E. Cristina Díaz-Arntzen - Artist's StatementPrior to moving to Albuquerque in 2004 with her husband David, Cristina Díaz-Arntzen spent 28 years teaching in Wisconsin. Cristina fell passionately in love with the Southwest and the Native American culture when she moved to Albuquerque.
Cristina's art interests cross many mediums: weaving, beading, wire wrapping jewelry and crocheting and it shows in her various designs. When a friend encouraged her to attend a punch quilting class at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, she embraced the technique.
Punch quilting mimics quilting to create a fabric wall hanging without making a single stitch. Through this art medium, Cristina incorporates creativity and color to shape fabric arts wall hangings of southwestern animals, landscapes, and Native American women adorned with costumes and mystical designs.
Cristina has shown and sold her punch quilts fabric arts wall hangings at the Farmington Museum, the New Mexico State Fair, The Blue Portal, The Easel Place, The Wooden Cow Gallery, Amapola Gallery and numerous art shows. Many of Cristina’s wall hangings are display in homes around the world.
Cristina regularly teaches Punch Quilting at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center.
Education1974 BS Elementary Education, Wisconsin University-River Falls, River Falls WI
1985 MA Bilingual Elementary Education Wisconsin University-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Solo and Group Exhibitions2008 - Gateway to Imagination Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM
2009 - 2010 - Art-Rageous at the In at Rio Rancho Conference Center, Rio Rancho, NM
2009 - Chamisa Hills Country Club - Fabulous Fall Art & Wellness Event, Rio Rancho, NM
2011 - 2014 - Blue Portal Gallery, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM
2014 - 2016 Pakoo Country Club Art Show, Pakoo, NM
2017 - Flying Star Cafe Wyoming Ave, Albuquerque, NM (Solo)
2017 - 2018 - The Art of Healing Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2018 - Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2018 - Women's Club Summer Art Fiesta-Santa Fe, NM
2018 - Chili Festival, Albuquerque, NM
Honors and Awards2008-New Mexico State Fair, second place Red Ribbon
2009-2010 Best of the Show The Orchid Guild, Albuquerque, NM
2019-Fabric Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM
Gallery Representation2009 - Wooden Cow, Albuquerque, NM
2010 -The Easel Place, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM
2011- Present Amapola Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2018 - Present Jezebel Gallery, Madrid, NM.
2018 - Present Sandia Crest House Gallery, Sandia Crest, NM.