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Placitas hosts spring open-studio tour

The Guardian by Lisa Chernoff   The Guardian by Lisa Chernoff

The village of Placitas will open its doors for the sixth annual Studio Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Over forty Placitas artists working in a variety of media will showcase their art in highly unusual studios, which include hand-built cabins, converted garages, a transformed greenhouse, a former post office, and magical free-form structures high on the mesa. Some artists will give demonstrations, many will offer refreshments, and all will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic life of a community inspired by the Sandia Mountains, the New Mexico sunsets, and one another.

Long a haven for artists and artisans, the village of Placitas will offer tour visitors a fascinating look at distinctive studios where works of pottery, abstract and representational painting, glass sculpture, jewelry, clothing, mosaics, Japanese batik, photography, woodworking, weaving, forged steel, carved stone, painted drums, fireplace screens, and gourd art are created.

All the work reflects the natural environment, the local wildlife, and the care of its creators; and many pieces are for sale. Unique gift items from earrings and scarves to drums and walking sticks will also be available.

Official tour maps and picture guides will be handed out at the Homestead Village gazebo; and signs throughout the area will guide visitors to the various studios.

Sturdy shoes and plenty of time are highly recommended—the views and landscapes surrounding the studios are works of art too. The sculpture-lined stone path off Tunnel Springs Road is an adventure in artistic discovery; exotic birds and koi ponds at a Ranchos studio offer an artful oasis; and the drives out to Sundance Mesa and Gringo Gulch are an artistic excursion!

Fifteen of the artists participating in the tour have their work exhibited at, a Web site designed by Signpost Webmaster Gary Priester offering Placitas artists a free showcase for their work.

The Placitas Studio Tour offers a wide selection of art for sale, a wonderful opportunity to get to know a beautiful place, and an enjoyable family adventure. And it’s free. Bring Mom—the tour is a perfect Mother’s Day outing!


In the Gallery by Rudi Klimpert

PAS presents season finale
—Willy Sucre and Friends plays Piano Quintets

Gary Libman
Board member
Placitas Artists Series

The Placitas Artists Series have an exciting concert planned for the last concert of the 2002–2003 season. On Sunday, May 18, at 3:00 p.m., Willy Sucre and Friends, will perform the Zarebski Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 34 (the New Mexico Premiere) and the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57. Willy Sucre will be playing viola and will be joined by his friends Krzysztof Zimowski, violin; Valerie Turner, violin; Sylvia Wang, piano; and Joan Zucker, cello.

Willy 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 is also well known to Placitas Artists Series patrons. He has performed a number of times over the years in the PAS Series. Currently Zimowski is concertmaster of the NMSO and of the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, where he is a featured soloist. Every summer he performs with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago’s famous Lakefront Music Festival. Valerie Turner has had an extensive career performing with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. She has played with the American Symphony, the Manhattan Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Opera, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and others groups. Joan Zucker has also performed several times in the Placitas Artists Series. She is the NMSO’s principal cellist and has performed and soloed in many of New Mexico’s finest ensembles, from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Opera to Twentieth Century Unlimited. Silvia Wang is an associate professor and coordinator of the piano program at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Samaris Piano Trio and has recorded piano trios as well as music for oboe and piano and other ensemble music.

The concert will be held as always at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). There will be an artists’ reception at the church before the concert. This month’s featured artists are Claudia Moraga, Mary Beth Goforth, Eleanor Modrick, and Bob and Emily Sharp.

