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D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    March 2008

Art Shorts


Grant County Arts Scene

Organizers of the fourth annual Gila River Festival are looking for artists to illustrate the 2008 festival's theme: "Celebrating the Gila River as a Source of Inspiration." Artists are invited to submit their original works to the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance by March 17. The winning entry will be made into the festival's official poster, with an accompanying cash prize of $150. Any two- or three-dimensional media, including but not limited to prints, oils, pastels, acrylics, water media, pen and ink, graphite, photography, mixed media, sculpture, weaving, or ceramics will be considered. Images should represent some aspect of the Gila River. Runner-up winners will receive $50. Select artists will also be invited to show their artwork during the festival. Works may be mailed to the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, PO Box 383, Gila, NM 88038, or submitted electronically to director@ugwa.org Artwork must have the artist's name, address, phone or e-mail and a short statement about the inspiration for the work. Examples of previous years' posters can be viewed at www.gilaconservation.org/3rdgilariverfestival.shtml For complete submission details and information on the festival art show, call 313-2203.

Organizers say the theme for the festival — the river as a source of inspiration — will bring together experts and laypersons, artists and scientists from many disciplines, to converge on the topic of the Gila River as experienced through creative expression. Through rock art, nature writing, field sketching, weaving, song writing, performance and photography, the arts and sciences will meet through active discussion and demonstration. Over the course of four days, the festival will include intensive workshops co-led by artists and scientists, a keynote speaker, lectures, hikes, and performances.

Artist Diana Ingalls Leyba, co-owner of Leyba & Ingalls ARTS on Bullard St., in conjunction with the Mimbres Region Arts Council's Youth Mural Program, is coordinating and helping produce a river mural, to be painted in Silver City's downtown. Lead artist Zoe Wolfe is working with a team of local youth to design and paint the mural, and part of the funding for the project is coming from the Gila River Festival. The mural will be dedicated during the festival.

Gallery owners who would like to participate during the Gila River Festival, Sept. 18-21, can contact John Rohovec or Linda Brewer at Blue Dome Gallery, 534-8671. bluedome@zianet.com

Things are in full swing at the Fiber Arts Center, 211 D N. Texas St. in Silver City, the new, expanded digs for the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC), operators of The Common Thread gallery on Broadway. The group has announced its slate of upcoming classes: Fabric Book Cover, March 8; Beginning Quilting, March 29 and April 4, 12; Rigid Heddle Weaving, April 19; Inkle Weaving, April 20; and Basket Making, April 26. SWFAC is a grassroots non-profit organization with the goal of stimulating and supporting successful cottage industry in the Southwest by connecting fiber artists with one another and with opportunities to sell work, learn new skills, teach and secure materials. To register for classes, call The Common Thread at 538-5733.

The San Vicente Artists will hold their next meeting March 9, 2 p.m., at Chris Selmer's residence, 302 E. 19 St. in Silver City. And the group will hold the 2nd Annual San Vicente Student Art Show at the Silco Theater, April 18-19. The show is open to juniors and seniors in the Grant County school district. Call for entry forms and info: 388-1260, 534-4269.

Silver City's gallery musical chairs continues: Bill Blakemore and Pat Bouchard will move out of Copper Quail gallery by the end of this month to open a new gallery, Moonstruck, maybe as early as April Fool's Day, at 110 Yankie St., the spot recently occupied by Ann Simonsen's gallery. Simonsen is moving up the block to the spot vacated last month by Eklektikas gallery, which moved up the block into Seedboat Gallery. Artist Karen Muench is staying put at the Copper Quail.

Before moving, Ann Simonsen will be having a studio sale, March 7-8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at her Broadway and Bullard location (over Isaac's bar, entrance on Broadway).

The Mimbres Region Arts Council gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank building will host an opening reception for a new show on the theme of "Birds in Art," March 28, 5-6:30 p.m.

Leyba & Ingalls ARTS is featuring works by Paula Livingston. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725. LeybaIngallsART@zianet.com, www.zianet.com/LeybaIngallsART

JW Art Gallery in Hurley will be featuring landscapes by Thomas Edward Holt and monotypes by Christine Sandifur. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0330, gallery@thetown.com, www.thetown.com

Las Cruces & Mesilla Arts Scene


The Museum of Art will exhibit "Sandstone, Rivers and Sea," brightly colored gestural landscape paintings by award-winning Santa Fe artist and teacher Jakki Kouffman, March 7-April 5, with an opening reception for the artist March 7, 5-7 p.m. The show features recent works in acrylic with imagery drawn from nature, memory and the imagination. Kouffman has shown her work across the country and won awards in many venues. She has had solo exhibits at the Wichita Museum, the Hutchinson Museum and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and her work appears in several books. A graduate of Brandeis University, Kouffman was awarded a Sachar International Fellowship to study in Pietrasanta, Italy, and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York. She has taught workshops around the country for more than 20 years and presently teaches at Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education. 501 N. Main St. in the downtown mall, 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org

Laughing at the Sun gallery will feature four women artists — jewelry makers Katya LeBlanc and Aline Fister, Las Cruces painter Wilma Parker and potter Irine S. Roane — for the month of March with an opening reception March 1, 5-7 p.m. LeBlanc's work is designed to highlight the beauty of natural materials such as gemstones and precious metals. Fister uses stones cut by local lapidarian Jack Shaver to create necklaces with scenes or designs in the stone. In her paintings, Parker specializes in churches and angels. Roane's pottery is known for her glaze work. 1910 Calle De Parian, in the Old Tortilla Factory, 523-1890.

Works by Luis Fuentes, a native of Peru, will be exhibited at the Branigan Cultural Center March 7-29, with an opening reception for the artist during the Friday Night Ramble, March 7, 5-7 p.m. Fuentes' mixed-media show includes both still life compositions and landscapes. He works in watercolor and oils, using the vibrant colors and subjects from his native land. Fuentes was awarded a Diploma of Recognition in 1991 by the Peruvian National Cultural Institute for his contributions to the development of Peruvian art. His work is found in art galleries and private collections in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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