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Get your “lit” on Route 66

On June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Art Gallery 66 presents a unique art experience, combining literature, visual art, and music, showcased by the exhibiting authors, photographers, and illustrators. Art Gallery 66 is a community-oriented gallery; therefore, we are also pleased to benefit the Bernalillo Public Library by donating a percentage of all gallery sales the day of the show to the library.

Participating artist Rex Barron is a film animator and book illustrator. Born in New Jersey, educated at UCLA and Art Center College of Design, he has lived in New Mexico since 1989. He worked as a character layout and background artist for Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, and other Los Angeles animation studios on TV and film projects, such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Starchaser,” “Fat Albert,” “The Cosby Kids,” and “The Pink Panther.” Rex illustrated seven picture books for G.P. Putnam’s Sons, two of which he also wrote. Eggbert, the Slightly Cracked Egg (Tom Ross, author) has sold almost one hundred thousand copies, and been translated into two foreign languages. He won an award from the International Reading Association for The Big Bug Ball. He does a lot of art for the Alibi, some of which will be in the show, and is very affordable. He also continues to do freelance work, and makes many presentations to schools in America and Europe.

Also featured will be Mike Butterfield, born and raised in Albuquerque. He moved to California in 1974 to pursue a music career. In 1992, Mike and his wife Susan decided to return to New Mexico to work in the family jewelry business. His creative pursuits led to photography, a hobby that became a second career. Mike’s photos have been widely published, both regionally and nationally, in calendars, magazines and books. As an award-winning photographer, he has enjoyed shows in San Francisco, Oakland, and Modesto, CA; Denver, CO; Flagstaff, AZ; and Albuquerque and Madrid, NM.

Peter Greene, who has lived in New Mexico for twenty-eight years, is an avid hiker, backpacker, photographer, and aspiring naturalist. He has a Master’s degree from Colorado State University in Natural Resources Planning and recently completed a twenty-six year career at New Mexico State Parks, where he coordinated the production of more than twenty major visitor center exhibits about the natural and cultural histories of the various state parks. Besides authoring the texts for these educational displays, he compiled and wrote the state park publication New Mexico Whitewater: A Guide to River Trips, and numerous other articles, brochures, and management plans. He has moonlighted at Collected Works bookstore in Santa Fe for the last ten years and likes to go to high places to photograph, read, and contemplate.

Mike and Peter will sign their first book they have written together: Guide to the Mountains of New Mexico, published by New Mexico Magazine.

For more information about this event and other offerings at Art Gallery 66, call (505) 867-8666, or email queries to You may also visit
Art Gallery 66 is located at 373 North Camino del Pueblo (North 313), in Bernalillo. The exhibit runs through June 30.

Crucita Melchor

The 15th Annual Carnival of Arts Multi-Media Show is pleased to have Crucita Melchor (above) exhibiting her traditional Pueblo pottery at the fair this year. Crucita is the daughter of the late Santana Melchor, a famous Santo Domingo potter. Their work has been widely acclaimed in several Pueblo pottery publications.

Corrales benefit fine art show and sale coming June 2 and 3

“Carnival of the Arts,” a New Mexico multimedia show and sale takes place in Corrales at the historic Old San Ysidro Church on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The show, featuring the work of fifty-four artists and craftspeople, will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, and there is no charge for admission or parking. A portion of each sale at the show goes to the Corrales Historical Society for the restoration and preservation of the Old San Ysidro Church.

“Carnival of the Arts” will feature artists from Corrales and the surrounding areas. Items exhibited for sale will include jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, woodwork, acrylics, fiber art, stained glass, and other fine arts and crafts.

The church is located one mile north of the Corrales Post Office on Corrales Road, then .3 mile west on Old Church Road.

Artwork donated by San Franciscan artist Kirsten Tradowsky and inspired by Eva will be on display at the Benefit.
Artwork donated by San Franciscan artist Kirsten Tradowsky and inspired by Eva will be on display at the Benefit.

Planting a dream—The Eva Ferrell Benefit Concert and Silent Auction

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Anna Wolfe will return to Albuquerque joining Grammy Award-winning Black Eagle from Jemez Pueblo for a benefit concert and silent auction on June 10 at the South Broadway Cultural Center.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit three-year-old Eva Ferrell, a Sandoval County resident with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is regarded as the most expensive lifelong disorder, typically costing families $2 million over a lifetime just to maintain comfort. Money raised from the benefit and auction will help to finance the therapies, medical procedures, and expensive equipment needed to improve Eva’s quality of life.

The concert, which also includes National Poetry Slam Champion Esme Vaandrager, as well as Albuquerque’s own Hounds of Carlisle, is set for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at the South Broadway Cultural Center, located at 1025 Broadway SE in Albuquerque. A free silent auction will precede the concert. Doors and the box office will open at 12:30 p.m.

