Saturday, May 31, 2008
Belen/UNM-Valencia updates (our stringer on the other side of the Llano
you could say, reported from Belen yesterday,
Hi - thought I'd share this milestone. Today, I filed two photos and
stories on the Channel 13 My New Mexico;. Look for the photos
called "Rio Communities Rollover" and "Another 'Controlled Burn'." Robin
Ed. Note: Do you have good local pictures or video clips to share?
Don't just send them to us, submit them to a local TV station. Both
Channel 13 and Channel 7 have have "citizen photojournalist" sections
(no doubt Channel 4 as well) and invite submissions. If accepted, email
me (email@example.com) the link to blog.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Welcome to NM-Central.com. News, views, reviews and commentary from New Mexico's REAL Central Valley!(Ed Note: not so sure how to interpret "real" since it excludes Mountainair, which is actually closest to geographical center of the state. Is our community yet again the proverbial red-haired step-child?)
NM-Central.com, a regional issues blog and commentary site, is being developed to allow for a greater degree of discussion and disclosure regarding issues and events relevant to the real Central Valley of New Mexico (more on that inside the blog). While our newspapers do the best possible job in bringing us the news and commentary in print, the Web allows us much greater freedom in the amount of discussion, background information, and candor than traditional media are able to offer.
This site is in the early stages of its development. We are working to develop the best possible online authoring and commenting environment possible, with an emphasis on accuracy and constructive criticism. NM-Central.com will be examining a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to life in the truly central portion of the state, with an eye towards providing information on matters of public policy, local and regional events, economic development, environmental protection, and other concerns relevant to a vital and growing community. We especially look forward to exposing and correcting the unfortunate misconceptions and misperceptions, and occasionally even misleading information, that can serve to cloud public debate. Our focus is to explore issues in a manner that promotes healthy debate and seeks common ground where it can be found, and respect for the right of others to disagree when it can not.Why not visit the NM-Central blog and let editor/owner know how you feel/ It is, however, head and shoulders above NM Crier which, self-described as "free local papers by the peple and for the people," lists no staff/editorial names and will appropriate your copy without compensation or rights. It too overlooks Mountainair...
Well, we all survived a very busy Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Those of you that missed our celebration day, missed a great day of music provided by Picoso and Just Us. The first band Picoso is a latin/jazz/funk band and the second, Just Us is a country western band. They provided a wonderful mixture of music for our blue skied sunny day. It was a little windy, but in all, it was a beautiful day of community.
... We have many wonderful events coming this summer season. Remember, as Estancia is the county seat of Torrance, Estancia is everyone's home town and we are very happy to have you all here for any of these occasions. With the price of gas these days, it might be wise to stay closer to home. Hopefully we will see you for some of these events.
- Saturday, June 21, Jack Thorp Day, Noon to 8 p.m.
- Friday, July 4, Community Family 4th, Noon to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, July 26, Old Timers’ Day, Noon to 8 p.m.
- August 1-2, American Cancer Relay for Life, 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- August 11-16, Torrance County Fair & Sale, All Week
- Monday, September 1 (Labor Day), Latino Music Fest, Noon to 8 p.m.
Ed Note: Thanks again, Margarita. I'm in process of converting Margarita's schedule to image and pdf format to link here as well as posting on Mountainair Announcements and other calendars. Does your organization have an event / announcement flyer? Please send it to me for posting - preferably already formated/ converted in optimum format for posting.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Senior Center Grand Opening was prematurely announced. Originally set for May 3, it has been rescheduled for June 25 to accommodate dignitaries from Santa Fe and all that jazz. Election year ya know even there won't be babies to kiss at this venue.
I also missed announcing the May Gymkhana Rodeo (thinking it a week later than it actually was). Another in June plus a NM Junior Rodeo event. Red Kingston filled me in on the gymkhana and rodeo arena history but my computer spit up the blue screen of death before I could blog it. Did you know that the original wood arena area started equestrian sport life as a polo field in the 30s? Yes, that's right. Polo in Mountainair.
