Klimpert in his studio
Signpost cartoon, by Rudi Klimpert
Exploring life with color
During decades as a commercial illustrator in the gray canyons of
Chicago, Rudi Klimpert turned his vacations into quests for color.
From the East Coast came seascapes with realistic boats set in Impressionistic
swirls of browns and yellows. Visiting the West, Klimpert set up
paint and easel beside the road to record the hues and feelings
of New Mexico.
“When I came here, the colors just captured me,” Klimpert
said. “Have you ever seen the same sunset twice?
“You want to sign it when you're done.”
A native of New York City, Klimpert graduated from the Art Students
League and began his career before moving through Canada and St.
Louis and arriving in Chicago in 1959. Working on the staff of advertising
agencies with national accounts, he earned a reputation as a talented
storyboard artist able to illustrate proposed television commercials
in a series of drawings.
Storyboards, used to sell clients on ideas and plan productions,
often had to be prepared overnight. “It trains you for speed,”
Since moving to Placitas in 1990, Klimpert has been nothing if
not quick and prolific, producing oil paintings, wood and stone
carvings, and scores of Signpost cartoons. He illustrates the Letters
page of Crosswinds Weekly, teaches an occasional private art lesson,
sells paintings internationally through Canyon Road Contemporary
Gallery Art, in Santa Fe, and sometimes takes on a commercial assignment
from a past client.
And he paints doors, an image recurrent in his work now influenced
by Southwestern cultures.
“A door is like a signature to a house,” he said.
“I've always done doors, but not like this.
“They float free in the landscape, so I can add New Mexico.”
Working with canvas and oil, Klimpert said he may start with a
color idea and explore the image from there. In a current work in
progress, the greens, browns, and reds of the earth rise to sunset
colors surrounding a vivid blue door on which cultural icons are
beginning to appear.
Adornments seen in other works can be turquoise jewelry hanging
from a cow skull, with sheriff’s badges, Route 66 postcards,
and native flowers nearby. Even a pickup truck may appear on the
“Everything you see in that painting is indigenous to this
area,” he said. “Now I paint a lot freer and with the
idea that I let the color do it for me.”
“There's a lot of trial and error, I scrape off a lot, but
when it's finished, I know it.”
Klimpert said he considers himself lucky to have made art his
life and to have worked as a traditional illustrator, a skill once
prized by advertising and long-gone national magazines. Even the
work of storyboard artist, while still in demand, has mostly moved
to computers, he said.
In addition to the Santa Fe gallery, Klimpert's work can be seen
decorating the office expansion at La Puerta Real Estate Services,
01 Ridge Court, at NM 165. And his studio is open by appointment
by calling 867-4549. Klimpert's paintings also can be seen by visiting
and clicking on the Featured Artist link.
McCormick joins 10000 Cranes
Placitas resident and digital artist Barry McCormick has joined
Bruce Shortz, of Albuquerque, at 10000 Cranes Studio, a digital
printing service for photographers and fine artists. Shortz, also
a digital artist, has been printing fine-art images for artists
for the past three years.
10000 Cranes can produce prints up to forty-four inches wide on
its state-of-the-art Epson printer. Current technology allows the
pigmented ink sets with the proper archival papers to produce prints
that have a life span of more than one hundred years.
The addition of McCormick to the firm will expand service to the
artist community in Placitas.
McCormick has shown and sold his work locally in Bernalillo and
at a number of group shows in Albuquerque. He has also shown during
the Placitas Studio Tour for the last three years. Shortz has been
featured in a number of group and individual shows in Albuquerque
Digital imaging is still in its infancy, and the growth potential
is phenomenal, as more and more artists, galleries, and collectors
embrace the technology and recognize its potential.
The two artists met when McCormick commissioned Shortz to print
his large images for shows. They both currently serve on the board
of the Digital Artists of America Association-NM (DA3).
Willy Sucre and Friends play string quartets
—JACKIE ERICKSEN, PLACITAS ARTISTS SERIES
The Placitas Artists Series will present an afternoon of string
quartets by Spanish and Brazilian composers. The concert will take
place on November 20 at 3:00 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.
