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Grant County Arts Happenings

Pinos Altos Art Fair

Offering the chance to escape the summer heat at higher elevation and elevate the spirit with a day of fine art, food and entertainment in a free outdoor event, the annual Pinos Altos Art Fair will be held June 9, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Main Street in Pinos Altos, an historic gold-mining town nestled in the mountains. More than 40 local and out-of-town artists and crafters will be showing and selling their wares — paintings, pottery, photography, stained glass, wood-turned works, ceramics, fiber art and jewelry, plus other media. Several local artists will demonstrate pottery making and spinning as part of "Artists in Action" during the event.

The art fair is sponsored by Silver Winds Studio Gallery in coordination with the local businesses of Pinos Altos and the Grant County Art Guild, which is housed in the more than 100-year-old Hearst Church.

In addition to the art event, attendees may enjoy food and entertainment at downtown business establishments. The Buckhorn Saloon & Restaurant and the Pinos Altos Ice Cream Parlor will be open for business, selling food and beverages. The nearby Pinos Altos Orchards and Gift Shop features work from local artists, as well as homemade jams, jellies, imports and gift items. The Buckhorn also will be open for dinner with live music after the event, and attendees can enjoy the current production of the Pinos Altos Melodrama Theatre at the Pinos Altos Opera House.

Tucked into the mountains, with views of the Gila National Forest, the tiny town of Pinos Altos has the charming appeal of an Old West movie set. Many of the buildings date back to the 1800s, and have been restored and decorated with original memorabilia and artifacts, mostly 19th century Americana. History buffs will enjoy their tour of the Pinos Altos Historical Museum and be lured by the scale replica of Fort Cobre. 388-5202, silverwinds@gilanet.com, www.pinosaltos.org.

Two Spirit Gallery will have its grand opening on June 4 in its space in the Silco Theater, 313 N. Bullard, Suite B., in Silver City. Featuring gemstone beads, ethnic antiques and jewelry, the gallery will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 534-4563.

The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective will present "Marketing, Pricing and Merchandising for Artists," a workshop by Jill Heppenheimer, former marketing executive at a large national company and currently the co-owner of the nationally recognized Santa Fe Weaving Gallery. The workshop will be held at the Bayard Community Center, 290 Hurley Ave., June 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is free of charge, though donations will be accepted. Participants must register through The Common Thread, 107 Broadway, Silver City. BYO lunch. 538-5733, charmeine@fiberartscollective.org.

June's featured artist at The Common Thread is Susan Lynch.

Eklektikas Gallery will show "Sitting with Horses," works in clay by Beth Menczer, and mixed media works by Patty Clayton Leff (last month's Desert Exposure cover artist), June 2 through July 9, with an opening reception June 2, 4-6 p.m. 104 W. Yankie, Silver City, 538-8081.

Lois Duffy Art is featuring a new collection of Robert Winston's heirloom rockers. 211C N. Texas, Silver City, 534-0822.

"Momentary Lapses of Reason" continues through June at Reese-Benton Gallery, 211D N. Texas, Silver City, 590-2200.

The Blue Dome Gallery is exhibiting "Blue Notes," collaborative works by the Scribes 8 group of artists, and "American Wood-Fire," showcasing the wood-fired pottery of a dozen ceramic artists from across the country. Both shows will run through Aug. 10. Also featured in the Blue Dome's upstairs gallery are the wood-fired works, from pig sculptures to unique dinnerware, of Marianna Roumell-Gasteyer . Corner of Texas and Yankie Streets, Silver City, www.bluedomegallery.com, bluedome@zianet.com, 534-8671.

Leyba and Ingalls Arts gallery will be showing small works by Crystal Forman Brown. 315 N. Bullard, Silver City, 388-5725, www.zianet.com/LeybaIngallsArts.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) is offering a Summer Mural Camp, weekdays June 4-15, 9 a.m.-12 noon, in which participants will paint a wall at the Silver City Pool, 2700 N. Silver St., and landscape the entrance to the pool. Participants will have a chance to paint, garden and, of course, swim each day. $125, 388-5725.

The MRAC also is commissioning two temporary, visually engaging and conceptually rich environmental artworks to be exhibited at the County Courthouse and the Murray Ryan Visitor's Center in Silver City as part of the T.I.M.E. (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) Project. The project is open to all artists who are residents of New Mexico. Artists must receive a prospectus to apply. Project amount is $1,500 per artist or artistic team, plus travel per diem. Deadline: August 1. 534-8671.

And the MRAC is accepting final applications to 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. 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.

The MainStreet Project will hold its second annual "Chair-ity Auction" at the Historic Silco Theater in Silver City on August 4, and is calling for artists to decorate one of 50 director's chairs for the auction. The organizing committee also is looking for volunteers to distribute canvas chair parts and help on the day of the event, including set-up, cashiers, "Vannas" and hors d'oeuvres. 538-4374, ads@desertexposure.com.

Local artists Cecilia Stanford and Diana Ingalls Leyba are taking reservations for Tours de Force, an art-oriented excursion to Philadelphia Sept. 6-12, during the Fringe Festival. The trip includes visits to museums and artists' studios. Lodging, Fringe Festival tickets, museum admissions, studio tours and more are included. Single occupancy: $1,470, double occupancy: $1,080. 388-5725, 388-0649, www.toursdeforce.net.

The JW Art Gallery in Hurley is showing "Barelas a Trav‚s de los a¤os"

(Barelas across the years), through July 12. 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., Hurley, in the Old Hurley Store, 537-0300, www.thetown.com.

