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New Mexicans are often wary about outsiders weighing in on elements of our state history and culture. Every now and then, though, a person from somewhere else is sensitive enough to fully appreciate the jewels that comprise this place's collective treasure. (And I'm not referring to silver-and-turquoise tourist ornaments.) Take the Kentucky-based farmer and artist Arwen Donahue. From the looks of her graphic novel Old Man Gloom, she's faithfully captured the pride, tradition and eerie autumn air of celebration that pervade the annual burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe (this year on Thursday, Sept. 6). Hers is a deceptively simple rendering, with intricate, expressive drawings adults will enjoy, paired with language that's accessible to children. Introduce yourself to both the book and its author at Page One Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 7, the day after the old man burns. You can also peek at Donahue's other work at arwendonahue.com. Pages from her oral history project translated into comic form are particularly compelling. (Margaret Wright)Page One BookstoreOld Man Gloom
- Wanted: Your Best Photographs
Shutterbugs gather up your best pieces and pick some to submit for hanging in the new Bernalillo County headquarters when the gov-peeps move to Alvarado Square, happening now until Monday, August 31. The selected photographs will be printed in a large scale and format. They will be used to create a welcoming environment for county customers, county employees and the general public. Some will be used on the windows of the new Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office suite. The photographs should represent the history and character of Bernalillo County and its people, places, landscapes and unique events in our county. There are some big bucks involved as chosen photographers will receive $1,500, with a limit of one photograph per artist. The chosen photos will become part of the public art program’s permanent collection. There is no fee or age limit required to submit. For more information, visit bernco.gov/community-services/current-call-for-entries.aspx. Ends August 31. (Carolyn Carlson)