The Mountainair on a Mission "Art and More Auction" got announced and posted but the intended last pre-auction write up did not get blogged nor reminder emailed to NM Culture announcement list. Grapevine versions report a respectable take. I welcome more detailed reports to blog and am curious about how the print I donated fared. Here's hoping Mission keeps up the good work and joins forces with Margarita Hibb's Relay for Life project. Catch Mountainair chair Lori Autrey at Meds & More to learn more about it.
Incidentally - don't look for all announcements to show up here on Mountainair Arts. Check Mountainair Announcements blog for local events, activities and what not. Two posted today: Clay Workshop and Tijeras Open Air Market.
I'm transitioning local (and area) announcements from here to there. Eventually I hope to spread out posting (not just me posting) so that it becomes an open community announcements area, independent and self-sustaining...
Closing with a Pop Quiz: who can tell us what Mountainair's FAA 3 digit airport code is? And why does it matter?
Friday, May 23, 2008
Artistaday.com’s goal is simple. We feel artists are under-valued, under-exposed, and generally under-appreciated. We want to bring attention to artists that otherwise don’t get the attention they deserve. If we can bring their art to one person that would have otherwise missed the opportunity to see it, we feel like we have made a contribution to the art community. If you like the artist’s work, take a second to leave a comment to tell them so. If you don’t, feel free to tell them that as well (constructive criticism is always appreciated). We don’t intend to showcase all the artist’s work, in fact we only show one or two images by the artist. Be sure to continue through to the artist’s website to find more of their work.
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We know of a lot of great artists but we don’t know them all. If you are an artist or if you know a artist whose work should be shown here, let us know. Note that even if we do accept your submission it may be a few weeks before your work is featured.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Maria Rodriguez-Pope . . . a retrospective
On Exhibit June 3rd - 28th, 2008
Opening reception: June 7, 2008
Also featuring Aztec Dancers, Native American Flutist and Guest Poets
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE, Los Lunas, New Mexico
For more information please call 505-352-7720
Maria Rodriguez-Pope is an extraordinary poet, expressionistic painter, sculptress, printmaker, dancer and photographer, who was born amidst the sugarcane fields of the town of Tafi Viejo, at the base of the Aconquija Mountains in northwest Argentina, Tucumán.
Maria's visual art; paintings, prints, sculptures as well as her poetry will be showcased in a month long Retrospective at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. This unique art collection depicts strong, enduring, and passionate women in their roles as children, mothers, sisters, lovers, friends and ministers.
Maria's poetry, in both Spanish and English, speaks predominantly to pursuing a peaceful world society, while preventing the destruction of our spirits and our planet. Her visual art incorporates more than 25 years of archaeological research into the prehistoric and historic essence of being a woman. Much of her presentation is based on the multitude of sacred images encountered during her research of caves and tombs reflecting the height of the Matriarchal Age. She seeks "to pursue and recover an understanding of the human element . . . in order to create a link that develops better relationships and enhances the recovery of our own spirit as social beings."
Throughout her art, Maria utilizes her own experiences to facilitate recapturing the power, wisdom and knowledge of times past; to enhance the re-establishment of more harmonious and understanding relationships between people, nature, and our planet as a whole. Maria uses a variety of media in her work, some of which defy verbal description —her poetry is not only written, it is visual, at times blending words with her art.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Late announcing, hopefully not too late for everyone - chalk it up to a combination of computer problems and not getting a reminder about reminding. I can't do much about either but do wish I could have followed the "out of town" notice with a post on local doings.
Also today - the last day of the Torrance county 50+ games, qualifiers for 2008 NM Senior Olympics. That means there will be a team to announce soon. Mountainair Sr Olympians consistently do well at state games.
If you have not been by the renovated Senior Center, drop by and take a look at the new and expanded digs. Wana Beth Fox (our White House artist) writes, "I've been cleaning, re-wiring, hanging art work for them in my spare time... I enjoy it. It's better than doing my own housework. hah!" She is also loaning the original of her "Maud" charcoal to hang in the Center and has offered to conduct classes for a proposed an arts and crafts program.
