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Dennie York

Dennie York in her Placitas studio. Photo credit: Oli Robbins

c. Dennie York

c. Dennie York

Wood creations, by Dennie York.

From programs to patterns: the woodworks of Dennie York

—Oli Robbins

Dennie York always felt that she was missing something—some gene, some predilection that the rest of her family had. Growing up in a family with an architect/wood worker, a stained glass artist, and a graphic artist, Dennie was exposed to the arts from all angles. But unlike her father, mother, and sister, art-making didn’t call out to her. Dennie knew she could draw—she took drafting in high school and did quite well—but she didn’t. Instead, she found herself pursuing skills more suited to her brain’s left side. She deeply enjoyed her computer programming classes in college, and they led her into a fulfilling line of work. The logic. The rationality. Computers just satisfied her! So, no one was more surprised than Dennie herself to find that, after spending a happy 24 years working with computers, she too had an inner artist—and a quite talented one at that.

Says Dennie, “One day I was sitting in front of my dad’s desk, watching him draw, and I saw my mom in her shop absorbed in her stained glass, and my sister involved in graphic arts, and I just felt that there must be something else.” Dennie is a firm believer that things happen when they are meant to, and at that moment, she sensed herself “open up to the possibility of creating.” For the next several years, Dennie’s desire to work with wood grew. Then one day, at work, she noticed a small pine Christmas tree on a co-worker’s desk. After inquiring about it, her co-worker informed her that she had actually made it with a tool called a scroll saw — a saw (electric or pedal-operated) that cuts intricate patterns and ornamental scrolls. Dennie had never before known that the scroll saw existed, but boy, did she want one. Her husband Rick sought out and bought the mysterious (and large) tool for his excited wife. Dennie immediately began teaching herself the scroll saw, which she likens to a sewing machine—unintimidating and capable of labyrinthine designs. At that point, there was only one book on the topic, but she used the patterns she found within it to begin sawing simple, functional objects. When time and weather allowed, she took her beloved scroll saw outside and played. But she hadn’t the time or space to devote herself appropriately to the craft.

“It seems like a recurring theme in my life: some catalyst comes along and I jump into something with all my energy.” Before the scroll saw, it was sewing, and before that: computers. Dennie remembers being in college working as a keypunch operator in the computer center. She admired and envied the fashionable wardrobes of her female colleagues, but she was on a limited budget. “So,” remembers Dennie, “I went out and bought a sewing machine and taught myself how to sew. I took the most complicated pattern I could find and made every mistake possible and learned.” Her mother, a seamstress, had urged Dennie to learn to sew as a teenager but Dennie, then a tomboy, rejected her attempts. Dennie surely made her mother proud by fashioning all her own work clothes just a few years later. Her initial engagement with the scroll saw was similar to her experience with the sewing machine; she took advanced, complex patterns, and messed them up time and again until mastering them.

Dennie grew up in West Texas until age 14, when her family moved to Roswell. After receiving her bachelors and masters degrees from Eastern New Mexico University, Dennie moved to Albuquerque, where she met her husband and began working for PNM, and later, Apple. In 1988, Rick’s job took them both to Northern California, where Dennie had no problem finding work. “It was the best time, perfect for computers,” recalls Dennie.

Dennie is blessed to have spent those years truly content with her work. But, each time she went back to Roswell to visit her family, she missed NM more and more. During each trip, her dad would carve her something out of wood. Says Dennie, “I’d watch him make it and think, “what I really want to do is make that myself.” Perhaps without knowing it, New Mexico became, for Dennie, synonymous with art. In 1995, Dennie and Rick moved back “home,” building their house in Placitas. Rick was able to live in Placitas by telecommuting, and traveling extensively to his job in California. Dennie was posed to start another job in California that would require her to move again, but she just couldn’t do it. “We had our dream house and our dream place to live.” And with that, Dennie switched gears, leaving computers for handcrafts. She set up her shop, found a mentor in Bernalillo wood carver Paula Dimit, and began her love affair with the scroll saw.

