Art auction offers something for everyone


It may be the most diverse exhibit ever to hang in the upper lobby at Macey Center. A historic photograph showing the J.J. Baca House (which now houses the Stagedoor Grill and Curious Crow Studio); a mural-sized poster depicting John Lennon; “M” Mountain depicted in a weaving, on canvas and in an aerial photograph; a copper bracelet and earrings with a simple but elegant pattern; a turtle shell rattle made from elk antler; a wooden table; tie-dye clothing— even an artsy metal magazine rack.



More than 50 pieces of art, jewelry, prints and posters now are on exhibit and open for bidding in the Silent Art Auction to benefit the Performing Arts Series.

Patrons can view the artworks and place bids until Saturday, Jan. 23.

There are several ways to preview the items offered for auction. The exhibit can be seen at Macey Center during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Viewing will also be available during the Pine Leaf Boys performance on Friday, Jan. 22, also at Macey Center. Items can also be viewed online at

The Arts Party for Adults and Silent Auction begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Following the 25 hands-on workshops is a Social Hour from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Bidding for the silent auction items will stop between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. during the social hour. The social gathering includes gourmet appetizers, one free drink and Brazilian music by Saudade.

Tickets are $10 for the adult arts workshops and an additional $15 for the social hour. Tickets are available at PAS, Macey Center, Auxiliary Services, Brownbilt Shoes & Western Wear, and at the door. For more information, call 575-835-5688, or by e-mail to

Original Artwork

“I’m really blown away at all this great art,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish on Monday, Jan. 11, as she and a crew began hanging the art for display.

Most of the work is original artwork donated by local and regional artists. There’s a bright pastel of roadrunners from Skeeter Leard; a signature Natasha Isenhour architectural oil painting; a landscape by Margi Lucena; a tinted etching from Sharon Fullingim. Isenhour, a self-taught artist who has exhibited in London and Italy, as well as Santa Fe and Arizona; and Lucena, a signature member of the New Mexico Pastel Artists, owner of Curious Crow Studio. Leard and Fullingim, of Socorro, are well known wildlife artists also represented at Curious Crow Studio.

Artists who exhibit at Socorro County Arts’ Alamo Mercantile and Gallery also donated work for the auction, which includes: Denise Elvrum, fused glass plate; Dona Nowicki, stained glass; Karyn DeBont, two oil paintings; Leon Miler, card selections; Liz Alvarez, oil painting; Maureen Wilks, digital art; Olaf Heintz, wood table; Paula Riley and Willie Bond, jewelry; Robert Enders, painting; and Linda Martinic, punched tin decorations.

Regional Artists

Three huge pastels take up much of the western wall at Macey Center. Depicting Lennon, Elvis Presley and an American Eagle, the three were done as performance art at Macey Center by world-renowned Santa Fe artist Michael Ostaki, who transforms a canvas into a mural-sized painting in less than seven minutes. His paintings hang in public and private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has done his performance art with such luminaries as Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, and Colin Powell.

Other regional artists include three from Mountainair who often come to PAS performances at Macey Center: Addie Draper, oil painting; Mary Schultz, bead artist whose necklace features a boxwood-carved flute-playing frog; and Anne Ravenstone, punched-tin sconces. The three are members of Cibola Arts Gallery in Mountainair.

Rebecca Titus-Taylor, formerly of Socorro, contributed a mandala and a panorama photograph of the Rio Salado and Ladron Peak. Becky is also known for her Festival of the Crayons, the public art exhibit on School of Mines Road each fall which features larger-than-life crayons.

Photographs include an aerial photograph of Socorro by an anonymous donor; the old church in San Acacia by Bill Giebitz; photographs of distant scenes by Catherine Stewart-Roache and John Hertz; and one of cranes by Jana Svobodova of San Antonio. A photograph and book by Albuquerque artist Lynne Pomeranz depict her love of wild horses.

Area Artists

New Mexico Tech art instructor Teresa Boracci donated three jewelry pieces including a copper bracelet with earrings. Lucy Garcia donated a punched-tin picture.

Ed Gangemi donated the turtle shell rattle carved from elk antler.

Master weaver Dan Klinglesmith donated a weaving depicting “M” Mountain. He also will be demonstrating weaving techniques for the Arts Party for Adults on Jan. 23.

A pottery nut bowl by Chrysan Spreng and a turned-wood bowl by Phil Norton are among other items on exhibit, while Maggie Taylor contributed one of her retablos.

Other artists contributing works include Barbara Versluis, of Magdalena’s Blue Canyon Gallery; Magdalena’s Nicole Beaudoin, tie-dye clothing; Estelle Roberge, also of Magdalena; Peter Rice, Jan Thomas and Nicola Roath, all of Socorro.

Three works by Vivian Olsen, who for many years taught art at Socorro High School, have been donated for the auction; several pieces by Mary Fuqua also are on exhibit. Works from private collections donated for the cause include prints by Fred Anderson and an oil painting by New Mexico artist Junius Kerr.

Among the more unusual items are beaded flip-flops by Rosemary McClure; and a gift-box including candle and soap made by Beth Crowder.

Elise Renault donated a sculpture. Renault who recently graduated from Highlands University with a bachelors of fine arts also will teach a workshop during the Arts Party for Adults on Saturday, Jan. 23. A native Socorroan,

Elise grew up attending concerts brought by the Performing Arts Series.

“My father, Jacques, was one of the granddaddies of PAS,” she said. “They used to give me a cup of coffee so I could stay awake for the program. We went to all of them.”

“You (Socorroans) are so lucky to have Ronna” she said, noting the high quality of the performers that PAS brings to Socorro.

PAS is a non-profit organization supported in part by New Mexico Tech and by grants and contributions from individuals.


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