$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show

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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring show is coming up this weekend but don’t pay the full admission price… get $1 off using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico from March 7 – 9, 2014.  Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking and painting to pottery and jewelry… and much more.

Kids can enjoy creating their own work of art at the Kids’ Creation Station, and naturally there will be food vendors to feed you everything from fajitas to gyros, plus specialty food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples! The festival also includes live entertainment, although at time of writing their website doesn’t give the entertainment schedule yet. Hmm, that’s strange, they usually have the line-up in place by now. But previous performers have included Syd Masters and the Swing Riders and Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, so expect some good grooves whoever is on the roster this year.

Regular adult admission is $7 or you can get a 3-day pass for $9, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

If you use the $1 discount coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday March 7 through Sunday March 9, 2014
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania


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MasterWorks of New Mexico Free Spring Art Show and Events

April 3, 2013 by  
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The MasterWorks of New Mexico Spring Art Show returns for its 15th season, and admission is free, including arts demos and events.

MasterWorks of New Mexico at EXPO New Mexico combines four state-wide juried fine art shows from Pastel Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Miniature Arts Bardean, and the Rio Grande Art Association. All the works are by New Mexico artists and it’s a free exhibit, so let’s get out there and see what they’ve got to share with us, and possibly buy some art, depending on your budget.

The show opens with a free reception, awards ceremony and a chance to meet the artists on Friday April 5 from 5 – 8pm. Then it remains open for public viewing until April 27, 2013.

Along the way, free MasterWorks of New Mexico eventsinclude:

  • April 8:  Oil painting demonstration by Frank Lalumia from 9:30 – 11 am
  • April 14:  Open House Paint-In from noon to 4 pm, where any artist (even if you’re not in the show) can turn up with your own supplies to sketch, paint, or sculpt together, with still life displays and models provided. I LOVE seeing artists at work!
  • April 17: Watercolor Demo by Penny Thomas-Simpson from 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • April 21: Pastel Demo by Dawn Emerson from 9:30 – 11 am

MasterWorks of New Mexico takes place:

When: April 6 – 27, 2012, daily except Mondays
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: EXPO New Mexico Hispanic Arts Building
Price: Admission is free!  But expect to pay regular EXPO NM fees for parking.

–Tania

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Festival $1 Off Admission

November 19, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 13th Annual Holiday show runs during this Thanksgiving weekend, and you can get $1 off admission using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive on Black Friday and over the holiday weekend, from November 23 to 25, 2012, at EXPO New Mexico. Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art. They can also become a work of art with facepainting, or play in the sandbox. Entertainment in the Jingle Bell Square includes visits from Santa Claus (11 am – 3 pm daily) and at various times you might hear a storytelling elf, Victorian carolers, Syd Masters and The Swing Riders, Mariachi Fiesta International, and other musical performers.

Of course there will be food vendors for lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.  If you use the $1 discount admission coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 23 – 25, 2012
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale

November 14, 2012 by  
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This weekend marks the 31st anniversary of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, with free admission, plenty to shop, wine tastings, and food!

Head up to the village of Placitas on November 17 and 18 to find the 2012 Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale in full swing between 10 am – 5 pm each day.  The juried art show features 80 New Mexico and Southwestern artists, selling items such as jewelry, clothing, glass, ceramics, gourd art, paintings, photography, and painted drums.

Anasazi Fields Winery offers free wine tastings, and food vendors will provide the fuel to keep everyone browsing and shopping!  Tickets for the raffle cost just $1 each, for a chance to win artwork donated by the show’s artists, in an Arts in the School fundraiser for Placitas Elementary School.

Admission is free, and the show takes place at three sites in the village of Placitas: the big tent by the Presbyterian Church; Anasazi Fields Winery, and Placitas Elementary School.

The organizers tell me they’re gussying up the school to give it colorful and festive atmosphere, and the homemade food at the Presbyterian Church Chili Pepper Cafe will include breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, tamales, and brownies.  (They had *me* at breakfast burritos.) Food vendors at Anasazi Fields Winery are going a bit posher with salmon on a stick in addition to shrimp dogs and shrimp tacos.

Yes, I know it’s all about the high quality arts and gifts, but the food seems quite interesting too. Can you tell I haven’t had my dinner yet?

It’s such a sweet drive up there and a great chance to get into holiday shopping, browse the art, and try some hot mulled cranberry wine.

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale

  • When: Saturday and Sunday November 17-18, 2012
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm each day
  • Where: Placitas village – three central sites, all well signed
  • Price: Admission is free!

Take I-25 north to Exit 242 (Bernalillo/Placitas), and head east on Highway 165 for six miles to reach the village of Placitas.

–Tania

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MasterWorks of New Mexico Free Exhibit and Art Events

April 5, 2012 by  
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The MasterWorks of New Mexico Spring Art Show returns for its 14th season, and admission is free, including arts demos and events.

MasterWorks of New Mexico at EXPO New Mexico combines four juried fine art shows from Pastel Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Miniature Arts Bardean, and the Rio Grande Art Association. All the works are by New Mexico artists and it’s a free exhibit, so let’s get out there and see what they’ve got to share with us, and possibly buy some art, depending on your budget.

The show opens with a free reception, awards ceremony and a chance to meet the artists on Friday April 6 from 5 – 8pm. Then it remains open for public viewing until April 28 2012. 

