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Placitas Studio Tour showcases artists’ studios

The sixth annual Placitas Studio Tour to be held Mother’s Day weekend promises to be another exciting event showcasing some of the area’s finest artists and craftspeople. Nestled in the northern foothills of the Sandias, Placitas has long been known as a home to many artists and artisans. Artists working in a variety of media will showcase their work in an open studio format allowing the public to meet the artists and purchase work as they get a behind-the-scenes look at the studios and workshops where pottery, paintings, prints, mosaics, jewelry, fused glass, sculpture, woodwork, batik, forged steel, water prisms, and more are created.

Numerous studios will be offering refreshments and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Visitors are invited to browse through the artists’ binders at the Homestead Village Shopping gazebo to get a photographic preview of what may be found at each tour site. Tour maps and signs are located throughout the area to help visitors navigate the tour easily.

Jemez Springs Art in the Park in May

On May 25, 26 and 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in the heart of Jemez Springs, the Jemez Valley business association B.R.I.C.S. (Building Resources, Infrastructure, and Community Services), a nonprofit organization in Jemez Springs, and New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Office of Cultural Affairs, will sponsor the Jemez Springs Art in the Park event. Live music and entertainment will be scheduled all weekend long. There will be a game and activity area just for children and B.R.I.C.S. is dedicated to making the 2002 Art in the Park the best ever.

A twenty-by-forty-foot stage with sound system will be the setting for entertainment every hour on the hour, in forty-five-minute sets.There will be a variety of live music on Saturday, and Native American musicians and artists will perform on Sunday.

Musicians, performance artists, or visitors who would like information or an application should E-mail or call Mary Beth Woodall at 661-4816.


Maiz performs poetry at Milagro

Last month Adam Kittrel, known to Signpost readers as “The Woodsmythe,” invited about seventy of his closest friends to an evening of the poetry and storytelling of B. F. Maiz from Cleveland, Ohio. The John Lewis Jazz Quartet, local favorites, opened the show at the Milagro Pub and Grill.

To B. F. Maiz, poetry is more than art, it is a sophisticated form of self-expression. “[Poetry is] the only art that places the eloquent fabric of language on fact and feel simultaneously in honor and praise of beauty and truth,” Maiz said.

Maiz modulates his voice like a musical instrument. His words were sometimes lost in the din of a Milagro Friday night, as he spoke of laughter, tragedy, joy, and tribulation, but his voice was a pleasure to hear.

3-day benefit in memory of Nina Bean

Nina Bean, an inspirational member of greater Albuquerque’s art community, passed away in February 2000 after a long struggle with cancer. She is remembered with much fondness and great respect for her vitality and enthusiasm, for her support of fellow and fledgling artists, and for her leadership and innovation in the arts community.

Nina’s many friends and colleagues announce the third annual art sale-auction and exhibition, which will benefit the Nina Bean Memorial Fund for pre-hospice care and provide support for people with terminal illnesses. The three-day event will be held at the New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts Gallery with a gala preview on May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with wine tasting, canapés, and flamenco music courtesy of Frank McCulloch and friends. Approximately one hundred artists are expected to contribute their works.

The event continues on May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and May 5 from noon to 5:00 p.m. The May 5 event will feature a silent auction beginning at 1:00 p.m. There will be an exhibition of works by the respected Jane Mahry.

Fourth Annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour

Corrales artists will open their studios to the public on May 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the fourth Annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour. About thirty destinations are clearly mapped for this free tour, which includes sculpture, painting, print-making, photography, fiber works, furniture, and ceramics.

An additional attraction is the silent auction of “chairs and tables of Corrales” during the tour and the week preceding on the portal of the Mercado de Maya in the heart of Corrales at 4685 Corrales Road. Furniture of great imagination—from elegance to pure whimsy—will be on display for the entire week .

The tour headquarters at Corrales Bosque Gallery, as well as other galleries and sponsoring restaurants in Corrales, will provide free maps with information about the artists, descriptions of their work, and locations of studios for the self-guided tour. This year’s tour director is Pauline Eaton, a painter and teacher. Sponsors of the tour include the Corrales Chamber of Commerce, the gourmet restaurants of the village, and other art-oriented businesses.

Special concert closes Placitas Artists Series season

—Gary Libman

On Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m., the Placitas Artists Series is very excited to present the world premier of three quartets written by New Mexicans. The Placitas Artists Series, with the help of generous contributions of many of its patrons, commissioned the Michael Mauldin piece “A’ts’ina: Place of Writings on the Rock” especially for this concert. Additionally, the concert will feature String Quartet in G minor Opus 19, by Dr. Carl E. Baum, and String Quartet in E Minor,” by John T. Bullock. The performers will be violist Willy Sucre, violinist Krzysztof Zimowski, violinist Joan Wang, and cellist Joan Zucker.

Willy Sucre is well known to Placitas Artists Series concertgoers. He has served as conductor and music director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Canada Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Krzysztof Zimowski is concertmaster of the NMSO and the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. Joan Zucker is NMSO’s principal cellist and has performed as soloist and recitalist with many of New Mexico’s finest ensembles and orchestras. Joan Wang is a violinist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and also plays frequently with the Santa Fe Opera.

Michael Mauldin, who moved to New Mexico in 1971, was named Composer of the Year in 1980 by the Music Teachers National Association for his winning work “Voices From Chaco.” The composition “A’ts’ina: Place of Writings on the Rock” was specially commissioned by the Placitas Artists Series for this concert. A’ts’ina is an ancient, sacred Zuni city atop El Morro in west central New Mexico. Mauldin has been drawn by how the petroglyphs communicate the mundane and the spiritual. This new composition comes from his imagining of life there in the 1200s and from its current spiritual power.

Dr. Carl E. Baum, born in New York, became a choir director in Albuquerque, first at the Kirtland Air Force Base Catholic Chapel and later at various parishes in the city. He has written sacred compositions, and more recently composed work for piano and various instrumental combinations. Willy and Friends will be performing his String Quartet in G minor, Opus 19.

John Thomas Bullock of Placitas was born in Brooklyn and was raised among musicians, which gave him his love of music. He has composed a sonata for clarinet and piano, a quartet for saxophones, and a symphony for chamber orchestra. Bullock is currently working to produce a set of Spanish language popular songs with classical quality. He is also composing and arranging music for the vocal group Música Romantica and has plans for a zarzuela, a Spanish opera form. His String Quartet in E Minor, although containing many modern components, uses the sonata form used by composers in the classical period.

The concert will be held in Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). There will be a pre-concert artists’ reception at the church at 1:30 p.m. This month’s featured artists are Lynne Arendall, Helen Bency, Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, and Bob and Emily Sharp. You can view samples of the artists’ work on the Placitas Artists Series Web page at

Lynne Arendall has explored every medium except printmaking. She says that painting allows her to experience texture, color, and images at a much slower and controlled pace. Helen Bency has studied with several weavers in the Española Valley and at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. She mainly weaves contemporary horizontal geometric rugs (bed-size and wall hangings). Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, has explored many different dye and resist processes. For the past year, she has been learning the ancient Japanese technique of rozome, an intricate and slow process of layering acid dyes and wax on silk. For a number of years, Bob and Emily Sharp have created one-of-a-kind footstools. Their creativity has now extended to basketry as well.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concerts. Tickets can also be purchased on line. The price for this concert is $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For additional information and ticket brochures, call 867-8080 or visit the Web site.

This is indeed a special event to end the 2001-2002 Placitas Artists Series season of concerts and art exhibits in the beautiful and acoustically superb Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

Concerts are partially funded by a grant from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs. There is handicapped access and free childcare for children under