Art & Stroll: A Pop-Up Brunch

This feast for the senses begins with an art-dance-writing infused walk along South Valley acequias and ends with brunch at Valle Encantado Farm, prepared by chef Marie Yniguez. Art & Stroll begins with a walking/writing experience, facilitated by writer Michelle Otero and will be interlaced with choreographed dance by Romy Keegan and original artwork by Noel Chilton. Custom place settings are created by potters H.P. Bloomer, Jennifer DePaolo, and Teresa Larrabee. Chef Marie Yniguez of Bocalillos Slow Roasted will create a family style brunch using local ingredients sourced from Valle Encantado Farms and other New Mexico farmers.


APPETIZER: Spring Greens Bacon & Goat Cheese Frittata with fresh Spinach, Mustard Greens & Garlic 2nd Course: Carrot Gazpacho with a Chopped Salad Entrée: Farm Fresh Benedict Homemade biscuit, sautéed spinach, slow roasted pork, poached egg, finished with a Hollandaise Sauce Dessert: Candied Carrot & Ginger Cake

Chef Marie Yniguez of Bocadillos Chef Marie Yniguez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most of Marie’s family is from Hurley, New Mexico. Marie experienced cooking with her grandmother Celia Jaurequi, mother Olga Jaurequi, her Tias, from a young age and uses those traditions in her cooking today. Marie’s grandfather Nacho Jaurequi has a sweet tooth, which inspired her Grandma Celia to make delicious desserts as well. Much like the oral tradition of passing down ones family history to our children, Marie grew up surrounded by the recipes, stories, and the chatter that comes with being in the kitchen. She has also passed this information and passion along to her daughter Ryan Duran, continuing the tradition of food and family. Influenced by the combination of her family cooking, traditional New Mexico flavors, and her experience cooking different styles of cuisine in her professional life experience, Chef Yniguez brings complex flavors and a unique presentation of our favorite foods the table. Chef Yniguez began her catering company with partner Karla Arvizu in June of 2009 selling breakfast burritos around Albuquerque. Word spread that Chef Marie’s foods were extraordinary, fresh and local, and Bocadillos slowly developed into the Sandwich Shop, Catering and School Meals Company it is today. Chef Christopher Jaramillo has been with Bocadillos for 4 years now, winning 3 awards for his Green Chile Chicken Corn Chowder and his NM Clam Chowder at the Roadrunner Foodbanks’ Souper Bowl in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Bocadillos Team is family, and Chef Yniguez appreciates her team and everything they do for Bocadillos. Manager Amber Escamilla has worked with Bocadillos or 5 years and knows the business well. The Chefs not only are building upon their reputation but they are also sharing their skill sets with cook Robert James Munoz, Yniguezs’ nephew, to become a Chef as well! Along with the other members of their team, including Valerie Gurule, Shannon Alaniz, Amber Stefhon, Josh Vigil, Nicholas Baca, Patrick Martinez, Mateo Garcia, John Trevino, Olivia Chavez and Stephen Vigil, Bocadillos is a family knit business that reflects Chef Marie’s philosophy that food brings everyone together. Bocadillos Slow Roasted Sandwich Shop is featured in the 2013 “Sammies and Stews” episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Host Guy Fieri and his production Crew came to Bocadillos to film for 2 days and since then Bocadillos welcomes hundreds of customers from all over the world! Marie is also featured in Edible Magazine’s October/November issue and La Loca Magazine names Chef Yniguez Hispanic Business Woman of the Year in their 2014 November issue. Chef Yniguez is a down to earth chef working for the community through her School Meals Program, feeding the students at 5 local charter schools here in Albuquerque. She also donates to local charities when she can and supports local businesses as much as possible through her business partnerships and her personal relationships.

About Valle Encantado Valle Encantado is a community-based nonprofit organization in the historic Atrisco neighborhood in the South Valley of Albuquerque. Established in 2008 by community residents, Valle Encantado is committed to sustainable economic development done in harmony with the identity of the community. One of its main programs includes a weatherization program which has leveraged federal stimulus funds to update nearly 40 homes in Bernalillo County while connecting unemployed workers with good weatherization jobs. Other initiatives include a partnership with the USDA on a community agriculture and nutrition program to create a self-sustaining community farm whose salad greens will be sold to Albuquerque Public Schools and a community creativity and history program that records oral histories and organizes workshops.

