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

Arts Scene

Grant County

Artist Deborah Hutchings has just opened Hutchings Fine Art gallery at 211 B N. Texas St. in Silver City, in the space recently vacated by Bob Swisher's Last Day In Paradise. Hutchings will show her own works in watercolors and oils as well as that of other artists in the future, and describes her gallery's theme as "contemporary views of the West." 313-6939, www.debhutchings.com

Nan and Alan Spragans' Seedboat Gallery will host "Elusive Images," a farewell exhibition for internationally known Silver City artist Cass Shaw, who is moving with her husband Matt to Los Angeles to be closer to family. The show runs Aug. 6-16, with an opening reception Aug. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Shaw's works include gesso, sand and oil on canvas. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136, www.seedboatgallery.com

Common Ground gallery is featuring the fine art lampshades of artist Keith Walden with a "Dark of the Moon Celebration" reception Aug. 8, 4-6:30 p.m. (See Tumbleweeds section). The works of more than 20 other artists also are on display in the gallery, housed in the historic John P. Risque House. 103 W. Kelly St., 534-2087.

Crystal Foreman Brown will teach a class on "Design, Composition and Color" at Leyba & Ingalls Arts, Aug. 8-10, $125. 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com

Blue Dome Gallery will launch three new shows this month. Opening Aug. 9 with a reception from 4-7 p.m. are "Les Folies Potagres," extraordinary pottery by Lesley Lent, and "Heavenly Wonderland," mixed-media works by Gretchen Haas. The third show, "Gizmo & Friends," featuring sculpture and painting by Barbara Nance (see our profile in the August 2007 issue), opens Aug. 16 with a reception 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 307 N. Texas, 534-8671, www.bluedomegallery.com

Mary A. Gravelle will host an Open Studio Weekend at Mary's Fine Art, 309 N. C St., Unit A, Aug. 8-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gravelle will have new paintings for sale and works-in-process on display. Her next session of "Wisdom Painting" will be Aug. 17, 12-4 p.m. $45 includes all materials. Space is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. 956-7315.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council will host an opening reception for works by Gloria Maya in the Wells Fargo Gallery Aug. 8, 5-6:30 p.m. Pope and 12th St. 538-2505.

JW Art Gallery will exhibit "A Picnic at the Gallery," works by featured artists Dorothy McCray, Elvira Godfrey and Joseph Wade (see this month's Arts Exposure profile), with an opening reception for the artists Aug. 23, 2-5 p.m. Old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, www.thetown.com

The Bill Winter Collection will be on exhibit at WNMU's McCray Gallery Aug. 11-15, followed by an art auction to benefit the Bill Winter Collection Art Scholarship on Aug. 16, with 6 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. auction. Featured works are by John Stermer, Winston Sturgeon, Arlene Foster, Tom Holt, Bob McCullough, Chase Webb, Linda Brewer, Geraldine Daniels. The auction is by invitation only; RSVP to 538-6320, mcarthur@wnmu.edu

The New Mexico Arts Commission has announced eight recipients of the 2008 Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, including artist Harry Benjamin of Silver City, for painting. (See our profile of Benjamin in the July 2007 issue.) Other recipients are Tammy Garcia of Santa Clara Pueblo for visual arts in pottery, sculpture and glass; Jack Loeffler of Santa Fe for ethnomusicology and writing; Noel Marquez of Artesia for painting and mural artistry; Eugene Newmann of Ribera for painting; and Ali MacGraw of Tesuque, Eileen A. Wells of Santa Fe and KHFM Radio 95.5 of Albuquerque, all as major contributors to the arts. Gov. Bill Richardson stated, "This year's recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts are artists and contributors who exemplify the energy and creativity of New Mexico. I applaud their achievements and congratulate these outstanding artists." The awards ceremonies will be held Sept. 12, 5:15-7 p.m. at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony will be preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Governor's Gallery, 4th Floor, State Capitol. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public.

Sierra County

The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery will celebrate another year with its 2nd Annual Birthday Bash, Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Gallery is located in the old Monte Cristo Saloon and Dance Hall, built in 1880 to serve the thirsty miners of Chloride. A site on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail, the gallery is home to the works of more than two-dozen local artists, working in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, quilting, counted cross-stitch, hand-spun/hand-knit items, stamping, jewelry, wood work, metal work and more. Locally grown and produced food items are also available at the gift shop. Displaying artists will be on hand to meet with patrons. Tom Diamond, a long-time ranch owner at Beaverhead, will be signing his new book, Apache Tears, as well as his first book Rimfire. Patsy King will be signing her biography, Sadie Orchard, the Time of Her Life, which contains new information and photos about the famous madam. Homer Bryant will perform original cowboy poetry and music, and there will be door prize drawings and refreshments. From I-25 take exit 83 or 89 to Hwy. 181, then Hwy. 52 west to Winston. At Winston take the first left past the General Store; stay on the paved road two miles to Chloride. 743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net

This month's Art Hop in Truth or Consequences' downtown gallery district will be Aug. 9, 6-9 p.m. www.torcart.com

Luna County

The Black Range Artists' 2008 Fall Exhibit will open at the Deming Arts Center, at the corner of Gold and Pine, Aug. 9, with an artists' reception 1-3 p.m. Ribbons and monetary prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Use of Color and first, second and third place in each of seven categories: oil, pastel, graphics, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture and other. A "popular choice" work also will be recognized. The group, which is 47 years old, includes members in El Paso, Deming, Las Cruces, Hatch, Silver City and Truth or Consequences. The show runs through Sept. 6. 546-3663.

As part of its "League of Extraordinary Artists" series, Gold Street Gallery will host "Tres Hermanas-Showdown," featuring the art of Carmen Navar, Gail Bernstein and Beverly Widener, with an opening reception Aug. 23, 4-8 p.m. The exhibit will remain through Sept. 30. The gallery also will feature the internationally recognized photography of Lee Marmon, with a reception Aug. 24, 1-5 p.m. 112 & 116 South Gold, Deming. 546-8200.

Las Cruces and Mesilla

Whoever said "good things come in small packages" must have known about the International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibitions, the 9th annual installment of which will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center, with an opening reception during the Downtown Ramble, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. Organized by University of Hawaii at Manoa, this traveling exhibit was the brainchild of professors Mamoru Sato and Fred Roster. The pair wanted to see the work of sculptors from around the world. Because of the often large and awkward nature of sculpture, national and multi-national exhibitions are cumbersome and costly, so the professors restricted entries to a size no larger than a shoebox. Dozens of small sculptures from around the world show how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by the size constraints. The sculptures will remain on display through Sept. 13 in the Richardson Gallery.

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