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Sierra County Arts Council

P.O. Box 1924 - Truth or Consequences,

New Mexico 87901

Telephone: 575-894-0615


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The Sierra County Arts Council board meets at 5:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month at the T or C Chamber of Commerce, 207 South Foch Street, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. The public is invited.

Board Members:

Cary "Jagger" Gustin, President

A founding Board Member, twenty two years ago, Jagger helped with the incorporation papers, and has served in most board positions. His art is tailoring. He plans to open a custom tailoring shop in Downtown Truth or Consequences, specializing in Western Wear. He is currently the staff tailor for the New Mexico State Veteran's Home, and is in charge of caring for resident wardrobes.

In addition to his involvement with the Sierra County Arts Council, Jagger is a past Board Member of Sierra County Humane Society, the T or C Community Partnership, the Sierra County Economic Development Organization, Fiesta Board of Directors, Sierra Councy Historical Society and Geronimo Days Celebration Board. Currently, in addition to his position as President of SCAC, he is a member of the Truth or Consequences/Sierra County Chamber of Commerce Board, Main Street Organization, and the Film Liaison for Sierra County to the State of New Mexico Film Office.

As well as being an outdoor enthusiast, Jagger contributes greatly to anticipated growth and enhancement of our city and county. He has resided here for fifty two years.

Sue Sorensen (Sue Soaring Sun), Vice President

Sue is a visual artist as well as the owner of Sun Gallery in downtown T or C. She shows her colorful paintings there. The gallery also features vintage and collectible items she finds on her travels. A multi-media artist, she plays her flute, jamming with other jazz musicians, during monthly Art Hops.

Rebecca Speakes, Secretary

Rebecca brings a variety of skills to the Arts Council board. Originally a freelance graphic designer and advertising production artist, for 25 years she was involved in a variety of commercial arts trades. In 1980, she blended her graphic design skills with art quilt design. Since then, she has been very involved in fiber arts, creating large and small embellished art quilts, and a home décor line of table runners, mug mats and pillows. Rebecca is also a beaded jewelry artist and a professional tarot reader.

Going back to her professional roots, Rebecca is involved with promoting Sierra County. She has designed brochures and other print media. Rebecca is Project Manager and Graphic Designer of the Arts Council’s annual Sierra County Artists Directory. She also coordinates the SCAC emailings.

As a past president of the Sierra County Arts Council board, Rebecca brings her years of board experience to a vital and growth-oriented group.

Sid Bryan, Treasurer

Sid is dedicated to the Arts in Sierra County. He has been an art gallery owner in Truth or Consequences and has promoted many aspects of the arts through the years. Sid is a renowned art collector.

Catherine Wanek

Catherine owns the Black Range Lodge B&B in Kingston, NM. She is a published author of books on alternative building methods. A lover of music, she also books music events in Hillsboro's Community Center and Truth or Consequences.

Joanne Flink

Joanne is a Brooklyn, NY native who spent the earliest part of her career teaching Art on Long Island at Elementary and Junior High Schools. She moved to Los Angeles and continued to teach Art to Junior High and High School students.
After earning her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Joanne changed careers to become a full time College Professor and College Counselor after a very brief period counseling in the private sector. She spent the next 26 years of her career at Los Angeles Mission College where she taught classes in Personal Development and Psychology. More importantly, she was a highly sought-after Personal, Career, and Transfer Counselor to countless students.
In 2002, Joanne and her Husband first visited Truth or Consequences. She has been a full-time resident of T or C since her retirement in 2009. She lives with her Husband of 36 years.

Chantal Elena

Born 1991 in the dry and weary Jornada del Muerto, Chantal Elena is a student, an artist, and the owner/founder of Art Jam! TorC, located in downtown Truth or Consequences, NM. In the beginning, Art Jam! was a free monthly event that featured live art, live music and occasionally, burlesque. Today, although Art Jam! has transformed into an art studio as well as an open format music venue, the spirit of the original event lives on through Chantal's volunteer work- booking, planning, promoting and hosting local events.

Chantal's artwork is inspired by scenes of the desert, which are interpreted through feminine sexuality with the use of intensely vibrant colors, finely detailed illustrative lines, and a bit of surrealistic fantasy.

Musicians that are travelling through Truth or Consequences, NM, please contact: for information and complimentary assistance with booking, promotion, etc.

Kim Artman

Kim has lived in New Mexico all her life. She was born and grew up in the Albuquerque area and lived on Isleta Reservation during her schooling years. She graduated at the top of her class at Los Lunas High school. She attended college at UNM, College of Santa Fe, and WNMU where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an art endorsement and a master’s in Education and English. She taught art for four years at Estancia Elementary School and moved to teach in Truth or Consequences in 2006. She is currently the visual arts teacher at T or C middle school.
Along with her love for teaching she enjoys spending time painting. She gets her inspiration from the Elephant Butte area in which she currently resides. Her favorite media are ink and acrylic and her favorite subject to paint is horses.

Barbara Bennett

Barbara brings to the Arts Council her extensive experience of over 35 years in book and magazine publishing. She has a PhD in English literature, and managed editorial departments, as well as production and graphic design departments.

Barbara also has a business background and has served on several not-for-profit boards in Maine and New York.

Currently she is editing and consulting on book publishing through her company, Style and Substance.

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