New Mail Art Project Begins in March

Douglass Rankin and Gail Murray announced a new mail art that begins in March. It is named “Project 26: Alphabet Mail Art,” and it will include one letter for each month that BAG has a general meeting. We will begin with “A” in March 2019. Any BAG member is welcome to participate.

The months and letters for 2019 are: March—“A.” April—“B.” May—“C.” June—“D.” July—“E.”

Size and Paper Type

4”x6” on cardstock, at least as thick as a standard postcard. The size and paper stock are the only requirements.

Two Options for Participation

Option 1—Follow our usual Mail Art routine: write your name, address, and email on the index card supplied at the BAG meetings. Drop the card in the bag, then pull out somebody else’s name before you leave the meeting.

Option 2—If you are COMMITTED to doing the entire alphabet, and IF you don’t usually get to the meetings, send an email to BOTH Gail Murray and Douglass Rankin with your name, mailing address, and email. We will then put your information on a list that will be emailed to all the people in your group. To use the list, skip your name and send a card to the person’s name on the list that follows yours (beginning with the letter “A” for March). In April, continue on to the NEXT name for the NEXT letter. This list will be set up only at the BEGINNING of the project; the deadline to submit your name and other information is Friday, March 1, 2019. We will send the list to you before the March 9 general meeting. It is very important that you commit to creating all 26 letters, otherwise the people in your group will not end up with an entire alphabet.

Note: You do NOT have to commit to all 26 months and letters. You can create a letter as you desire by drawing a name at a general meeting. It is only mandatory to create A to Z if you sign up for Option 2.

After You Have Selected Your Option

Create two similar postcards. Mail one card to your mail art buddy (the name you drew for Option 1 or the next person on the list for Option 2). Also mail one card to Santa Fe BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594.

We recommend mailing your card in an envelope, making it more likely it will arrive undamaged (55¢). Because this is a standard size, you may mail it as a postcard if you choose (35¢).

We encourage you to complete each letter and mail it to your recipient before the next BAG meeting.

When you do receive your Alphabet Mail Art postcard, please email the sender to let them know their card arrived.

BAG will keep all cards received in the BAG Archive. We will display them at the general meeting as the project proceeds.

Beginning Calligraphy Class in Albuquerque

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BAG member Elizabeth McKee is teaching a four-session beginning calligraphy class entitled “Writing Romans—Making Monoline Magic—Finding Secrets.” It will be held on four Saturdays—February 23, March 30, April 27, and June 1—from 1 pm to 4 pm in Albuquerque. “There are enough challenges built in for those who have extra time to invest in exploration,” explains Elizabeth. “Because it is monoline, being left-handed does not present a problem. Monoline letters can be very basic but also offer opportunities for design and play.” (See the photos.) The course fee of $100 + $10 supply fee includes 2 nibs, 2 penholders, and various other fun items. If interested, contact Elizabeth at

Mixed-Media Art Retreat, April 2019

Three BAG members–Cyn Leespring, Ruth Anna Abigail, and Julie Filatoff–announce a mixed-media art retreat for women.

It will be held Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.

The all-inclusive, three-day/two-night retreat is limited to nine participants. The project is called “Mapping Your Journey,” and it consists of an ecodyed/tea-dyed, multi-signature art journal in a decorated box.

The retreat includes six meals, snacks, and beverages, plus unlimited soaking in Ojo Caliente’s mineral pools.

For more information, visit

Art Workshops in Albuquerque

Annie Hooten has announced an updated schedule of art workshops in Albuquerque. The list is below. For more detailed information, contact Annie at or (505) 228-8703. You can also follow her on Instagram at and #hootenannieartworkshops.

Common Threads with Orly Avineri & Beatriz Helton, February 27-March 2, 2019.

Jiggly Jointed Dolls and Fabulous Beads! With Doreen Kassel, March 9 & 10, 2019.

Hidden Jewels (Mokume Gane) with Carol Simmons, May 25 & 26, 2019.

Master Cane Workshop with Carol Simmons, June 3-8, 2019 (FULL).

A workshop with Hélène Jeanclaude, August 17 & 18, 2019.

Clay Out West, September 30-October 3, 2019. Teachers will be Donna Kato, Leslie Blackford, Debbie Crothers, Ron Lehocky, Dayle Doroshow & Wendy Malinow. (Email to get on the mailing list for future announcements.)

The Healing Doll Way with Barb Kobe, October 10 (evening), 11, 12, and13, 2019. Her book: Her Facebook group:

Make it Tall or On the Wall: A Talking, Walking Story-Stick with Maureen Carlson, November 8, 9 & 10, 2019.

