Art op-pour-tunity

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By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff By this morning, the fires will have subsided. From beginners to the well-seasoned veterans, they are all planning to gather to see what shapes will emerge from the cooled iron. About 40 artists attended this year’s iron pour, said D’Jean Jawrunner, artist and art faculty at Mesalands Community College. There […]

Doodling artist has many talents

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff They’ve auctioned off the doodles of Robert deNiro and Meryl Streep at charity events. Inventions by Leonardo da Vinci’s are said to come from his bursts of doodles. Doodling is and has become a new art form. “I wouldn’t call it fine art,” said artist Jan J.C. Jones, a Tucumcari […]

Iron-clad friends work together

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Nat Hesse stood, camera in hand, waiting for the iron that would fill his mold a few feet away. Hesse, a Santa Fe sculptor, had created a mold of a computer keyboard and monitor. “It’s real hard-ware,” Hesse said with a laugh. Hesse was one of many artists who […]

Art center coming to Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Soon, Quay County artists won’t have to travel to exhibit in a gallery, rent studio space, be counseled in business and marketing advice or even share a cup of coffee with fellow creators. An entire art center — with café — is coming to Tucumcari. “Other communities have turned themselves into […]

Something eggy going on

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS What the heck can you do with an ostrich egg? Decorate it, of course. Great Eggspectations is open to local businesses, organizations, groups, offices and individuals. A release from Eastern New Mexico Art Space said all are invited to participate in this ostrich egg decorating contest, which they hope will become […]

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Mental health legislation backed Treatment for mental illness in New Mexico got another boost when U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., backed legislation that would help those with serious mental illnesses receive the care they need before their illness drives them to commit a crime, according to a release from the legislator’s office. Domenici backed the […]

Tucumcari to be sculpted as next artist haven

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Taos and Santa Fe are both renown for their art and artists – and Tucumcari may not be far behind, according to Small Business Development Center Director David Buchen at Mesalands Community College. Buchen said the city is implementing an art incubation project, with help from the Small Business Development Center, […]

Tattooed in Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff While many tattoos come about for symbolic, artistic or even absurd reasons, two Tucumcari artists said they entered the tattoo world for love. Actually, they did not get their first inking for love, but learned their craft because of it. Here are their stories. Outlaw tattoo Robert Alarcon said his […]

Cartoonist has Tucumcari roots

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Dustin Runyan, Tucumcari High School Class of ‘87, has recently had a book of his cartoons published nationally. The subject matter is not typical cartoon fare — the characters are Christians who often find themselves in humorous situations. “I always make a distinction between taking truth seriously and taking […]

Art Festival features local artists

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By William Thompson: QUAY COUNTY SUN The Tucumcari Art Festival is back at the Tucumcari Convention Center for the third year, with more than 30 artists participating. Everything from watercolors to bronze sculptures can be purchased from the artists. A bronze armadillo can be had for $325. A large painting by local artist Doug Quarles […]