calls for entries
The Placitas Artists Series, Visual Arts Division, is calling for
artists to exhibit their works for the 2008-2009 season. Four artists,
ages eighteen and over, are selected by jury for each month, September
through May 2008-2009. The works must be original, not from kits
or copied. All types of fine art media will be considered. Each
month, there will be three artists whose work hangs on the walls
of the gallery and the fourth artist will be one whose work is free-standing
or sits on a table, e.g., sculpture, weavings, jewelry, pottery,
etc. The application process closes May 1, 2008. Notification will
be by July 15, 2008. For a prospectus, send SASE to: Dianna Shomaker,
161 Camino Barranca, Placitas, NM 87043 or visit : www.placitasarts.org.
The Creative Spirits of Placitas get their creative
juices flowing around a kitchen table. (left to right) Joanne Ruhl,
Ann Pollard, Lisa Bear Goldman, Sonya Coppo, Linda Tindall
Acrylic painting, by Ann Pollard
Gourd bowl, by Sonya Coppo
Terra cotta bust of African American girl modeling
original jewelry rendered from silver clay process, by Joanne Ruhl
Book jacket of Amadito and Spider Woman, written
by Lisa Bear Goldman
Spirit of the Dance, mixed media, by Linda Tindall
Signpost featured artist of the month:
CREATIVE SPIRITS OF PLACITAS
Joyful feelings give creativity wings
Every two weeks, five ladies in Placitas gather around a kitchen
table to drink coffee, sample goodies provided by the hostess, and
talk about their passion: creativity. The women, who all didn’t
know each other before forming Creative Spirits of Placitas two
years ago, have formed deep friendships as they cultivate in each
other the courage to create. Meetings are spent talking about what
has happened in the last two weeks and what each one intends to
accomplish in the next two weeks. Obstacles are shared, and information
and advice dispensed.
Each person goes away from each meeting with renewed determination
to let creativity flow into her own art form. Of the women, one
is a writer, three are artists, and the last is a writer-turned-artist.
Ann Pollard—a little lady from Texas with a big heart for
color—paints in acrylics, working in either abstract or impressionist
style. Her canvases are splashed with bold colors, patterns, and
textures. “The colors, iridescent effects, and textures, working
to achieve harmony, express what flows from within,” she says.
Her paintings feel vibrant and at the same time have a tranquil,
soothing effect on the viewer.
Ann’s personality is much the same way. At the biweekly meetings,
she offers warm friendship, soothing the soul of the poor artist
who is in a “dry” spot creatively.
Another member of the group is gourd artist Sonya Coppo. She is
also an interior designer of thirty years and a bit of a philosopher.
“I have always been interested in indigenous cultures and
how their spiritual beliefs impact their lives,” she explains.
Her gourds have tender spiritual overtones. The colors are soft
and inviting; the subjects are often those dealing with the symbolism
of healing and well-being. To own one of her works of art is to
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world,”
Sonya often quotes Gandhi at meetings. Also, Adriana Diaz: “Creativity
is our species’ natural response to the challenges of human
experience.” Sonya is creative and open to change. In her
art, she doesn’t think about what is popular or trendy, but
instead turns to her inner self and does what she feels most passionate
Adding to the group is Joanne Ruhl—a teacher at Bernalillo
Middle School. She has always enjoyed dabbling in various art forms,
but her favorite is sculpting in clay. Recently, she has expanded
that interest to creating silver jewelry using precious metal clay.
Everything about Joanne is neat, tidy, and orderly. Her art reflects
this, as do her contributions to the group. “Art’s uniqueness
lies in its reflection of the artist’s thoughts and feelings.
Only quality lies in the artist’s abilities,” Ruhl offers.
The fourth member to mention here is Lisa Bear Goldman, who is
a counselor and writer with two artistic goals. The first is to
assist her father, Herb Goldman, who started his sculpting career
in New Mexico after WWII. He was “the sculptor” during
Albuquerque’s exciting artistic periods of the 1940s and ‘50s
and has completed a large number of commissioned works locally,
after acquiring his degree from the University of New Mexico.
Her second goal is to write and promote her own works. Lisa’s
published children’s book, Amadito and Spider Woman, was a
finalist for the Nautilus Book Award and is illustrated by the well-known
Southwestern artist, Amado Peña. In the story, a young boy,
who is made fun of by a classmate, is unsure how to deal with his
feelings. After walking in the desert with his grandmother and listening
to her parables, he learns how to keep his heart open and not be
afraid of his feelings.
The final member is writer-turned-artist, myself, Linda Tindall.
My work reflects my love of the Southwest and its culture, and often
includes tribal masks and headdresses made from gourds and other
materials. When I make a mask inspired by powwow dancers, I hear
their drums and songs in my head the whole time. When I make the
primitive style, I feel like the design comes from some distant
I also work in watercolor and am exploring concrete sculpture.
