Manno, a Santa Fe resident, wrote the just-published book "Visions Underground — Carlsbad Caverns Through the Artist's Eye."
In this case, think of "artist" collectively, because there were a number of artists' eyes. People like famous photographer Ansel Adams and artist Will Shuster.
This intriguing and entertaining book covers the history of those who have been inspired to explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park with paintbrush and camera. The book grew out of the extensive research Manno, a Santa Fe resident, did on the Caverns Art Project.
When the Park Service decided in 2005 to renovate the park's Visitors Center, she offered to help coordinate an exhibit of its art and photography collection.
"Little did I know that they would have a problem with budgeting for new exhibits, so John Benjamin, the superintendent of the park, took my proposal and ran with it," Manno recalled. "He said we want to dedicate a space in the new visitors' center for a permanent gallery."
The project moved forward with Manno working in harness with the Park Service on research. She located several works that belonged to the caverns but were in storage in other states, including 25 original prints that Adams made in the caverns in 1936.
"What got me excited (about the project) was that the Ansel Adams prints were never exhibited at the caverns, and that I learned that Santa Fe artist Will Shuster was the first artist to go into the cave in 1924 and did a series of large and small paintings," Manno said.
Shuster's cave artwork was last displayed at the caverns back in 1925; it's been in storage since, she said.
Manno's legwork didn't stop there. She noticed that the Shuster art and the Adams prints needed conservation. Manno wrote grants to obtain funds for conservation, framing and mounting as well as having all the images in the park's collection documented. Manno brought in a consultant from the Museum of New Mexico, Jamie Hascall, who designed special sealing frames for the Adams prints. "When we got to the point where the exhibit was ready to have all the work hung, the lighting installed, we consulted with him so that everything met museum standards," she said.
The exhibit opened last October at the Visitors Center. Manno, a graphic artist, has been a caver for 30 years and a volunteer at the caverns for 15 years.
N.M. from 1540-1980, but not in that order. "New Mexico — A Biographical Dictionary 1540-1980 Vol. II" by Don Bullis. Rio Grande Books, $19.95, 391 pp. With the publication of this second volume of a biographical dictionary of New Mexicans, Don Bullis of Rio Rancho adds to our understanding of the people who helped make our history. As with the 600-plus entries in first volume, the entries here are also listed alphabetically. That's a drawback for readers who want to place these biographies chronologically, to see who might have known whom. There is a separate timeline near the back of the book, but it is unrelated to the 400-plus biographical sketches in the front. The timeline, strangely, begins in 9500 B.C. and winds up forward of 1980 — on Feb. 23, 2008. That date is noteworthy to Bullis because it was the last day the Albuquerque Tribune published. Even without a less-than-helpful timeline, readers will have to scamper through the pages to connect the lives of historical figures. Frankly, readers should probably take the book for what it is and drop in to learn about the lives of individuals who strike their fancy. There are probably many biographies of interest, people who at least marginally made names for themselves at some point over the centuries. Volume II's opening sketch is of noted author/environmentalist Ed Abbey. He wrote the cult novel "The Monkey Wrench Gang" (1975), which had the reputation for providing the philosophical underpinnings for those taking to the extreme their support of the environment. Abbey's earlier book "The Brave Cowboy" was turned into the film "Lonely Are the Brave," which was shot in New Mexico. The last entry is of John K. Zollinger, who bought the Gallup Independent newspaper and expanded its coverage to various neighboring Indian reservations. In between you'll find actors (Angie Torres), architects (Isaac Rapp), athletes (Nancy Lopez), business people (Millie Santillanes), activists (Alice Faye Kent Hoppes), crime victims (Cricket Coogler), criminals and outlaws (Bonnie and Clyde), educators (Frank Angel), governors (Tom Bolack), first ladies (Clara Melendrez Apodaca) and politicians (Emilio Naranjo). Bullis throws a wide net in his attempt to be all-inclusive. -- David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal, January 25, 2009
The title says it all: For this collection, author Rick Hendricks gathered and translated 26 reports written about New Mexico in 1801 by the territory’s Roman Catholic clergy. In that year, the Consulado (Merchant Guild) of Guadalajara requested that the priests send information about the “state and circumstances of agriculture, industry, and commerce” in the New Mexico territory, with the hope that they could use the data to foster economic growth. The result is an intimate view of the territory, from the status of the roads to the clash between the Spanish and Pueblo cultures. The reports, which Hendricks admits that he has translated for historical accuracy rather than for ease of reading, are for the serious student of history who wants to consult primary (or nearly so) sources.