Dennie’s earliest pieces were simple, flat items, boasting southwestern designs. She now experiments with many different techniques and makes more sophisticated images that are sometimes three-dimensional by using a more advanced “compound” cut. Dennie primarily crafts functional objects like clocks, mirrors, bowls, and trivets, but will sometimes create wooden flowers and other purely decorative items. Her designs are derived from patterns, which she draws onto, and then cuts into wood or Corian. The finished products are so precise that they often are falsely believed to have been made with a laser. But indeed, all of her designs are hand sawn. Her “computer brain” still comes in handy, for scroll sawing is a meticulous practice. She refers to her work as “designs expressed as art, inspired by nature, created from the heart.” 

After twenty years, the “repetitive process of sanding, drilling, and locking and unlocking the blades on the saw” has proven tiring and physically demanding. Though Dennie continues to prolifically produce, she has recently begun to give her body a break by creating “zentangles”—meditative images that result from drawing patterns repetitively; the exercise aids in concentration and relaxation. Last year, Dennie traveled to Rhode Island to attend a training class to become a CZT, or Certified Zentangle Teacher.  

Dennie shows her work at the Weems Gallery in Old Town (and will be present at the Weems Artfest on November 15 to November 17) as well as at the Home at the Range gift shop. She will also be participating in Christmas at Clearlight, the juried art show that takes place alongside the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale on November 23 to November 24. Dennie has been an exhibitor at Clearlight’s fair for several years and now serves as one of the jurors and organizers. View Dennie’s wood creations on her website at www.dywoodcrafter.com or learn more about her zentangles by visiting her new blog: www.dentangles.com.


c. Roger Evans

Peaches Malmaud

Vintage photo of Peaches Malmaud, original organizer of the Placitas Holiday Sale,
at the very first Placitas MountainCraft and Soiree Society Arts and Crafts Fair in 1972.
Photo credit: Robert D’Alessandro

Placitas Holiday Sale returns

Features special guest artist Roger Evans

—Nancy Couch

An autumn tradition comes to the village of Placitas every November. It is the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, to be held on November 23 to November 24. Eighty of New Mexico’s best artists have been busy working in their studios all across the Southwest, creating their unique artwork for the 32nd annual sale. These talented artists will fill the three sites with a wide array of art.

This year the Holiday Sale is pleased to invite Roger Evans as its special guest artist. Roger has contributed to the Holiday Sale in many ways for many years. He was an artist in many of the early shows and a local favorite. He helped with the organization of the event by sharing his fun and playful illustrations for several posters and programs. The show wishes to honor his continuing contributions to the arts in Placitas and his past support for the Holiday Sale by inviting him to display his work. A long time Placitas resident, Roger started creating whimsical freeform wooden outdoor sculptures of animal figures, each with a twist of humor or commentary of the times. You probably have seen his colorful van going into the wall at the Range in Bernalillo or his dancing cows. Be sure to stop by and visit with Roger and see his unique art in the School Gym.

The Placitas Holiday Sale has earned an excellent reputation from the past thirty-two years and has grown in popularity throughout New Mexico, becoming one of the best fine arts and crafts shows in the state. Originally a local event, the fair’s reputation grew and attracted more fine artists and artisans to the show, making it a major fine arts venue. This is a juried show and many artists compete for the opportunity to be in the fair. The result is an outstanding line up of artists in all media. Everything is handmade, and many of the artists create special gifts for the holiday season.

The show has become a favorite because of its cozy, fun, and festive atmosphere. 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 enjoy the splendor of the art and talk with the artists about their creations.

The show will include many artists from Placitas as well as Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corrales, Santo Domingo, Santa Fe, Taos, and Tijeras, and some from as far away as Crestone, Colorado. Painters, printmakers, ceramic and glass artists, woodworkers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers, metal artists and more will bring their incredible work to sell. Homemade clothing, leather goods, painted drums, pottery, and hand carved furniture, and much more art will be on display at one of the three central locations: Site #1, Anasazi Fields Winery; Site #2, The Big Tent next to the Presbyterian Church; and Site #3, The Placitas Elementary School.

