Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Really Good Point

Questions You Don't Have to Answer: Where is This Place?

This post is by Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews.  Luann also writes a column ("Craft Matters") for The Crafts Report magazine (a monthly business resource for the crafts professional) where she explores the funnier side of her life in craft.  She's a double-juried member of the prestigious League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (fiber & art jewelry).  Her work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers across the country and she is a published writer.  She's blogged since 2002 about the business side--and the spiritual inside--of art.  She says, "I share my experiences so you won't have to make ALL the same mistakes I did...."You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

by Luann Udell

Of course, to do this with integrity, you’ll have to do some deep thinking about what inspires you, and why. Why what you do really matters to you, rather than being some intellectual painterly exercise. But you know me by now. And you knew that was coming, didn’t you? [...]

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 (photo by Paula Scott: Molokai Girl Studio)

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I was born in Tucumcari and have lived most of my life in New Mexico. My
grandparents came here in 1900 (still Indian Territory) and homesteaded outside Tucumcari ranching (The Killgore Ranch). Everything about New Mexico influences my art, My most cherished dream was to be an artist, wife and mother, all of which I have
had. I met my husband at the University of New Mexico where I majored in
Business and minored in Art. I began drawing and coloring as a child, progressed to, palette-knife Oils,
watercolor, mixed media and beaded and polymer jewelry. Just 2 years ago, I
organized and with help from other members brought into being a
new Co-op Gallery, Galeria de Corrales, the 4th I have been a member of.
Besides painting, of which I have
completed and sold over 1000 pieces, I have taught oil and watercolor
classes since 1975, both private and
community college. I believe that no matter how accomplished you think you
are, you can always improve
by constantly evolving, trying new techniques and experimenting. Your work
will reflect this in many wonderful

Monday, November 7, 2011

SYLVIA GORMLEY Will Critique For Us on Nov. 14th

Our program on Monday, November 14th, will be a critique...this is always a special event for us!! We are blessed to have artist Sylvia Gormley critiquing for us...
This critiquing is open only to members of RRAA. If you want to participate, please bring one piece of your artwork with you to the meeting on Monday...Sylvia works in several different media including oils, jewelry, polymer clay, watercolor, etc...she is an excellent artist and business person. Sylvia is the person who began the gallery that I am a part of...Galeria de Corrales.
The meeting begins at 6:30pm with the program immediately following...Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd NE, Rio Rancho...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rio Rancho Art Salon Suspended

Due to a lack of participation and the fact that holidays are fast approaching I have decided to suspend the Rio Rancho Art Salon sessions until after the first of the year. I am considering a new day and time for the salon.


Co-op Gallery Update

Hi Everyone,

I have been getting some response about my proposed co-op (more about that word in a bit) gallery specializing in works on / or of paper. Based on some questions I have been getting I think answers and explanations are in order.

First, the idea behind the gallery was to showcase and specialize works that use paper as a major component. This might and could include printmaking, photography, painting, three dimensional works (hanging or standing), collage, drawing,  and artist books as well as work in which paper is mounted on canvas, or panel.

By concentrating on paper it is hoped that the gallery would set itself apart from other galleries, co-op or otherwise, thereby making it a destination for art buyers.

On the subject of membership; the gallery was never intended to be solely for RRAA members. It turns out that RRAA members were to first to hear about the idea because I had easy access to a communication tool. I have been trying to get the word out to other artists but have run into roadblocks in that regard. It is something I am trying to resolve.

Given the above problem I and since the holidays are fast approaching I am holding off on contacting any other artist groups until after the first of the year with an organizing meeting to take place in late February or early March. As to those who are interested and have contacted me I have saved your contact information and will contact you after the first of the year.

As to location, cost of membership, etc; though I have done some research in those areas they need to be determined by the members of the co-op.

Finally, as to my use of the word coop in place of co-op I apologize for any confusion it might have caused. I don’t know if its Northeastern, which is where I hail from, thing but I have heard and used co-op and coop used interchangeably.

I hope this post answers some questions.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rio Rancho Art Salon

I know this is really late but if you would like to come to this Saturday's Rio Rancho Art Salon here is the info.


October Meeting

The next meeting of the Rio Rancho Art Salon will be October 15 @ 10:00 AM though you are invited to come around 9:30 AM for coffee and goodies.

