Emma Lujan is our featured artist for the month of February. Be sure to come in to see her fabulous work. Emma, as noted in the article above from La Voz de Mora, is a Mora native who has returned to the valley and is producing an amazing array of wonderful pottery. There will be an artist reception at the Gallery on February 27th from 2-4. Come in beforehand to fill out a ticket for a chance to win one of her lovely pots. She has an ongoing sale of lovely mugs through February, also.
It’s been a while since we’ve added to this blog. Time to get it out, shake off the cobwebs, dust it off and start using it again. Summer has been busy and fun at the gallery, and we’ll add more general news soon, but now, we’re celebrating the fact that two of our members are going be in shows out of state.
First off, our own Duffy Peterson will be having a one woman show in Dalhart, Texas at the XIT Museum. The reception will be at 7pm on October 7th at the Museum for any of you gentle readers who will be in the area at the time.
Here’s a small sampling of the works she’ll be showing:
Next, our award winning Cherokee/Choctaw artist, Jerry Ingram will be showing at the Cherokee Art Market on October 10th and 11th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, OK. Jerry is well known in Indian art circles for his beadwork as well as his painting and sculpture. He took a 2nd place at Indian Market in Santa Fe this year for his horse mask regalia set.
He can be seen working on his beadwork or parfleche painting at El Zocalo from time to time, and unless he’s out a show, we usually have a moderate amount of his work for sale at the gallery. Here’s a small sampling of his work:
So that’s our little town’s artist co-op claim to fame for this month! Hope to see you all in the gallery.
Todd Christensen’s workshop on book binding is rescheduled for Saturday, August 30th. Come in to the gallery for more information and to sign up for this unique workshop.
August 30th, Todd Christensen: Book Binding, 10-3
September 6th, Fran Ryan: Watercolor, 10-3
September 20, Sally Ingram: Diagonal Weave Beadwork, 10-3
November 1, Sarah Frazier: Peyote Stitch Beadwork, 9-3
Despite a thunderous beginning, the party on the 19th was a lovely affair. Live music was provided by Chuck and the boys with an impromptu addition of Steve on the spoons. We were visited by numerous old and new friends and had tasty treats in our spacious back room. Thanks to all who made it possible, from the setup and cleanup crew to the many kind and interested patrons, and special thanks to our talented musicians. As far as this writer could tell, a great time was had by all!
We’ll be offering a series of art workshops, beginning July 26, with Meredith Britt’s workshop: “Drawing and Seeing”. Meredith’s workshop will run on Saturday July 26th from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the gallery. Come on in or call the gallery at 454-9904 for information. Flyers are coming out with the schedule and sign-up/price information.Workshop sizes are limited, so sign up early!
The move is finished, but there are still a few lingering pictures of the valiant movers and shakers. I never thought we’d get the jewelry cases from 212 up to 1809 in one piece, but thanks to the fantastic dolly that Steve built and the work of Steve, Pete, Jake, et al, they all got moved and installed without a chip!
Countless paintings and fragile pottery and small works of art were moved by hand, up the block in little hand carts, garden carts, boxes and bags, with few problems!
The grand opening party is projected for mid-July, but we’re open for business now and have many plans in the works. We’re hoping to have a series of workshops on various arts, techniques and projects in the coming months, so keep an ear and eye open for the announcements!
We’re all loving our new, spacious venue, and hope to be able to serve up more local art than ever!
If you’re on the Plaza in Las Vegas this weekend you may see a small army of mature artists driving, walking and schlepping various items from 212 to 1809 Plaza. The sweet little old homey gallery is officially closed and we’ll be working hard to move all of our art, pottery, jewelry, hand made furniture, bead and leatherwork, big heavy cases, etc. up the street to the new more ‘gallery like’ digs. Anyone who’d like to lend a hand is welcome to volunteer. There will be a free moving days dinner served up by the talented Fran Ryan on Saturday evening.
Note the fantastic job Rudy Lovato did on our window lettering!
Starting Friday, the El Z crew will be finishing the packing and starting the moving process to 1809 Plaza. Anyone who wants to help is welcome to come and join in the mayhem (uh, I mean FUN!!!). Many hands have been busy prepping the new gallery, from Kathy and Sandi doing the floors to Pete and Ray working hard on the scaffolding, Jerry, Meredith, Sarah, Chris, Duffy and many more, we’re getting the work done and are ready for the final big push. Projected opening day will be June 2nd!
The gallery will be relocating to 1809 Plaza (the Veeder building) at the end of May with a projected opening of our new space by June 2nd. It is with some sadness that we leave our old digs but we’re excited by the possibilities of the new space, which is much more ‘gallery’ like and we hope to have room for lots of art as well as the possibility of teaching classes in our various art forms.