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Ceramic Class, Lecture, Show by Brush

Sharon Brush will be a busy ceramic artist in May. Teaching a one-week pottery class at Western New Mexico University, she also will lecture at WNMU's Global Resource Center and have an opening for her work at the Blue Dome Gallery in Silver City.

Brush says her thirst for the beauty of the natural world has brought her to live in some of the most inspiring landscapes in the country—in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York, Taos, the central coast of California and western Montana—landscapes that have inspired and influenced her work.

Her workshop at WNMU will run May 22-26 in the McCray building, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. The hands-on course is for credit and offered on the graduate and undergraduate levels, and is limited to just 30 potters. For more information, contact Claude Smith III at 538-6501 or email smithc@wnmu.edu.

Brush's lecture is part of the Mimbres Region Arts Council's Artist Lecture Series, in coordination with WNMU's Expressive Arts department, and will be held in the Besse Forward Auditorium, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the MRAC at 538-2505.

The Blue Dome Gallery will host an artist's reception for Brush on May 26, 4-7 p.m. The gallery is located at 307 N. Texas, at the corner of Texas and Yankie Street. For more information, call
534-8671.

Grant County Art Guild Opens Summer Season

The Grant County Art Guild's Members Only Show will start the new season with an opening reception May 2 at 6 p.m. Watercolorist Margaret Cejka will judge the fine arts division for the show, and Phyllis Fulfer will judge for the arts and crafts division. The Guild is located in the Hearst Church Gallery on Gold Street in Pinos Altos. The gallery will be open each weekend from May 6-Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring a new artist each weekend.

 

Gambling at Arts Association

The Las Cruces Arts Association will welcome nationally known artist Bill Gambling to its May 21 meeting in the Dresp Room of the Branigan Library at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to the program, which will follow a brief business meeting. Gambling will talk about Marcel Duchamp and his influence on modern art, as well as the development of his own art. For more information, contact Judy Licht at 524-2329.

 

"Little Creatures" in T or C

When, a gallery in Truth or Consequences, presents "Little Creatures," an exhibit of work by Santa Fe artist Crockett Bodelson, May 18-June 25, with an opening reception for the artist on May 20. "Little Creatures" takes its name from Crockett's miniature paintings that often depict animals, people or imaginary life forms.

When is located at 422 Broadway. For more information, email ruanna.waldrum@gmail.com, call 894-0032, or check the Web site at www.whengallery.com.

 

Potters' Guild Celebrates 25 Years

The Potters' Guild of Las Cruces will hold its 25th Anniversary Exhibit, "25 Years of Mud, Sweat and Tears," in the Director's Gallery at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, May 5-27, with an opening reception for the artists May 5, 5-7 p.m. All exhibits and reception are accessible and free of charge.

In conjunction with its silver anniversary exhibit, the Potters' Guild will present a lecture and a Raku pottery workshop by Claude W. Smith III, department chair for Expressive Arts at Western New Mexico University. Smith's lecture will be held free of charge in the Shannon Room of the Branigan Cultural Center on Friday, May 5, at 3 p.m.

The Raku workshop will be held May 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Museum of Art studio. Smith will lecture and teach new ceramic techniques, and give demonstrations in brush making and throwing of tea bowls, bottles and vases. Following a potluck luncheon, Smith will demonstrate Raku firing techniques. Participants are invited to bring bisque pieces to decorate and fire. Cost is $25 for past and current Guild members, $40 for non-members. The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Registration forms are available at the museum or by calling 541-2160.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is located at 490 N. Water St. in the downtown mall. For more information, call 541-2137.

 

Las Cruces/Mesilla Openings

The Tombaugh Gallery will have an opening May 7, 4-6 p.m., for artist Terry Wolfe, whose works include digital photography, watercolor, pen and ink and prints. The Tombaugh Gallery is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 Solano in Las Cruces. Normal gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information, call 522-7281 or see www.uuchurchlc.us.

The Patio Art Gallery presents "Black & White," a show by resident and guest artists, with an opening reception May 6, 1-4 p.m. Gallery artists will be joined by guest artists Paula Voris, Elaine Querry, Sam Peters, Vincent Hallett and Michelle K. Arterburn. The gallery is located at University and El Paseo in Las Cruces, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com.

Laughing at the Sun gallery in Mesilla will present the works of Jules Floss May 1-31, with an opening reception May 6, 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located at 1910 Calle de Parian (inside the Old Tortilla Factory), 523-1890, www.laughingatthesun.com.

The Glenn Cutter Gallery will exhibit "Of Life and Culture: a Journey Begun," through May 31, with an opening reception May 6, 1-4 p.m., featuring works in oil and watercolor by Laura Wegkamp. It's in Hadley Centre at El Paseo and University in Las Cruces, 571-2082.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery's May Artists of the Month are Roxana Quinnell and Carol Bernstein. The gallery is located at 2470 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, 522-2933.

 

At the Branigan

The Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society will hold its fourth Annual Spring Show in the Shannon Room at the Branigan Cultural Center. The show will open during the Friday night Ramble on May 5 with an artists' reception. 5-7 p.m., and runs through May 30.

Also on exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center will be "Off the Beaten Path: Desert Landscapes from Back Country Trails," paintings by William Seager, May 5-June 5, with an opening reception Friday, May 5, 5-7 p.m. Seager's landscapes depict the rugged beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 500 N. Water St. in the downtown mall in Las Cruces. For more information, call 541-2155.

 

Animation Workshop

The StudioSpace and The Bakshi School of Animation and Cartooning will hold the school's first Animation Intensive Workshop, May 11-14. "Color and Joy: The Paintings of Toni Garland" will remain on display through May at the StudioSpace gallery, 109 N. Bullard St. in Silver City, 535-4548.

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