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c. Ann Pollard

Secure in the Safety of Creation (78" x 64" acrylic on canvas)

c. Ann Pollard

Creation Eagerly Awaits (48" x 36" acrylic / metal on canvas)

Ann Pollard featured artist at the library

Ann Pollard will exhibit 10 of her acrylic and mixed media florals, landscapes, and abstract paintings as the featured artist for the month of May at the Placitas Community Library. An opening reception honoring her will be held Saturday, May 7, from 1-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Pollard grew up in Plainview, Texas, and attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in interior design. She spent 25 years living in the Washington, D.C. area, where she studied extensively at the Alexandria Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. She returned to the Southwest in 1990, where she has continued to actively pursue her love of painting, and now resides and works in Placitas.

Working in either an abstract or impressionist style in acrylic and mixed media, Pollard’s goal is to create pictorial harmony, while ever stressing the importance of intuitive expression. She works exclusively with sponge, pallet knife, and fingers, which allows the looseness and freedom for creativity to flow.

Bold color, pattern, and texture are paramount in Pollard’s work, creating lush layers of washes, glazes, and impastos, which unite to form the spirit of the whole. She likes the combination of the many effects throughout the depths of layers, which create a varied and interesting surface area.

Pollard’s work has been featured in solo and group shows in the Washington, D.C. area, throughout Texas, and New Mexico. She has received numerous awards, and her work appears in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Pollard is a founding member of the Creative Spirits of Placitas and an active member of the Contemporary Artists of New Mexico.

Her work is represented by Houshang’s Gallery, Santa Fe, Forms Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida, and Ward Nasse Gallery, New York, New York.

One can view Ann Pollard’s work on her Web site:

Author reading and writers workshop at the Placitas Community Library

—Kathy Kitts

Join authors Dodici Azpadu and Irene Blea as they discuss the influence of the New Mexican landscape and social and political milieu on their writing on Saturday, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. at the Placitas Community Library. Audience members will be invited to participate in a guided writing exercise, where they will write briefly about the role of landscape in their lives and to share their writing with the group. This activity will be especially helpful for new authors working on memoirs. The program will conclude with the guest authors reading from their recent works.

Dodici Azpadu’s third novel, Living Room, concerns Carmen Khalise, who returns to Brooklyn for her mother’s funeral. Carmen, her brothers, and her haunting ex-lover are caught up in parallel lives of forgiveness, betrayal, and bittersweet compromise. Set against an urban landscape, the characters are forced to operate in the small living space that adjoins the room where the mother lies in repose. 

Dodici retired once from Lovelace Health Systems, where she was director of several departments, and once from CNM, where she continues to teach writing.

Irene Blea turned to historical fiction after a brilliant academic career. The Santa Fe Trail plays a role in her first historical novel, Suzanna, about the practice of marrying young women to older men and how girls adapted or did not adapt to these marriages. Twelve-year-old Suzanna grows up as a mother of two children while her abusive husband goes to Colorado and Wyoming to seek work. When he returns, she must decide if she will run away, but does not know what to do with her children. Irene is currently working on a memoir.

c. Joan Fenicle

Abiquiu Morada. Black & White Photography by Joan Fenicle

Season closing featured artists

On Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m., the Placitas Artists Series will present the art of Lynda Burch, Joan Fenicle, Renée Brainard Gentz, and Joshua Willis with a reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The works will be on display from the last Saturday of April through the last Saturday of May.

Lynda Burch, a resident of Albuquerque since 1981, has been painting for the last 12 years and has been juried into over 90 shows during that period. She is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, and the New Mexico Watercolor Society. She has studied across the United States, as well as in Italy. Burch is represented by the Amapola Fine Art Gallery, Yucca Art Gallery, and the New Mexico Museum Gift Shop, all in Albuquerque.

Joan Fenicle was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Having been entranced by New Mexico since she was a child, she came here to stay in the 1970s. She and her husband, Jose Martinez, five dogs, two adopted mustangs, chickens, and peafowl, live on five acres of land in Las Huertas Canyon. She has participated in the Placitas Studio Tour every year since moving here in 1999. She is a part-time photo editor for abqARTS magazine, an editor of undergroundARTS, and coordinator of Albuquerque’s Artscrawl events. Fenicle is a long-time member of Rainbow Artists, a women’s art collective, and is a founding member of Perspectives, a Placitas-based photography group.

Renée Brainard Gentz graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in art. Raising her family in seven different states kept her from resuming her artwork until her youngest child entered kindergarten. Brainard Gentz has exhibited all over the United States and received various awards. Her work has been in many juried and invitational shows such as Elements in Cary, North Carolina, the Los Ranchos Village Hall, the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media National Conference, the New Mexico State Fair, and the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair. Her awards include first place in multimedia at the New Mexico State Fair and at the New Mexico Arts and Craft Fair. Her work is in private, corporate, and public collections.

