I've spent a lot of time in and around the Jemez area this summer, mostly pretending to fish, swatting mosquitoes and drinking beer around a campfire. There is more to the Jemez Mountains, though, than merely fighting off blood-sucking insects while rolling around in the filth out of doors. Jemez Springs, in particular, is a very nice little town with more than its per capita share of talented artists.
This weekend the locals are putting together a three-day Art in the Park extravaganza at the Jemez Springs Village Park. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, you can expect live music, sweet eats and lots of art and books for sale. If you're bringing along youngsters, there'll also be a special corral hosting games and activities to keep the kids out of trouble while you're getting into trouble. If that isn't enough, vendors will also be hawking fresh Jemez Valley grown herbs. For details, call (505) 268-2801.
When the afternoon heat starts to get to you, head over to Jemez Springs' famous Laughing Lizard Café. There, you'll find not only delicious food and icy beverages but also an exhibit of trippy computer-generated art by Armando Espinosa.
The Cuban artist, who has lived and worked in Santa Fe for the last nine years, has created a series of orishas, digital representations of Yoruba and Afro-Caribbean deities. The exhibit will also include a computer-generated video with Buddhist themes.
If you can't see Espinosa's work on the weekend of Art in the Park, the show will run through October 18. (505) 829-3108.