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The Placitas Holiday Arts and Crafts Show: A true community event

For twenty-seven 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. Traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale has become a beacon for artists and art lovers. This year, it will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show has acquired an excellent reputation for extremely high-quality fine arts and crafts, good food, fine wine, and lots of fun. Featuring eighty-two of our finest artists, the fair takes place at three central locations in the historic village of Placitas: the Anasazi Fields Winery, the Big Tent next to the Presbyterian Church, and the recently remodeled Elementary School.

The show includes renowned Placitas artists, as well as many from across the state: Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corrales, Chimayo, Santo Domingo, Pecos, Santa Fe, Taos, Tijeras, and Reserve. Some even come from Colorado (Crestone and Silverton).

These special artists were selected by a jury from an ever-growing number of applicants based on quality, originality, and variety. The organizers feel that by maintaining the number at about eighty, they can assure a high-quality show. Since 1982, visitors have enjoyed the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere—its modest size allows time to enjoy the splendor of the wares and actually visit with the artists.

A wide variety of handcrafted work will satisfy the most challenging holiday gift list: glass, water prisms, ceramics, batik, jewelry, gourd art, wood, prints, paintings, painted drums, photography, wood, baskets, metal work, clothing, and much more will be at the Placitas Holiday Sale this year. Many of the artists create special gifts for the holiday season. Look for unique affordably priced items available only at the sale.

Anasazi Fields Winery will be featuring a new release of their American Cranberry Table Wine, the perfect complement to the holiday dinner; they will also be serving cups of hot, mulled cranberry wine. Other wines available will be their two grape-based wines, Blanco Seco and Rojo Seco, and three wines produced exclusively from fruit grown in Placitas: Apple, Peach, and Plum. For more information, visit Tempting fine chile chocolates, coffee bean chocolates, pecan chocolates, and more from Amour Chocolates will also be featured at the Winery.

Across the road at the Big Tent east of the Presbyterian Church, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will sell their famous homemade frozen chile, “Just Coffee,” and handmade Christmas gift bags to benefit Habitat for Humanity and other mission projects.

Delicious food will be available at all three sites. At Site #1, Anasazi Fields Winery will feature “Little Smokies,” who will serve salmon on a stick with lettuce and cheese, as well as shrimp dogs, shrimp tacos, and cheese stuffed bread. West of the Big Tent at Site #2, the Presbyterian Church will be selling breakfast burritos, chili hot dogs, brownies, and drinks out of their kitchen. At Site #3, the Placitas Elementary School’s fifth-grade parents will be selling such hot foods as Frito pies, chile stew, burritos, and desserts. While you’re doing your holiday shopping at the show, be sure to get something yummy from these fine groups.

Each year artists in the Placitas Holiday Sale donate work to a raffle; this year, one hundred percent of the raffle proceeds will go to the Placitas Elementary School Arts in the School program for art supplies. All raffle items will be on display at the school; tickets are $1. In the past five years, the raffle has raised over $5,000 to help the students—we hope this year will be another big success.

Mark your calendars for this fun and festive holiday art event, located six 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 historic village of Placitas.

To preview the artists, artwork, map, and sites, please visit our website at

For more information, contact Nancy Couch at (505) 867-2450 or


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Terry Adams • Cuba, NM • Southwest and contemporary wall art and sculpture

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

Paul Birchak • Española, NM • sculptural ceramic icons, imagery in plaques, vases, wall sconces, and pastel paintings

Dona Calles • Santa Fe, NM• copper radousse wall pieces, night lights, and image transfers of photos on metal, paper, and cloth

Scott Clapp • Albuquerque, NM • Amour Chocolates, chocolate-covered nuts, cherries, coffee beans

Nancy Coonridge and Isai Pexton • Pie Town, NM • organic goat cheese

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

Nancy and Jon Couch • Placitas, NM • glass water prisms, stained glass windows, pyramid lamps, mandalas, jewelry boxes

Bill Dunmire • Placitas, NM • author and editor of four books

Vangie Dunmire • Placitas, NM • original watercolors of local landscapes and flowers

Jim Fish • Placitas, NM • wooden sculptures, walking sticks

Cay Garcia • Albuquerque, NM • knife-cut paper images, wall art, miniatures, jewelry pins

Peter and Pat McKay • Silverton, CO • original and creative feather art, jewelry

Richard Meyer • Santa Fe, NM • ceramic vessels—thrown, classic form, craftsman style

Sharon E. Perotti • Placitas, NM • wine glasses, tapas plates, wine bottle coasters, vases, and bowls

Nancy Wood Taber • Tijeras, NM • colored pencil drawings of animals and nature

Fred Wilson • Albuquerque, NM • two- and three-dimensional clay sculptures and decorative pots

Kristen Wilson • Albuquerque, NM • jewelry, hand-hammered metal, carved bone, beads, neckwear, bracelets, earrings

Barbara Woods • Santa Fe, NM • one-of-a-kind sculptural lamps and sconces, hand-painted silk and ceramic


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Jitsudo Ancheta • Albuquerque, NM • printmaking linocuts and woodcuts

Barbara Barkley • Quemado, NM • handmade paper made from plants, cloth beaten and pigmented, then layered into design

Michael Colombo • Quemado, NM • handmade glass beads made into jewelry

H. Cordova • Alamogordo, NM • primitive fired clay sculpture

Lazaro Gutierrez and Aurelia Gutierrez • San Ysidro, NM • jewelry/contemporary designs

Lynn Hartenberger • Placitas, NM • oil and pastel paintings of light-filled landscapes and still lifes

Joan Hellquist • Placitas, NM • wildlife images hand-painted on drums

Elizabeth Jenkins • Taos, NM • hand-woven jackets, vests, and scarves

Elzbieta Kaleta • Albuquerque, NM • freehand scissor paper cutouts/collage

Linda and Sean Leniton • Lakewood, CO • bristle cone tables with glass tops and fountains running through them like waterfalls

Edythe Lewis • Rio Rancho, NM • fused glass jewelry

Sarena Mann • Placitas, NM • papier-mâché mobiles and sculpture figures

Adrian Martinez • Albuquerque, NM • all natural wood inlay pictures

Michael McCullough • Placitas, NM • acrylic and watercolor paintings

Dana McDaniel • Corrales, NM • kiln-worked glass and silver

Pam Slipyan • Santa Fe, NM • eclectic jewelry and contemporary necklaces, pendants, earrings, custom leather belts, handbags, and hatbands

Jeff and Myan Sorensen • Crestone, CO • naturally-shed deer, elk, and reindeer antler jewelry with semi-precious stones

Reynold Stafford • Tijeras, NM • Southwest carved trunks, chests, benches, cabinets, mirrors

Diana Stetson • Albuquerque, NM • fine art printmaking, monotypes, collographs, and etchings

Sheenasha, Tim and Loren Warner • Woodland Park, CO • beadwork accessories, traditional finger weaving sashes, belts, and dance regalia

Patricia Wyatt • Santa Fe, NM • paintings and mixed media

Judith Young and Allan Edgar • Corrales, NM • stone mosaic, inlay in sterling


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Jeanine Allen • Santa Fe, NM • still life, landscapes, animal and wildlife pastel paintings on paper and board

Rory Alvarez • Rio Rancho, NM • ceramic and wood whimsical animal carvings

Joan Babcock • Santa Fe, NM • jewelry with emphasis on knotted fiber elements

Bobby Bales • Santo Domingo, NM • traditional drums

Jolene and Gloria Bird • Santo Domingo, NM • silver pendants, inlaid rolled turquoise necklaces and earrings

Roger Preston Blatz and Roxanne Bebee Blatz • Placitas, NM • photography, mostly color

Sallyjane Bolle • Santa Fe, NM • wire-wrapped stones in sterling and gold-filled jewelry, hand-painted silk scarves

Ariela Boronat • Santa Fe, NM • printmaking: mainly reduction linocut, woodcuts, and other processes

Bunny Bowen • Placitas, NM • matted and framed batik landscapes, silk scarves

Lyle H. Brown • Albuquerque, NM • pastel landscape paintings and prints

Annette and Shawn Caffrey • Pecos, NM • copper and aluminum home and office accessories

David Chavez • Albuquerque, NM • watercolor paintings of historic architecture of the Southwest in landscapes of the region

Charles Christmann • Placitas, NM • digital color photography of Southwest landscapes, sunsets, and animals

Barbara Clark • Corrales, NM • original pastel paintings, note cards with prints of originals

Sonya Coppo • Placitas, NM • fine gourd art, vessels, masks, figures

Daniela DeLuca • Placitas, NM • paintings of New Mexico landscapes in multimedia layers of paper, pumice gel, and acrylic paint

Carole Devillers • Albuquerque, NM • photography prints, greeting cards, photo magnets

Terrence Emery • Corrales, NM • contemporary sterling silver jewelry and beadwork

Renee Brainard Gentz • Albuquerque, NM • hand-dyed cotton and silk turned into wearables and wall art

Marcia Glenn • Albuquerque, NM • handcrafted silver and beaded jewelry using both sterling silver and fine silver

Mario Hinojo • Albuquerque, NM • intricately hand-carved gourds featuring images of the Southwest

Mary and Karl Hofmann • Placitas, NM • functional pottery

D.L. Horton • Albuquerque, NM • petroglyph etched stemware and fused dichroic jewelry

David Reed Johnson • Placitas, NM • wooden cutting boards, trays, and clip boards

Sandy and Michael Kadisak • Cochiti Lake, NM • fine art pottery, ceramic sculpture of little people and animals

David Magruder • Albuquerque, NM • watercolors of buds, flowers, and nature

LaMoyne McCaulley • Corrales, NM • decorative and functional pine needle baskets

Art Menchego • Bernalillo, NM • Native images in watercolor, oils, pencil drawings

Randy Miller • Bernalillo, NM • multi-stones inlaid on jewelry

Rachel Nelson • Albuquerque, NM • wreaths and ornaments made from pine cones and other plant materials