It's the weekend and a glorious day to boot: don't forget the rest of the town. Joan Page's Out of Tyme Shoppe on Limit and Jackass Junction on US 60 across from Turner Inn are open -"Mountainair originals" worth venturing out of the 2 block Broadway "core" to visiting.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
P.S. Apologies if you are getting this more than once.
Genesis in Pictographs & Petroglyphs
a Collaboration on Lost Cultures
by Three Contemporary Artists
- Peggy Powell Dobbins "...dwelling in tents..." an inhabitable art erection by Atlanta installation & performance artist features Karankawan pictographic sand drawings of Genesis according to Sor Juana's Arabic interpretation.
- Gao Feng "Worship Heaven" illustrations by Kunming, China calligrapher of the Naxi Dongba people's pictographically written Creation sagas.
- Dale Harris "Stories in Stone" scroll paintings by Albuquerque artist and poet, inspired by Southwestern petroglyph rock art.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Exaggeration? I think not. Famous and infamous winds we have known (windbags too but that's another story). Prairie winds on the Great Plains, the Santa Ana, the Dust Bowl, Provence's mistral (wind of wrath), North Africa's khamsin or sirocco or other regional name for the wind rising in the Sahara and blowing across North Africa and the Mediterranean. The name "khamsin" is derived from the Arabic, khamsun or hamsin, meaning fifty, for the approximate period of days during which it blows. According to Egyptian popular culture, khamsin-blown madness has even been cited for defense in a homicide trial.
I doubt the wind will drive me to such extremes, but I do think that if were to stick beans up my nose, they might sprout.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Kansas City, MO - Since the early 1990s, Chakaia Booker has worked almost exclusively with recycled tires. Through a physically demanding process of twisting, slicing, and weaving found rubber tires, she forms dynamic, whimsical sculptures that fuse ecological concerns with questions about racial and economic differences, globalization, and sociopolitical power structures. The exhibition RubberMade: Sculpture by Chakaia Booker surveys the past seven years of production by one of today’s leading African American artists.
Featuring nearly 25 sculptures, the exhibition is on view June 6–August 17, 2008, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Booker reclaims her tires from roadsides, abandoned lots, salvage yards, and city dumps. In her studio, which was once a commercial laundry facility, the artist uses an arsenal of machinery and small cutting tools to perform the arduous task of shredding and pulling apart the elements of tires. The variety of tire lengths and fragments are then folded, twisted, and knotted into abstract forms—a process that is physically demanding and, at times, painful.
The Artist Transforms Salvaged Tires into Art
Booker draws upon the inherent characteristics of the tires—their black color, steel belts, and various tread patterns—to create her expressive and complex sculptures. In the exhibition’s catalogue, Curator Christopher Cook writes, “Encountering the occasional patch of tar or dust and the off-gassing of an acrid, seemingly toxic aroma, viewers are constantly reminded of the rubber sculptures’ industrial origins.” Her sculptures range from small wall-mounted works to massive monumental installations, including the exhibition’s It’s So Hard To Be Green (2000), measuring more than 200 square feet.
Visit the Kemper Museum online: www.kemperart.org
Cross posted from Art Knowledge newsletter
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
"Like other artists The Folk Art Environmentalist seems to be driven by the need for expression, but in this case the expression often takes the form of a lifetime, single project which is guided by the desire to form an environment over which the artist has complete control. The unity of the artist's vision is readily apparent but the underlying motivation is much more difficult to discern. On the whole, works by American Folk Environmentalists seem to share no direct relationship with the art of the past or awareness of developments in the art of their contemporaries.Gordon's Critters in his front yard are not just a display but as much a folk art environment as the other two sites. Local house art - creating environments - surely falls in the same category.
They work outside the mainstream, intently focusing on a inner vision, the content, scope, and style of which is the sole product of the artist. What the forces were that motivated "Pop Shaffer" to begin work on his small animals and decorated buildings are not known nor do we know what guided the creation of such a unified vision. We do know that there are no other examples of Folk Environments on this scale in New Mexico and that efforts should be made to preserve this humorous and impressive monument to one man's vision."
There are also Photo sets for each at Flickr in Kelly Ludwig's collection "southwestern self-taught artists & folk art environments" .... "dedicated to the sheer joy of outsider, folk, visionary, self-taught, vernacular art and environment discoveries found all along the back roads (and side streets) around the world."
