Tender Moment, photograph, by David Cramer
David Cramer Photography Memorial Benefit Show at Placitas library
The much-beloved nature photographer David Cramer died suddenly March 25, 2010. A selection of images printed, matted, framed, and signed by David will be on exhibit at the Placitas Community Library for the month of November. A special reception on Saturday, November 12 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. will be hosted by his life partner, Avi Kriechman. A limited number of prints matted and signed by David will also be available for purchase.
One hundred percent of proceeds will go to the Placitas Community Library.
Shortly before his death in March, 2010, David wrote:
The natural world is one of beauty, chaos, cruelty, survival, and joy. My photography attempts to capture some of these elusive moments for humans to experience. My ultimate goal is to share the rawness of nature with my viewers in a manner that stirs emotion and wonder.
David came into his own as a nature photographer of landscapes, birds, and—most especially—wild horses after he moved to Placitas with Avi in 2003. He quickly became a fixture of the Placitas Studio Tour and the Holiday Sale, winning numerous awards for his wildlife images, including top honors in the international photography contest “All Things Horses” at the Center for Fine Arts Photography and at the Bosque del Apache “Festival of Cranes.” He was one of the founding members of Perspectives, a photography collective, which curated the Picture Placitas celebration at the library after David’s death in 2010 and will hold a joint show, including a selected image by David—early in 2012.
David was equally loved for his kindness and generosity toward all living things and his joy in connection. He was a member of the board of the Placitas Artists Series and a key contributor to wild horse organizations in New Mexico. David continues to “… give us more than we could know,” the song Avi wrote for David’s memorial service May, 2010.
The Placitas Library hopes you will take advantage of this rare opportunity to purchase one of David’s images, and donate to the library, this holiday season. For further information, contact Sonya Coppo at email@example.com.
Christmas at Clear Light invites all to holiday event in Placitas
Clear Light Cedar Company announces it will again present Christmas at Clear Light, a juried art show. The event will feature local artists and artisans as listed below:
Paula Dimit, wood carving; Joe Dowell, wildlife art; Richard Gabriel, Jr., New Mexican tinwork “Artist at Work”; Terri Helmer, unique glass jewelry; Pam Neas, mixed media art; Dianna Shomaker, mixed media paintings; Conrad Sloop, fine art wilderness photography; Shirley Ann Sloop, fine bead jewelry; Holly Stults, designer sterling silver jewelry with pearls and gemstones; Karin Tarter, eclectic designs on wood; Dennie York, artistic scrollsaw creations; WHOA—Wild Horse Observers Association, greeting cards, photos and information; Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM.
In addition to the artists, many Clear Light gift products will be offered for sale.
The show will take place on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Clear Light Cedar Company is located seven miles east of Placitas Village on Highway 165. Look for the red signs.
For more information, call Clear Light Cedar Company at 505-867-2381, visit www.clcedar.com, or contact Karin Tarter at 252-0262.
Corrales Holiday Art Festival
—The Corrales Society of Artists
The Corrales Society of Artists will be holding their fourth Annual Holiday Art Festival featuring approximately forty on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 27 from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. This event will feature approximately fourty artisans and will be held at the Corrales Recreational Center. Parking and admission are free. The Corrales Society of Artists is a coalition of approximately 115 artists from the Corrales area. For more information, visit www.corralesartists.org.
PAS presents piano quintets
—Shirley Ericson, Placitas Artist Series
Continuing the celebration of its Silver Anniversary, on Sunday, November 20, at 6:00 p.m., the Placitas Artists Series will present Willy Sucre and Friends playing Piano Quintets with Guillermo Figueroa and Valerie Turner, violins; Willy Sucre, viola; Joan Zucker, cello; and Ivonne Figueroa, piano. The program should feature Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat Major and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor Op 34.
Violinist Guillermo Figueroa has been Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony and serves as Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony.
Pianist Ivonne Figueroa began her musical studies at the age of five with members of her distinguished Puerto Rican musical family, and later she was a pupil of Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Claude Franck, and Felix Galimir. In 1966, Ms. Figueroa was awarded the Pablo Casals Scholarship by the maestro himself.
Violinist Valerie Turner, a native New Yorker, received her musical education at the State University of New York at Purchase. Prior to coming to New Mexico, she performed with many orchestras in the New York area. In New Mexico Turner has performed regularly with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Symphony.
Cellist Joan Zucker is a native New Yorker who holds music degrees from Bennington and Ithaca Colleges. She was first heard by New Mexicans in the mid-seventies as jazz cellist with the Johnny Gilbert Quartet and Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of Santa Fe. Since then she has performed in many of New Mexico’s ensembles, chamber groups and orchestras.
