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Placitas Holiday Sale returns

—Nancy Couch

Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and get ready because the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is coming to town. Eighty of New Mexico’s best artists have been busy working in their studios all across the Southwest, creating unique artwork for the 31st annual show. The show will be held on November 17 to November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These talented artists will fill three sites in our beautiful historic village of Placitas with a wide array of art, from homemade holiday gifts, to colorful decorative creations.

The Placitas Holiday Sale is a juried show, and many artists compete for the opportunity to be in the fair. The result is an exceptional line-up of artists in all medias. Quality, originality, and variety are what the jury were looking for when it selected these artists from an ever-growing number of applicants. All of the art is handmade, and many of the artists create special gifts for the holiday season.

The Placitas Holiday Sale has earned an excellent reputation throughout these 31 years for extremely high quality fine arts and crafts. The size of the fair, which is limited to eighty artists, is less intimidating than most shows of the season, giving patrons a chance to actually talk with the artists about their creations. It’s always exciting to see which favorite artists are returning and who is new to discover, and what the artists will bring to the fair. 

Artists from Placitas, as well as Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corrales, Santo Domingo, Pecos, Santa Fe, Taos, Tijeras, and Crestone, Colorado, will be there. Painters, printmakers, ceramic and glass artists, woodworkers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers, metal artists and more will bring their art to sell. Homemade clothing, leather goods, painted drums, hand carved furniture, and more will be displayed at one of the three central locations.

Site One takes place at Anasazi Field Winery, which 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 that it’s a snap to get in and out. Among some of the artists that can be seen there are some of the old favorites, such as Andi Callahan from Placitas with her 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. Bruce Stamp will be coming from California with his one-of-a-kind wood sculptures of birds and sea life. Another artist you’ll want to visit is Terry Adams, from Cuba, who will have his southwest and contemporary metal wall art and sculpture on display.

Site Two is in the big tent east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The Big Tent has a fun, festive feeling and is heated for the comfort of all. Some of the artists you can find at the tent include Dana Roth with her stunning photography of botanicals and landscapes and Jon and Nancy Couch with their Water Prisms that make rainbows, and their jewelry boxes and lamps. Jeff and Myan Sorenson will be coming again from Crestone, Colorado with their earrings, pins, necklaces, and barrettes made from naturally shed antler. Another popular artist in the tent this year is Sarena Mann, with her playful, whimsical mobiles. New this year are artists Judy Terra from Taos, with her one of a kind piecework jackets and vests, and Jennifer Cavan from Angel Fire who paints brightly hued New Mexico scenes.

Site Three will take place at Placitas Elementary School. This is the largest venue with almost fifty exhibitors. 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 David Reed Johnson with his functional wood art, exotic wood cutting boards, clipboards, trays, and boxes along with Sandy and Michael Kadisak from Cochiti Lake with their fine art pottery, ceramic sculpture of little people and animals. Bunny Bowen will have her matted and framed Japanese batik landscapes and elegant silk scarves. The halls at the school are lined with more artists. This is where you’ll find Mary and Karl Hofmann’s booth with their colorful, functional pottery. Rachael Nelson has a really festive looking booth with her holiday wreaths and ornaments made from pine cones and other plant materials. New this year are Al Hockwalt, who will be bringing his functional wooden folk art birdhouses, and Patricia Leigh from Santa Fe with giclee prints on canvas of ranch life, horses and their riders.

For the wine-savvy folks, 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

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 of Santa Fe returns to the Winery with their small batch chocolate nuts, fruits, bars, and gifts. New this year at the Winery are Martha Alcantar and Gadiel Ramirez from Santa Fe, bringing local and exotic honeys, ristras and southwestern decorations of natural materials. In 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 one, Anasazi Fields Winery will feature Little Smokies, which 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 two, 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, brownies, cookies, and drinks. At Site three, Kimberley Calvo of Seasonal Palate will have her van parked at the entrance to the School. In the foyer to the gym will be a bake sale of homemade desserts, a fundraiser for the school opera project.

