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Singer-storyteller illustrates history of NM

Joe Diedrich, looking every inch the born cowboy, escorts his audience into the past with his selection of trail songs and tall tales. A storyteller, musician and part-time ranch hand, Joe uses guitar, banjo and Spanish fiddle to share his vast repertoire of nineteenth-century Western lore, both humorous and nostalgic. He tells tales of old New Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail, and the arrival of the railroad and barbed wire, both of which changed the ways of the West. The program, entitled “History of New Mexico through Music and Song,” will be presented on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old San Ysidro Church on Old Church Road in Corrales. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Fine art show preserves history in Corrales

The Corrales Fine Arts Show is a multi-media art exhibition and sale in Corrales at the historic Old San Ysidro Church. The show will be open to the public from October 5 through 13 from 11 am to 5 pm. There is no charge for admission. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The works of 38 artists selected by jury from 196 entries will be presented in the fields of painting, mixed media, sculpture, and photography. Placitans Dave Doss, Dianna Shomaker, and Ashleith will be exhibiting, along with other fine artists from Sandoval County, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Galisteo. A portion of each sale goes to the Corrales Historical Society for the restoration and preservation of the church. The church is located one mile north of the Post Office on Corrales Road, then 3/10 mile west on Old Church Road. For more information call Ron Lipka at 890-0618.


Spend the day in Shangri-La

Shangri-La West Galleries in the Jemez will be having an open house, art exhibit, demonstrations, and a book signing on Saturday, October 5 and on Sunday, October 6 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Judy Asbury will demonstrate oil painting and show her landscapes and “space”-scapes in “Space in New Mexico.” Recognized Casas Grande (Mata Ortiz Mexico) potter Luci Mora will demonstrate the making of this fine and intricate pottery. On Sunday, October 6 from noon to 3:00 p.m., Clint Trafton, winner of the Frank Waters Southwest Writing Award for Literary Achievement) will be present to sign his book “You Can’t Push a Rope,” which deals with Spanish land grants. Other artists will also demonstrate their techniques and there will be a drawing on Sunday for a Casas Grande pot. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 1-829-3864. Galleries are located at 10703-10705 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, and 6-1/2 miles south of Jemez Springs.

Tricultural symposium in Jemez October 5

Prominent New Mexican authors Denise Chavez, Michael McGarrity, and Simon Ortiz will be the featured speakers at the second annual Tricultural Heritage Symposium, sponsored by the Friends of the Jemez Springs Library. N. Scott Momaday, from Jemez Pueblo, will moderate. The symposium will be held at the Jemez Valley High School on October 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. A book signing will follow.

Denise Chavez is an author and creative-writing teacher who grew up in Las Cruces and still lives there. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Last of the Menu Girls and Face of an Angel, which won a National Book Award. Her most recent work is Loving Pedro Infante.

Michael McGarrity was a deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County before turning to writing full-time. His first Kevin Kerney mystery, Tularosa, was published in 1996. His latest, The Big Gamble, was released in July.

Simon J. Ortiz is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and storyteller. Ortiz grew up at Deetseyaamah, a rural village area in the Acoma Pueblo community. His previous works include From Sand Creek, After and Before the Lightning, and Woven Stone. His most recent book, Out There Somewhere, was published in March of this year. He lives and teaches in Toronto, Canada.

N. Scott Momaday is a painter, poet, literary critic, PBS commentator, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Momaday, Rudolfo Anaya, and Tony Hillerman spoke at the first Tricultural Heritage Symposium.

“Friends of the Library is proud and happy to again be sponsoring an authors symposium with a focus on the three major cultures of New Mexico,” said Friends president Sara Winter. The group’s events coordinator, Morris Taylor, added, “It is the goal of the Friends of the Library to continue to attract distinguished authors who may not have previously met together, to provide a truly unique literary experience.”

For further information, contact Kathleen Wiegner, 829-3109 or


Robbins takes “Best in Show”

Three Placitas artists exhibited work in the New Mexico Potter’s Association “A Celebration of Clay” exhibition from September 6 through 27 at the Harwood Arts Center in Albuquerque with an ArtsCrawl reception on Friday, September 20. Laura Robbins was awarded “Best in Show” for her mosaic of clay and glass design. Daisy Kates exhibited a colorful platter and a grouted and framed tile wall mural/table top “Hillside Dreams.” Ilena Grayson showed an earthenware clay sculpture entitled “Elk.”

Laura is thrilled to have received the honor of “Best in Show.” She finds great joy in creating unique mosaic designs for walls, fireplaces and fountains. She sculptures original clay forms and tiles and then uses glass, tile, stones, gems, and found objects to create intricate, colorful images. She is currently working on installations for several private homes and a mural for The Atomic Grill in Old Town, Santa Fe. Three murals can be seen at Bosque School in Albuquerque, including one for the Gerald and Betty Ford Library. Smaller pieces can be viewed at the Range Café in Bernalillo, as well as the mosaic fireplace in the Lizard Rodeo Lounge.