Joshua Willis is a mixed media artist and native of New Mexico. He received his B.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. During his undergraduate years, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland for a one-year exchange program. Returning to Albuquerque, Willis found that his artistic vision had evolved to a more hands-on tactile art form. Elements such as balance, harmony, and diversity began to form the basis of his art language. Willis currently works as an open space coordinator. He maintains the gallery at the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center. His works can be found in many private collections and may be viewed upon request at the Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque.

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. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible.

For more information, call (505) 867-8080, or visit

Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico

On Sunday, May 22, the Placitas Artists Series will present Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.

New Mexico’s newest, professional choral ensemble is unique to the Land of Enchantment in that all of the singers reside in the state of New Mexico. Several have grown up here, been educated here, elsewhere in the country, and internationally, and have returned to this beautiful part of the world to make music together. The ensemble was founded in 2006 by Dr. Maxine Thévenot and has a flexible roster of some 35 singers, which enables all genres and voicing of repertoire to be performed. This repertoire includes mostly a cappella music, ranging from that of Hildegard von Bingen to modern day compositions. For our series, they will be performing their summer solstice concert.

The concert is generously sponsored by YogaCrossroads/Deborah Gullo and Dr. Catherine Harris.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m. on May 22, at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 2 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the performance or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho, or online at Prices are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and students.

Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible, and free child care is provided for families with children under six.

For more information, call (505) 867-8080, or visit

Corrales Art Studio Tour

The Village of Corrales and the Corrales Society of Artists are ready to host the 13th Annual Corrales Art Studio Tour, set to take place Saturday, April 30, and Sunday May 1. 

For the past 12 years, the Corrales Art Studio Tour has attracted numerous patrons and visitors into Corrales and has become a fixture throughout the Village. This year, the tour will feature 62 local artists from around the Corrales area. Visitors are encouraged to come meet the artists and enjoy their artwork during the weekend. There will be a welcome tent and various information centers set up to hand out maps and aid visitors on their art tour journey.

For any additional information about the tour or participating artists, please visit the art tour Web site at

Call to artists: The New Mexico Wine Festival poster prospectus

The New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo, held every year on Labor Day weekend, wraps up the summer as the premier wine festival of the Southwest. Just north of Albuquerque, the historic town of Bernalillo is host to the biggest wine festival in the state. This year’s event will be held September 3, 4, & 5, 2011.

The Town of Bernalillo will select an original artwork depicting the historical and/or present New Mexico wine industry of the Middle Rio Grande Valley.

Project timeline:

  • April 1-April 15: Call to artists distributed
  • May 6: Deadline for artist response
  • May 9-May 20: Evaluation of proposals, possible phone interviews for finalists
  • May 23: Award notification
  • May 27: Submission by finalist of further detailed concept
  • May 30: Contractual agreement drafted between artist and the New Mexico  Wine Festival.
  • June 17: Final art piece due

This timeline is inflexible due to the  event date.


The media is open. Please consider that it is the intent of the festival to reproduce the image in the full size of the original artwork. Logistics and expenses of such are a consideration. The selected artwork must be an image suitable for reproduction as the festival poster and on other promotional items such as a T-shirt. The selected artwork should not depict children or present any negative connotation of the wine industry, i.e., inebriation. The selected artwork should not have any text, such as the name or dates of the festival.

Artist Compensation

The selected artist will receive up to $2,000 for the original artwork and rights of reproduction. The selected artist will also receive 100 copies of the reproduction and a booth at the New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo. The selected artist must be present at the New Mexico Wine Festival and at any requested press events prior to the festival.


Open to artists residing in New Mexico. For the purposes of this competition, representation in a New Mexico gallery does not constitute residency. Artists must be at least 21 years of age to enter.


Application should include a portfolio of 5-10 works featuring examples of similar projects. These should be provided on a CD-ROM in JPEG format (5” x 7” size in 150 or 300 dpi). Video files are also accepted and can be submitted as video files or direct links to Web sites. Include an image identification list that contains dimensions, materials, and location.

A Submission Form Sketch/concept for this project (completed pieces may also be considered), the signature of the artist, and date of submission are also required.

Electronic submissions can be sent to María G.C. Rinaldi, executive director, at The messaging system accepts a maximum of 5 MB per e-mail.

Application packets may also be mailed to New Mexico Wine Festival, P.O. Box 638, Bernalillo, NM 87004.





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