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, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at www.PlacitasArtistsSeries.org. Prices are $20 in advance. At the door, prices for General Admission are $20 and for Students: $15.
PAS features artists at concert
—Shirley Ericson, Placitas Artist Series
Continuing the celebration of its Silver Anniversary Season, on Sunday, November 20, the Placitas Artists Series will present the art of Karen Halbert, Ann Pollard, Marcia Rackstraw, and Marilyn Stablein with a reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 5:00 p.m. The works will be on display from October 29th to December 1.
A reception for the artists will be held prior to the November 20 PAS concert.
Karen Halbert is an oil painter in Santa Fe where she concentrates on New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes. Halbert exhibits her work in Plein Air Society of New Mexico shows, various charity events, and private viewings.
Placitas artist Ann Pollard’s work has been featured in solo and group shows in the Washington, DC area and throughout Texas and New Mexico. Her work has received numerous awards and is in public and private collections nationwide and in Mexico.
Marcia Rackstraw has maintained a studio in Placitas for 30 years, working in charcoal, oil paint, and linocut. Her work has evolved from an emphasis on the figure into her current interest in the landscapes of New Mexico and the island of Kauai. Rackstraw is represented on www.placitasartists.com.
Marilyn Stablein exhibits her assemblages and award-winning artist books at universities, museums, libraries, and galleries in the US and abroad. Marilyn is also an author. Her tenth book, Splitting Hard Ground, won the New Mexico Book Award and the National Federation of Press Women’s book award.
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, visit PlacitasArtistsSeries.org or call 867-8080.
“Village View,” block print, by Susan Junge—Placitas Holiday Sale
Placitas Holiday Sale invites special guest Susan Junge
—Nancy Couch, Placitas Holiday Sale
The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale has invited a special guest, Susan Junge, to help celebrate. Susan has a long history with the show and was one of the early organizers that worked with Peaches Malmaud and Mary Hofmann to create, develop, and shape the original Placitas Holiday Sale. You may remember some of her linocuts from the early years of the Placitas Holiday Sale or the beautiful image of the Sandias that she has graciously let us use for the Holiday Sale logo.
All of her linocuts are familiar places to us, the Sandias, the Jemez, the many different views in Placitas of our wonderful vistas and landscapes, the Rio Grande, and more. She had the talent to fully capture the beauty of our local landscapes.
Susan Junge created these limited edition linocuts during her many years in New Mexico. Several influences converged to support this work. There were family traditions in the fine arts, and a rich experience at Antioch College where she worked in an array of media: sculptural ceramics, film, performance art, photography, and printmaking. But foremost was the effect of seeing differently in those clear, bright high desert spaces. She impulsively returned to a basic block printing technique she had learned from her mother. With the inspiration from the landscape, and the action of carving a line rather than drawing, painting, or dancing, she freed and strengthened her vision. The bold lines and brilliantly blended backgrounds resonated successfully with the rocky, eroded land formations of her surroundings.
The incentive for the first print was to create an eye-catching poster for the first Placitas Holiday Sale. She chose the Sandia Crest profile that everyone driving up the road to Placitas would recognize. After many late nights getting everything organized for that first show, the print eventually became a night landscape with the full moon and a small cap of clouds After the image was printed with two keyed blocks, the text advertising the event was silkscreened on the bottom. People realized the authenticity of the process, and started their Susan Junge collections. The realization hit that this was a salable item, and she began printing on Japanese rice paper, with the printmaker’s signature and numbering. For the next eleven years, there would be a new landscape block print edition with the same image on the poster for the annual Placitas Holiday Sale. All of these editions were printed with Robert Arber, of Arber & Son Lithography, on his antique letterpress. His chop mark in the lower left corner is recorded with Tamarind Institute, where he trained.
Susan Junge is currently living and working alternately at her studios in Placitas, and Camden, Maine. When in Maine, she puts her love of things from the southwest into Spirit & Art Gallery East (S.A.G.E.), operated with her husband, Richard Ailes, since 2003. She also teaches both printmaking and clay modeling in Waldorf Schools.
Susan will have a booth set up in the tent. Stop by to say hello and see her colorful linocut prints motivated by the magnificent views of Placitas, Bernalillo, and northern New Mexico.