The artists have been donating pieces of their artwork for the last nine years to raise funds for a good local cause, amounting to more than ten-thousand dollars. This year the 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 one dollar each 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.

Placitas Holiday Sale T-shirts featuring Susan Junge’s iconic print of the Sandias will be available again this year and all profits will be donated to La Casa Rosa Food Bank to help the needy in Sandoval County. Be sure to visit the Placitas Community Library table in the hall at the School, as well as the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department and La Casa Rosa Food Bank, who will be next to the Big Tent with special fundraisers to support their projects.

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. To get acquainted with the artists, visit: Enjoy the show!

Placitas Holiday Sale artists and locations

SITE ONE—ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY  — 26 Camino De Los Puebilitos, Placitas
Free wine tasting; hot food by “Little Smokies,” salmon on a stick, tacos, stuffed mushrooms & more

Terry AdamsWall art and sculpture
Martha Alcantar & Gadiel Ramirez—Honeys, ristras and Southwestern decorations
Sallyjane Bolle—Minerals, fossils, jewelry
Andi Callahan—Hand-formed jewelry
Michael Colombo & Barbara Barkley—Artist-made beads, earrings, necklaces
Nancy Coonridge & Andy Coon—Organic goat cheese from their own free-range goats
H. Cordova—Clay sculptures of shaman, etc.
Joseph Coriz—Turquoise jewelry
Jim Fish—Wooden sculptures, walking sticks
Jeff Keenan—Chocolate, nuts, fruits, bars, gifts
Richard & Linda Kempe—Art furniture
Lynne Pomeranz—Prints: wild horses & West
Jim Sacoman & Rosalie Sacoman—Punched tin with colcha-punched copper
Bruce Stamp—Wood sculptures: birds, sea life
Nancy Wood Taber—Animals in pencil
Betty Temple—SW images in a petite gallery
Kristen Wilson—Art-to-wear jewelry

Hot food at the Presbyterian Church’s Chile Pepper Café. Burritos, tamales, pork sandwiches & more

Jeanine Allen—Original paintings
Jitsudo Ancheta—Woodblock prints
Jerry Barnett—Fused glass
Dona Calles—Copper repousse with etching
Sharon & Adam Candelario—Etching
Jennifer Cavan—Oil and pastel paintings
Nancy & Jon Couch—Glass water prisms
Lazaro Gutierrez & Aurelia Gutierrez—Handcrafted jewelry of silver, brass and copper
Joan Hellquist—Wildlife images on drums
Elizabeth Jenkins—Hand-woven clothing
Elzbieta Kaleta—Paper cutouts and collages
Sarena Mann—Paper mache mobiles, figures
Adrian Martinez—Wood inlay pictures
Michael McCullough—Paintings
Joanne McGrath—Handmade jewelry
Bertha Medina—carved and painted gourds
Dana Patterson Roth—Photography
Tricia Simmons—Silver clay painting, jewelry
Pam Slipyan—Leather and eclectic jewelry
Phil Sonier—Wildlife and nature photography
Jeff and Myan Sorensen—Jewelry with antler
Holly Stults—Argentium jewelry
Judy Terra—Piecework jackets and vests
Patricia Wyatt—Mixed media paintings

SITE #3—PLACITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL —5 Calle de Carbon Hwy 165, Placitas
Food by Kimberley Calvo of the “Seasonal Palate; Bake sale in the gym foyer.


