Jerry Aragon's Wood N' Things
(Over 200 works: Art; Craft; Writing)
Specializing in Humor
Bare Walls and Empty Spaces
What is one of the first things a person usually does when moving into a
house, apartment, or an office? Decorating the place, is usually someplace
at the top of the things to do list.
Family photographs; wonderful drawings a child produces with crayons;
a piece of pottery on the bookcase; a special painting on the wall; a piece
of furniture you made yourself, or surrounding yourself with your favorite
books and magazines.
Yes...art, craft. and writing pieces can certainly enrich all of our lives!
Wood Carver (Self-Taught)
Creator of over 250 original hand-carved individual figures and scenes
in sugar pine, basswood and redwood. Some of the figures are brightly
painted...others are left in their natural state, to show the beauty of the wood,
Cartoon-like characters in wood: Dozens of characters in many different
occupations; sports, and animal characters as well.
* Human characters: Include: Parents Running Away From Home;
Boogie Dancers; Starving Artist; Domestic Engineer; Compulsive
Shopper; The Other Woman (witch); Procrastinator...and much more!
* Animal characters: Include: racoon; friendly octopus; dogs; cats;
lion; elephant; panda; black bear (cubs) giraffe; and many more.
* Religious pieces: Praying Hands; Crucifix..and my pride and
joy...14 piece Manger Set, which was show and sold at the following:
* The Turquoise Shop; Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico
* The New Mexico Sculptor's Guild (show) The college of Santa
Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
* New Mexico State Fair (Villa Hispana) Show -two weeks
Arts and Crafts Shows: For my first show, I was invited by the Santa Fe
Girls Club, Inc., to participate in an outdoor show on the Plaza in Santa
Fe. People from all over the world, visit Santa Fe each year.
The state of New Mexico, is blessed with thousands of talented and
accomplished artists; craftspeople and writers. And, there many quality
shows throughout the State as well.
* I participated in over 40 shows throughout the State, and I have
been invited to participate in others around the country as well.
* INVITED to participate in the Southwest Arts and Crafts Fair, which
is one of New Mexico's biggests shows. People from all over the country
participate in this show. This is an invitational AND a juried show.
* INVITED to participate in th Rio Grande Arts and Crafts show. This
ten year show is unique, because it is held right next door to the International
Balloon Fiesta grounds...quite a colorful site!
* While participating in a show at the Villa Linda Mall, in Santa Fe, I was
invited to participate in a show in Chicago. I did so (by mail), and it
turned out alright.
* The most unusual show I participated in, was a show for charity, by the
Animal Humane Association. This was unusual, because the art and craft
works on display, could only be that of pets...dog; cat paintings, etc. It was
a fun show to do.
Fiesta of Arts and Crafts: (Founder/director) Bringing Together
New Mexico's Finest Talent. Quality exhibitor's from all over the
State participated. After the sixth show, it was abandonded
because the costs were too high, to put on a quality show.
Galleries/Gift Shops: (Sales)
* The Wood and Iron Shop - Old Town; Albuquerque, New Mexico
* Craftman's Gallery; Albuquerque, N.M.
* Las Cosas de Santa Fe
One Man Show: A Look At Life's Wacky Ups and Downs: University of
New Mexico Ballroom
Cyberspace: Artist Den Gallery (show)
National Carvers Museum: Colorado Springs, CO (Show)
Member: National Carvers Association; 55,000 members world-wide
Retail Shop: For two years, I had a little shop located on
Central Avenue, by the University of New Mexico.
It was a part-time venture, and people would see the pieces
I had on display in the window, and they would call me at
night or on the week-ends. It worked out pretty well.
* * * *
As if I didn't have my hands teaching myself to carve wood,
I had to stick my nose into the difficult world of writing. (I must be crazy)
After being invited to join the Southwest Writers Workshop, by
the then President of the organization, I was flattered.
With over 1,000 members nationwide, S.W.W. has some of most talented
and accomplished writers in the country. A few months after the invitation,
I decided to take some writing courses, to try to improve my writing skills,
and with the coming of the Web and the Internet, it's one of the best things
I've ever done. The writing courses/classes included:
* Writing courses: Writer's Digest Course; The National Writers
Club Course; The Writers Institute Course.
* Writing classes: (University of New Mexico) Creative Writing;
Write To Sell; Writing: Fact or Fiction
My interest in writing, led to screenwriting, which you can see in the
Human Services (Anecdote) Published in the Rio Rancho Observer
Thanksgiving Poem (Published)
* The Rio Rancho Observer
* New England Woodcarvers newsletter; wood
carvers/poets contest; honerable mention
* Poetry and More (My poem appeared on the front page.of this site
from 9/2001 to 2/2002.)
* Poetic Voices: Voted by Writers Digest as one of the top 101
* Creative Impressions/Jassmine Gallery:
* Mile High Poetry Society; "Olympia"
* Western Poetry Association "An American Heritage"
* My Work Has Been Featured: Newspapers;magazines;television)
*The Albuquerque Journal (1992/1996)*
*The Albuquerque Tribune*
*The Rio Rancho Observer (1994/1997)*
*The New Mexico Independent*
*University of New Mexico Lobo*
* Rio Rancho Roadrunner*
*Rocky Mountain Miniature - Denver, Co.*
*Popular Woodworker -Santa Rosa, CA
*Vista Magazine-Coral Gables, FL*
*KRQE-TV Emmy Award winning "Postcard"
(Date to be determined)*
* INVITED to organize and teach a class on wood carving at the University of New Mexico. (Division of Continuing Education)