7400 Montgomery Blvd NE
Opening Reception December 4th 5-8pm
This is part of the Albuquerque 1st Friday "meet the artists" events.
Show runs December 2-26
The following was submitted by Gordon Vanus. Are they not too much fun? Check out his website at the end of this post for more images.
Priscilla and I got home late last week from our fall trip to Maryland. We managed to beat the storms on our return. We've driven by the Pig Out Place several times in our I-40 travels and have found the signs intriguing. We haven't got up the nerve to eat there yet but maybe someday. Online it is rated 4.5 stars out of 5. If you interested it is located midway between Oklahoma City and Fort Smith Ark.
I've updated my website with trip pictures. You'll find them under "What's New".
Nancy Kozikowski's embroidery piece entitled "Pear Still Life"
Rio Rancho's first all-fiber arts show, featuring several of New Mexico's outstanding
hand weavers with national and international reputations opens Friday, Dec. 4,
with a reception from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery of the Inn at Rio Rancho and Conference Center.
Co-curators of the show, entitled “Unbroken Journey, A New Mexico Fiber
Arts Collection,” are Rio Rancho weaver and Rio Rancho Art Association member,
John Curran along with Espanola rag rug weaver Sandy Voss.
“Since this is the first such exhibit in Rio Rancho we wanted to showcase examples of the diverse weaving styles for which New Mexico is famous along with some of the contemporary work flourishing here, “ said Curran. “It simply wasn’t possible to show examples of every weaving style in New Mexico, so we settled on a collection of styles which we reflect in the invitational show’s title.”
Among the weavers taking part in the show, are Nancy Kozikowski and Susan Klebanoff, both tapestry artists with work in collections around the world. Also participating is Lisa Trujillo, owner with her husband, Irvin, of Centinela Traditional Arts Gallery
in Chimayo specializing in Chimayo and Rio Grande weaving styles, Donna Contractor, Pat Dozier, Connie Enzman-Forneris and Letitia Roller.
It seems that most if not all politicians loose focus of this (if they ever had it to begin with) and end up serving everything else but their constituents. But, not so with Delma Petrullo. She always went around saying that she is a lousy politician because she was here to serve her constituents.
She had the ability too, to make a huge impact on anyone that she crossed paths with. A very unique and special person she was.
This past Sept. 4th, the City of Rio Rancho dedicated and planted a tree in her memory. It was the first kind of tree memorial the city has had (you too can get one for someone for a mere $300.00 which is a lifetime guarantee along with the dedication plaque).
The dedication took place early on a Friday morning on September 4th, 2009.
And many of our city's firemen were there too along with family and friends. Although, I did wonder why there was nary a police officer from the city there. A curious thing indeed.
This past Sept. 24th, she would've been 61 years old/young. She accomplished a lot in so little time. I can't even begin to imagine what she would've accomplished had she stayed around a bit longer...
Oil painting of the Chimayo Church here in New Mexico done by RRAA artist, Laverne Elliott.
Laverne is now exhibiting some of her work at the Blue Portal Gallery located in Old Town, Albuquerque.
In 2008, The Blue Portal Gallery marked its 30th year of business. It is located on historic Church Street in Old Town, Albuquerque. The shop exclusively sells work by New Mexico Artist and Craft Makers age 55 and older. Members of the Assistance League founded Blue Portal in 1978 to serve the local senior community and tap into the growing art market in the Albuquerque area. This is a non profit organization and is run by volunteers of the Assistance League. Hours are 10:00 to 4:30 Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sundays. The Blue Portal is now showing the art work of Laverne Elliott.
Photos taken by Gordon Vanus who lives in the East Mountains of the Albuquerque metro area.
(Here's what Gordon wrote to me when he sent me these images) "Last Saturday night we had the biggest electrical storm in a couple of years. The good news is it was a ways off and I was able to stand out on the front porch and take some pictures. The bad news was it had been so long since I tried to photograph lighting I had forgotten how I had set up the camera before. Before the stormed passed I started to get the hang of it."