2010 Placitas Holiday Sale shopping in The Big Tent
2010 Placitas Holiday Sale folks at Anasazi Winery
Placitas Holiday Sale—a festive gathering of the arts for thirty years
—Nancy Couch, Placitas Holiday Sale organizer
This November will be the thirtieth anniversary of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, a local show that started with about twenty artists in 1982 and has now grown to eighty artists. The Holiday Sale has grown in popularity throughout New Mexico and has become one of the best arts and crafts shows in our area. As the fair’s reputation grew it attracted more and more fine artists and artisans to the show, making this holiday show also a fine arts event. This is a juried show and there is an exceptional line up of artists this year in all the art mediums. They will have their artwork set up at one of the three central sites located in our historic village. Always held on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale has become an annual highlight for artists and art lovers. This year it will be Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For the last thirty 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. The show now features many of New Mexico’s finest artists. Its size is less intimidating than most shows of the season, which gives patrons a chance to enjoy the splendor of the wares and actually talk with the artists about their artwork.
The Placitas Holiday Sale has earned an excellent reputation throughout these many years for extremely high quality fine arts and crafts, a relaxed atmosphere, good homemade food, fine wine, and lots of fun. After the hectic autumn, the mood is more leisurely, with time to talk with old friends, enjoy the goodies, and discover what wondrous works the artists have brought to our village. The show will feature many renowned artists from Placitas as well as other areas across the state like Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corrales, Santo Domingo, Pecos, Santa Fe, Taos, Tijeras, and Crestone, Colorado just to name a few. Quality, originality, and variety were what the jury was looking for when it selected these talented artists from an ever-growing number of applicants.
A wide array of art will be offered for sale to take care of anyone’s holiday gift list: stained and fused glass, ceramics, fiber and batiks, jewelry, gourd art, wood, prints, paintings and painted drums, photography, wood, metal work, handmade clothing and much more will be at the Placitas Holiday Sale this year. All of the art is handmade and many of the artists create special gifts for the holiday season. Look for many special items created just for the show. Many of the familiar artists will be back again this year, however there will also be many new artists for you to discover.
At Site #1, The Anasazi Fields Winery has always been a popular and cozy venue that has a large, heated wooden pavilion with a magnificent view of their vineyards and orchards. Jim Fish and his many friends organize the parking so well it’s a snap to get in and get out. Among some of the artists that you can see here are some of the old favorites, such as Andi Callahan from Placitas with her colorful fused glass sculptures and fine jewelry and Nancy Wood Taber from Tijeras with her intricate colored pencil drawings of wildlife and nature. Linda and Richard Kemp from La Luz will be back again with their stunning hand carved and painted furniture.
At Site #2, The Big Tent east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church has a fun and festive feeling and is always a hotspot of activity. There are many clear window walls to allow the light to shine inside the tent and light up the artist’s artwork. There is astro turf on the floor and the space is heated for the comfort of all. Some of the artists you can find at the tent are Susan Junge with her limited edition linocuts and Dana Roth with her stunning photography of botanicals, landscapes, and people. Jeff and Myan Sorenson will be coming from Crestone, Colorado with their earrings, pins, necklaces, and barrettes from naturally shed antler. New this year is Bertha Medina from Santa Fe with her carved, burned, and painted gourds.
At Site # 3, The Placitas Elementary School has been expanded, making this site the largest venue with almost fifty artists. The artists fill the gym and most of the halls making it fun to discover all the unique artwork in the various areas. Some of the special artists in the gym to visit are Sue Orchant with her hand painted silk clothing, wall art, and home décor, as well as David Chavez with his incredible watercolors on paper and aqua board. Bunny Bowen will be bringing her matted and framed batik landscapes and silk scarves. Be sure to check out the halls where we will have many artists such as David Reed Johnson with his functional wood art, like cutting boards, clipboards, trays, and boxes. Rachael Nelson has a really festive looking booth with her holiday wreaths and ornaments made from pinecones and other plant materials.
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. To get more information about their wines and the winery, check out their website at anasazifieldswinery.com. Nancy Coonridge from Pie Town brings her many flavors of organic goat cheese to the Winery and offers free tastes of each unique blend. The Chocolate Smith from Santa Fe will bring to the Winery their gourmet chocolates of many delicious flavors and gift baskets.
Across the road at the Big Tent east of the Presbyterian Church, the Las Placitas 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.
Delicious food will be available at all of the 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 and chicken tacos and stuffed mushrooms. West of the Big Tent at Site #2, the Presbyterian Church will be selling homemade food for everyone out of their church kitchen, transformed into The Chili Pepper Café for the show and will feature breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, tamales, brownies, cookies and drinks. At Site #3 the Placitas Elementary School’s fifth-grade parents will be selling hot foods like Frito pies, hamburgers, drinks and desserts for all to enjoy. When you’re doing your holiday shopping at the show, make sure you get something yummy to eat from all of these fine groups.
