Tech opens spring fine arts festival to public

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New Mexico Tech’s Spring Fine Arts Festival is open to the public this year, and will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28 on the west side of the campus in the Fine Arts building.

Admission and raffles are free, with chances to win art work and surprise gifts from Tech.

“This year is a little different,” said Jordana George, the community education coordinator. “We’ve kind of stepped it up a notch. We’ve added music, wine tasting, and we’ll have food available.”

The fair is biannual with a fall show in November and the spring show in April.

It has traditionally been an internal campus event, but school officials decided it would be a fun event for the community.

There will be a wine tasting of New Mexican vintages for $5, and a belly dancing presentation from the physical recreation department.

The art work is a culmination of a semester’s worth of work from many of the 500 fine art students enrolled each year.

Several of the art pieces will be for sale, and some will be just for show.

“There are some very, very talented people, especially some students who are seniors and have been doing this literally for four years,” said George. “So there is some pretty skilled work out there.”

The art mediums include stained glass, pottery, metal work, jewelry, glass beads, drawings, acrylic and oil paintings, 3-D enamel art, wall hangings and enamel jewelry.

The armor class, many of whom belong to a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, will showcase swords, chainmail and metal armor from medieval European history.

The SCA is an international living history group who often perform reenactments of medieval military skills in sword fights and jousting. The Tech club has weekly tournaments out on the lawn, George said.

“The members learn all about medieval history, culture and they also fight,” George said. “They show a lot of this armor, it’s just different, and it’s for youth. They use it under the club activities.”

There will be music from the college’s singing class and local musicians, pottery, glass art and metal work demonstrations, plus a few different food vendors.

A fantasy drawing contest at 1 p.m. is open to anyone.

“Contestants will have 45 minutes to draw a fantasy figure, and then we’ll have several prizes,” said George.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners.

NM Tech Community College offers certification courses, such as CPR, cultural classes, guitar lessons, dog training, photography, yoga, Zumba and other classes. The campus is located at 801 Leroy Place.

 


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