Amy Adshead—Original copperplate etchings
Dona Bollard—Film and darkroom artwork
Bunny Bowen—Batik landscapes, silk scarves
Annette & Shawn Caffrey—Copper and aluminum home-and-office accessories
Linn Cotrell & Chula Leyendecker—Wearable fiber art
Britt Densford—Enamel, cast paper, jewelry
Bianca Harle—Stylized landscapes, still lifes
Mario Hinojo—Gourds, birds, jewelry
David Reed Johnson—Functional wood art
Sandy & Michael Kadisak—Pottery, sculpture
Bryan Kitson—Wearable art, sculpture, glass
Edythe Lewis—Fused glass dichroic jewelry
Sandra Miller—Clocks, photo boards
Nancy Phillips—Hand-built clay
Bob Phillips—Calligraphy in mixed media
Luis Quinche—Leather bags and bracelets
Dianna Shomaker—Mixed media paintings
Alice Slemmons—Kiln glass, glass jewelry
Cande and Russ Toner—Enamel jewelry
Kei Tsuzuki & Molly Luethi—Designs silk screened onto tea towels, pillows, scarves
Jan Vanderburg—Solar plate etchings
Mike Wisby—Hand-thrown fine art, pottery


Maude Andrade—Silk screened clothing
Roger Preston & Roxanne Bebee Blatz—Color and black-and-white photography
Carol Carpenter—Transparent watercolors
Sonya Coppo & Anna Goodridge—Hand-painted clothing and accessories
Anna Cupich—Jewelry: minerals, stones, metals
Greg Gawlowski—Framed photographs
Jennifer Glenn—Hand-fabricated silver jewelry
Karen Allyson Hayes—Handmade art jewelry
Al Hockwalt & Karen Nein—Birdhouses
Mary and Karl Hofmann—Functional pottery
D.L. Horton—Petroglyph stemware, jewelry
Patricia Leigh—Giclee prints of ranch life
Dana McDaniel & Ron McGowan—Jewelry
Rachel Nelson—Wreaths and ornaments
Carol Sparks—Realistic watercolor paintings
Reynold & Charen Stafford—Southwest carved trunks, chests, benches, cabinets, mirrors, benches
Geri Verble—Tribal and ethnic jewelry

For more information on this year’s sale, visit:

Karl and Mary Hofmann 

Artists Mary and Karl Hofmann in front of the kiln in their Placitas studio. See fully loaded kiln below.

HOfmann pottery kiln

c. Hofmann pottery
Photo credit: Oli Robbins

Gifts of the Kiln God: The pottery of Mary and Karl Hofmann

—Oli Robbins

If you live in Placitas, or a nearby area, there’s a good chance that you frequently interact with the pottery of Karl and Mary Hofmann. Their work seems ubiquitous; I find myself drinking from one of their mugs or gazing at one of their plates—on display in the center of my dining room table—almost daily. Their work is both functional and decorative, but that’s not what makes it such a delight to use. It’s also quietly confident, as if it was never forcibly made, but rather exists as an organic entity in its own right.

Karl is interested in the space inside a pot, rather than its external silhouette. He explains, “I tend to look down and inside the object and work it until the empty space takes on a clear volume. The clay wall becomes a skin that defines the empty space within.” His shapes are felt, rather than thought, and they’re the result of a sensitivity to the material and process that Karl has honed over the past half century as a ceramicist and sculptor.   

Over the past fifty years, Karl and Mary have worked together, both as husband and wife and prolific collaborators. They met on a blind date while attending graduate school at Michigan State University. Karl was obtaining a degree in history, and Mary, in painting. Mary recalls that the date turned out to be not so “blind,” as they “discovered they both had a passion for art.” After knowing each other for only six months, the pair married.

While in the army, Karl had the good fortune to be stationed in Japan, where he visited the studio of renowned Japanese potter Hamada as well as the pottery village of Onda. The Japanese aesthetic and artistic philosophy proved foundational for Karl’s later career as a potter. After serving in the army, Karl pursued two of his passions—history and ceramics-sculpture—receiving a Masters degree in each and meeting Mary along the way. Karl went on to teach humanities and art at universities around the country, while Mary worked in the university libraries. They found themselves in Placitas in 1976, when the town was well on its way to becoming a thriving artistic community.

Soon after, Mary began working at the UNM library, and Karl found himself teaching art at Sandia Prep, where he would remain for the next 19 years, all the while working feverishly on his craft. Mary’s extensive art education enabled her quickly to acquire pottery skills and, in an attempt to keep up the pottery production while Karl was teaching, she shifted her focus and embraced pottery full time. She makes most of the hand-built (as opposed to thrown) pieces, manages their business, completes much of the “slave labor” involved in the very long and intensive pottery process, and draws on her painting background to decorate fired pieces.

