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: 

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2. Kai Brown

Kai Brown’s first venture into ceramics began as recently as 2015.  Her pieces, including tabletop and wall clocks, reflect happy, whimsical designs often incorporating a bird image or two. A permanent resident of Alto, Kai’s other creative pursuits include designing interiors, cooking classes and writing children’s books.  Her books are currently available on Amazon and other online book stores.

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3. 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.


4. Deborah Christopherson

Deborah began fusing glass several years ago in a small shop in Midtown Ruidoso, making dichroic glass jewelry and 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. She has also had a lifelong love of photography and introduced prints of her work at the 2015 Tour.

tel: 575-937-4973 | send an email


5. 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.

6. Linda Hand

Linda Hand is a native New Mexican who feels that creativity is a way of life and finds inspiration in the Southwest. Her style is expressionistic and her palette includes a wide range of colors. Recently, she has added abstract landscapes to her repertoire. She primarily paints in water based mediums such as watercolor and acrylic. Mixed media pieces also come out of her studio regularly.

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7. Deborah Harris

A perfect day is when the New Mexico light touches something in a special way.  Deborah can lose herself in time trying to capture that moment.  Some days she lies oils, some days water color and other days she sees a shape that can only be captured in ceramics.  

8. Sid Hilburn

Sid brings more than 35 years of experience in multiple media. In his jewelry design he works with copper and sterling silver to create dimensional art. Each piece is handcrafted using a compilation of materials and, therefore, unique and original. 

tel: 214-212-9464 | e-mail: 


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9. 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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10. Teresa Hughes

Teresa learned the basics of ceramic work from the native Indians of Bolivia.  She immediately found an affinity with the clay which offered a way for her to express her own unique creativity and style.  Her creations are diverse, ranging from one of a kind sculptures, wall pieces, and utilitarian items in various styles from religious to southwest.  She has been doing ceramics for the past 25 years.  If you like, you can make an appointment to visit her at her studio in Nogal.

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11. 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.



12. 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.

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13. 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 artists' studio tours in the Capitan/Ruidoso area and private commissions. Jane'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:


14. 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.   


15. 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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16. Steve & Madeleine Sabo

Using their unique individual skills, Steve and Madeleine Sabo, both lifelong artists collaborate to create one-of-a-kind  art from wood in their studio in Nogal, NM.  

tel: 575-973-7999 | e-mail:


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17. Pam Schuster

Pam is a multi-media artist using silver smith skills and fused glass to create jewelry and display pieces to touch people through her beautiful creations.  She incorporates the brilliance of gemstones, pottery shards and found objects into her work and loves that her jewelry can travel with the wearer and that both jewelry and her larger pieces will be loved and last through time.


18. 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: 575-336-2155 | e-mail:


19. 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

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