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Showing the Love

Las Cruces opens its arms to the arts for the annual For the Love of Art Month.

"Cranes in the Rain" by Laurel Weathersbee

Las Cruces will once again be sending its annual valentine to the arts, "For the Love of Art Month," which since 1999 has been celebrated throughout the month of February. Local artist Laurel Weathersbee, who is helping to organize this year's event for ArtForms, says, the month is "an opportunity for our creative community to collaborate with businesses and government and fill our cities with art and art events for the entire month." She adds, "No single person is responsible for the success of For the Love of Art Month. The more people involved, the better. ArtForms' plan of action is to encourage more businesses, public sectors, art organizations, artists and lovers of art to participate."

The message seems to be getting out. This year, for example, the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum will get into the act with an accompanying Fiesta of the Arts. The month-long program will include art, music, dance and theater (4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.frhm.org). Highlights include:

Feb. 5—Art exhibition opening ($30 gala), 5-7 p.m. Featured artists include Juliet DeLaricheliere, Laurel Weathersbee, Bea Garrett.

Feb. 12—Flying Cloud Old West Theatre Musical ($10), 6 p.m.

Feb. 26—Doc Holliday: Angel of Memory play ($15), 8 p.m.

Galleries across town will unveil new shows and host openings. Laurel Weathersbee's work, for example, will be featured at the Tombaugh Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano (521-0952). Her show is entitled, "For the Love of Birds." Other works by Weathersbee will be spotlighted at the Mastery in Life Center, 575 N. Main, where a small-group show also includes Tomi LaPierre, Arlene Tugel, Ken Guyer, Sylvia Bowers, Barbara Freeman and Christina Campbell.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter, will celebrate For the Love of Art Month by presenting a members show at the Cottonwood Gallery, Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall (524-0924). Works in the exhibit, entitled "For the Love of the Rio Grande: Within a Stone's Throw," will feature the Rio Grande as seen through the eyes of watercolorists. The show will open with an artists' reception on Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m.

ArtForms members will have a show at the Branigan Cultural Center (500 N. Water St., 541-2155). An artists' reception will introduce the works on Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m.

The Spay and Neuter Program (SNAP) will once again have a benefit group show at The Bean, 2011 Avenida de Mesilla.

On Feb. 26, the Dona Ana Branch Community College will host a series of workshops and demonstrations (3400 S. Espina).

Individual artists will be opening their studios to the public. For example, noted Las Cruces photographer J.D. West—this issue's cover artist—will hold open studio hours on Feb. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 3112 Risner St. West's work will also be featured at Durango Bagel, 2460 Locust.

Also offering studio tours are Klyf Brown and Marjorie Moeser of Cally Williams Pottery Studio, 331 Capri Arc, Feb. 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Other artists and venues celebrating this year's For the Love of Art Month include:

Tomi LaPierre, AAA (Citizens Bank), 3991 E. Lohman, sculpture

Robert Buggert, Dona Ana Branch Community College, printmaking

Frank Parrish, International Delights, 1245 El Paseo, photography

Sabine Trafimow, Davenport Jewelers, 3961 E. Lohman Ave., paintings/jewelry boxes

Flo Hosa Dougherty, Blue Gate Gallery, 311 N. Downtown Mall, watercolor

Barbara Crawford, Mountain View Market, 1300 E. Paseo, cast paper

Sharon Gaskill, Java Junkie, 850 N. Telshor Ave., pastels; opening reception Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m.

Ruth Ann Sugarman and Bernie Lieberman, Main Java Cafe, 939 N. Main, oils and photography; opening reception Feb. 12, 4-5:30 p.m.

Roy Van der Aa, Oasis 7 , 1119 1/2 W. Picacho, mixed media and constructions

ArtForms is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes all artistic forms. Its mission is to ensure that the creative community is regarded as a revenue-generating industry, that it has broad visibility and a solid network of resources. For more information call 541-4353.


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