For more information about the benefit and Eva’s Little Mustard Seed Trust, go to Concert tickets can be purchased in advance at, Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Boulevard NW) or Natural Sound (3422 Central Avenue SE) in Albuquerque. All proceeds from the benefit will go to the Little Mustard Seed Trust. For more information, contact Sean or Anne Ferrell at (505) 829-3809 or

The cover art of Art Goodtimes book of poetry,
The cover art of Art Goodtimes book of poetry,
published by La Alameda Press

Duende Poetry Series—Sunday, June 10
“As If the World Really Mattered”

Poetry in many ways corresponds to the Farmers’ Market. The closer to home it’s grown, the better it is—whether you eat the eggs or the chicken, the raspberries or the jam. Locally produced, free on the range, and exchanged personally, this ethic, as well as aesthetic, allows us to know where what we ingest comes from and what it’s made of. This is the work of artisans, not industry, and helps bring the cause and effect of cultural exchange into focus. The metaphor points to art, but also ecology and economy, both of which have the root eco from the Greek word for “home.”

In its rooted beginnings, poetry was integral to a community and spoke for and to those who were part of such. Even when difficult, poetry makes sense when offered by someone who is actually speaking to you. Once upon a time, poetry was the realm of ritual, bards, troubadours, and wisdom. Poetry remains the enemy of artifice and fraud, instead offering language at the service of imagination and insight. As Whitman says, “[poetry is] the powerful language of resistance … it is the dialect of common sense.”

Perhaps the world of honest artisans engaged in unalienated production exists only in the hopes and dreams of labor history, yet we can harken after it anyhow. Duende Poetry Series since its own beginnings has presented readings which have aspired to be community events instead of mere Glories of Ego, often being downright entertaining. Now in its third year, this upcoming event brings together a sense of region on Sunday, June 10 with three poets—Art Goodtimes, Anne Valley Fox, and Larry Goodell. All three are published by La Alameda Press, one of the Southwest’s best artisanal small presses. Billed “As If the World Really Mattered,” it takes its name from the title of Art Goodtimes’ recent book of poetry, and indicates both Mr. Goodtimes’ underlying premise and La Alameda Press’ diehard hope.

Art Goodtimes is a poet, journalist, third-term Green county commissioner in southern Colorado, and former poetry editor of Wild Earth and Earth First Journal. He served as poet-in-residence for the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival for twenty-five years and continues as founder and director of the annual Talking Gourds poetry gatherings. Though not officially New Mexican, he is our Rocky Mountain cousin and is definitely free-range. His reading style is known for its bardic, sonorous baritone.

Also reading will be Anne Valley Fox, who has lived in New Mexico for the past twenty-nine years—long enough to see it snow on Cinco de Mayo four times. Previous to New Mexico, she hailed from California and New Jersey. Her book Point of No Return (La Alameda Press) revolves around the journey of marriage, its dissolution, and personal redemption. She has been a participant in the Candlelight Winter Solstice Readings held at Placitas Presbyterian Church. Within her elegant poems is a glimpse of the old Buddhist adage: “Family is the hall of practice.”

Though starting out in Roswell, Larry Goodell is one of Placitas’ native sons. Having moved to Placitas in the 60s, he has been a literary light—and delight as well. (His Duende Press is one of the reasons behind the reading series moniker.) He devotes himself to the larger poetry community by sharing his extensive archive of recordings and letters, as well as teaching and performance. His book Here on Earth (La Alameda Press) is a group of idiosyncratic sonnets of love and loving outrage.

It would seem that if you put these book titles in a row—“as if the world really mattered, point of no return, here on earth”—an almost-haiku forms which might explain the synergy of the intent. This is where we live, and we need to take care of it because it is ourselves. La Alameda Press is fond of quoting the late great poet, Charles Olson, “I believe there’s simply ourselves, and where we are has a particularity which we’d better use because that’s about all we got. Otherwise we’re running around looking for somebody else’s stuff.” Put this all together with the marvelous venue of Anasazi Fields Winery (with its own local alchemy), and a sense of community becomes as tasty as it is thought-provoking. The reading will be held Sunday, June 10 at the Anasazi Fields Winery in the village of Placitas and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Anasazi Fields wines will be available for tasting and purchasing. Books by the poets will be for sale. Admission is free, although donations are welcome and help pay the poets.

Adobe Theater seeks play proposals

The Adobe Theater seeks proposals for directors for plays or musicals to be produced from January to June 2008. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2007. The Adobe presents ten shows annually, choosing their season from proposals submitted by directors. New talent is welcomed. The Artistic Committee reviews all submissions made by directors for recommendation to the Adobe Board. When submitting a proposal, note that published works have the best chance, but if a director is enthusiastic about an original script, it will be considered. However, unpublished works must be submitted by a committed director. Directors who wish to work at The Adobe, but are unsure what show to propose, may request title suggestions from the committee.

For further information, contact Michael Girlamo at 480-6419 or

Bernalillo Public School students

Bernalillo Public School students enjoy
mentoring from Santa Fe Opera staff.

