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


Have Spacesuit, Will Travel
Is space tourism the ticket to success for the proposed spaceport?

For Love and Money
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid," stars in an award-winning documentary.

Connecting the Threads
The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective weaves together area fabric artists.

Blooming in the Desert
"Little Vampire" author and painter Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.

Out of Africa
Festus Addo-Yobo, new director of NMSU's Black Studies Program.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary
Tumbleweeds in Brief
Top 10
Celestial Cycles
The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
People's Law
40 Days & 40 Nights
Chocolate Fantasia
$1.98 Show
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure:
Deming's Art Bloom
For the Love of Art Month
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Secrets of Romance
Echinacea & Colds
Lifelong Learning

Red or Green?
Dining Guide
Si Italian Bistro
Patio Café
Table Talk


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Candy Land

Get ready for Valentine's Day with
Chocolate Fantasia, Feb. 11.

Bring your sweet tooth and forget that New Year's dieting resolution—it's time for the Mimbres Region Arts Council's 7th Annual Chocolate Fantasia. From 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 31 shops, galleries and restaurants in historic downtown Silver City will welcome ticket-bearing chocoholics for a taste of something decadent. The annual event is a fundraiser for the arts council.

The $15 tickets for Chocolate Fantasia entitle the bearer to 20 pieces of chocolate, chosen from 31 different downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. Ticket holders are given a list and map of the participating sites. The Chocolate Fantasia servers welcome the public at each of the participating downtown businesses, mark off their cards and give out the treats.

This year, gift boxes have been added to the mix, enabling chocolate lovers to create a one-of-a-kind gift for their special Valentine. Gift boxes are available for $2 each at the arts council office, and will be available at the chocolate sites on the day of the event.

Chocolatiers can win prizes for their creations. Previous chocolate entries have included tiny chocolate tamales, chocolates with a chile-pepper kick, meringue mushrooms with a touch of cocoa, and chocolates with lavender flowers.

This year's chocolate sites include:

Alotta Gelato, 619 N. Bullard

Blackwell's Jewelers, 218 N. Bullard

Bullard Street Bazaar, 416 N. Bullard

Fantastic Finds, 204 N. Bullard

Gila Hike and Bike/Bear Mt. Lodge, 103 E. College

Manzanita Ridge, 107 N. Bullard

Morning Star, 809 N. Bullard

Palace Hotel, 106 W. Broadway

Pretty Sweet Emporium, 312 N. Bullard

Silver City Food Coop, 520 N. Bullard

Syzygy, 106 N. Bullard

Thunder Creek Fabric & Quilt Shop, 1330 N. Hudson

Toy Town, 107 W. Broadway

Western Stationers, 703 N. Bullard

Workshops of Carneros, 405 N. Bullard

Elemental Day Spa, 406 N. Black

The Studio Space and Gallery, 109 N. Bullard

Art & Conversation/Curious Kumquat, 614 N. Bullard

Bloomin' Gourdworks, 211-A N. Texas

Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas

Cienega Spa and Salon, 101 N. Cooper

Eklektikas, 104 W. Yankie

Firecloud Traders, 209 W. Broadway

Lois Duffy, 211-C N. Texas

Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard

Luna Gallery, 108 W. Yankie

Gila House, 400 N. Arizona

Silver City Musuem, 312 W. Broadway

Star Mountain Trading, 409 N. Bullard

Weele Arts Studio, 602 N. Market

Silver Imaging Services, 214 College.

Tickets are available at the arts council office in the Wells Fargo Bank building, and at Gila Hike & Bike, Leyba & Ingalls Arts, Alotta Gelato, 1st New Mexico Bank at Wal-Mart, Cienega Spa and Salon and Mouse of All Trades. For more information, call the arts council at 538-2505.



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