By Steven Robert Allen
Mixed-media artists and instructors from around the country will be converging on UNM starting Wednesday, June 9, for a unique five-day event designed to encourage creative collaboration and provide a fertile educational environment at the same time. Art Universe takes place in UNM's swanky new Student Union Building, Dorm Hall and cafeteria. Classes will be held from Thursday, June 10, through Saturday, June 12. Sas Colby, the event's keynote speaker, will give a lecture on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. $15. There will also be an art sale open to the public on Friday, June 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. For details, call Phoenix Forrester at 243-1937 or log onto www.phoenixforrester.com.
In this age of massive consolidation and corporatization in the publishing world, it's tiny localized publishers that have proven to be life blood of the traditional publishing industry. We here in New Mexico are blessed with a wide range of high-quality, small-scale publishers who do quite an extraordinary job of serving the needs of book lovers with a taste for local literary flavors. Page One Bookstore will host Small Press Week from Monday, June 7, through Sunday, June 13, providing an excellent opportunity to learn more about how creative mom 'n' pop publishers manage to stay afloat in a market dominated by monolithic East Coast-based mega publishers. Book lovers will not want to miss it. For details, call 294-2026.
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