Espanola Valley Arts Festival This Weekend, Sept. 23-25, At Plaza

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Espanola Valley Arts Festival This Weekend, Sept 23-25


Some of the best artists in the state will show their works of art at the 31st Annual Espanola Valley Arts Festival (EVAF) this weekend, beginning with a “Ribbons of Culture Preview Night” and open for viewing on Friday night, Sept. 23, from 5-8. On Saturday, the “People’s Choice” voting will occur and announced on Sunday. The EVAF is organized by a committee that works all year ‘round to make it a success and one of the state’s best arts fests.

Photo shows poster of the entertainers lined up for this weekend's 31st Annual Espanola Valley Arts Festival.  Courtesy Photo

EVAF President, Andrew Herrera, told the Valley Daily Post, “This is my third year as President and in the past I was Vice-President and member of the board. My board consists of:  Vice-President, Manny Martinez, Secretary,Verna Trujillo, Treasurer, Greta Trujillo, Deputy Secretary, Anna Squires. Members Nikkie Serrano, Antionette Vigil, and Carol Ann Salazar. Our sponsors are Century Bank, Garcia Tires, Zia Credit Union and Dr. Redmond.”

Herrera said that the “2016 EVAF poster winner is Patricia Romero’s piece, Midnight on the Paseo de Onate Bridge”. The striking image was photographed by Robert Garcia (art teacher at EVHS)and printed by Joseph Torres with Conecta.”

Winners from Last Year’s 2015 30th Española Valley Arts Festival, Ribbons of Culture Preview Night

Fabric Arts

1st Rylene Martinez- Daddy’s Flower Garden

2nd Viola-Gonzales-Bronco Sweater

3rd Ernistina Garcia-Rose Quilt

Traditional Art Forms-Relief Carving

1st Pablo Roybal-Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

2nd Doreen Martinez-Blessed Mother and Baby

3rd Isaac Romero-La Piedad

Traditional Art Forms-Bultos

1st Pedro Alfonso Trujillo-Santo Nino de Santa Cruz

2nd Ron Martinez-San Raphael

Wood Working

1st Tony Gallegos-Rose Cross

2nd Bernardo Valdez-Casa de Mi Madre

3rd Adam Romero-San Ysidro

Wood Burning

1st Robbie Garcia-Last Supper

2nd Albino Valdez-Heavenly

3rd Sandra Quintana-Catching Dreams

Nature Crafts

1st Mary Ellen Blea-Day Dreaming

2nd Andrea Fresquez-San Ysidro

3rd Sherri Aragon-Harvest

Metal/Tin Work

1st Ed Milsap-Old Cross Tin

2nd Gilbert Romero-Tres Cruces

3rd Leroy Vigil-Copper Enchantment

Mixed Media

1st Nyal Albert Tack-Dream Catcher

2nd Ivonne Velazco-Sunflower Chair

3rd Debra Steinman-Kokopelli Basket


1st Anthony Baca-Rachel

2nd Dorea Garcia-Saya Grandma

3rd Nanette Valerio-Black Micaceous Pot


1st Mary Ann Abeyta-Carnelian & Gems Set

2nd David Toelardo-Jewelry Set

3rd Theresa Baca-Turquoise & Silver Set


1st Gabriella Silva-Vatican Lasso

2nd Marty Martinez-Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Rosary

3rd Angelina Romero-Turquoise w/Silver Necklace


1st Michael Martinez-Mi Salvacion

2nd Chris Gipson-Buffalo Dancer

3rd (tie)Thomas Vigil-Santa Maria

3rd (tie) Rachel Ortiz-Master Ashaan

Best of Show

Gabriella Silva-Vatican Lasso (Rosary with individual little roses wrapped in wire as the beads)

“The 31st Annual Española Valley Arts Festival showcases some of the best artists in New Mexico,” said Herrera. He went on, “With added live entertainment, great food and beautiful fall weather, it’s the perfect formula to take in the arts. If you like to collect art, view art or just want something fun to do, don’t miss this Festival! The variety of art is too much to list here but it is unlike any other show in Northern New Mexico!”

Herrera also pointed out other happenings at the EVAF. “Our Ribbons of Culture Preview Night is this Friday (Sept. 23), and is open to public for viewing from 5 pm-8 pm in the Mision Convento on the Plaza de Española.” He added, “The public will be able to vote for the People’s Choice this year on Saturday, with the ribbon presented on Sunday, and we will also have the President’s Choice ribbon as well,” he explained. The President’s Choice ribbon will be presented by Herrera.

Herrera mentioned the food vendors. “We will have four food vendors with foods such as BBQ Brisket sandwiches, turkey legs, corn, tilapia tacos, frito pies, hot dogs, hamburgers, pastries, etc.” he said.

The entertainment is listed on the flyer, and is included in this story.

“Out of 67 booths we only have 9 left and I believe we will sell out,” Herrera reported enthusiastically. It promises to be a great show.i