Placitas Community Library Art Committee





Gracie Lee Community Room, Placitas Community Library

453 HWY 165, Placitas, NM 87043


August 27 –September 29, 2022


Placitas Garden Tour and Library Open House

Sunday, September 11—9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm


Library Hours: Tuesday, 10 am – 7pm, Wednesday, Thursday,

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 1 – 4pm


September 11 marks the third time the Placitas Garden Tour, now in its sixth year, will occur in the fall rather than spring. As in prior years, the tour offers an opportunity to view not only select homeowners’ exquisitely designed personal oases, but also to interact with artists who, along with their work, will be planted for the day amidst these gardens. Paintings and sculptures by the artists will also be displayed in the Placitas Community Library’s Community Room in an exhibit that continues through September 29.


Placitas Garden Tour Artists’ coordinators Sue Ortiz and Geri Verble have paired seven artists representing a diverse array of media and methods with seven equally diverse approaches to enhancing the landscape. Creativity abounds! While more detail about artists and gardens is available online at, what follows is a sampling of what awaits those who purchase tickets and venture into the various landscapes.


As she often does, Colleen Gregoire will be painting “en plein air” in Heidi Kugler and Kini Glen’s high desert oasis which features a xeric landscape and an abundance of flowering perennials and textural trees. Watercolorist Karen Jacobs has been planted in Michael Payton’s New Mexico landscape which emphasizes the blending of the “wild and cultivated,” a description that might also describe Jacob’s colorful paintings. Barbara Lumm and husband Bill’s “never-ending landscape projects” showcased in 2018’s Garden Tour will this year include the presence of artist Alfons Schuster whose use of reclaimed construction wood and tree bark as supports for his paintings and wood grains and found objects in his sculptures makes him a perfect choice to be coupled with this garden.


John DeSpain and his accomplished landscapes rendered with pastels will be featured at the garden of Linda and Marc Davidson whose home’s dramatic location provides extraordinary views as well as significant landscaping challenges given extreme slopes on both sides of the property. Nestled within the forest sanctuary owned by Cheryl and Dick Weber, and juxtaposed near their unique Northern New Mexico style home, Pea S. Garr presents her singular solar lights made with found objects. Owner/designer Savannah Boone’s garden, which includes, among other highlights, a protected beehive enclosure, was a popular destination on the May 2017 Tour. Corky Baron’s contribution to this eclectic garden and to the library exhibition will be the ambitious, amusing selection of evocative objects that this former Placitan (now living in Corrales) is known for crafting.


And, finally, fiber artist Bunny Bowen and her husband Leland Bowen who works with metal, will be featured guests at Raven Hollow Garden. Carolyn Stice and her family were happy to share this historic 3.5-acre farm with visitors to last year’s tour, but many were not able to stop by due to heavy afternoon rains. This year Caroline, her husband, two daughters and their chickens (yes, chickens!) are eager to expound on their organic garden, composting methods and other efforts to discover and implement the latest in gardening practices.


Visitors to any or all these locations might consider that according to Marcel Proust,” the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” The Placitas Garden Tour planners hope visitors will gain “new eyes” as they engage both with nature and with visual artists as part of the 2022 Garden Tour and again with the artists’ work exhibited in the library.


Tickets purchased in advance cost $15 and can be purchased online, at the Placitas Community library and the Merc or in Albuquerque at Alameda Greenhouse, Jericho Nursery, Osuna Nursery, and Rehms Nursery.  Tickets purchased the day of the tour at an outdoor ticket table at the library will cost $20. The Tour’s ticket holders who visit the library may also enter to win a garden-related gift basket with items donated by local businesses and volunteers. The winner does not have to be present for the drawing which will occur at the close of the Tour (4:00 pm). Volunteers will be available to assist those who want to purchase works from the exhibition and 30% of all sales will be gifted to the Placitas Community Library and the Placitas Garden Tour as a donation.