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Let's Go to the (Arts) Hop, Sept. 8

The Doña Ana Arts Council will sponsor the 13th Annual Artshop, Sept. 8, 5-9 pm at 10 galleries in Las Cruces and Mesilla. The event is a fundraiser for the Career Art Path (CAP) summer art program for 40 middle-school students. A special CAP reception will be held at the Las Cruces Public Schools' Main Office, 500 S. Main. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, on sale at all the galleries or the Doña Ana Arts Council office in the Rio Grange Theater.

The following galleries will be participating in the Artshop:

Blue Gate Gallery, 311 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, will feature the work of JoAnn Alcala Milam, whose mind, eye and hands work microscopically as she renders the character of her subject. She magnifies only portions of a tree and exploits them to fill the working surface with dynamic diagonals punched forward through the strength of negative spaces.

Connie Hines Interior Design, 665 E. University, Hadley Center, Las Cruces, will present Sallie Ritter, who will be signing a new book, Landscapes of New Mexico by Suzan Campbell and Suzanne Deats, in which her work appears.

Glenn Cutter Jewelers and Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, Las Cruces, will feature the works of Robert Highsmith, a landscape artist who works mainly in watercolor. His paintings, depicting the simplicity of nature, make simple statements that capture the desert light and landscape of New Mexico as well as the quiet moods of South Carolina's low-country marshes.

Julienne Jewelry>, 2329 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, will present Alamogordo artist Jo Austin, who designs dicoric fused-glass jewelry. Additional jewelry by Julienne Hadfield, Anton Bodor, Denise McCoy, Gilbert Nelson, Mary Hershberger, Maya Hartmann and David Cole also will be on display.

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, presents "Organ Mountains Jamboree," a tribute to the mountains in watercolor, oil, acrylic, encaustic, photography, stained glass and pottery. Thirty local artists will contribute to the presentation. As part of the celebration, festive food will be provided by La Posta restaurant, with music on the patio by a local chamber music group, and a $100 door prize gift certificate awarded to one visitor.

M. Phillip's 300 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, will feature European and Russian art in an Old World style.

Rising Sky Artworks, 415 E. Foster, Las Cruces, will show acrylics and watercolors by Sally Quillen, and pottery by Richard and Dorothy Rising.

Tombaugh Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces, will feature the Society of Layerists in Multimedia, including June Decker, Christina Campbell and Betty Sweeney, painting; Flo Hosa Dougherty and Sylvia Bowers, multimedia; Richard and Dorothy Rising, ceramics; and Laurel Weathersbee, collage.

White Raven Studio, 425 W. Griggs, Las Cruces, will showcase seven artists including: Mari Broenen, large mixed-media works using twigs, leather, metal, fabric, paper, twine and paint on canvas; J. Mehaffey, encaustic oil paint and tar segmented works with an Asian aesthetic; Cherylen Acosta, Eliana Arneas, Eric Knight, Laura Aragon and David Alba, jewelry using mixed media including precious metals, plastic, paper, wire and colored yarn.

And theLas Cruces Public Schools, Public Schools Administration Building, 505 S. Main, Suite 249, Loretto Town Center, will feature a new collection of work by LCPS faculty and staff. The juried show will include all media, including oils, photography, watercolor, three dimensional, ceramics, clay, quilting and more.

For more information on the 13th Annual Artshop, contact the Doña Ana Arts Council at 523-6403.

Call for Art!

Coinciding with Silver City's Weekend at the Galleries Art Walk, October 7-8, the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store will hold the First Annual Fund Raiser Recycled Art Contest, open to all ages and art abilities. All entries must be composed substantially of materials purchased at the Re-Store. Categories are "free-standing art," which is portable and will be sold, with proceeds going to the Re-Store, and "stationary art," defined as immovable and incorporated into your home or surroundings. Stationary art entries will remain the property of the artist, and submission will be in the form of photographs. Individuals may enter as many items as they wish in both categories. Local artists will judge the entries. Deadline for entries is Sept. 30. Prizes donated by area merchants will be awarded for first, second, third and honorable mention in both categories. For information, call 574-2074.


Silver City Art Scene

The Twisted Vine will show the works of Silver City artist Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, Sept. 1 through December, sponsored by Eklektikas Gallery, with an opening reception Sept. 7, 4-7 p.m. 108 W Broadway.

An exhibition of photographic work by Argentinian artist and Silver City newcomer Carmen Ruiz will be on display at The StudioSpace and Gallery, Sept.1 through Oct. 11, with a special closing celebration reception during the Weekend of the Galleries. 109 N. Bullard St., 535-4548, gallery@jessgorell.com.

"People, Places and Things," new oil paintings by Crystal Foreman Brown, will be shown at Elektikas gallery Sept. 2 through Oct. 2, with an opening reception for the artist Sept. 2, 4-7 p.m. 104 West Yankie Street, 538-8081, www.eklektikas.com.

