Art league looking for creative people

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist

Are you creative? Do you want to tap into your creativity, whether you believe you have some or not? Do you wish to find out in what area you have creativity? Do you think you might be better able to do so, while in the company of other people who are trying to tap into their creativity?

Those are some of the good reasons to join an art league.

“Oh, I didn’t know we had an art league in Clovis, did you?“

Of course we have an art league in Clovis. It goes by the name of Pintores, and will have its first meeting of the new year at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Main Arteri, 311 N. Main St.

“Pintores? I thought that meant something about horses, right?”
Well, even though New Mexico had the Painted Ponies five years ago, the bilingual English/Spanish folks will know what “pintores” means. I’m surprised more artists don’t, as in “Cinco Pintores” — Five Painters — who helped found the Santa Fe/ Taos art movement almost a century ago.

“Okay, so you have to be a painter to be a part of this, right?”

Wrong. If you did, I wouldn’t. Be a part of the Pintores, that is. I do sculpture, 95 percent of the time from wood. In fact, our first presenter of the year is a photographer who uses her camera and darkroom to create art. Oh, that’s important. Each meeting has a presenter who often does a hands-on demonstration of his or her work. We don’t just sit around and talk about stuff.

“Yeah, but I have schedule conflicts.”

That’s okay, schedule conflicts kept me out of it for a long time. They still arise. But Clovis can, and indeed at some level does, have people with a vision for what can be accomplished in the visual arts around here. Like finding a missing piece in a puzzle, can you find a place in such a vision that you can fill? Can you adapt that vision to include you?

“Well, I never went before. To Pintores, I mean.”

What better time to start? What better time to renew your participation, if you were one of the members who dropped off in interest?

“Can I bring a friend? I feel insecure meeting people I might not know.”

Please. Bring two friends.

Some tentative plans:

• An art in the park festival this spring.

• Using the art of local artists, as has long been the case, to enhance local businesses.

• A learning and experiencing program each month.

• Something highlighting local art for the approaching season.

• More art enhancement involving children and youth.

• Cooperation with other art leagues.

Okay, they do cool stuff in Red River and Angel Fire. Are those towns any bigger than Clovis? I don’t think so. Are the people any smarter? I doubt it. Is the art community any more talented? Nope. So, why not here?

If you are creative and used to be in Pintores, if you are creative and never went to Pintores, if you are not sure if you are creative, but want to find out, and if you think you will grow from communing with other artistic folks, show up at the Main Arteri, 311 N. Main St. at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. If you can’t make it but are interested, drop by another time and talk to John or Richard.