Corrales Society of Artists
“Art in the Park” events return
Art in the Park, a series of fine
arts and crafts shows sponsored by the Corrales Society of Artists
and the Kiwanis Club of Corrales, today announced their schedule
for 2007. Show dates will be the third Sunday of every month, beginning
in May and continuing through October. Dates are: May 20, June 17,
July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21.
This third season of shows will
feature local painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, and metalworkers,
as well as some of New Mexico’s finest crafts artisans. Hours
will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at La Entrada Park (northwest corner
of Corrales and La Entrada Roads). Parking and admission to the
shows are free. Events will include live music, food, art demonstrations,
and free youth art workshops in this cool and shady country location.
The Corrales Society of Artists
is a coalition of local artists dedicated to exhibiting the talented
and skilled artists living in the Corrales area, as well as raising
awareness of the arts and arts education. They boast over fifty
members working in various media, ranging from painting to colored
pencil, photography to fabric art, and are fast building a reputation
as one of the premier art associations in New Mexico. For more information,
please visit their website at www.corralesartists.org.
Adventure Dog Bowl, painted art dishware, by Michelle
Accordion Cat Platter, painted art dishware, by
Canine Conga, by Marjie Bassler
Bride of Honkyfest comes to Bernalillo
Michelle Cook and Marjie Bassler, two Albuquerque artists poised
on the brink of hysteria, plunge into the abyss with Bride of Honkyfest,
the sequel to last year’s highly-entertaining Honkyfest art
Cats and dogs provide endless inspiration for Cook and Bassler’s
fun and lively functional ceramics, prints, and paintings, with
horses and other animals appearing for good measure. Add lots of
bright colors and you have humorous artwork at its finest to bring
cheer to your environment. And it has no greenhouse gas emissions!
Michelle and Marjie’s work has the Companion Animal Seal of
Approval. Dogs smile and even the most critical cats nod with appreciation.
It’s a must-see exhibit for people who love animals and love
Bride of Honkyfest opens Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. at Art Gallery 66, located at 373 North Camino del Pueblo (North
313). The exhibit runs through May 31. For more information, call
Backstage at the bank
Everyone has a “backstage,” and for the five bank
tellers in Mark Dunn’s new comedy, it is the break room where
they can prepare for the day, relax for a few minutes, and gossip
about their jobs and husbands. We get to eavesdrop on their joys
and sorrows over a period of eight days in “Five Tellers Dancing
in the Rain,” the next production at the Adobe Theater. It
makes a fascinating evening. Albuquerque playwright Dunn is a favorite
of community theaters, and his other works done at the Adobe are
“Belles” and the entertaining “Judge and Jury.”
If you wonder about the title, “Five Tellers Dancing in the
Rain,” you will just have to come to see this slice of Mississippi
life, opening on June 1.
“Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain” by Mark Dunn will
play at the Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street NW, from June 1-24
with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays
at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, seniors and students $10. For information
or reservations, call 898-9222.
Call for artists
Downtown Action Team’s GO! Art Festival is looking for artists
to participate in our outdoor art festival. GO! to www.DowntownABQ.com
to download a prospectus for more information. If you have any questions,
email at goartists@DowntownABQ.com
or call our Artist Recruitment Manager at (505) 261-0075. We are
also looking for entertainers, sponsors, and volunteers. GO! 2007
is scheduled for September 28, 29, and 30. For more information,
call the Downtown Action Team at (505) 243-2230.
Call for artist entries for the Placitas Artists
Series visual art shows
The Placitas Artists Series, Visual Arts Division, is calling
for artists to exhibit their work for the 2007-08 season. Four artists,
ages eighteen and over, are selected by jury for each month, from
September 2007 through May 2008. The works must be original, not
from kits or copied. All media are acceptable. Each month there
will be three artists whose work hangs on the walls of the gallery,
and a fourth artist, whose work is free-standing or sits on a table
(e.g., sculpture, weavings, jewelry, pottery, etc.).
The application deadline has been extended to May 15.
Notification will be by July 15. For a prospectus, send a SASE
to Dianna Shomaker, 161 Camino Barranca, Placitas, NM 87043 or visit
online at www.Placitasarts.org.
String quartet closes Placitas Artists Series twentieth anniversary
—JACKIE ERICKSEN, BOARD MEMBER, PLACITAS ARTIST
On Sunday, May 20, Willy Sucre and Friends will perform a program
of string quartets. Violist Willy Sucre will be joined by violinists
Krzysztof Zimowski and Anthony Templeton and cellist Dana Winograd.