I try a bit of everything and am inspired by actor, artist, and
jeweler Michael Horse. I hope that my enthusiasm for new things
will help everyone in the group look at their work with fresh eyes.
The Creative Spirits of Placitas group has learned that creativity
is a fragile thing. Negative emotions like fear, anger, or worry
can stop its flow. But joyful feelings give creativity wings and
so the primary purpose of the Creative Spirits of Placitas is to
deal with negative emotions and encourage joy in everything we do.
ARTIST CONTACT INFORMATION:
• Sonya Coppo’s art can be seen at Rockin’ R
Gallery in Placitas, Old Town Shoppes in Bernalillo, the Placitas
Studio Tour in May, and the Placitas Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday
Sale in November.
• Lisa Bear Goldman’s book is available in local bookstores
and at www.lisabeargoldman.com.
Her father Herb Goldman’s art is available at Art is OK Gallery
in Albuquerque, Rockin’ R Gallery in Placitas, the Placitas
Studio Tour in May, and at www.herbgoldman.com.
• Ann Pollard’s art is available at Houshang’s
Gallery in Santa Fe, Windchime Champagne Gallery in Albuquerque,
and at www.annpollard.com.
• Joanne Ruhl’s art is available at her home studio
by appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Linda Tindall’s art is available at the Placitas
Studio Tour in May, the Placitas Fine Arts and Crafts Holiday Sale
in November, and at http://web.mac.com/
Duende Series welcomes “Ortiz Trio” of writers
—GARY L. BROWER
The Duende Poetry Series of Placitas, which presents quarterly
readings at the Anasazi Fields Winery, will offer the second program
of this fourth year of the series on March 16 at 3:00 p.m. Headlining
this event will be Acoma poet Simon Ortiz, one of the nation’s
most acclaimed poets and most honored Native American writers. He
will be joined by two daughters, who are now making their way in
the world of letters, Sara Marie Ortiz and Rainy Dawn Ortiz. This
will be the first time the “Ortiz trio” has ever read
together. The reading, as with all of the Duende Series events this
year, has been made possible by a Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation
Simon Ortiz is one of the key figures in what has been called the
second wave of the Native American Renaissance, a writer whose works
are known worldwide. Ortiz grew up in McCartys speaking only Keres,
attended boarding schools and Grants High School, worked as a laborer
in a New Mexico uranium plant, and attended Fort Lewis College on
a BIA grant. Later, he also attended UNM and the highly-acclaimed
University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He also has been a First
Lieutenant Governor of Acoma Pueblo.
Among his many works, which include prose as well as poetry, are:
Naked in the Wind; A Good Journey; The People Shall Continue;
Fight Back: For the Sake of the People, For the Sake of the Land;
From Sand Creek: Rising in this Heart which is our America; “Toward
a National Indian Literature;” Woven Stone; After and Before
the Lightning; and “What we see: A perspective on
Chaco Canyon and Pueblo Ancestry.” These works were published
beginning in 1971 and continue to this day.
Ortiz has taught at UNM, San Diego State, Navajo Community College,
Sinte Gleska Tribal University, College of Marin, Institute of American
Indian Arts in Santa Fe, University of Toronto, Yale University,
and currently at Arizona State University. He has received awards
from the New Mexico Humanities Council, National Endowment for the
Arts, Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Foundation, Returning the
Gift Festival of Native Writers, and was an Honored Poet at the
1981 White House Salute to Poetry. He has also won a Pushcart Prize.
Sara Ortiz, raised in Albuquerque and a current Santa Fe resident,
is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, working
on an MFA at UNM and Antioch University. Writing in both prose and
poetry, she won the Truman Capote Award Fellowship, an American
Indian Graduate Center fellowship and an award in creative non-fiction
from the Southwest Writers Workshop. Her work has been published
in Letters from Young Activists; THE Magazine (SF);
Relations: Indigenous Dialogue; Scrimshaw: Neo Modern Literature
from IAIA; and Sovereign Bones: New Native American Writing.
She is also interested in social issues and film as they relate
to Native America.
Rainy Ortiz, the proud mother of five children, is of Acoma/Muskogee
background, has also studied creative writing at UNM, and resides
The Duende Poetry Series’ third program will be held on June
15 and will feature poet Keith Wilson of Las Cruces, one of New
Mexico’s most important poets, often called the state’s
unofficial Poet Laureate. This will be a tribute reading, and many
well-known poets from all over the state will converge on Placitas
to honor Wilson.
For all of our readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks
are available to audiences. The event is free, though we encourage
donations to help the poets. For more information about the March
16 event or other readings in the series, contact Jim Fish at the
winery (867-3062) or online at email@example.com,
or Cirrelda Snider-Bryan (897-0285) or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also visit the winery website at www.anasazifieldswinery.com.
To get to the winery, turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos from Highway
165 across from the Presbyterian Church and follow the road to the
winery. For those outside Placitas, take I-25 to Placitas exit 242,
drive six miles to the village, turn left at the sign just before
the Presbyterian Church, and follow Camino de los Pueblitos through
two stop signs to the winery entrance.
