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Grant County Arts Scene

Just in time for the Silver City Blues Festival, the Blue Dome Gallery at the corner of Yankie and Texas Streets in Silver City will premier two shows, "Blue Notes" and "American Wood-Fire," both opening May 25, with an artists' reception 4-7 p.m. "Blue Notes" is work by Scribes 8, a circle of artists who have convened in New Mexico for more than 17 years to explore the creative process through collaboration. United by both the discipline and freedom of calligraphy, the artists of Scribes 8 bring a whole range of talents—from painting, graphic design and fine print making to photography, education, physical and social sciences and literary arts—to create unique works and experiences that have been celebrated and acknowledged nationally and internationally. Appropriately, their exhibit "Blue Notes" is work inspired by blues music. The Scribes 8 core ensemble of artists is Jitsudo Ancheta, Kathy Chilton, Mary Lou Cook, Amy Jones, Mike Gold, Diana Stetson, Bob Phillips and Fred Yost, who will give an
artist lecture on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Besse Forward Auditorium in the Global Resources Building on the campus of Western New Mexico University.

The Blue Dome's other show, "American Wood Fire," will showcase the wood-fired pottery of a dozen ceramic artists from across the country. Wood firing in this country has long paid homage to traditions and aesthetics of Asian ceramicists, particularly in tea bowls and rounded sake bottle sets, but when selecting potters for this show, curator Cynthia Spencer focused on artists who use the flame and directional nature of wood-firing to create modern ware with a distinctly American sensibility. Tara Wilson is the featured artist, and the show also includes works by John Benn, Barbara Campbell, Colleen Gallagher, Justin Gerbich, Daphne Hatcher, Gary Hatcher, Blair Meerfeld, Thomas Rohr, Claude Smith III, Betsy Williams and Charity Jones-Woodard. Wilson will give a public lecture on wood firing in general and her work in particular at the Blue Dome Gallery on May 24, 10 a.m. Both shows will run through August 13. 307 N. Texas St., www.bluedomegallery.com, bluedome@zianet.com, 534-8671.

Chris McDaniel is the featured artist in May at The Common Thread, a fiber arts gallery in Silver City. McDaniel's hand-stitched and appliquéd wool felt wall hangings are an example of modern folk art with a Southwest twist. 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, www.fiberartscollective.org.

Leyba & Ingalls Arts in Silver City will exhibit works by Christana Brown, Patty McDonnell, Betsy Resnick, Zoe Wolfe and Melanie Zipin in a "Mother's Day Inspirations" show May 4-7, with an opening reception May 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.zianet.com/LeybaIngallsART.

Elemental Arts will show the original watercolors and prints of Carol McCoy, with an opening reception for the artist May 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 106 W. Yankie, 590-7554, www.gourdweb.com.

The JW Art Gallery in Hurley is showing "Barelas a Través de los años" ("Barelas Across the Years"), through July 12, with continued musical celebrations: May 6, 3-6 p.m., Brandon Perrault, La Rondalla; May 20, 3-6 p.m., Jaclyn Muniz; Tony Sepulveda, Ballet Folklorico de Central Elementary de Santa Clara; June 3, 3-6 p.m., Rose Chavez interprets "A Mana a traves del baile y canto," an interpretation of Mana through dance and song. The traveling pictorial history exhibit is co-sponsored by Casa de la Cultura en Santa Clara, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, NHCC Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Mimbres Region Arts Council. 99 Cortez Ave., in the Old Hurley Store, 537-0300, www.thetown.com.