Hendricks, the author or co-author of 16 books, was an editor for the Vargas Project, a historical editing project dedicated to publishing the official papers of Governor Don Diego de Vargas (1643-1704). He currently works in the Archives and Special Collections Department at New Mexico State University, where he also teaches Latin American history. – New Mexico Magazine, January 2009
NOVEMBER 21, 2008 -- RIO GRANDE BOOKS RECEIVES 4 WINNERS IN NEW MEXICO BOOK AWARDS
Four books from Rio Grande Books have been selected as winners in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards -- Our Favorite Recipes, New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary Vol II, Saints of the Pueblos, and Avenging Victorio.
NOVEMBER 13, 2008 -- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS REVIEWS FRANK APPLEGATE
To truly be able to appreciate works of great art and the circumstances within which they were created require a knowledge and understanding of the life and times of the artists that create them. In "Frank Applegate of Santa Fe: Artist & Preservationist" students of this southwestern artist will be delighted with this elegantly written, carefully researched, informed and informative study. Co-authors Daria Labinsky and Stan Hieronymus bring a beautifully designed, profusely illustrated, and superbly presented compendium showcasing the life and works of Frank Applegate and his influence. Stan Hieronymus focuses upon Applegate's personal family history to life writing with an especial authority as his own father was Frank Applegate's nephew. Accessible written, and displayed with photos of family and Applegate's works of art (some of which have become well known nationally), "Frank Applegate of Santa Fe Artist & Preservationist" has been awarded the Southwest Book Award and is a valued contribution for personal, academic, and community library 20th Century American Regional Art reference collections and supplemental reading lists. -- MidWest Book Reviews
SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 -- NEW MEXICO BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED; RIO GRANDE BOOKS GETS 8 FINALISTS
Avenging Victorio by Dave DeWitt (Finalist, Adventure or Drama Novel)
Cooking with Lavender by Suzanne Smith (Finalist, Gardening)
New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary Vol II by Don Bullis (Finalist,Other Nonfiction)
New Mexico in 1801 by Rick Hendricks (Finalist, Other Nonfiction)
Our Favorite Recipes by Albuquerque The Magazine (Finalist, First Book)
Saints of the Pueblos by Charles Carrillo (Finalist, Religious Book)
The Stranger Comes at Sundown by Jane Awalt (Finalist, Health)
Tradition & Heritage by Virginia Ortiz (Finalist, Religious Book)
The winners in all 33 categories will be announced on November 21 at the Book Awards Banquet.
AUGUST 30-September 1, 2008 -- BOOKSTORE AT GRAND OPENING OF FLYING STAR CAFE BERNALILLO
Part of the award-winning "Stories from New Mexico Villages" series, The Genizaro & the Artist: Stories from New Mexico Villages is the memoir of author Napoleon Garcia, a longtime Genizaro (individual who claims descent from both Colonial Spanish settlers and Native American Indians) resident of Abiquiu, New Mexico, who knew and worked for Georgia O'Keeffe during the forty years in which she called Abiquiu home. Though Garcia has been interviewed about O'Keeffe before, The Genizaro & the Artist tells in his own words, pace, and style (with help from his friend Analinda Dunn) what it was truly like to know a famous artist as a fellow villager. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this testimony, especially recommended for anyone interested in a different, down-to-earth perspective on Georgia O'Keeffe. -- MidWest Book Reviews, August 2008
One of the most popular of the New Mexico regional publications is the 'Albuquerque' magazine. Housewives and homemakers particularly appreciated the recipes that were featured within its pages. Now Lexi Petronis (the magazine's editor-in-chief) has compiled a 96-page compendium of the best of those recipes and illustrated them with 142 color plates of the finished dishes and the chefs that prepared them. One especially nice feature is that each showcased recipe also features a miniature replica of the particular issue in which it appeared. The recipes themselves range from a Chipotle-Maple Marinated Pork Tenderloin; to a Child-Seared Salmon on Mango Salsa; to a Grilled Rosemary Chicken Breast Over Arugula with Roasted Red Peppers, Capers and Fresh Mozzarella; to a Betty Rancho Burger on French Bread. This impressive collection of gourmet quality, kitchen cook friendly, palate pleasing and appetite satisfying dishes would make an elegant and popular edition to any personal, professional, and community library cookbook collection! -- MidWest Book Reviews, August 2008
Saturday & Sunday, July 26-27, 2008 -- Contemporary Hispanic Market and Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe
Contemporary Hispanic Market and Traditional Spanish Market was held in Santa Fe, NM, over the July 26-27 weekend. Several hundred artists took part in these two markets.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008 -- GALLERY SHOW FOR SYLVIA MARTINEZ JOHNSON AND CHARLIE CARRILLO AT SCARLETT'S GALLERY
Scarlett's Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, had a gallery show for Sylvia Martinez Johnson and Charlie Carrillo.