Claudia Moraga says that in addition to still-life and figurative work, she gets much of her inspiration from the wonderful natural environment in Placitas, which has prompted her “Vanishing Vistas” series. She wants to capture the natural landscape of our surroundings on canvas before there are only houses dominating the horizon. The favorite subject of Mary Beth Goforth is wildlife. She depicts animals, especially equines, in a realist and impressionistic style. Recently she has been working with pastels on velour paper, which she believes brings out the beauty of the pastels. Eleanor Modrick says she’s a passionate plein-air landscape painter, utilizing oil on canvas. She finds New Mexico landscapes—the glorious space, variety, and colors of the Southwest—fascinating. For a number of years Bob and Emily Sharp have created one-of-a-kind footstools. Their creativity has now expanded to basketry. They use the coil method, each of them expressing enjoyment in building containers that are not necessarily utilitarian. Please view samples of the artists’ work on the Placitas Artists Series Web page,

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concerts or can be purchased ahead of time at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas (867-3333). Tickets can also be purchased on-line. The prices for this concert are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For additional information and ticket brochures, call 867-8080 or visit our Website.

This concert and the art exhibit are made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. There is handicapped access and free child care for children under six.


Guest curator presents “Party of Six”

On May 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery presents the reception for “Party of Six,” a special art show curated by Dr. John Condon, a cross-cultural communication specialist. Condon teaches at the University of New Mexico, and is the author of several books, including Good Neighbors: Communicating With the Mexicans and With Respect to the Japanese. The show will feature the works of six artists:

  • Miguel Gandert—Indo-Hispano photographs
  • Roger Harmon—recent photographs from Southeast Asia
  • Christina Kennedy—photographs of the daily life of kids: a mother's view
  • Krista Kozel—mixed media, acrylic, ink, and found objects
  • Doris Fields—ink drawings
  • John Condon—chigiri-e and collage

The show will run from May 17 to June 22. Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery is at 1019 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For further information, call 771-0590 or visit


COA concert features American composers,
Native American flute

On May 9 the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque will feature James Pellerite on Native American flute in “Salute to American Composers,” with music by Scott Joplin, Randall Snyder, Michael Mauldin, and Deems Taylor. On May 30, the Chamber Orchestra will present its final concert of the season, featuring pianist Sandra Rivers and the music of Dvôräk, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky.

The concerts will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE, at 7:30 p.m. There is handicapped access and plenty of free parking. Tickets are $35, $30, $26, and $20 (discounts for seniors sixty-two years old and over and students). A free talk by Conductor Oberg will precede each concert 6:45 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 881-0844 or e-mail


BHS festival of the arts

The Bernalillo Public School District invites the public to a music, drama, and art festival by all the schools in the district on May 9, 2:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Bernalillo High School. “A Taste of the Arts” is to be a celebration of the talent demonstrated by students and community artists.

The festival will include the Spartan Choir, BHS Mariachi Group, Children’s Opera, Student Visual Art K-12, Professional Community Artists, “Open Mind” Creating Writing, BHS Jazz Band, Ballet Folklorico (BHS group), “Estrellita de Oro” (Mr. Zamora’s class), an arts and crafts sale (students and parents), food by drama groups, and a jewelry and pottery sale. There is no fee for booth rental or admission. For more information, call Michael Coleman, at 867-2388 or 350-4063 or


Art for Santo Domingo mid-schoolers

In February Santo Domingo Middle School art classes enjoyed the instruction and direction of Joe Dowell, a nationally recognized wildlife artist. Dowell currently resides in Placitas but travels to art shows across the nation. He brought in personal paintings and models for the students to observe. He also modeled how to begin a painting and the steps needed for a completed project.

Toni Truesdale, the school art teacher, is looking for art instructors, art organizations, and grant proposals for funds to support her students and their art projects. After a project is completed, Truesdale helps students display and sell their works in local shows.


Corrales art and studio tour

Thirty-five artists or more will be opening their studios and galleries in the pastoral village of Corrales on May 3 and 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The tour is free and self-guided. Maps for the tour will be available in Corrales galleries, businesses, and artists’ studios (eight new studios are being added to the tour this year). Paintings, sculpture, prints, furniture, ceramics, photography, and work in tiles and fiber will be for sale. The work of many more artists will be on display in the village galleries.

During the week preceding the tour, work from Chairs and Tables of Corrales will be on display on the portal of the Mercado de Maya, at the center of the village, 4685 Corrales Road.

