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

Art Shorts


Grant County Arts Scene


Blue Dome Gallery will hold two opening receptions for exhibiting artists: "Raven Shenanigans," monoprints and paintings by Carlene Roters, May 24, 4-7 p.m., and "etc.," featuring ceramics by Elaine and Tom Coleman, May 30, 4-7 p.m. 307 N. Texas St., 534-8671, www.bluedomegallery.com

Pinhole photographer and collector Eric Renner will give an illustrated lecture on the history of early 20th-century carnival chalkware prizes at the Silco Theater, May 18 at 2 p.m. Over 150 pieces from Renner's extensive collection of carnival chalkware are being shown through September in the Silver City Museum's featured exhibit, "Glitter & Chalk: Carnival Prize Caricatures, 1915-1960." Renner is the author of American Disguise (Flying Monkeys Press, 2007), which explores the images and archetypes found in the cheap plaster figurines once awarded as prizes by traveling carnivals. Copies of the book will be available at the lecture, and also are on sale at the museum. Suggested admission donation, $4. 538-5921, (877) 777-7947.

Copper Quail Gallery will have a grand reopening, May 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. under the ownership of local artist Karen Muench, who became the gallery's sole proprietor in March. Muench will exhibit her own work as well as that of new artists Martyn Apley (clay), JoAnne Barrett (New Mexico stone wire-wrapped crosses), Louis Baum (oil), Michael Boyle (alligator juniper wood), Jan Christensen (stitchery), Arlene Rezman (accessories/oil) and Allen Sanders (photography). Sanders also will provide background guitar music at the opening. Refreshments will be served. 211-A Texas St., 388-2646.

Leyba & Ingalls Arts will host an opening reception for ceramic artist Zoe Wolfe May 22, 5-7 p.m. 315 Bullard St., 388-5725, leybaingallsart@zianet.com

"Audubon — Birds In Art," an exhibit at the Mimbres Region Arts Council, continues through June 2. The arts council will host a juried show of works by its members June 6 through Aug. 1, with an opening reception for the artists June 6, 5-6:30 p.m. 1201 Pope St., 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org

The arts council will also sponsor "An Evening with the Artist" featuring Tom Coleman, May 29, 6-8 p.m., at the WNMU Global Resource Center. 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org

Cecelia Stanford will hold a HandsOn Market Workshop, May 21-23, on "Wood/Salt Fired Alternative Kiln" with Mariana Roumeli-Gasteyer. Info: 388-0649, ccstanford@zianet.com

Upcoming classes at the Fiber Arts Center, 211D Texas St., include "Introduction to Painting on Silk," May 10, and "Advanced Rigid Heddle Weaving," June 14. Summer Fiber Arts Camp will be June 2-6. Registration information at The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733.

Artist Barbara L Harrison will open 21 Latigo Trail Gallery, June 14, with an opening reception 3-7 p.m. The studio/gallery will feature unique wall sculptures and ceiling suspended sculptures for which the artist is known. Also on exhibit will be graphic work by Henri Hovarter, fine crafts by Chris Grant, stained glass by Julie Pyron and silver jewelry by Bird. Harrison is represented in New York and in Florida, where she lives part time, and locally at the Lois Duffy Gallery, where her pedestal-size sculptures will continue to be shown. 388-4557.

Silver City artists Ann Lowe and MF Dondelinger will hold a joint opening at their two home studios, just three blocks apart, May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lowe will show new abstract oil paintings in a series called "Marginalia." The images are based on her doodles and inspired by the odd drawings found in the margins of Medieval manuscripts. Lowe also will show the original paintings from which she created her "Imagination Story Cards," currently being marketed nationally (see the March Desert Exposure). The story cards will be available to play and to purchase at the opening. Dondelinger will present studies and completed icons that she is preparing for an exhibit out of state. The traditional orthodox icons are created with traditional materials used in the 4th century: egg tempera and 24-carat gold. She will demonstrate the making of the paint and painting techniques at 1 and 3 p.m. Lowe's studio: 1316 West St.; Dondelinger's studio: 1207 Alabama. 534-0005.

Mercado del Sol, a new outdoor marketplace for local artists and craftspeople, opens May 10, and will run Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through the summer at the corner of Kelly and Bullard Streets. Booth info: 534-8285. Contact: 534-1024.

Silver City artist Mary Gravelle will offer two sessions of "Wisdom Painting Workshop for Self-Discovery" this month, May 14 and 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 956-7315, info@marysfineart.com, www.wisdompainting.com

Moonstruck Art gallery has added artist Ray Heard and Connie Power. 110 W. Yankie St., 956-5346, www.moonstruckart.com

Las Cruces & Mesilla Arts Scene


The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature member artists Carol Lopez and Elaine Frink in May, with a "Cinco de Mayo" celebration and artists' reception May 3, 1-4 p.m. 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.zianet,com/mvartgallery.

Patio Art Gallery will hold a farewell celebration May 31, 1-4 p.m. Artists Julie Ford Oliver and Carolyn Bunch will not renew the lease for the gallery, which expires at the end of June. 655 E. University Avenue at El Paseo, 541-7401, www.patioartgallery.com

White Raven Studio gallery, owned by artist and educator Sherry Doil-Carter and contemporary artist Sandy Zane, is also going out of business, closing their bright blue doors at 425 W. Griggs Ave. for the last time June 1. The gallery's last offering, "MFA Graphic Design Show," opens with an artists' reception May 10, 5-7 p.m., and runs through May 17. 525-9543, www.whiteravenstudios.com

The Tombaugh Gallery will feature original prints, silk paintings and watercolors by artist Sudeshna Sengupta, May 4-30, with an artist's reception and talk May 4, 12-2 p.m. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano. 522-7281.

thetheatregallery at the Black Box Theatre will host "Las Cruces in Mixed Media" through May 25, featuring works by Margaret Bernstein with highlights from The Complete History of Las Cruces by Tom Smith (see the April Desert Exposure). Hours at the gallery include the Downtown Ramble, one hour prior to plays at the theater and by appointment. 430 N. Downtown Mall. 523-1223.

"Fire & Fiber, Hand in Hand," a ceramic and fiber arts show in the Director's Gallery at the Museum of Art, will run May 2-July 5, with an opening reception May 2, 5-7 p.m., as part of the Downtown Ramble. The show displays works by the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces, collaborating with a variety of fiber artists. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, museums.las-cruces.org

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