This year special T-shirts are being made to commemorate the 30th anniversary. All profits from the sale of these shirts will be donated to La Casa Rosa food bank that help the needy in Sandoval County.
The artists have been donating pieces of their artwork for the last eight years to raise funds for a good local cause. This year Placitas Holiday Sale will be donating this money to the Arts in the School program to buy art supplies for the children of the Placitas Elementary School. The public can purchase tickets costing $1 for the chance to win a nice piece of artwork donated by the generous artists and one-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to this program. All artwork for the raffle will be on display at the School. The Placitas Holiday Sale has raised over $8,500.00 from this art raffle in the past eight years. The library will have a table in the hall at the Elementary School and the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department will be next to the tent and have fundraisers to support their projects.
Warm hospitality and high quality arts and crafts will always be found in this free juried art show, as well as something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Mark your calendars for this fun and festive holiday art event. The fair is from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20. Located 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 historic village of Placitas. All locations are centrally located.
To preview the artists, artwork map, and sites, visit our website at: www.placitasholidaysale.com.
2011 Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale artists and locations
SITE #1—ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY
26 Camino De Los Puebilitos, Placitas
Free wine tasting; hot food by Little Smokies, salmon on a stick with lettuce and cheese, shrimp and chicken tacos, stuffed mushrooms, drinks
- Terry Adams, Cuba, Southwestern and contemporary wall art and sculpture
- Amy Adshead, Grants, original copperplate etchings, hand-printed on rag paper
- Jerry Barnett, Albuquerque, functional and decorative fused glass
- Sallyjane Bolle, Santa Fe, collectible minerals, fossils and gemstones set in 14k gold-filled and sterling wire
- Andi Callahan, Placitas, fine jewelry with semi-precious stones and fused glass
- Nancy Coonridge and Andy Coon, Pie Town, organic goat cheese
- H. Cordova, Alamogordo, primitive fired clay sculptures of shaman, etc.
- Anna Cupich, Cedar Crest, jewelry made of minerals, semi-precious stones and various metals
- Addie Draper, Mountainair, abstracted realism—oils on canvas
- Jeff Keenan, Santa Fe, artisan small batch chocolate nuts, fruits, bars and gifts
- Richard and Linda Kempe, La Luz, fine hardwood art furniture
- Lynne Pomeranz, Corrales, archival pigment prints of wild horses and the West
- Dana and Karen Robbins, Moriarty, hand blown glass—vases, bowls, platters, ornaments, perfume bottles
- Jim and Rosalie Sacoman, Albuquerque, punched tin and copper colcha in tin
- Nancy Wood Taber, Tijeras, colored pencil drawings of animals
- Betty Temple, Placitas, a small gallery of impressions of the Southwest
- Fred Wilson, Albuquerque, stoneware and raku pottery and sculpture
- Kristen Wilson, Albuquerque, one-of-a-kind art to wear jewelry
SITE #2—THE BIG TENT NEXT TO THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
623 Hwy 165, Placitas
Hot food at the Presbyterian Church—Chili Pepper Café. Breakfast burritos, tamales, pulled pork sandwiches, beans, cole slaw, green chile by the quart, brownies and drinks
- Jeanine Allen, Santa Fe, pastel and mixed media still life, landscape, and wildlife paintings on handmade surface
- Jitsudo Ancheta, Albuquerque, wood block prints
- Helen Bamert, Albuquerque, handwoven garments and accessories
- Dona Calles, Santa Fe, copper repousse with etching, patinas, dyes; mixed media image transfers; etched copper jewelry
- Nancy and Jon Couch, Placitas, glass water prisms, windows, pyramid lamps, mandalas, boxes
- Lazaro and Aurelia Gutierrez, San Ysidro, hand-crafted jewelry of silver, brass and copper with semi-precious stones and inlay
- Joan Hellquist, Placitas, wildlife images hand-painted on drums
- Elizabeth Jenkins, Taos, hand-woven jackets, vests and scarves
- Susan Junge, Maine, linoleum block prints
- Elzbieta Kaleta, Albuquerque, paper cutouts and collage designs mounted on museum board or canvas
- Adrian Martinez, Albuquerque, all natural wood inlay pictures