All I can say is that it is a heck of a lot better than I would've been able to muster! Thanks, Gordon!
September 24, 1948-June 3, 2009
You Can Make A Difference
Today makes it one month since Delma passed away. If you are new to this organization, then perhaps you did not get a chance to know what a remarkable person Delma was. For those of us who have been here for a few years, we know that we have all been affected in positive ways. I can't even begin to do her justice! I think, though, if you were to Google her name, it might give you a good glimmer that she was a force to be reckoned with. And that she had laid the groundwork for many good causes. We are all the fortunate recipients of that work.
Not only are we the recipients, but we can all choose to become the ones who will continue what she has started and see to it that the legacy she left us is carried on. It's always better to be a part of the solution instead of a critic to the problems. I do hope that you make an active choice to get involved. It is your community; much can be gained by your investing into it.We all know that "many hands make the work light".
I will end here with an image of a jar of paintbrushes from Delma's studio. These were the ones that she used for "texture". There are a variety of brushes in this jar. Some can make a lot of marks in one stroke, some make very tiny, detailed marks.One brush has only four hairs on it! The point is, this is who we are as a collective group. Some of us are able to make those broad strokes, and some of us do the fine, small strokes. All are important in painting that big picture. You don't have to be the one who does the broad strokes. Your contribution is needed and valued whether it is a broad, medium or detailed stroke. It all contributes in creating that big picture!
I would also encourage you to leave a comment to this post. I will be showing the post and comments to Delma's husband, Robert. I can't tell you how much it means to him to read how his wife has affected so many people. If you choose to use the "anonymous" method of commenting (to avoid creating a Blogger account), please use your name at the end of the comment so that we know who it is from.
Now, go out there and make a difference!
Newly joined member, Paula Snyder, a mixed media artist won first and third place in the doll category of the New Mexico Fiber Arts 2009 Fiesta!
Congratulations, Paula and welcome to the Rio Rancho Art Association!
Did you know that most of our National Parks have an "Artist In Residence" program? Each park has different stipulations as to what it entails, but all you need do is to type in a search for your favorite National Park and look for the program within their site. Even if there is none listed on the website, you might want to contact the park directly since information posted to these sites rarely happens in real time.
If you applied to the Hubbell Trading Post and got accepted, you would be staying on site at this hogan:
That's where RRAA member, Linda Laitner will be staying later on this year as SHE got accepted as an artist in residence at the Hubbell Trading Post in Arizona!
The New Mexico Natural History Museum had a call for Naturescape Photography to be displayed May 23 through August 30, 2009. The theme was, "Being There: Photographers in Their Natural Habitat". It was a juried show and the catch was that you (the photographer) had to be in the image as "proof of your being there".
Only 30 images will be displayed in this exhibition. I put all my eggs in one basket and submitted one image I took back in March at a Wilderness area near Chaco Canyon called, Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah.
No Photoshop magic was used for this image. It was quite a comical scene to be running back and forth from my camera on the tripod, trying to figure out where I will be in the picture plane all while striking a pose. The timer on my camera is only 12 seconds, so that's how much time I had to "run and pose"! It's a good thing the shot was done in the middle of nowhere!
I'm happy to announce that my image made it into the show and won one of three honorable mentions! What a thrill!
One of the many reasons why I like turning to the art supply company called Daniel Smith is because their published catalogs always contain great articles and technique tips for various kinds of mediums. They also have many articles available on line (their on line instruction site).
Here are some various articles on working with collage as a medium:
"Painting Outside the Box" by Pat Weaver.
Or, how about a watercolor stained paper technique demonstrated by Brenda Swenson?
Explore other possibilities with artist Dixie Parker-Fairbanks.
Sandra Duran-Wilson lives up in Santa Fe is a mixed media collage artist. I love visiting her blog and she sometimes does demos for the Artisan Art Supply Store. You can also take classes at her studio in Santa Fe. Her background is very extensive, so if you want a lot of 'bang for the buck' so to speak, consider taking a class or scheduling a class with her.
