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Farm & Table hosts 40 vendors at annual festival

A sculpture by Mitchell Berg of Albuquerque.

Mitchell Berg enjoys the pleasant surprises.

That’s why he’s back as a vendor at the Cinco de Mayo Folk Art Fest, on Saturday, May 4.

“I did the event for the first time last year,” Berg says. “It turned out to be a great experience for me, because I had recently started my art school and needed to let local people know how they could take classes and rent studios.”

Berg will be one of 40 vendors at the annual event at Farm & Table. The mediums run the gamut from jewelry, paintings, recycled and mixed-media art and textile art.

The event is co-produced by Kenny Chavez and David Fisher.

The festival has become an annual staple in the North Valley where the community can meet newer and established artists from the region.

“We are elated to present this amazing festival for the 12th year,” Chavez says. “This is a wonderful opportunity for families to come to a beautiful space in Albuquerque to enjoy great food and to support local art and artists.”

Berg is part sculptor and glass artist, though his original intent was to be a journalist.

It wasn’t until he moved to Santa Fe 30 years ago and met glass artist Duane Dahl, when he learned what treasures he could make with glass.

“I was freelancing when I met Duane,” Berg says. “He was so generous and he showed me how to work with glass. I kept going back to the studio, and all of a sudden I was making glass and incorporating found objects into my art. I fell in love with the physicality of making sculptures out of these materials.”

For the festival, Berg will have about 60 pieces of work – at a range of prices.

He is constantly working on pieces and says about 10 pieces will be specifically made for this festival.

“There are small items that are less than $100,” Berg says. “About 30 percent of my work will be between $200 and $500. And I’ll bring a handful of big pieces, to showcase want I can truly do with art.”

The festival will also have food provided by Farm & Table, as well as live music beginning at 11 a.m. with Mariachi Alma Nuevo Mexico and Alpha Blue.