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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also visit www.artgallery66.net.
Art Gallery 66 is located at 373 North Camino del Pueblo (North
313), in Bernalillo. The exhibit runs through June 30.
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.
Planting a dream—The Eva Ferrell Benefit Concert and Silent
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
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 www.littlemustardseed.org.
Concert tickets can be purchased in advance at www.abqmusic.com,
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 email@example.com.
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
For further information, contact Michael Girlamo at 480-6419 or
Bernalillo Public School students enjoy
mentoring from Santa Fe Opera staff.
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
Albuquerque Folk Festival features talent of musicians and artists
TWO PLACITAS BANDS ARE FEATURED AT JUNE 16 ALBUQUERQUE FOLK FESTIVAL,
PLUS MORE THAN 120 SEPARATE MUSICAL EVENTS AND FOLK ARTS AND CRAFTS
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
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
- 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
- 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 www.abqfolkfest.org,
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.