Along the way, free MasterWorks of New Mexico events include:

  • April 11:  Watermedia Demo by Helen Gwinn from 1-2 pm
  • April 14:  Book Art Talk by Gail Murray from 1-3pm, showing how to make an accordion fold book and a pamphlet stitch book, using regular household materials.
  • April 15:  Open House Paint-In from noon to 4 pm, where any artists can turn up with your own supplies to sketch, paint, or sculpt together, with still life displays and clothed models provided. I LOVE seeing artists at work!
  • April 16: Demo by Santiago Perez from noon to 12:45 pm.
  • April 17: Pastel Demo by Terri Ford from 9:30 – 11 am
  • April 21: Oil Demo by Albert Handell at 9:30 am

MasterWorks of New Mexico takes place:

When: April 7 – 28, 2012, daily except Mondays and Easter
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: EXPO New Mexico Hispanic Arts Building
Price: Admission is free!  But expect to pay regular EXPO NM fees for parking.

–Tania

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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

March 4, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring 2012 show is coming up this weekend, from March 9-11, but don’t pay full price to get in…

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico. Over 225 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Kids Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, play in the sandbox, or enjoy a magic show — all for FREE! And, of course, there will be plenty of food vendors, offering everything from fajitas to gyros, and speciality food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples!

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday March 9-11, 2012
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Native Heritage Art Market on Thanksgiving Weekend

November 21, 2011 by  
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The first Native Heritage Art Market debuts this Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque, and what a debut!

The Native Heritage Art Market runs from November 25-27 at Hotel Albuquerque, and admission is free for all. In addition to work for sale from more than 15 different tribes, such as jewelry, pottery, carvings, paintings and sculpture, the event also includes artist demonstrations, and traditional music and cultural performances.

The Opening Reception at 5 pm on Friday November 25 look well worth a visit, as it pays tribute to Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artists of the Year over the last 30 years, many of whom will be present. Ceremonies start with an invocation by Haywood Big Day, Sundance Leader for the Crow Tribe, and the whole event is MC’d by the wonderful Harlan McKosato, host of Native America Calling. How cool is that?
I often listen to Native America Calling on KUNM, and I LOVE it!

Other highlights over the weekend include:

  • Turquoise Workshop at 10 am on November 26 by Joe P. Lowry, owner of the Turquoise Museum
  • Jerry Pardilla, Penobscot singer & flute player, at 12 noon on November 26
  • Plus talks/demonstrations on Navajo silver jewelry and sandpainting, Laguna Pueblo pottery, Zuni Pueblo weaving, Taos Pueblo pottery, Santo Domingo Pueblo Heishi-making, Hopi basket weaving, and more…

See the full Native Heritage Art Market schedule for details on what’s happening when. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to pick your fave time to go, though. It all looks pretty great to me. And to get us in the festive spirit, they’ll have a tree with Native-made holiday ornaments.

As the event is organized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association we can be confident that the arts for sale are all certified as genuine work from American Indian artists.

Native Heritage Art Market takes place:

  • When: November 25-27, 2011
  • Times:
    Friday November 25 from 3 – 7 pm, with the opening reception at 5 pm
    Saturday November 26 from 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday November 27 from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
  • Price: Admission is free!

I can’t be responsible for how much you spend on holiday shopping, though!

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival $1 Off Admission

November 21, 2011 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 12th Annual Holiday show runs over this Thanksgiving weekend.  

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.  

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive over the weekend of November 25-27, 2011 at EXPO New Mexico. Over 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, play in the sandbox, enjoy a magic show or maybe see Santa — all for FREE!  Of course, there will be food vendors and speciality food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples.  

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 25-27, 2011
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale

November 17, 2011 by  
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This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, with free admission, plenty to shop, wine tastings, and food!

Head up to the village of Placitas on November 19 and 20 to find the 2011 Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale in full swing between 10 am – 5 pm each day.  The juried art show features 80 New Mexico and Southwestern artists, selling items including jewelry, clothing, glass, ceramics, gourd art, paintings, photography, and painted drums.

Anasazi Fields Winery offers free wine tastings, and food vendors will provide the fuel to keep everyone browsing and shopping!  Tickets for the raffle cost just $1 each, for a chance to win artwork donated by the show’s artists, in a fundraiser for Placitas Elementary School.

Admission is free, and the show takes place at three sites in the village of Placitas: the big tent by the Presbyterian Church; Anasazi Fields Winery, and Placitas Elementary School.

It’s such a sweet drive up there and a great chance to get into holiday shopping, browse the art, and try some hot mulled cranberry wine.

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale

  • When: Saturday and Sunday November 19-20, 2011
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm each day
  • Where: Placitas village – three central sites, all well signed
  • Price: Admission is free!

Take I-25 north to Exit 242 (Bernalillo/Placitas), and head east on Highway 165 for six miles to reach the village of Placitas.

–Tania

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Santero Market in Old Town

September 29, 2011 by  
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The Santero Market at San Felipe de Neri church in Albuquerque Old Town is on October 1 and 2, with live entertainment and kids’ activities.

The Santero Market is free to visit, although you might be tempted to buy a piece of sacred art from one of the 44 New Mexico artists showing their works around Old Town Plaza! In addition to the traditional Spanish icons on display, expect music and dance at the Gazebo, food vendors, and activities for children.

The Santero Market opens with a blessing at 8 am on Saturday October 1 by Father Dennis Garcia of San Felipe de Neri Church,  and there will be a market Mass on Sunday from 8:30 am. Other highlights include a talk by New Mexico santero Carlos Otero on the perspectives of traditional Spanish religious arts at 2 pm on Sunday October 2.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market

  • When: Saturday and Sunday October 1-2, 2011
  • Time: Starts at 8am, runs till 5 or 6 pm
  • Where: San Felipe de Neri Parish church and Old Town Plaza
  • Price: The event and entertainment are free. It’s up to you how much you spend on shopping!

–Tania

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