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Grant County Arts Scene

The JW Art Gallery in Hurley is featuring more than 40 works by six preeminent printmakers in the Southwest: Alexis Anderson and David Manje, Mesa, Ariz.; Francisco Lopez, Gallup, NM; Gloria Mayaloria, Silver City; Christine Sandifur, Phoenix; and gallery owner Joseph W. Wade, Jr., through Dec. 31. Wade says the six artists in the show represent all different aspects of the printmaking artform.

Also included in the show is a display of color photos by local photographer, Joe Burgess, that depict copper smelting. Bronze sculptures, oil and acrylic paintings and Mata Ortiz pottery also are on display. And the gallery will show the works of three Silver City artists in three different media: contour ink drawings by Elvira Godfrey, pastels by Valdeen Wooten and oil paintings by Narrie Toole.

There also are tours of the historic 1910 company store of the Chino/Kennecott Mining Company, which houses the gallery.

Gallery owner Wade is offering ongoing printmaking classes at the gallery, using his own hand-built custom intaglio press. The printmaking workshops are open to anyone interested in the monotype artform. All basic materials needed for the workshop—paper, ink and use of the printing press—are provided, with additional materials available for a minimal charge. For information, call 537-0300 or see www.thetown.com.

On Nov. 1 and 2, Elemental Arts gallery in Silver City will present David Celaya and his digital artwork celebrating Dia de los Muertos. 106 W. Yankie, 590-7554, www.gourdweb.com.

Smith-Benton Gallery in Silver City will have an opening reception Nov. 11, 4-7 p.m., for works by patina master and sculptor Paul A. Lewis. 211 N. Texas St., 590-2200.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank Building in Silver City will host a reception on Nov. 30, 5-6:30 p.m. for a new exhibit of works by the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective. The show continues into January. 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.


Las Cruces and Mesilla Arts Scene

Calls For Artists!

The Mesilla Valley Rotary is gearing up and calling for artists for its Third Annual Art Auction, to be held Jan. 26, 2007, 5-9 p.m., at the Best Western on Avenida de Mesilla. The event will feature live entertainment and a professional auctioneer for the live auction. There also will be a separate silent auction. Artists may drop off their artwork Jan. 26, 2-4 p.m. at the hotel. Pieces larger than 16x24 inches must be accompanied by an easel. Artists set a minimum bid and estimated retail value for their work. Artwork is not sold if the minimum bid is not met. Artists receive 50 percent of the bid amount, and the other half is matched by Rotary funds and goes to Rotary International projects in Juarez, Mexico. From last year's auction, the Rotary paid for a fire truck and helped establish a day-care center in two villages in Mexico. Artists interested in participating may be included in a flyer for the event. For information, call 644-1634 or email AWest@NMApartment.com.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art also has a call out for artists. The museum seeks proposals for solo and group exhibitions for the 2008 calendar year. Open to all artists living and working in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Non-refundable $30 submission fee; deadline June 16, 2007. Guidelines: 541-2137, www.museums.las-cruces.org.


Gallery News

Helix Projects, a new gallery featuring contemporary art, has opened in Las Cruces. The current show, "Open Season," features works of national and local artists in a wide range of media. 232 Campo St., 527-0921, www.helixprojects.com.

Simply Posh, a new contemporary gallery at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, will have its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 11, 4 p.m. The business features artisan jewelry, paintings and glass sculptures. Owners Joyce Deaso, who has made some of the jewelry featured in the gallery, and Jack Paulin, who has run galleries in other states, are Las Cruces residents. The gallery is in the new developing business Mercado, near the Cafe Paisano restaurant and new Las Cosas kitchen specialty store.

"Animals" is the theme of the November show at the Terrace Gallery, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, sponsored by the Las Cruces Arts Association. Downtown Ramble reception time is early, 4-5:45 p.m., Nov. 3. All artwork is sold for under $200. 200 E. Picacho.

Unravel Yarn Shop and Gallery unveils "Autumn Splendor," the works of Sally Quillin and her painting students, with an opening reception Nov. 3, 5-7:30 p.m. And on Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Unravel will host its Annual Knit or Crochet for Charity. Yarn, patterns and refreshments provided. 300 N. Downtown Mall, www.unravel-yarn-shop.com, 647-1181.

Laughing at the Sun gallery is showing the paintings and hand-felted wool scarves of Cassandra Lockwood and the high-fire functional ceramic works of Irine Roane, with an opening reception for the artists Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m. Lockwood paints mostly in acrylic, using mixed-media application. Roane's ceramics often combine clay with handmade paper. 1910 Calle de Parian (inside the Old Tortilla Factory), laughingatthesunmesilla@yahoo.com, 523-1890.

The Tombaugh Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces is featuring the recycled art weavings of nationally recognized artist John G. Garrett of Albuquerque for the months of November and December, with an opening reception for the artist Nov. 25, 1-4 p.m. Garrett's work is included in several prestigious museum collections in several states and Washington, DC. The show will feature several pieces suspended high above the viewer as well as wall-mounted works. 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.

The Las Cruces Museum of Art will show sculptures by Gary Wellman Nov. 1-28, with an opening reception for the artist Nov. 3 in the Director's Gallery of the museum. Wellman's sculptures are made primarily of wood, with some antler, bone and bronze components. The national juried exhibit "Life & Liberty After 9-11" will continue in the Main Gallery through Nov. 18. 490 N. Water St., in the downtown mall, 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org.

The Las Cruces Arts Association will hold its annual Welcome Tea with a demonstration by Las Cruces artist David Rothermel Nov. 19, 1:30 p.m., in the Dresp Room of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Public Library. Rothermel will show watercolor techniques while discussing color and travel. Following the demonstration, the Las Cruces Arts Association invites artists and the public to a high tea; gloves and hats for gentlemen and ladies welcome. New joining members will be honored with a small gift painting.

During November the artists of the Mesilla Fine Art Gallery will present a group of works in a variety of media—oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, photography, stained glass and ceramic—celebrating New Mexico's churches, with an opening reception for the artists Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m. 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.


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