Site #1—the Anasazi Field Winery has always been a popular and pleasant venue with a large, heated wooden pavilion and a magnificent view of their vineyards and orchards. Jim Fish and his friends organize the parking so well that it is a snap to get in and get out. Homemade organic goat cheese and delectable chocolates make great gifts and go well with wine sampling. Chile ristras, garlic decorations, and exotic honey compliment the space with the colors of the Southwest harvest.

Site #2—Heated for the comfort of all, the Big Tent east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church has a fun, festive feeling. It is alive with laughter and conversations between artists, patrons, and friends getting together. The artists decorate their booths with their work, inviting people to come down each side to see what they have created. Kids of all ages will enjoy viewing the fire truck outside the tent.

Site #3—The Placitas Elementary School is a hotspot, with the largest venue of almost fifty exhibitors. Booths fill the gym and most of the halls, making it fun to discover unique treasures in the various areas. A chair massage will be available for those people that need a special moment to relax.

For the wine-lovers, 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, two grape-based wines, and three wines produced exclusively from fruit grown in Placitas: apple, peach, and plum.

Delicious food will be available at all of the sites. At Site #1, Anasazi Fields Winery will feature Little Smokies, serving salmon on a stick, shrimp and chicken tacos, and stuffed mushrooms. At Site #2, the Presbyterian Church will be selling homemade food at the Chile Pepper Café. Their menu will include breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, tamales, brownies, cookies, and drinks. At Site #3, in the foyer, the Bernalillo High School Thespian club will have a fundraiser with a bake sale of homemade desserts and other edibles.

The Holiday Sale has raised more than $11,000 dollars in the past ten years for the Arts in the School program. All proceeds from the raffle will buy art supplies for the children of the Placitas Elementary School. The public can purchase tickets for one dollar for the chance to win a nice piece of artwork. All raffle items will be on display at the School.

The iconic Placitas Holiday Sale T-shirts with a design of the Sandias by Susan Junge will be available for eight dollars, with all the profits donated to Casa Rosa Food Bank.

Be sure to visit the fundraising table, supporting the Library at the Elementary School, the Placitas Fire Department, and La Casa Rosa located outside the tent. Inside the tent, 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.

The fair is November 23 and November 24, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. 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.

Visit the website, placitasholidaysale.com to get acquainted with the artists and see where they will be set up this year.

The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is organized by several local artists and sponsored by the Placitas MountainCraft and Soiree Society, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving the community, the arts, and artists.

For more information, contact Nancy Couch at 867-2450, or info@placitasholidaysale.com.


Artists of the 2013 Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale

SITE #1—ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY, 26 Camino De Los Puebilitos

  • Terry Adams—Southwest and contemporary wall art and sculpture
  • Martha Alcantar and Gadiel Ramirez—local and exotic honeys, ristras, and Southwestern decorations of natural materials
  • Jerry Barnett—functional and decorative fused glass
  • Sallyjane Bolle—wire-wrapped minerals, fossils and gemstone jewelry
  • Andi Callahan—hand-formed sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious and precious stones
  • Nancy Coonridge and Andy Coon—organic goat cheese from their own free-range goats
  • H. Cordova—primitive-fired clay sculptures of shaman, etc.
  • Joseph Coriz—turquoise necklace, earrings, and bracelets
  • Bill Dunmire—author and editor of six books
  • Vangie Dunmire—original watercolors of local landscapes and flowers
  • Jim Fish—wooden sculptures, walking sticks
  • Jeff Keenan—artisan small batch chocolate nuts, fruits, bars, and gifts
  • Richard Kempe and Linda Kemp—fine hardwood art furniture
  • Lynne Pomeranz—archival pigment prints of wild horses, icons of the West
  • Dana and Karen Robbins—hand-blown glass: vases, bowls, platters, ornaments, and perfume bottles
  • Jim Sacoman and Rosalie Sacoman—punched tin, colcha punched copper
  • Carol Sparks—realistic transparent watercolor paintings
  • Nancy Wood Taber—colored pencil drawings of animals
  • Betty Temple—Southwestern images in a petite gallery

