2009 was a year of many art events, but no Duke City Shootout.  (The Shootout organizers decided to skip a year and hold the tenth Shootout in 2010.)  I kept my photography, crochet and jewelry exhibited at the Belen ART League Gallery and Gifts as well as Miss Mary's Mid-week Market.  The art league's previous flyer designer took ill so I got the job of creating all the flyers for all the Belen ART League events.

NOTE:  Some of the images on this page are place markers and will be replaced

Mary Richardson's Annual Exhibit

Harvey House Museum
Belen, New Mexico

Usually Mary exhibits the work of her students, but this year she changed things up and invited her vendors to fill the Harvey House with their work.  It was a fun showcase of diverse work.  It was a rather last minute thing for me so I exhibited several pieces I had on hand.  I put up an 8 x 10 ink drawing of the band Rush I had done for a friend's recording studio some years ago and four Photographs: "Zebra", "Thunder Impersonates Mr Ed", "Western Swallowtail" and "Gorgone Cresentspot".

Belen ART League Spring Show

April 25th - May 16th

Our judge Natasha Isenhour had comments about everyone's work and gave out many ribbons.  I walked away with a Second Place in Professional Photography for my piece titled "Reflections", an abstract of a windmill sculpture, made out of mixing bowls, that was at Traditions.  My other two shots, all 11 x 14's, were also abstracts of sculptures at Traditions.

Art Along the Railway

May 9th

I had displays at three of the venues participating in Art Along the Railway, but personally appeared at the Belen ART League Gallery.  It was a beautiful day.  We had many visitors, as did the Harvey House where our Spring Show was on exhibit.  Mary Richardson told me her jewelry swap, at Miss Mary's Mid-week Market, brought in many customers.  Overall it was quite a successful event.

Belen ART League Photography Show

July 18th - August 1st

The photography show was wonderful with twelve artists exhibiting a variety of subjects. Regina Corritore, UNM art instructor and member of the Belen ART Leaguewas the judge.  Many visitors came to the reception, including two photographers that joined the league.

I entered three 8 x 10's that I already had made up, but hadn't exhibited here.  They were "Magic Hour", a downtown Albuquerque shot from the Petroleum Club taken during the warm glow just before sunset, "What's in Your Backyard?", my best sandhill crane shot to date, and "Outward Bound", a shot of a freight train leaving the Belen Switchyard that I took because my brother is into trains.

The show was originally exhibited on free-standing walls in the gallery and looked very nice.  Unfortunately it was taken down and re-hung in the photography room, along with the photography already on exhibit there.  I did not get photos of the original hanging so I'm including here the three pieces I entered in this event.

The county newspaper did a write up on the event, but a link to it would only work if you were a subscriber.

Belen ART League's Fall Show

October 17th - November 8th

The fall show was a great success.  We had 52 artists enter 260 works of art.  There were a lot of large paintings this time and more people showing their photography skills.  Quite a few pieces were sold during the show. 

Our judge was Maggie Price, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  Here is her exhibit from the event.  

I entered three photographs of two abandoned buildings in Punta de Agua, New Mexico, which is near the Quarai ruins.  I call them "Overgrown", "Abandoned", and " Neglected".  I was awarded First Place for the one called "Overgrown".

Belen's Festival of Lights
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts Open House

November 28th

The day started with the first ever Miracle on Main Street Balloon Rally.  Our gallery was open as usual, but this time we stayed open through the evening.  Some of our members of the Belen ART League, braved the cold to be in the parade.  It literally rained on our parade, which cancelled the balloon glow.  Becker Street was closed off and lined with booths.   There were Search lights in the MVD parking lot.  The rain caused the tent booths to close up early, leaving us to welcome chilly festival goers with hot cider in our warm, dry gallery.

I designed the flyer for this event.  The gallery  was extra beautiful with it's Christmas decorations.  Many artists were on hand to greet the revelers.

I brought in  an extra jewelry chest and crocheted Christmas ornaments to exhibit for holiday shoppers.