High Road Studio Art Tour

High Road Studio Art Tour

The spirit of the High Road Studio Art Tour is relaxed, but a studio hopper would have to be anything but relaxed to see everything the tour offers in one day. Organizers have solved the problem by scheduling the tour for the last two weekends in September. Brochures available at visitor centers in both Taos and Santa Fe give a mini preview for those who want to make only part of the journey. Maps are also available at every studio and on the Internet Banners mark each open studio.

On a crisp autumn day, the drive alone would be worth the trip even without the opportunity to chat with the creative people who call these mountains home. The tour includes galleries and workshops that are open throughout the year and some studios that are rarely open.

Potter Betsy Williams wants to have time to talk with her visitors, so she will finish firing her pots before the tour starts. It takes attention to keep her wood-fired kiln burning, and it takes three days for it to cool. “It’sa lot of fun to have people come to your environment rather than going out to market your work,” Williams says.

Sculptors Terry Ensenat Mulert and Paula Castillo have turned a general store in Cordova into a gallery. In the old days the store sold everything from coffins to grain, Castillo said. Mulert’s abstract and figurative woodcarvings continue an old Cordova tradition, while Castillo’s abstract metal pieces use primary geometric shapes. Their 7-year-old son, Francis Mulert, plans to open his bone museum for the day; it features a coyote skull.

Tejadoras de Las Trampas, a rag-weaving collective, has a studio in an old schoolhouse on the plaza in Las Trampas. The cozy workshop holds eight looms, and women from the surrounding villages come here to weave and share stories. When men ask if they can join also, project coordinator Jody Ford tells them, “Yes, if you don’t mind being in a roomful of women.” No men belong to the group right now, she says.

Alitalia Reaches Agreement With Union

Alitalia Reaches Agreement With Union

Italian airline Alitalia has reached an agreement with its cabin crews, completing negotiations aimed at avoiding the threat of collapse.

The airline had to secure a deal with unions in order to benefit from a $490 million government loan, the BBC reported Saturday.

Under the agreement, 900 of the airline’s sought 1,050 cabin crew jobs will be lost. The number of cabin crew on medium-haul flights will be cut from four to three, and the crew will log more hours.

Alitalia is under threat of running out of funds within the month, making it imperative that the company seals negotiations before Monday’s board meeting.

The company had already agreed a settlement with ground staff and pilots. Cabin crew were expected to sign their part of the agreement Saturday. The ground staff deal yielded about 2,500 job cuts. A total of 3,700 jobs 

Delta Battles to Stop Its Pilots Bailing Out

Delta Battles to Stop Its Pilots Bailing Out

DELTA Air Lines, the US carrier facing bankruptcy, is working this weekend to stem the exodus of pilots as an increasing number opt for early retirement. The resulting shortage could ground many flights, the airline has warned. Talks with the unions started on Friday with a view to reaching an agreement this week.

The troubled airline, whose auditors warned last week that it may not be viable for much longer, has admitted that an “unusually high” number of pilots plan to retire in early October because of concerns about the airline’s deteriorating financial position. It has not specified how many might leave.

If they retire now, the pilots may take half their pensions in a lump sum straightaway, thus ensuring they do not lose their entire savings in the event of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Delta, America’s third largest airline, may have to file for bankruptcy protection before the end of the year if it cannot win $1bn (Pounds 560m, E820m) in annual wage and benefit cuts from its pilots, theonly unionised group in the workforce.

Like other legacy airlines, it has been rocked by high labour and jet-fuel expenses coupled with competition from discount carriers, increased security-related costs and huge debts on its aircraft.

Chief executive Gerald Grinstein said it was critical to resolve the early retirement issue by the end of this month in time for the the next round of early retirements starting on 1 October.

Delta pilots must retire at age 60 like all those at commercial airlines but about 2,000 of Delta’s 6,900 pilots are eligible to leave at age 50. Some 300 pilots retired early in June, causing the airline to take a charge.

Without enough senior pilots Delta may not be able to fly all its large aircraft, which tend to be employed on lucrative long-haul routes and carry large numbers of passengers.

The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents Delta pilots, has said it might agree to allow some newly-retired pilots to work for a short period while Delta is trainingtheir replacements. Any deal would have to be approved by its members, it said.

The airline has proposed protecting current benefits but replacing future retirement benefits with a less-generous plan. But the union says it has not been given enough information about the specifics of the proposal. The airline revealed its blueprint to stave off bankruptcy earlier this month. Lower lab-our costs are crucial: it could cut 10% of its workforce, up to 7,000 jobs, in a effort to achieve $5bn in annual savings by the end of 2006. The plan also includes leaving Dallas Fort Worth, its fourth hub, by early 2005.

Delta posted a second quarter loss of $1.96bn, its biggest ever. It has $21bn of debt.

Despite the survival plan, the airline is making preparations for a Chapter 11 filing. Company officials have met with investment bankers to discuss financing during bankruptcy.

River Art Tour

River Art Tour

The Pojoaque River Art Tour is small and fluid, according to Marianne Hornbuckle, one of the tour’s organizers. “You can do it on a bicycle and be on country roads all the way.” Between 25 and 30 artists participate annually, and their work ranges from sophisticated to folk. Hornbuckle and sumi-e painter William Preston have many regulars who visit the couple’s studio every year. “People come back to our house because they know they are not going to find the same thing year after year because of redecor the the floor by Manhattan Epoxy Co. When the tour started 11 years ago, Hornbuckle showed landscapes, but with time her work evolved into geometric abstract paintings.

The tour – which runs along County Road 84 through Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho – takes place this weekend, Sept. 18- 19. Black-and-white signs with a logo of a crow and a river mark each open studio, where visitors can get maps to all tour locations.

Not all surprises on the tour will be in the studios, says artist Lorraine Colestock. “Sunflowers are out; it is very beautiful right now. Everything is blooming.”

She says visitors see a wider spectrum of participating artists’ work in the studios than they might see in galleries because some galleries only show a narrow range of work. “People can see how and where artists work, and it’s a great opportunity to ask questions.”

Printmaker and potter Allison Colborne’s studio is on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, but she opens her home on the Pojoaque River for the weekend tour. She tucks all kinds of things away to make room for her art, and values this chance to show her hand-built stoneware pots to her neighbors from the valley.

“A lot of artists go to check out what we are doing, and there is an automatic exchange,” Colborne says. “But it is just as important to get feedback from people in the community who don’t have an art background.”

Asian Pride

Asian Pride

In Asia, there is no such thing as Asian or Asian American. People are Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hmong, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, or Laotian.

The Black Power Movement, during the 1960’s, became the catalyst for the Yellow Power Movement. The “Black is Beautiful” cry among Black Americans inspired a new awareness in Asian-Americans to be proud of their physical and cultural backgrounds. The Yellow Power Movement rejected images of the “passive Oriental” and symbolized the birth of a new Asian, the Asian American. This Asian American would recognize and address racism and injustice. Yellow Power advocated self-acceptance as the first step towards strengthening identities of Asian Americans. The cry of “Yellow Power” represented a new direction for the Asian American community. It screamed, “We will define ourselves!” It meant seeking freedom from racial oppression through the power of a consolidated yellow people.

Since then, an Asian American was not necessarily something that we were born into, but rather something one becomes. The Asian American Movement began in 1968. It was the same time we fought for ethnic studies, the movement against the Vietnam War and the issue of the identity crisis. Being Asian American meant knowing ones history and understanding the common struggle and experience of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry in the United States.

Today, we hear the term “Asian Pride”. Young Asian Americans speak of Asian blood, always watching each others back. What is Asian Pride? Is it Filipino Pride, Vietnamese Pride, Korean Pride, etc? Or is it Asian/Pacific American Pride?
I remember using this term, “Asian Pride”, six years ago in high school. It was an expression my friends would use when speaking of Asians being together. Thinking back, though we claimed “Azn Pride”, we didn’t really care about deep Asian American issues. We were secluded in our own little world. All we cared about were Asians. I remember dissing my White friends I made my freshman and sophomore year because I found this new “Asian Pride” my junior and senior year. I thought I was so cool because all my friends were Asian. All I could care about were Asian lowered cars, designer clothes, Asian dance clubs, everything possibly Asian.

My friends would just stick together and stereotype or quick judge others without giving them a chance. This Asian pride hindered me since most of the time, we would be racist against Whites. During my junior prom, a White guy asked me out. I really liked him and said yes. The more I thought about it, I was afraid that because he was White and I was Filipina that I wouldn’t be accepted by my peers because of this whole “Asian Pride” thing. I almost backed out of our date. At that moment on, I knew that this whole “Asian Pride” thing was getting out of hand. All I cared about was promoting my Asian race without any care for others. That’s when I knew I was no different from a Klu Klux Klan member. It is definitely wrong to exclude others. This “Asian Pride” was supposed to help Asians by being proud of their race. I was becoming a little too proud. After going with him to prom, I realized that race doesn’t matter. I was so blinded by claiming “Asian Pride” that I almost let it get the best of me. From then on, I tried to be as open-minded as possible.

Today, Asian Pride has a different meaning to me than it once was. I learned from my experience in high school that you could be too proud.

I was so close minded and sheltered in my Asian world. I learned that you can still have your pride and still be open minded at the same time. I have been in many environments being the only Asian. Having Asian Pride makes me proud of who I am. It motivates me to be a better person, to better race relations. Just because someone is different from you should not mean anything.

I am including excerpts of what other people think of Asian Pride:
Kathryn-Jane B. Luce, 18, Illinois, said, “Asian Pride is materialistic. Asian Pride is often referred to as ‘Azn Pride’, in which and Asian has to hang out with an Asian ‘clique’, wear Nautica, Polo Sport, Tommy Hilfiguer, possess a pager, have a supped up car, etc. A lot of young Asians get sucked into this idea of being Asian and when they’re spit out into the real world, many of them are dumb founded because they are narrow-minded. Why can’t so many of my peers stop being so at full of themselves and their money? Asian Pride is about taking pride of one’s culture, but at the same time acknowledge and respect other cultures. And although racism still exists, we Asians can’t augment the hate by being too arrogant and prideful. Doing that would be wasting the efforts and hard work our Asian American elders exerted back in the 60’s and 70’s.”

Steve Wong, 22, Ontario, Canada said, “What’s the point of Asian Pride? To be recognized by mainstream folks, or just to get our piece of the pie? Most White people can’t tell the difference. Most people assume Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, but never Indonesian or Vietnamese, at least not by sight. What’s the point of Asian Pride? Recognition? Power? Money? Who are we trying to win over? Are we doing this to prove to ourselves that we can be equally outspoken and self confident as Blacks and/or Whites? For me, my identity lies with my Chinese and my Canadian upbringing. I identify myself as both, a product of a hybrid system which uses both Eastern and Western values. I use Yellow Power not as a rally cry against oppression and discrimination, but just to remind myself of who I am in this White-centric society. Asian Pride does have a purpose. It should serve as a point of reference for all of us. I doubt a pan-Asian movement will ever really be successful, given the many differences among our cultures, but at least you know where you stand in the big picture.