As most might surmise, we owe the celebration of Father’s Day to the adoption of Mother’s Day. Due to the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd, who was one of six children raised by a widower, the first “Father’s Day” was celebrated on July 19, 1910, in Washington. The holiday was not recognized nationally until 1972. Father’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In some countries it is not an official holiday.
Another well known fact about Father’s Day is the commercial aspect of the celebration. For better or for worse, in the U.S. over $9.4 billion dollars is spent celebrate dads. At the Rail Yards Market we have a plethora of locally made arts and crafts, food(s), produce to go along with great entertainment. The benefits of buying local are well documented. Below are some of the activities/entertainment we have planned for Father’s Day Sunday:
1. Live Art Zone
Bob Riolo joins RYM on Father’s in the Live Art Zone with wood crafting. Bob works with recycled wood and collaborates with his clients in creating one of a kind custom pieces that can be handed down through the generations while keeping an upbeat style alive with humor. He began his business 12 Years ago with 5 Bird Houses and hasn’t looked back. Bob will be teaching and showing various stages of the wood crafting arts all day in the Zone. Bring the Family and make some great memories with us on Father’s Day where we’ll be WINGIN’ IT with Bob Riolo’ Rustic woodwork!
2. Pop-Up Art Zone
Lisa May Casaus is an illustrator who focuses on character design and storytelling. Her personal mascot, Baby Onion, Is featured throughout her work. Her work has a unique style that is whimsical with a grim edge. She Is a Local ‘Burquena and has received her Bachelors of Arts in Illustration with a Minor in Animation from Southwest University Of Visual Arts of Albuquerque, NM. We a very excited to exhibit her on Father’s Day & June 22 at the Rail Yards Market Pop-Up Gallery!
- Marilu Tejero, of the Gallery ABQ was born in Bolivia and lived in Melbourne, 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, On Sunday, children will learn how to make pinch pots and decorate ollitas that they will take home to their dads.
- Kyle Roberts, of Vecinos Del Bosque Farm, is a born and raised South-westerner. He has lived in California, New Mexico and Colorado. Kyle has been a potter for nearly four decades makes functional and decorative stoneware. Additionally Kyle has lived and worked in Europe the Middle East and South America. Kyle has also taught at all different levels from Pre-K to the University level. Kyle will be demonstrating work on the Pottery Wheel as well as teaching children how to make pinch pots.
4. Traditional Zone
Matthew Lewis of Desert Wanderers will be Flint Knapping arrowheads at the Traditional Zone. Matthew is an Artists who has been Flint Knapping for over 5 years. Additionally, Matthew attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He will be demonstrating and discussing the ancient art of Flint Knapping.
5. Main and Community Stages
We have a host of talented folks on both stages this Sunday including but not limited to:
Music with Stanlie Kee; Helios,
Poetry with Jazz Cuffee; Warehouse 508 Poets
Dancing with Break Dancers; Sara de La Luz Flamenco
Additional entertainment/activities include the, Daniel Minte Tai Chi and the Aerialist Collective. Please visit the Rail Yards Market website for a complete listing. Happy Father’s Day and
See You Sunday in Beautiful Barelas New Mexico!!!
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