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.
Sunday, June 15, 2008 -- RHETTS AND AWALT FEATURED ON KOB-TV
Paul Rhetts and Barbe Awalt were the guests on KOB-TV (4) Albuquerque on EYE OF NEW MEXICO on Sunday, June 15, 2008. They discussed the future of book publishing and new releases from LPD Press and Rio Grande Books.
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Jane Kriete Awalt, the author, will have a talk and book signing for The Stranger Comes at Sundown on Monday, May 19, 6:30pm at Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave., Dundalk, Maryland
Jane Kriete Awalt, the author, will have a talk and book signing for The Stranger Comes at Sundown on Saturday, May 17, 12noon to 2pm at Greetings & Readings Bookstore, Hunt Valley Towne Center, 118AA Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, Maryland
Jane Kriete Awalt, the author, will have a talk and book signing for The Stranger Comes at Sundown on Friday, May 16, 12noon to 2pm at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Johns Hopkins University, 3330 St. Paul St. (at 33rd St), Baltimore, MD
The Stranger Comes at Sundown will be released on May 15 at 1pm at OakCrest Parkinson's Support Group (Town Center Classroom), 8820 Walther Blvd, Parkville, Maryland. Jane Kriete Awalt, the author, will have a talk and book signing. CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HERE.
Thursday, March 27, 2008 -- NEW BOOK CATALOG AVAILABLE
A new book catalog is now available for Rio Grande Books and LPD Press.
Two books from Rio Grande Books will be featured at Indian Market in Santa Fe on August 18.
1pm - Navajo and Pueblo Earrings by Robert Bauver
2pm - Avenging Victorio by Dave DeWitt
This will be the first public availablility of Avenging Victorio, which is slated for national release on September 15.
June 20, 2007 -- BOOK SIGNINGS AT SPANISH MARKET
Four books from Rio Grande Books will be featured at Spanish Market in Santa Fe on July 28-29.
