Weems International Artfest 2009

Do you want to see and perhaps purchase some great art and meet the artists?  The Weems International Artfest is the best place I know to see art of all kinds in one place.  Paintings, pottery, jewelry, hand-turned wooden bowls, sculpture, hand-woven shawls and hand-painted scarves, you name it–they’ve got it.  The booths are manned by the artists themselves, who are delighted to talk about their art, techniques and the artistic process.  It’s a great place to buy great Christmas gifts for those special people in your life.

Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, is this year’s honoree at the awards ceremony on Friday night, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m.  She’ll be introduced by New Mexico’s former long-time Senator Pete Domenici.  Past honorees include author Tony Hillerman, photographer Kim Jew, and New Mexico Symphony conductor Guillermo Figueroa.  Ms. Napolitano has been a great supporter of the Weems International Artfest.

You may even be the highest bidder on a great piece of art at the silent auction held during the Artfest.  There are twelve works in the auction this year, and the auction proceeds go to benefit three charities.

When:  Nov. 13-15:  Friday 10-9, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5

Where:  at Expo New Mexico, Manuel Lujan Building, 300 San Pedro NE (near Central Avenue and Louisiana Blvd.)

Cost:  $5.00 admission ($4.00 for seniors 65+, free for children under 12), plus $4.00 parking

Personal story:  About four years ago, we were fortunate to have a very good friend give us tickets to the preview on Thursday night, which included a reception for the awards honorees.  I noticed Tony Hillerman looking at me from across the room several times.  I soon realized that I was dressed in red from head to toe, and black was definitely the color of the evening, so I stood out like a fully-decorated Christmas tree among the live trees in a U-Cut lot!