Annie also has some workshops lined up for 2020 (dates to be announced): Jodi Ohl,; Floral Dreamscapes with Carol Simmons and Maureen Carlson, and; and Jenny Grant,

Vision Board Workshop with Ro Calhoun

New Year Vision Board Workshop presented by SFCC Center for Book Art & Printmaking

Register today for a discount!

Do you know what a Vision Board is?

It’s a perfect way to start 2019, by taking action to manifest your dream life. When you make a Vision Board, you get clear on what you want to create in your life.

A vision board is a visualization tool that uses a board to build a visual collage of words and pictures that represent your dreams and goals. Once you get clarity, you select images and words from magazines, and paste them on a big poster board. Seeing this board each day aligns your brain with the outcomes you most want to attract. (Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Katy Perry all swear by Vision Boards!)

It sounds pretty simple. (And yes, there is a process to make your Vision Board more powerful.)

So why doesn’t everyone create Vision Boards? Well most of us never make the time. We let our busy, distracted lives keep us, well, busy and distracted.

It’s time to change that! On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Santa Fe Community College in Room 708, our very own BAG member Ro Calhoun is leading a Create Your Life Vision Board Workshop. It’s an immersion for you to focus on your authentic life, core clarity, and ideal outcomes

Sign up today or inquire for more info by contacting Ro at 505.946.7350 or emailing her at

Cost is $85 including materials. If you register and pay during the month of December, there is an early bird discount of $10 ($75 total).

Upon registration, you will receive a “Create Your Best Life” Dream Sheet to get started. Bring it with you to the Vision Board Workshop to manifest your life goals and desires.

Ro Calhoun has an MFA degree in Fine Art.  She is an Art Professor at SFCC and she also conducts art workshops. Ro is a professionally trained Vision Instructor by Vision Board Pro.


The Spirit Poles at SF Botanical Garden

BAG member Victoria Rabinowe has installed 100 painted aspen poles that tower above and around you as you meander through the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Some are painted black and white; some are bright and colorful; some are inscribed with cryptic calligraphy. Each pole is a provocative and unique totem inspired by Victoria’s dreams. This illuminated garden encourages the viewer to drift off into a spiritual journey that connects us with the deep, communal roots of aboriginal ancestry that we all share.

Link to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden: The annual Glow—Cosmic Lights event is December 14-31 (closed December 24 and 25). Victoria says there is a special event on the evening of December 28 with musicians Half Broke Horses.

Link to Victoria’s website:

This Saturday: BAG at Make Santa Fe Make & Take

Make & Take 2018

Join Make Santa Fe in preparing for the holidays by crafting decorations and gifts with your family. For $20 you get an afternoon of crafty excitement (1 kid free per paid adult). Stop by one or all of the stations including the SMASH Bus, decorations made via laser and microcircuit, ugly sweater decoration (bring your own sweater), forged triangle dinner bells, and paper ornaments.

The S.M.A.S.H. Bus will be at MAKE ready to teach your kiddos to make their own paper and other festive goodies. If you haven’t seen the Bus it is a mobile interactive art studio designed to create inclusive and accessible art-making opportunities for a variety of diverse communities.

In addition the Santa Fe Book Arts Group will be back this year making decorative cards and ornaments. We’ll also have a food truck on hand and beverages inside MAKE to keep you creating all afternoon.

Make & Take Tickets here!

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Starts Friday

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival is the United States’ largest and oldest recycled art market and is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. It kicks off with Friday night’s Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make-and-take art activities. More than 100 artists (including BAG members) offer their original pieces for sale in the Art Market and display their work in the juried art exhibit. This event attracts thousands of art lovers and the eco-conscious holiday gift-giver attracted by the art deals, family-friendly art-making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits, and perfect gifts.

All art consists of a minimum of 75% recycled materials—everything from vintage tin cans turned into earrings to scrap-metal sculptures. Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one-of-a-kind art. The event demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.


Friday, November 30

Art Market 5 pm to 9 pm; $5 general admission

Trash Fashion show 7 pm; $15-20 for assigned seating; includes general admission to the art market. You can buy fashion show tickets ahead of time at or at the door.

Saturday, December 1

Art Market 9 am to 5 pm; free admission (Reminder: BAG Annual Holiday Party is at 1 pm at SFCC’s Jemez Room)

Sunday, December 2

Art Market 10 am to 5 pm; free admission