Gallery open house offers egg painting workshop

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The Socorro County Arts Council and Alamo Gallery Annual Spring Open House will feature a hands-on art workshop, live music, country dance lessons, vintage vinyl music and pizza starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Gallery and Gifts.

The event starts and ends with alternative rock by local band Audio Frenzy.

“They’re really creative,” event organizer Joy Miler said. “All Tech students. I’m not sure I can identify the genre — some rock and roll feel, some jazz feel. It’s just unique music.”

Local artist Georgia Raymond will conduct a hands-on Easter egg painting workshop. Participants can paint designs on wooden eggs using acrylic paint and other media, such as colored sand.

Visitors can take a break to learn some new dance steps from instructor Don Anderson. People can try country western line dancing at 1 p.m. and swing dancing at 3 p.m.

In between times, Miler said she will spin some old records on a turntable just for fun.

“We’ll play some old vinyl records,” she said. “We’ll have a variety of records, some old 78 rpm big band music, and maybe some 45 rpm rock and roll dance music. We’ll have a little fun with them.”

Pizza bites, cinnamon rolls and soft drinks will be served to a small to moderate crowd.

“It’s usually a small crowd,” she said. “Forty people at the most.”

Every year the Socorro Arts Council chooses a different theme for the open house. Last year, they held it on St. Patrick’s Day and featured Irish music and dancing. Whatever the theme, Miler’s hoping to attract new people to the gallery.

“We’re hopeful for more people,” she said. “It’s to get more people in the gallery and have fun. We want people to see the art and to do it. Part of our mission is to support all the arts. That’s why we’re doing music and dancing, too.”

Miler said she also hopes people decide to purchase some locally made art while they are at the open house.

Alamo Gallery is located next to Socorro Springs Brewpub at 1008 California St.