Rio Rancho Art Association tried something new this year instead of doing the annual studio tour. Why the change? Many reasons. Geographically, our city is too large for folks to visit more than 2-3 studios easily. Because we are so spread out, visitors tend to go to studios in proximity of each other, leaving the others who are further away with very few visitors. And, logistically the resources required (putting all the directional signs out all over the place, distribution of maps, etc.) are more than what we have. Hence, trying something new: all the artists under one roof.
It was named, "Art Rageous" and was held on a lovely September weekend at the Inn at Rio Rancho. Personally, I think it was a success! I loved the intimate atmosphere of the venue. I find events such as the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts event to be too crowded, too overwhelming and too expensive. Not to mention, exhausting to find parking , get in line, battle the crowds, etc. And, there are way too many vendors at events like that. I go into input overload within 40 minutes of getting there.
Art Rageous seems to be a good fit (and I hope we stick with it).
I compiled a video so that folks who didn't make it over to it could get a sense of what the venue was like. Enjoy!