7th Annual RMEF Art Show starts July 8

ANTONITO — It’s time for the annual Rocky Mountain Estates Community Firehouse Art Show and Fundraiser! Come enjoy live music and refreshments while exploring the work of world-class artists in a beautiful mountain setting.

The event will be held Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 9, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Estates, located 27 miles west of Antonito and 29 miles east of Chama, N.M., on FDR 250 between Horca and Platoro.

The show features renowned artists from Rocky Mountain Estates and the surrounding area, including sculptor Jim Gilmore; painters Charles Ewing, Gwen McBride, Pat Haberman and Debra Immer; fiber artist Joyce Pardington; glass artist Carl Nevitt, clay artist Becky Murphy and silversmith Gene Christensen.

New artists this year will include enamel artist Linda Pond, photographers Michael Rael and LeeAnn Nielsen, wood design artist Bob Dorsey and up-and-coming painter Krista Bligh. In addition to attending the show, visitors to the area can also enjoy hiking the 1.3-mile trail to beautiful Rough Creek Falls, which is within easy walking distance of the firehouse.

Proceeds from the show benefit the volunteer fire department and firehouse so vital to this remote mountain community. It can take up to an hour for one of the local fire departments to reach this area. The community goal is to provide safety for the residents and visitors to the area until professional help can arrive. The volunteer fire department and firehouse are supported almost entirely through contributions from the community and fundraisers such as this.

Rocky Mountain Estates Firehouse Art Show: Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 9, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions: Take State Highway 17 from either Antonito or Chama to the town of Horca, where event signs will be posted. From Horca, head north on the recently resurfaced Fdr 250 for 7 miles. The firehouse is adjacent to Rocky Mountain Lodge, 7700 Fdr 250. For more information, contact Peggy Bell at 719-376-6070.

 Caption: Clay art by Becky Murphy