- Judy McCullough, Placitas, jewelry made from quality gemstones, pmc silver and wirework
- Michael McCullough, Placitas, acrylic and watercolor paintings
- Bertha Medina, Santa Fe, carved, burned and painted gourds
- Dana Patterson Roth, Placitas, photography of botanicals, landscapes and people that get in the way
- John Saunders, Albuquerque, watercolor paintings of horses, wildlife and Western
- Pam Slipyan, Santa Fe, custom leather and eclectic jewelry
- Phil Sonier, Albuquerque, wildlife and nature color photography
- Jeff and Myan Sorensen, Crestone, earrings, pins, necklaces, barrettes, etc. from naturally shed antler, sterling silver and gold-fill accents
- Diana Stetson, Albuquerque, one-of-a-kind monotypes and limited edition collographs
- Carolyn Van Housen, Placitas, jewelry with fused sterling silver, 24k gold, oxidized with rare pearls
- Deb Vetterman, Mountainair, whimsical hand-built clay houses and other such items
- Patricia Wyatt, Santa Fe, mixed-media paintings
SITE #3—PLACITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5 Calle de Carbon Hwy 165, Placitas
Hot food by the fifth grade class; bake sale, Frito pies, chili stew, burritos, desserts, and drinks
IN THE GYM
- Teresa Archibeque, Albuquerque, unique hand-fabricated, one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewelry
- Dona Bollard, Santa Fe, traditional black-and-white film and darkroom
- Bunny Bowen, Placitas, matted and framed batik landscapes, silk scarves
- Jan and Ken Brookshier, Medanales, fine art photography
- Patricia Burns, Albuquerque, hand-fabricated sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry with semi-precious stones
- Annette and Shawn Caffrey, Pecos, copper and aluminum home and office accessories
- David Chavez, Albuquerque, watercolor on paper and aquaboard
- Daniela DeLuca, Placitas, mixed-media paintings reflecting New Mexico landscapes and nature
- Maggie Doyle, Albuquerque, contemporary limited edition handwoven clothing
- Renee Brainard Gentz, Albuquerque, hand-dyed art quilts and silk wearables
- Mario Hinojo, Albuquerque, hand-carved gourds, birds of many personalities and jewelry made of cut pieces enhanced by beads.
- Sandy and Michael Kadisak, Cochiti Lake, fine art pottery, ceramic sculpture of little people and animals
- Bryan Kitson, Cedar Crest, wearable art and sculpture using torch-worked borosilicate glass
- Sandra Miller, Arroyo Hondo, one-of-a-kind slate clocks, mixed media photo boards, mixed metal bookmarks
- Sue Orchant, Albuquerque, hand-painted silk clothing, wall art and home decor
- Jeff Potter, Alameda, pastel paintings, drawings
- Trisha Simmons, Albuquerque, silver pods and rings, mixed metal and wire, base metal clay, enameled iron and copper
- Cande and Russ Toner, Santa Fe, high fired enamel on copper tiles—framed and jewelry
- Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi, Albuquerque, original designs silk screened on tea towels, pillows, scarves, etc. with water-based inks
- Nancy Wiedower, Albuquerque, assemblages and collages from found objects and recycled materials
- Mike Wisby, Albuquerque, hand-thrown fine art and functional ceramic pottery
IN THE HALLS
- Maude Andrade, Albuquerque, hand silk screened bamboo and cotton clothing
- Jolene and Gloria Bird, Santo Domingo, silver pendants, inlayed rolled turquoise necklaces, earrings
- Lynda Burch, Albuquerque, water-media and collage
- Barbara Clark, Corrales, pastel and oil paintings of local scenes
- Sonya Coppo, Placitas, Parfleche envelopes, handbags, table runners, floor cloths
- Mary and Karl Hofmann, Placitas, functional pottery
- D.L. Horton, Albuquerque, petroglyph etched stemware and fused dichroic jewelry
- David Reed Johnson, Placitas, functional wood art —cutting boards, clipboards, trays and boxes
- Dana McDaniel and Ron McGowan, Corrales, mixed metal jewelry with copper, aluminum, pearls, set stones and found objects
- Phyllis McGuire, Albuquerque, landscapes in oil
- Rachel Nelson, Albuquerque, wreaths and ornaments made from pine cones and other plant materials
- Gary Singer, Albuquerque, landscape, wildlife and nature photography
- Carol Sparks, Los Ranchos, realistic transparent watercolor paintings
- Reynold and Charen Stafford, Tijeras, Southwest carved trunks, chests, benches, cabinets, mirrors, benches, shelves and more
- Kris Thoeni and Joseph Woods, Cedar Crest, original silk paintings, prints, cards and one-of-a-kind wearable art
- Tai Vautier, Pagosa Springs, one-of-a-kind, handmade smithed jewelry
- Geri Verble, Placitas, contemporary tribal and ethnic jewelry