Placitas Holiday Sale keeps getting better
The Placitas Holiday Sale is one of those events, like the state fair and the balloon fiesta, that mark the passing of the seasons in our area. For twenty-two years residents and visitors have enjoyed the transition to the holidays while shopping, talking with the artists, and meeting old friends amidst the creative wonders of the Placitas Holiday Sale. It is on the weekend before Thanksgiving, making it the perfect way to put yourself into the holiday mood and find something for everyone on your list, including yourself.
Patrons enjoy the quality and variety of the arts and crafts as well as the relaxed, casual atmosphere. With fewer than seventy booths, the number of artists does not overwhelm visitors as it does at some other shows of the season. The artists and artisans at the Placitas Holiday Sale are cheerful and friendly. They’re happy to be in the Holiday Sale because it has a long history as a fun show with a great reputation that keeps getting better.
Beginning in 1982 as a small arts-and-crafts event with twenty-four artists, it has grown into one of the premier shows of the holiday season, attracting artists from around the state and the Southwest. This year a panel of jurors selected sixty-seven of the very best artists and artisans from the hundred who applied. While four are from neighboring states, one out of five artists this year is from Placitas, and nearly a third of the exhibitors are new to the show.
The Twenty-second Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale will be held at the Placitas Elementary School, the heated Big Tent east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, and Anasazi Fields Winery—the same three locations as last year.
Jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, etchings, glass, paintings, pastels, baskets, batik, quilts, tiles, teddy bears, photographs, painted gourds and drums, metalwork, handmade clothing, and much more can be seen. Everything is handmade and many of the artists have created special gifts for this holiday season.
Anasazi Fields Winery will be offering tours of the winery and free wine tasting. Wines that are available by the case, bottle, or glass, are the 2000 raspberry, 1999 peach and apricot, and 1998 strawberry. They will be featuring their 2001 American Cranberry Wine, continuing what has become a local tradition to serve with holiday dinners. Vintner and artist Jim Fish invites you to enjoy a hot drink of mulled cranberry wine by the kiva fireplace.
Adding to the festivities, plenty of food and beverages will be at each site. The winery will have mouth-watering smoked-brisket sandwiches and smoked-turkey legs from Bob’s Bodacious Barbeque and marinated organic goat cheese from Nancy Coonridge of Pie Town. At the Big Tent, Eddie Montoya will be serving a variety of tasty sandwiches, including hamburgers and hot dogs. At the Placitas Elementary School, the Piñon Café will offer an assortment of delicious sandwiches and hot green-chile stew. All the food vendors will have soft drinks available.
The Placitas Holiday Sale is once again sponsoring a raffle of artwork to benefit the art and literature programs at the Placitas Elementary School. The public can purchase tickets at $1 each for the chance to win a piece of artwork, and all of the proceeds will go to the school, where the donated art will be on display. The Elementary School will also offer bake-sale goodies, and Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will sell their popular frozen green chile.
Warm hospitality and high-quality arts and crafts will be found at the juried art show.
This year the Holiday Sale has gone on-line with its own Web site. Artists and their work, locations, maps, and more can be found at www.PlacitasHolidaySale.com.
Mark your calendars for this fun and festive holiday art event. The fair runs from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23. The fair is 6 miles east of I-25 on Highway 165 (take Exit 242). Colorful signs and banners will mark the way through the scenic hills to the village of Placitas.
The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is sponsored by the Placitas MountainCraft and Soiree Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community, the arts, and artists.
Meredith Edward's whimsical creations always
bring a smile to visitors at the Holiday Sale.
Nancy Coonridge's marinated organic goat cheeses are one
of the many wonders to be tasted at the Holiday Sale.
Nancy Wood Taber shows her beautiful and detailed
colored-pencil art to visitors at the 2002 Holiday Sale.
Last year the Holiday Sale raffle of donated art raised $1,000
for the Placitas Elementary School's arts and literature programs.
Lisa Chernoff admires Bunny Bowen's batik at last year's Holiday Sale.
