Placitas Artists Series presents
September visual arts show and concert
The Placitas Artists Series will present artists Janet Shaw Amtmann,
David W. Cramer, Susan Jordan, and Vera Russell throughout the month
of September at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The church is
located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (off exit 242).
Janet Shaw Amtmann paints the natural world of New Mexico, and
the majority of her work is done in soft pastel. “Because
I was originally an oil painter, I apply my pastels as if they were
brushes, creating an impression of the day’s weather, light,
and sounds.” Nature photographer David W. Cramer focuses his
interest on scenic views and wildlife, particularly in the southwest.
“The goal of my photography is to record the interplay of
culture, nature, and sunlight in natural and brilliant color.”
Gourd artist Susan Jordan dabbled in art but found her true artistic
passion after she moved to New Mexico. Jordan notes, “A gourd
is a gift from the earth, and each gourd is unique.” Vera
Russell paints predominantly with oil, but also with pastels and
watercolor. Vera tries to “capture the ordinary in an extraordinary
moment… I preserve little things for others to enjoy, in case
they didn’t have time to notice.”
A reception for the artists will be held at 1:30 p.m. on September
14, prior to a concert by Montana Skies. For information, call 867-8080
or visit www.PlacitasArts.org.
Sandoval Senior Connection seeks peer counselors
The Sandoval Senior Connection is a service program in Sandoval
County, looking for seniors ages fifty-five and older to visit with
others their same age. A twenty-six-hour training session will begin
on September 16, with sessions to be held at different sites in
Sandoval County on Tuesday or Friday mornings until mid-October.
Volunteers are asked for a commitment of two to three hours per
week after completing their training.
Following training, counselors are usually assigned one client
to visit on a weekly basis. Counselors assist with issues of stress,
depression, loneliness, health problems, and lifestyle changes.
As the peer counselor volunteers will learn, the power of active
listening is not to be underestimated in helping people to cope
with these and other issues.
A free, no-obligation informational luncheon for prospective volunteers
will be held September 11 and 12 at 12:00 p.m. Interested seniors
should call Cindy Anderson, Program Manager, or Samantha Apodaca,
Administrative Assistant, at 243-2551, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on the training, the program, or the luncheon.
Trivia: New Mexico things
Well, we are familiar enough by now, with the yucca and the bizcochito
and, of course, the Official Question (how many other states have
an Official Question, I wonder?), but here are some new things to
• Did you know that the salute to the state flag equates
the flag with the Zia symbol (are the Indians still pursuing their
lawsuit to recover rights to that symbol?)
• And that the official salute, like the poems, is in Spanish
as well as English in the statutes?
• The yucca flower is adopted as the official flower of New
• The chaparral bird, commonly called roadrunner, is adopted
as the official bird of New Mexico.
• The nut pine or piñon tree, scientifically known
as pinus edulis, is adopted as the official tree of New
• The native New Mexico cutthroat trout is adopted as the
official fish of New Mexico.
• The native New Mexico black bear is adopted as the official
animal of New Mexico.
• The chile, the Spanish adaptation of the chilli,
and the pinto bean, commonly known as the frijol, are adopted
as the official vegetables of New Mexico.
• The turquoise is adopted as the official gem of New Mexico.
• The blue grama grass, scientifically known as bouteloua
gracillis, is adopted as the official grass of New Mexico.
• The coelophysis is adopted as the official fossil
of New Mexico.
• The bizcochito is adopted as the official cookie
of New Mexico.
• The tarantula hawk wasp, scientifically known as pepsis
formosa, is adopted as the official insect of New Mexico.
• "Red or green?" is adopted as the official question
of New Mexico.
• State song: written by Elizabeth Garrett:
"O, Fair New Mexico"
Under a sky of azure, where balmy breezes blow;
Kissed by the golden sunshine, is Nuevo Mejico.
Home of the Montezuma, with fiery heart aglow,
State of the deeds historic, is Nuevo Mejico.
O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so
Our hearts with pride o'erflow, no matter where
O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so,
The grandest state to know, New Mexico.
Rugged and high sierras, with deep canyons below;
Dotted with fertile valleys, is Nuevo Mejico.
Fields full of sweet alfalfa, richest perfumes bestow,
State of apple blossoms, is Nuevo Mejico.
Days that are full of heart-dreams, nights when the moon hangs
Beaming its benediction, o'er Nuevo Mejico.
Land with its bright manana, coming through weal and woe;
State of our esperanza, is Nuevo Mejico.