Michelle Otero Michelle Otero is a writer, actor, and facilitator, who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. Her process of engaging individuals and communities through the expression of shared story has found a wide range of applications, from helping conservation organizations better understand the priorities of traditional land based communities to helping people heal from trauma. She is the author of Malinche’s Daughter, an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow. In collaboration with filmmakers, poets, and visual artists, Michelle facilitates creative expression through El Puente, a series of multigenerational art-making workshops for residents of two historic Albuquerque neighborhoods on opposite sides of the Río Grande. As Spanish-language Director for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, she engages people navigating memory loss in a call and response performance of classic, well-known poems. A tenth-generation New Mexican, Michelle holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She blogs at

Noel Chilton Señora de la Basura, Snail Lady, and Open Space Coordinator are all names to which Noel Chilton answers.  She has worked at establishing recycling centers to unfill the landfill in Oaxaca, creating snail beauty pageants to protect the marginalized in the Gila, and feeding crickets to Albuquerque Open Space visitors to reduce invasive populations.  For this occasion, Noel turns to goats—a staple of the South Valley.  That does not mean she has eaten many goats—especially not poor Albert— but that she sees them every time she strolls through the South Valley back yards. So, the Goat Lady (aka Noel) is representing these perky creatures in paper-mache to prance among your table settings on this special day.

Jennifer DePaolo Artist Statement Food tradition and hand made culture have a long lineage in my family, as they do in many others; my work attempts to honor and continue this lineage. Home is the primary environment: there we build relationships, cultivate identity, meet needs, practice kindness and safeguard memory. I examine the role our objects, food choices and collections play in this arena. My pots and sculptures are narrative and intimate in scale- intended for regular use in the home as well as for the consideration of the relationships that shape our lives. When I serve food in the gallery, I celebrate a connection to the local growers and providers that sustain us.

HP Bloomer IV Artist Statement The primary intent of my work is to create thoughtful personal compositions and relatable everyday objects. My forms are rooted in an aesthetic developed through a childhood spent in my father’s architectural firm and mother’s studio. The understated designs developed by mid-century architects and designers I saw as a child have stayed with me through the years. Elements of my work relates to designs of the Bauhaus School, the Eames, and the international style. My surfaces are informed by a broad range of interests and experiences. I am influenced by patterning and colors found in fashion, graphic, interior and architectural design as well as mid 19th and 20th century painters and historical ceramics from around the world. Artists and designers such as Jean Widmer, Paul Klee, Anni Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, and Liubov Popova continue to affect my work. My glazing and patterning technique has become a starting point for determining the design of the form, allowing a conversation between form and surface. These surfaces include a tactile quality and utilize geometric patterns to create a rhythmic play between divisions built into the structure of the forms.Through repetitive application I have begun attaching personal meaning and associations to these patterns, allowing the development of narratives in each composition. These forms, patterns, and glazes may at times seem busy. Their intent is to parallel the eventful and vibrant world in which we live by reflecting ways we often segment, structure and compartmentalize our lives while playfully providing handmade objects for everyday use.

Teresa Larrabee
Artist Statement

My figurative work is handbuilt, a process which I feel allows me to spend more time and connect with the work, time that I use focusing on facial and hand expressions to create more emotive work.  The content of my work allows me to address a wide variety of personal feelings, and provides me the opportunity to explore the emotional nature of my life.  The work then becomes rather therapeutic, with my efforts turned towards making something good or beautiful out of an often negative feeling.  I incorporate references to pop culture in order to build each figure into a character, something or someone that is relatable or identifiable to both myself and the viewer.  However, the figures are left a little ambiguous, because I feel that is a reflection of peoples’ emotions: noticeable, yet hidden and often misunderstood. My wheel thrown work follows two distinct paths, the first being bright and colorful and full of puns and vingettes.  This work often includes drawings of animals and animated stick figures, and is made entirely to humor me with the playfulness, whimsy, and bad jokes.  I am drawn to making work that is memorable for its positive nature, because I wish to leave a positive mark.  More recently my wheel thrown work has been an experiment in incorporating newer technologies into more primitive processes.  I have become interested in ceramic 3D printing, a process that at its core is quite similar to coil-building.  I am driven by the process of building a strong object layer by layer with a soft—almost liquid—material.  Because I prefer my work to be made by my own two hands, my compromise between machine-printed 3D objects and man-made objects is to utilize the concepts and materials of 3D printing, but to make the process manual.  The quality of the line that is then produced is uniformly freeform around the entire piece, which is then juxtaposed with the wheel-thrown base and foot.  These pieces are inspired by sedimentary rock, which helps govern the coloring and altering of the slip trails in order to further the hand-made quality and integrate my personal aesthetic.

Romy Keegan, Maple Street Dance Space Romy Keegan, is the owner and director of Maple Street Dance Space, where she is exploring, developing and choreographing, as well as teaching her own unique style of modern/contemporary dance, called Ballet-Afrique.  It is her greatest joy to introduce and to share the healing, transformative power of Dance, and to “hold space” for emerging dancers, adults and children, to discover and embody the strength, grace and confidence gained through it’s practice and joyful expression!