Zimowski is concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra,
and Templeton is its principal second violin. Dana Winograd received
her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in performance from
the Julliard School in New York, has performed at Carnegie Hall
with the American Symphony, and has performed on Broadway (both
in the pit and onstage) in “Phantom of the Opera” “Cats,”
“Beauty and the Beast,” and others, and has played backup
for such luminaries as Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, and Manhattan Transfer.
She is principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony.
The program should include String Quartet No. 8, by Villa Lobos,
and String Quartet in E minor, op. 44, No. 2, by Mendelssohn. The
concert is generously sponsored by James Rogers and Cynthia Snowden.
Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for March exhibiting
visual artists Sondra Diepen, a photographer and painter currently
specializing in flowers; Renee Brainard Gentz, who does fabric constructions
and collages; Anna Goodridge, who creates landscape and abstract
works in oil, pastel, and collage; and landscape oil painter Ted
The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on May 20 at Las Placitas
Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 1:30.
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; at
Gatherings, 9821 Montgomery NE in Albuquerque; or online at www.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 child
care 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.
Lifelong student of Chopin performs free piano concert
Wendy Day will perform an all-Chopin piano recital on May 6 in Placitas.
This free concert will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian
Church. Wendy Day is an accomplished pianist who has extensive musical
training from Oberlin College in Ohio and Mannes College of Music
in New York, where she studied under her most influential teacher,
Hans Neumann. She has played concerts at the Outpost Performance
Space and Keller Hall in Albuquerque, as well as other venues nationally.
While Wendy appreciates the music of Beethoven with its peaceful
moments and silences, and other composers’ music as well,
this concert will be the music of Chopin only, as he was the composer
of choice for her by her musical parents when she was growing up.
Brian King wrote about Wendy in a 1998 Albuquerque Arts feature
“.... Her mother gave up a part of her life for this pursuit,
withdrawing from her own playing, in order to guide Wendy’s
course more intensively. She dominated every aspect of her daughter’s
practice, calling out commands.... She insisted on her child playing
Chopin, while banning the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.
“In 1984, she moved to Albuquerque and eventually to Placitas.
Seeking, essentially, a new identity, she began to concentrate on
‘building technique.’ Her playing, to this day, reflects
the years of practice, the intense study under Hans Neumann, as
well as the influence of her mother. The result is a style that
reflects a deep understanding of the subtle moods of Chopin, and
the emotive power of the piano.”
Wendy continues to play all-Chopin concerts, practicing for them
in the early morning hours of her quiet Placitas home.
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is on Highway 165 in the village
of Placitas, six miles east of I-25.
Photographers show at O’Hare’s
O’Hare’s Grille & Pub in Rio Rancho is featuring
two photographers now through June 2. Lifelong photographers Sandra
Layne and Tim Nadeau will have seventeen works on display at the
pub for the next six weeks. Originally from Mississippi and Louisiana,
Sandra has been in New Mexico since 1973. She got caught up in the
Southwest scenery, which led to her starting her own studio and
framing business called “Eyecatcher,” at the Fair Plaza
Shopping Center in Albuquerque.
Sandra has won numerous awards with her photography, which hangs
in many offices in Albuquerque, across the United States, and in
several foreign countries.
Placitas resident Tim, a registered nurse at UNM, is “old
school”—self-taught beginning with his tour of duty
at Travis Air Force Base in 1971. With his college degree in Communications,
he applied the skills learned from fieldwork as a television photographer
and photojournalist. Tim has continued as a freelance photographer
and writer. “I only recently have turned my camera towards
the artistic side of life,” Tim reports. “The skills
required for the different facets of photography keep the challenge
of taking a good picture alive for me.”
O’Hare’s is located at 4100 Southern Boulevard SE
in Rio Rancho and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.
to 11:00 p.m. It offers a large selection of spirits and ales and
pub fare favorites.
“EchoTaps Worldwide” planned for May
19 at Santa Fe National Cemetery
Hundreds of volunteer brass players are needed to perform the
twenty-four notes of “Taps” on May 19, Armed Forces
Day, at 11:00 a.m. local time, at national cemeteries, state veterans’
cemeteries, and American Battle Monuments Cemeteries overseas.
“Each day, America loses about 1,800 of its veterans, primarily
those who fought in World War II and Korea,” said Leslie Hampton,
a Navy veteran of Vietnam and a member of Bugles Across America.
“To honor them and their service, it is important that our
nation preserves the tradition of a live bugler to play final military
In Santa Fe, players will form a line through the National Cemetery
and perform a cascading version of “Taps.” Brass players
of all ages are encouraged to perform at the cemetery. Schools and
other organizations are also invited to participate as performers
or supporting volunteers. More information and a sign-up sheet are
available at www.echotaps.org.