Kelly Ludwig (queenodesign) who did these describes herself as "a graphic designer by trade, a collector of self-taught art, and road trip fool by passion..."
I am crazy about this stuff called outsider art, visionary art, art brut, folk art or whatever you want to name it. I think it is a pure root art form, like a visual blues or jazz.
It’s the spirit of both the art and the artists that is so captivating. If you are lucky enough to venture off of the main highways of this country, you can encounter the most amazing folks and environments. People who create just because they have to. Not for recognition, or to satisfy a client, but because it is in them to create. Maybe they have retired and have some time on their hands, or maybe there has been a personal tragedy, or sometimes the Lord has spoken to them, or they had some left over paint, but whatever drives them to create is a pure as it gets.
- Ludwig Design... an adventure in graphic design (& portfolio)
- Detour Art... self-taught art discoveries along the backroads (and side streets) all around the world. Over 3700 listings for artists, sites, environments, galleries, museums and more...
- Detour Art flickr photos...
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
DOCUMENTARY FIELD SCHOOL
2008 Special Summer Session / June 2-27 / 9-12 MTWRF
UNM Main Campus-Week 1,2,4 / Mora Valley-Week 3
Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies CHMS
Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
Center for Regional Studies
From UNM - Enrique Lamadrid, Miguel Gandert with special guest lectures and
field presentations by José Rivera, Sylvia Rodríguez, and Manuel García y
Griego. Acequia activists and community scholars including Paula García,
Estevan Arellano, James Maestas, Harold Trujillo, and others will also join
us in northern New Mexico.
Students will earn 6 credit hours in this project. Courses cross listed with Native American Studies, Communications & Journalism, American Studies, and Spanish & Portuguese as follows:
A field based survey of the Acequia Culture and Landscapes of New Mexico, based on the folkways associated with traditional management of water, historic land grants, and agriculture. This overview of the ecology, history, ethnography, and sustainable systems of the region is accompanied by training in digital documentary technology, interview techniques, field notes, archiving, analysis, and the ethics of cultural representation. Two weeks of fieldwork will be conducted in the middle Río Grande Valley, Tijeras Canyon, and Cuba, plus one week in the Mora Valley of northern NM.
ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULE:
Special emphasis on cultural mapping and qualitative research. In a final seminar on students present their research in a multi-media forum on August 23. Morning classes and workshops, some afternoon field trips. One week field trip in Mora 6/16-20.
Crawford, Stanley. Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico.
Rivera, José. Acequia Culture.
Rodríguez, Sylvia. Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place.
Contact Enrique Lamadrid for information on logistics, admissions and
(505) 269-5569 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I did not bingo, splingo or gringo - having grown up in Francophone (and Catholic) south Louisiana, a hotbed of church bingo, you might say I am bingo-ed out. I missed the Senior Center Open House too. Kristine's report, minimalist but covering salient points. Expanded narratives invited.
pix of bingo - went well, about 100 there - ate lots, spent lots
Mary Childers & Scott Remmich - Ruth Ballen, Kristine Lauretsin & Anita Soluna
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Helping out with clean up day: Ed's wife Whitney; Scott Remmich; Kevin Turner; Frank Lucero; Town Council member Steve Sanchez; Judy Reynolds; Pam Pettingill; Anita Soluna; Craig Lockwood (ag teacher at high school); me; Girl Scout Troop #? and troop leader. Red Kingston and his kids were there helping too. I (Kristine) made scones and coffee for volunteers. Scott provided bags, gloves, water. High school students made the sign on elem. school fence. Vel helped Friday night, and of course Susan Brazil was our liaison with the waste disposal people.
Next: minimalist splingo (spring fling bingo) report + pics
Friday, May 2, 2008
Fashion and fiber come to the Folk Art Center
ASHEVILLE – The Folk Art Center’s fashion show will feature felted handbags, woven jackets and wraps, and painted and marbled silk scarves and ...
