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Young Bernalillo Artists

Young Bernalillo artists receive commendations for Rail Runner illustrations

—Ben Forgey
Mayor Patricia A. Chávez presented nine Bernalillo elementary-school art students with commendations from the town for representing Bernalillo in an outstanding manner.

The students’ drawings were selected by Governor Richardson's Investment Partnership to illustrate a calendar promoting the Rail Runner train. The students are: Nathalie Garcia, Rachel Martinez, Keegan Fisher-Ives, Jovanna Gonzales, Anselmo Plancarte, Michael Candelaria, Jennie Holmes, Gabrael Archibeque, and Antonio Hernandez. Gabrael Archibeque's picture was chosen for the cover. “Our community should be proud of our youngster's creativity,” the Mayor said.

The paintings and drawings vibrantly depict the new train in various settings, including Sandia Mountain and the old San Lorenzo Church. Keegan Fisher-Ives said that “he tried to be as colorful as possible” and that he wanted “a shot at an early ride on the Rail Runner.” The calendar is available through the GRIP offices (505-827-5134, S.U. Mehesh) or through Bernalillo town clerk Ida Fierro.

Signpost Cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert

Artists band with Bernalillo schools for new cultural center

—Ben Forgey
Responding to an article in the September Signpost, Bernalillo Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Vigil-Lowder and Anna Torres, executive director of elementary education, joined an October 2 meeting of Bernalillo artists interested in creating a cultural center for the town. Both administrators are also board members of the Bernalillo Public Education Foundation, which, through a gift of the estate of Dr. Gary Dwyer, a former BPS superintendent, plans to build a cultural arts-and-performance center on land donated for that purpose in Bernalillo near the high school and the new US 550 Rail Runner station.

Inspired and encouraged by the visit of Vigil-Lowder and Torres, the artists have created their own nonprofit foundation, Sandoval Community Arts. Members of the SCA were invited to attend a training session for the BPEF and to play a role in the development of the forthcoming cultural center. The newly elected president of the SCA is Jodilynn Ortiz, and the secretary is Theresa Muñiz. Though they are excited about working with the Bernalillo Public Education Foundation, they plan to continue to look for a temporary venue for their cultural center.

“They (the BPEF) have a long-term goal and we want to help them with that any way we can, but Bernalillo is happening now. It's starting to bustle. It's the center of all this residential development and it really has that small-town feel. We want to make a community arts center where all the area's talented artists can share their visions and knowledge. And where the kids and all these retired people can take classes and see the best of what Bernalillo has to offer,” explained Muñiz.

The next meeting of the Sandoval Community Arts will be Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Town Shoppes, 733 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. All artists and other interested people are encouraged to attend.

New Mexico aims to grow its own filmmakers

Boosting the momentum of generous state rebates and incentives that have increased New Mexico's film production revenue nearly forty-fold, the New Mexico Filmmakers' Intensive is an immersive filmmaking program in producing, directing, and screenwriting that launches in January, 2007, at the College of Santa Fe.

In its inaugural year, the program will admit up to twenty-six students, with plans for future expansion. NMFI provides $10,000 to each producer-director team towards the finance of their approved summer production. Many more New Mexicans will benefit from NMFI, thanks to the program's collaboration with state-sponsored below-the-line training programs at Santa Fe Community College and Central New Mexico Community College. "The NMFI program will link up with the film tech training programs at SFCC and CNM to help train crew," explains Central New Mexico Community College's Jim "Grubb" Graebner.

"In this way, NMFI benefits New Mexicans by generating [local] movies and training crews at the same time."

NMFI faculty includes such industry professionals as celebrated filmmaker Jonathan Wacks (Pow Wow Highway, Crossroads/South Africa, Repo Man), independent producer Schneier Perrin (Reversal of Fortune, Convict Cowboy, Run for the Dream) and screenwriter Tom Musco (Stand and Deliver, Tortilla Soup). NMFI will be housed in CSF's state-of-the-art Garson Communications Center, adjacent to Garson Studios, the premier professional sound stages of the Southwest. The College of Santa Fe's Moving Image Arts Department, founded in 1989, is a nationally recognized undergraduate program.

"The NMFI's intensive instructional format is set up to nurture creativity, provide extensive hands-on practical experience, and deliver professional skills and the business acumen necessary to succeed in the film industry," concludes NMFI director Diane Schneier Perrin.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (in any field of study) or evidence significant film-industry experience. While NMFI is open to all qualified applicants, New Mexico residents receive priority admission and are exclusively eligible for college-sponsored tuition grants, ranging from $2,000 to a full scholarship. NMFI application forms can be accessed at or by calling 473-6400.