All artists, art educators, gallery people and non-artists who have an interest in art are invited to join in a lively discussions regarding art, issues that affect art, politics, science, share ideas on marketing or solutions on how to get over creative stumbling block. The topic for the next meeting will be on; "Truth and what how it applies to Art." Another possible topic is: "Can art be taught?"

RRAS will also be an opportunity to meet other artists and non-artists in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, exchange business cards and show invitations.

Please note that the RRAS is not affiliated with the Rio Rancho Art Association or any other art association. Also this not a business meeting of a group. Art demonstrations will not be a part of the RRAS gatherings.

The RRAS will be held every third Saturday starting:

The Salon will be hosted by Chuck Lathrop at his studio at 1761 14th St SE, Rio Rancho. Directions to the studio are: from Southern and Unser Blvd. go west on Southern and then turn left onto 15th  St. Turn right (the third right) onto 14th St and follow to the above address. Warning: Do not  rely on navigators, Mapquest, Google maps. Apparently some of these devices say you can’t get here from there. You may contact Chuck at or at 781-789-8167

Looking forward to seeing you on October 15.

Friday, September 30, 2011

ROBERT KUESTER Will Demo on October 10th

"I create paintings with strong and lasting artistic quality. I believe that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. My hope is that others will see and feel the beauty I have found or created in my subjects."
Robert Kuester is not a photo realist, but rather begins with the randomness of nature, subtly transforming it into a heightened state of beauty and permanence through organization and desig and the stamp of his personal sense of beauty. This process remains his motivation to be a painter.
As an Alla Prima painter kuester loves the beauty in brushwork, exploiting it for its own sake while the image manifests as a believable representation of his subject. Kuester also believes in the experience of Plein Air painting for developing a real depth of understanding regarding landscape.
Robert Kuester's art education began in earnest with two years at Drake University in Iowa, then a transfer to The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles to obtain a BFA. In 1986, Robert left a successful career in illustration in Detroit and moved to New Mexico. He studied with painters such as Ovanes Berberian, Michael Lynch, Irby Brown, and others have helped. Robert Kuester developed the mastery he now displays.
Robert will demo for us after the business meeting on October 10th. The meeting begins at 6:30pm at Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd, NE, Rio Rancho, NM. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fred Miller Portrait Workshop

A number of artists have asked me to teach a three day oil/pastel portrait workshop before the end of the year. Therefore, I am planning to conduct a workshop on 16, 17 and 18 September (9AM-4PM). The cost is $190 plus a $36 dollar model fee. You will work with a live model all three days.

Classes will be at the Artist Studio (Hoffmantown Shopping Center - Wyoming and Menaul).

There will be ample demonstrations, exercises, work and fun. If you are interested please e-mail me ASAP because class size is limited and admission is on a first come basis. I think you will find immersing yourself in three days of painting people morning and afternoon will push you to a new level and get your creative juices flowing. Hope to see you.
Any questions give me a call (450-7585).

Monday, August 29, 2011


Ming Franz will demo for us at our next membership meeting on Monday, Sept. 12th. Ming's artwork is loose and free, and delightful to look at! It is called SPLASH INK WITH WATERCOLOR...the public is welcomed to join us...We meet at the Destiny Center in Rio Rancho...4401 Northern Blvd. NE...the meeting begins at 6:30 with the demo following.
Ming was born in the jungle region of Taiwan. It was during her hikes to school as a child that she developed a great love for nature. This love is reflected in her artwork. Painting landscapes comes natural for her. Ming says her art is about finding the inner spirit and letting it work for and through the viewer.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Aloha Oe to Russell Sabin

(Ahola Oe in Hawaiian means farewell to thee)

(self portrait of Russell then and Russell on July 27, 2011)

A longstanding member of RRAA, Russell Sabin is moving to San Diego. He leaves on Sunday, July 31. There is still time to go see him and say goodbye! He is moving to San Diego (Carlsbad) to an assisted living facility that is just one mile from one of his sons. I think Russell is looking forward to the change, the move and to be in a different climate. Carlsbad is a beautiful area and it is right on the coast, so Russell will be able to enjoy the beach.

Macular degeneration has caught up to him, so he had to stop painting about a year ago-I know he misses doing that as he used to paint one painting a week. He is in good health and and spirits and he will miss his comrades at RRAA.

Right now, Russell is in an assisted living facility right across from Intel on Sara Road. He can have visitors anytime. You do not need to make any arrangements...just show up. The address is 1504 37th Street SE and the phone number is 994-0350. The name of the facility is Genney's Senior Care, but the name is not on the house anywhere. To get there, go west on Sara rd. off of 528 for two blocks. At the Catholic church, turn left on 37th street. The house is the second one on the left.

