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Drawing for a better life

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Artist Keefred Benally uses his past to create a better future

Twenty-eight-year-old Diné artist Keefred Benally is not your typical artist, he wasn’t influenced at a young age, nor was art in his blood. Benally found art at the worst time of his life — when he was locked up in jail.

Hailing from Dilkon, Ariz....

Lieutenant governor supports summer reading

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico State Library have enlisted the help of Lt. Gov. Howie Morales in promoting the importance of reading for children.

The Lieutenant Governor read the children’s book The Three Little Javelinas, written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Jim Harris, courtesy of the Silver City Public Library, during a Facebook Premiere event on June 30, as part of the statewide summer reading program that kicked off in June.

“I encourage parents across New Mexico to make reading throughout the rest of this summer a top priority for their children — it’s so important!” said Lt. Gov. Morales. “When school is out for...

Artist portrays the world as his coloring book

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Gallupian Chris Acevedo uses his paintings to inspire, motivate others

Born and raised in Gallup, 36-year-old Mexican-American Chris Acevedo’s eyes were opened to the world of art as a little kid who would watch his uncle draw. Fascinated by what his uncle could do with a pencil, Acevedo started drawing simple cartoon characters. He realized he had a passion for art and found himself drawing more and more. Taking that pencil in his hand as his uncle did, Acevedo knew what he wanted to do when he grew up.

“In elementary school, my imagination began to run wild,” he said. “I began to draw doodles. I started to entertain myself. Later on, I saw the value of my drawings when...

Battered Families Services buys new beds

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My Sister’s House shelter celebrates new furnishings

Battered Families Services, Inc. recently brought smiles to the faces of shelter residents of My Sister’s House with new furnishings.

My Sister’s House is a shelter for those who have gone through domestic violence trauma and are in transition to begin a new life away from their abuser. Already having to pick up and escape their domestic violence situation at home, they are left without any of the things they rely on for everyday living.

Shelter residents were presented with several new bunk beds, an individual bed, and a state-of-the-art washer/dryer set on June 11. The shelter houses individuals and families to begin...

Fourth Annual Doin’ Dylan Tribute Concert will be virtual

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Based on a myth that Bob Dylan spent his childhood in Gallup, the town claims and celebrates him as one of its own, this year via Zoom.

This is the fourth year Gallup will celebrate the folk/rock troubadour’s music and poetry with a concert featuring local and regional musicians.

The June 21 concert line-up includes four acts.

2 pm-2:30 pm: Guitar duo McManus & Juda will kick off the concert. The two have performed at Doin’ Dylan every year since it began.

2:30 pm-3 pm: Local singer/songwriter Kornell Johns, who sometimes performs around town with the country band Twang Deluxe.

3 pm-4 pm: This group comes together each year for this concert. Hear Daniel Murphy on guitar...
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