Sue Orchant • Albuquerque, NM • hand-painted silk scarves, clothing, pillows, wall art

Jeff Potter • Alameda, NM • oil and pastel paintings, linoleum hand prints, cards

N. J. Searcy • Amado, AZ • metal and ceramic bird baths, steel garden and patio accessories

Karen Melody Shatar • Placitas, NM • porcelain woven and braided/freeform bowls

Alice Slemmons • Jemez Springs, NM • functional and decorative kiln-worked glass and kiln-worked jewelry

Deb Suess, Las Vegas, NM • hand-woven Rio Grande style textiles and hand-knit wearable art

Elaine Sutton • El Prado, NM • beaded jewelry, evening bags, mythical and celestial beings

Doris Wagner • Corrales, NM • handcrafted one-of-a-kind and limited-edition art jewelry

Dawn Wilson-Enoch • Placitas, NM • one-of-a-kind talismanic jewelry inspired by the desert

Annette Wright-Gonzales and James Wright • Santa Fe, NM • contemporary sterling silver, pendants, necklaces, belts

Gail Diane Yovanovich • Edgewood, NM • archival pigment prints, matted and framed, greeting cards

Placitas Artists Series showcases local artwork

On Sunday, November 9, The Placitas Artists Series will present the art of Debby Brinkerhoff, Elliot Framan, Leila Hall, and Nancy Kriebel. The work will be on display throughout the month of November at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

Debby Brinkerhoff’s passion is watercolor. She employs bright and vibrant colors, adding layers of paint to the paper to achieve the depth she desires. Debby paints plein air as well as from photos. She currently has paintings at the Route 66 Gallery and the Unicorn Gallery in Chama.

Elliot Framan has done photography for thirty years, spanning film and now digital photography. Much of his work depicts landscape and travel; it can be viewed at his website at His work is also on display at the American Artists Gallery House in Taos.

Leila Hall came to New Mexico in 1987 by way of California and New England. Her pastels have been exhibited in many shows in California and New Mexico. Leila says she was influenced by the limited palette of Andre Wyeth, a passion for the pastels of Degas, and the light and dark of impressionist paintings.

Nancy Kriebel paints with oil in the plein air style and has taught classes at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. She uses “bold shapes, glorious colors, and intense contrasts of the incredible Southwest arena.” Her works are exhibited in numerous juried competitions in the Southwest.

A reception for the artists will be held at 1:30 p.m. on November 9, prior to a concert by Willy Sucre and Friends. 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 the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas; Ah! Capelli Salon and Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho; or online 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. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (exit 242). For more information, call 867-8080 or visit

Willy Sucre and Friends

On Sunday, November 9, The Placitas Artists Series will present Willy Sucre and Friends. In addition to Willy, the ensemble will include Violinist Mark Rush, cellist James Holland, and pianist Arlette Felberg.

Rush, currently a music professor at the University of Arizona, has performed with a wide array of orchestras and symphonies across the U.S., as well as Europe and Canada. Holland, who has recently relocated to Albuquerque and is the Santa Fe Symphony’s new Assistant Principal Cellist, has roots in southeastern states including Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina. Felberg is the founder and Artistic Director of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, and has been on the faculties of University of Toledo and UNM. She has performed with the Santa Fe Symphony, UNM Symphony, and many more. The program should include the Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op 67 by Joaquín Turina and Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op 47 by Robert Schumann.

The concert is generously sponsored by Alan and BJ Firestone. Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for November exhibiting visual artists Debby Brinkerhoff, Elliot Framan, Leila Hall, and Nancy Kriebel.

The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on November 9 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 1:30. 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 Ah! Capelli Salon and Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza in Rio Rancho; or online 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 childcare is provided for families with children under six. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (exit 242). For more information, please call 867-8080.

Southwest greenery workshop

A Southwest greenery workshop sponsored by The Friends of Coronado State Monument will be held on November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Sandoval County Historical Society’s DeLavy House in Bernalillo. Two project styles are available. Use Southwest materials such as Indian corn, raffia, buffalo gourds, pine cones, chile, or other natural embellishments; or use contemporary decorations such as colorful sprays and unique ornaments.

The cost of the workshop, including materials for making one ladder, is $25 ($10 for the workshop; $15 for supplies). Participation is limited, so please contact Pat Harris at 822-8571 to make your reservation.

To reach DeLavy House, take Highway 550, slightly past the entrance to Coronado State Monument, and turn north on the west edge of the Phillips 66 station onto Edmond Road. Follow to the end of the road; signs will be posted.

Have you heard Open Range?

The western music duo, Open Range, from Livingston, Montana, will perform at the Esther Bone Memorial Library on Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets are required for this concert and they are now available at the library.

The Open Range duo consists of Ric Steinke and Linda Hausler. Their beautiful voices are combined with the virtuosity of guitar, mandolin, and Native American flute. Open Range will perform songs from the cowboy life of the 1880s into the era of recorded music. They will feature songs of the silver screen, western swing, and contemporary songs being written today, including their own originals.

Tickets for this performance will go fast, so please do not delay—pick them up soon. The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. For more information, please call 891-5012, ext. 3128.




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