The New Mexico Potters Association holds annual workshops at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu and is also an active participant in the Empty Bowls Project of Project Share, a nonprofit group heeding the homeless since 1983. Members of the NMPA meet to make and decorate bowls which are sold at the Empty Bowls event each year. For a donation of $10, you may select a bowl, fill it with soup, add bread and a dessert, listen to live entertainment, and help give hope to the homeless. The event this year will be Sunday, October 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Special Events building, 2401 12th Street NW.


Artist Asbury—inspired from above

Judy Asbury, internationally recognized astronomical artist will be having a one person show at the Old Convent Gallery, 264 Camino del Pueblo, Bernallilo from October 23 to 27.The show will also be a part of the Bernallilo Art Trail. Asbury states,"It will be nice showing in this historic building in the town of Bernallilo which is so centrally located for art viewers. My art has a spiritual connection and has been exhibited in many places but this show will have a special meaning for me. It will be specially curated to appeal to a wide range of tastes.” The show:

“Landscapes and Spacescapes” will include works from Asbury's one person show at the American Museum of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Friday evening, the Heart Hospital Foundation will be having a fundraiser at the Old Convent and one of Asbury's paintings will be included in their raffle.

Appropriatly featured in the exhibition show will be a series of "Heart Angel" landscape paintings and a series of paintings with heart imagery. The oil paintings are expressionistic with gold leaf, metalics, irridescents and micro glass beads included in the recent work.

Asburys paintings have been widely exhibited and are in international corporate and private collections. An artist’s reception is being planned for Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. For further information, contact Asbury at 834-7325.


Hispanic Music Festival sets stage
in Bernalillo for October 6

The twelfth annual Hispanic Music Festival will be held Sunday, October 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Social Center in Bernalillo. All are welcome to come and enjoy music and dancing provided by local musicians dedicated to preserving and fostering interest in the traditional music of New Mexico.

Among the musicians will be Willy Arriola and Gilbert Jaramillo; Sol y Luna ( Luciano and Carmen Valdez); Candy Lopez and Charles Aguilar; Jennifer Jaramillo and her cousin Alexandria; David Pacheco and the choir of St Thomas Aquinas; and Ricky Garcia.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Admission for seniors and children is $1. All proceeds will be divided among the participants.

Refreshments will be sold by the Catholic Daughters of OLOS.

The festival is co-sponsored by the town of Bernalillo and the Placitas Artists Series.


Watermelon Mountain Jug Band at PAS October concert

Gary Libman

As they used to say on Monte Python’s Flying Circus, “and now for something completely different.”

The Placitas Artists Series is giving an encore presentation of one of the most delightful groups who have played in Placitas: The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band. Their music is wonderful and fun—they play ragtime and jug-band, bluegrass, country western, and Spanish, and they play many original songs. The concert will be on October 20 at 3:00 p.m.

The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band plays music authentic to the original 1920s jug bands. Their instruments, in addition to the critical “jug,” include guitar, kazoos, banjo, washboard, spoons, washtub bass, fiddle, and comb. The group has released three albums, and they have a major following in the Albuquerque area where they play at local clubs, private conventions, and special events. They’ve also performed on TV shows; they played for President Clinton when he visited Albuquerque, and they have even played at the dinner train show in Chama. They have delighted audiences at concerts at the KiMo Theater, the Rio Grande Zoo and BioPark concert series, and the New Mexico and Rio Grande Arts and Crafts show.

The Jug Band concerts are not only a lot of fun, but the music is outstanding. The concert will be held as always at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). There will be an artists’ reception at the church before the concert. This month’s featured artists are Lisa Chernoff, Linda Eichorst, Glenda Jensen, and Alexandria Teitler. Please view samples of the artists on the Placitas Artists Series Web page at

Lisa Chernoff’s latest work explores the three-dimensional and textural aspects of hot-worked glass. Although she currently focuses on larger wall and table sculptures, Chernoff continues to create cocktail tables, bowls, tile, and formal and casual jewelry.

Linda Eichorst says that she paints for the sheer joy of painting. She is driven to create art in order to capture life around her, both humble and majestic. Glenda Jensen, born in the United Kingdom, has had her work accepted and juried in New Mexico and Colorado shows. Some of her work is hanging in collections across the United States and Europe. Her chosen medium is pastel, which offers the capability of drawing with a dry medium and a glorious selection of pure colors.

Alexandria Teitler’s art has taken on a new vision. Color and abstraction have become uppermost in importance. She states that she loves to use color in a vibrant and bold way to create a sense of excitement.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased ahead of time at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas (867-3333). Tickets can also be purchased on-line. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For additional information and ticket brochures, call 867-8080 or visit the Web site.

Concerts are partially funded by a grant from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs. There is handicapped access and free care for children under six.



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