Ready, set … create


Ronna Kalish, director of New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series, is super busy these days in preparing for Saturday’s adult arts party, from 4-9 p.m. at the Bodega Burger Co. Banquet Room.

Submitted photo: Addy Bhasker, Judy Lovelace, Stephanie DeBrine and Yvonne Magener work with artist Elise Renault at one of the tables at last years adult arts party.

Kalish has secured a bevy of items for the silent auction and a host of volunteer artists to lead the hands-on workshops – and that kind of effort is not easy.

“There’s no way an event of this kind can happen without a whole lot of helping hands,” said Kalish. “I am so grateful to everyone who donated to the silent auction, to all of our volunteer artists, to our wonderful staff at PAS, and to the Bodega staff for working to help make this a successful and fun event.

“This also is an opportunity for participants to meet our local artists and to become acquainted – or, in some cases, reacquainted – with some of their more recent works,” she said. “Artists are just like our local business owners – they contribute much of their time and talents to the community, and often with little recognition.”

“Best of all,” Kalish said, “The adults arts party is for a good cause — to help support the PAS and its youth and community outreach programs. We’ll be happy to accept outside donations as well.”

Participants are asked to RSVP by calling (575) 835-5688, or by email at

“Anyone can show up but we encourage participants to sign up in advance to give us an idea of how many people to expect,” she said.

The $25-per person fee includes gourmet appetizers, a glass of wine, cash bar, participation in the silent auction and hands-on art projects; and other fun amenities, such as the casino games black jack, poker, wheel of fortune and roulette – and live music:

Jazz Menage, 4-5 p.m.; Jeanne Dixon and Bill Giebitz 5-6 p.m.; Roon, 6-6:45 p.m.; Doug Figgs, 6:45-7:30; Martha and Steve Cather, 7:30-8:15; and Gary Axen and Martha Cather, 8:15-9 p.m.

Auction artists and items include:

Paintings were donated by Karyn DeBont, Robert Enders, Mary Fuqua, Georgette Evans Grey, Beverly Hansen, Natasha Isenhour, Skeater Leard, B.J. Lesperance, Ramona Montoya, Estelle Roberge, Warren Smart and Jan Thomas.

Those donating photographs were Fred Anderson, Bill Giebitz, Jon Hertz, Tom Irion, Don Boyd, Tony Perreault, Catherine Stewart-Roache and Jana Svobodova.

Look for pottery by Chrysan Spreng and Ken Marek, woodwork by Olaf Heintz and Phil Norton, and jewelry by Doc’s Rocks, Bobbie Stendel, Cin’ Muse, and Jana Svobodova. Donating prints are Sharon Fullingim, Maureen Wilks, Yvonne Magener and Todd Kay, who also gave a variety of posters from Socorro Picture Framing.

Under the category of miscellaneous art are the following donors and items: Theresa Apodaca (paper cut), Jane Chevalier (pysanky egg), Kathe McLaren, Margaret Middleton (handwoven scarf), Dona Nowicki (stained glass), Peter Rice (pen and ink), Georgia Raymond, Elise Renault, Laurie Taylor Gregg, Rebecca Titus Taylor (recycled record mirror).

“Other silent auction items are tickets from the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, Globalbuquerque, and a few others we’re waiting on,” Kalish said. “We also have several extremely clever and colorful gift baskets, and excursion packages such as a night of lodging, hot springs soak-and-dinner in T or C, and a night of lodging in Albuquerque with dinner and a concert.”

Gourmet bite-size appetizers from the Bodega Burger Company include: Beef carpaccio-thin sliced prime rib wrapped around white asparagus and roasted peppers; lemon and thyme roasted quail breast over a wilted spinach salad; surf and turf pineapple braised buffalo short rib with garlic shrimp; flat bread with fig jam and prosciutto; wild boar and wild mushroom raviolis; ginger-mint lamb lollipops; basil and ricotta won tons; strawberry shortcake trifle served in martini glasses; kiwi-raspberry mousse served in champagne glasses; gourmet cheese and crackers; and antipasto.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Performing Arts Series Office in Macey Center, 835-5688, at the Bodega Burger Company or at the door.


A few of the artists participating in Saturday’s arts party
Theresa Apodaca
Though known primarily as an award-winning classroom teacher and thespian, Apodaca also expresses her creativity through the ancient art of paper cutting, which she has been working with since 1989. Her favorite genre is the wycinanki, whose richness in Polish folk history allows the artist to use an unlimited palette of paper colors and textures. Her work has been well received at local exhibitions, including a “Best of Show” ranking at the Socorro County Fair.

Jane Chevalier
An egg artist since 1987, Chevalier began teaching the art in 2006; since moving to New Mexico in 2009, she has expanded her repertoire. Her designs range from Ukrainian traditional to art deco, and are not usually duplicated, with the exception of Christmas and Valentine designs due to demand. Her specialty is creating designs with a Southwestern flare. Some of her original designs resemble pottery, rug designs, fetishes and beadwork.

Karyn DeBont
Before recently retiring from New Mexico Tech as its 30-year resident landscape designer, DeBont had already turned to oil painting to fulfill a lifetime interest in fine art. Her love of plants is apparent in her work. She has found many painting locations in the area, and a regionalism has begun to emerge. After years of studio work, DeBont shifted to painting en plein air. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Socorro County Arts.

Georgette Evans Grey
Visitors to the 2011 California Watercolor Society’s National Annual Exhibition may remember G.E. Grey’s “Prickly Poppy,” a transparent watercolor that went on to win the Winsor and Newton Award of Excellence at the 2012 Masterworks Show in Albuquerque. Although her work might be called nature-centric, her interests include the local environments wherever she has traveled and lived, including Socorro, where she and her husband own Vertu Gallery.

Sharon Fullingim
This sculptor and carver includes as part of her daily routine watching and listening to the comings and goings of resident and migratory birds. Whether carving or sculpting her next bronze, those lively visitors keep her entertained and inspirited. Her early artistic career was spent working in watercolors and intaglio etchings, but her passion is sculpting. Fullingim’s work is collected and on permanent public display worldwide.


Arts party artist lineup:
Clay Wheel Throwing – Hanna Sullivan
Clay Tile Painting – Denise Contreras
Clay Easter Eggs – Yvonne Magener
Corn Husk Dolls – Nadine Ulibarri
Cross-Stitch Bookmarks – Lisa Leeper
Embossed Tin – Bernadette Baca
Gourds  – Allan Sauter
Mosaic – Dona Nowicki
Japanese Brush Painting – Jordana George
Jewelry – Jill Urban
Paper Cutting – Theresa Apodaca
Printing – Laurie Taylor Gregg
Punched Tin – Lucy Garcia and Karen Carrejo
Pysanky Eggs (Ukrainian Easter eggs) – Jane Chevalier
Sculpture – Sharon Fullingim
Sunglasses – Elise Renault and Gina Dello Russo
Tie Dye – Nicole Beaudoin, Dancing Rainbow
Watercolor Painting – Leon Miler
Wood Door Hangers – Ramona Montoya