I hope some of you find the time to stop by and say goodbye to Russell. He will be thrilled to see you and let me tell you, there will be no lack of conversation! He is still as sharp as a tack!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

August Speaker: Fred Miller

Fred Miller is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Plein Air Painters of NM, the Rio Grande Art Association, and a signature member and past President of the Pastel Society of New Mexico. His work has been published in the Pastel Journal, featured in Plein air New Mexico (a book showcasing a number of the States top plein air painters), and collected internationally. His art has garnered numerous awards in national shows and he teaches portrait painting in oils and pastels. Fred's paintings can be seen at Yucca Gallery in Old Town.
Fred will demo at our next membership meeting on August 8th. The meeting starts at 6:30pm. It will be held at Destiny Center in Rio Rancho...4401 Northern Blvd NE. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Goat Hooves

(reprinted with permission from FASO)

A really great article about MARKETING. Read on to see how it relates to goat hooves (you will have to click through the link provided)!

by Carolyn Henderson

Somehow, it's the jobs that we avoid the most that make us feel the best when we complete them. [...]

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How to Screw Up Your Art Show

(reprinted with permission from FASO)

by Jack White

After reading this article ,you will never look at art shows the same way. I’m going to transform your thinking. [...]

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Nina Baldwin As Featured Artist at the Galeria de Corrales

(taken on my cell phone, so the image quality is not the best!)

Nina Baldwin is one of two featured artists at the 
Galeria de Corrales located in the village of Corrales. 

Galeria de Corrales
3923 Corrales Road
Corrales, NM 87048
Phone: 505-890-4929
Monday-Saturday 10-6 Sunday 1:30-5
Artist Owned & Operated

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Buying Art Trends of Art Collectors

(reprinted with permission from Fine Art Views newsletter):

Buying Trends of Art Collectors

by Lori Woodward

So let me leave you with this question: if artists who are working with galleries are not selling much work, and those galleries are not taking on new artists, then why would an artist spend hours building a portfolio to submit to galleries (at this time)? Why not get started selling on your own for far less money and much more profit? Forget the ego thing... being in a top gallery might make you feel good, but it won't necessarily bring you income right now. [...]

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collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Image New Mexico Photography Show

Hope to see you on Saturday for the reception.....if not, remember the Inn is open 7/24 so stop in anytime before July, 30.  Linda Laitner

Monday, June 27, 2011

Guest Speaker Betty Busby at the July Membership Meeting

 (Primordiumsm by Betty Busby)

Betty Busby  is  a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in ceramics. After RISD, she founded a ceramic tile manufacturing studio in Los Angeles, ran it for 18 years, and sold it to move to New Mexico ( her former ceramic shop is still in business today).

Betty has been working full-time making fiber art and teaching since she moved here to New Mexico in 1994.

She has a full exhibition schedule of quilt and fine art shows both in the US and overseas.
Betty also has had several articles published in magazines, and her work is in half a dozen books.

She constantly experiments with new materials and techniques-many of which can be used in mixed media work as well as quilting.

Betty has planned a short slide show for us, and will bring with her a couple of her quilts and talk about samples of mixed media techniques in her work.

To get a full grasp of the extent of Betty's work, her long list of publications and where she is currently exhibiting for the year 2011, visit her website at:

She also has a blog:

AND visit her Etsy store at:

Don't miss out on what will be a fascinating and informative program!

This event is free to the public and takes place immediately following the business portion of the membership meeting. You need not be a member to attend (bring a guest, tell a friend).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Galeria de Corrales
(a co-op gallery)
3923 Corrales R.
Corrales, NM 87048
For info call: 890-4929 or email at:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

RRAA Member, Peter Smith Exhibiting in Riudoso

 "Sandias at Sunset" by Peter Smith, Rio Rancho Artist

Peter Smith will be the Ruidoso Regional Council of the Arts “Artist of the Month” for July 2011. You are invited to visit this exhibit of his work to be held July 2 through July 30 at the Regional Council Office, 1712 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM. The show is available for viewing Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM until 3 PM. The Opening Reception will be July 2 from 5 - 7 PM. A seminar will conclude the exhibit on July 30 at 10 AM. For further information, call 575-257-7272.

