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From Cold to Snow to WIND. Kind of like Politics!

WOOOSH! That’s the sound of the dog house blowing by. (not really, but it feels like it.) Even the dog is hiding under my feet as the torrent of wind rushes by, twirling and howling around chimneys, kicking up snow till it looks as though we live in the middle of White Sands in a wind storm. UGh. I can deal with snow, and even cold…but arrrgh…the wind irritates! And, hmmm, how that reminds me of all the wind blowing on the political trail to President. Not to mention the rip tides blowing the snows in our tiny village and it’s upcoming election. I wonder when last there was such a bevy of candidates here? Three running for Mayor, (Current Mayor Clanton, Councilor Larry Leahy and Councilor Chuck Howe…and let’s see if I can recount all those running for Council. Stuart Hamilton, Al Lotte, Luther Robinson, Deborah May, and County Commissioner, Bill Conley). Now, of course, there is one Mayor position, currently held by A. C. (Bubba) Clanton who is running for re-election against Larry Leahy and Chuck Howe. There are two open Council positions (vacated by Ed Culotta and Hoot Gibson). With 5 running for two open positions and two incumbent positions running for Mayor…it’s all abit overwhelming…and exciting! Should one of the two incumbent Councilors win as Mayor, he will then appoint his Council replacement, so the two incumbent seats are not “up for grabs” as it were. The five running are competing for the two open seats.

I’ll urge local residents to head out to the candidates forum(s) hosted by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. The Council Candidates Forum is February 13, 6-8pm at the Community Center. The Mayoral Candidates Forum is February 21, 6-8 at the Community Center. You’ll need all the help you can get to sort it out. As for me? Stakeholder? Yes. Business Owner. Director/President for two small non-profits. Does it matter? You better believe it does. But I’m not a property owner/resident and I can’t vote. Not Village rules…it’s the State Constitution that says so. Sigh. And if, your calendar is not full enough, let me add this: On February 20, at the Community is the next community forum for the economic development plan. Now, I know.
We’ve been there before. Roughly 10 years ago. But is it not, really, really, time, to move on? Can we not really come together, work together, change our future for us? It’s high time we moved beyond the past, the bickering and dismay, and work together for our future!

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Learning Web 2.0 and beyond

Slow and quiet days at the gallery have given me the opening I needed to delve my head into the concepts of marketing online and Web 2.0 Thank you Rich Schefren for all the important information available on your site and in your newsletters! I considered carefully the purchase of your Business Acceleration Program, but in honesty don’t think I’m quite there. There is plenty for me to learn just from the content already available and the links to others (like Stompernet.net) that have been instrumental. Toward that end, you can now see my handiwork at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katherine-McDermott/11271402068
as well as at http://www.scribd.com/people/view/195736-katherine
among others (myspace, utube, Digg, blah blah blah). I’m learning about linking and a myriad of other tools out there to market my art and my gallery online. Evidence is, at this early juncture, it’s working! Hits on my website went from 134 last January to 4300 so far this month! WOW! Now I just have to learn about conversions, no small task. I know how to sell face to face, but this is a whole new ballgame!

Incidentally, yes, Charley.. I concur. That leads me to comment on politics. Ugh, you say? I do too. Another year to go and if we’re not all disenfranchised by then it’ll be a miracle. I’m so tired of the press telling us what to think. On the Republican side I see the Press as sidelining Fred Thompson and Ron Paul, at a minimum by ignoring them, and at worst, deriding them. From the Pundits who seem feel they have to interpret everything that comes out of the mouth of any candidate, or any administration politician from the President on down. Do they (the press) really think we’re that stupid? Apparently. On the Democratic side they overplay the slightest remark to create really animosity. It disgusts me. Whatever happened to reporting the news?

I’ll get off the soapbox now. I need to rearrange the gallery for Friday’s Reception. So, if you’re in or headed to Angel Fire, consider this your personal invitation. Introducing Artist Sylvia A. Ford, new to Angel Fire, and new to the gallery. See you then…..

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Oh My Gosh is it COLD

Good Freezing Grief! It is so cold here right now it’s a freezer! Last night the low was -16. Right now, at 8:27 pm it is a brisk 0. Yes..no degrees. brrrrrrr. The fire is burning (at least I hope so…need to go check it) So…people who have been here longer than I (I’ve been here nearly 14 years) tell me this is nothing…and almost normal. So what’s the deal with global warming? If it’s “almost normal” at -16 overnight and 0 in the evening..where is global warming? As I head to stoke the wood stove I’ll ponder it. Maybe you should too. Bear in mind…this is New Mexico!

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Getting web savy

It’s actually kind of a rush. I learned a bunch of new stuff by watching a video on www.stompernet.net then I started putting it into practice. I still have alot to learn, but I signed up to get their new report. In the meantime, checkout these sites: www.squidoo.com/ArtSpace
http://www.scribd.com/groups/view/3903-everything-art-and-angel-fire

I’m working hard to figure all this out…right now i likely know just enough to be dangerous! But I’m having fun learning it! I can’t type long right now as my next student will be here momentarily. Then, happy happy painting I’ll be. There is not much more fun than when a student suddenly “gets it” and the brush begins to dance around the paper. It’s a connection between the mind and the heart….real soul food!

See ya’ll real soon…..

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Angel Fire ArtsFest Application On-line

Calling Artists: The 27th Angel Fire ArtsFest Artist Application is now available at www.morenovalleyarts.org/ArtsFest.html

ArtsFest is an indoor, juried, Fine Art Show. It will open on July 11, 2008 with a Premier Reception and then run July 12 and 13 at the Angel Fire Community Center. Artists should download the .pdf application, print it, complete it and send it in with their media sample on CD. Only digitally submitted images will be accepted. Applications must be postmarked by March 3, 2008. There is limited space, so apply now!

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Bright Optimism for New Year

Ok, so I once again let months slip past without posting. I know, it really only hurts me in the end. Not that I’m not already chained at the hip to my laptop. It’s not a lack of time. Mainly a lack of inspiration. Can I leave that behind me with all the challenges of 2007? We’ll see.

Mercifully, after a long, lonely fall and early winter, the last week of December was on fire at the Gallery! and, well, YAY! It certainly helped to raise the level of optimism in my heart, though I generally see the glass half full, 2007 had me wondering about the wisdom of that. But, thankfully, moving on, 2008 is looking bright to me.

What’s new? Let’s see….

The Gallery is full of great new work from kaleidoscopes and stained glass by Ocate Artist Judy Osburn. I also have fabulous new work from Nancy Angulo Telles and Jacqui Binford-Bell. Coming later this month…..ArtZteeZ. 100% Cotton, Pre-shrunk, long-sleeved T-shirts emblazoned with works by Nancy Angulo Telles, Smith Holt, Jacqui Binford-Bell and of course, myself.

My web designer, Anna Stewart, is hard at work redesigning the web site (www.angelfireartspace.com) and before long it will launch with a fully operational secure shopping cart. Watch for the ArtZteeZ to pop up there shortly after that. In the meantime the DVD, “How to Paint a Poppy that POPS! is selling both on my site (www.angelfireartspace.com/classes.htm) and at Amazon.com! All that taken together makes for an awesome beginning for this year!

Maybe I can actually not have to go looking for inspiration on what to write!

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