Artists for Orphans
Area artists will be contributng their work to a silent auction, Jan. 28, to benefit an orphanage in Uganda. The fundraiser is part of a project by the Las Cruces Rio Grande Rotary to raise money for a Ugandan orphanage that needs basic furniture.
The auction will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, 4441 E. Lohman Ave. in Las Cruces (556-8002). Works will be on view in the lobby beginning Jan. 8.
Artists interested in participating and donating 50 percent of the proceeds of the sale should call 644-1634.
"Intervals" at Museum of Fine Art
The Directors Gallery of the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art will host a mixed media exhibit, "Intervals," throughout the month of January. Artists Tom Budzak and Margot Sanborn, working in ceramics and drawing/printmaking respectively, will be recognized at an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Both artists are currently working toward MFA degrees at New Mexico State University. Budzak came to Las Cruces from Arizona in 2003. The concept behind his most recent work is that of cycles, and he notes that the surfaces of many of his pieces give the impression of the natural erosion that occurs over time. He says that his work references traditional Chinese and Japanese shapes, as well as Native Southwest ceramics. Sanborn, a Washington state native, holds degrees in both fine arts and Spanish. Cyclic patterns of the natural world are also evident in her drawings and prints. Her recent images reflect organisms whose existence is governed by the powerful force of the ocean tide.
The Museum's Main Gallery will continue the exhibit, "Challenging Tradition: New Directions in Fiber," a regional juried art quilt show, through Jan. 29.
The Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art is located at 490 N. Water St., on the downtown mall. For more information, call 541-2221 or see www.las-cruces.org.
What's New at White Raven
White Raven Studios in Las Cruces will be offering art classes, with many new classes beginning in January. Classes include figure sculpture, beginning drawing and painting, collage and assemblage, materials and techniques, printmaking or children's workshops. The six-session classes range from $55 to $65; register by January 4, 2005.
January also brings the three-woman art show "Bits and Pieces," with an opening reception 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. This exhibit features the three-dimensional work of Sherry Doil Carter, monoprints and acrylic skins by Sandy Zane, and assemblages by Georjeanna Feltha. The show continues through Feb. 3.
For more information, visit White Raven Studios at 425 W. Griggs Ave., or call 524-1636 or 525-9543.
Artist Elaine Querry Looks Back
A retrospective exhibit of fine-art photography by Elaine Querry will be featured for the month of January at the Tombaugh Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, following an opening reception and artist's talk Friday, Dec. 31, from 3-6 p.m.
Querry's images from the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Western Europe are represented in a variety of photographic mediums-silver gelatin, Polaroid emulsion and image transfers, and Cyanotype prints (an alternative photography process invented in the mid-1800s). She has been a working photographer for the past 25 years and has lived in Las Cruces since 1999.
The Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano Drive, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment (522-7281).