Education Feature: Teacher paints her way into retirement

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Deanna Coffman cleans out her files as she prepares for retirement from teaching art, photography and ceramics at Clovis High School. Coffman also taught in several other school districts in New Mexico and Texas. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer When school bells rang a few weeks ago signaling the […]

It’s their business: Frame and Art Gallery

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Frame and Art Gallery Location: 1713 W. 21st St. What they do: Custom framing, including needlework and shadow boxes; sell art, including art from the country’s top 10 artists, limited-edition prints and canvas transfers; and sell candles, photo frames, and decorative and gift […]

Art comes naturally

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Inspired by nature, Mollie Oblinger uses contrasting elements of wood, felt, plastic, foam and wire to sculpt her art. Her artwork will be displayed starting Friday in Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library. “My work is purposefully ambiguous so it has multiple interpretation for people,” Oblinger said of her artistic […]

A Wonderful Truth Becomes a Great Christmas Gift

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Years ago when my oldest brother and his wife left for 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small to remember much of the early time of their service there, but I well remember that then and always, whenever our […]

Holidays evoke many emotions

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Along about mid-December, few of us can be blamed, or even held accountable, if we begin to get a bit Scroogified about the season. That might be especially true if one hasn’t done all of one’s shopping, and knows that the other schedule-challenged shoppers will be out there, running around […]

ENMU grad wins national contest sponsored by Red Bull

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Using a computer as his canvas, a mouse as a paintbrush and software as his drawing tool, Dusty Deen created prize-winning animation. A 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate who studied animation and graphic design, Deen was one of 43 artists selected to showcase their original artwork in the […]

Western memorabilia on display

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This covered wagon, also known as a prairie schooner, is on display at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Courtesy photo By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Roswell has more to offer than UFOs. The Roswell Museum and Art Center has reopened an exhibit called “West of Beyond.” “The collection consists of 2,000 artifacts, all western […]

Art is all around us

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Clovis Christian junior Jessica Tivis watches guest instructor Louise Harrison work on her clay mask Wednesday afternoon. Harrison is one of the professional artists Patsy Delk invites to teach her art students. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A student pauses from her work and stares down at the face emerging […]

Art league looking for creative people

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Are you creative? Do you want to tap into your creativity, whether you believe you have some or not? Do you wish to find out in what area you have creativity? Do you think you might be better able to do so, while in the company of other people who […]

One heavy classload

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Alvirda Pah’or of Clovis enrolls in an advanced art and sculptor class and women’s weightlifting Monday afternoon at Clovis Community College. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A widow and a weight lifter. A great-grandmother to seven, a missionary and a late-blooming artist. That’s Alvirda Pah’or (pronounced power). About four […]

Divinity found in ordinary spaces

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Contemporary iconography might well describe the paintings of Mary Ann Casey, whose work constitutes one-half of the art being shown in the Fort Sumner art exhibit “Sacred Spaces.” Her exhibit partner, Melinda Joy Russ, takes that theme in a different but complementary direction, with photographs focused on details that bring […]

Fort Sumner: More than meets the eye

Clyde Davis: Guest Columist It’s a place where you stop for gas on the way to Albuquerque, right? Perhaps, instead of that, it’s a place where you make the decision whether you are going to go to Taos, or Santa Fe, or continue west on Highway 60, which can take you right into Arizona, a […]

Hands-on approach fits local workers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleLuis Saenz, 17, of Muleshoe steams a hat Friday to help in the cleaning and shaping process at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis. Luis learned everything he knows about hat creasing through hands-on experience at the store. Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: The following is a series of profiles of people in […]

Graffiti artists should find their own canvases

Grant McGee Local Columnist There’s a water tank on the outskirts of Clovis with a name spray painted in black across it. I always wondered whose name that was. Just the other day someone mentioned him in passing. Now I know he’s a Latin rap star from Houston. I guess one of his fans, in […]

Musick, Kyle

Kyle Joe Musick, 46, of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at his home. Born Nov. 22, 1959, in Farmington to William Charles and Naomia Jean Justus Musick, he moved with his family to Grants in 1960. He graduated from high school in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University with a […]

School to feature colorful language

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCarlos Callejo mixes paint for a mural at La Casita Elementary. Callejo worked on the mural for four weeks. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer He prepares for a morning of work by ridding himself of the remnants of yesterday — thick globs of acrylic paint that have dried on his […]

June 2006 Artist of the Month

Pat Weekley is the Pintores Art League artist of the month for June. Her paintings will be on display at the Clovis Carver Public Library in June. She has been a member of the art league for about 10 years and served as the recording secretary for the past two years. She has taken part […]

5/14 Artist of the month

Burch Wanda Burch has been selected as the artist of the month for May at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Her paintings are on display in May during regular library hours. According to Burch, her early life provided a stong foundation for her fine art career. She grew up on a farm west of Clovis, and […]

ENMU student weaves art, war and Navajo tradition

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Teddy Draper III with a section of the mural he painted at the Community Services Center in Portales. He said the scene was reflective of a recent trip he made to the Marianas Islands. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers As a Marine and the son of a World War II code […]

T-or-C sporting Santa Fe’s art scene

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I decided to go to Truth or Consequences for her birthday last weekend. Because she is a Pisces, the astrological fish sign, she must dip herself in natural water every year so she won’t lose her mermaid skills. Actually, I just made that up. […]