For 37 years, people around Rio Rancho, from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, have been patrons of the annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale.
This year, it will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Many painters, printmakers, ceramic and glass artists, woodworkers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers and metal artists will offer their work.
Handmade clothing, leather goods, painted drums, hand-carved furniture and more will be on display at three central locations: Site No. 1, Anasazi Fields, 26 Camino de los Puebilitos; Site No. 2, The Big Tent next to the Presbyterian Church, 636 NM 165; and Site No. 3, the Placitas Elementary School, 5 Calle de Carbon.
The show will include artists from Placitas, as well as Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corrales, Cuba, Santa Fe, Taos, Tijeras and as far away as Colorado, Florida and Ohio. Artists compete for the opportunity to participate in the juried show.
The Placitas Holiday Sale is spotlighting metal sculptor Terry Adams from Cuba as the 2018 featured artist. Adams creates home decor and sculptures with a distinct primitive aesthetic.
Self-taught, his pieces often incorporate a welded steel framework finished with chemical patinas and embellished with heat-treated copper or found objects such as river cobbles or glass. He will show his work at Anasazi Fields.
Anasazi Fields has rustic décor, a crackling fire and homemade organic goat cheese, chocolates and local honey for sale. New this year, Kaktus Brewery will offer glasses of micro-brewed beer and wine.
Meanwhile, the big white tent is heated for comfort and meant to evoke a festive feeling, and Placitas Elementary School is a popular hotspot with almost 50 exhibitors and a market-like atmosphere.
The artists have donated their work to the raffle benefitting the Placitas Elementary Arts School program. All raffle proceeds go to buy art supplies.
Tickets are $1. All raffle items will be displayed at the school.
Refreshments will be available at each site. At Site No. 1, StuffedLust Sopapilla Co. will serve stuffed sopapillas with a twist of interesting ingredients.
At Site No. 2, the Chile Pepper Café, operated by the Presbyterian Church kitchen, will be open next door, cooking a variety of homemade food. Site No. 3 will have La Casita from Bernalillo serving traditional New Mexican dishes.
The event is six miles east of I-25 on NM 165. Take exit 242 from I-25, follow the colorful signs through the hills of the Sandias to Placitas.
For more information, visit placitasholidaysale.com or call 867-2450.
The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is organized by local artists and sponsored by the Placitas Mountain Craft and Soiree Society.