The Grant County Art Guild has put out the call for artists throughout New Mexico for their "Southwestern Realism in Art" Purchase Prize Award Exhibit. An example, perhaps, of southwestern realism themselves, the art guild is housed and exhibits artworks in the 100-year-old Hearst Church in historic Pinos Altos. Artists whose representational art portrays life in the Southwest and who are interested in entering may obtain a prospectus by emailing grantcountyartguild@yahoo.com or by phoning 538-8216. Entry forms are due August 1.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council is accepting applications and art for its juried show, "Cowboy Art," opening June 8 with an artists' reception 5-6:30 p.m., and running though July 26. Works will depict the "Cowboy/Ranching Lifestyle of the West." MRAC members are invited to submit up to three pieces of original work created in the last two years, in any medium. Entries must follow the MRAC Gallery Guidelines, which can be obtained at their office in the Wells Fargo Bank Building on Pope Street, or through the mail. Works must be dropped off at the arts council's office by June 4. Declined work can be picked up June 6-7, or the following week, but not during the opening reception. Entry fees: $10 for MRAC members; $35 for nonmembers for first entry, which includes MRAC membership and the $10 fee for the remaining two entries. www.mimbresarts.org, 538-2505.


Luna County Arts Scene

Art on the Western Edge will host a photography show with a sneak preview and reception on May 20. Petroglyph photography by Sonny Hale, "Southwest Moving Still" by Larry R. Miller, "Steel Dinosaurs" and more by Kelly Hargrove, and works by Beatrice Garrett, Gordon Taylor and Robert Kaiser will be featured. Windwalker Guest Ranch, www.awe-88029.com, seven miles north of Columbus


Las Cruces/Mesilla Arts Scene

The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host the traveling exhibit, "Ansel Adams, the Man Who Captured the Earth's Beauty," June 8-August 4, with an opening reception June 9, 10-11 a.m., and free Saturday lectures on June 9, 11 a.m., by photographer Paul Schranz, and July 14, 11 a.m., with California photographer Al Weber, who will speak about his experiences with Adams. The Adams exhibit, organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, is on a 14-city national tour. Concurrently, the museum will also present "American Photography: West Coast Visions," works of other nationally known photographers Brett Weston, Paul Stand, Morley Baer, Al Weber, Willard Van Dyke and others, who were Adams' contemporaries. Ansel Adams (1902-1984) is one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century. Influential in the development of photography as an art form and recognized for his dramatic black-and-white photographs of the American wilderness, he was a gifted teacher, prolific writer and passionate environm
entalist who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980 for his work with the Sierra Club and his passion for wilderness conservation. 491 N. Main St. in the downtown mall, www.museums.las-cruces.org, 541-2137.

Also at the museum, the Las Cruces Potters' Guild will present "From the Ground Up XXIII," a juried regional ceramics exhibition, May 4-June 30, with an opening reception for the artists May 4, 5-7 p.m. Juror Miranda Howe, visiting faculty of the Art Department at New Mexico State University, will present awards and give a gallery talk. Ceramic works in the exhibit range from utilitarian to sculpture and installation works, and were created by 25 artists representing five states in the Rocky Mountain Region. Included are works by New Mexico artists Liz Fisher, Klyf Brown, Suzanne Kane and Joe Krasean of Las Cruces; Ben Brooks and Geneva Bailey of Roswell; Kari Rives, Heidi Loewen and Judy Nelson Moore of Santa Fe; Lia Rosen of Albuquerque; Saundra Reynolds of Clovis; and Mary Holmes of Belen; along with George Rodriguez of El Paso and others from Colorado, Idaho and Utah. Juror Howe also will conduct an all-day ceramics workshop on "Slab Construction and Surface Techniques" on May 5 at the museum, be
ginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 for Potters' Guild members, $45 non-members, and $20 for students. Between workshop sessions, Howe will give a lecture at 1 p.m. that is open and free to the public. For workshop information, contact Cindy Waddell 523-3467 or email cindywaddell@aol.com. Mail registration to The Potters' Guild, Box 3656, Las Cruces, NM 88003; include contact information.

"Moving Into the Winner's Circle," the fifth annual New Mexico Watercolor/Southern Chapter Spring Show, will open at the Branigan Cultural Center in the Richardson Room, with an artists' reception May 4, 5-7 p.m. The show will run through Memorial Day weekend. The works of 39 local artists will be judged by Hazel Orr of Albuquerque and Kay Green of Socorro, two signature members of the NMWS in Albuquerque. Come during normal Cultural Center hours to view the works and vote for your favorite. The NMWS/SC meeting will be held May 12 at 10 a.m. 500 N. Water St., 526-5374.

