Arts Party for Adults Features Hands-On Fun

            SOCORRO, N.M. March 19, 2013 – Ronna Kalish is super busy these days in preparing for Saturday’s Adult Arts Party for Adults. The Director of New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series is a consummate organizer, and this event is no exception.


Judy Lovelace, (from left) Stephanie Brine, Addy Bhasker and Yvonne Magener work on their projects at the Adult Arts Party in 2009.


            The event is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bodega Burger Co. banquet room. 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.

            She shrugs it off with a laugh.

            “There’s no way an event of this kind can happen without a whole lot of helping hands,” Kalish said. “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 emailing pas@admin.nmt.edu. “Anyone can show up without an RSVP, 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 complementary glass of wine, 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. A cash bar will be available in the banquet room as well.

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

Kalish recently unveiled the evening’s art project 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 of Dancing Rainbow
  • Watercolor Painting – Leon Miler
  • Wood Door Hangers – Ramona Montoya

A list of auction artists and items follows:

Paintings were donated by Karyn DeBont, Robert Enders, Mary Fuqua, Georgette Evans Grey, Beverly Hansen, Natasha Isenhour, Skeater Leard, BJ 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: eTheresa 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.”

She cited these other businesses for their contributions: Alamo Gallery & Gifts and Socorro County Arts, Best Western Rio Grande, Albuquerque; The Charles Motel and Hotsprings, Sierra Grande Lodge and Hotsprings, Blackstone Hotsprings, Riverbend Hotsprings and Café Bella Luca in Truth or Consequences; NM Tech Swim Center, Golf Course, Gym and Continuing Education; and Vertu Fine Art.

Gourmet bite-size appetizers ala 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 & 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.

– NMT –

By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech