- Closed November 25 to November 29, 2013
- Closed December 25, 2013
- Closed January 1, 2014
Ray Renfroe, Artist
So you can call him Ray, or you can even call him late for dinner, but you can NEVER call him untalented! Whether Ray Renfroe is building a home or a piece of furniture, he does it with a touch of faith. It’s personal to him and his product is testimony of an extremely talented artisan.
Ray had dabbled in furniture design before pursuing a career in custom homebuilding. When that market slowed down a few years ago, he decided to compliment his primary profession, by resurrecting a longtime desire to build furniture. By doing so, he found a new canvas for his artistic ability. Ray has been fascinated by wood all of his life, with its unique colors, textures and shapes. The wood seems to speak to him. And he loves to work with his hands. His artistry emerges in a warehouse studio where, with a pencil in his mouth, he focuses on each tiny detail. The results are incredible. He builds cabinets, tables, beds, bookcases, and lamps each with a character of their own. They are amazing works of art.
In an article written last summer for the Village Visitor Janet Sailor referred to him as a Renaissance man. She wrote, “Combining vintage wood with turquoise, copper, leather, cedar sticks and other organic materials, Renfroe’s unique designs are eclectic, unique, and very very creative.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
To showcase his talent and sell his product, Ray and wife Jeanette opened Blue Dawg Furniture on Mountain View Blvd. In the two years the storefront has been open, people have commissioned work from Ray, more frequently than he had expected. He says the fun part of a commissioned piece is having people enjoy what he’s made for them. This makes him happy.
Originally, Blue Dawg Furniture only sold his larger pieces, but they are introducing more home accessories. And to embrace our local community, they offer wholesale prices to Angel Fire residents. Their idea is to offer an upscale fine shopping experience, so you don’t have to travel elsewhere. Added inventory includes candleholders, hand made pistol cases, jewelry and more. Also for the entire month of November and possibly December, Blue Dawg Furniture will honor a 20% discount on top of the wholesale price for locals.
Ray says the windows to the homes he builds are the soul to the house. The motto for his furniture, written on the showroom window, is a verse by Keats; “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
Visit Blue Dawg Furniture featuring fine art wood sculptured furniture, located directly behind Washington Federal Bank on Mountain View Blvd. (Hwy 434) in Angel Fire. Visit their webpage at www.bluedawgfurniture.com, or call 505-504-1871 or 505-504-1873.
Food, fun and networking! Kick off the winter season!
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: The Trailhead, 48 North Angel Fire Rd
More details to come.
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
48 North Angel Fire Road
Angel Fire,m NM 87710
Cocktail reception with cash bar and silent auction from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Live music provided by Ry Taylor. Dinner seating at 7:00 pm.
Garden Salad with Prickly Pear Dressing
A. Elk Osso Bucco with Savory Reduction Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Winter Roasted Vegetables, Homemade Bread w/Butter
B. Ruby Red Trout served over a bed of Wild Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Winter Roasted Vegetables, Homemade Brad w/Butter
Both are served with Dessert Bar
$30.00 Per Person
Silent auction to benefit the Chamber of Commerce. This is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser for the year. Limited tickets available.
Tickets may be purchased at the Angel Fire Chamber from Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6, 2013 or by phone at 575-377-6353.
We accept Visa and MasterCard. Menu choice must be made at the time of purchase.
Lighting of the Christmas tree and the inaugural lighting of the new Christmas light pole decorations. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Sing along with the Christmas Carolers and be entertained by “Shall We Dance.” Pick up your maps to help judge the “People’s Choice Award” for the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decoration Contest.
When: Thursday December 5, 2013 from 5:30 pm pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Angel Fire Village Hall, 3388 Highway 434
This program is sponsored by Lowe’s Valley Market and their affiliates including Super Save in Taos. When you shop at these stores, save your receipts and take them to the Moreno Valley High School, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, or the Angel Fire Visitor’s Center.
The receipts act as points to enable the school to make purchases. Last year they received enough points to purchase 6 adjustable IMAC computer microphones and an enclosed bulletin board. Please help out this year!
Where: Angel Fire Resort, In The Lodge
Live music with Jimmy Stadler from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Pizza buffet with pepperoni, sausage, beef and cheese pizzas, breadsticks, kettle corn and cash bar!
Ski team fundraiser ski swap from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Garden Court. Donations welcome! Please drop off between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Donate a non-perishable food item and receive free food! Snow zobra to be lit on fire at 7:00 pm. Bounce house for the kids. All members are welcome. Free admission.
With your paid Angel Fire Resort Season Pass you also get three free days at each of these other ski areas: Ski Apache, Pajarito Mountain, Sipapu, Ski Cooper, and Monarch Mountain! New for 2013/2014 you also receive 3 free days at all of the 11 other resorts in the Powder Alliance!
See more at www.angelfireresort.com/winter/mountain/lift-tickets.
Moreno Valley High School National Gold Ranking Honor
The Moreno Valley High School of Angel Fire New Mexico has been recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in the Nation. They are the recipient of a Gold Medal Ranking. Data was collected by US News in evaluating over 21,000 schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Overall student performance, on state-mandated assessments, was the criteria used in the evaluations. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams were then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. The schools were ranked within their home states and nationally. Of these national rankings only 500 schools out of the 21,000 schools evaluated, received the Gold Medal Ranking. Moreno Valley High School of Angel Fire is ranked 397th in the entire nation. What an awesome honor! In an article written for the US News, Kelsey Sheely says, ” the importance of a strong high school education cannot be overstated. Good schools challenge students academically, while giving them ample opportunity to explore their interests. This combination can set teens up to succeed long after graduation. By contrast, subpar schools can leave students struggling to make the transition from high school to college or the workforce.” Being ranked in the top 500 of the entire nation proves Moreno Valley High School meets this test!
In celebration of this outstanding accomplishment, last Friday, November 15, 2013, the Moreno Valley Education Foundation hosted a luncheon for the students and staff at the high school. Luncheon attendees included School Board members and a representative from Congressman Ben Lujan’s office. The Foundation would like to thank Lowe’s Valley Market for their generous donation to the luncheon and everyone who loaned an electric roaster, gravy boat or their time and energy to make this event a huge success! A special thank-you goes out to Kathy Serna who took on the task of making gallons of gravy to accent the turkey that was served. The Foundation also wants to thank all of the students and staff who helped cook, clean and decorate.
Congratulations to Moreno Valley High School on your superior academic accomplishment.
Apply at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
3407 Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM