howden, 232-7518, or


Mock ‘59 Caddie commemorates Rt. 66

—Tim Nadeau

With at least ten publicly funded art projects to his credit, Jake Lovato of Running Buffalo Studio has just completed Phase 2 of the Route 66 Project. A ‘59 Cadillac convertible fabricated to scale has been placed in front of the kiosk at the Bernalillo Visitors Center on Main Street in Bernalillo. The kiosk, also a part of the a 1995 State of New Mexico Arts project entitled “Bringing Her Home.” The three-panel metal sculpture depicts Don Diego De Vargas bringing home La Conquistadora.

Desiring to give the people of his hometown more than they asked for or expected, the “Man of Steel” says he spent “many extra hours hand fabricating each piece” of the mock Caddie. “I believe the town’s people will benefit from the great photo opportunities with their family, friends, relatives, and visitors to their city,” Lovato said.

Lovato learned to weld beginning at age fourteen through the Future Farmers of America. Some of his original works—horse feeders, gates, and other farm implements—are still being used on the family’s ranch in Bernalillo. As a certified welder he has had to find the balance between work and art.

His passion is art. For the past two decades, Jake Lovato has been involved in the art community locally and across the state. His “Spartan Horse” at Bernalillo High School stands twelve feet tall and was a gift to the school district in 1997, his Holocaust Memorial stands in the Albuquerque Civic Plaza, and Eagle Ridge Middle School carries the depiction of an eagle flying off a stump in conjunction with their motto Preparing to Soar.

U.S. Route 66 totals 2,448 miles from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, ending in Los Angeles, California.

Using the German autobahn as a model, President Eisenhower signed a bill in 1956 creating the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. These superhighways were built along or on top of the old U.S. Routes whose numbers were systematically decommissioned and decertified. On June 27, 1985, Route 66 was decertified.

To preserve Historic Route 66, Congress passed the National Route 66 Corridor Act in 1999. The eight states through which the famed highway passes are eligible to apply to the National Park Service for funds allocated by the Act. New Mexico’s U.S. Senators Bingaman and Domenici and U.S. Representatives Skeen, Udall, and Wilson were among congressional delegates from the eight states to get President Clinton’s signature.

Jake Lovato’s art is represented in homes, collections, and galleries across the country. He now works out of his own shop tucked away on family land in Bernalillo.


New gallery opens in Bernalillo

The new Katrina Lasko Gallery will open its doors for the first time on Saturday, June 15, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a reception and showing of six artists work. Featured artists exhibiting are Gretchen Berggren, Julie Brown, Gloria Emerson, Wayne Mikosz, Riha Rothberg, and Katrina Lasko. The show will include minimal abstract acrylic paintings on linen, organic ceramic forms, indoor and outdoor sculpture, and both figurative and nonobjective art work.

Owner Katrina Lasko, artist and long-time Bernalillo resident, wants to provide a venue for artists different from the typical cold gallery scene. She said, “My hope is that the gallery will be cutting edge, but will also be warm and welcoming.” She feels the gallery will be a positive addition to the existing galleries in Bernalillo and looks forward to working with them to help promote the talented artists of New Mexico.

The gallery is located at 336 North Camino del Pueblo with a back entrance through a Spanish-style courtyard. After June 9, the gallery will be open on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. For further information, call 867-2523.


PAS final concert for the season a success

Gary Libman

The May concert of the Placitas Artists Series fifteenth season was a very positive way to end the 2001-2002 season. The concertgoers were treated to world premieres of three string quartets by New Mexican composers. Michael Mauldin, Carl E. Baum, and John Bullock of Placitas. All three were at the concert and introduced their compositions. Mauldin’s piece, commissioned by the Placitas Artists Series, was “A’ts’ina: Place of Writings on the Rock.” Dr. Baum’s work was his String Quartet in G Minor. The concert ended with John Bullock’s three-movement String Quartet in E Minor. The pieces were all different in style, and each was absolutely delightful.

The four musicians were outstanding players from the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, including violinists Krzysztof Zimowski and Joan Wang, violist Willy Sucre, and cellist Joan Zucker. The musicians not only played masterfully, but they seemed to enjoy the new works as much as the audience did.

And the audience did love the works. They gave the composers and the musicians a long and deserved standing ovation at the end of the concert. What a way to end the season!

For information about season tickets for next year, call 867-8080 or visit