The rest of the story

The Adobe Theater presents for one night only a staged reading of a new play by Phil Bock. The Trial of José Navarro reveals what happened after the stabbing of the Gypsy woman in the opera Carmen, and it’s not what you might think. A talented cast will act out the roles of the accused, Don Jose, the judge and lawyers, and the witnesses, including the bullfighter, Escamillo. A discussion will follow this free performance. (Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the opera; the story will come out in the testimony of various witnesses.)

The Trial of José Navarro plays at the Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth St. NW, on Saturday, November 11, only, at 8:00 p.m. No reservations are required for this free performance, but arrive early for easier parking. For further information, call 890-0438.

How to audition for a play
Have you been thinking about trying out for a role in an Adobe play or musical? Would you like to know more about how auditions actually work? In “How to Audition for a Play,” on Saturday, November 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Adobe Theater, a team of experienced actors and directors will answer your questions, offer suggestions, and guide participants in a practice audition. If you have never acted before, or not for some time, here is an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge and confidence.

Workshop leaders will include Barbara Bock, Richard Boehler, Ninette S. Mordaunt, and Ray Orley.

No reservations are necessary, but you must be present at 2:00 p.m. in order to take part. Your $5 participation fee covers instruction and light refreshments and is payable in cash upon arrival. Parking is available on the north and south sides of the theater at 9813 Fourth Street NW and in the lot across Fourth Street. For further information, contact Hugh Witemeyer, at 268-7579 or

Sing with the Santa Fe Opera!

The Santa Fe Opera is searching for experienced singers to lend their voices to various upcoming company projects, such as the summer lunchtime opera series and other community productions. SFO invites New Mexico singers to audition on Friday, November 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Opera Ranch Lounge, on the opera grounds.

For further information, contact Kirt Pavitt, at or (505) 946 2402.

Placitas Artists Series presents flute, harp, viola trios

—Jackie Ericksen, Vice-President, Placitas Artists Series Board
On Sunday, November 12, Willy Sucre and Friends will present a program of trios for flute, harp, and viola. Joining violist Sucre will be harpist Lynn Gorman-DeVelder and flutist Valerie Potter. The program should include Triosonate in G Minor, by Georg Philipp Telemann; Sonatine, by Maurice Ravel; Serenade No. 10 for Flute and Harp, by Vincent Persichetti; “And then I knew t'was the wind,” by Toru Takemitsu; and “Tri Chairde,” by Ian Krouse.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Lynn Gorman-DeVelder holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of New York College and a master’s degree in music and a performer's certificate from the Indiana University School of Music. She has performed with the New World Symphony and the National Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the “President's Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C.

Valerie Potter received her bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University, and her master’s degree in music from Yale. Valerie has held the principal flutist chair of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra since 1993 and the piccolo position with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 1994. She has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among others, and is currently assistant professor of flute at UNM.

The concert is generously sponsored by First Community Bank and the PAS board of directors.

Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for November’s exhibiting visual artists David Kozikowski, a weaver since the age of four years; Tricia H. Love, who paints and draws in Stanley, New Mexico; Pam Lujan-Hauer, a traditional and contemporary potter from Taos Pueblo; and Jean Nevin, a paper- and printmaker, whose current work consists primarily of collages and handmade books.

The concert will start at 3:00 p.m. on November 12 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists' reception begins at 1:30 p.m. 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, Placitas; at Gatherings, 9821 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque; or on-line, at 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 six miles east of I-25, on NM 165 (Exit 242.) For more information, call 867-8080.

Placitas Holiday Sale 2005

Shoppers in the Big Tent admire the work of Zoe Patterson at last year’s Placitas Holiday Sale.

Placitas Holiday Sale celebrates a milestone

—Bunny Bowen
This is a special year for the annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale: it is our silver anniversary! That's right, for twenty-five years people from Placitas and the surrounding area have marked the beginning of the holiday season by visiting this popular event. Always the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year it will be Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at three locations in the village: Anasazi Fields Winery, the Big Tent, and the Placitas Elementary School. Colorful signs and banners will mark the way.

Many of the artists are from Placitas, but others bring work from studios all around the state. Ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, prints, paintings, batik, leather, photographs, glass, baskets, metalwork, clothing, gourd art, books, and more will be offered. Look for many special items created just for the sale at affordable prices.

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.

Twenty-five years ago, Placitas was a small village. Ranchos de Placitas was just beginning to develop. Spec houses were appearing. Artists and crafters had moved to the area for the inspiration and quietude it provided. This combination gave birth to the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Fair. The artists needed a venue for showing and selling their art, and the new houses provided space for the artists and an opportunity for the builders to showcase their houses. In those early days, some artists found themselves displaying their work in bathrooms and kitchens. Eventually the number of artists outgrew the houses and the show moved to its present locations.

