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Shopping on tap: Rio Bravo Brewing sponsors Small Business Saturday event

Check some people off your holiday gift list while supporting local artists and enjoying local craft beer at Rio Bravo Brewing Co.

Rio Bravo’s Small Business Saturday event will feature a 505 Fridas Pop Up Boutique.

“We wanted to have a market where we highlight local products and give people a place to shop for the holidays instead of going to big-box stores,” said Amberley Pyles, events and marketing director for Rio Bravo. “We wanted to do it in our Bier Garten, which is sunny and warm even in the cooler months. We will move it inside if it’s a cooler day. We’ll have it out there and have live, local music by James Whiton, Zach Freeman and Ceekay Jones.”

Several members of the art collective 505 Fridas will be selling their arts and crafts as well as soaps and sweets. Many of the vendors will accept credit and debit cards.

“It consists of about a handful of local female artists who are all very different, but all of us are inspired by our local culture, local traditions,” said Madeline Mariposa, co-founder of 505 Fridas. “… We are inspired by our heritage and our culture and very much also inspired by Frida Kahlo, who kind of pulled us all together as artists because we all work with her as kind of our muse and inspiration.”

Mariposa works in mixed media, including creating collages and beaded art. Some of her other work could be described as reconstruction art.

“I’ve always just loved fashion as an art form, but living on a budget off and on throughout life, just being able to go into a thrift store or yard sale or have hand-me-downs and go, I’m going to make this into something beautiful and unique,” she said.

505 Fridas members work in various types of media.

“There’s Sean Wells – she’s a painter,” Mariposa said. “She does mostly acrylics, and again, she is very well-known. If you looked her up, you’d recognize her work. Mostly it’s Day of the Dead-inspired calaveras on all different kinds of characters, and she’s on billboards and what not. It’s beautiful work. We have Christina Herr, who is not only a musician, but probably people would recognize her from the Rail Yards Market, because she does beautiful flower crowns. … Barbara Gorman – she does a lot of local events, and she’s more mixed media as well but makes you recognize her work where she does these fabulous, colorful sugar skull masks and just things for your wall like a Frida Kahlo wall hanging with wings and glitter and just wonderful mixed media inspired by the local culture and traditions. Another woman, Paula Steinberg, she’s a fiber artist (and creates) in her own love of the earth and beauty and colors.”

Rio Bravo will also have specials on its merchandise. It will also be running a food and beer special during the holiday market. The Burger Stand is no longer operating at Rio Bravo. The brewery is now running its own kitchen to focus on offering an interesting brewery menu that pairs with their array of beers. Offerings include burgers and New Mexican favorites, according to Pyles.