Included on the program will be the String Quartet #1 in D Minor,
by Juan Crisomo Arriaga (1806-1826), nicknamed the “Spanish
Mozart”; La oración del torero (The Toreador's Prayer),
op. 34, by Joaquín Turina (1882-1949); and Sonata para cordas
(Sonata for Strings), by Carlos Gomes (1836-1896.) Violist Willy
Sucre will be joined by violinists Joanna Morska-Osinska and Carmelo
de los Santos and cellist Joan Zucker.
Joanna Morska-Osinska is a Polish-born violinist and soprano who
has performed in Europe, Japan, Great Britain, and the United States.
In addition to appearances with many New Mexico orchestras and ensembles,
Morska-Osinska is a member of Opera Unlimited, a group that performs
regularly as part of the Placitas Artists Series’ Arts in
the Schools outreach program. Brazilian violinist Carmelo de los
Santos was the first-prize-winner of the 2003 IV Julio Cardona International
Competition, held in Covilha, Portugal, and has received many other
honors. He is currently an assistant professor of violin at the
University of New Mexico. Joan Zucker, principal cello with the
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, is familiar to Placitas audiences
as a popular returning “Friend.”
This concert is generously sponsored by Lucy Noyes and La Puerta
Real Estate Services.
A reception for exhibiting visual artists Nina Adkins, Hazel H.
Orr, Greg E. Reiche, and Laura Telander will be held at 1:30 p.m.,
prior to the concert.
Native New Mexican Nina Adkins has been deeply influenced by the
colors and mountains of the Southwest. She loves the luminosity
and transparency of water-media colors that “sing on a page
or board.” Hazel Orr works in monotype, collograph, and chine
colle. She describes monotype as “a fusion of painting and
printing, i.e., paint is applied to a plexiglass with brush or brayer,
covered with a paper and rolled through a press, creating one picture.”
Greg Reiche creates sculptural works in stone, glass, and metal—light-interactive
work from table top to monumental in scale. His intent is to “find
beauty in combinations which transcend boundaries of style and time
and speak to the viewer in a very deep, primal, and intuitive sense.”
Laura Telander's paintings incorporate exotic textiles and other
media; she defines her work as “assemblage.” She claims
to have “always hunted and gathered cultural artifacts that
are rich with visual poetics.” Her work begins with “a
found object or image that haunts my aesthetic and yearns for a
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 at www.PlacitasArts.org.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 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 six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.)
For more information, call 867-8080.
Placitas Flea Market benefits Art in the School
Placitas Elementary School benefits from the community’s
ongoing support of the Placitas Flea Market. The $10 vendor fee
helps to fund art projects and activities at Placitas Elementary
School through the Art in the School Program.
This year, the school was able to purchase the curriculum and
supplies for Tut to the Extraterrestrial: An Adventure in Architecture!,
an art-education program focussing on the Egyptian pyramids, Greek
temples, medieval castles, and starships and earthships. The parent
volunteers have started their training sessions and will be soon
be entering the classroom to share in the journey of architectural
Art in the School coordinator Linda Hughes said, “To Orville,
Judy, and Jon McCallister, a special thank-you for allowing us to
use the land space. Your generous contribution has been a major
factor in the success of our fund-raising efforts.”
Opening again in the spring, the Placitas Flea Market will be
held the second Saturday of each month from May through October.
Mel and Lisa Chernoff (right) admire Andi Callahan’s
jewelry work at last year’s Placitas Holiday Sale.
Renee Gentz's booth at last year’s Placitas
In 2004, Sharon Krachunis and Julie Walsh volunteered
at the Placitas Holiday Sale Art Raffle which benefits Placitas
Elementary School arts and literature programs.
Seventy artists set up booths for annual Placitas Holiday Sale
For twenty-four years people from Placitas and the surrounding area
have marked the beginning of the holiday season by visiting the
Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. The popular event is
always the weekend before Thanksgiving, so this year it's Saturday
and Sunday, November 19 and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at
three locations in the village: the Placitas Elementary School,
the Big Tent, and Anasazi Fields Winery. Colorful signs and banners
will mark the way.
Over one-fifth of the artists come from Placitas and some come
from as far away as Colorado, but mostly they come from all over
New Mexico. Thirteen artists are new to this year’s sale.
Ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, prints, paintings, batik, leather,
photographs, glass, baskets, metalwork, clothing, gourd art, books,
and more will be offered. Many artists have created special items
at affordable prices for the sale.
A jury selected the exhibitors from an ever growing number of
artists who submitted slides of their work. The organizers feel
that by maintaining the number of artists at about seventy they
can assure high quality and variety.
Anasazi Fields will be offering tours of the winery as well as
free wine tasting. The 2002 raspberry, 2001 peach, 1998 apricot,
and the nonvintage plum are available by the case, bottle, or glass.
New last year was Rojo Seco, a dry red table wine. The winery will
be featuring their 2002 American Cranberry Wine, continuing a local
holiday-dinner tradition. Vintner and wood artist Jim Fish invites
you to enjoy a hot spicy drink of mulled cranberry wine by the kiva
fireplace. More information about the wines and the winery is at
Great food will be available at the elementary school, where chef
Jim White will offer his renowned burritos. His Web site is www.chefwhite.com.
PES parents will offer baked goodies, and the Presbyterian Church
will sell their popular frozen green chile at the Big Tent. Nancy
Coonridge, of Pie Town, will be offering her gourmet marinated organic
goat cheeses at the winery, and Kathy Hart, of the Barker's Bakery,
in Jemez Springs, will have her gourmet dog cookies in a variety
of sizes and shapes, some gift-packaged.
The Placitas Holiday Sale is once again sponsoring a raffle of
artwork to benefit the arts and literature programs at the Placitas
Elementary School. The public can purchase $1 tickets for a chance
to win, and all proceeds will go to the school, where the donated
works will be on display. Last year's raffle produced a record $1,420.
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. Maps
and information about the artists, their work, and locations can
be found at PlacitasHolidaySale.com.
—BOARD OF THE PLACITAS HOLIDAY FINE ARTS & CRAFTS
We would like to thank all the many people in our community who
help make the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale happen.
Many people don't realize that this event is organized and put
together by local artists. Special thanks go to the committee members—Bunny
Bowen, Mary Hofmann, and Jon and Nancy Couch—who have donated
their valuable time to organize this event and make it a quality
Other people whom we wish to thank are Jim Fish and his partners
at Anasazi Fields Winery; Christine Werenko, the principal of the
Placitas Elementary School; Vivian DeLara, secretary at the school;
and Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, which has generously allowed
us to use its facilities.
There are many other people who have helped us get ready for the
show. They are John Roth, who helps us furnish the tent with electricity,
as well as Dee Christmann, who organizes the art raffle. Special
thanks also go to Kate Guidei, our tent manager, and Alex Perez,
who has been invaluable at the school.
We thank the Signpost and its publishers, Barb and Ty Belknap,
for their help and support in publicizing the Placitas Holiday Fine
Arts & Crafts Sale.
It's impossible to mention everyone, so we want to say many thanks!
to all who have volunteered their time to make this such a great
2005 Placitas Holiday Sale Artist locations:
SITE 1: PLACITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AMY ADSHEAD • hand-inked, hand-printed copperplate etchings
JEANINE ALLEN • pastel paintings on paper and board •
SUE BASON • Southwest crosses and plaques • Hillsboro
JOLENE AND GLORIA BIRD • silver inlaid turquoise shell jewelry
• Santo Domingo
SALLYJANE BOLLE • rock art jewelry and pearls • Santa
BUNNY BOWEN • matted and framed batik landscapes, silk scarves
