Young Bernalillo artists receive commendations
for Rail Runner illustrations
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.
Artists band with Bernalillo schools for new
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
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"
"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
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 nmfilmmaker.com 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or (505) 946 2402.
Placitas Artists Series presents flute, harp, viola
—Jackie Ericksen, Vice-President, Placitas Artists
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 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 six miles east of I-25, on NM 165 (Exit 242.)
For more information, call 867-8080.
Shoppers in the Big Tent admire the
work of Zoe Patterson at last year’s Placitas Holiday Sale.
Placitas Holiday Sale celebrates a milestone
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
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 anasazifieldswinery.com.
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 PlacitasHolidaySale.com.
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
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
2006 Placitas Holiday Sale Artists
ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY—SITE #1
Terry Adams • Cuba • mixed metal wall decor, sculpture,
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
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,
Nancy Wood Taber • Tijeras • colored pencil drawing
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
THE BIG TENT—SITE #2
Jitsudo Ancheta • Albuquerque • printmaking linocuts
Dona Calles • Santa Fe • copper, tin dyes, heat patinas,
paper paint images, transfers
Carole Devillers • Albuquerque • photography, cards,
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
Barbara Holloway • Galisteo • contemporary artwear,
handcrafted of handwoven fabrics
Elzbieta Kaleta • Albuquerque • freehand scissor paper
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
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
PLACITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—SITE #3
Amy Adshead • Grants • hand-inked, hand-printed copperplate
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 &
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
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
Maria Kenarova • Santa Fe • decorative plaques and
Christine Lyons • Rio Rancho • sculpted wire jewelry
Pat Marsello • Albuquerque • brushwork on clay &
LaMoyne McCaulley • Corrales • decorative & functional
pine needle baskets
Michael McCullough • Placitas • acrylic & watercolor
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,
Lance Heddan & Suzanne Chustz • Santa Fe • glass
plates, bowls, wall art, jewelry
Jo Ann Van Cleave • Albuquerque • representational
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
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