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SFR Picks: So Long Sweet Studio

Ron Pokrasso is letting everyone take home a piece of the secrets of Timberwick Studios

September 21, 2016, 7:30 am

After eight years running the artists’ haven known as Timberwick Studios, a combination printmaking classroom and artists residency program, Ron Pokrasso has decided it’s time for a change. As with all good times of transition, this one comes with a purge. Opening up drawer after drawer of artworks, some of which date back to his time in grad school in the early 1970s, Pokrasso says, they’re not doing him any good gathering dust.

“It’s better that these works find their way onto people’s walls,” he says. “I’d rather give this work away than have it sit in drawers.” In the interest of moving quickly through the inventory and opening doors to some younger buyers who can’t usually shop on the shelves where Pokrasso’s work sits, he’s dropping a zero off the price during the one-day Farewell to Timberwick. Curious potential buyers are invited to tour the Timberwick Studios, a barn-like space off the east end of town amid a stretch of piñón, adjacent to a house that’s already become home to its next round of creative types, one last time before he relocates to a new space on Galisteo Street. The works sample from a career’s worth of series paintings, and some motifs echo through the decades—pillars, the shape of a baby grand piano, color swatches on paper and palette knives, blueprints from a former studio. They dabble in family history, major world events and icons of now-gone eras, brushing up against 9/11 and showcasing Santa Fe’s former breakdancers. “By getting rid of this old stuff, it’s an opportunity to cleanse and start anew,” he says. “We artists are always starting and starting and starting.” He’s not giving up teaching as he moves to a new space—which can’t even properly be called a downsize, he says, because the square footage is roughly the same. But he does want to shift his focus to his own work and time in the studio, and see what emerges from that crucible. “Once in it, to stay in it,” he says. “That’s where discoveries are made.” (Elizabeth Miller)

Farewell to Timberwick: Emptying Drawers and Clearing Racks
10 am-7 pm Saturday, Sept. 24. Free.
Timberwick Studios,
24 Timberwick Road

College Collaboration

Courtesy SFUAD
Tonedeaf Collective is “a mix of film and music students, and we produce events around town,” says member Chris Grigsby. They’re also the masterminds behind the City Different Festival, their biggest project to date set to go off at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design this weekend. Co-sponsored by SFUAD and the Institute of American Indian Arts, the fest is “a two day music arts, film, culture fest on the campus, and it’s something that we started out of the need to connect students with the community,” Grigsby tells SFR. (Maria Egolf-Romero)

The City Different Festival:
5-11 pm Friday Sept. 23, and
2 pm-midnight Saturday Sept. 24. Free.
Santa Fe University of Art and Design,
1600 St. Michael’s Drive,

Geek of the Week

Whatever you do, don’t refer to Geeks Who Drink as mere trivia—it’s a quiz, dammit! Covering anything from pop culture, science, literature, film to music and all points in between, the weekly gathering of nerdly teams get quizzin’ to win fabulous prizes and bar cash, but also because there’s the booze and the hosts—known as Quizmasters—who bring the ruckus with jokes, snark and sarcasm. “Geeks Who Drink provides an opportunity to meet new and interesting people,” Quizmaster Katherine Sharp tells SFR. “And who wouldn’t enjoy a job where you can enjoy a beer while working?” The Dragon Room hosts a quiz on Wednesdays, but Sharp takes over The Draft Station every Monday. (Alex De Vore)

Geeks Who Drink:
5 pm Monday Sept. 26. Free.
The Draft Station,
60 E San Francisco St.,

The Low-Down

Bob Eckert
We’re still obsessed with lowriders, and the New Mexico History Museum gets that. Thus, alongside its current exhibit on lowriders in tandem with the New Mexico Museum of Art, it’s released a new book titled ¡Orale! Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico, a massive compendium of photos and thoughts from longtime lowrider photographer Don Usner and the museum’s photo curator, Kate Ware. “Not everything in New Mexico is brown,” Ware tells us. “The new book is a full-color celebration of those artful, amazing and alarming peacocks of the desert.” Ware and Usner lead a panel discussion and book signing on the cars this Sunday. (ADV)

¡Orale! Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico:
2 pm Sunday Sept. 25. Free.
New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave.,


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