SITE #2—THE BIG TENT NEXT TO THE Presbyterian Church, 623 Hwy 165

  • Margaret Adams and Gary Brightbill—hand-fabricated fine silver jewelry with cabochons, gemstones
  • Jeanine Allen—original pastel paintings on handmade surface, cards, and ornaments
  • Dona Calles—copper repousse and mixed-media image transfers and etched copper
  • Sharon Candelario and Adam Candelario—etching with a nail on tin, tin stamping
  • Nancy Couch and Jon Couch—glass water prisms, windows, pyramid lamps, mandalas, boxes
  • Celiane Dunetz and Ron Dunetz—cloisonne enamel set in fabricated sterling-and-gold jewelry
  • Denise Elvrum—dichroic and iridized fused-glass jewelry, home decor
  • Lazaro GutierrezAurelia Gutierrez—handcrafted jewelry of silver, brass, and copper with semi-precious stones and inlay
  • Joan Hellquist—wildlife images hand-painted on drums
  • Elizabeth Jenkins—handwoven jackets, vests, and scarves
  • Sandy Johnson—bold contemporary, mixed media jewlry, pins, and bags
  • Teresa Jones—flame-worked glass combined with hand-tooled silver
  • Elzbieta Kaleta—paper cutouts and collage designs mounted on museum board or canvas
  • Sarena Mann—paper mache mobiles and sculpture figures
  • Adrian Martinez—all natural wood inlay pictures
  • Michael McCullough—acrylic and watercolor paintings
  • Bertha Medina—carved, burned, and painted gourds
  • Cris Nein—recycled metal sculptures
  • Dana Patterson Roth—photography of botanicals, landscapes, and people who get in the way
  • Pam Slipyan and Villy Slipyan—custom leather and eclectic jewelry
  • Phil Sonier—wildlife and nature color photography
  • Jeff Sorensen and Myan Sorenson—earrings, pins, necklaces, barrettes, etc. from naturally shed antler, sterling silver, and goldfill accents
  • Patricia Wyatt—mixed media paintings

SITE #3—PLACITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 5 Calle de Carbon, Hwy 165
IN THE GYM:

  • Catherine Alleva—wheel-thrown pottery, mugs, bowls, sake sets, and pitchers
  • Bunny Bowen—matted and framed batik landscapes, silk scarves
  • David Chavez—watercolor on paper and aquaboard
  • Linn Cotrell and Chula Leyendecker—wearable fiber art
  • Anna Cupich—jewelry made of minerals, semi-precious stones, and various metals
  • Roger Evans—exterior sculptures and interior acrylic paintings interjected with humor and social comment
  • Renee Brainard Gentz—hand-dyed art quilts, silk wearables, and santa dolls
  • Mario Hinojo—hand-carved gourds, birds of many personalities, and jewelry made of cut pieces enhanced by beads
  • David Reed Johnson—functional wood art, cutting boards, clipboards, trays, and boxes
  • Sandy Kadisak and Michael Kadisak—fine art pottery, ceramic sculpture of little people and animals
  • Abel Martinez—inlay jewelry
  • Joanne McGrath—handmade jewelry with gemstones in sterling silver, brass, and copper
  • Peggy Moore—small wooden cabinetry and home furnishings
  • Gary Oty—color and black and white nature photography
  • Luis Quinche—leather bags and leather bracelets
  • David Schneider—wildlife and landscape photography of the Southwest
  • Dianna Shomaker—mixed media paintings
  • Glo Smith—kiln formed glass jewelry, glass wall pocket vases, and spirit women
  • Aquila Stanley—fine gemstone and sterling silver jewelry
  • Jan Vanderburg—colorful linocuts and monochromatic solarplate etchings
  • Lois Wagner—jewelry with a rich mix of natural materials and beads

IN THE HALLS:

