Feb 17, 2017

Artists wanted for spring show in Bernalillo’s El Zócalo Plaza

Sara’s Southwest Gallery in Bernalillo is seeking local artists for an outdoor show in the courtyard of the county’s El Zócalo Plaza in Bernalillo this spring.

While all artists are welcome, a special invitation is being extended to young emerging artists who may have had trouble finding venues to show their work, says Sara Chadwick, the event organizer and owner of Sara’s Southwest Gallery.

The desire to introduce emerging artists is why the show is being called “Generations 2017”. It will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and May 7, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Art of all types—painting, sculptures, jewelry and photography—is expected to be on display and for sale.

This event also will serve as a grand re-opening of sorts for Sara’s Southwest Gallery, which moved into the El Zócalo Plaza in January of this year.

El Zócalo Plaza is a county-owned facility located at 264 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. The 3.5-acre complex houses the Sandoval County Visitors Center, which provides travel and entertainment-related information to more than 10,000 visitors each year. It also is home to the county’s department of Business Development and Tourism, as well as a number local small businesses, including Sara’s Southwest Gallery.

Special events center
The plaza also boasts an events center that can be rented for special events such as weddings or business meetings. “We have wanted to host an outdoor market to show off our facility for quite some time,” says Dianne Maes, the county’s director of business development and tourism. “With Sara’s gallery moving into the complex, this presented a perfect opportunity.”

For Sara Chadwick, promoting artists in and around Sandoval County has been a passion for more than 25 years. It began when she first came to New Mexico for the International Balloon Fiesta, and discovered the work of Mateo Romero of Cochiti Pueblo. “I took 10 of his paintings to my gallery in New Hampshire, and introduced the Southwest to the Northeast,” she recalled.

Eventually, she moved to New Mexico and began promoting local artists full time. She currently has the work of several Romero family members on display in her gallery, as well as the work of Michael Billie, a Navajo artist who is helping her organize the Generations show. The gallery also features jewelry, pottery and sculptures from numerous other artists.

“Most of the artists at the show will be Native American,” Chadwick says, “but all artists are welcome.”

Interested artists must sign up for the show by March 24, 2017. You can sign up by contacting Sara Chadwick at or 505-867-9667.