Dr. Peter Smith – retired Art Professor University of New Mexico

Peter Smith hopes to see friends and visitors at the exhibit or attending the seminar. The exhibit will consist of a variety of his paintings, including scenes from New Mexico, France, Italy and Wales. Peter looks forward to making new friends at the show.

So, come and enjoy colorful evocations of scenes near and far.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

In Memory of Delma

June 3rd was the 2nd anniversary of Delma Petrullo's passing. When so much has happened since she left, it seems like it's been such a long time ago.
For many of us, her memory is still alive and well. There are some who are new enough to RRAA that they might not have ever known her. But, I do hope they realize that the legacy of RRAA's Founder is alive and well. And growing.
I was going through some image files of RRAA stuff and ran into an image I didn't know I had. It is one of Delma that I took in October of 2008. I thought I would post it here since it's a very auspicious date (or close enough anyway). It really sums up in one nano second the essence of Delma!

Delma, you are missed dearly, but the memory of you lives strong in many of us!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CONFESSIONS OF A STUDIO tips and tricks!

The speaker for our next membership meeting on Monday evening, June 13th, will be Hank Schuyler, artist. Hank will be talking about organizing your studio to your very best advantage!! I call Hank the artist with a brain!!! He is incredible!!...a walking encyclopedia of information!! ...and he's a nice guy too!!!!! Truly, he is a dynamic thinker...and he has so much great information to share with us about STUFF!!! and tricks in organizing your studio so that it works for you!! Regardless of the space you have available, Hank says there are ways to help make your studio enhance your work!!
Hank hails from the East coast...he was captivated by the New Mexican sunlight and varied geography, and after retirement he turned his energies to painting! He has studied with many notable local artists such as Jakki Kouffman, Nance McManus, Deborah Secor, Kathleen Schallock, Fred Miller and Ming Franz...
Hank's largest live audience presentation had 1200 in attendance!! he has had some experience with sharing his interests with others!!
The public is welcome to attend...Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM. The business meeting starts at 6:30pm with the speaker directly after...refreshments will be served...please join us!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fundraiser for Common Grounds: A Park Above

From the web site of "A PARK ABOVE":

Imagine a park with kids of all abilities playing together building healthy relationships. Imagine a park with fun activities that are finally accessible to those who could not access them before. Seeing the vision of this park is easy, because it’s already been done. The pictures you see are from the original Common Ground Park in Lakeland, Florida. We just need to duplicate it with some changes to fit our community.
To make this happen we have a partnership of the City, State, local business, and lots of support from the community. We will make new friends, learn all about the needs of the various disabilities, have a lot of fun, and it will be an accomplishment we can all be proud of.
Please join us today, and work with us as we make history, building the first Common Ground Park in New Mexico, right here in Rio Rancho.
As Mayor Swisstack says, it takes a village, and that is what we will do, build this incredible park though a community effort, business support and community pride.

 images from the fundraiser
As a part of their Community Outreach, Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) set up a couple of booths at the fundraiser event for A Park Above held at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho, NM. Volunteer members provided art supplies and a bit of mentoring for any of the youth from the community who wanted to create a work of art to take home.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

One Milion Bones: Join the Movement!

A public service announcement in hopes of helping to spread the word for this noble cause:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Timeless New Mexico: RRAA Member, Betty Busby

"Timeless New Mexico"
 On display now at the Capitol Rotunda

"Contemporary mixed media fiber art by New Mexico artists. A broad range of expression and materials/techniques used by New Mexico fiber artists will be highlighted by a selection of 43 works that relate to the artists' relationship to the state they call home. Many works are landscapes, some are historical, while others are personal expressions of family." (from the New Mexico Tourism website)

"View From The Tram" quilt by RRAA member, Betty Busby

Imagine my surprise when I was with friend, Donna Barnitz at the opening reception for this amazing fiber arts show at the Capitol Rotunda (Donna has her work in this show too) when Donna pointed out this beautiful piece to me, telling me that it was made by an RRAA member, Betty Busby. I didn't have my camera with me, so I took this on my handy dandy cell phone.

The exhibit, "Timeless New Mexico" is a beautiful exhibit and we have a few artists from Rio Rancho who are in this show besides RRAA member, Betty Busby. If you have never been to the Capitol Rotunda at all, this is a must. First of all, there is the current temporary exhibit of this fiber art show that will be there until August 26th, 2011. You can view the works M-F from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Be sure to check before you go that it is not a furlough day (because they just might. For more information, you can go here. In addition to this exhibit is three to four floors of the NM Public Art collection. Well, not all of what they own is on display, but it is a beautiful and extensive collection. Best part? Admission is free. I noticed that many artists donated their work to the collection.