The first large “EchoTaps” event was held in May 2005,
when 674 brass players from thirty states lined forty-two miles
of road between Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY and Bath
National Cemetery in Bath, NY. Playing “Taps” in cascade
took nearly three hours from the first note played at Woodlawn to
the final note sounded at the national cemetery in Bath. On Veterans
Day 2006, players performed “EchoTaps” at fifty-two
national and state veterans’ cemeteries across the nation
in preparation for the upcoming worldwide event this year.
For additional information about volunteering to play “Taps”
at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, please contact Wesley Jones at
(505) 988-6400, ext. 14 or by email at Wesley.Jones1@va.gov.
The spirit of Frida Kahlo captured in La casa azul
The Vortex Theatre will present La casa azul, a play directed
by Valli Marie Rivera, in May.
La casa azul, by Sophie Faucher, inspired by the writings
of Frida Kahlo and translated by Neil Bartlett, is not a traditional
bio-play but rather a passion play celebrating the Mexican painter's
life. Motivated by Kahlo's art and her dramatic intimate diary,
Faucher sketches a portrait of the inner workings of Frida's mind.
Besides the diary, the author used letters, postcards and other
documents to capture the spirit of Kahlo and Diego Rivera's life
and times. La casa azul was Frida's home, her sanctuary and her
workplace. Her place of birth and death. Faucher creates a theatrical
rendering of her extraordinary life, where Kahlo's story, paintings,
and images portray a life of struggle—with love, with her
body, with her country and, most of all, with her art. In the face
of obstacles, what Frida gives us is not surrender, but an intense
love and reverence for life.
La casa azul is a multi-level theatrical experience where
the audience and actors will share the insights and excitement of
Frida's passions, pains, struggles, and triumphs. A collage of provocative
images, festive Mexican music, puppetry, and theater dance intertwine
in a whirlwind around Frida Kahlo's colorful life. The play depicts
Frida's life as a celebration of hope and strength, pain and joy.
This production is a tribute to her life in celebration of the centennial
of her birth.
Performances for La casa azul will be from May 11 to
June 3, Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
At the Vortex Theatre, 2004-1/2 Central Ave SE. Reservations: email@example.com
Duke City Shootout Digital Filmmaking Festival
accepting scripts for 2007 festival
The Duke City Shootout, the only digital filmmaking competition
in the world where screenwriters race to shoot, edit, and premiere
their twelve-minute film in seven days, is now accepting script
submissions from filmmakers and screenwriters around the world for
next year’s festival, which will be held in Albuquerque July
Representatives of New Mexico’s Digital Filmmaking Institute
and renowned screenwriters from around the country will select the
seven best scripts to be produced and ultimately compete for the
Palm de Grease, the festival’s most prestigious award. The
Shootout will fly the seven winning screenwriters to Albuquerque,
where they will be given a cast, a high-definition digital camera
and lighting equipment, a production crew, post-production facilities,
transportation, and even a professional mentor—a $50,000 value,
everything they will need to bring their script to life.
Last year, more than 270 scripts were submitted to the Shootout,
and for the first time, Shootout movies were made available on-line
via file-sharing giant BitTorrent. Past festival participants have
included script judges Morgan Freeman, Peter Fonda, and Phillip
Kaufman; producers Ellen Sandler (Everybody Loves Raymond),
Michael Steinberg (There's Something About Mary), Linda
Goldstein (Whale Rider); directors Jay Roach (Austin
Powers), Dan Mirvish (cofounder of the Slamdance Film Festival),
Jim Mercurio (Hard Scrambled), Jack Hill (Foxy Brown),
Anthony Drazan (The West Wing); Patricia Cardoso (Real
Women Have Curves); actors Donal Logue (Grounded For Life),
Talia Shire (The Godfather); editor Barry Alexander Brown
(Inside Man); and cinematographers Alan Walker (Roseanne)
and James O'Keeffe (Timecode).
A script by Toronto writer-director Ralph Lucas has been selected
as the first of seven movies to be produced at the 2007 Duke City
Shootout. His script, The Next Best Thing to War, was selected
from entries submitted to the Screenwriting Expo 5 Contest, sponsored
by Creative Screenwriting magazine.
Script submission requirements include a cover page, including
name of author, address, telephone number; twelve-minute script
(i.e., twelve pages); and entry fee of $35. The deadline for entries
is May 18, 2007. There are two ways to submit scripts:
• Mail hard copies of script, including check or money
order payable to the Digital Filmmaking Institute, to Duke City
Shootout, P.O. Box 37080, Albuquerque, NM 87176
• Submit electronically and pay by credit card, at www.withoutabox.com.
For more information and updates on the 2007 Shootout,
or e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.