The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newsmagazine Serving the Community since 1989


Application deadline for Placitas Holiday Sale draws closer

Exhibitor applications for the 2003 Placitas Holiday Sale must be postmarked by September 9. The juried show will be held on Saturday, November 22, and Sunday, November 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications are available at the Merc in Homestead Village and at the Placitas Mini Mart. Applications may also be downloaded at


Gary Priester - September Signpost Web Featured Artist

Gary Priester - September Sandoval Signpost Web Featured Artist

Chair Magic, digital image, by Gary Priester

Chair Magic, digital image, by Gary Priester

Chair Magic, digital image, by Gary Priester

Hotei-sama Levitating, digital image, by Gary Priester

Gary Priester: featured artist of the month

Click here to go to the Featured Artist Gallery

Nature and mischief

Barb Belknap

Gary Priester rode into Placitas in the year 2000 and has since cleaned up the town. Not with a six-shooter and spurs, but with graphic-design professionalism that has given Sandoval County community-based businesses a leg up. Priester has transformed home-on-the-range artists into information-superhighway sophisticates. His talents and patience have backwoods businesses traveling down the high-tech road in style. Not surprisingly, he has been successful in advertising art for thirty-five years, creating ad campaigns for clients like Nissan, Sanyo, Charles Schwab, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Carta Blanca Beer, and Suzuki Motorcycles.

One philanthropic brainchild of Priester’s has been to develop an exclusive Web site for Placitas artists. now has twenty-eight artists, each with an individual gallery page. The site also offers an updated monthly calendar for artists receptions and shows, and includes Bernalillo Art Galleries schedule information.

Priester finds the artists he works with extremely grateful to receive this complimentary service—which is made possible through sponsor signage on the site.

Priester is also the Web designer and manager for the Signpost. But just as artistic people often stray from “who they are,” as defined by which business suit they wear, so has Priester taken time out for his errant creative side, his wayward self, his true art.

“I always wanted to do something artistic, but even though I spent four years in art school, I never could draw worth a hoot,” he said. “So I have combined my photography with vector images, created in a mostly unheard-of British vector-drawing application, Xara X. I do very little of my work in Photoshop, preferring to work in the vector world. My images tend to have lots of wormy things and eyeballs, a product of my arrested development, which has left me rooted in my high-school past.”

Looking at the fantastic images created by a million clicks of the mouse and mind, one enters into a safe world of kaleidoscopic color and marvelous depth. Eyeballs and spheres? Yes, lots of them. Wormy things and all sorts of elements from the natural world are placed in a gentle rhythmic dance.

One image, Eye On The Ball, juxtaposes an eyeball and a still life of racked pool balls gleaming in circular perfection. Another shows a wooden Hotei-Sama levitating off a front-porch chair. What nature dishes out in fleeting sunset doses, Priester delivers in a wheelbarrow, allowing the viewer time to examine the intricacies of nature, quizzically laced with mischief.

He said, “I bought an Olympus digital camera a few years back and have been capturing New Mexico sunsets, photos of the Sandia mountains, Cabezon, and everything else that I see.”

It is those images that find their way into Priester’s client’s Web sites and his own personal art.

To meet Gary Priester and see his two-dimensional creations, visit the Walking Art Studio Art Show, for the annual studio art show on September 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walking Art is at JAK's Cactus Ranch, 144 Camino de Las Huertas, Placitas, 771-8236.


Coronado Monument seeks native arts and crafts
for October fair

Coronado State Monument is seeking help to celebrate the Native American Cultures Arts and Crafts Fair that will take place on October 4 at the monument. The portal will be open for vendors to sell their arts and crafts, along with demonstrations in blacksmithing and hunting techniques, such as the rabbit-stick hunt and atlatl throwing. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to sell your traditional Spanish and Indian arts and crafts, please call Angie Manning at 867-5351 to register. There is no charge for setting up.


Pearlman offers archetypal-drama workshops at Bernalillo gallery

September 14, 21, 28 and October 7 and 14, Bill Pearlman will lead a series of archetypal-drama workshops. The theme for these workshops, which will run on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Julianna Kirwin Studio/ Gallery, 1019 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo, is “Light, Shadow and Shades of Chiaroscuro: The Art of Archetypal Improvisation.”

 Archetypal drama was inspired by Jung, Hillman, and modern theater workers such as Grotowski, Boal, and Peter Brook. It is a form of theatre inquiry that allows dialogue to enter consciousness from what Thomas Moore has come to call “deep soul.”

