Meet the Artists

[artists listed alphabetically]

1. John Bennett

Dr. John Bennett ventured into southwest sterling silver-making in 2015 after retiring his Ruidoso dental practice. Being trained by a well respected silversmith, he turned first to turquoise, then later to many other jewel stones.  His jewelry pieces  include pendants, rings, ear rings and bolo ties.


tel: 575-336-1064 | email: 


2.  Norma Bennett

Norma started creating Santas about 18 years ago while living in Richardson, Texas. She always loved Christmas and Santas were very special to her. Each Santa face is made from resin by an artist friend and then hand-painted by Norma to reflect a unique personality. The outfits are also handmade using materials such as velvet, mink, leather and tapestries. There is also a Scrooge created with the same passion and care that goes into the Santas.


3. Kai Brown

Kai Brown’s first venture into ceramics began as recently as 2015. Love of animals and angels is reflected in her whimsical clocks, kitchen accessories, ornaments and wall hangings. She hopes her happy critter designs make you smile. A permanent resident of Alto, Kai’s other creative pursuits include designing interiors, cooking classes and writing children’s books.

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4. Linda Caperton

Linda is a watercolor and fiber artist.  She shows New Mexico landscapes in its color and architectural design in a representative and impressionistic style.  She also hand dyes silk chiffon, applying wool, more silk and yarn for a wet felting technique called nuno felting, shown in wearable art, ponchos, wraps, scarves and shawls.

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5. Deborah Christopherson

Deborah began fusing glass several years ago in a small shop in Midtown Ruidoso, making dichroic glass jewelry and then fell in love with the process. Since that time, she has branched out into larger pieces including plates and bowls, many of which are produced with the "on the edge" technique. 

tel: 575-937-4973 | send an email


6. Christine Citarella

Christine Citarella’s art is whimsical, colorful & sometimes irreverent.  She spent 20 years in the Monterey/Carmel area of California and became enchanted by the “Blue Dog” paintings of New Orleans artist Rodrigo.  “I’d wander into his gallery and those crazy dogs always made me laugh.  I love thick, juicy, colorful paint, and I love humor in art.”  All of her paintings are a play on the word “ASS”.  “FatASS”, “KissASS”, “GetoffmyASS”, “TexASS”, “BeturASS”,  “CoverurASS”, there is an ASS for everyone!

tel:  575-937-1936 | web:      phone is

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7. Zoe De Negri

Gemstones are said to have their own particular energetic properties: protective, healing, calming and so on.  Zoe feels it is interesting to set these stones and beads in appropriate shapes and designs and to feel the resulting energy of the piece.

tel: 575-336-7854 |e-mail: | web:

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8. Lynn Eckman

Lynn’s jewelry is created as a translation of the earth’s language into one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art, with each piece their own unique fingerprint and echo of their time on earth.

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9. Nancie Ferguson

Weaving involves the texture, color, and flow of the materials used. Having been taught by her mother as a child, Nancie returned to weaving over 20 years ago. She uses new and recycled materials in her functional work. The colors and texture of the southwest influence her in how Nancie combines her materials to get the results she wants. She uses natural as well as man-made yarns and spins some from local sheep to give greater texture. Each item is unique and one-of-a-kind.

tel: 575-973-1204

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10. Linda Hand

Linda Hand is a native New Mexican whose love of art started at an early age when her Aunt Bernice, a professional artist, and her mother encouraged her to start painting. After that she took art lessons from local artists and in school. She has learned that art can be a social activity but is often more fulfilling when created in a solitude. Through the years Linda has tried several different mediums, but her true love is watercolor. Much of the inspiration for Linda’s art comes from the Southwest. She loves nature and the wonderful scenery of the region. Traveling is something she also enjoys and many of the ideas behind her work are from visiting new places. Linda’s artistic goal is to invoke a response – whether a memory, a feeling, or a smile.


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11. Deborah Harris

Deborah Harris is an Oklahoma born and educated artist of several mediums: oil, watercolor and ceramics. She has exhibited in galleries in four continents and most recently at the Canal Street Gallery; Glassell School of Fine Art (in association with the Houston Museum of Fine Art); and the WASH Gallery in Houston.  Deborah owns and operates the Harris Gallery in Angus, New Mexico.


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12. Priscilla Haynes

Priscilla's jewelry has a unique style that falls somewhere between dressy and casual, using precious and semi-precious stones.  Her pieces feature interesting assortments of bright colors and shapes that can be best described as free form and fun. She started selling her pieces privately, including to a CBS producer who bought a necklace she was wearing on a flight to New York. Since then, her work has been featured in several El Paso art shows, with this being her first year as part of the Alto Artists’ Studio Tour. 


13. Sid Hilburn

Sid brings over 35 years of experience in multiple media to his design of jewelry. Working with his hands to create dimensional art has always been a passion. Each piece is handcrafted by Sid using a compilation of materials and therefore every one of the handcrafted items is unique and original.