Saturday, 11am - Memories of Cibola and Villages & Villagers by Abe Pena
Saturday, 11:30am - New Mexico in 1876-1877 by Robert Torrez
Saturday, 1pm - New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary by Don Bullis
Sunday, 11am - Saints of the Pueblos and A Tapestry of Kinship by Charlie Carrillo
June 13, 2007 -- MIDWEST BOOKS REVIEWS FEATURES NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS
In Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 author Robert Bauver draws upon his experience and expertise from collecting and studying Southwestern Native American jewelry for more than 30 years. Providing an informed and informative introduction to the different types of Navajo and Pueblo earrings made by Native American craftsmen from 1850 to 1945, readers will learn how these adornments were used as Bauver combines archival photographs and current photographic illustrations of examples in this documented and specialized history of Native American culture. Also available in a hardcover edition (978-1-890689-49-0, $39.95), Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 is a work of outstanding scholarship and a unique contribution to Native American Studies that is especially recommended to the attention of academia and non-specialized general readers with an interest in Native American Studies.--Midwest Book Review, June 2007
June 8, 2007 -- NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE REVIEWS NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS
If there is one object that seems to typify the beauty of the southwest it might be a Native American earring of turquoise and silver. Scholar Robert Bauver has written an informative and handsomely illustrated book based on one of the most complete collections of Native American earrings ever assembled. Fifty years ago, the market for old earrings was almost nonexistent, as they had little pawn value. As a result, there were many examples in trading posts and Pueblos, in old collections and on the Navajo Reservation. This book brings these earrings to light. The fascinating history begins with the introduction of silversmithing from Mexico. Silver coins were often fashion ed into simple, if weighty, hoop earrings worn by men and women alike. Shell was an original ornamentation, and then the classic turquoise, although Hubbell Trading Post also encouraged the use of glass as a substitute for the stone. Small silver balls were an early decoration, followed by all kinds of innovation from filigree--with its ancient roots in the Mediterranean--to drops and the dangling, small squash blossoms. Anyone who admires and wears Native jewelry will be intrigued to see the development of designs and the similarities to work produced today. He book includes archival photographs, including one of a Zuni cross-dresser, and looks at the veritable renaissance of jewelers at that pueblo. The book is invaluable for collectors, setting a new standard, but there is much here for the general reader as well--not least of all 50 color plates of earrings that are intricate and simple, bold and delicate, silver, turquoise and beyond--but always beautiful--New Mexico Magazine, June 2007
JUNE 8, 2007 -- NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE REVIEWS VILLAGES & VILLAGERS
I placed for you on a table, a bouquet of flowers. Maria, don't be ungrateful, Give me your love. This charming and gentle song is one that the author remembers being sung--among many tunes-- in his village. The author's first collection, Memories of Cibola, tells tales of Pena's childhood on his family's sheep ranch near Grants from the 1920s to 50s. Now Pena has followed up the success of his first volume with Villages & Villagers: Stories from New Mexico Villages. Reading this book is like rummaging through an old jewelry box full of treasures, or finding a hidden shoebox of photographs and mementos. One story leads to another in a kind of treasure hunt. Each essay serves as a mini-meditation on a theme. It is often a homey subject, such as chicos, the tasty corn in the husk eaten in pueblos and villages across New Mexico. The first section is on "Villages," the second on "Villagers," then "Ranching" and the final section is titled "Change Comes to the Villages." This is on portraits of people and anecdotes, which are among the book's liveliest bits. There is "Uncle Pat," who received a beautiful Navajo rug from his father-in-law with the instructions to sell it if anything went wrong with the newlywed's marriage, and to send the bride back to her family. We meet people from priests to politicians to prizefighters to family members to just plain folks--not just in the prose but also in the numerous black-and-white photographs that adorn the text. These are fascinating archival images, which despite their formality speak of people and times gone by. The change that comes to the villages may not be unadulterated progress--the last section takes us to the events of Sept. 11--but change is accepted as part of life, from airplanes to the changes in the author's life that took him to Latin America. Although the old-timers may say, "No es como mas antes-- it isn't like it was"--the author takes a gentle philosophic look at times both past and present. A section on the Anasazi--who built, lived and disappeared--makes a strong addition to this section with its discussion of Chaco Canyon and local outliers. There is a useful glossary of Spanish terms at the end. The book preserves a lot of lore and memories of a way of life, and it is also simply enjoyable reading.-- New Mexico Magazine, June 2007
JUNE 3, 2007 -- LA HERENCIA MAGAZINE REVIEWS DAWSON JOURNAL
In 1876-1877, William D. Dawson, a writer for The Santa Fe Daily New Mexican, composed a series of journalistic essays based on his travels through the New Mexico territory. His journeys took him to villages, farms, mines, Army posts and other locations that defined a region that would not be granted statehood until almost four decades later. Robert Torrez, who was the state historian at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives from 1987 to 2000, has compiled and edited Dawson's accounts to present a fascinating and insightful portrait of New Mexico as it was 130 years ago. Dawson's narratives describe his encounters with a variety of frontier personalities--the merchants, farmers, soldiers, outlaws and hardy frontier women who called the vast open landscape home. His travels would eventually encompass the entire length of the Rio Grande, from the San Luis Valley to Mesilla and west to Silver City and Tierra Amarilla. The most striking aspects of Dawson's accounts are his descriptions of the majestic natural scenery and the stoic, entrepreneurial spirit of the inhabitants of these lands. However, as Torrez points out, Dawson's intended readership was mainly prospective emigrants from the eastern United States; consequently, he devotes special attention to Anglo-American contributions and exploitation of the region, often to the exclusion of the Hispanic participation. Only rarely does he address his attention to the significant influence of Hispanic culture and activity. This underlying attitude of minimizing Hispanic presence in contrast to "American energy and enterprise," as Dawson describes it, provides another kind of insight into the attitudes prevalent in New Mexico during this time. Despite Dawson's somewhat ethnocentric viewpoint, his reports provide an illuminating account of the changing New Mexico environment during the late 1870s. Torrez's compilation adds another perspective to the understanding of how New Mexico developed during this crucial time in its past and will interest both casual readers and scholars of state history.-- La Herencia Magazine, Summer 2007
JUNE 3, 2007 -- LA HERENCIA MAGAZINE REVIEWS VILLAGES & VILLAGERS
For many readers of La Herencia, the name of Abe Pena will be familiar because he has written many articles for this magazine. This is Pena's second book on the Cibola area, which today includes the counties of Cibola and McKinley in west-central New Mexico. His first work about the area, Memories of Cibola, was widely read. In his new book, Villages and Villagers, he includes events that occurred in the 19th century and were related to him as stories. The 72 vignettes, first published as columns in the Grants Daily Beacon, are organized into four parts. The first gives a brief history of the area and events such as the cycle of fiestas, the games young people played, the foods harvested and villages that came into existence and then were deserted as people migrated out of the area. In the second part, the author writes about interesting people who played a role in the life of the area or affected the author personally. The third deals with ranching, especially sheep ranching, which the author was involved in. His stories relate the arrival of families who began to homestead or buy land in the area. It also includes ones about priests who had served in the area and were later suspended by Archbishop Lamy. The last section recalls some of the events and modern cultural elements that changed village life. World War II intrudes, the airplane arrives in the area and the author and his family head to Latin America, where he serves in the Peace Corps for 12 years. The book ends with the tragic events of 9/11. Though the topics could have been better organized, and a genealogy of his family would have been helpful, because the book consists of vignettes connected to the area and/or to the author, the book flows well. Pena is a gifted storyteller and writes in clear prose. He has preserved the stories of his villages. It would be of great value if every village or town had such a chronicler to preserve its history.--La Herencia Magazine, Summer 2007
May 20, 2007 -- RIO GRANDE BOOKS RECEIVES TWO IPPY AWARDS
Independent Publisher has announced the winners of the 2007 IPPY awards and Rio Grande Books is honored twice. The Silver Medalist for the 2007 Best Regional Non-fiction IPPY Award is Navajo and Pueblo Earrings by Robert Bauver. The Bronze Medalist for the 2007 Best Reference Book goes to New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary by Don Bullis. A complete list of the category winners is HERE; the best books in the regional categories is HERE.
May 19, 2007 -- LPD PRESS AND RIO GRANDE BOOKS RECEIVE SEVEN BOOK AWARDS
PubInsider Magazine has announced that Rio Grande Books and LPD Press has received seven (7) book awards in the 2007 INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARDS. The awards include: Saints of the Pueblos (Winner, Art Book), Navajo and Pueblo Earrings (Finalist, Arts Book), Memories of Cibola (Finalist, Biography), Villages & Villagers (Finalist, Biography), Wake for a Fat Vicar (Finalist, History), Holy Faith of Santa Fe (Finalist, History), and New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary (Finalist, Reference).
March 9, 2007 -- Villages & Villagers TO BE REVIEWED IN FOREWORD MAGAZINE
ForeWord Magazine will have a review of Villages & Villagers: Stories from New Mexico Villages by Abe Pena in the May/June issue. The reviews notes, "There’s no quicker way into the heart of a culture than to hear it retold in the voice of someone who’s been steeped in it since childhood, and former rancher and foreign service officer Peña has just that voice. Inserted throughout the book, stacks of photos back up his story to illustrate not only the life and times of the author, but chronicle a way of life and the changing environment that supports it."
