Artist runs away — without leaving home

Pat Weekley plans to enter three of her recent paintings in the Pintores Art League’s 30th annual Fine Arts Show that begins Saturday along with the Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair in downtown Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Pat Weekley retired years ago from her career as a registered nurse. Since then, she says, she has developed a passion for painting, which she describes as “running away without leaving home.”

The talented artist has found New Mexico brimming with wonderful subject matter. Weekley says she favors southwest-style landscapes and still lifes.

Weekley plans to enter three of her recent paintings in the upcoming Pintores Art League’s 30th annual Fine Arts Show, two done in “soft pastels,” a medium she describes as “pigment in a stick form.”

Using pastels, Weekley recreated the stunning landscape of the Mesa Redondo near Tucumcari. She said she stopped, took several photographs and worked on the painting using the pictures.

“It is just a two-lane highway, so I couldn’t have actually painted at the location,” Weekley said.

According to, pastels are made from precipitated chalk, dry pigments and a binder. The use of various dry pigments in art dates back to over 15,000 years ago to cave painters, who utilized charcoal to render huge animal drawings on the natural vaulted ceilings of caves.

Weekley says painting with pastels is a “relatively new medium” for her, but she has fallen in love with the process. She has taken classes at Clovis Community College and spent hours practicing different techniques. “I have found that using the correct kind of paper makes all the difference,” Weekley said.

One of the large paintings she plans to enter in the weekend art show features southwestern-style pottery and baskets accented with small wheat stalks. Weekley says she came up with the concept and then created the still life in her home studio using oil paints.

“I used earth colors and it took me about 10 days to finish,” Weekley said.

According to Weekley, she has been “somewhat successful” in previous art shows and has “sold a few” of her paintings as well.

“Supplies can get pricey,” Weekley said.

Weekley will be competing with other area artists on Saturday at the Pintores Art Show which is being held in the Clovis Carver Public Library North Annex.

The art show is put on by the Pintores Art League of Clovis, according to Diana Elliot, club member and show chairperson. Elliott said the purpose of the Pintores Art Show is to show area residents there are talented artists who reside in and around Clovis.

“If someone is looking to purchase art, they don’t have to travel to Santa Fe,” Elliott said.

Elliott said there were 109 entries last year.

This year’s categories include oil painting, acrylic, water colors, pastels, drawings, mixed media, handmade pottery, 3-D and photography. According to Elliott, the entries must be original and not done under instruction.

The Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair will also be taking place Saturday in downtown Clovis. Selmus Price, the event’s chairman and events coordinator, said the 14th annual event will start at 10 a.m. with a parade on Main Street.

According to Price, the event will feature a health fair, children’s games, arts and crafts, and various types of entertainment.

Price said the fair, planned by the Clovis Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee, aims “to bring all cultures together.”


• 10 a.m., 5:30 p.m. — Batik and tie-dye workshops, Main ARTeri
• 10 a.m., 5:30 p.m. — Drum and dance workshops, Roy Walker Community Center

• 8:30 a.m. — Fun Run/Walk, 14th and Main streets
• 10 a.m. — Ethnic Fair parade/Children’s parade, Main Street
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Arts and crafts booths, air games, food vendors, Main Street
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Car show, Main Street
• 10:30 a.m. — Kumusha, marimba band, Main Street
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — United Blood Services blood drive, Main and 4th streets
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Health Care Fair, I.O.O.F. Lodge building
• 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Clovis Schools Children’s Variety Shows, Main Street stage
• Noon — Fly-by, Main Street
• 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. — Performances by Dragon Horse Tae Kwon Do, Great American Indian Dancers, Nata Raja Dance Troupe, Corazon Mexicano Folklorico, Agalu “Spirit of the Drums and Dance” Cultural Troupe of Nigeria, Grupo Cadena Band, Flamenco Nuevo Mejico Dance Company, American Karate Studio, Gospel music groups, CAFB security squadron canine demonstrations
• 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Car show presentation
• 4 p.m.-5 p.m. — Ethnic Fair talent show
• 5 p.m. — Presentation of talent winners
• 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Street dancing