The 2015 CLAY Festival, a Silver City Arts & Cultural District Signature Event, held its third annual CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser last Saturday. Beginning with 34 players, the event kicked off to an exciting start at 3:00 PM with the final hand dealt just after 6:30 PM.
Held in the “Artist’s Lair” of the Old Elk’s Lodge, the room was set with green felt covered tables, a bit of jazz playing for ambience, and five visor-adorned volunteer dealers standing at their posts. Even the smell of pizza wafted in, ready to be served to attendees as fuel for the fun. Spectators added to the energy of the event, applauding well played hands and leaning in close when players pushed their chips tensely forward in anticipation.
Taking first place was local, Lee Miller, winning a seven night stay at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sunrise Lodge in Park City, Utah. Second was Cindy Gagnon, choosing $75 to Diane’s Restaurant. Jeff McGaughey finished third, claiming $500 to Syzygy Tile. Fourth place was James Pagels, selecting $100 to Manzanita Ridge. Dean Jarosh took fifth, winning $50 to Ace Hardware. Sixth place and $50 to Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern was awarded to Ted Wagner followed by Richard Ducotey taking seventh and $50 to Walmart. Thomas Durham took eighth and a gift basket from Single Socks Community Thrift Store. Ninth place went to Karol Warhank who chose a haircut and pedicure from Curl Up & Dye Salon. Patrick Hoskins finished out the final table, taking tenth place and a $50 gift certificate to Raven’s Nest.
CLAY wishes to thank all sponsors and attendees who made this year’s CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser possible.
Planning is already underway for July 29 - August 2nd! Get excited!
The 2014 CLAY Festival, a Silver City Arts & Cultural District Signature Event, held three unique International Juried Exhibitions, announcing the winners during the festival weekend.
Nawal Motawi, juror for A Tile & A Vessel, gave the following remarks regarding the exhibition:
I would like to congratulate all of the artists who have pieces on display. It wasn’t difficult to recognize the pieces that should be in the show. Choosing the prize winners, on the other hand was tough. I hope that all the artists know that every juror brings their own predilections and preferences to the task. My own are in favor of works that exhibit good technical control of ceramic materials and generally tighter technique. I hereby salute all of the artists for the hours of getting it wrong, that it takes to learn how to get it right----and for the hours of work entailed in the direct creation of the pieces you see here today.
The winners include:
Archaeologist, Dr. Patricia Crown, served as the juror for the Neo-Mimbreño 2014 Exhibition hosted at the Western New Mexico University Museum and the McCray Gallery on campus, and awarded the following prizes:
The 2014 juried exhibition, Private PrōJECT, proved to be a festive Saturday evening beginning with a street dance on Bullard Street and ending with an outdoor digital exhibition featuring private clay-mosaic installations. Juried by Kathryn Allen, Claude W. Smith III, and Marcia Smith, this year’s winner of the $1000 prize for “Best Residential Installation” is “Angel Niche” by Phyllis Pacin of Oakland, California.
The CLAY Festival wishes to congratulate all artists who participated in this year’s exhibitions as well as every sponsor and volunteer who made this festival possible.
The 2014 CLAY Festival, a Silver City Arts & Cultural District Signature Event, held its second annual CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser last Saturday. Beginning with 34 players, the event kicked off to an exciting start at 3:00 PM with the final hand dealt just after 8:00 PM.
Throughout the tournament, family and friends gathered around tables to watch the action, adding to the energy of the event. The fun continued outside on the patio with wood-fired pizza provided by Floyd and Faye McCalmont of Pig Iron Pizza, music, and a full cash bar by W & N Enterprises.
Taking first place was out-of-towner, Laurence Jaques, winning a week-long stay at the Raintree Cimarron Golf Resort in Palm Springs, California. Second was Terry Wagner, choosing the seven day vacation at a condo resort in Sedona, Arizona. Brian Dolton finished third, claiming $150 in MainStreet gift certificates. Fourth place was Amber Rheubottom, selecting a two-night stay at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern. Mayor Mike Morones took fifth, winning $500 to Syzygy Tile. Sixth place and $100 to Manzanita Ridge was awarded to Chris Evans followed by Wesley Farris taking seventh and $75 to Diane’s Restaurant. Marcos Marquez took eighth and a $50 gift card to Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware. Ninth place went to Wendy Phillips who chose a haircut and massage from Curl Up & Dye Salon. Linda Gagnon finished out the final table, taking tenth place and a gift basket from Single Socks Thrift Store.
This event is the first of many for the 2014 CLAY Festival. For further details on free youth activities, gallery exhibitions and receptions, a street dance, workshops, and downtown activities, visit the events page. CLAY wishes to thank all sponsors who made this year’s CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser possible.
The 2014 CLAY Festival, taking place July 30 - August 3, will offer four distinct hands-on workshops featuring internationally known artists Patrick Shia Crabb, Diego Valles & Carla Martínez, Paul Lewing, and Kathryn Allen.
ARTISTS - AUTHORS - ENTREPRENEURS!!!
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