Mesalands Community College’s 16th Annual Iron Pour starts Sunday with approximately 40 students and artists from across the nation participating.
“This Iron Pour has welded together a community both from our local citizens and from our students who come year after year because they feel a part of Mesalands, the iron pour experience, and the community,” said D’Jean Jawrunner, creator of the College’s Iron Pour. “Without the local support of our community — providing sand, bringing food, meeting our students and being warm and friendly — there would not be the community spirit and the desire to come back year after year.”
The Iron Pour is held from March 9-14 at the foundry located in Building D. Students create sculptures and translate them into cast iron pieces of art at the Mesalands foundry.
The College has scheduled various activities throughout the week to celebrate the event.
“This event is not only a great opportunity for the artists involved, but is also a great opportunity for the local community of Tucumcari and Quay County to come and be a part of the art-making process and be a part of our community college,” said Robert Moreau, Mesalands art faculty.
• Tuesday, “Feeding the Starving Artists” Potluck Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the foundry located in Building D. During this event, community members are invited to bring a dish and have dinner with the artists. A slide show of artists’ work will follow the dinner.
• March 12: “Art Show” at the Mesalands Library starting at 6:30 p.m. On display, African masks created in 1977-1979 and made of leopard skin and rhesus monkey hair, used in different tribal ceremonies will be on display. Included in this collection is a rare antelope mask with Islamic decorations. Sculptures created by Mesalands students in prior iron pours will also be on display during the Art Show, and throughout the week.
• March 13: “Movie Night” at the Odeon Theater at 7 p.m. The movie is “3 Days to Kill.” Free admission to Mesalands students with a student ID.
• March 14: “Opening Ceremony” for the actual pouring of the cast iron will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the pour will follow.