2011


This year I served as secretary of the Belen ART League, continued to curate the Photography Room at the Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts, continued to design all the league's event flyers and created the first graphically designed newsletter for the league.  Oh, and I kept my work on exhibit at the gallery too.

I ran into a group of the Mansion Players, the local theater group, at the library and jumped at the chance to be their Set Decorator and Prop Master.


Belen ART League
Valentine Tea

February 13th
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts
Belen, New Mexico

This was the first time I actually attended the tea event.  I had intended to document the event before, but something always got in the way.  As secretary I felt it was part of my job.  It was a hectic time since we had just had our official transition into office.

The tea didn't sell out but all in attendance had a most enjoyable time.  We gained a new member who is a chocolatier and he donated a bouquet of chocolate roses for a raffle prize.



Film & Media Day

February 16th
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Another great awareness event for the New Mexico film industry.  This year it was combined with an extras casting call for The Avengers.  Wardrobe had costumed characters walking around and showed off some award winning costumes from "Into the West" in the big tent.  Grip equipment was demonstrated and there was a Special Effects Make-up team doing ghoulish make-up on some of the attendees.  The green filmmaking movement was giving out information from their tent and Craft Services came through with delicious burgers again.  Interesting people and lots of fun.



Belen ART League 
Miniature Show

April 2nd - 16th
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts
Belen, New Mexico



Mansion Players
Once Avon a Time

April 25th & 26th
Los Lunas, New Mexico

One day when I was at the library I overheard these people talking about scripts, casting and props.  I had to ask what they were talking about.  It turns out they were part of the Mansion Players.  I told them I was a set dresser and they invited me to join them to help with their performance events since the actors had to dress the sets and run props themselves.

They were preparing a skit and had two performances lined up.  The first one was at the Los Lunas Senior Center and the second was at the Jubilee Club House in Los Lunas.

They had most of their props and set dressing but needed a real phone, which I had in my set dressing collection.  They also needed a Prop Master.  Here's a shot that shows most of the characters, and my prop phone during the Jubilee event.


Belen ART League 
Spring Show

May 7th - 28th
Harvey House Museum
Belen, New Mexico



Belen ART League 
Summer Art Camp

June 13th - 24th
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts
Belen, New Mexico


Belen ART League 
Photography Show

July 16th - 30th
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts
Belen, New Mexico


Sam's Sinister Story at the SODA Saloon
School of Dreams Academy
Mansion Players

August 11th
Duncan Memorial Building
Los Lunas, New Mexico

The Mansion Players worked with the School of Dreams Academy drama students to create a diner theater event.  It was a funny, interactive, western murder mystery.  We took over the Duncan Memorial Building and turned it sideways for better viewing.  Checkered tablecloths, barbecue and miniature haystacks set the mood (see photo to right).  I surprised the cast with wanted posters, of each of them, at the entry as an introduction to their characters.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance and participated in figuring out "who done it".  The night was a roaring success.


The Duncan Building


Inside the Duncan Building

Before

Inside the Duncan Building

Dressed

Cast Wanted Poster


Bandana Napkins


Haystack Centerpiece


Belen ART League 
Yard Sale


September 16th & 17th
VFW Meeting Hall
Belen, New Mexico

Belen ART League 
Fall Show


September 16th - 30th
Harvey House Museum
Belen, New Mexico

Valencia County Images 
Photography Contest

Sept. 24th - Oct. 4th
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts
Belen, New Mexico



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

November 24th
Belen ART League Gallery & Gifts
Belen, New Mexico




The Littlest Angel & The Trial of Santa
Mansion Players

December 9th
First United Methodist Church of Belen
Belen, New Mexico

December 10th & 11th
Belen Public Library
Belen, New Mexico

December 18th
Los Lunas Transportation Center
Los Lunas, New Mexico

December 19th
Los Lunas High School
Los Lunas, New Mexico

The flyer lists three plays, but Outsourcing Christmas was dropped due to rehearsal time.  This flyer was created by Mansion Player Writer Nancy Strickland.  I served as Set Dresser and Prop Master for these events.  They were great fun to do and the audiences loved them.  Los Lunas High School gave us the opportunity to use a real stage in a proper theater.