Adult arts party features 30 artists and instructors


A wealth of creative information awaits adults on Saturday, Jan. 23, during the Arts Party for Adults and Silent Auction. The hardest part will be deciding which activities to choose!

Do you spend the time with professional artists like Georgette Evans Grey learning watercolor, or Skeeter Leard using pastels, or learn airbrush techniques with Leon Miler?



Do you learn how Nicole Beaudoin of Magdalena makes her colorful tie-dye clothing? Or throw a pot on a wheel? Or take quick lessons in belly dancing, ballroom and western dancing?

The treasure chest of arts workshops opens at 4 p.m., at Macey Center. Tickets for the evening, a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Series, are just $25, which includes the art workshops, gourmet munchies and one complimentary drink. Ticket prices include the cost of all materials necessary for the activities. Tickets can also be purchased individually: $10 for the arts workshops and materials, and $15 for the arts social, which begins at 7 p.m., with Brazilian-themed appetizers provided by Tech’s Club Macey.

In all, 30 artists and instructors from the region will show how to make everything from “A” to, well, “W”. Here’s a synopsis of art workshops and the artists:

• Air brush techniques by Leon Miler. A member of the Socorro County Arts, Leon can frequently be found painting at the Alamo Mercantile & Gallery (1008 California St.).

• Artist Trading Cards. These miniature art creations, in all sorts of media, are traded and collected in a fun (and occasionally profitable) hobby. The workshop is given by Kelly Hahn of Magdalena and Leau Phillips of Albuquerque.

• Jan Thomas is a plein aire artist known for her brilliant impressionistic style often using purples; plus she’s authored several delightfully funny and wonderfully illustrated children’s books. For this workshop, she’ll lead participants in a beading workshop.

• Bookmaking, by Hannah Treder. A Socorro native, Hannah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of New Mexico in December. She has volunteered at the Community Arts Party on a regular basis.

• Clay Name Plates by Emma Lujan Rison. Emma teaches a popular pottery class at New Mexico Tech’s Community College and exhibits at the Alamo Mercantile & Gallery.

• Cool Shades, Sunglass Decorating by Elise Renault, a native Socorroan who recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Highlands University. She uses fabric paint and items such as rhinestones to jazz up sunglasses.

• Corn Husk Dolls by Nadine Ulibarri-Keller. This is a popular activity at the annual Community Arts Party and a traditional craft.

• Dancing: Three 45-minute sessions are offered. Belly dancing, the world’s oldest dance form, given by Et Alia director Julie Johnson. Ballroom and Western dancing instruction will be given by Juston Moore.

• Egg Decorating by Yvonne Magener. Who hasn’t seen or heard of the wonderful “eggsibition” by this Magdalena artist? Learn her secrets to a variety of artsy eggs, a traditional art form with modern applications.

• Flower Pens by Susie Welch. This is a quick and fun workshop and turns ordinary, dull-looking pens into unique instruments, worthy of writing a poem or simply fun to use. Susie, a frequent volunteer in numerous groups, has led this workshop for the kids.

• Fruit Sushi, taught by Carol Kroyer. And you thought sushi was only for fish. Learn the secrets of making this Nori-wrapped treat that is so popular (and tasty).

• If you missed the gourd decorating workshop offered last fall by the Socorro County Arts, you can take it now. Karyn DeBont, SCA vice president and exhibitor at Alamo Mercantile & Gallery, offers this casual, come anytime class.

• What does it take to “do” sculpture? Local sculptor Loretta Lowman will lead participants in making a sculpture from a sock. Lowman holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from New Mexico State University and has widely exhibited her work. She is currently on exhibit at Alamo Mercantile & Gallery. Lowman has taught art classes locally and will offer this start-to-finish class creating a Henri Moore Sock Sculpture

• Dona Nowicki teaches stained glass classes at New Mexico Tech’s Community College and her distinctive stained glass creations can also be found at Alamo Mercantile & Gallery. She’s offering a quick and fun workshop creating a mosaic on glass. Nowicki has taught for 18 years and first learned the art from Donna Deckard at Tech’s Community College.

• The ancient art of origami, made famous by the Thousand Origami Cranes, is the art of folding paper. Cranes hold special significance in Japanese tradition but any number of forms, all sorts of animal and objects — even boxes — can be made. Toshiko Bosworth leads this workshop.

• Pastelist Skeeter Leard will lead five students in a two-hour basic session to create a pastel painting. Skeeter’s work is in public and private collections nationwide and has been exhibited at numerous juried shows. Her work can be found at Curious Crow Studio and Socorro Framing and Gallery.

• Create a wearable pin or brooch at the Pin Art workshop lead by Deborah Treder. Participants will create a “miniature collage pin,” she explained, using a variety of differently textured specialty papers.

• Pot Holders by Karla Moore. Who doesn’t need pot holders? Karla is another frequent volunteer at Community Arts Parties.

• There’s something magical about taking a piece of wet clay, placing it on a spinning wheel and seeing the lump take form and shape. Local potter Chrysan Spreng will share her pottery wheel and techniques.

• Magdalena artist Laurie Gregg will teach participants print-making techniques using both a traditional press and objects found in many homes.

• The traditional art of punched tin will be taught by Vicky Gonzales. In this approximately 30-minute workshop, you’ll make an ornament, small picture frame or necklace. Gonzales, who is the administrative services coordinator at the Tech business office, learned punched tin at a Community College class from Lucy Garcia. “Punched tin is fun and easy,” she says. “All that pounding is a great stress-reliever” and the art lends itself to any number of projects from mirrors and candleholders to, as in her case, decorative eaves on her courtyard made of punched tin and copper.

• Handmade soap is a natural delight for yourself or as a gift. Laurie Ware offers this workshop.

• Bright and distinctive, Nicole Beaudoin’s Dancing Rainbows designs are popular throughout the state. Learn her tie-dye techniques and create your own unique but practical work of art.

• Liz Alvarez has taught art at Cottonwood Valley Charter School and spent months perfecting the techniques to create the tile artwork along the Elfgeo Baca Park and School of Mines landscaping project. Many of those tiles were created by students at the annual Community Arts Party for Families — now it’s your turn, adults.

• Georgette Evans Grey is a teacher and student of watercolors, and her works are in private collections nationwide. She’ll lead a limited number of participants in two separate one-hour workshops.

• Dave Burleigh is a corrosion specialist and professor at Tech, but he may be better known locally for his work with youth. He offers a workshop in wire mobiles, a popular activity at the annual Community Arts Party.

• Socorro native Theresa Apodaca is an award-winning teacher who for several years co-organized the Women of the West parade. She also has learned the Polish tradition of paper cutting called Wycinanki.

All in all, it’s a smorgasbord of creativity packed into one evening that features a silent auction of more than 50 donated works by local artists as the main fundraising event for Socorro’s Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are available through the PAS office (which will also accept bids on artwork and update you if anyone offers a higher bid). Tickets also are on sale at Macey Center, Tech’s Auxiliary Services, Brownbilt Shoes & Western Wear, the Christmas Store and the Socorro Heritage Center. Call 575-835-5688 or visit for more information.


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