November 11, 2019

Habla Tamale Cookoff & Festival

habla-tamaleTamale Cookoff, Tamale Tasting, Tamale Eating Contest

When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire, NM

Habla Tamale means Speak Tamale. We speak tamale in New Mexico! In fact we speak so much Tamale in New Mexico that everyone and their dog boasts that they cook the absolute best Tamales in the entire state! Well we decided to give you the venue to prove it! And this year it is happening in Angel Fire on Saturday August 8. Enter your tamales now to win TRUE bragging rights for a year!

There are two division in which you may enter your tamales: Individual/Family/Team or Commercial/Business/Team. Within these two divisions are two categories: Traditional or Gourmet. Awards will be given for the Winners in each division and category. These will be selected by a panel of tamale expert judges. There will also be one People’s Choice Award that will be decided by the tamale tasters at the event. Tamales do not have to cooked on site. Please prepare and bring enough tamales to offer tamale tastings at your booth and have plenty on hand to sell. After people taste your delicious tamales, they will want to buy extra to take home! Name your tamale cook-off team and be eligible to win the title of Most Creative Tamale Team Name Award

All exhibitors (tamale cook-off contestants and other vendors) are encouraged to decorate your booths, as there will be awards for the Most Festive/Creative Booth Design. Grab your family and your friends, or if commercial entries, your employees and sign up to participate in this inaugural Tamale Cook-off Festival. For those of you traveling from out of town, the Angel Fire Resort is offering discounted Habla Tamale packages August 5-12 on rooms, homes and condos. When making your reservations use the promo code “Tamale”.

On the schedule for Habla Tamale will be tamale tastings, a tamale eating contest (did you know the winner of a tamale eating contest in Georgia only ate 7 tamales! You can beat that record with your mouth closed!), kids zone, tamale history, lots of music, food/drinks and you can even enter a contest to become the first ever Wally or Molly Tamale!

We are now taking reservations for vendors of all types. Tamale Cook-of Teams, Arts and Crafts, Food vendors, Businesses, Organizations, Music, Entertainers, etc. Scroll down this Blast to see official rules & regulations and entry forms. Forms are available at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce or you may go also to in the Habla Tamale section to copy and paste forms for entry. Enter now, reserve a booth, bring your band, don’t miss out on the fun!

Arts About Town, the Moreno Valley Arts Council event that has in the past been on the Labor Day Weekend, will now be a part of Habla Tamale. Those vendors will still sign up through the MVAC and all proceeds from these space rentals will go to the MVAC.

We are also signing up volunteers to help with the event. If you’d like to help call 575-377-6353.

Food Vendors & Kid Zone, Music Venue, Beer & Wine Garden, Arts About Town Arts & Crafts Zone

Sponsored by the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Enter to win the Battle of the Bands!

To enter as a contestant, reserve a food or vendor booth, or get further information call 575-377-6353.






Spare Part Art Fundraiser

spare-part-artJoin us for the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and silent art auction. Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breaths new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill.

When: September 5, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Boulevard (Behind Mountain Sports)

Roll up your sleeves and turn trash into a masterpiece of art. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art experience while listening to live music.

Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

To enter a piece of art please call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Moreno Valley Arts Council Launches Capital Acquisition Campaign

Angel Fire, NM – May 31, 2015 – Moreno Valley Arts Council, the nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the arts, has launched a capital acquisition fund raising campaign. Initial funds for the purchase of a facility to house the 35 year old organization and Arts Activities is being conducted on the crowd funding site Indiegogo.

The facility will be used for workshops for children and adults in various modalities (painting, quilting, dance, etc). Additionally there will be exhibit space for shows and competitions, highlighting specifically local artists.

“For 35 years we have produced art shows, concerts, theatre performances and more, and we’ve always had to move around. We’ve essentially lived out of a post office box. It is time for a home of our own so we can more consistently serve the communities of the Moreno Valley with rich arts and cultural events and programming.” (Katherine McDermott, Executive Director)

Donations can be made at the Indiegogo site (above) or on our own website or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 335, Angel Fire, NM 87710. Note in the memo line “Capital Campaign” as funds will be restricted for that purpose.

The Moreno Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Organization. Our Mission Statement is “to foster rural economic development by promoting the arts and humanities in order to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors.

In support of the efforts of the Moreno Valley Arts Council to acquire a home of their own; Any person or business that donates at least $500 will receive a 50% discount on a purchase of original art valued up to $1,200 when presenting their email receipt for the donation made on Indiegogo.

2014 Arts About Town

arts-about-townWhen: Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: 2 Locations, Centro Plaza & The Angel Fire Visitors Center

Presented by the Moreno Valley Arts Council.

P.O. Box 335
Angel Fire, NM 87710

33rd Annual Angel Fire ArstFest

artsfestFree admission! Meet 23 top artists who transform an empty space into a Fine Art Gallery.

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort Lodge (In the Garden Court)

Moreno Valley Arts Council

Missoula Children’s Theatre

childrens-theaterMVAC presents the 2014 tour of Missoula Children’s Theatre – Blackbeard the Pirate.

When: June 16-21, 2014

Where: Moreno Valley high School

Registration and Auditions:

  • Monday, June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
  • Gathering Hall at Moreno Valley High School
  • 56 Camino Grande
  • $10 per child/week


  • Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • Gathering Hall at Moreno Valley High School
  • 56 Camino Grande

Scholarships are available. Call MVAC at 575-377-6273.