ANNETTE AND SHAWN CAFFREY • metal home and office accessories
JANE CHILTON • pastel landscapes of New Mexico • Grants
JACQUELINE DAVIS • beaded jars, mirrors, bottles, fans •
CAROLE DEVILLERS • photography, cards, photo magnets •
DEBORA DURAN-GEIGER • hand-painted art fire tiles •
DEBBY FERGUSON • landscape watercolors • Placitas
RENEE GENTZ • art quilts, scarves • Albuquerque
SUSAN GUTT • handwoven contemporary and traditional baskets
KATHY HART • gourmet dog cookies, gifts • Jemez Springs
MARIO HINOJO • carved gourds • Albuquerque
MARY AND KARL HOFMANN • functional pottery • Placitas
BARBARA HOLLOWAY • contemporary art wear, handwoven fabrics
DAVID REED JOHNSON • wooden cutting boards, clipboards, trays
SANDY AND MICHAEL KADISAK • fine art pottery, sculpture •
TOM KENNEDY • photography • Placitas
PAT MARSELLO • brushwork on clay and paper • Albuquerque
LAMOYNE MCCAULLEY • decorative and functional pine needle
baskets • Corrales
MICHAEL MCCULLOUGH • acrylic and watercolor paintings •
DANA MCDANIEL • fused glass beads with silver embellishment
jewelry • Corrales
JIM SACOMAN • tinwork • Albuquerque
KIM SIRACUSAN • functional ceramics • Albuquerque
JEFF AND MYAN SORENSEN • deer and reindeer antler jewelry
JOHN TRUJILLO • progressive contemporary jewelry • Albuquerque
ALICE WATTERSON • figures carved in wood, crochet embellished
with fabric and beads • Santa Fe
BARBARA WOODS AND H. TOM THOMAS • painted silk and sculpted
ceramic lamps • Santa Fe
RENATA ZIMMERMAN • knitted wearables (hand loom) • Medanales
SITE 2: THE BIG TENT
RORY ALVAREZ • wood carvings, whimsical animal carvings •
JITSUDO ANCHETA • printmaking linocuts, woodcuts • Albuquerque
ELAINE BOLZ • ceramics/sculptural and tile • Corrales
ALLAN AND JUDITH EDGAR/YOUNG • stone mosaic/inlay jewelry
LAZARO GUTIERREZ • silver and mixed metal jewelry •
MOLLY HART • mixed-media neo-industrial jewelry • Santa
LYNN HARTENBERGER • representational pastel paintings •
JOAN HELLQUIST • wildlife images hand-painted on drums •
ELZBIETA KALETA • freehand scissor paper cutouts/collage •
PETER AND PAT MCKAY • feather art, jewelry • Silverton
RANDY MILLER • jewelry and inlay knives • Bernalillo
CHRISTINA MILLER • original modern icons, acrylic on wood
• Santa Fe
ZOE PATTERSON • art metal and gemstone trees • Placitas
BUTCH PHILIPS • black-and-white photographs • Belen
NJ SEARCY • bird baths, steel garden and patio accessories
PAM SLIPYAN • custom leather and eclectic jewelry •
PHIL SONIER • wildlife/nature photography • Albuquerque
DONNA SPRAY • bronze, copper, silver rings, bracelets, jewelry
DIANA STETSON • fine art prints, monotypes, collographs, etchings
PATRICIA WYATT • paintings and mixed-media • Santa Fe
SITE 3: ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY
TERRY ADAMS • mixed metal wall decor, sculpture, lamps •
NORMAN AND DANNA AUFRICHTIG • hand-thrown pottery with glazes
• El Prado
JERRY BARNETT • functional and nonfunctional fused glass •
ANDI CALLAHAN • fine silver, sterling, gold, semiprecious
jewelry • Placitas
NANCY COONRIDGE • organic goat cheese • Pie Town
HELEN AND JOSEPH CORIZ • jewelry, necklaces, slap earrings
• Santo Domingo Pueblo
NANCY AND JON COUCH • water prisms, pyramid lamps, mandalas,
boxes • Placitas
JOE DOWELL • wildlife art, birds and fish • Estancia
DEBBIE DUFFY • photography • Albuquerque
BILL DUNMIRE • books, photography • Placitas
VANGIE DUNMIRE • original watercolors • Placitas
JIM FISH • wooden sculptures, walking sticks • Placitas
CAY GARCIA • knife-cut paper images, wall art, miniatures
and pins • Albuquerque
GINNY AND MARK NEUMANN • beaded and mixed-media jewelry •
RENEE RECTOR • handwoven jackets, vests, ruanas, ponchos,
scarves • Tijeras
KELVIN SCHENK • handwoven chains, jewelry • Albuquerque
NANCY WOOD TABER • colored pencil drawings of animals •
FRED WILSON • raku, stoneware, sculpture, ceramics •
KRISTEN WILSON • jewelry, one-of -a-kind art to wear •