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Signpost featured artist: June Malone

June Malone in her studio
Photo credit: Oli Robbins

c. June Malone

c. June Malone

Intricate beadwork jewelry, by Enchanted Beads by JM

Enchanted beads by June Malone

—Oli Robbins

The state of New Mexico is dubbed “The Land of Enchantment” for its diverse beauty—the landscape offers bountiful surprises, and fully appreciating it demands deep and thorough examination. Perhaps June Malone’s beading business adopted the name “Enchanted Beads” for similar reasons. One can’t wholly recognize the complex aesthetic of her pieces without taking the time to hold, inspect, and feel the weighted energy of them. June’s tendency to inject her work with unpredictable elements may partially stem from her undergraduate degree in landscape architecture, which taught her that one mustn’t be able to see everything from a singular vantage point. She believes that for a setting to be truly interesting, it must provide the viewer unanticipated, hidden joys. Her necklaces may include, for example, elegant headdress-like tassels on their backsides that go unseen to all but the wearer.

June professes to have “always been an artist,” even during her 22-year-long psychology career. To June, psychology—like landscape architecture and beading—is a true art form. She maintains that in psychology, one must constantly apply creativity in order to develop successful solutions for each unique situation. June realized her interest in psychology after college and early motherhood when she decided to take a community college course on human growth and development. Remembers June: “There was a loud boom in my head. It was so fascinating learning about how people grow and engage in social environments.” She took her excitement seriously and went back to school for a PhD.

Perhaps because June viewed psychology through an artistic lens, she found fulfillment in the field—developing several effective interventions for veterans. Says June, “I had an opportunity to effect change and really get people beyond their past. I always focused on the treatment.” As a person who throws all of her creativity into one endeavor at a time, June didn’t have the energy to experiment emphatically with beadwork until she neared retirement. It was at the end of 2011, after working in psychology for 22 years, that she knew it was the moment to commit herself, wholeheartedly, to beading.

For decades, New Mexico was a favorite vacation destination for the Malones. They spent many family vacations attending the Balloon Fiesta and exploring the wonders of the state in the days that followed. June and her husband, Carl, knew they would someday retire in New Mexico. So when June landed a job at the Albuquerque VA in 2005, they eagerly packed their bags and moved their home from Milwaukee to Rio Rancho. Says June, “it’s where I need to be to do what I do. It’s where my spirit needs to be.” She is charmed by the colors of the landscape and finds there to be an unexplainable “energy here.” Part of June’s rootedness in New Mexico derives from the fact that she can feel the presence of her grandmother here. “There’s something about being here,” says June. “It’s just innate.” In “retirement,” June and Carl work together for “Enchanted Beads by JM,” Carl building the jewelry displays and taking care of all promotional, photographic, and business needs, and June working feverishly to develop and execute designs.

It’s likely that June’s training in, and predilection for, landscape architecture and math—she originally dreamed of becoming a math teacher and admits to finding contentment working on geometry proofs for hours on end—contribute to her success in beading. She’s forever been drawn to organizing colors and patterns and, as a beadwork artist, seamlessly joins her inventive and systematic faculties. Her beadwork assumes a range of colors and forms, many of which are inspired by Native American patterns. From totally flat to multi-dimensional, abstract and geometric to figurative, June’s pieces are wearable fine art that stun by providing a multitude of harmonious colors and arrangements. And despite the advanced techniques she practices, June is completely self-taught. In her early days as a beader, though still focused on color and shape, she worked primarily on stringing. Over the years she began performing bead-weaving techniques like peyote stitching and other intricate, often three-dimensional methods.

Later this month, June will be the featured artist in Beadwork magazine. She will be showing at the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair on June 26-28, booth 65, at Expo NM. Her work also shines at the Santa Fe boutique Spirit of the Earth and can be found online in her Etsy shop, EnchantedBeadsbyJM. On Etsy, she offers kits that allow the buyer to partake in the creation of their jewelry by piecing together their own dazzling necklace and earring sets. Contact June by phone (990-9539) or by visiting her website (

Summer reading program at the Placitas Community Library

—Judy Gajkowski

The Adult Summer Reading Program is underway at the Placitas Community Library and everyone is invited to join in the fun. As usual, there are no discussion groups, meetings, written reviews, or lists of required reading. All you have to do to join is come into the Library, fill out a short registration form, and start reading. You can read—or listen—to any book you’d like, from your own collection or from any library or bookstore. Every time you finish a book, list it on your personalized log sheet located in a binder behind the Library Help Desk. Every time you finish five books you can put a “footprint” sticker on the maze poster behind the Help Desk. After every fifth book you read, you are eligible to enter a ticket in our drawing, which may win you a great prize. The first drawing will be every two weeks until the end of the Reading Program on August 1.

Prizes include New Mexico Culture Passes for museums and State Parks good for a year, Starbucks gift cards, restaurant certificates, and lots of other fun items. Come into the Library to register, find some great new books in the collection, and maybe win a great prize.

Corrales Art in the Park returns

“Art in the Park” is an outdoor, sumertime art fair held on Sundays in the shady La Entrada Park in the heart of Corrales. Outstanding juried art and fine crafts are featured. Dates for this year’s fairs are: June 7, August 2, September 6, and October 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Award-winning artists show a wide range of art and fine crafts, including paintings, photography, fiber art, fused and stained glass work, jewelry, ceramics, wood carving, printmaking, sculpture, silk painting, and woodwork. Roving accoustical musicians entertain visitors in the morning and amplified bands perform in the bandshell in the afternoon. On June 7, Red Light Ramblers will play from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Admission and parking is free. There will be food, drink, entertainment, and art activities for children. For more information, visit or call 369-1012.

