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Art Shorts

Let's go to the HOP!

The Dona Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is set to serve up its annual smorgasbord for art lovers, the ArtsHop, an event showcasing a tour of selected galleries, with local restaurants providing refreshments at each location. This year, 14 galleries representing the works of dozens of artists will participate, Friday, Sept. 7, 5-10 p.m.

All net proceeds from the annual event support the DAAC Career Art Path (CAP) for middle-school students. CAP is an intensive two-week visual arts program that introduces students to a variety of art media and to the many art-related careers available.

Cati Waterman, DAAC events coordinator, says the event benefits middle-school students, boosts local commerce and creates exposure for local galleries and artists.

Laughing at the Sun in the Old Tortilla Factory is one of the galleries participating in this year's Hop. The gallery will present special works by its collective of local artists, in media that will include fabric, wood, metal, alabaster, pottery, jewelry and more.

The Patio Art Gallery, El Paseo at University, will be featuring new works from resident artists Carolyn Bunch, Winfrey Hearst, Annetta J. Hoover, Judy Licht, Joyce T. Macrorie, Julie Ford Oliver and Dan Tapper, and also from guest artist Fred Chilton.

Landscape artist Robert Steiner will be the September featured artist for the Alegre Gallery, which also will participate in the ArtsHop. The gallery will hold an opening reception for Steiner Sept. 7, 5-10 p.m. 1701 Calle de Mercado #1, 523-2311.

Also participating in the event will be Mesilla Valley Fine Arts, the shops of the Old Tortilla Factory, Julienne's Jewelry, M. Phillips Fine Art, the Museum of Art, the Branigan Cultural Center, the Tombaugh Gallery, White Raven Studio, Justus Wright Galeria, Glenn Cutter Jewelry & Gallery, Connie Hines Interior Design and the Main Street/Blue Gate Gallery.

Tickets may be purchased at participating art galleries or in the DAAC office in the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall. Tickets, required for admittance at all participating galleries, are $20 in advance, $25 on the night of the event. For more information, contact the DAAC at 523-6403.

Grant County Arts Scene

Gila resident and ceramic artist Sharon Brush has been invited to exhibit her work at the 31st annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Nov. 8-11, with a special preview party kick-off Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Brush was chosen from 1,380 applicants to be one of the 195 exhibitors. The show will include works in glass, basketry, jewelry, fiber wearable, metal, paper, leather, furniture, clay, wood, mixed media and fiber-decorative works. Five internationally renowned craft experts served as jurors for the exhibit. The annual show benefits the Philadelphia Museum of Art and attracts some 25,000 visitors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia over the course of the four days. (215) 684-7930, www.pmacraftshow.org.

Leyba and Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, in Silver City, will host a number of workshops and classes in September. Phillip Parotti will teach Beginning Woodcuts Sept. 4 and 11, 6-8 p.m. $ 35, materials are separate except for wood block. Stop in for supplies list. Turid Pedersen will teach Traditional Still Life on Fridays, Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $100, materials separate. Pederson also will teach Intro to Drawing on Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $75, materials separate. Carmen Ruiz, an award-winning photographer and fine-art printer, will lead a workshop in Photo Transfers, Sept. 22, 1-5 p.m., making Polaroid photo transfers on watercolor paper. $125, materials included. Participants should bring slide images to use in the transfer. 534-1343 to register. Marilyn Gendron will lead two workshops, Intro to Watercolor on Sept. 29, 1:30-5 p.m., and Intro to Color and Value, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $60.

Artists from across the State of New Mexico will be featured at the 22nd Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos, Sept. 28-30, and Oct. 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with an opening reception Sept. 25, 6 p.m. Robert Goldman, award-winning artist from Tucson, is the judge for the exhibit. The winning painting will be purchased by the Grant County Art Guild for $1,500. Awards also are given to the winning paintings in each category. The public is invited to vote for their favorite painting, to be announced at the end of the exhibit. Paintings are available for purchase, and credit cards will be accepted. Goldman will also teach an art workshop in Silver City, Sept. 26-28. www.robertgoldmanfineart.com, 538-8216.

The Southwest New Mexico Quilt Guild quilt show, "Southwest Enchantment," will be held at the Silver City Museum from Oct. 5-Nov. 25. The show will feature contemporary quilts celebrating the Southwest and heirloom quilts from the area.


Las Cruces & Mesilla Arts Scene

The works of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali will be featured at the Museum of Art with an exhibition of 100 wood-block prints that illustrate Dante Alighieri's literary masterpiece, "The Divine Comedy," Sept. 7-25, with an opening reception Sept. 7, 5-10 p.m. Tickets purchased for the Sept. 7 ArtsHop will be honored for admission to the Dali exhibition on that date only. For the remainder of the exhibition, admission is $5 for adults; free for those aged 18 and under. No admission fee for related events held at the Branigan Cultural Center, including lectures in the Shannon Room: Dr. Elizabeth Schirmer on "Dante Alighieri and the Writing of the Divine Comedy," Sept. 22, 11 a.m.; Mireille Dohmen on "Personal Experiences with Salvador Dali," Oct. 20, 11 a.m.; Bernard Ewell, a Santa Fe art appraiser and Dali expert, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-serve basis. The Dali exhibit admission fee covers musical performances held at the Museum of Art: Modern Classical avant garde music by the Las Cruces Friends of Chamber Music, Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, 1 p.m. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.museums.las-cruces.org.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter, will meet Sept. 9, 2 p.m., at the Branigan Public Library. Following a brief membership meeting, attendees will view a video of recent Western Fed watercolor entries and winners. The public is invited; there is no charge for this event.

"Lovely Landscapes" will be the September exhibit at the Terrace Gallery, with an opening reception Sept. 7, 4-5:45 p.m. All art is offered for sale for $200 or less to promote the purchase of original, local artwork. The gallery is on the second floor of the Thomas J. Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

The Las Cruces chapter of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media will hold its annual exhibit in the second-floor gallery of the Corbett Center at New Mexico State University, Sept. 4-19, with an opening reception Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participating artists are Barbara Armstrong, Katherine Barit, Sylvia Bowers, C.C. Cunningham, June Decker, Toby DeVoss, Flo Hosa-Dougherty, Ruth Drayer, Tomi LaPierre, Dorothy Rising and Roy Van der Aa. SLMM, an international collective of artists, was founded in New Mexico in 1982 to serve as a network of persons interested in a holistic perspective, defined as a harmony in which everything is understood as affecting everything else. Layerists are post-modern artists who have a perspective related to the time/space continuum. 541-1877.

"Chihuahuan Desert Secrets: Wildflowers," a photography exhibit by El Paso open-space enthusiast Wynn Anderson, continues this month at the Cottonwood Gallery, housed in the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall. Anderson portrays the beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert, much of which is being lost to development. The gallery is open weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., but will not be open for this month's Downtown Ramble because of ArtsHop.

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is featuring the works of featured artists Bobbie Widner and Yvonne Postelle. Widner's vivid pastels portray a wide variety of figurative works. Postelle's impressionistic landscapes in oil showcase both majestic and serene landscapes in soft colors. 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, mesillavalleyfineartsgallery.blogspot.com.


Catron County Arts Scene

Glenwood artists Lori Mitchell, a silversmith, and Lynn Cassinerio, a sculptural mosaic artist, have been accepted into "Originals 2007," a juried and invitational exhibition of New Mexico women artists. The exhibit is organized and sponsored by the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and will be hosted by the Harwood Museum of Art and Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. Works will hang from Sept. 25-Dec. 30, with an opening reception for the public, Sept. 29.


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