  • Maude Andrade—men and women’s bamboo cotton hand-silk screened clothing
  • Roger Preston Blatz and Roxanne Bebee—color, black-and-white photography printed on archival material
  • Barrie Brown—kiln glass and silver jewelry using powdered glass to create miniature paintings
  • Elena Center—ceramic ornaments, nativities, crosses, angels, and luminarias
  • Michael Colombo and Barbara Barkley—artist made beads, earrings, necklaces, and handmade paper
  • Claudia Fluegge—hand-painted silk neckties, scarves, shawls, and jackets
  • Al Hockwalt and Karen Nein—functional wooden folk art birdhouses
  • Mary Hofmann and Karl Hofmann—functional pottery
  • Emily Holcomb—jewelry of lampwork beads, stones, seed beads, sterling and copper Viking knit jewelry
  • D.L. Horton—petroglyph etched stemware and fused dichroic jewelry
  • Dana McDaniel and Ron McGowan—mixed-metal jewelry with copper, aluminum, pearls, set stones, and found objects
  • Rachel Nelson—wreaths and ornaments made from pinecones and other plant materials
  • Carol Ordogne—impressionistic, colorful paintings, landscapes, and still life
  • Reynold Stafford and Charen Stafford—Southwest carved trunks, chests, benches, cabinets, mirrors, benches, shelves, and more
  • Geri Verble—contemporary tribal and ethnic jewelry

Dorothy AlexanderMitch Rayes

Poets Dorothy Alexander and Mitch Rayes

Last Duende Poetry Series reading in 2013

—Jim Fish

Dorothy Alexander, one of Oklahoma’s most well-known poets, and Albuquerque’s own Mitch Rayes will be the featured readers at the fourth, and last, reading of 2013, sponsored by Duende Poetry Series of Placitas (now in its ninth year). The event will take place on November 3, at 3:00 p.m., at Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas. The series will resume in March of 2014.

Dorothy Alexander is a poet, storyteller, and publisher from Cheyenne, Oklahoma. She lives in Oklahoma City, is co-owner, with her partner Devey Napier, of Village Books Press, a major poetry publisher in the state that has issued the work of more than thirty poets in the eleven years since its inception, including fourteen finalists and four grand prize winners of the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. Alexander has published four books of poetry since 2002: The Dust Bowl Revisited; Borrowed Dust; Rough Drafts; and her latest book, Lessons from an Oklahoma Girlhood, which combines her poetry with the visual artwork of twenty women artists from her state. She is also a founding member of the annual Woody Guthrie Poetry & Folk Festival in Okemah and the coordinator of the event for the last ten years. She has read her work all over Oklahoma and is one of the most famous poetry activists in the state. This year she was given the Carlisle Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma Center for the Book for her contributions to the literary community. She also practiced law in Western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle for more than 35 years, and, although now retired from private law practice, she is serving her thirty-second year as the Municipal Judge for the town of Sayre, Oklahoma.

Mitch Rayes, born in Detroit, Michigan has lived in Albuquerque for many years and is known especially for his dynamic performances. He attended Wayne State University as a Merit Scholar, and the Naropa Institute in 1977. Rayes spent several years in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where he was an outfitter for those who wanted to go down the Usumacinta River to see Yaxchilan and other ancient Mayan ruined cities back in the jungle. He moved back to the U.S. when he returned one day to his mountain cabin to find it was shot through with bullet-holes in a fight between the Mexican Army and the Zapatista rebels. During the 1990s, Rayes was influential in the burgeoning Albuquerque poetry scene as a founder of the Flaming Tongues and editor for eight years of the Tongue Newsletter. He also produced several Albuquerque Poetry Festivals. Rayes is a guitarist with a long history of musical collaborations with local poets, as well issuing several CDs of his own poetry and music. He and his warehouse performance space, The Projects, received the 2013 Gratitude Award of the New Mexico Literary Arts Foundation, as did Duende director Larry Goodell. They will both be honored at the reading for their awards.

For all Duende Poetry Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, although donations for the poets are encouraged. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at fish@anasazifieldswinery.com or 867-3062.


c. David Cramer

Photograph, by David Cramer

Placitas Library features the artwork of David Cramer in November

—Oli Robbins

A photographer doesn’t reproduce the world around him, but rather finds things within it worth seizing. A master at his craft, David Cramer was an observer, with an eye for the visually remarkable. With presence and patience, he watched, waiting for moments that are so fleeting and easy to miss, and so powerful to be worth preserving and sharing. In what may be their last public showing, Cramer’s beloved works will be on display at the Placitas Community Library for the month of November; the show will open on November 2, with a reception on November 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. His prints and gift cards will also be for sale at the library’s book sale and booth in the elementary school during the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, on November 23 and 24. Due to the incredible generosity of Avi Kriechman, Cramer’s partner, one hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the library.