Mary explains that while she is “goal oriented,” feeling great satisfaction when she keeps up with her stock and achieves a goal of completing so many butter dishes or snack trays, Karl is “process oriented,” reveling in the material itself and the moment when a soft lump of clay evolves into a shape. He enjoys exploring the space inside of a pot and “likes to think of the empty space as being under pressure, pushing against a thin skin of clay that is slowly expanding.” In order to achieve the feeling Karl is after, he needs the skin of his pieces to be paper thin. “I push it to the point where it will almost break, and there’s a real tension in there.”

Karl’s training in sculpture informs his pottery philosophy. Mary explains, “Karl thinks of things as volumes.” He doesn’t like concave shapes, finding them too restricting and “silhouetted.” To Karl, his pots are not static outlines, but breathing objects. The subtleties that Karl is after are not present in each of his pots. “That’s why I do pots in series of 12 or 24,” says Karl. “They’re all nice from the start but they don’t have that quality until maybe I get to pot eight or nine, and then it’s pure feeling, I no longer think about how to do it, I just push it to that point.”

Though Karl believes that it’s “unnecessary” to glaze, he admits that he and Mary like to decorate and that he appreciates the “tension that arises between surface decoration the volumes you’re dealing with.” To ensure that their decoration doesn’t compete with the pot’s three dimensionality, Mary explains that they “use brushwork that follows the ins and outs of the surface of the pot. In that way, the two elements are related.” Says Karl, “The kiln firing is the critical element for fusing pots and decoration into a unified whole. Sometimes because of the location of the pot and the temperature of the kiln, pieces are created of unusual and unexpected beauty. We call these ‘gifts of the kiln god.’”

The Placitas landscape has undoubtedly affected Karl and Mary’s aesthetic. Says Mary, “Living in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, and enjoying the blue skies, the red earth, and enduring mesas has influenced the decoration of Hofmann pottery.” The Hofmanns will be showing their work in the hall of Placitas Elementary School during the Placitas Holiday Sale on November 17th and 18th. One of the original organizers of the Placitas Holiday Sale—now in its thirty-first year—Mary continues to take pleasure in sharing her and Karl’s work with the Placitas community. She says, “Pottery is hard work, but my reward is getting to know about the lives of our customers and hearing their appreciation of our work.”

Karl and Mary were recently honored with the 2012 Albuquerque Art Business Association Local Treasures Award, which recognizes artists that are devoted both to giving back to the community and encouraging young talent to continue the legacy of New Mexico’s diverse culture. Their work can be viewed at Weems Galleries, Gallery One, Whiting Coffee, and the Mountain Arts Gallery in Ruidoso.

See their work and say hello at the Placitas Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Sale in Placitas on November 17 and 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Christmas at Clear Light show—a little history

—Penny Peine

When the “Christmas at Clear Light” holiday art show first opened in Placitas, the cedar elves at Clear Light, the Cedar Company, worked with a group of local residents and artists to enlarge the village’s festive showcase for the work of Placitas artists. Over the many years since Joshua Peine, founder of the company, launched the inaugural event, the show has steadily grown and evolved into a popular, community-wide tradition, along with the Placitas Holiday Sale.

In the mid-1980s, Clear Light had moved to a new, expanded location in the village and created the Laughing Bear Gallery, the perfect venue for an art show. Joshua’s long-time interest in, and support of, local artists had given him the idea of including a gallery at the new site of his business. No one could have predicted that this holiday show would become a tradition that attracts larger crowds of visitors and shoppers every year.