The Spirit of Love
Everything is advanced learning of the spirit of love
where giving out is a necessity,
taking in is a wish for a wish come true.
Have you ever felt unloved?
Then welcome to the spirit of love first semester course,
hard knocks university, or is it mid school?
—Larry Goodell, 2007
Photograph, by Dry Heat Photography
“Soul Portraiture”—Call to artists
Art Gallery 66 is proud to host a series of fine art photography
exhibitions to uplift the spirit and enrich the community. Collectively
titled “Soul Portraiture,” each show will explore the
energy that creates and defines life through a variety of subject
matter. A percentage of the proceeds from each of the four shows
will be donated to a local charity.
During the first exhibition, “Spirit Blooms,” professional
and amateur photographers alike are invited to create an image that
illustrates the living energy that bursts forth from the bloom.
Let your intuition guide you and show us that flowers are alive!
Works selected by the jurors will demonstrate excellent composition,
technical skill, and above all, will convey the soul of the flower.
Spirit Blooms will open on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. and will be billed as a both a Mother’s Day shopping
opportunity, as well as an event to attend with Mom on the special
day. Art Gallery 66 will also host a special artist’s reception
on Friday, April 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A percentage of the proceeds from “Spirit Blooms” will
be donated to the Barrett Foundation. Barrett Foundation is an independent,
nonprofit organization in Albuquerque, helping homeless women and
children build better lives. In addition to food, clothing, and
shelter, Barrett Foundation provides case management, critical skills
training, and the support needed to plan and establish a more stable
future for women and their children.
For more information about submitting artwork, visit www.artgallery66.net
or call (505) 730-8576. Deadline for submission is March 25, 2008.
The Placitas Artists Series presents Willy and Friends with
the Matisse Piano Trio
The Placitas Artists Series is proud to present a Willy and Friends
concert on Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will feature
Willy Sucre on viola and the Matisse Piano Trio—Katie Wolfe
on violin, Anthony Arnone on cello, and Ksenia Nosikova on piano.
The concert will be sponsored by the Tom Ashe and Steve Gudelj
Willy is a violist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra who has
been bringing “his friends”—outstanding musicians—to
Placitas for years. The Matisse Piano Trio was formed in 2004 by
pianist Ksenia Nosikova, violinist Katie Wolfe, and cellist Anthony
Arnone, faculty members at the University of Iowa. Their passion
for chamber music has brought these three internationally acclaimed
soloists together to explore the rich and varied repertoire of the
piano trio. While maintaining active solo and teaching careers,
the Matisse Trio has performed around the country in New Mexico,
Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, and Hawaii.
As they are also dedicated educators, the trio regularly gives clinics
and master classes to college and high school students.
The program should include the world premiere of Quartet No. 1
for Piano and Strings by Placitas’s own John Bullock, Piano
Trio in G Major “Gypsy Rondo,” by Franz Joseph Haydn,
and Piano Quartet in G Minor by Johannes Brahms.
Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for March exhibiting
artists Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, Vangie Dunmire, Anna
Goodridge, and Ted Hogsett. The concert will take place at 3:00
p.m. on March 9 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists’
reception begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be available
at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in
advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping
Center in Placitas or online at: PlacitasArts.org.
Prices are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division
of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment
for the Arts. The facility is completely accessible, and free childcare
is provided for families with children under six. Las Placitas Presbyterian
Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). For
more information, call 867-8080.
Spring Equinox concert and celebration in Placitas on St.
A musical celebration of the Spring Equinox will be held at Las
Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC) on St Patrick’s Day, Monday,
March 17 at 7:00 p.m. The band Fonn Sona (“Happy Melody”
in Gaelic) will perform Irish and Scottish instrumentals and songs
that celebrate the Earth, the Spring, and the return of light. The
evening will include a few choice St. Patrick’s Day favorite
Fonn Sona, a quintet of Albuquerque and Placitas players, features
singers, guitar, banjo, bodhran (Irish hand drum), flute, and fiddle.
They play regularly at such venues as O’Niell’s Irish
Pub and Two Fools Pub in Albuquerque, as well as at Celtic festivals,
schools, local TV, and at many ceilis (celebrations). One reviewer
cites the band as “...spirited and lively, with top-notch
singing and playing. They make a vivid contribution to the surprising
and burgeoning Celtic music scene here in New Mexico.”
After the concert/sing-along, refreshments will be served in the
Church’s fellowship hall, along with a chance to meet and
chat with the singers and musicians.
The Spring Equinox celebration is a regular joint offering of The
Earth Care Fellowship of LPPC and The Partnership for Earth Spirituality
of Albuquerque as part of the Earth Vespers series.
The event is free to the public, donations optional. All are invited.
If you have questions about this year’s event, please contact
John Green at 867-0240, or email email@example.com.