Bids may be placed for the silent auction all week, up until 3:00 p.m. on May 4, when winners may pick up their purchases at the Corrales Bosque Gallery.

After five years of open studios, the artists of Corrales are being honored by the New Mexico Women in the Arts and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Twenty-nine artists have been invited to open their studios for a tour in conjunction with other activities planned around an exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum. The show, “Originals: Traces of the Journey,” will run through July 20, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the museum.


Actress MacLaine to chair NM film advisory board

Film actress and New Mexico resident Shirley MacLaine, Academy Award-winner in 1984 for Terms of Endearment and twelve-time Golden Globe Award-winner, will serve as the chairwoman of the newly created New Mexico Film Advisory Board. The board’s challenge is to assist in the promotion of New Mexico as an attractive location for film production.

MacLaine stated, “Too often New Mexico is thought of solely for ‘Western style’ location shoots. Our goal is to expand our capabilities to handle everything from preproduction through post production. I appreciate this appointment and I am honored to serve in the great humanitarian spirit of Governor Bill Richardson. Ultimately we want to stop runaway production—meaning we want to intercept it after it leaves Hollywood but before it leaves the country.”

Governor Richardson said, “When it comes to the movies, and show business in general, Shirley MacLaine is truly one of New Mexico’s most valuable assets. Her familiarity with the world of film and television, as well as her contacts within the industry, will help us compete effectively with other states and countries.”


NM Arts and Crafts Fair

Jurors have selected the following Placitas-area artists to participate in the 2003 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair: Andi Callahan, glass and jewelry; Nancy and Jon Couch, mixed media; Karl Hofmann, ceramics and pastels; Michael McCullough, watermedia; Judy McCullough, mixed media.

This year’s fair will be held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds on June 27, 28, and 29. A preview-night celebration will be held on June 26. To purchase tickets for the preview night call 884-9043.

For more information about the Fair, or to volunteer, search their web site:


Pearlman presents Jung at Heart

On Saturday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m., Bill Pearlman will present Jung at Heart at Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery in Bernalillo. This one-man show is based on the life and work of C.G. Jung—imagining Dr. Jung as a radio talk-show host answering questions from all over the world. Subjects include alchemy, the collective unconscious, dreams, Freud, the danger of the human psyche in matters of war and peace, and thoughts about old age and the afterlife. It is a lively event, and even those not familiar with Jung will find interesting ideas in it. After the performance, there will be a discussion for those interested. Admission is $5. Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery is at 1019 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. Parking is available across the street.

Pearlman stated in a recent interview that “the development of Jung at Heart came out of wanting to actually bring Jung to life onstage. I first did a version of it at a national drama-therapy conference in Santa Monica. But having both studied and read Jung for several years, including creating a form of drama therapy I call Aachetypal drama, it was a natural development. This Jung piece is really a kind of attempt to pay homage to Jung's particular personality, and at the same time to allow some of his thinking to reflect his ongoing relevance to our ongoing lives. For example, Jung was always saying that 'the psyche is the great danger' and I think we are living through that again. Jung lived through the Cold War and was very aware of the potential disasters that could befall the world if a psychic disturbance leads to world war.

“And Jung was aware of the need for self-examination, and of becoming aware of the unconscious forces that become powerful in an individual and a society. He was also very hopeful about the power of what he called archetypal experience to create a profound change in human lives. Jung was an explorer, and a grand therapist, and what I've tried to do with this piece is bring him back to life, make him accessible to modern audiences, in the form of a radio event with callers inquiring about a whole range of topics.”

Pearlman is a professional actor and a published poet. He has written on Jungian psychology in his Characters of the Sacred: The World of Archetypal Drama. His Institute for Archetypal Drama sponsors workshops in the western United States, Mexico, and Brazil. Pearlman lives in Placitas and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Inquiries about workshops in archetypal drama may be sent to




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