Bernalillo Public School students

Children write, produce, and perform original operas

Colorful, animated, and cultural describe the Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS) children’s operas. In partnership with the Santa Fe Opera, over three hundred children in the BPS Integrated Arts Program produce and perform original operas every spring. The children have produced and performed sixteen operas over the years and have been featured on KNME’s “Colores” television series.

This year, two operas were performed. A unique trilingual opera, “The Proud, Los Orgullosos,” was performed in English, Spanish and Keres by Cochiti Elementary School students at the Hispanic Cultural Center on April 24 with a special appearance by two Roosevelt Elementary School classes. Placitas Elementary School performed “Queen of the Coyote” at the Scottish Rite Theatre on May 7. Beautiful costumes, professional makeup, student Native American and Baile Folklorico dancing, and appearances by the TynkerClan of Magicians add to the entertaining experience.

Barbara Vigil-Lowder, superintendent of Bernalillo Public Schools, said that the district’s students have a tradition of talent in the fine and performing arts and win several awards every year, yet they are without their own arts center.

“With all the fine and performing arts talent in our district, it is a pity that we are one of the few districts without a fine and performing arts center,” Vigil-Lowder said. “Our parents must travel long distances to see their children perform. It is our dream to raise the funds to build a Community Multi-Cultural Center for our students. ”

John Bradley, BPS art teacher and Santa Fe Opera’s Artist-in-Residence, is provided with state funding to work full-time as an opera teacher at Placitas and Cochiti Elementary Schools. Bradley teaches the children how to write original opera stories, original songs for their librettos, and how to perform and produce their original operas.

“The Integrated Arts Program uses opera as a basis for student learning. The program provides children with a voice and ways of learning and knowing,” said Bradley. “We are all very proud of our children and their giftedness in the fine and performing arts.”

Albuquerque Folk Festival features talent of musicians and artists

The Albuquerque Folk Festival celebrates its ninth year at New Mexico Expo (the State Fairgrounds) on Saturday, June 16, offering a one-day, multicultural festival for the entire community. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.) with welcoming performances by belly dancers, Galician pipes, martial arts dancers, a marimba ensemble and more, and end at 11:00 p.m. with contra, barn, and African dances and an evening jam session.

The Folk Festival attracts close to three thousand music and dance fans to participate in more than one hundred-twenty performances, jam sessions, workshops, and dances in eighteen different venues throughout the grounds. The two local bands participating in a Jamming with a Band venue, as well as a Stage #2 performance, are the LadyFingers and the Placitas Mountain Band.

This year, the Festival is adding a band scramble, where musicians who sign up are randomly assigned to bands and have an hour to choose a band name and prepare two tunes. These bands will play on the Main Stage at 6:00 p.m. Also new is the evening African dance and evening jam.

This year, the Festival is bringing back Elliott’s Ramblers, a favorite Albuquerque bluegrass group, to the Main Stage.

  • Making their debuts on the Festival Main Stage will be:
  • Antonia Apodaca from Rociada
  • New Boulder Acoustic Society from Colorado
  • Daybreak Express
  • La Rondalla de Albuquerque
  • Ronald Roybal from Santa Fe

Attendees can also look forward to:

  • Performances on two additional stages, featuring metro area Balkan, Scandinavian, Irish, gypsy, swing, and bluegrass groups.
  • Songwriter showcases with such local luminaries as Jim Terrell, Michael Coy, Timothy Hill, Roger Dale, Ague Hayes, and the Buddha Betties.
  • Five workshop tents with topics including songwriting, throat singing, beginning autoharp and dulcimer, Klezmer music, live performance techniques with Jonathan Edwards, and exploring the ukulele with the Boulder Acoustic Society.
  • Two dance areas, with volunteers teaching both international (Hawaiian, Balkan, Klezmer, Irish, Tango, Scandinavian, Scottish, African, and Middle Eastern) and traditional American (contra, square, swing, and country).
  • Special areas for storytelling and other activities for “Lil’ Folks,” including sing-alongs, dancing, fiddling, and harp playing.
  • Three lively dance parties cap the festivities from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.: a New Mexico FolkMADS Contra Dance.

Admission is $10 in advance for adults only; or $15 for adults, $5 for seniors and children eleven- to eighteen-years-old at the gate. Children under eleven will be admitted free.

Detailed information is available at, by email at, or by calling (505) 710-9641. For information of local participation from Sandoval County, contact Gary Libman at 867-8154.

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe announces Hispanic Market coming soon

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe announces the Twenty-First Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market, to be held July 28 and 29, 2007.

Since 1986, the arts scene in Santa Fe has changed enormously, but one feature endures—the Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market. This event, in conjunction with the Traditional Spanish Market, will be celebrating its twenty-first anniversary on Lincoln Avenue next to the historic Santa Fe Plaza from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Over one hundred-thirty of New Mexico’s finest Hispanic artists will exhibit their artwork, including sculpture, photography, painting, jewelry, graphics, monotype, and furniture.

A preview show will be held on July 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at El Museo Cultural, 1615-B Paseo de Peralta on the Railyard. The public is invited to meet the artists and purchase the arts and crafts offered there. Food and entertainment will be provided.






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