Placitas artists created art using repurposed, rescued and reclaimed materials to explore the idea of being lost and then found again for the March exhibit at the Placitas Community Library.

“Formica, brushes and flower” by Dave Newman is one of the works in the exhibit “Lost & Found: A Personal Interpretation” at Placitas Community Library in March. Courtesy photo.

The library arts committee welcome any media that helped artists “define and explore the very human experience of despair at feeling lost or losing objects of value, as well as the joy of rediscovery,” according to a news release from the library.

The exhibit, “Lost & Found: A Personal Interpretation,” will be in the Gracie Lee Community Room.

A public artists reception is set for 5-7 p.m. March 18 at the library.

“Twenty-nine individual artists submitted work for the exhibit which includes ceramic vessels paired with objects retrieved from nature (stones and wood) as well as a host of assemblages, bricolages, collages, constructions and sculptures — both freestanding and wall hung — that may leave viewers wondering just where these artists had wandered to find the materials they have transformed into art,” according to the release. “Other participants chose to comment on the topic through painting, photography, stained glass and even jewelry using rescued baubles and beads.”

The artists are:

  • Lisa Avila,
  • Corky Baron,
  • Rebecca Cohen,
  • Christiane Couvert,
  • Roberta Delgado,
  • Patricia Earle-Baron,
  • Pea Garr,
  • Jill Gatwood,
  • Lisa Gillett,
  • Genie Gray,
  • Erika Harding,
  • Linda Heath,
  • Lani Hitchens,
  • Diana Kirkpatrick,
  • Beth Larsen,
  • Lavon Maestas,
  • Victor Maestas,
  • Barbara Marx,
  • Bobbye Middendorf,
  • Wayne Mikosz,
  • Dave Newman,
  • Rebecca Nolda,
  • Elizabeth Potter,
  • Eugene Rinchik,
  • John Salovaara,
  • Bill Simpson,
  • Pam Troutman,
  • Corrine Vialpando and
  • Judith Zabel.

As always, the works in the exhibition are for sale, with a portion of the purchase benefiting the library.

The art is available for viewing during normal library hours March 5-31. The library, 453 NM 165 in Placitas, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Placitas Community Library, which opened at its current location in 2009, has a new art exhibit monthly. For more information, visit

“Danube Tragedy” by Judith Zabel is another piece in the Placitas Community Library exhibit “Lost and Found: A Personal Interpretation” in March. Courtesy image.