Archetypal drama was designed for educational and practical purposes. No experience with theater work or Jungian psychology is required. Our proposed gathering is not a therapy group, but a lively exploration of dramatic form within a context of improvised characters born perhaps from dreams, modern culture, or ancient threads of meaning.

Bill Pearlman is an actor, poet, playwright and teacher. He has taught at UNM, TVI, NYU, UCSB, and CIIS. His book Characters of the Sacred: The World of Archetypal Drama will be available at the workshops. Individual workshops are $25; the whole series costs $100 and includes a free copy of Bill’s book. To reserve a place in the workshops, call 867-7691 or e-mail


PAS performance celebrates the history of string quartets

Gary Libman
PAS Board of Directors

The Placitas Artists Series is presenting its 2003–2004 season premiere on Sunday, September 14 at 3:00 pm. This month will feature Willy Sucre and Friends playing string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Once again, violist Willy Sucre has assembled an outstanding group of musicians. Joining him will be violinists Krzysztof Zimowski and Valerie Turner and cellist Joan Zucker. The program will be Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat major, (“The Sunrise”), Mozart’s String Quartet in D Major, K 575, and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 1.

The concert is sponsored by the members of the Placitas Artists Series Board of Directors: Jackie Ericksen, president; Sally Curro, vice president; Gary Libman, secretary; Timothy Long, treasurer; and Molly Birely, John Bullock, Vangie Dunmire, Judy Elstner, Moriah MacCleod, Mary Morse, Barbara Reeback, and Dianna Shomaker.

Willy is very well known to PAS concertgoers. He has served as conductor and music director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Canada Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

The NMSO principal cellist, Joan Zucker, has performed in Placitas and in many of New Mexico’s finest ensembles. She has performed as a soloist and recitalist and in numerous chamber groups, orchestras, and festivals.

Krzysztof Zimowski has also performed at many PAS concerts. He’s currently the concertmaster of the NMSO and is the featured soloist of the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. Every summer he performs with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago’s famous Lakefront Music Festival.

Valerie Turner has had an extensive career performing with orchestras and chamber ensembles such as the American Symphony, the Manhattan Philharmonic, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Opera, the Stamford Chamber Orchestra, and the Craftsbury Chamber Players.

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 Melissa Moloney, Sheila Richmond, Elsie Schoenfeld, and Elizabeth Sorroche.

Melissa Moloney says there’s endless inspiration in New Mexico. She is a curious observer of nature and is inspired by its beauty.

Sheila D. Richmond began to explore pastels after many years in oils, after seeing the incredible landscapes here.

Elsie Schoenfeld paints landscapes because she loves nature and wilderness areas and is moved by nature’s scenery, solitude, and beauty.

Elizabeth Sorroche, a metalsmith, produces jewelry of gold or sterling silver that incorporates precious and semi-precious stones and fossils, the designs influenced by Southwest cultures and landscapes. Log onto the to see samples of the work of these artists.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or can 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. The prices for this concert 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.

There is still a little time left to purchase season tickets for the entire 2003–2004 season. These PAS season tickets are one of the greatest bargains in the Albuquerque area. You get nine tickets for less than the price of seven already low-priced tickets, with guaranteed preferential seating for all concerts. Season tickets prices are $100 for general admission and $80 for students/seniors. To receive a ticket order form, please visit or or call 867-8080.

Season-ticket holders will also have assured and preferential opportunities to purchase tickets for the February 1 special concert featuring piano duos by Oleksiy Koltakov and Katerina Makarova. Tickets for this concert are not part of the season-ticket package, will definitely sell out quickly, and will be in demand.

This concert and the visual art exhibit are made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. There is handicapped access and free child care for children under six.


Chamber Music Albuquerque expands programs

A new season opens in September as Chamber Music Albuquerque begins its first year-round schedule of events, offering twelve concerts plus activities for families and students.

Board president Heidi Frost Heard explained, “Our long-term plan has been to bring the best of the rising young talent in the world of chamber music to Albuquerque as well as the established groups already familiar to our audiences. In order to do this, we needed to expand.”

The Miró Quartet plays at the opening performance on September 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy. Their program includes Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat, op. 33, no. 2, (“The Joke”); Ives’s Quartet no. 1 (1896), and Schubert’s Quartet in G, D887. A lecture on the composers and the group’s repertoire is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

The Miró Quartet is a perfect example of the organization’s intent. Formed in the fall of 1995, the quartet won first prize at the fiftieth annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 1996 and in 2000 won the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The members of the quartet are Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, violin; John Largess, viola; and Joshua Gindele, cello. They have been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio’s Saint Paul Sunday, and various programs of the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Currently the Miró is on the faculty at Kent State University in Ohio.