The Hurley Pride Committee is sponsoring "The Final Hurley Stacks Photo Contest," inviting shutterbugs to submit their photos of the stacks' final moments as they are razed sometime in early June. (Check local news or go to www.thetown.com for the final updated date.) A total of $550 in cash prizes will be awarded in three categories, on both amateur and professional levels. Winners will be announced at a reception at the JW Art Gallery in Hurley, June 24, 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All entries will be displayed at the JW Art Gallery, June 24-July 15, during which time the votes for the People's Choice winner ($50 prize) may be made. Entry forms are available at A.I.R. Coffee Cafe & Gallery at 208 Central Ave., Bayard, JW Art Gallery at 99 Cortez Ave., Hurley, Leyba and Ingalls Art Supplies and Gallery at 217 N. Bullard, Silver City, and Western Stationers at 703 N. Bullard, Silver City. Entry forms may also be printed online at www.thetown.com or picked up at the Hurley Pride Committ
ee Pantry Vendor Wagon in Hurley on the day the stacks come down. June 19 is the deadline to present entries, which must be dry-mounted on foam core (with or without a mat). No framed entries allowed. A completed entry form must be attached to the back of each piece. 537-2124, 537-0300.


Las Cruces and 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., on the works of 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 nationally known photographers Brett Weston, Paul Stand, Morley Baer, Al Weber, Willard Van Dyke and others, who were Adams' contemporaries. 491 N. Main St. in the downtown mall, www.museums.las-cruces.org, 541-2137.

Also at the museum, "From the Ground Up XXIII," a juried regional ceramics exhibition presented by the Las Cruces Potters' Guild will exhibit through June 30. 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; plus George Rodriguez of El Paso and others from Colorado, Idaho and Utah. 491 N. Main St. in the downtown mall, www.museums.las-cruces.org, 541-2137.

Artamants, a collaborative of local artists, will open its Spring Show June 1 at the Branigan Cultural Center, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Come meet the artists and enjoy the First Friday Ramble on the Downtown Mall. The exhibit will run through Saturday, June 30. 501 N. Main, 541-2255, museums.las-cruces.org.

There is a Call to Artists for submissions to "Rock On!," the first juried exhibit at the Tombaugh Art Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, to be exhibited in September 2007. New Mexico residents 18 years of age and older, living within a 150-mile radius of Las Cruces, are invited to submit their works inspired by images on stone (petroglyphs and pictographs) found in New Mexico. The works must have been completed within the last two years and not exhibited in any show or gallery in Las Cruces. All work must be for sale with a 30 percent donation going to the church. Accepted media are oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, chalk or oil pastels, computer assisted art (no giclee reproductions of work in another medium), collage, mixed media, sculpture, clay and jewelry. One piece per artist. Completed entries must be received by June 30 and be accompanied by a $10 jury fee. Call for prospectus and art specifications, 522-7281.

Also at the Tombaugh, works by artists within the UU congregation and friends of the church will be exhibited June 1-29, with a reception for the artists on June 10, 12 noon-2 p.m. Participants include well-known regional artists, talented newcomers and less-frequently shown locals. 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281, 541-9770.

Las Cruces sculptor Tomi LaPierre received the Joseph A. Moore Memorial Award for her "Best of Show" entry in the El Paso Art Association "Colors of Spring, 2007" art show in El Paso. The judged exhibit encompassed work from some 60 artists in the El Paso region.

Laughing at the Sun, in the Old Tortilla Factory in Mesilla, will feature the Story Boxes and jewel-like mosaics of Teresa Fernandez and the jewelry and innovative, wide-ranging bead art of Sara Ames in June, with an opening reception for the artists June 2, 5-7 p.m.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will present Ray Baird and Roxanne Quinnell as its featured artists for June, with an opening reception for the artists June 9, 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Baird's works on canvas often feature old vehicles, historic buildings and other regional subjects. Quinnell's realistic drawings capture a wide variety of wild and domestic animals. 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 through June 16. The artists include guest artists Mary Beatle, Jo Ledbetter, Bonnie Mandoe, Lynn Leland, Joan Shepack, Lucia Wilcox and Daphne Wirthlin. 665 E. University Ave. at El Paseo, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com.

And after a summer vacation, the Patio Art Gallery will reopen with an exhibit of works by internationally known mixed media artist John Garrett, with a reception for the artist on July 7, 1-4 p.m. A Las Cruces native, Garret works with imagery and the application of textile technologies in combination with metal, glass, plastic and wood. He exhibits in national museum collections, among them the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and has twice been awarded an Art Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Dona Ana Arts Council (DAAC) has announced the winners of this year's arts awards, honoring individuals actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts in the community through leadership, support and advocacy. The awards will be bestowed at the Annual Arts Awards Gala, a dinner dance, June 1, 6 p.m., at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn. Rosemary McLoughlin will receive the Papen Family Award, acknowledging her commitment to the arts through leadership, service and/or financial support. Visual artist Ouida Touchon (see the March 2006 Desert Exposure) is the winner of the Newcomer's Award, which recognizes leadership and support of the arts by an individual (or group) who has lived in Dona Ana County for less than five years. Laurie Norman has been awarded this year's Arts in Education Award. John Pleasant, Joseph Sylvan and Barbara Toth, the founding members of the Las Cruces Friends of Chamber Music, will receive the Community Arts Award, which recognizes individuals whose work has made a significant impact on the cultural fabric of the community. The Art In Public Places award will be presented to Jackie Clark, whose works of stained glass can be seen at local public buildings, textbooks and galleries throughout the region, and who currently is creating 46 stained-glass windows for the new chapel at Mesilla Valley Hospice. 523-6403, www.daarts.org.


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