The 5th Annual Carrizozo Arts Weekend will take place August 17 and 18 from 11 am to 4 pm. A preview party will precede the weekend on Friday, August 16 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography located at 401 12th Street in Carrizozo. All events are free and open to the public. Forty-one artists are participating with experts in media ranging from glass, tile, ceramics and painting to batik, wood and metal, painted copper, sculpture and print making at 18 sites, all conveniently located in and around Carrizozo. Local musicians will be playing at some studios and several artists will be doing demonstrations. Art galleries on 12th Street will also be open. Lectures will take place at the Carrizozo Community Public Library and Archive where selections from this year’s New Mexico Film Foundation’s Indie Screenings will be shown and a writer’s workshop will be held for those interested in exploring the creative side of writing. For those interested in history, maps for a self-guided historical home tour will be available and the owners of the Lyric Theater and MoMAZoZo will open those spaces for glimpses of historic businesses and their now refurbished uses. Wine tasting and a beer garden courtesy of Tularosa Vineyards will be available and many of Carrizozo’s restaurants will be open. Carrizozo is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Ruidoso and 75 miles southeast of Socorro. The county seat for Lincoln, Carrizozo has a varied and colorful history as a railroad town, its Craftsman-like houses built by Frank English, a center for several celebrated ranches and mining claims and as a jumping off point for smaller and equally notable towns such as Ancho, White Oaks, Capitan and Nogal. Carrizozo currently has just under 1,000 residents, many of whom have moved to the area from across the country to take advantage of the dry air, stunning vistas, including Valley of Fires and rimmed by several mountain ranges and laid back lifestyle, resulting in an artist colony that is rarely publicized or open except for this weekend. Maps and more information can be found at www.carrizozoarts.com.