Thursday, March 25, 2010

March Snow Storm Brings Nine Inches to Des Moines New Mexico!

We had another snow storm yesterday and Hwy 64/87 is now open after being closed since 2:30 am yesterday.

I'm writing cozy at home where the inspiration is warm and toasty...
even as sparkling snow drifts are calling me to come with the snow shovel.

Snow drifts and bone chilling cold do not however stop the processes of creativity!

News from Yvonne O'Brien, one of Studio C's artists, is that she will be the juror for the the Ralph Solano Memorial Photography Show presented by The Raton Arts & Humanities Council. The prospectus is available with an entry deadline of April 2. Congratulations photographers! Yvonne will do a wonderful job in this role.

I'm taking a trip to Santa Fe in April to attend The Arts in Crisis a symposium presented by The Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus and The Santa Fe Opera at Stieren Hall on Tuesday April 13th. The event will give local arts organizations, advocates and citizens an opportunity to hear information presented by Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser though their Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative and to dialogue with him during a morning event. Mr. Kaiser "will address the challenges facing non-profit performing arts organizations today though such areas as fundraising, building more effective Boards of Trustees, budgeting, and marketing." I'll be attending with three other local arts advocates, filling my Kia Optima with interested individuals. I have two seats still available so if you are in the Raton area and are interested in taking this day trip with me please email to reserve your seat. If we get more we'll make it a caravan!

Remember that Saturday is Live @ Studio C! our first gathering since our Show of Gratitude in November. We'll have our open mike and a storytelling circle so come with news to share, hearts open to songs and tales from friends and neighbors, and musical instruments to liven up the evening.

If you are in Trinidad you could decide to stay in town and see Jim Jones at Concerts for Causes event held Saturday March 27th at A Little Catering Company. Check out the poster for details.

So, that's my news for the week. I'll look forward to hearing your tales at Live @ Studio C! Saturday evening.... and if you come to this site from far off, feel free to leave a comment and even a poem or a song. I may even read it for you at the show.

Till Later,

Stay Warm and Give Thanks for all you enjoy~


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring Equinox!

I'm here on a very sunny yet frigid afternoon thinking about the year ahead. This morning was still blowing snow with nearly zero visibility. Now, four hours later the skies are blue and the robins are flitting around looking for crumbs and fresh new worms, confused by the cold but hopeful with the warming rays of the sun. Today is the first day of spring. It's a perfect day to roll out my preview for Summer Art! classes and my ideas for Live @ Studio C!

Next Saturday is our first Live @ Studio C! for 2010. I am excited to hear your poems and songs and stories. We'll come together after 3 months away. We'll share laughter and maybe even some tears. We'll welcome new comers and regulars alike. There will be coffee and tea and hot chocolate flowing in abundance. It will be a night of open mike with everyone's creativity supported, nurtured and encouraged. We'll be introducing a new element: local history readings. Tim Keller will start this off with readings from Us Nesters in the Land of Enchantment compiled by Mrs. N.H. (Cora) Click.

In some cultures the spring equinox marks the new year... I find that idea interesting. It feels right to me.

I'm taking a new approach to all we do here. Times are changing; I feel it in my own journey; with that I've determined that it has to be fun! I have to be flexible. We should strive to be self-sustaining and above all be nurturing.

Summer Art! classes are exciting to me. I'm looking forward to teaching and I'm looking forward to learning from my students and from other teachers. I'm publishing a list of classes I want to offer and a loose framework of times and dates. Now I'll be working to line up teachers and finalize a class schedule... and most importantly students! I'm looking forward to seeing what we come up with and to the art we make.

There's lots to do to make this summer a success and I'm enjoying the process!
I'd love to hear your thoughts!. Send me an email so we can take up a conversation.

 Thank you for your support and for your comments and patronage. It's a wonderful life and I'm grateful to be here growing and learning together.

Stay warm! Be Happy!