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Sierra County Arts Council

P.O. Box 1924 - Truth or Consequences,

New Mexico 87901

Telephone: 575-894-0615


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The Sierra County Arts Council board meets at 5:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month at the T or C Chamber of Commerce, 207 South Foch Street, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. The public is invited.

Board Members:

James Durham, President

Cary "Jagger" Gustin, Vice President

A founding Board Member, twenty years ago, Jagger helped with the incorporation papers, and has served in most board positions. His art is tailoring. He plans to open a custom tailoring shop in Downtown Truth or Consequences, specializing in Western Wear. He is currently the staff tailor for the New Mexico State Veteran's Home, and is in charge of caring for resident wardrobes.

In addition to his involvement with the Sierra County Arts Council, Jagger is a past Board Member of Sierra County Humane Society, the T or C Community Partnership, the Sierra County Economic Development Organization, Fiesta Board of Directors, Sierra Councy Historical Society and Geronimo Days Celebration Board. Currently, in addition to his position as Vice President of SCAC, he is a member of the Truth or Consequences/Sierra County Chamber of Commerce Board, Main Street Organization, and the Film Liaison for Sierra County to the State of New Mexico Film Office.

As well as being an outdoor enthusiast, Jagger contributes greatly to anticipated growth and enhancement of our city and county. He has resided here for fifty one years.

Rebecca Speakes, Secretary

Rebecca brings a variety of skills to the Arts Council board. Originally a freelance graphic designer and advertising production artist, for 25 years she was involved in a variety of commercial arts trades. In 1980, she blended her graphic design skills with art quilt design. Since then, she has been very involved in fiber arts, creating large and small embellished art quilts, and a home décor line of table runners, mug mats and pillows. Rebecca is also a beaded jewelry artist and a professional tarot reader.

Going back to her professional roots, Rebecca is involved with promoting Sierra County. She has designed brochures and other print media. Rebecca is Project Manager and Graphic Designer of the Arts Council’s annual Sierra County Artists Directory. She also coordinates the SCAC emailings.

As a past president of the Sierra County Arts Council board, Rebecca brings her years of board experience to a vital and growth-oriented group.

Sid Bryan, Treasurer

Sid is dedicated to the Arts in Sierra County. He has been an art gallery owner in Truth or Consequences and has promoted many aspects of the arts through the years. Sid is a renowned art collector.

Catherine Wanek

Catherine owns the Black Range Lodge B&B in Kingston, NM. She is a published author of books on alternative building methods. A lover of music, she also books music events in Hillsboro's Community Center and Truth or Consequences.

Joanne Flink

Joanne is a Brooklyn, NY native who spent the earliest part of her career teaching Art on Long Island at Elementary and Junior High Schools. She moved to Los Angeles and continued to teach Art to Junior High and High School students.
After earning her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Joanne changed careers to become a full time College Professor and College Counselor after a very brief period counseling in the private sector. She spent the next 26 years of her career at Los Angeles Mission College where she taught classes in Personal Development and Psychology. More importantly, she was a highly sought-after Personal, Career, and Transfer Counselor to countless students.
In 2002, Joanne and her Husband first visited Truth or Consequences. She has been a full-time resident of T or C since her retirement in 2009. She lives with her Husband of 35 years.

Vikki Nicholson

Vikki moved to Truth or Consequences with her husband 12 years ago from North Pole, Alaska. She is a working artist and enjoys helping promote the Arts in Sierra County. She and her husband, Cap't Bob, own and operate Whitewater Weekends which conducts rafting trips on the Rio Grande in the summer months. Vikki is also involved in Friends of the Pool organization which aids and assists the T or C City Swimming Pool.

Josh Candelaria

Josh has been a painter and visual artist most of his life. He is co-operater of SEBA Gallery in Truth or Consequences.

Jia Apple

Jia is a painter and mural artist. Her mural artistry is seen on several buildings around Truth or Consequences. She is also a part owner of Passion Pie Cafe in downtown Truth or Consequences. She fascilitated the Young DaVincis group of young artists, guiding them to navigate the world of being a self-employed artist.

Reed Rische

Reed has been a painter and visual artist most of his life. He is co-operater of SEBA Gallery in Truth or Consequences.

Sue Sorensen (Sue Soaring Sun)

Sue is a visual artist as well as the owner of Sun Gallery in downtown T or C. She shows her colorful paintings there. The gallery also features vintage and collectible items she finds on her travels. A multi-media artist, she plays her flute, jamming with other jazz musicians, during monthly Art Hops.

Kim Artman

Kim is an middle school art teacher in Truth or Consequences. She is also an artist and teaches adult education classes.

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