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

Art Ho!

Silver City's 12th annual Weekend at the Galleries turns Columbus Day weekend into a journey of artistic discovery.

The explorer Christopher Columbus may have dropped a few notches in politically correct popular esteem, but folks in Silver City still eagerly await Columbus Day weekend. The reason, though, has nothing to do with discovering America: Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-13 this year, always offers art lovers a chance to discover Silver City's vibrant gallery scene in the annual Weekend at the Galleries.

This year's 12th annual Weekend at the Galleries ("WAG" for short), sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council, kicks off on Friday, Oct. 10, with the traditional Wine Tasting and Reception. The 2008 gala will be at Gallery 400 and the Gila House Hotel, 400 Arizona St., from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or spend just $20 and gain admittance to the opening reception plus Saturday night's "Phantom Studio Art Auction," also at Gallery 400/Gila House.

Before the "phantom artists" can have their work auctioned off, they'll have to create it — and this year's guest artists will have just eight hours to do so. Among those appearing "out of nowhere" on Saturday, Oct. 11, to create a piece of art in this year's "Phantom Studio" will be Kourosh Amini, M.F. Dondelinger, Diana Ingalls Leyba and Zoe Wolfe of Silver City; M. Fred Barraza of Arenas Valley; Crystal Foreman Brown of Animas; Marilyn Gendron of San Lorenzo; Cecil Howard of Glenwood; Judith Meyer of Bayard; and Sandy Urban of San Simon, Ariz. The artists will work in a variety of media including acrylics and acrylic medium, collage, mixed media, oils, egg tempera, watercolor, block printing and performance. The public is invited to watch — if you can find the Phantom Studio, that is.

(Word has it that this year's Phantom Studio will be at The Ikosaedar, 315 N. Texas St., from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. But you didn't hear it from us!)

The art auction will follow, with a preview at 7:30 p.m. and the auction starting at 8 p.m., at Gallery 400/Gila House. Tickets to the auction cost $15 if purchased separately.

Also scheduled for the WAG weekend is The Theater Group New Mexico & Virus Theater presentation of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Visit www.virustheater.com for information. And the 2008 Silver City Film Festival presents screenings and events at the Historic Downtown Silco Theatre and the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. Visit www.silvercityfilmfest.org for details.

Then of course there's the artwork. More than 200 artists will have their work presented in over two dozen galleries in historic downtown Silver City. Many new works will be on display, as well as outdoor sculptural pieces at several sites throughout the arts district. Gallery openings take place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.

Participating galleries and other sites include:

  • Art & Conversation, 614 N. Bullard St., 388-3350, www.artandconversation.com — Janey Katz will be demonstrating her recycled car-art on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Bring a photo of your pet and she will make a "critter from the hood." Brian Andreas' Story People featuring sculptures, prints, books and cards have a new home at the gallery, and Suzi Calhoun will have works in both clay and fiber.
  • Azurite Gallery, 110 W. Broadway, 538-9048, www.azuritegallery.com — This is the home of the Square Ring, contemporary designer jewelry by Linda and Cecil Boatwright, landscape oils by Tom Holt and Sandy Urban, watercolors by Marilyn Gendron and pastels by Linda Boatwright and Issa DeNicola.
  • Bear Mountain Traders, 910 N. Pope St., 590-7975, www.bearmountaintraders.com — Studio and gallery for Roger T. Flythe Western Art. Original paintings and tile art specializing in renderings of historic pueblo pottery, Rocky Mountain Plains Indian scenes and rural Americana.
  • Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas St., 534-8671, www.bluedomegallery.com — Featured artists are photographer Michael Berman and potter Patrick Horsley, along with contemporary fine craft and art including ceramics, glass, sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and furniture.
  • Copper Quail Gallery, 211-A N. Texas St., 388-2646 — The etchings, aquatints, monoprints and jewelry of artist Henri Hovarter will be featured, along with art by 14 southwestern New Mexican artists.
  • College Avenue Collection, 114 W. College Ave., 956-7315, www.marysfineart.com — Featuring a new series of mixed-media abstract paintings, "The Allegory of Numerical Consideration and Contemplation," by Mary A. Gravelle, plus art by Miriam Cwieka.
  • Elemental Arts, 106 W. Yankie St., 590-7554, www.gourdweb.com — Featuring Valerie Milner oil paintings, new gourd art masks and vessels, Mata Ortiz pottery, textiles, watercolors, Paul Wilson mixed media, digital art and jewelry.
  • Fiber Arts Center, 211D N. Texas St., 937-5843, www.paintedrockquiltdesign.com — Fiber artist Jean McLaughlin Cowie, designer of quilted fine art pieces, will be featured showing both her contemporary realism and abstract pieces.

  • Gallery 400, 400 N. Arizona St., 313-7015, www.gilahouse.com — Located in the Gila House Hotel, Gallery 400 specializes in large fine art pieces.
  • Howell Graphic Design and Gallery, 200 W. Market St., 388-2993, www.anthonyhowell.com — Anthony Howell's studio will exhibit his large panoramic photographs of the Chihuahuan Desert.
  • Hutchings Fine Art, 211B N. Texas St., 313-9009, www.debhutchings.com — Featuring paintings of various genres from Deborah Hutchings and other fine artists. Also highlighting contemporary fabric accessories from designer Brett Schomer.
  • Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsArts.com — New work by gallery artists including Crystal Foreman Brown, Phillip Parotti, Zoe Wolfe, Diana Ingalls Leyba and Dayna Griego.
  • Life Quest, Inc., 907 N. Pope St., 388-1976, www.lifequestnm.net — The "Outside Gallery Outside" features individual colorful mosaic tile compositions created by artists whom Life Quest serves.
  • Lois Duffy Art, 211-C N. Texas St., 313-9631, www.loisduffy.com — "A view of the cosmos that subtly combines the seen and unseen, the real and surreal." Also showing handcrafted furniture by Robert Winston, John Reeves' colorful fused glass and Jim Palmer's bronze sculpture.

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