White Leaves Artist Residency First Annual Group Show
Nov
3
to Nov 21

White Leaves Artist Residency First Annual Group Show

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Featuring work by Janaye Brown (video), Ben Hoste (photography) and Grace Rosario Perkins (painting).

Opening reception on November 3rd, 4 - 7 PM
Closing reception and film screening on November 21st

White Leaves is an artist-run organization that is fiscally sponsored by the El Rito Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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Sustainable Ceramics | Unfired Clay Sculptures
Aug
9
to Aug 12

Sustainable Ceramics | Unfired Clay Sculptures

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This intensive 3-day, hands-on seminar will focus on the use of various clays to produce an unfired, finished clay sculpture. Students will explore the concept of unfired clay, and gain experience working with materials, forms and surfaces for unfired pieces. They will utilize fiber clays, (nylon and cellulose fiber clay) in order to understand their best applications and unique advantages. With the elimination of firing, students will be empowered to produce ceramic works on their own and in a multitude of environments where there is no access to a kiln. Students will be exposed to the concept of “sustainable ceramics,” in which they will gain an appreciation for recycling/ reusing materials; ways to reduce resource depletion; and, hopefully, develop a far reaching appreciation for the preservation of our ecosystem and the evolving cultural identity of the ceramic arts. Concern for our world and the natural environment is foremost in many minds. Those who make things know that unpleasant waste materials from paints, glazes and processes can be difficult to know how to responsibly handle in studios and homes. Ceramics artists use non-renewable energy or make carbon emissions when firing clay. Trash accumulates in our landfills beyond the capacity to handle them. Let’s gather together and work toward improving this situation. The ultimate answer to reducing firing emissions or using non-renewable energy when firing is…don’t fire! For centuries people have been making unfired clay works. Recently, sculptors are considering how they can utilize the many advantages of pliable clay in forming sculptures that don’t need and shouldn’t be fired. We will incorporate other objects and materials that would normally be trashed. Instructor Judy Nelson-Moore has been making ceramics for 55 years and has extensive experience with various clays and techniques. She has produced numerous unfired works and is a pioneer in the exploration of the use of fiber clays, both kiln fired and unfired.

SCHEDULE: Thursday, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm; Friday & Saturday, 9 am – noon & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 12 noon

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER: Please contact Cecilia Romero at (505) 747.5477 or cromero@nnmc.edu

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Barbara Campbell - 50 Year Retrospective
Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Barbara Campbell - 50 Year Retrospective

Barbara graduated from CCA in the Bay Area in 1969. A few years later she settled in the village of El Rito, NM where she set up a studio and proceeded to build a career in the Ceramic Arts. 

She raised a family and continued pursuing her love of clay. Up until recently, she focused mainly on dinnerware and some decorative nonfunctional work. She is now focused on having fun with clay in whatever form. 

She is a long-standing member of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists association (NMPCA), and has served several terms on their board of directors. She is currently the president of the El Rito Art Association which oversees the El Rito Studio Tour and is in the process of infusing new life in the arts at Northern New Mexico College El Rito Campus. 

Her show runs throughout August. 

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Mojigangas and Masks for Fiesta Parade
Jun
9
to Aug 5

Mojigangas and Masks for Fiesta Parade

The El Rito Art Association (ERAA) is sponsoring a Community Art Project where at least two “Mojigangas” (large parade puppets) and several of the “large head” paper-mache masks will be produced by residents of the area for use in the “Annual El Rito Fiesta Parade.”
 
We hope that you are as excited as we are about this project and will choose to attend our initial orientation meeting at 5:00 p.m. on June 9th at the El Rtio Library.  Additional information about this project is provided below:
 
Who:  Anyone between the ages of nine (9) and seventy (70) .  NOTE: Anyone under the age of 12 must have an older sibling or adult attending the workshops with them.
 
When and Where:  An introductory orientation meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2018 at the El Rito Library.  At the Fiber Arts Building at the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) El Rito Campus.

Wednesdays from June 20th to July 25th = Building will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for participants to work on these projects.

Saturdays from June 23rd to July 28th - Building will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information contact: Mark Tull at (505) 692-4331 or ofearthsky@gmail.com

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