Artists Exhibit Work Throughout Portales

During the Portales Art Walk, local artists displayed their work in several parts of town, including Do Drop In.

The Chase photo: Zack Santos

The downtown square in Portales was all the buzz on Oct. 19 with the Portales Art Walk.

The event was presented to the public by the Portales Creative Group and The Eastern New Mexico University Art Department. Numerous businesses around the square, as well as some buildings on campus, housed pieces of artwork done by artists all over New Mexico—even some here in Portales. The art was made available both for viewing and purchase to the public. On what seemed to be just like any given Saturday, Portales patrons walked about the town square enjoying more than just what the local businesses offer every day. People began walking in and out of businesses admiring works of art displayed along the walls and set out on tables for people to enjoy while sitting down for a cup of coffee. Representatives of the Portales Creative Group and The ENMU Art Department handed out pamphlets with information about the event along with a map of participating businesses housing art work around the square.

Artists also took part in the afternoon’s festivities, walking around viewing other pieces and taking the time to speak about their own pieces to people stopping by. Camilla Hudson, an Eastern New Mexico University alumna, was in attendance showing her works of art from her years of experience. “Anything to make Portales a fun place to be,” Hudson said about why she submitted her work for the Art Walk. Art has played a significant role in Hudson’s life for years as both a student of art and a teacher. “I started out going to craft shops to paint, and I liked it so much I decided to take art classes at the Texas Women’s University there in Denton, Texas,” Hudson continued. “I taught high school art in Japan, I spent a lot of time leading them in expressions and how to express themselves. I just loved the kids,” Hudson explained. Hudson brought herself to submitting her artwork much like other artists after being a student and being inspired to enter her work into shows in the area in hopes to inspire others. “I just want people to enjoy my art, to like the colors, the brightness…I really want them to see a picture and say, ‘I like that, that’s cool, that’s calming, that’s exciting,’” Hudson concluded.

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