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14. Kathy Holman

Nature in its beauty and mystery is the inspiration for Kathy's pastel paintings.  She enjoys capturing the energy and bold colors of Nature inher own  expressive style.  In recent years, Kathy took up painting with a unique technique of applying pastels with a paint brush onto a special
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15. Anacleto Loya

Anacleto became devoted to  creating art when he moved to Alto in 1996.  Many of his art buyers are now collectors, coming back again and again for more pieces to display in their homes.  No one believes Loya begins each piece with a chainsaw because of the detail displayed in his animals sculptures and burl bowls.  Anacleto hails from the small village of Nicolas Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico, that looks amazingly like Alto with similar mountains, Ponderosa pines and junipers.  Four other brothers are self-taught carvers, like it runs in the Loya  blood the need to create beautiful wood art.

tel:  575-336-7752  | email:

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16. Karen McCort

Each piece of Karen’s stoneware pottery is either thrown on the wheel or built from slabs of clay. Her work is fired in an electric kiln to cone 5, almost 2200 degrees F. After many decades of teaching biology, Karen favors the themes and colors of nature observed in the Sacramento Mountains.




17. Jane Pattillo

Jane Pattillo has had a love of semi-precious gemstones since childhood. Her passion led her to jewelry designing as a hobby in 2005. She soon began marketing her designs through home shows in Midland, Texas. In 2012, she and her husband moved to Capitan, NM where she now does artist and studio tours in the Capitan/Ruidoso area and private commissions. Janes's original designs are one-of- a-kind, custom jewelry, created for the "working woman" who wants and needs to look fresh and professional.

tel: 575-973-3214 | e-mail:


18. Lay Powell

Lay Powell was born into the ranching industry and landscapes of southeastern New Mexico. The grasslands often offered up rare outcrops of stone to the young child, that held ancient messages carved on the rocks. Powell soon established a relationship with graphic images and has been seeking out all things archaeological to this very day. He initially started as a painter and began to synthesize all things and mediums of art until he discovered a love for welding and making steel petroglyph images for people's yards. To date he stands proudly behind his detailed drawings, ambitious acrylic paintings and often wild watercolors, but his sculptures are to be played with by all, as he did once as a child. 


tel: 575-937-5934 | email: 

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19. Tish Rhoads

Tish started creating and designing her unique style of jewelry while working for Neiman Marcus in Dallas, TX. After retiring, she and her husband moved to New Mexico, where she continues to create her one of a kind works of art using semi-precious stones, sterling silver, gold and African trade beads, as well as beads of bone and glass.

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20. Steve & Madeleine Sabo

Steve and Madeleine Sabo create one of a kind wood art from locally found wood near their mountain-top studio in Nogal, New Mexico. All of their hand-crafted bowls, vessels, urns and other creative pieces have been turned on a wood lathe, sanded and finished to bring out the beauty of wood.

tel: 575-973-7999 | e-mail:

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21. Pam Schuster

Pam has always been in awe of everyday miracles.  From the smallest dust particle to the majesty of a star lit sky; through art, she has found creation.
“…to work with a delicate touch, to hammer, pierce, saw, form and torch a piece of metal; to break and imagine and melt glass, creating objects of art and jewelry…it’s magical.”



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22. John Soden

John's photography expresses the emotion and beauty that he finds amidst routine life. He captures these moments by being attuned to the visual understanding of the transience of light and isolation of the subject in that light. Walking through the landscapes of our fascinating planet, it's his hope to share the aesthetic value of organic moments from everyday life.

tel: 575-937-1441 | e-mail: | web:

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23. Bonnie Soley

"I love chasing the light”, Bonnie says of New Mexico. She moved to Carrizozo, NM, in 2007 with her husband, Bill, and began living her dream of painting New Mexico, capturing the kaleidoscope of colors of the landscapes in acrylics, a new medium for her. Much of Bonnie's current work is in this medium. She also loves working in pastels, primarily creating portraits of endangered species.  Growing up in Lockport, NY, she began painting at age six, when she took her first oil painting class. Over the years, she has experimented in various mediums, but concentrated in oils. In 1982 she moved to Niagara Falls, NY, and was soon experimenting with, and teaching, stained glass, in addition to painting. Her paintings and stained glass creations have been displayed in a number of shows in Niagara Falls, at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, where she still maintains a studio. Her work can be seen locally at Art Ruidoso. 


tel: 716-316-5863 | e-mail: | web:

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24. Mark Stambaugh

Mark Stambaugh has lived in the Alto area since 1987, and now specializes in wildlife and nature photography.  His love for New Mexico is evident in the landscapes that he captures.  From snow covered shots of Sierra Blanca, to wildlife images of elk, wild horses, and birds, Mark Stambaugh Photography captures the scenic beauty of the Ruidoso area.

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25. Lynette Watkins

Lynette Watkins is a professional artist known locally and internationally for her symbolic imagery in painting. Lynette works in all medias and loves to abstract the subject enough to allow the viewer to “imagine” and “feel” a personal connection to the painting.


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26. Sally Wimberly

Sally’s life passion is painting and drawing. Starting in water colors, she has since expanded into acrylics, pastel, and mixed media as well as water colors. Painting from her own photographs, or “en plein air”, her paintings are primarily representational/impressionism, some more loosely rendered than others. Her subjects are varied and she loves the colors New Mexico has to offer. Her art can also be seen at the Art Ruidoso gallery.


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