Digital composite of A New Horizon by Scott Oliver
A New Horizon
October 18, 2013 - October 19, 2013

“Llano Stories & Desert Dumbballs” is an event the completion of a site-specific, cast concrete, sculpture entitled  A New Horizon by Scott Oliver. 

A hybrid of a contemporary Chautauqua gathering and hands-on sculptural demonstration, this event celebrates and illuminates local culture and history through a series of presentations and performances exploring the event site and its surroundings from different perspectives. Speakers and performers include UNM, Valencia Earth Sciences Professor, Thomas Whittaker; Whitfield WCA Project Manager, Ted Hodoba; musician and poet, Gerard Bezzeg; author, Gregory Louis Candela with Sheri Armijo; local rancher and community historian, Ramon Torres; author and poet, Shirley Blackwell; and Executive Director of CARTA, Troy Ainsworth.

Attendees are invited to arrive throughout the day and stay for as long as they like. They are also invited to make “Dumbballs,” baseball-sized concrete spheres first developed by the late conceptual artist David Ireland. Dumbballs are formed by tossing wet concrete back and forth as it hardens, using one’s gloved hands as the mold. “Desert Dumbballs” will be made of the same material as Oliver’s sculpture: sand and stones collected on-site, mixed with cement and water. If you‘d like to make a Dumbball please RSVP to

A New Horizon was commissioned by Earthbound Moon—a non-profit, community arts organization, working nationally and abroad to create a global network of commons anchored by public artworks. Earthbound Moon brings contemporary artists into urban and rural communities to help facilitate an exchange of ideas about the nature of community and place.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Visitors are welcome to stop by the site during the day

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Event Schedule

10:30 a Desert Dumbballs Demonstration by Scott Oliver
11:15 Opening Remarks by Scott Oliver
11:45 Talk: Geology of The Area by UNM Valencia Earth Sciences Professor, Thomas Whittaker
12:15 Talk: Flora & Fauna of the Llano by Whitfield WCA Project Manager, Ted Hodoba
12:45 Acoustic Music: “New Mexico Eclectic” by musician and poet, Gerard Bezzeg
1:30 Dramatic Readings: Prose & Poetry of Tomé by author and poet, Gregory Louis Candela with Sheri Armijo
2:00  Talk: History of the Tomé Land Grant by TBD
2:30 Reading: Ditchbank Diaries: Haibuñera from the Land of Enchantment by author and poet Shirley Blackwell
3:00 Talk: History of El Camino Real by El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Assoc.   Executive Director, Troy Ainsworth
3:30  Acoustic Music: “New Mexico Eclectic” by musician and poet, Gerard Bezzeg
4:00 Closing Remarks by Scott Oliver
5-6:00 p Reception: Food and drink at Tomé Gallery, 2930 Highway 47, Tomé

• Attendees wishing to make a Desert Dumbball must arrive at 10:30 am on the day of the event and must RSVP to ensure that we have enough materials on hand. To do so please email or call 510-507-1096.

• “Llano Stories & Desert Dumbballs” is taking place on the llano, in the Rio del Oro subdivision outside Tomé-Adelino. Attendees are advised to wear hats and sturdy shoes. The event site can only be reached on foot. Attendees should park in the designated temporary parking area located near the intersection of La Entrada Road and Vallejos Road and follow signs to the event site, about ¼ of a mile from the paved road.

• We need chairs for the day of the event. If you have a folding chair that’s easy to carry, please bring it with you. Water and snacks will be provided.

Driving Directions:
From Albuquerque and points North take I-25 South toward Las Cruces; take Exit 215 for Hwy 47-South, merge onto Broadway Blvd., SE; keep to the right at the fork, follow signs to Hwy 47-S, merge onto Hwy 47 and continue South for 10.5 miles; turn left at Main St., NE/Hwy 6 to stay on Hwy 47-S; continue on Hwy 47 for 7.5 miles; turn left onto Vallejos Rd., look for event signs at the intersection of Vallejos Rd. and La Entrada Rd., park here.

From Las Cruces and points South take I-25 North toward Albuquerque; take exit 190 toward Belen, merge onto S. Main Street (I-25 Business); turn right onto E. Reinken Ave., continue East (E. Reinken Ave. becomes East River Dr.) across the Rio Grande; turn left onto Hwy 47 North; continue on Hwy 47 for 3.8 miles; turn right onto Vallejos Rd., look for event signs at the intersection of Vallejos Rd. and La Entrada Rd., park here.

From event site take Vallejos Rd. back to Hwy 47, turn right onto Hwy 47, Tomé Gallery will be on your left at 2930 Hwy 47.