Do visit Betty's website to see more of her incredible work (a link through is provided just by clicking on her name).

I know that many of our RRAA members are participating in shows that should be mentioned here on this blog. However, if no one sends us the information, we can't post it (or, you can post it yourself and I will give you access). It is a FREE and effective way to market and promote yourself. And, might I add, relatively painless...


Wednesday, May 4, 2011


How does an artist reach their target market and seek out buyers for their work? With all the high tech possibilities available, it seems overwhelming. With the myriad of ways to reach an audience, photographers Pat Berrett and Tim Anderson will let you in on some of their tricks of the trade.
"Marketing 101 lite program"
Topics will include:
  • Evaluating what you create and how it fits in the marketplace.
  • Who is your target market
  • What channels of communication do they use.
  • Marketing tools for the 21st century, ie. websites, social media, electronic presentations.
  • Discussion/questions and answers.
This program will take place at the monthly membership meeting of the Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) on Monday, May 9th at 6:30-8:30pm at Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd., Rio Rancho.
There will be a short business meeting and the program presentation will follow immediately afterwards. The public is encouraged to attend and join the RRAA members for refreshments afterward.
This event is free of charge and one need not be a memeber to attend.
For more information, visit the website at and visit their blog at:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ricardo Demonstrates His Curvisimo Technique

At the monthly Rio Rancho Art Association meetings, there is a program presentation that follows the business portion of the meeting. The  programs usually consists of an artist demonstration or an art related topic by way of a forum, lecture or multi media presentation.

At our March membership meeting, artist, Ricardo Chavez-Mendez demonstrated his 'curvisimo' technique. He normally demonstrates on canvas, but at this particular demonstration, the canvas got left behind somehow, so he created for us a rare and unique piece of his art on cardboard. Improvisation often makes for something unexpected!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Applications Sought for the NM Art in Public Places

The City of Rio Rancho has a call for two artists to participate in the local selection committee for the HP purchase of art in public places.  Detailed information can be found on the city web site at the page below:

Explore the possibilities--have a voice in the selection of art to be located at City Center!

Linda Laitner

Thursday, March 24, 2011

SUSAN KLEBANOFF: Fiber Art Weaver is Guest Speaker in April

  (collection: British Petroleum Corporation)

Susan Klebanoff, weaver, will be our speaker at the next meeting of the Rio Rancho Art Association. She will speak to us about the process of acquiring placement for art in corporate buildings. Ms. Klebanoff will include a showing of her latest DVD of her many beautiful sculptures throughout the world.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, she has exhibited extensively worldwide in many public collections and exhibitions. Her art has graced the lobbies of some of the largest corporations and government buildings.
The meeting will be held at Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM, on Monday, April 11th at 6:30pm. There will be a short business meeting with Ms. Klebanoff's presentation immediately following. The public is encouraged to attend and join us for refreshments afterward...come enjoy the friendly chat with the artists!
Be sure to click on the links provided in this post to find out more about ms. Weaver and to see more of her art in corporate buildings.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mike Mahon Rio Rancho March 17-19 Workshop

Rio Rancho, NM, Painting Workshop
March 17-19, 2011

There is still room in Mike's March 17-19 Rio Rancho, NM,
Painting workshop.

Our focus will be on the step-by step painting process from concept to final stroke. You will learn how to maintain control of your painting and at the same time increase spontaneity. The workshop will take place in a convenient facility on HWY 528. All mediums are welcome but demonstrations will be in pastel and oil.

The workshop fee is $325 for the 3 days. Members of RRAA will receive a $50 discount.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ricardo Chavez-Mendez will demo for us at the March meeting

