We like to have fun with our members. Come visit with us. Bring the family out. We can’t wait to see you! Our financial wellness partner, GreenPath, also offers webinars from time-to-time. Look for those here.
Shred Days for 2016
DeVargas Branch - check back for how many pounds were shredded!
Cordova Branch - June 4
Trinity Branch - June 18
Espanola Branch - June 25
Cerrillos Branch - July 16
White Rock Branch - August 13
Shred Days are on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Paper only, and please limit yourself to two boxes or 50 lb of paper.
Financial Wellness Webinar Wednesdays: Find them here - they're free! Coming up in June:
Ramona Sakiestewa's Butterfly Tangram series and Original Super Heroes Series at Cordova Branch
DNCU is honored to welcome Ramona Sakiestewa to our Cordova branch. Sakiestewa is a contemporary Native American artist who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in Albuquerque, NM to a Hopi father and German-English-Irish mother. Sakiestewa is renowned for her tapestries, works-on-paper, and for her public art/architectural installations. Sakiestewa is a self-taught weaver using prehistoric Pueblo techniques from the American Southwest. Her early work employed hand spun and hand dyed yarns. She researched native plant dyes of the Americas along with developing and reproducing cochineal and indigo dyeing techniques. “In 2009, I began a new exploration of printmaking and constructions from the prints,” Sakiestewa says. Influenced by her textile work, the prints were made on a variety of fabrics and papers, and often times deconstructed and reconstructed. Sometimes she used pieces of fabric for the print plates. At DNCU Cordova, Sakiestewa is exhibiting two print series.
“The Tangram Butterfly Series is based in the merger of two cultures: Native American and Chinese,” she says. The tangram puzzle is thought to have originated during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) and is comprised of seven shapes that can be arranged to depict abstract compositions as well as animals, people, boats, houses and other objects. The lithographs in the Tangram Butterfly series are constructed from seven pottery patterns instead of simple tangram shapes. The butterflies are combined from the patterns to create a puzzle within a puzzle. They are printed with gold and silver inks. The Original Super Heroes Series are katsinam that are now not often seen in current settings. Katsinas are the cultural messengers for Hopi Indian culture.
John St. Peter Exhibit at DNCU DeVargas
We are happy to welcome our latest artist, John St. Peter, to our DNCU North Star Artist series. St. Peter creates contemporary abstract oil paintings that play with texture and contrast. By varying the thickness of the paint, St. Peter creates varied textures and effects. “I want the viewer to be drawn in by the texture and the way it collects the light.” He creates ribbons of different color and light—akin to the horizon of the ocean. “It’s almost like a plow’s effect on the earth,” says St. Peter who not coincidentally was born on a farm. He explains that his technique of adding and scraping off paint rolls from one layer to the next. He also states that his work is a very meditative process. St. Peter is an art teacher at El Camino Real Academy and holds an MFA from Eastern Michigan University.
Los Alamos ChamberFest (June 11, 2016)
ChamberFest is the annual Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce event featuring Chamber Members. Visit with local business and enjoy entertainment for the whole family. Come see the 1st Annual Water Balloon Challenge (last year was rained out) – we are sponsoring this event.
2nd Annual Canstruction Fundraiser for The Food Depot (June 17-25, 2016)
Canstruction is a unique event which exhibits colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built by local teams, the Cansculptures are displayed at Santa Fe Place Mall as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to The Food Depot.