I could go on and on with the list of sources for exploring collage as a medium. But, I won't! Aren't you glad??
I participate in several weekly memes. What's a meme? From Wikipedia:
A meme (pronounced /miːm/ - rhyming with "dream"), a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena.
For an expanded explanation, click here.
Here are some examples of the memes that are out there (and there are many more than this):
I am a regular with Shadow Shot Sunday and ABC Wednesday.
It's good to see what others do with the same subject matter. It keeps the creative process fresh. And, along the way, I've developed some great friendships with others from around the world. My readership base has increased tremendously. Over 3500 hits since December.
For the ABC Wednesday meme (where we go through the alphabet and each Wednesday is the next letter) this week's letter was "N". I would encourage all of you to go to David Mcmahon's blog and see what he posted for the letter, "N" which has to do with digits and numbers. David lives in Australia. He always has something profound and insightful to say. Which is why he gets over 250 hits a day! Google had listed his blog as a "blog of note". But, really, go visit his blog and read his post. Truly enlightening!
I would also encourage you to leave comments at the blogs you visit. It's a nice thing to do in "bloglandia". Including this one! ; )
"Wistful Wisteria gently blowing in the breeze of New Mexico. The gnarled and twisted stem belies the softness and elegance of the flowers but I love the contradiction: something beautiful stemming out of the dry, twisted old trunk. To the Chinese, Wisteria symbolizes prosperity and good luck in one's job and career. The media used: Chinese ink and Chinese water colors on Xuan paper. The red square on the right is a seal with my Chinese name and signature."
There are quite a few tutorials, you can submit articles, submit your art, learn how to sell your art on line, a business advice section, research, featured artists by medium, an electronic newsletter to subscribe to, and on and on. I hope you check it out and go back often as it is NOT a static site at all! The two geniuses behind all of this have also sell a website service called foliotwist. If you re looking for a way to get your own website up and sell your work on line, and want full control over managing your site (and you really should), this is a great way to go. I've looked at what they have to offer and one of the features that really has me sold (other than having full control over the site with the ability to send out an electronic newsletter to your clients) is that there is no limit to how many images you can have on the site. The list of bells and whistles goes on and on-I am truly impressed. Especially with the flat monthly rate which is affordable. I won't tell you what that rate is; you'll have to click on the link and find out for yourself!
Even if you don't utilize their web services (which is foliotwist), the Empty Easel site is chock full of information and many great resources. I would encourage each and everyone of you to take advantage of what is there and perhaps to submit your art or an article to them. Who knows what will happen?
I should also mention that Daniel Smith has a great section of on line instruction and video demonstrations. Do you have other on line teaching resources and sites that you would like to write about and share?
Overview shot of the set up that we had there at the library.
Seth (camera shy) with his work in progress.
Hartell (I'm not sure if I have his name spelled correctly) with his work in progress. He too, was camera shy.
Arick with his painting in progress.
Joshua with his work in progress. This was his first time using the watercolor as a paint medium. He is an old pro with the oils.
Iyliana (I 'm not sure if I have her name spelled correctly here too) with her work. She was fearless in her approach!
Joanne McDevitt (who paired up with Arick) here with Model Mandi and Arick, along with his completed work. Good job, huh?
Here's Seth's completed drawing. Since he was camera shy, this is all we get to see folks! I love the content that he added to his work.
Joshua's painting. Pretty neat, huh?
Joshua with our model, Mandi along with his completed work. By the way, some of Joshua's work will be on exhibit at the Esther Bone Library (the "yellow wall" in the reading room) from March 5th through May 2nd. Be sure to stop by and check it out!
Thank you Mandi, for the concept and time! And to the library manager, Rob Nankin for the collaboration on this project. Last, but not least, thank you to the artists who donated their time and supplies to give these students a chance to experience something very unique and different. Thanks to Annette Kornbrekke, Joanne McDevitt, Sue Beck, Naomi Hartman and to Nan Adamson. I would say that this was a complete success!