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NeoRio 2011 – Saturday Sept. 10

August 27, 2011

On Saturday, September 10, 2011, join in the third annual NeoRio Festival, celebrating art, nature, culture and community. All are invited to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, to experience and celebrate the place through arts and community events on this year’s theme “Water Mark.” NeoRio 2011 will feature artwork by sculptor and environmental artist, Daniel Richmond and an evening of innovative short films projected outdoors with solar power and created on-site at Wild Rivers by John Wenger, UNM professor Emeritus, and the Wild Earth Studio team. Among these films will be a film called, “What’s in the Water”, made with puppet-like props, created and operated by Questa Junior High art students. The film is the result of a week-long, arts-based “study” of local aquatic species with Jennifer Vialpando’s Junior High Art Class in Questa, funded by a small grant from the Public Lands Interpretive Association. The project culminated in a fieldtrip to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, where the students  brought their puppets to life in an experimental set on the rim of gorge. On September 10th, this film will be premiered alongside other Wild Earth Studio film creations.

This year all are invited to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area Visitor Center, for brief presentations from event hosts and sponsors and an artist talk by NeoRio Featured Artist, Daniel Richmond, followed by the opportunity to participate in creating his unique, earth pigment, ground stencils drawn from conversations with locals about water.

The event continues with an evening celebration of food, a campfire, live music provided by Michael Rael and Tim Long and outdoor short film screenings on the rim of the gorge. Participants are requested to bring chairs for the evening as well as a drink and a dessert to share.

NeoRio events are free and open to all. Camping is available at Wild Rivers for $7 per night.  Celebrate art and nature and explore the Wild Rivers Recreation Area on September 10th.

To learn more email Claire at or call 575-586-1150.

Click HERE for a Google Map to event locations at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Click HERE for complete event description.

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