Llano Stories & Desert Dumbballs

Saturday Oct 19, 2013

2930 NM 47
Los Lunas, NM 87031






Scott Oliver

Phone: 510-507-1096
Website: Click to Visit

An event marking the completion of a site-specific, cast concrete sculpture entitled "A New Horizon" by Scott Oliver. 

“Llano Stories & Desert Dumbballs” is  A hybrid of a contemporary Chautauqua gathering and hands-on sculptural demonstration, this event celebrates and illuminates local culture and history through a series of presentations and performances exploring the event site and its surroundings from different perspectives. Speakers and performers include UNM, Valencia Earth Sciences Professor, Thomas Whittaker; Whitfield WCA Project Manager, Ted Hodoba; musician and poet, Gerard Bezzeg; author, Gregory Louis Candela with Sheri Armijo; local rancher and community historian, Ramon Torres; author and poet, Shirley Blackwell; and Executive Director of CARTA, Troy Ainsworth.   Attendees are invited to arrive throughout the day and stay for as long as they like. They are also invited to make “Dumbballs,” baseball-sized concrete spheres first developed by the late conceptual artist David Ireland. Dumbballs are formed by tossing wet concrete back and forth as it hardens, using one’s gloved hands as the mold. “Desert Dumbballs” will be made of the same material as Oliver’s sculpture: sand and stones collected on-site, mixed with cement and water. If you‘d like to make a Dumbball please RSVP to knot@mcn.org.Event Location: Google MapEvent Schedule:10:30 A—Desert Dumbballs Demonstration by Scott Oliver11:15—Opening Remarks by Scott Oliver11:45—Talk: Geology of The Area by UNM Valencia Earth Sciences Professor,             Thomas Whittaker 12:15—Talk: Flora & Fauna of the Llano by Whitfield WCA Project Manager, Ted Hodoba12:45—Acoustic Music: “New Mexico Eclectic” by musician and poet, Gerard Bezzeg 1:30—Dramatic Readings: Prose & Poetry of Tomé by author and poet, Gregory Louis Candela with Sheri Armijo2:00—Talk: History of the Tomé Land Grant by local rancher and community historian, Ramon Torres2:30—Reading: Ditchbank Diaries: Haibuñera from the Land of Enchantment             by author and poet Shirley Blackwell3:00—Talk: History of El Camino Real by El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Assoc. Executive Director, Troy Ainsworth 3:30—Acoustic Music: “New Mexico Eclectic” by musician and poet, Gerard Bezzeg     4:00—Closing Remarks by Scott Oliver5-6:00 P—Reception: Food and drink at Tomé Gallery, 2930 Highway 47, ToméPLEASE NOTE:• Attendees wishing to make a Desert Dumbball must arrive at 10:30 am on the day of the event and must RSVP to ensure that we have enough materials on hand. To do so please email knot@mcn.org or call 510-507-1096.   • “Llano Stories & Desert Dumbballs” is taking place on the llano, in the Rio del Oro subdivision outside Tomé-Adelino. Attendees are advised to wear hats and sturdy shoes. The event site can only be reached on foot. Attendees should park in the designated temporary parking area located near the intersection of La Entrada Road and Vallejos Road and follow signs to the event site, about ¼ of a mile from the paved road.   • We need chairs for the day of the event. If you have a folding chair that’s easy to carry, please bring it with you. Water and snacks will be provided.  A New Horizon was commissioned by Earthbound Moon—a non-profit, community arts organization, working nationally and abroad to create a global network of commons anchored by public artworks. Earthbound Moon brings contemporary artists into urban and rural communities to help facilitate an exchange of ideas about the nature of community and place. www.earthboundmoon.com   “Llano Stories & Desert Dumbballs” is part of High Desert Test Sites 2013, a weeklong program of 60 artists’ projects taking place along the Southwest roads and highways between Joshua Tree, CA and Albuquerque, NM; October 12–19. www.highdeserttestsites.com