During its long history, there have been experiments with, and adjustments to, the original concept of a kick-off holiday event. At one time, to offer a way for children to enjoy the festivities at Clear Light, there were llamas to pet and ride, and for several years, a harpist played for visitors. However, as exhibits enlarged, and the number of visitors increased, additional space was devoted to showcasing the work of New Mexico artists and hosting the Wild Horse Observers Association and Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico. The “Christmas at Clear Light Show” has made Placitas a gathering place for visitors, many of which reunite only at this annual event on the third weekend of November.

In addition to Clear Light’s locally produced cedar products, many local artists display their art.  Preparations for the show are intense, as both the gallery and workshop are emptied on the Friday morning before the event to make space for the exhibitors. Within a few short hours that afternoon and evening, artists completely transform the building. Working at a furious pace, they erect display walls, install lighting, and mount their art. Everything is ready for the first visitors when they arrive at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Put the “Christmas at Clear Light Show” on your calendar this year and enjoy how our community marks and celebrates the holiday season. This year it will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, look for our red signs posted along State Highway 165.

Joe West

Award-winning musician, Joe West
Photo credit: —Anne Staveley

Joe West & The Santa Fe Revue come to Placitas in November

—Tony Hull

Following the capacity reception Placitas gave to September’s “One Last Day of Summer,” another concert has been set for November 11, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Joe West and the Santa Fe Revue will come to town. Ranked “best in Santa Fe” in the Santa Fe Reporter’s Reader Poll four years running, this will be thrilling music, once again, at Anasazi Fields Winery. Opening the concert will be the ever-popular local ClayStone acoustic duet.

Joe’s career includes Austin, Texas where he formed a group called Joe West and the Sinners, a bizarre Alt-Country band that immediately created a buzz, attracted lots of fans at a regular spot at Austin’s world famous Continental Club. It was there that Joe and The Sinners shared the stage with such Texas legends as Jon Dee Graham, Dale Watson, and Wayne “The Train” Hancock. In 1999, Joe’s first self-released CD, Jamie Was a Boozer, was voted one of the “Top Ten Texas Platters” by the Austin Chronicles Critic’s Poll and Joe was voted one of the “Top Male Vocalists “ by the Chronicles’ Reader’s Poll. Joe then began to tour extensively throughout the United States and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and the Violent Femmes. Joe and his music seemed to be on the verge of widespread notoriety. But much like fellow poets Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, Joe answered a call deeper than show business realities

Tickets are available in advance at:, or at the door. ClayStone, Joe West and the Santa Fe Revue, food of The Seasonal Palate, and local wines of Anasazi Fields can be enjoyed between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on November 11. Expect to hear favorites, great solos and innovative music for listening and dancing. For further information, contact

David Cramer

Nature photographer, David Cramer

David Cramer benefit exhibit at Placitas Community Library

—Avi Kreichman

The David Cramer Photography Memorial Benefit Show will be presented at the Placitas Community Library in November. The much-beloved nature photographer David Cramer died suddenly on March 25, 2010. A selection of images—printed, matted, framed, and signed by David—will be on exhibit from November 3 through November 29.

A special reception will be held on November 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Framed prints will be available for purchase throughout the course of the exhibition. A limited number of prints matted and signed by David will be available for purchase at the opening reception and during the Library Book Sale on November 17 and 18. For the first time, greeting cards and smaller keepsake prints will also be available for sale at the Library booth in the Placitas Elementary School during the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale on November 17 and November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

One-hundred percent of proceeds will go to the David Cramer Memorial Educational Programming Fund of the Placitas Community Library. Last year, this fund supported the Library’s children’s reading program, including the purchase of books, the summer reading challenge, performers who told stories through music, drama, and puppetry and other programming for children throughout the year, as well as a variety of programs for adults.

Shortly before his death in March of 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 often—wild horses, after he moved to Placitas 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 held a joint show—including a selected image by David—last year.

First Annual SCYouth Arts Show

—Sidney Hill

On November 10, young artists are invited to participate in the First Annual Sandoval County Youth Arts Show. The show will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Historic Buildings of Loretto Park, found at 243 S. Camino Del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

There will be an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the La Junta Art Gallery, found at 413 S. Camino Del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

La Junta Gallery is sponsoring the show in conjunction with the Town of Bernalillo and the Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board.