Anasazi Fields Winery will be offering tours of the winery, as well as free wine tasting. Wines available by the case, bottle, or glass will include two grape-based wines (Blanco Seco and Rojo Seco), 1997 Apricot, 2000 Peach, 2001 Plum, and 2002 Raspberry. The winery will be featuring their newly released 2004 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 inside. More information about the wines and the winery is at

Also at the winery will be gourmet marinated organic goat cheeses, by Nancy Coonridge, as well as special chocolates made with chile, pecans, and coffee beans by Amour Chocolates.

At Placitas Elementary School, Geri Aragon will offer burritos and other goodies—her cinnamon rolls and fritters are a local favorite at the Bernalillo Growers' Market. Geri has been catering since age three, when she helped her grandmother prepare tamales for the New Mexico State Fair. Also at the school, PES parents will hold a bake sale. Across the road at the Big Tent, the Presbyterian Church will sell their own delicious frozen chile, Just Coffee, and handmade Christmas gift bags to benefit Habitat for Humanity and other mission projects.

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; all proceeds will go to the school, where the donated works will be on display. Last year's raffle produced $1,010, which was used to commission a beautiful tile mural by Ophelia Cornet, now installed on the front of the school building.

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

Special thanks from the board of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale

We would like to thank all the great people in our community who help make the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale happen.

Many 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, Andi Callahan, and Jon and Nancy Couch—who have donated their valuable time to organize this event and make it a quality art show.

We also thank our gracious hosts, Jim Fish and his partners at Anasazi Fields Winery; Placitas Elementary School principal Daniel MacEachen, and Vivian DeLara, school secretary; and the members of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, who prepare the tent site each year.

And thanks to these folks who help us get ready for the show: John Roth, who furnishes the tent with electricity; Dee Christmann, who organizes the art raffle; Alex Perez, who takes care of the school; and Kate Guidei, our tent manager.

We also thank the Signpost and its publishers, Barb and Ty Belknap, for their help and support in publicizing the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and 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 show.

2006 Placitas Holiday Sale Artists


Terry Adams • Cuba • mixed metal wall decor, sculpture, lamps

Amour Chocolates • Albuquerque • chocolate covered nuts, cherries, coffee beans

Norman & Danna Aufrichtig • El Prado • hand thrown pottery with homemade glazes

Sallyjane Bolle • Santa Fe • wire wrapped stones in sterling & gold-filled jewelry, handpainted silk scarves

Nancy Coonridge • Pie Town • organic goat cheese

Helen & Joseph Coriz • Santo Domingo Pueblo • inlaid turquoise jewelry, necklaces & slap earrings

Nancy & Jon Couch • Placitas • glass water prisms, pyramid lamps, mandalas, boxes

Debbie Duffy • Albuquerque • digital photography

Bill Dunmire • Placitas • author, books, photography

Vangie Dunmire • Placitas • original watercolors of landscapes

Jim Fish • Placitas • wooden sculptures, walking sticks

Colleen Franco • Albuquerque • Clay crosses painted

Joshua Franco • Albuquerque • colorful and surreal imagery/ acrylic on canvas

Marilee Frazier • Albuquerque • soft dolls with dresses

Cay Garcia • Albuquerque • knife cut paper images,wall art, minatures & pins

Ginny & Mark Neumann • Silver City • beaded & mixed media jewelry

Renee Rector • Tijeras • handwoven jackets, vests, ruanas, ponchos & scarves

Kelvin Schenk • Albuquerque • handwoven sterling silver, goldfill chains

Nancy Wood Taber • Tijeras • colored pencil drawing of animals

Fred Wilson • Albuquerque • 2- & 3-dimensional clay sculptures & pots

Kristen Wilson • Albuquerque • art to wear jewelry
Dawn Wilson-Enoch • Placitas • desert talismans made from unusual components


Jitsudo Ancheta • Albuquerque • printmaking linocuts & woodcuts

Dona Calles • Santa Fe • copper, tin dyes, heat patinas, paper paint images, transfers

Carole Devillers • Albuquerque • photography, cards, photo magnets

Jerry T. Duran • Albuquerque • handcrafted knives

Allan & Judith Edgar/Young • Corrales • fabricated, stone mosiac, sterling/inlay jewelry

Claudia Fluegge • Albuquerque • hand painted silk scarves & paintings

Lazaro Gutierrez • San Ysidro • sculptured & inlaid silver & mixed metal jewelry

Lynn Hartenberger • Placitas • representational oil & pastel paintings

Joan Hellquist • Placitas • wildlife images handpainted on drums

Barbara Holloway • Galisteo • contemporary artwear, handcrafted of handwoven fabrics