Also at the Branigan, the Las Cruces Arts Association will hold its annual juried membership show in the Shannon Room, with a museum-sponsored reception May 4, 5-7 p.m., in conjunction with the monthly Downtown Ramble.

Las Cruces Arts Association members are sponsoring their last Terrace Gallery show until September with a Friday Night Ramble reception May 4, 4-5:45 p.m. The Terrace Gallery is on the second floor of the Branigan Public Library. Artists participating are Margaret Pedreny, Pamela Eberly, Mayanna Howard, Chyrrel Capener, Maria Simpson, Lucia Wilcox, Roselyn Smitley, Shirley Hawkins, Eileen Arze, Kurt Van Wagner, Beverly Wetter, Jan Addy, Judy Licht and Margaret Bernstein with Toni Greywolf heading up the reception responsibilities and Susan Rivera and Carol Kennedy, also showing work, hanging the show. 200 Picacho Ave.

A solo exhibition of original digital prints by Las Cruces artist Kurt Van Wagner will be featured in May at the Tombaugh Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces. The exhibit, "Timeless: A Journey Within," will run from May 2-30, with an artist's reception May 13, 12-3 pm. Each artwork is a limited-edition print using archival Epson inks and paper or a canvas giclée print. Van Wagner's digital art merges figure, place and thought to create unique images that explore the beauty of tasteful nudes and sacred landscapes. He has exhibited extensively throughout California and select national shows. 2000 S. Solano Drive, 522-7281.

Teresa Fernandez is the featured artist for May at Laughing at the Sun in Mesilla. Fernandez, who also teaches art history and art appreciation, will exhibit her "story box" creations and her paintings in the show, which will have an artist's reception May 5, 5-7 p.m. Fernandez' Story Boxes are a recent addition to her work. Using many layers of vibrant color and diverse textures, she creates fascinating shapes to produce narratives. Each one presents its story to the viewer on a personal level. 1910 Calle de Parian (inside the Old Tortilla Factory), laughingatthesunmesilla@yahoo.com, 523-1890.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature the works of Hetty Smith and Corry McKissack in May, spotlighting their show with a "Dutch Treat" reception, with special treats direct from Holland, May 12, 1-4 p.m. Smith, who works with glass, offers a selection of small and medium-sized leaded glass designs, and also creates small jewelry pieces from glass. McKissack's ceramic pieces range from completely practical to beautifully decorative. The works of 30 other local artists also will be on display. 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, in the historic Fountain Building, 522-2933.

"Water in the Desert," a Patio Art Gallery invitational featuring several established and emerging artists from El Paso and Las Cruces, will be on exhibit May 1-June 16, with an opening reception May 5, 1-4 p.m. The artists include Carolyn Bunch, Winfrey Hearst, Annetta J. Hoover, Judy Licht, Joyce T. Macrorie, Julie Ford Oliver and Dan Tapper, all of the Patio Art Gallery, with guest artists Mary Beatle, Jo Ledbetter, Bonnie Mandoe, Lynn Leland, Joan Shepack, Lucia Wilcox and Daphne Wirthlin. 665 E. University Ave. (at El Paseo), www.patioartgallery.com, 541-7401.


Sierra County Arts Scene

The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery in Chloride will showcase the works of weaver Gloria Peterson and jewelry maker and woodworker Don Lyons in May, along with the works of more than two-dozen area artisans. Peterson grew up in rural North Dakota and was introduced to weaving at a country school where students would weave paper lanterns and make looms out of matchboxes. She tries various combinations of color and materials for the warp and weft, with her pretty and practical rag rugs often surprising her. She also makes rag baskets and pine-cone wreaths, and does bead weaving. Lyons, who started crafting objects out of necessity, now makes things for enjoyment and the creative outlet. He makes jewelry and clocks, and creates writing pens from wood, antler, corncobs and other materials. 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy. 52, 743-0493, montecristo@zianet.com.


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