Poster Contest Celebrates Opera Southwest’s 40th Season

Opera Southwest is sponsoring a Poster Competition in conjunction with the performances of its bilingual (English/Spanish) family opera, A Way Home performed in English/Spanish on Jan, 30, 31, Feb. 1 at NHCC with cash prizes of $200, $100 and $75. All necessary instructions and details are available below and under “Education” at or call 831-4221 or email In addition to the opera, the Albuquerque Museum of Natural History will mount a Monarch and New Mexico Butterfly exhibition opening December 7 and run through May.

SUBJECT: Monarch Butterflies in the context of A Way Home (see the study guide for this opera on the APS Fine Arts web site. A Way Home is about Gracie, a young Anglo-Hispanic girl, unhappy to have to ac- company her father, Tom, to Mexico where they will spread the ashes of her recently deceased mother (Marisol) in a butterfly preserve where her mother grew up. Marisol’s father is hurt and angry that Marisol moved to the United States and Gracie never visited her grandfather while her mother was alive. She finds the cultural identity alien to her. Gracie and her Dad have reached an impass. They cannot communicate their feelings to each other and each confides his feelings to Marisol as if she were still there with them.

When she was alive, Marisol’s spiritual connection to the Oyamel forests in Michoacan was so great that she has returned as a Monarch butterfly and is migrating south with the other Monarchs on a parallel journey to that of her husband and daughter. Tom’s meeting with Marisol’s father is a disaster, the tourist hype is upsetting, and Gracie runs away into the forest. She is comforted by the presence of the Monarchs though of course she does not realize that it

is her mother’s spirit that hovers around her. Guided by the butterflies, the men join forces and search for Gracie. As they are reunited, the family finally understands that the concept of “home” is not dependant on where you live or who you are, but is based on love and is unconditional.

ELIGIBILITY: students who are in the 6th – 8th grades.

All work must be two-dimensional, but may include collage.
Chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing.
Do not laminate entries.
Artwork must be no smaller than 11×15 inches and no larger than 22×28 inches.
Do not mat or frame the artwork. All artwork must be the individual student’s original creation.
Only one entry per person, and each entry must be the work of only one person.

All artist signatures or initials should be written on the back of the poster. Also on the back of the poster include the artist’s name, address, phone number, email address (if there is one), school attended, home address if home-schooled, name of teacher who supervised or sponsored the art work, teacher’s school phone number and school email address.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, December 14. Mailed posters must bear a postmark no later than 4 pm. No Fed Ex or UPS please. Drop offs at other locations must be before Saturday Dec 15 at 4pm.

WHERE TO SUBMIT: Poster may be mailed (with a prominent “Do Not Fold” message on the mail- ing envelope) to Opera Southwest, PO Box 27671, Albuquerque, NM 87125, or dropped off at the following businesses:

Nomades, 10700 Corrales Rd. NW, ABQ 87114., (near Flying Star) Christian Dimery Antiques, 4001 Central Avenue NE, (at corner of Morningside), 87108 Silk Road Connection, 5200 Eubank (Suite E6 in the Promenade – Corner of Eubank and Spain)

JUDGING: Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Judging is by members of the OSW Education and Outreach Committee.

For Questions or Concerns contact, Julius Kaplan, 8311-4221 or

Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries sent with insufficient postage will be disqualified. OSW is not responsible for entries damaged, destroyed or lost during the judging process. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned. They become the property of OSW upon receipt.

In consideration for the opportunity to enter the poster contest, participants agree to allow OSW to use their names and artwork for promotional and publicity purposes. In addition, the 1st prize winner, two family members (one being a parent or legal guardian) and the student’s teacher with a guest of his or her choice if desired, are requested to attend the the public performance of A Way Home, February 1, 2013, at 7pm

at the National Hispanic Cultural Center as guests of OSW, where the prize winner and sponsoring teacher will be recognized.

OSW may cancel the contest without notice at any time. The contest is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.