"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Headed to Pena Blanca's 1st Annual Sunflower Festival

Well it's been over a month since my last road trip so I'm headed to Santa Fe, NM for a week to visit Family and to help a little bit with Pena Blanca's 1st Annual Sunflower Festival.  I was originally going to show my art at this Festival, but timing isn't going to work out for that.  Next Year!   This is actually a really big deal for "little" Pena Blanca, which is located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in a small Valley where my mom lives - she's on the committee to help pull this off!

Patrice Harrison-Inglis who started this whole crazy, wonderful idea of planting Sunflowers in all the empty fields in this small town has an unbelievable entrepreneurial spirit.  She used to raise beautiful goats and processed the milk for wonderful cheese and yogurt. She did that for many years and did a wonderful job.
I love Patrices' spirit of never giving up and just "Going for It".  A little over a year ago she started with this crazy idea and in no time she had grants given to her to buy seed, people planting their fields with the seeds, a 1974 John Deere 3300 Grain Harvester Combine  purchased to process the sunflowers and lots of dirt to plant the seeds. These things take a few years to catch on, so hopefully next year all we be wiser and more committed to Rock It!  I'm looking forward to helping at the festival and seeing how it's all doing and hopefully I can get some great shots of the Sunflowers if they haven't faded by the time I get there!

Patrtice.... I don't know how you've pulled this off with only giving yourself 30 days before you decided you wanted to have an Festival.  Just shows you if you're determined.... anything can happen!  WAY TO GO!!!

Here's a little video they did regarding the project.
photo by Jim Baca
What a beautiful site!  I hope their faces are still shining up towards the sun by the time I get there!
I'll be checking back on all of you soon!

3 comments:

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

OH NO! Not goats and sunflowers! Two of my favorite things. have fun. xoDonna

Anonymous said...

Those sunflowers melt my heart...I LOVE THEM!!!!With you in spirit dear lady...have a great vist with your mom. xxx Soraya

Gaby Bee said...

Beautiful pictures! Hope you've had fun:)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Gaby xo

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