Duende poets get ready for June reading. Gayle Lauradunn, Stewart Warren; guitarist Paul Trujillo

Second 2015 Duende Poetry Series reading

The second Duende Poetry Series reading of 2015 will take place on June 14, at 3:00 p.m., at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas, now in its eleventh year. The readers for this event include two Albuquerque poets: Gayle Lauradunn and Stewart Warren, who will be accompanied by guitarist Paul Trujillo.

Gayle Lauradunn, who has recently issued a new book of poetry, Reaching for Air, has been involved with poetry for a long time. She earned a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley, attended the University of Massachusetts, where she earned an Ed.D. and became a teacher. She has lived in New Mexico since 1998.

Albuquerque poet Stewart Warren is the author of twenty collections of poetry. His newest book is Morning Glow: Reflections, a poetic explanation of wisdom teachings in the hermetic tradition. Warren describes his writing as both personal and transpersonal with a mystic undercurrent. He also describes his poetic performances as creating an energized mind-space for soulful pilgrims through spoken-word recitations. Warren is the owner of Mercury Heartlink, a small press that publishes poetry books for local writers.

Guitarist Paul Trujillo will accompany Stewart Warren during his reading. Trujillo has played guitar since he was eight years old and has also accompanied a number of other poets in performance.

For all Duende Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available. The event is free, although donations are encouraged to pay the poets. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at 867-3062 or email to To reach the winery, take I-25 to Placitas exit 242, drive six miles to the old village of Placitas, then turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos, opposite the Presbyterian Church. After two stop signs, turn left into the winery parking lot.

Jane Ellen

An afternoon with Hildegard of Bingen

The Placitas Community Library will sponsor a lecture presentation by New Mexican composer Jane Ellen on June 27, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in the Colin Room at the Placitas Community Library. Participants will be invited to journey into the time period known as the Little Renaissance to meet one of its most fascinating residents: twelfth-century visionary Hildegard of Bingen. Mystic, letter writer, poet, illuminator, healer, herbalist, and composer, Hildegard brought new life to old arts in ways which remain mysterious even today. In this special ninety-minute talk, accompanied by music, Ms. Ellen will present a broad overview of Hildegard’s life, her visions, and most importantly, her music.

Jane Ellen pursued a liberal arts degree with double majors in music and religious studies, graduating from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1992, with honors. For the past twenty years she has been a popular speaker to Albuquerque area audiences, and is a resident instructor at both OASIS Albuquerque and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNM. A California native, Jane considers herself a citizen of the world and travels at every opportunity.

Lonely River Village wins Press Women’s prize

—Lin Robinson, Placitas Community Library

Congratulations to Placitas author Norma Libman, whose book Lonely River Village was the first prize winner in the category “Novels for Adult Readers” in New Mexico Press Women’s 2015 Communications Contest.  Libman has been a frequent lecturer at Placitas Community Library, most recently in January, when she discussed this novel.

c. Elizabeth Bogard

Checking Calls, painting, by Elizabeth Bogard

Painting life when life is art

The Placitas Community Library is pleased to present recent artwork by Elizabeth Bogard beginning on June 1. The public is invited to attend the free artist reception on June 12, from

5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Collin Room of the library.

The exhibition, titled Painting Life When Life Is Art, features abstract figurative works in acrylic, collage and mixed media on canvas and paper. While most of the pieces feature the human figure, several works are inspired by the Placitas landscape.

Of the artist’s work, Oli Robbins wrote in the July 2014 Signpost, “Elizabeth references the discipline of phenomenology, in which the components of subjective human experiences are studied. She presents such moments by reducing and simplifying the human figure, thereby emphasizing the elemental.”

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale applications ready

Applications for artists are now available for the 34th Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. On November 21 and 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Holiday Sale will feature more than eighty artists 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 online at If you need one mailed to you, call 867-2450. The deadline for all applications is July 24.

Outdoor concert at Jemez Historic Site

A series of free outdoor concerts at three of New Mexico’s eight historic sites will be presented this summer by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Music Commission. Featuring some of New Mexico’s best musicians playing both traditional and contemporary site-specific music, this family-friendly and free concert series will highlight archival renditions and traditional tunes. The concerts will be at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with noon-time docent-guided tours of the site for anyone wanting to learn more about the influence these places have on New Mexico history.

The closest concert will be held on June 27 at Jemez Historic Site, featuring Marlon Magdalena (traditional flute) at 11:00 a.m., a noon tour, and then Red Thunder Bear and the Thunder Rebels (contemporary flute/drums) at 1:00 p.m.

The site is rustic so audience members are encouraged to bring a chair, hat, sunscreen, and water. Picnics are encouraged, and food will also be available for purchase. For more information, the public may call 575-829-3530.

Seventeenth annual one-day Albuquerque Folk Festival rings in on June 6; free camping/jamming Friday, Saturday nights

—Rose Day, Albuquerque Folk Festival

This year’s Albuquerque Folk Festival will be on June 6 at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum grounds (two blocks south of Balloon Fiesta Park). There is free parking and on-site camping from June 5, after 4:00 p.m., through June 7 at noon.

The official one-day music festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There will be a variety of food from local vendors, beer from local breweries, and music and dance all day and evening. This is a participatory, family-friendly event, with national, regional, and local musicians and performers, an instrument petting zoo, an Explora! hands on exhibit, and workshops for children and adults. There will be performances, dances, workshops, music jams, crafts, and food.

General admission is twenty dollars at the gate. Advance purchase, seniors 65+, military spouse, and college students with ID can get in for $15. Evening-only shows, dancing (after 5:30 p.m.) is $15 dollars, or five dollars for children 12 to 18. Children under 12, active and retired military with ID are free with an advanced purchase ticket. To purchase tickets or to learn more, go

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