Friend's slaying inspires `Sacred Stones' art series
"I would categorize it as being spiritual, almost in a folk-art sense," contemporary artist Laddie John Dill said of Muizz's work. "
Ahoy There! Philadelphia Antiques Show Sails Into Navy Yard
Antiques and Arts Weekly -
There were high impact displays of American folk art, scarcer on the floor this year, at Allan Katz Americana, Hill Gallery and Olde Hope Antiques.
THE INSIDER’S OUTSIDER by Ben Davis
Artnet - New York,NY,USA
21, 2008, at the American Folk Art Museum, . What’s so fascinating about Henry Darger?
Mapping Your News: History, folk art festival on tap Saturday in ...
Shreveport Times -
The Benton on the Square History and Folk Art Festival will be held from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday at Heritage Village, 414 Sibley St. The fifth-annual festival ...
Folk Art Blogs
New Trend: Folk Art
By Paisley St Claire
I think this trend is going to expand to include folk art, in particular kurbits designs (popular in between 1780 and 1870). I'm going to be on the lookout for more folk art inspired pieces but in the meantime here are some ideas
... Paisley St Claire - http://paisleystclaire.typepad.com/main/
Huichol beaded jaguar head
A few weeks ago I started a new occasional series detailing some of the that I love and live with. My own little gallery of sorts. This is another in that series. Today’s piece is one of my absolute favorites
PRINT of Mixed Media Folk Art Angel Painting Jane DesRosier
I am a daily painter http://www.artbyus.com Some of my favorite mediums to work with are wood, papers, fabric, charcoal, paint, and wax. I am best known for my unique and angel paintings ...
Another Folk Art Flowers Quilt
I’ve finished quilting another(click link to view image) Folk Art Flower’s quilt. This quilt was done in a block party at Ruth’s Stitchery. I discussed the designer etc. in this post. This quilt is a different colorway
Hand carved folk art fishing decoys
By The Carver/John Gabriel
Hand carved folk art fishing decoys. Two of the fish decoys are carved from red cedar and the other is pine. The frog is carved from white cedar. The pine wood fish was stained, the other three have a natural finish.
Uploads from The Midwest Carver http://www.flickr.com/photos/folkartdecoys
Also blogging Mountainair NM at Poets and Writers Picnic and Mountainair Announcements
Thursday, May 1, 2008
May Day: maypole wall hanging
- Researchers Link Wildfires, Climate Change, Charles J. Hanley, July 22, 2006, Associated Press
"Researchers find growing evidence tying an upsurge in wildfires to climate change, an impact long predicted by global-warming forecasters....The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...has long predicted that summer drying and droughts would worsen forest fires, which in many regions are primarily set by humans....The Scripps study, in the journal Science, was unique in collating detailed data from 34 years of U.S. western wildfires with temperature, snowmelt and streamflow records. Wildfire frequency varies widely from year to year, but the California researchers found a clear trend: The average number of large fires almost quadrupled between the first and second halves of that period. They also looked at land-use changes and forest management practices, but concluded they were secondary factors in the upsurge of fires."
- Warming climate plays large role in Western US wildfires, Scripps-led study shows
- CLIMATE CHANGE: Is Global Warming Causing More, Larger Wildfires? Steven W. Running
April was also National Poetry Month - blogged & plogged at Poets and Writers PicnicLess moisture--more fires. Between 1970 and 2003, spring and summer moisture availability declined in many forests in the western United States. During the same time span, most wildfires exceeding 1000 ha in burned area occurred in these regions of reduced moisture availability
Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca
Por Jose Marti
Cultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero,
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.
Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazon con que vivo,
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo,
Cultivo una rosa blanca.
Coming up this month - haven't gotten to putting together the May calendar for the blog but have updated the community calendar on the Chamber site. Another busy month.
The quick run through - to be developed in more detail & regularly announced on Mountainair Announcements - Spring Fling Bingo (aka either Flingo or Splingo), Senior Center Open House, Art and More Auction, another workshop in MMAC/Art Etc series, Torrance County Senior Games (qualifiers for Sr Olympics), Tanesha's & Shannon's animal rescue/ shelter fundraiser, Gymkhana Rodeo, 2008 HS graduation, May ShareFest.