22nd annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale artists and locations
SITE 1: Placitas
Amy Adshead—original etchings - Grants
Jeanine Allen—pastel paintings - Albuquerque
Joan Reeder Babcock—jewelry - Santa Fe
Sue Bason—religious folk-art crosses and plaques - Hillsboro
Bunny Bowen—matted and framed batik landscapes, silk scarves - Placitas
Annette and Shawn Caffrey—home and office accessories - Pecos
Andi Callahan—silver jewelry and glass sculptures - Placitas
James and Greta Cannon—contemporary jewelry and stone sculpture - Santa Fe
Gareth and Lin Davies—original mohair teddy bears - Los Lunas
Allan and Judith Edgar/Young—inlayed and mixed-metal jewelry - Corrales
Meredith Edwards—collectible dolls, ornaments, fun jewelry - Albuquerque
Debora and Michael Geiger—hand-painted art tile - Santa Fe
Renee Gentz—silk wearables and fiber constructions - Albuquerque
J. Waid Griffin—original oil paintings - Rio Rancho
Susan Gutt—traditional and contemporary baskets - Rio Rancho
Mario Hinojo—carved gourds - Albuquerque
Mary and Karl Hofmann—functional pottery - Placitas
David Reed Johnson—wooden cutting boards - Placitas
Sandy and Michael Kadisak—art pottery, little people, animals - Cochiti Lake
Maria Kenarova—ceramic wall plaques with Southwestern motifs - Santa Fe
David Lewis—photography - Placitas
Angela Lujan de Escala—glass jewelry - Glendale
Pat Marsello—brushwork on clay and paper - Albuquerque
Adrian Martinez—natural wood inlay pictures - Albuquerque
Maris Mason—quilts - Placitas
LaMoyne McCaulley—decorative and functional pine needle baskets - Corrales
Randy Miller—jewelry and inlay knives - Bernalillo
Lynn Pomeranz—black-and-white photographs, hand-tinted image transfers - Corrales
Jim Sacoman—tinwork - Albuquerque
Andrew and Turza Shows—colorful inlay stone jewelry - Ramah
Barbara Woods—lamps and sculptural lighting - Santa Fe
THE BIG TENT
Terry and Margaret Adams—wall art, lamps, home decor, candleholders - Cuba
Jerry Barnett—fused and kiln formed glass - Albuquerque
Elaine and Michael Bolz/Murphy—ceramic artwork - Corrales
Jacky Canton—fine handmade jewelry - Aurora
Paula Dimit—wood sculptures - Albuquerque
Shirley and Stanley Giser—intricately inlaid wooden boxes - Grants
Edward Gonzales—original paintings and graphics, posters, books - Rio Rancho
Molly Hart—jewelry - Santa Fe
Lynn Hartenberger—oil, pastel paintings - Placitas
Joan Hellquist—painted drums - Placitas
Susan Jordan—gourds - Placitas
Elzbieta Kaleta—paper cutouts and collage - Albuquerque
Peach Malmaud—garlic oil, direct prints - Placitas
Peter and Pat McKay—feather art - Silverton
Ginny Neumann—beaded and mixed-media jewelry - Silver City
N. J. Searcy—steel work - Bernalillo
Diana Stetson—fine-art printmaking - Albuquerque
David Strong—color photography - Fort Worth
Patricia Wyatt—paintings and mixed media - Santa Fe
ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY
Norman and Danna Aufrichtig—ceramic pieces for floral decorating - El Prado
Nancy Coonridge—organic goat cheese - Pie Town
Nancy and Jon Couch—glass water prisms, boxes, mandalas - Placitas
Vangie Dunmire—watercolor paintings - Placitas
Jim Fish—wooden sculptures, walking sticks - Placitas
Colleen and Joshua Franco—white-earth clay painted with acrylics - Albuquerque
Cay Garcia—cut-paper miniatures set in silver to wear or frame - Albuquerque
Sylvia D. Gormley—oil and watercolor paintings and beaded jewelry - Corrales
Kevin McDermott—acrylic on watercolor paper - El Prado
Tim O'Lear—animal-shaped and hand-painted mirror frames - Carrizozo
Renee Rector—handwoven, one-of-a-kind items - Tijeras
Denise Robertson—handmade archaeological jewelry - Santa Fe
Nancy Wood Taber—colored-pencil paintings - Tijeras
Steve and Wanda Thompson—coffee, chocolates - Bosque Farms
Kathy and George Toya—hand-screened clothing - Sandia Park
Tai A. Vautier—jewelry - Albuquerque
Fred and Kristen Wilson—raku masks and pottery, jewelry - Albuquerque
Mailing list for Placitas Holiday Sale
To receive advance notice of the 2004 Placitas Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, please send your name, address, and comments to our Web site at www.placitasholidaysale.com or to:
Placitas Holiday Sale, P.O. Box 1084, Placitas, NM 87043.
Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale Committee
I would like to thank all the people in our community that help to make the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale happen.
Special thanks go to the committee, which has donated valuable time to organize this fun event and make it a quality art show. The committee members are Andi Callahan, Lisa Chernoff, Bunny Bowen, Mary Hofmann, and Jon Couch.
Others whom I wish to thank are Jim Fish of Anasazi Fields Winery; Christine Werenko, the new principal of the Elementary School; and Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, which has generously allowed us to use their facilities.
There are many other people who have helped us get ready for the show. Among them are John Roth, who helps us furnish the tent with electricity, as well as Sharon Krachunis and Julie Walsh, who take care of the art raffle. Special thanks go to Chuck Callahan for organizing the great food and being our show photographer.
It’s impossible to mention everyone, so I want to say thank you to all who have volunteered their time to make this the best show ever.