MARCH 7, 2007 -- FOUR AWARDS FROM NM PRESS WOMEN
New Mexico Press Women has announced that Rio Grande Books received four awards in their 2007 Comunications Contest in the book category. New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary by Don Bullis received the First Place Award for Nonfiction, Biography; Memories of Cibola by Abe Pena received the First Place Award for Nonfiction, History; Navajo and Pueblo Earrings by Robert Bauver received the Second Place Award for Nonfiction, General; and Villages & Villagers by Abe Pena received the Third Place Award for Nonfiction, History.
MARCH 7, 2007 -- PRIME TIME MAGAZINE REVIEWS VILLAGES & VILLAGERS
Longtime Prime Time readers will remember Abe Pena's easy, warm, down-to-earth narratives of the world in which he grew, learned, married, ranched and observed his neighbors. Many have read Memories of Cibola, his first, respected book. Now Rio Grande Books in Los Ranchos has reprinted that volume and Abe's latest work, Villages & Villagers. I have read only Marc Simmon's foreword, in which--after describing Abe as storyteller, folklorist and historian-- he writes that Abe "shines as a keen observer of the human condition." Don't wait for me-- pick up one or both.--Arthur Alpert, Prime Time, March 2007.
February 21, 2007 -- RIO GRANDE BOOKS HONORED BY FOREWORD MAGAZINE
Foreword Magazine has announced the 2006 Finalists for Books of the Yearand Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 is a Finalist. The award will be presented at BEA in June.
February 21, 2007 -- RIO GRANDE BOOKS HONORED BY TUCSON-PIMA LIBRARY
The Tucson-Pima Library has announced the Southwest Books of the Year. Forty-nine books from New Mexico publishers were selected for recognition and Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 is one of the books listed as a Southwest Book of the Year 2006.
February 16, 2007 -- NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE REVIEWS New Mexico in 1876-1877
The March 2007 issue of New Mexico Magazine has a glowing review of New Mexico in 1876-1877 A Newpaperman's View, The Travels & Reports of William D. Dawson compiled and edited by Roberty J. Torrez. For additional information go to DAWSON JOURNAL.
January 30, 2007 -- RIO GRANDE BOOKS HONORED BY BORDER REGIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
The Border Regional Library Association has announced that Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 is the recipient of the 2006 Southwest Book Award. The award will be presented at their banquet on March 3 in El Paso.
November 12, 2006 -- NEW MEXICO A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY REVIEWED IN ABQ JOURNAL
David Steinberg of the Albuquerque Journal reviewed New Mexico A Biographical Dictionary 1540-1980, Volume 1 by Don Bullis. Steinberg noted, "At last a dictionary I can read without being accused of spending time at a pursuit my wife finds laughable." For additional information go to BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.
November 6, 2006 -- Memories of Cibola NOW AVAILABLE
LPD Press and Rio Grande Books is pleased to announce the release of Memories of Cibola: Stories from New Mexico Villages by Abe Pena in time for holiday book and gift buying. For additional information go to MEMORIES OF CIBOLA.
November 6, 2006 -- Villages & Villagers NOW AVAILABLE
LPD Press and Rio Grande Books is pleased to announce the release of Villages & Villagers: Stories from New Mexico Villages by Abe Pena in time for holiday book and gift buying. For additional information go to VILLAGES & VILLAGERS.
November 6, 2006 -- New Mexico in 1876-1877 NOW AVAILABLE
LPD Press and Rio Grande Books is pleased to announce the release of New Mexico in 1876-1877 A Newpaperman's View, The Travels & Reports of William D. Dawson compiled and edited by Roberty J. Torrez in time for holiday book and gift buying. For additional information go to DAWSON JOURNAL.