Our March program will be a demonstration of the wonderful technique known as "Curvismo", created by New Mexico artist Ricardo Chavez-Mendez...also known as the Dali of the Desert. He is a prolific artist who decided at the age of 14 to dedicate his entire life to a career in art. Ricardo has worked tenaciously toward the goal for the last 40 years, developing into the Master of Curvismo and one of the finest artists in his genre.
Ricardo is truly an extraordinary artist. He is not only the master artist of the style he introduced to New Mexico known as "Curvisimo" or curvism but of technique, color and composition, leaving a trail of awe inspiring art for the art lover, collector and critic alike. The range of mediums is just as impressive, working in acrylics, oils, alkyds, color pencil, watercolor, pastel, fiber art and mixed media, including clay sculpture. He is co-owner of ORO Fine Art GAllery, the hidden treasure of Albuquerque, New Mexico where he teaches privately as well as group instruction.
Ricardo will be demonstrating for us after our business meeting on Monday, March 14th at Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Blvd in Rio Rancho. Please join us for refreshments afterwards. Business meeting will start at 6:30pm.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

18 Days A Fine Arts Exhibition & Performing Arts Event

One of my images, Previously Pedaled, has been accepted into the 18 Days show at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Muñoz Waxman Gallery in Santa Fe.  This show, open only to full time female residents of New Mexico had over 400 arts competing for space in the event.

The opening reception is Friday night, February 11, 2011 at the gallery -- 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe. The museum is located just down the hill behind the Children's Museum and the Armory for the arts. More information can be found at

Please join me at the opening event which is a fund raiser for this non-profit. The exhibit will be open Friday- Sunday for the next six weeks and all art work, created by only full time female artists in New Mexico is for sale!

I hope you can join me at this great exhibit. Linda Laitner

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Februay Meeting

Expand Your Palette!

Cool and Effective things ARTists
can do using Internet and Social Media Tools

Monday, February 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rio Rancho Art Association meeting

UNM West, 2600 College Blvd, Rio Rancho (click for map)

The world of opportunites available through the Internet for artists and artisans is growing each day! There are infinite opportunities for artists to market and sell their products and services online. It's easy when you focus on your target market, have help sorting through all the hype, and learn to select and use the right tools.

You are invited to join Kristine Maltrud and Carla Rachkowski from The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship and Fast Foward New Mexico for a presentation that could help you grow your business.

Come see this demonstration on the cool and effective things different artists and artisans are doing using Internet and social media tools and find out how you can learn to do these things, too! Both members and non-members of the Rio Rancho Art Association are invited.

Fast Forward New Mexico is a grant-funded program that will be offering free hands-on Internet training classes at the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho in March and April.
The Small Business Success class series is designed for people starting or growing small businesses, particularly in the arts and cultural markets.
Taught by Kristine Maltrud and other instructors with extensive expertise in business, marketing, and the arts, this free training offers four eight-hour Internet business development courses that will teach artists, artisans, and other small business owners to use tools like email, e-commerce, e-marketing and online social media to promote their work.
For more information on these free classes go to .

Monday, January 10, 2011

Delma's Work On Exhibit

Up until a few months ago, one could see Delma's work over at Joe's Pasta House-although there are still a few of her pieces on display there, it made me sad to think that there was no where else in Rio Rancho where you could see her  work. So, I asked her husband, Robert Petrullo if I could exhibit some of her work over at the Inn at Rio Rancho for the month of January. He graciously agreed and together along with Jackie Duran's help, we hung her work. It be will up throughout the month of January-you can stop by to see it any time since the Inn is open 24/7.

About the Artist

Delma M. Petrullo was not only a City Councilor for District 3 here in Rio Rancho, she was an activist for the visual arts in the city of Rio Rancho. She was the founder and past president for the Rio Rancho Art Association. Delma passed away on June 3rd, 2009 after loosing a 15 month battle with cancer.

She had been a professional artist since 1975; a multi-award winning oil painter originally from New York where she sold and exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the metropolitan area. Delma had considered her artistic style to be representational or a “transcendent realistic” style. She was an exceptional colorist and used a unique conceptual approach to her work that captured the inner essence of the subject matter.

Delma wanted to capture what she saw and sensed in nature in such a way that viewers of her art would want to become participants, having found a place in time where they would like to linger. By remaining true to the scene or subject before her, she created an overall design of connecting shapes and colors that evoke a feeling of grace and power. The vistas she depicted evoke nature’s drama and caprice. She hoped that those who would view her work could observe and appreciate nature, using her interpretations as a guide, but most of all, simply derive enjoyment from her work.

This collection of paintings span a good part of her painting career-from earlier works done while still living in New York, to work completed within a year of her passing away.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Juried Show Deadlines

The Fuller Lodge Art Center has a call for artists for the "Outside In" show.  Deadline is 1/28/11.

18 Days is a show for women artists in NM.  Deadline is 1/9.

Good luck! 

Linda Laitner