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c. Lisa Chernoff

Past and present, a retrospective

The work of Lisa Chernoff, featuring some of her first sculptures and progressing to the present, will be on exhibit at the Placitas Community Library for the month of June. She began creating sculpture in 2000 and is excited to exhibit pieces representing her journey through the past 11 years, most of which have never been shown.

As an explorer and experimenter in kiln-fused glass for almost 14 years, Lisa most often gains her inspiration from the nature and landscape around her studio environment. She has lived in Placitas for 20 years and for the past seven years in her newer location on Perdiz Canyon Road. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with a wonderful view through the canyon out to the mesas and mountains to the north. The Las Huertas Creek, which is intermittent, runs through the backyard in the spring and summer when there is enough winter snowmelt. This has translated into her work, creating a rhythmic tension between order and chaos, with an emphasis on texture and touchability.

Lisa’s use of intense color combined with textural patterns, dimension, and metal and stone inclusions make her unique sculptures identifiably her own.  Her sculptural technique expresses an organic, flowing, three-dimensional and deeply layered quality that has become her artistic signature.

More of Lisa’s work may be seen at her studio and on her Web site (

Please join Lisa for an opening reception on Friday, June 10, from 5-8 p.m. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Bill Pearlman

Bill Pearlman

Marilyn Stablein

Marilyn Stablein

Duende Poetry Series presents Bill Pearlman and Marilyn Stablein

Bill Pearlman and Marilyn Stablein will read their poems and new writings on Sunday, June 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., as part of the Duende Poetry Series at the Anasazi Fields Winery in the Village of Placitas. This is a free event, but the series welcomes any donations to help pay the poets and writers and sustain the series. Books will be available for purchasing and signing. 

Bill Pearlman lived in Placitas for many years, so this is something of a homecoming for him. His collections of poetry include Surfing Off the Ark, Flareup of Twosomes, Inzorbital, An Elegy for Prefontaine and Other Track Poems, and Brazilian Incarnation. Bill worked in community mental health in New Mexico, as well as teaching at the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, and Southwestern College in Santa Fe. His book, Characters of the Sacred, reflects interests in Jungian psychology, drama therapy, and theater as a soulful practice. He also worked as an Equity and SAG actor. Bill founded the Zocalo Theater in Bernalillo in 1982. Duende Press, based in Placitas, published two of Bill’s books: Inzorbital, a poem-novel of the late ‘60s in Placitas & beyond, and Characters of the Sacred. He currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Marilyn Stablein won the New Mexico Book Award and the New Mexico Press Women’s Poetry Award for her book of poems, Splitting Hard Ground (La Alameda Press, 2010). Her memoir, Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir, is about the six years she worked with Tibetan refugees, studying Tibetan calligraphy and mandala painting. Her other memoir is Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination. Her fiction includes Night Travels to Tibet and The Census Taker: Stories of a Traveller in India and Nepal. Peter Matthiessen says of the latter novel: “The author’s eye is open wide, and her writing is fresh, funny, and exhilarating.” Gary Snyder notes Stablein’s writing is “The funniest, best, truest (and secretly truest) writing ever done on life in India.”

Marilyn is a former book critic for the Seattle Times and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other awards. She is also a visual artist with exhibited work of assemblages, collages, and artist’s books. Together with her husband, Gary Wilkie, they own and operate Acequia Booksellers, a quality used bookstore at 4019 4th St. NW in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

Everyone is welcome.

The Duende Poetry Series puts on four poetry readings a year for the benefit of the community of Placitas and others. For information, contact Jim Fish at (505) 867-3062 or online at the Anasazi Fields Web site ( The next reading in the series will be on Sunday, September 11, featuring Alvaro Cardona-Hine and Amalio Madueno.

To get to the winery, turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos across from the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and follow the road to the winery. For those outside Placitas, take I-25 to Exit 242, drive six miles east to the Village, turn left at the sign just before the church, and follow Camino de los Pueblitos through two stop signs to the winery entrance.

The Next Osama with Judith Acosta

On June 18 at 2 p.m., the Placitas Community Library will present Judith Acosta (LISW, CHT), introducing her new book, The Next Osama. Judith describes the book this way: “At first, this may sound and look like a book about terrorism. And perhaps it is, but not in the way you might think. It’s more pointedly about the terror we feel inside ourselves. It’s about what media-induced fear does to us… how it alters our decisions, how it changes our priorities, how it shifts our consciousness, so that the lives we could have had are no longer possible…”

Judith lives in Placitas with her rescue dogs and is a regular contributor to the Signpost. She is a well-respected clinical psychotherapist, classical homeopath, and crisis counselor. Judith is the coauthor of The Worst is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts (Jodere, 2002) and Verbal First Aid (Penguin, 2010), has appeared on both television and radio, and is a regular lecturer on Verbal First Aid and the power of words to heal, as well as on a variety of psychological and spiritual issues, including trauma, grief, anxiety/fear, and stress.

Join us for a thought-provoking afternoon. A book signing will follow the talk.





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