Elzbieta Kaleta • Albuquerque • freehand scissor paper cutouts/collage

Eileen Vassos-Moffett & Kate Brown • Corrales • metal wall art/ cabinets

Edythe Lewis • Rio Rancho • fused glass jewelry

Peter & Pat McKay • Silverton • feather art, jewelry

Russell Mott • Las Cruces • raku pit fire, stoneware-classic shapes

Jim Sacoman • Albuquerque • punched tin & copper colcha in tin

Pam Slipyan • Santa Fe • eclectic jewelry, custom leater belts, handbags, hatbands

Phil Sonier • Albuquerque • wildlife/nature photography

Jeff & Myan Sorensen • Crestone • naturally shed deer, elk & reindeer antler jewelry

Diana Stetson • Albuquerque • fine art printmaking, monotypes, collographs & etchings


Amy Adshead • Grants • hand-inked, hand-printed copperplate etchings

Jeanine Allen • Albuquerque • pastel paintings on paper & board

Sue Bason • Hillsboro • folkart & saints

Jolene & Gloria Bird • Santo Domingo • silver pendants, rolled turquiose necklace, earring

Bunny Bowen • Placitas • matted & framed batik landscapes, silk scarves

Annette & Shawn Caffrey • Pecos • metal home & office accessories

Andi Callahan • Placitas • fine silver, sterling, gold & semi-precious jewelry

Charles Christmann • Placitas • digital color photography of southwest landscapes, sunsets, animals

Sonya Coppo • Placitas • gourd art

Jay Cudd • Santa Fe • hand tooled free form kitchen utensils

Renee Brainard Gentz • Albuquerque • hand dyed cotton & silk turned into wearables and wall art

Mario Hinojo • Albuquerque • carved gourds

Mary & Karl Hofmann • Placitas • functional pottery

David Reed Johnson • Placitas • wooden cutting boards, trays, & clip boards

Sandy & Michael Kadisak • Cochiti Lake • handmade, handpainted fine art pottery & sculpture

Miro Kenarov • Santa Fe • classic oils/acrylic paintings on canvas

Maria Kenarova • Santa Fe • decorative plaques and wall vases

Christine Lyons • Rio Rancho • sculpted wire jewelry

Pat Marsello • Albuquerque • brushwork on clay & paper

LaMoyne McCaulley • Corrales • decorative & functional pine needle baskets

Michael McCullough • Placitas • acrylic & watercolor paintings

Dana McDaniel • Corrales • handmade fused glass beads with silver embellishment jewelry

Randy Miller • Bernalillo • jewelry & inlay knives

Christina Miller • Santa Fe • original, modern icons, a fusion of cultures & styles

Mark Nissen • Albuquerque • one of a kind collectible mohair teddy bears

Lynn Pomeranz • Corrales • photographic images of wild horses in the west & New Mexico landscapes

Dana & Karen Robbins • Moriarty • hand blown glass: vases, ornaments, perfume bottles, jewelry

Kim Siracusan • Albuquerque • functional ceramics, slab formed & handpainted

Holly Stults • Santa Fe • designer gold & silver jewelry using gemstones & pearls

Deb Suess • Las Vegas • rugs, wall hangings, scarves, shawls

Lance Heddan & Suzanne Chustz • Santa Fe • glass plates, bowls, wall art, jewelry

Jo Ann Van Cleave • Albuquerque • representational paintings

Barbara Woods • Santa Fe • sculptural lamps & scones handpainted silk and ceramic

Lessons in art and science

—Linda Hughes, Coordinator, Art in the Schools
A heartfelt thanks from parents, students and staff at Placitas Elementary to the local community for their ongoing support of the Placitas Flea Market. The $10 vendor fee helped to fund art projects and a field trip for the students at Placitas Elementary School through the Art in the School Program.

This year, the school was able to purchase the curriculum and supplies for, “Art and Science!”—an art education program that is designed to integrate art with science and math. The parent volunteers have started their training sessions and are already in the classrooms leading the students through the explorations of scientific illustration, M.C. Escher’s geometric concepts of symmetry, Alexander Calder’s whimsical mobiles, and bridge design.

To the McCallisters and the Merc employees, a special thank-you for allowing us to share your space. Your generous contributions have been a major factor in the success of our fund-raising efforts.

The Placitas Flea Market will be open again next spring, the second Saturday of each month from May through October.

Vendor space available at Rio Rancho festival

Space to sell homemade crafts and goods is still available for Rio Rancho's Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival, which will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sabana Grande Recreation Center. This craft show provides an excellent opportunity to sell special and extraordinary gifts for the holiday season. Interested parties can visit Rio Rancho's Cultural Enrichment Department, 3900 Southern Boulevard, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, to secure a spot or call 891-5015.






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