The show has two distinct purposes: to raise money for local school art programs and to channel the energy of local youth in a positive direction.

“This project was born out of a Bernalillo Town Hall Meeting organized by the Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board,” says Dominica Montano, liaison for court programs with the Sandoval County District Court. “The board organized the Town Hall after discovering minority youth in Sandoval County were having a disproportionate amount of contact with law enforcement.”

The idea was to ask youth what activities would help keep them out of trouble, and many of them expressed a desire for programs that would allow them to express themselves creatively.

Representatives from colleges and arts organizations also will be present to give students information on how to continue their arts education beyond high school.

Artists wishing to participate in the show can get an application by contacting Dominica Montano at 771-7175, 340-1350, or at

There will be three categories for entries: 2D, 3D, and live performing art. October 25 is the deadline for all submissions. There are no application or entry fees.

All work must be original, with some flexibility allowed for live performing artists who wish to cover established pieces.

Show participants will have the option of selling their work and will be allowed to keep all proceeds. Local school art departments will have donations boxes at their respective booths, and all funds placed in those boxes will go to that school’s art department.

Under Charlie’s Covers to host November book signings

—Lara Harrison                                                                                                        

Under Charlie’s Covers fine used bookstore will host two book signings by local authors in November.

On November 10, Albuquerque author Nigel Hey will be signing his latest book, Wonderment: A Writer’s Biography, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wonderment is “the book of a restless seeker of knowledge who will travel anywhere, meet anyone, and read anything that promises to deliver further enlightenment.” He is the author of several other books that will be available at this signing. For more information, go to

On November 24, Albuquerque author and artist Jerry R. Davis will be signing his new book, Barns from the Land of Enchantment, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This book is a collection of fifty full-page, black and white drawings and an accompanying vignette about the featured structure.  Davis has been a finalist for the New Mexico Book Awards for three of his previous books. All of these plus his drawings will be available at this signing. For more information, go to

Under Charlie’s Covers is located at 120 E. Highway 550 next to Walgreens, in Bernalillo. For more information, go to or call 404-2097.

Placitas Artist Series presents Willy Sucre and Friends

Continuing in its twenty-sixth season, the Placitas Artists Series will present Willy Sucre and Friends playing Piano Sextets with Guillermo Figueroa and Krzysztof Zimowski, violins; Willy Sucre and Cherokee Randolph, violas; James Holland, cello; and Ivonne Figueroa, piano. The program should feature Joaquin Turina’s Escena Adaluza for solo viola, piano, and string quartet; and Johannes Brahms’ Scherzo Op. Postumus for violin and piano. It will take place on November 25, at 3:00 p.m.

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. Presently Dr. Figueroa works at the education department of the University of Puerto Rico.

Violinist Krzysztof Zimowski was the concertmaster and featured soloist of the former New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade. Born in Wroclaw, Poland, he began his musical studies at the age of six. He moved to New Mexico in 1986 to help form the Helios String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence of PAS from ’87 to ’97.

Violist Cherokee Randolph started playing through the string orchestra program in the Albuquerque Public Schools as well as the Albuquerque Youth Symphony through high school. Ms. Randolph played with the Mexico City Philharmonic for 16 years, returning to Albuquerque in 2006. She currently teaches orchestra with the Rio Rancho Public Schools and coaches young violists with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program.

Cellist James Holland began cello studies at the age of nine in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. In 1996, he successfully auditioned to become principal cellist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and cellist for the Charleston Symphony String Quartet.

The concert is generously sponsored by Alan & BJ Firestone and the Firestone Family Foundation.

Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for November exhibiting visual artists Jim Carnevale (photography), Woody Duncan (watercolor), Marcia Petty (fiber art), and Diana Martin (beaded jewelry).

The concert will take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are twenty dollars in advance; at-the-door prices for General Admission are twenty dollars, and for students: 15 dollars.

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, call 867-8080 or visit

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