"Furniture as Art," works by master craftsman Robert Winston, shows at Lois Duffy Art Sept. 2-30, with a reception for the artist Sept. 2, 4-7 p.m. Winston creates modern sculptured furniture from aged woods. 211-C N Texas St., 534-0822, www.loisduffy.com.

Smith-Benton Gallery will hold its official grand opening Sept. 2, 4-7 p.m., with door prizes, music, flowers and food. 211-D N. Texas St., 590-2200.


Pinos Altos

The Grant County Art Guild announces the 21st Annual Purchase Prize Show, featuring paintings by artists from throughout New Mexico. Paintings will be on exhibit at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and October 6-8. 538-8216.



JW Art Gallery at The Old Hurley Store will feature the work of six printmaking artists, Francisco Lopez of Gallup, Gloria Maya of Silver City, Joseph Wade Jr. of Hurley and three Phoenix-area guests, Alexis Anderson, David Manje and Christine Sandifur, with an opening reception Oct. 7. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0330, www.thetown.com, gallery@thetown.com.



The Deming Arts Council will host a "Book Arts Workshop," September 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration required. 100 S. Gold St., 544-4881, feehamm@zianet.com.


Las Cruces and Mesilla

Adam Frelin's photography exhibit, "Minor Anomalies, Found and Created," is now on view at the Museum of Art, and will run through Sept. 30. The museum also will show "Life and Liberty After 9-11," a national juried exhibit by 22 artists working in a variety of media. An opening reception will be held Sept. 1, 5-7 p.m. The show will run through Nov. 18. 490 N. Water Street in the Downtown Mall, museums.las-cruces.org, 541-2137.

Unravel Yarn Shop & Gallery will exhibit "Playing With Blocks," featuring the fiber-arts works of Cynthia Clark, Eric McKinley, Gail Mestas and Maria Navarra-Pino, during the Artshop, with an opening reception for the artists Sept. 8, 5-9 p.m. 300 N Downtown Mall, 647-1181, www.unravel-yarn-shop.com.

Patio Art Gallery has announced its new artists, Judy Licht and Dan Tapper. "Silk and Stone" opens with a reception for the artists Sept. 8, 5-9 p.m., and continues through Sept. 30. The gallery will donate a percentage of sales made at the opening reception to the Doña Ana Arts Council. El Paseo at University, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com.

Laughing at the Sun will present the printmaking works of Bonnie Schetski during the month of September, with an opening reception for the artist Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m. 1910 Calle de Parian (inside the Old Tortilla Factory) in Mesilla, 523-1890, laughingatthesunmesilla.com.

Five Galleries—One Roof, the galleries of the Old Tortilla Factory, will host a reception Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m., showcasing new works by Maria Christina, Wild Child Creations, Laughing at the Sun, Tres Manos CAA and Black Gold from the Sun. Georjeanna Feltha's Black Gold from the Sun is a new addition to the Old Tortilla Factory, in the former Hecho Gallery space, specializing in artworks, clothing and textiles from Guatemala. The Old Tortilla Factory is located on the northwest corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Parian. 523-1890.

"All Dolled Up," a fashion show and art show to benefit La Casa domestic violence shelter and related programs, will be held Sept. 30, 6-9 p.m., at White Raven Gallery, 425 W. Griggs Ave. Wild & Beautiful will provide the fashions, and award-winning local artists will produce works of art made from pieces of porcelain dolls. $10 admission includes food, entertainment and auction of the artwork. Tickets available at White Raven Gallery and Wild & Beautiful (at La Posta in Mesilla and in Arroyo Plaza). 523-6070.

Cruz Nopal Art Studio will exhibit "Wild Pecans," a show of fauvist oil paintings by Bonnie Mandoe, Sept. 29, 5-9 p.m., Sept.30 and Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1175 W. Picacho, 635-7899.

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is showing works by its artists of the month, Rayma Claessen and Ruth Ann Sugarman, along with those of 30 other local artists, in the historic Fountain Building across from the Fountain Theater. 522-2933.


Truth or Consequences

Main Street, located at 108 Main in T or C's Downtown Gallery District, will show "The Family Winkler," featuring the works of five members of the Winkler family, R. Wm., Nolan, Mark, Todd and Anne. It will be Main Street's featured exhibit during Destination Sierra County, Sept. 22-24 (see www.sierracountyart.org), a three-day event highlighting the notable cultural aspects of a county that includes the towns of Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, Monticello, Chloride, Cuchillo, Hillsboro and Kingston. The show opens Sept. 9 during T or C's monthly Downtown Gallery Hop, which occurs every second Saturday, 6-9 p.m, and will run through Oct. 22. 894-0087, www.mainstreet-torc.com.

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