D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e    January 2006


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"The Eyes Have It" at Art Museum

Nine Northern New Mexico artists with contemporary views will exhibit mixed media and fine crafts in a new show, "The Eyes Have It," at the Director's Gallery of the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, Jan 4-31. An opening reception for the artists will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6.

The past two Octobers, "The Eyes Have It," first organized in 2004, has exhibited their artworks in month-long shows at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. They say they are excited about their first out-of-town exhibit at the Las Cruces museum. Artists in the group are: Rod Replogle, two- and three-dimensional works in paper on paper; Jere Frutchey, pottery; Rene Brainard Gentz, fiber art; Sara Karnes, print making; Carlos Romero, corrugated cardboard sculpture; Jim Kendall, mixed media; Susan Gutt, basketry and wall hangings; Terrence Fehr, painting; and Margot Geist, photography.

The Museum's Main Gallery will continue the international juried digital art exhibit, "Silicon Sands," through Jan. 21. The Museum of Fine Art is located at 490 N. Water St. in the downtown mall. For more information, call 541-2137.


Two Men, Two Visions at StudioSpace

The first guest artist event at the new StudioSpace Gallery will celebrate two long-time Silver City residents, Dick Johnson and Gil Grady. Johnson will exhibit his oil and acrylic paintings and Grady his black-and-white photographs. The show, "Two Men: Two Visions," opens Friday, Jan. 13 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. and continues through Feb. 5.

Dick Johnson is a New Mexico native who spent his professional life working for the US Forest Service. He began painting in 1979, after his retirement, under the tutelage of Phyllis Hawman. Most of his paintings are landscapes, but he also paints pictures of wildlife and livestock. He has shown his paintings in the Purple Palette student shows and at the Grant County Fair, where he received several awards.

Gil Grady was born in Athens, Texas, and grew up Temple, Texas. He graduated from Texas Christian University and Baylor Medical College and practiced general surgery for 40 years. He has done black-and-white photography since he was a child, starting out with a box Brownie camera. The majority of his photographs are taken abroad on trips to South America, Africa and Europe. Though he enjoys taking landscape shots and pictures of antique objects and buildings, he gravitates to travel photography most often.

On display will be a selection of work from each man as well as a sampling from StudioSpace artists Jess Gorell, Ralph Bakshi, Elisabeth Bakshi and Sam Bensusen. StudioSpace is at 109 N. Bullard in downtown Silver City. For more information, call
(323) 422-1150 or 535-4548, email gallery@jessgorell.com, or visit www.jessgorell.com.


Farm and Ranch Museum Features Carl E. Ness

An exhibit of works by Carl E. Ness (1914-2003) continues at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum through the month of January. The show includes several works done in pen and ink, as well as watercolor. The drawings are of rural scenes and historic buildings.

Ness was born to Scandinavian immigrants living in Petersburg, Alaska Territory. In 1933, Ness enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Around this time, he joined the Merchant Marines and was injured. While recuperating, he was transferred to the hospital at Fort Stanton, NM. Falling in love with the area, he stayed there after his recovery and ran the Fort Stanton General Store.

In the early 1950s, Ness met Francis Marie Reaves while both worked at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. They soon wed and moved to Alamogordo, where he worked as a draftsman for Dynalectron Corp. at Holloman Air Force Base and she worked at the Officer's Club. After retiring in 1979, the Nesses owned and operated the Pic Frame shop in Alamogordo.

In later years, Ness' artistic inspiration stemmed from his travels and the regional beauty of the Southwest. Ness' fondness for old places is reflected in his drawings of rural scenes and historic structures—capturing and preserving reminders of a simpler way of life.

The museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 522-4100 or see www.frhm.org.


Illumination and Inspiration in Old Mesilla

Hecho Art & Decor, a new gallery in Old Mesilla, will unveil "Illumination and Inspiration," the first of a series of themed exhibits, with a reception on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6-9 p.m. The reception will include an opportunity for attendees to determine which charity will receive a percentage of proceeds from the event.

The exhibit includes both two- and three-dimensional works utilizing materials such as electric bulbs, candlelight, mirrors and colored glass to artistically create and reflect light. The works exhibited are designed to inspire a positive outlook and perspective as the new year begins. The exhibit continues until Feb. 13. It features the work of M. Ray Kendzier, but submissions by other artists and artisans in the themes of light and inspiration will continue to be accepted until Jan. 13.

Hecho Art & Decor is also holding an open call for artists to submit work for an upcoming themed show, tentatively titled "Creation and Growth." The show will be exhibited in March, and artists of all mediums are welcome to submit work for consideration. Artisans and handcrafters are also encouraged to submit their work for this exhibit. For more information call 526-2401 or e-mail hechoartanddecor@aol.com.

Hecho Art & Decor is located in the Old Tortilla Factory on the northwest corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Parian. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon
- 5 p.m.


What's on View

Abstract acrylic paintings by Desert Exposure creative director Lisa D. Fryxell will be on display Jan. 2-Feb. 15 at Dos Baristas Coffee Gallery in Silver City. The large paintings include works on hand-crafted shaped canvases, and explore the nature of color and seeing in the tradition of such colorist artists as Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis. Dos Baristas is located at 112 W. Yankie St.,

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla (across from the Fountain Theater), presents Carol Lopez and Joyce Key as featured artists of the month for January. They will be present at an artists' reception on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 1 - 4 p.m.

"These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things" continues at The Patio Art Gallery through January. Encouraged by the enthusiastic support of their smaller, more affordable work, the five Patio Gallery artists—Carolyn Bunch, Julie Ford Oliver, Annetta Hoover, Winfrey Hearst and Anne R. Ford—are offering a number of new favorites to welcome in 2006. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. The gallery is in the Hadley Art Centre, El Paseo at University Ave. in Las Cruces, 541-7401.

Capture the Hurley Smoke Stacks

Photographers of all types are invited to capture the historic Hurley smelter smoke stacks before they're gone. Photos must have been taken in 2005-06 to qualify and may be taken with film or digital cameras. All photos are due by Feb. 7, 2006. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Rejuvenations, 201 N Bullard in Silver City. Photos submitted will be shown at Rejuvenations from Feb. 10-24.

There will be two categories to enter, Professional and Amateur, plus a People's Choice Award. First place in each category will win $300, second place will win $200, and the People's Choice Award will be $50.

Stop by Leyba & Ingall's, 217 N. Bullard, or Silver Imaging Photo Lab, 215 W. College Ave., both in Silver City, or visit www.hurleyphotocontest.com for official contest rules and an entry form. Two submissions per person will be accepted; a completed and signed entry form must accompany each photograph. For additional information, contact Alex Zinner, 534-9188, alex13@yahoo.com.

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