November 2, 2006 -- ANOTHER SOLID REVIEW FOR NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS
Reference and Research Book News- University Press Book News (November 2006 Volume 21, no. 4) has given Navajo and Pueblo Earrings a solid review, noting, "A longtime student of Native American culture and collector of Southwestern jewelry, with knowledge gained first-hand from Navajo silversmiths, shares his expertise on earrings made from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. In what is presented as the first book to focus on the different styles, materials, and techniques used of this jewelry whose value is being rediscovered, Bauver provides examples of some 300 pairs of earrings in archival and new photos (including 49 color plates) in cultural context."
November 1, 2006 -- WARNING TO ALL ARTISTS!!! RETABLO SCAM
A subscriber and advertiser with TR emailed us in October. He was very excited that an Englishman in South Africa bought retablos from his wife and daughter. The total was about $3,200 with insurance and shipping to South Africa. There were two problems, the check the man sent was for $5,800 and the address to send the retablos was bogus (our friend had looked it up on MapQuest). So our friend wanted our opinion. We said it smelled bad like a scam. He said it couldn’t be a scam because his bank said the check was good. Unfortunately we had seen on TV news that people were buying computers and cars and sending too much money in a check and wanted you to send the merchandise and balance of the money back. When the check went to the bank of origin, not your bank, the check bounced because it was counterfeit. We said slow the whole process down and find out what was going on. As a result the FBI was involved because the check was bad and it looked like the balance went to fund terrorism in England. The artists would have been out the retablos and the balance of the check. Be careful out there!!!!!Information on the web - FDIC: SA-70-2004: Counterfeit Cashiers Checks
November 1, 2006 -- NICK HERRERA FEATURED IN ART NEWS
Nicholas Herreragets accolades!!! It didn’t long for the word to get out - Nick Herrera at Cline Gallery in Santa Fe was reviewed in the November Art News. The article talks about his “irony” and Nick is filled with it. It also talks about how his pieces are absurd but in a good, art way. The article is fantastic and shows that a down to earth boy from El Rito can get rave reviews. Of course we knew that. There is a picture of Nick’s La Vendeción de Mi Madre in the article. Nick also received an award from the American Folk Art Society at their annual meeting in Phoenix. He had a very successful show at Cline in Scottsdale. His work is also featured in the New Mexico Treasurers Calendar in a photo by our own John T. Denne. John also has another photo in the calendar of a New Mexico fall scene. October 27, 2006 -- RIO GRANDE BOOKS ANNOUNCES HISTORY COMPETITION
Rio Grande Books, publisher of the new New Mexico Biographical Dictionary by Don Bullis has announced a competition for young adults (age 21 and younger) to encourage historical research. The winner, and their school library, will receive several history books and a citation in a future edition of the Biographical Dictionary.
October 15, 2006 -- NEW MEXICO A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY NOW AVAILABLE
LPD Press and Rio Grande Books is pleased to announce the release of New Mexico A Biographical Dictionary 1540-1980, Volume 1 by Don Bullis in time for the fall/winter book season. For additional information go to BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.
October 16, 2006 -- NATIONAL BOOK AWARD GOES TO NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS
Navajo and Pueblo Earrings has been selected as a Finalist in the Arts category for the Best Books 2006 Book Awards.
October 13, 2006 -- NEW REVIEWS OF NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS, NEW MEXICO A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY, AND WAKE FOR A FAT VICAR
New reviews have been release on three books from LPD Press/Rio Grande Books. Posh Magazine has reviewed Navajo and Pueblo Earrings and New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary, Catholic Southwest had reviewed Wake for a Fat Vicar, and Today's Books has reviewed Navajo and Pueblo Earrings. The complete review from each of these can be found in the review section and in the information on each book.
October 3, 2006 -- POSH MAGAZINE REVIEWS NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS BOOK
Replete with photos, the book chronicles the history of Native American earrings using Gallegos' twenty-year collection. A short, well-written history opens the book and the bulk is made up of photographs paired with captions discussing the genesis of the earrings pictured. A comprehensive index makes the book attractive to the scholar while the photos will attract the casual browser. This is the perfect book for anyone who has succumbed to the enchantment of silver and turquoise. -- POSH Magazine, Fall/Holiday 2006
September 7, 2006 -- RHETTS AND AWALT RECEIVE 2006 MOTHER TERESA AWARD
Paul Rhetts and Barbe Awalt have been named as 2006 Laureates for the Mother Teresa Award. The award recognizes their efforts to bring to the world the beauty of Hispanic New Mexican art through their books and their magazine Tradición Revista. Along with Awalt & Rhetts, this year’s Laureates include: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Dalai Lama, actress Olivia Hussey, Father Daniel Berrigan, and others. CLICK HERE for more info.
