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After 40 years of Madrid’s rebirth from it’s early history and 20 years of ghostliness. Madrid is planning to celebrate its “Rebirth Day/ Cinco de Mayo, 1973-2013.”
That day is the day the Johnsons of Madrid opened their gallery and coincidentally Joe Huber’s birthday. Huber inherited the coal company and the town, preserved and cared for it during the ghost town days along with caretakers — Johnnie Ochoa and family.
Huber rented to many young people after the Johnsons’ arrival — all renting for two years, and then all were able to purchase their places ... and the rest is history.
Madrid now has 50 businesses, 30 galleries and about 300 people.
The plan is to have different events, every weekend in May, then celebrate the anniversary every year.
• Exhibits — May 4-June 25 (in one of N.M.’s largest galleries, changing exhibits each month).”First Saturday” receptions: May 4, 3-5 p.m.
• Two exhibitions celebrating Madrid’s 40th Rebirth-day:
• Gallery full of images, posters, objects, etc. from new Madrid’s history, May 5, 1973 to present, provided by Madrid area folks.
• Gallery full of artwork, all media, from local area Artists”
There is also the 100 gallery artists’ group show, featuring all subjects and all media; 50 Fiber Artist’s Group Show in two galleries; Mel Johnson: Acrylic paintings, done during the last several years in his studio/gallery; and the art of region and historic Madrid area.