Arts festival prepares to kick off

By Dave Gragg

The Quay Council for Arts and Humanities is looking for more artists to join an already impressive lineup during a three-day arts festival.
The festival will run Friday, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at the Tucumcari Convention Center, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday.
Middle and high school students will display their work along with other local artists, but there is room for more displays, said the council’s Judy Hiner.
The festival is more than just a chance to look at art, it is a chance to participate in and watch its creation.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, Don White will demonstrate how to use a potter’s wheel and invite audience members to take a turn.
Then at 4 p.m., renowned sculptor Maximilliano Padilla Henderson will demonstrate the creation of one of his santos — traditional statues of saints and crucifixes.
Henderson makes his own varnish out of piñon sap, bees wax and alcohol, which gives them an old appearance.
Then at 6 p.m., local blacksmith and artist Jim Keith will forge a dragon in 60 to 90 minutes.
Sunday will feature a performance by the Eastern New Mexico Old Tyme Bluegrass Association.