Cramer became a hobby photographer when he started visiting NM with Kriechman. The two lived in Austin before settling permanently in Placitas. Upon moving to Placitas, he learned about the local wild horses and met two amateur photographers in his neighborhood. Both experiences were foundational for the artist, whose interest in studying New Mexico’s landscape and fauna intensified. He established a repertoire of subject matter and took a chance by participating in the Placitas Studio Tour. During that first studio tour, Cramer received a great deal of positive feedback from photographers, who recognized the value of his work. His artistic expression blossomed. He took first place in color photography multiple times at the Festival of the Cranes, and his wild horse photograph, “Stallion Chase,” won the Juror’s Award—out of 1700 entries—in the “All Things Horses” exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography. Says Kriechman, “He relaxed into himself. Parts of himself began to be illuminated after becoming a photographer.” His inherent patience gifted him with the ability to “sit in one area, watching horses for almost an entire day.” The photographic process nurtured him as he became familiar with, and honed, new parts of himself. This sense of balance, creativity and self, may not have taken root were it not for the collaboration and support he found in the Placitas community.


West Shore Piano Trio

PAS presents Willy Sucre with West Shore Piano Trio

On November 17, the Placitas Artists Series will present Willy Sucre and Friends. Violist Willy Sucre will be joined by The West Shore Piano Trio performing the Saint-Saens Piano Trio #1 in F major, Op. 18; the Mozart Piano Trio Fragment in D major, K442; and the Brahms Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26.

Since their first performance on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 2008, the West Shore Piano Trio has brought passion, color, and penetrating insight to the works they perform, not only through their playing, but also through their commentary and interaction with audiences.

Pianist Jay DeWire, a frequent solo performer, has appeared up and down the eastern seaboard and is becoming known for both his dynamic interpretations of twentieth century works, and his “old world flair.”

Violinist Heather Haughn enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. Ms. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Sinfonietta, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.

Cellist Diana Flesner was a member of the Cervantes String Quartet and the Bravel Piano Trio. She served as principal cellist for the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and has played with BACH (Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana).

The concert is generously sponsored by Dave and Mary Colton, and Alan and BJ Firestone.

Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for November exhibiting visual artists Amy Hautman, Oil Paintings; Pam Neas, Watercolor/ Ink; Diana Martin, Beaded Jewelry; and Laura Robbins,Mosaic, Glass and Ceramics.

The concert will take place on November 17, at 3:00 p.m., 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, or on-line at www.PlacitasArtistsSeries.org. Prices are twenty dollars in advance. At the door prices for general admission are twenty dollars and $15 for students.

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 www.PlacitasArtistsSeries.org.


c. Gary Priester
Eyeball on Fire
now playing on a Kindle near you

Gary Priester, the Signpost’s resident stereogram artist, and his co-artist/author Gene Levine have just released their first Kindle e-book of fifty, new 3D stereogram images—Eyeball on Fire!–Hot 3D Stereograms for the Kindle Fire. Designed specifically for the Kindle Fire HD tablet, the e-book can actually be viewed on any tablet that is running the Kindle Reader app.

Priester and Levine have teamed up for five books of 3D stereograms and also have three iPad 3D EYE BALL stereogram apps in the iTunes Store. The 3D duo are the sole stereogram artists for the popular Japanese stereogram magazine Magical Eye TJ MOOK. To date the magazine series has sold close to six million copies. And when not working on a book or app, Gene and Gary stay busy creating custom stereograms for companies, graphic design, and advertising agencies.

Priester says, “Tablets are ideal for viewing stereogram images because of the high-resolution display, brilliant color, and flat viewing surface. People who have never been able to “see those things” will be able to see them on the Kindle (or table of their choice). This has yet to be verified.

To get Eyeball on Fire, visit www.amazon.com/dp/B00EVBRNF4.

 
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