FIRST TIME EXHIBITOR'S JUDGE & SPONSOR
New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair is a non-profit 501 (c ) 3 organization
Cynthia Risner has been an educator for over 35 years. She served as a classroom teacher, master teacher, school principal and curriculum director. While serving as curriculum director, she guided the Las Cruces Public Schools in implementing a discipline based art curriculum using the work Stanford's Elliot Eisner. She is most proud of her role as a founder and administrator of J. Paul Taylor Academy, a successful project based kindergarden through eighth grade charter school, which emphasizes the arts as part of the basic curriculum.
2018 YOUTH JUDGE, Cynthia Risner
Dan Stouffer was born in Ohio and educated at The Ohio State University. He left his position as Art Director at UNM Press in 1979 to become a full time artist. Since that time, he has won numerous awards, some in such prominent competitions as Art for the Parks, Watercolor U.S.A. and Rocky Mountain National. His work is represented in museums and corporate collections throughout the country and has been featured in several national publications.
In 2010, The Albuquerque Art Business Association designated Dan a "Local Treasure". He currently resides in Bosque Farms with his wife Jean.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Harvey Buchalter's association with the Fair goes back to 1980. Over the years, in addition to exhibiting his sculpture, he was a juror, Standard's Chair, and Featured Artist. His works in stone and wood, including his Judaica, are found in many private and museum collections.
David Vega Chavez - Watercolor Artist,
David Vega Chavez, is a watercolor artist and a native of New Mexico, who has been influenced by many of the English watercolorists of the 19th and 20th centuries. David began painting and drawing at a very early age. While in high school and continuing to perfect his technical skills in the arts, he designed sets for musicals and dramatic plays. In 1970 he received his BFA with teaching credentials from the University of New Mexico.
During his college years, David became involved in community theatre and later became a professional choreographer, director and dancer for 25 years. He has worked in motion pictures, television, concert performances & nightclubs in Las Vegas. He returned to New Mexico as the Artistic Director with the New Mexico Ballet Company. At that time David began painting seriously.
He has exhibited in the Weems Art Fest & Weems Galleries since 1994. He has exhibited in the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair for over 14 years along with other annual art shows in New Mexico. His work is associated with architecture & landscapes of New Mexico. His media of choice is watercolor, acylic and egg tempera.