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A fabulous first for Zuni Autumn Fest

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On Oct. 9, the Zuni Autumn Fest kicked off its debut, spanning noon till dusk on the Old Zuni High School field at 1203 Hwy. 53. With live music, artistry, a bike-and-run, and food, the event was sponsored in part by Jamon Graphic and Printing, The Best Lemonade stand, friends, and local businesses.

Carlton Jamon, the...

gallup ARTS leading charge for WPA website

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Group seeks grant; WPA art widespread in McKinley County

McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker decided several years ago that the Works Progress Administration art that hangs in the Old McKinley County Courthouse at 201 W. Hill Ave. is there to stay — as is the art in the new courthouse at the same address.

The WPA art collection that hangs in both court houses is part of what Decker says may be one of the largest WPA collections in New Mexico.

“I don’t have a lot of concrete facts on it, but I have heard that [McKinley County has] about as much WPA hanging on some of our walls as any other county in New Mexico,” Decker said. “The pieces that we have at the county are...

Local artist’s silver work is a family affair

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You don’t have to live in Gallup long to notice the important role art plays in the community. Whether it’s the monthly second-Saturday “Arts Crawl” or the frequent dances and performances outside the courthouse, there’s always art to be appreciated by locals and tourists alike.

Ira Custer is a local artist who makes silver jewelry out of his home in Gallup. He runs a business known as Custer Designs and works with other local artists, among which are members of his own family.

For Custer, working with silver has been a family affair since he began as a small child.  His father casted silver jewelry, and eventually trained his son in the art.

“I’m only going to...

Gallup Professor Takes Sculpting Talents to China

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University of New Mexico Associate Professor John Zimmerman will be taking his expertise in ceramic sculpture and his interest in landscapes and geological history to the Fuping Pottery Art Village in the Shaanxi Province of China as part of an international engagement project funded by the UNM Research Allocation Committee (RAC).  John is the first branch campus faculty member to have been awarded a RAC grant and he will utilize the funding to conceptualize, build, dry, glaze and fire original works of art which will be exhibited and may join three of his previous sculptures that are currently on display at the on-site museum in the Art Village.

Currently on a sabbatical, John is...

‘April ‘ArtsCrawl’ moments: Celebrating Music, Art & Star Wars

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Photos by Tom Hartsock

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