September 1, 2006 -- PRIME TIME FEATURES LPD PRESS
Prime Time Monthly has featured Paul Rhetts and Barbe Awalt in its September 2006 issue in connection with their efforts in creating the New Mexico Book Co-op. The entire article is available - CLICK HERE.
August 30, 2006 -- CHARLIE CARRILLO HONORED BY NATL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Charlie Carrillo, author of SAINTS OF THE PUEBLOS and A TAPESTRY OF KINSHIP, has been named as a 2006 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Award. He will accept the honors in special ceremonies in Washington, DC on September 14. Carrillo, the 14th New Mexican to receive this award since it began in 1980, will receive the award along with Esther Martinez, a storyteller from Taos Pueblo.
August 3, 2006 -- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS FEATURES NAVAJO EARRINGS
The August edition of Midwest Book Reviews calls Navajo and Pueblo Earrings a "photographic and descriptive showcase presented expecially for collectors and aficionados of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry. Full-color photographs and extensive text ... allow the reader to experience the masterwork and subtlety as surely as if seeing them in person."
July 31, 2006 -- BOOK REVIEW FOR NAVAJO EARRINGS
Navajo and Pueblo Earrings has been reviewed in the August 2006 issue of abqARTS magazine. They called it a "must for collectors" and gave kudos for the quality of the book.
July 31, 2006 -- BOOK SIGNINGS FOR NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS AND SAINTS OF THE PUEBLOS
There will be a book signing at Indian Market for both Saints of the Pueblos and Navajo and Pueblo Earrings -- August 19 (3-4pm) Indian Market at Book Tent, Santa Fe Plaza Other book signing events for Navajo and Pueblo Earrings are set for: August 5 (9am-5pm) & 6 (10am to 4pm) The Great Southwestern Antiques, Indian & Old West Show, Lujan Center, Expo NM, Albuquerque August 18 (11am to 5pm) Navajo and Pueblo Earring Show at the Eldorado Hotel, DeVargas Room, Santa Fe
July 1, 2006 -- NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS NOW AVAILABLE
LPD Press and Rio Grande Books is pleased to announce the release of Navajo and Pueblo Earrings by Robert Bauver in time for Indian Market in Santa Fe. For additional information go to NAVAJO AND PUEBLO EARRINGS.
October 17, 2005 -- AWARDS GIVEN AT SAN FELIPE SANTO SHOW
San Felipe Neri Church sponsored its annual Santo show, held in Albuquerque October 1-2, and awards were given. The award-winners were Margarito Mondragon (Best of Show), Jerry Montoya (First Place), Martha Varoz-Ewing (Second Place), and Ellen Santistevan (Third Place). The award for the best depiction of the Christ Child went to Marie Luna. The People's Choice Award went to Jimmy Trujillo.
September 22, 2005 -- AWARDS GIVEN AT NM STATE FAIR
The 2005 New Mexico State Fair was held in Albuquerque Sept. 9-25 and awards were given for Hispanic Arts. The complete list of award-winners can be found HERE.
August 1, 2005 -- AWARDS GIVEN AT SANTA FE MARKETS
Contemporary Hispanic Market and Traditional Spanish Market were held in Santa Fe this last weekend. Both groups gave out awards for artwork. Martha Varoz-Ewing won Best of Show at Traditional Spanish Market and Deborah Rael Buckley won Best of Show at Contemporary Hispanic Market. The complete list of award-winners can be found HERE.
July 1, 2005 -- LPD PRESS SUPPORTS BOOK CO-OP eSTORE
LPD Press is assisting the New Mexico Book Co-op in the development of an eStore featuring local books. The eStore currently offers over 100 local books and is now one of the best places to find New Mexico books. Check it out at NM Book Co-op.