The remainder of Chamber Music Albuquerque’s 2003-2004 season will include concerts by the Baltimore Consort, the Biava String Quartet. The second winter festival features the Jacques Thibaud Trio and pianist Orion Weiss, the St. Petersburg Quartet, the Takács Quartet, and Opus One. Chamber Music Albuquerque will again host its Summer Ensemble Studio for middle- and high-school string, wind, and piano students during the June Music Festival.

Complete program information, subscriptions, and single tickets are now available at the box office, 268-1990, and at Box-office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Chamber Music Albuquerque is at 1209 Mountain Road Place NE, Suite D, in Albuquerque.


Corrales artist’s sculpture unveiled in Los Alamos

n August 13 the New Mexico Art in Public Places Program dedicated Dart, a work by Corrales artist Tom Waldron, to the Los Alamos Research Park. Waldron's one-thousand-pound abstract, steel sculpture is part of the permanent collection of the state’s Art in Public Places Program. The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, which is managing the facility, will host the work for the next five years.

"As a New Mexico legislator during the 1980s, I was privileged to cosponsor the bill that created the One Percent for the Arts program, and today I remain a strong advocate for the value of public art," said Rubén A. Smith, secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs. "I am proud that another important work of art, Tom Waldon's exciting sculpture, has joined the state's growing collection of art accessible to the public."

The AIPP Program was established through the New Mexico state legislature in 1986 as a means to administer the One Percent for the Arts program. AIPP has expanded over the years to provide a variety of public services and programs to enhance New Mexico communities and public spaces. The newly developed permanent collection consists of works includes a wide range of artistic styles and disciplines. The project at the Research Park was facilitated by the Los Alamos Art in Public Places board as a way to encourage corporate, institutional, and private developers to participate in the beautification of the community.

For further information about the program, call 505-827-6490 or 800-879-4278.


Asbury art—out of this world

“Reflect,” an exhibit by artist Judy Asbury, will open at the Old Convent Gallery in Bernalillo on September 27 and run until October 5. Regular hours for the show are noon until 6:00 p.m. The opening reception on September 27 will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Asbury is an internationally recognized astronomical artist, who will be showing a selection of her “spacescapes.” Her astronomical art has previously been shown in a one-person exhibit at the America Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium in New York.

Of particular interest will be the debut of portions of The Cosmic Woman, a large-scale work that Asbury has been painting over the last ten years. According to Asbury, “this is an evocation of the Universe. It is a synthesis of global and universal imagery and is based on a meditative approach to art.”

She will also show landscapes of the Jemez Mountains where she has lived for twenty-seven years and maintains her studio.

The Old Convent Gallery is in the El Zócalo Complex, 264 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For further information, call 834-7325.


Kathleen Wall from Jemez Pueblo honored at Indianapolis Indian Market

In June, Kathleen Wall, from Jemez Pueblo, took first place in the storytellers-and-figurines category, pottery division, at the eleventh annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market in Indianapolis. The winning piece was titled Standing Happy. Wall won second place in the miscellaneous category, potter division, for her work titled Corn Maiden Pleasant Night.

The Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market is the largest juried sale and show of Native American art in the Midwest. Each year, the two-day event—presented this year by American United Life Insurance Company—attracts nearly 8,700 visitors. It has become a mainstay in the Indianapolis art community, allowing the public to enjoy not only the celebrated artwork, but a full range of authentic Native American food, entertainers, games, and crafts.

Nearly 180 artists competed in the 2003 competition. Nationally known judges awarded more than $14,000 in thirty-five categories within nine divisions: paintings/drawings/prints, fine-art sculpture, carvings and dolls, jewelry, pottery, basketry, weavings and textiles, cultural items, and beadwork.

All entries must be handmade within the last two years. They must also be available for purchase during the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, and must not include any part of a protected animal species. Contributing artists are required to provide documentation confirming that they are members of a state- or federally recognized tribe.

Since its opening in 1989, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has been the only museum in the Midwest to combine Western art and Native American art and artifacts. The museum is part of White River State Park, which showcases eleven central Indiana attractions, including the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Victory Field AAA baseball stadium, and the Indiana State Museum.

For more information about this and other Eiteljorg museum events, call (317) 636-WEST or visit




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