Two new beautiful works are on display at the Halagueño Arts Park, thanks to the efforts of our Fine Arts and Acquisition Vetting Committee (FAAV).
Artists and workers placed “Cougar,” a bronze sculpture by Cynthia Rowland, and “Ball in the Window,” a mixed-media sculpture by Bill Weaver, at our Arts Park on Oct. 19. The Halagueño Arts Park is located on the library-museum grounds downtown. If you’ve never been there, come visit today.
Julia Heaton, chair of the Fine Arts and Acquisition Vetting Committee said FAAV member and sculptor Wren Prather-Stroud saw “Ball in the Window” and recommended that Julia look at the sculpture at Weaver’s studio near Santa Fe.
Weaver, a highly-regarded artist with work on display across the nation, but throughout northern New Mexico and Colorado in particular, tackled the opportunity to make a piece that included airplane glass when he was the beneficiary of leftover scrap glass. After its creation, the piece was placed on display at the Shidoni Foundry near Santa Fe for many years before being returned to Weaver’s studio.
Heaton said she also spotted Rowland’s bronze sculpture, “Cougar,” while touring the studio. Rowland is also a renowned artist who is especially famous for a collection of bronze mountain lions on display in Orlando, Florida. She also has a sculpture on display at Kirtland Air Force Base. Because of the uniqueness of the two pieces of sculpture, the FAAV decided to purchase both pieces for the park.
These are beautiful works of art, and I encourage everyone to pay them a visit. “Gotcha!” the bronze of a little boy fishing, has also been repaired and returned to the park. The committee is busy planning the next phase of the park, which will be called the promenade.
The park has been designed as an inner-city arts park and features a mural by Noel Marquez, sculptures by Glenna Goodacre, and a sculpture by Prather-Stroud, among others. Sculptures and artwork are provided by donors, which have among them local families, the Carlsbad Community Foundation, corporate donors and two long-term loans from New Mexico Arts. We’ve had numerous concerts, performances and festivals in the park since it opened in 2015, and we appreciate all of the FAAV’s hard work.
We also thank the Current-Argus for giving us a little more opportunity to talk about the upcoming November 14, 2019 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Walter Gerrells Performing Art Center Annex at 7 a.m. Rich and Robyn Wilkerson will be our special speakers this year. They’ve been lead pastors at Trinity Church in Miami, Florida, since 1998 and are founders of Peacemakers and the Peacemakers Family Center. We’re also looking forward to a musical performance by the talented Tommy Ray Williams, who is originally from Roswell but now performs across the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area.
If you are looking for a fun new activity and are over the age of 40, consider stopping at the North Mesa Senior Center at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 for Jean Loafman’s Beginning Line Dancing class. Jean said this class is for people who are interested in line dancing for the first time, and she’ll introduce you to weekly options after that. Check it out!
The Carlsbad Fire Department is helping make sure that everyone has a safe celebration on Oct. 31. The Fire Department’s Trunk or Treat will take place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in front of Station 1 at 409 S. Halagueño St. MainStreet’s Carlsbad Fall Festival Trick or Treat & Costume Contest will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 on the courthouse lawn. NMSU-C’s Trick or Treat Fall Carnival will be from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 30, with trick-or-treating going from 3-6 p.m. Many, many of our local churches are also holding events this upcoming week as well.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please call 575-887-3798.
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