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Find Art Gold in Pinos Altos June 10

The 8th Annual Pinos Altos Art Fair will be held June 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the historic gold-mining town of Pinos Altos, New Mexico. The local businesses of Pinos Altos in coordination with the San Vicente Artists of Silver City and the Grant County Art Guild are co-sponsors of the event.

More than 50 artists and crafters will participate. The Buckhorn Saloon & Restaurant and the Pinos Altos Ice Cream Parlor will be open. The Pinos Altos Opera House, with its display of historic memorabilia, will be open to the public during the day, as will the Pinos Altos Historical Museum. The Pinos Altos Melodrama Theater will offer its current production in the evening. Silver Winds Gallery will set up "Artists in Action" booths featuring local potters, batik artists and weavers.

The Grant County Art Guild, housed in the 100-year-old Hearst Church, will also participate, with artwork and Pat Garrett's glass-sided funeral carriage on display. Fort Cobre, also on the Art Fair site, is a three-quarter-scale replica of the Santa Rita Del Cobre Fort (circa 1804). For a copy of the Art Fair Prospectus or for more information, call 388-5202, or see www.pinosaltos.org/artfair.


Call for Artists

The Grant County Art Guild will host the 21st Purchase Prize Award Show, "Southwestern Realism in Art." Artists who are residents of New Mexico are eligible to enter, submitting works in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Prize for the "Best of Show" is $1,500. Entries are due by August 1. For a prospectus, write to the Grant County Art Guild at PO Box 456, Silver City, NM 88062, or e-mail gcag@silvercity-nm.com.


At the Galleries

The StudioSpace and Gallery in Silver City will hold an open house for the first annual Ralph Bakshi School student art show on Friday, June 16, from 4-7 p.m. The StudioSpace is at 109 N. Bullard St.; for information, call 538-4548 or email gallery@jessgorell.com.

The Common Thread, a new fiber arts gallery, will have its grand opening on Saturday, June 17, from 5-8 p.m. It's located at 204 W. Market in Silver City, 538-5377.

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery has announced its June artists of the month, Nanci Bissell and Ann Peck. Bissell's works, in a wide range of subject matters, reflect her sense of humor and love of Southwest and Western subjects. Ann Peck's pastels and watercolor paintings convey the beauty and charm of old adobes, dark-eyed children, desert landscapes, and many other distinctly New Mexican subjects. The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is located at 2470 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, 522-2933.

White Raven Studios presents a multi-media exhibition, "Border Artists and Friends," a non-profit organization of local artists crossing borders with art, with an opening reception June 17, 5-8 p.m.

"Open Range: The Art of R. Wm. And Nolan Winkler" will continue through Sept. 11 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The exhibit features the creations of husband and wife artists from Hillsboro. R. Wm.'s Western-themed sculptural assemblages are inspired by open range cowboy life, and Nolan's paintings and prints depict range grasses.



Obregon a Hit in Santa Fe

The statewide biannual "Originals" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe drew more than 28,000 visitors from all 50 states, as well as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Twenty-two pieces of art were sold, including one by Deming artist Patricia Obregon, who was among the artists juried into the show.



Gallery 400 will hold an artist opening reception Friday, June 2, 7-9 p.m. for Kourosh Amini, a Moroccan-born artist now living in Silver City. Amini's work was recently chosen by Matthew McNichols, curator for the Rose-Hullman Institute, Terre Haute, Ind., to be represented at an art show at the institute. The exhibit, entitled "The Visual Mysticism of Kourosh Amini," will travel to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the fall. The 10 paintings will remain on view at Gallery 400 through the summer. Gallery 400 is located in the Gila House, 400 N. Arizona in Silver City, 313-7015.

"Trifid's Eve," an exhibit of sculptures by Stacey Neff, will open at the Las Cruces Museum of Art Director's Gallery with a reception for the artist on Friday, June 2, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit joins artworks on display, through June 30. Neff's sculptures incorporate the form and geometry of nature, and are fabricated with blown glass, fiberglass and resin, combining the ancient art of glassblowing with contemporary auto body techniques. The museum is located at 490 N. Water St. in the Downtown Mall, 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org.

Fine Art Photography by Paul Schranz will be featured in an exhibit at the Main Street Gallery in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall during the month of June. An opening reception for the artist will be held June 2, 5-7 p.m. during the monthly Ramble. The exhibit includes landscape, figure studies and abstract works, both black and white and color, taken at locations across the country. The gallery is located at 311 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, 647-0508.

The Annual Members Show, featuring the work of visual artists from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, will open June 2 at the Clyde Tombaugh Gallery, with a reception for the artists on June 11, 12 noon. The show will run through June 30. The gallery is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces at 2000 S. Solano, 541-9770, royrobinro@zianet.com.

The galleries of the Old Tortilla Factory Mercado will host "5 Galleries,1 Roof," an artist reception in which the gallery owners will present their latest creations. Patty McClure, with Wild Child Creations, presents a new line of tie dyed, embellished and reconstructed jean skirts. Cassandra Lockwood and Irine Roane, owners of Laughing at the Sun, will show new whimsical adobe house paintings and mixed media ceramics. Tres Manos will present hand-woven apparel. Maria Christina will offer hand-painted tables with Dio de los Muertos themes. At Hecho Art & Decor Gallery, M. Ray Kendzier will show handcrafted gifts, including glass work. The Old Tortilla Factory is located on the northwest corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Parian. For information, call 523-1890.

Leyba & Ingalls Arts will hold an opening reception for "Form & Function," an exhibit of works by Romaine Begay, on Saturday, June 17, from 5-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 315 N. Bullard in Silver City; for information, call 388-5725 or see www.leybaingallsart.com.

The Cruz Nopal Art Studio presents a two-day exhibition of prints June 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., by the artists of La Prenza/Southwest Printmakers. New members Joe Barela, Joseph Wade, and Oscar Moya are the featured artists. Works by Oudia Touchón, Sandy Zane, Perry Kohn, Louis Ocepek, Winfrey Hearst, and Terry Wolfe also will be shown. Cruz Nopal Art Studio is located at 1175 W. Picacho Avenue in Las Cruces, 635-7899.


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