Pride in the Name of Love

I read a thoughtful article in the Albuquerque Alibi, “Silent No More” by Ty Bannerman, where I discovered the story of Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben who helped train George Washington’s Army during the American Revolution. Von Steuben was gay, and his story has been unfortunately hidden as have been the stories of thousands of other men and women who fought and/or served honorably in the U.S. armed forces.

Celebrate Pride at the Rail Yards Market (RYM)

At the RYM we welcome anyone and everyone and at all times -provided that we are open-
;-p We have lots of fun, educational, community-based activities/entertainment planned at the Rail Yards Market this coming Sunday, June 1, (9:00 am to 3:00 pm):

SUVA at the RYM

Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA) joins us at the Rail Yards Market Sunday June 1st for the day!!! Paul Ziomek, Aaron C. Bass and, and Donnine Canamar are Core Faculty members of SUVA’s Albuquerque Campus. We are all in for a real treat. Visit SUVA online

Live Art

  • Paul Ziomek will be creating a lot of fun for our Live Art Zone with his well humored Caricatures  during our morning set and is currently exhibiting “Sequential Art and Illustration” at VSA North 4th Art Center, Albuquerque Public Libraries, South Broadway Cultural Center, Southwest University of Visual Arts and Trillion Art Space.
  • Aaron Bass is a fine artist who works primarily in the BassBeakHouse printmaking field and will be joining us in the afternoon with an interactive session of Relief-printing. You are invited to join the creative process with him and get some hands on experience! In addition to teaching, he has taught workshops in photo-printmaking processes, curated exhibitions, and worked in research and development for the nation’s leading press manufacturer, Takach Press.

Children’s Zone 

    • Donnine Canamar is an animator who will be using kids as puppets to teach kids about the fun of animation! The process is fairly simple, and children can do it at home with any smartphone. Children will be the stars in their own little clips.

Programming Not Affiliated with SUVA,

  • Marilu Tejero of the Gallery ABQ was born in Bolivia and lived in MariluMelbourne, Australia since 1975. She is a resident of New Mexico since 2000. Since 2007 she is the pottery instructor at Barelas and Palo Duro Senior Centers, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational with the after school program. At La Mesa Art Academy after school art programs since 2008. Additionally, In October 2004 she was a guest at the Smithsonian Museum for the American Day, in a day dedicated to Bolivia and where she worked with hundreds of children showing how to make pinch pots and decorate ollitas that they took home. Ms. Tejero will be teaching children about pottery and they will be decorating their own ollitas.

Pop-Up Art Gallery –  Friends of the Orphan Signs will be on hand to show their restored Friends_Orphan_Signs
vintage signs. Friends of the Orphan Signs restores “orphaned signs” of the abandoned motels of eastern-Central Avenue, left behind from a time gone by and “navigates this territory with a commitment to keep open the possibility for a non-commercial, stylistically hybrid, and changing voice of collective origin. We want to inject mystery, humor and surprise into the visual landscape of Albuquerque’s roads, and we invite all to participate.”

Traditional ZoneCloud Face Dance Crew XFRX will be bringing their unique brand of dancing to the Rail Yards Market! Cloud Face has been an active creator in the indigenous hip hop scene, as well as in the painting and dancing art worlds. “Cloud Face is now mostly immersed in the music and dance world, between DJing, choreographing and composing music for various artists. He divides his time between his dance studio in Gallup, New Mexico, several Albuquerque/Santa Fe venues,  as well as select galleries in Phoenix, Arizona.”

The Community Stage and Main Stage will feature several acts including:

  • Andean flutes from Ecuador
  • Temporary Tatoos
  • Billy Crooze and Friends
  • Cassette
  • Yoga with Stephanie Anne Landers
  • Cleve Sharp and Jug of Punch
  • Angelo Marisco and Alan Esquibel
  • Sol De La Noche Listen Here

Bannerman’s article discusses the new monument at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park that will openly honor LGBT veterans. Despite the fact that it is long overdue, I am proud of New Mexico and hope that other States follow suit.

See you Sunday…
**For a complete listing including activity/demo/performance times please click here.

Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing.
Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
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