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Holiday ArtsCrawl 2019

This holiday season one can always find so many unique gifts done by local talented artists and ArtsCrawl is the haven for all forms of art and artisans in Gallup. Held every second Saturday of every month, artists come out to display their work.

Artisans converged along Coal Avenue and extended into the El Morro Events Center with paintings, pottery, music, and of course the aroma of delicious food in the air. Looking for that special gift for that hard to buy for person would be no problem here. A cluster of different artworks was showcased as spectators converged to see the 5th Annual Gallup ArtsCrawl Holiday Art Market offerings. One could find unique handmade gifts made by local artists for everyone on their holiday list.

Anne Price, of Gallup, took the opportunity to show her work upon learning of a call for the holiday artscrawl market. No stranger to the art world, Price has had her art shown at local Art123 Gallery. She is primarily a self-taught fiber artist and illustrator. She creates non-traditional items with her crochet methods and uses block printing to explore texture in her Christmas cards and postcards.

“I’ve been exhibiting at ART123 for a few months, and they put out a call and I applied,” she said. “My linoleum prints are made for Christmas cards. I’ve done decorative ornaments, and hand-crochet(ed) hats and scarves.

Price has been doing this since she was a teenager.

Artist Clint Holtsoi, who is Diné, displayed his artwork (see banner on cover), which he describes as having a Diné theme. Holtsoi says it’s a combination of realism, surrealism, and whimsy. He also says he has been trying to visit the ArtsCrawl more often.

“With my paintings I try to display a funny humorous take on it, I use oil paint, watercolor, and ink,” he said.

Another artist who attends the ArtsCrawl is Demetria Dale. Originally from Shiprock, she says her art takes inspiration from her home and her travels. She attended art school in Portland, Ore.

Dale says she got interested in art at the age of six and has been doing artwork for six years. “I use a lot of mix(ed) media, spray paint, acrylic, digital art. I like it because there are more opportunities to create more things than just zoning in on one particular medium.”

By Dee Velasco
For the Sun