Social Media Workshops

social-media-workshopsThis is the final workshop in the Winter 2014 Series, but if you missed the first two, you don’t want to miss this one:

How to Boost Your ROI and ROR With Low-Cost Online Marketing and Branding

When: Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: First National Bank, Community Room

Cost: $35.00

Bring your laptop or tablet.

Moreno Valley Arts Council
P.O. Box 335
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Thank you for supporting the Arts!

Moreno Valley Arts Council Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

mvacBy Jo Mixon

Missoula Children’s Theater

The Moreno Valley Arts Council is one of the oldest organizations in Angel Fire. Bettes Loving and eight other members of the community who wanted to create an arts presence started it over 30 years ago. This same group of founding members had the forethought to begin the Chamber of Commerce, the Angel Fire Arts Foundation and even the incorporation of the Village of Angel Fire.

The mission statement of this non-profit 501(c) 3 organization says, “It is the stated mission of the Moreno Valley Arts Council to foster rural economic development by promoting the arts and humanities in order to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors.”

They are all about arts! Membership has grown to almost 300 in this time period. The programs and events they sponsor truly do enrich our lives and are designed to support, educate, and promote the arts. The “Angel Fire Arts Festival,” now in its thirty-third year, is held the second weekend in July. This annual event continues to attract many talented local and traveling artists. It was originally held in the outdoor “Garden Court” at the Angel Fire Resort. It moved for a few years to the Community Center and has evolved back into the now enclosed “Garden Court Room” again. When speaking with Moreno Valley Arts Council’s Executive Director, Katherine McDermott, she said, “The Garden Court room is so beautiful when filled with all of the art!” The Friday night premiere for this event has been replaced with the successful “Noche de Rancho” dinner event.

“Arts About Town” is another annual event held during the Labor Day weekend. It also draws artisans and shoppers from all over the area and state. Held mainly in the foyer and under the portal of Centro Plaza you don’t want to miss it. In 1998 the Moreno Valley Arts Council began the “Angel Fire Holiday Market.” This event has since been turned over to the Community Center and continues to be a profitable fundraiser for area artists.

Another way they promote our local artists is to co-sponsor the First National Bank Featured Artists program. Together with the First National Bank and the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, local artists are interviewed and chosen on a quarterly basis for display. The Moreno Valley Arts Council Board of Directors conducts the interviews, chooses the artist and writes a story about them. The Chronicle publishes the story and the artist’s work is then featured at the First National Bank for three months.

Although most well known for these major events, the Moreno Valley Arts Council promotes much more! They provide exceptional year round programs for the delight of our children. Since 1981, Missoula Children’s Theatre summer program has touched the lives of hundreds of Moreno Valley children. Then, in 2001 “Art Days and Conversations in Art” was introduced into our local elementary and high schools. The motto of the youth arts program is STEAM. Add an “A”(for Arts) to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to get the STEAM to move AHEAD! This program operates during the school year to bring artists, musicians, culinary artists, theater artists, etc. etc. into the schools by means of workshops and performances. The council also helped sponsor the development of the Angel Fire Community Center playground by purchasing hands-on-arts related items like the stone animals and musical instruments for permanent installation at the playground.

And going into its fourth year is the “Artistic Vista’s & Treasures Trail.” A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State of New Mexico created Art Trails of New Mexico. The first one was the Fiber Art Trail. There are art trails now in various places over much of the state. Our trail runs from Raton up Hwy 64 through Cimarron, Ute Park and Eagle Nest winding its way through to the far end of the Taos Canyon. It also turns onto Hwy 434, runs through Angel Fire and Black Lake as far as Hwy 120. You can enjoy and experience eighteen studios and galleries on the Artistic Vista’s & Treasures Trail!

As a member based organization the Moreno Valley Arts Council is supported by membership dues, donations, event revenues (ticket sales and booth rentals), and grants. They are funded in part by the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state of New Mexico, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Village of Angel Fire Lodgers Tax. They are interested in bringing even more events and programs. One in particular is a “Plein Aire Painting Competition” that will bring artists from across the country to Angel Fire hopefully in the fall of 2014. Much of the council’s budget includes marketing, brochures, and advertising and their behind the scenes work is spent on the promotion of the arts and events in the Moreno Valley to help bring financial support for our artists.

The Board of Directors are: President, Cyndi Simon; Vice-President/Secretary, Roz Garland; Treasurer, Linda Trujillo; and Directors John McDermott and Wende Woolley. They would like to invite you to join. An individual membership into the Moreno Valley Arts Council is only $20.00 per year. $30.00 a year will purchase a couple or family membership and $100.00 a year is the dues for a business. Memberships help to ensure the council’s sustainability and their continued expansion of programs and events that directly benefit our local community, the surrounding Moreno Valley communities and our guests. Visit for more information.

Arts About Town!

The Moreno Valley Arts Council presents Arts About Town and artistic vistas and treasures trail! Many studio and gallery specials!

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm & Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: At, In & Around Centro Plaza, 3407 Highway 434

Look for the flags and signs!arts-about-town

Noche Del Rancho

noche-del-ranchoA Fiesta For the Arts! Get Your Tickets NOW!

Gourmet dinner by Chef Jarred Johnson, wine by Vivac Winery, live music by the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, prizes, fine food, fabulous music.

When: Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Eagle Nest Lake State Park

Couples – $200
Individuals – $150

Special rates for ArtsFest Artists. For more information please call 575-377-6273 or visit