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Works by Patrick Kikut Drive into the Fine Art Museum

The ever-changing western landscape is the theme of "I-25," paintings and mixed media by Patrick Kikut, showing in the Director's Gallery of the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art Oct. 4-29. Kikut spends a lot of time on the highway, he says, which gives him the opportunity and vantage point to reflect on the transitory nature of life, land, art and culture.

The works in the current exhibit reflect a journey that began in Las Cruces then north through the Rio Grande Valley to the edge of the Great Plains. From the Front Range, Kikut traveled over Raton Pass into Colorado, bordering the Rocky Mountains, then north and west through miles of open prairie until I-25 dies and becomes I-90 in Buffalo, Wyo. Six paintings, three each of oil on canvas and oil on wood, along with mixed-media works on paper, capture his response to the open western road, the beauty of the land and the ever-encroaching culture.

Kikut, a resident of Santa Fe for the past 10 years, has recently accepted a position as a visiting instructor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Most recently his work has been exhibited in Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming and in Santa Fe. He says he hopes to exhibit this show in several additional venues along I-25.

The public is invited to a free reception for the artist on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The museum's Main Gallery will continue "Relativity," paintings by Trine Bumiller, through Oct. 22. The museum is located at 490 N. Water St. in Las Cruces. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. There is no charge for admission. For information, call 541-2137.

 

What's on View

"Discovered!" is the theme of a new juried art exhibition sponsored by the Western New Mexico University Museum, continuing through Dec. 1. The exhibit seeks to explore the breadth that creative expression has within the WNMU community. The show was juried by Silver City artists Diana Ingalls Leyba and Harry Benjamin, from artwork created by WNMU students, faculty and staff. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 538-6386.

The Nash Gallery will present "The Piedra Lumbre Suite," a special exhibit of new works created by Las Cruces artist Ouida Touchon. The artist recently spent several weeks in the Piedra Lumbre basin in "Georgia O'Keeffe country" near Ghost Ranch, creating a suite of plein air paintings of the region. This exhibit will show for two days only, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. Nash Gallery is located at 1701 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. For more information, call 523.2311.

Eight local artists will collaborate to present an eclectic mix of works dealing with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) subjects, Oct. 1-28 at the Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano in Las Cruces. The contributing artists are Santiago Santanova (photos), Zandra Santanova (montage), Lynn Unangst (fibers and found objects constructions), Valice Raffi (handbuilt ceramics), Dennis Lujan (Catrina dolls, colored pencil on paper and paper construction), Cristina Fridenstine (freehand drawings in MS Word), Cassandra Lockwood (handpainted bowls) and Laurel Weathersbee (cut- and torn-paper collage). The exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 1, with an artists' reception from 2-4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment. Call 522-7281 for more information.

ArtForms' fall membership exhibit, "Flight," will feature works by 21 local artists, interpreting the theme in a variety of ways (spiritual, emotional, physical flight, etc.). The X-Prize Cup aerospace competition and related aerospace industry moving into New Mexico inspired the theme choice (see story in this issue). The exhibit runs through Oct. 27 at the Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces. Three-dimensional works will be installed on the main floor of the library, and two-dimensional works in the Terrace Gallery, second floor. "Flight" opens Thursday, Oct. 6, with an artists' reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Dresp Room.

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