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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e   January 2009

Arts Scene

Grant County

Henri Hovarter and Jan Fell are the new owners of the Copper Quail Gallery, 211-A N. Texas St., Silver City. Long-time exhibitors at the gallery, the duo take over Jan. 1 and will bedeck their space with works by a number of new artists, including metalworker Mark Bowen. 388-2646.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council gallery in the Wells Fargo building will spotlight works by the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective, with an opening Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. 1201 Pope, 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org

The San Vicente Artists elected their slate of officers for 2009. Congratulations to president Diane Reed, vice president Lee McCune, secretary Mary A. Gavelle, treasurer Bonnie Burleson. Other members of the board of directors are Luann Brooten, Libby Beck, Teresa Ali-Olivas.

JW Art Gallery in Hurley has added Patrick Archer to its stable of artists. Archer paints colorful images that feature ancient references and symbolism with a contemporary style. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300.

Las Cruces & Mesilla

The Preston Contemporary Art Center will showcase the work of nine artists, creating in a variety of mediums, in its 2009 Winter Exhibition, opening with a reception Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m. Included in the exhibition are works by Mary Bookwalter, printmaking; Ben Carpenter, wood sculpture; Ellen Kochansky, fiber art; Anthony Lazorko, printmaking; Thomas Schiff, photography; Cole Thompson, photography; Larry Vogel, photography; and Susan Venable, relief sculpture. Additionally, there will be two special Artists Dialogues events during opening weekend. On Jan. 10, California artist Susan Venable will speak and answer questions about relief sculptures she creates by combining fiber techniques in copper wire with oil and encaustic panels based on a metal grid. On Jan. 11, 1 p.m., photographer Thomas Schiff of Cincinnati will talk about his work and demonstrate the extending camera and tripod with which he shoots 360-degree panoramic images. The 2009 Winter Exhibition continues through March 29. 1755 Avenida de Mercado, Mesilla, 523-8713, www.prestoncontemporaryart.com

The Tombaugh Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church is exhibiting paintings by Las Cruces resident Michael C. Pavao this month, with an opening reception for the artist Jan. 4, 12-4 p.m. Pavao, a hard-edge painter, studied with Will Barnet at the Art Students League in New York in the 1960s. The exhibit includes two distinct styles of work: figurative works in domestic settings and untitled, large geometric paintings of interconnected forms, which begin as charcoal drawings and pulse with a jazz-like tonalities and hues. 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.

ArtForms will present "Framed!" with Ron Saltzman, owner of the Frame & Art Center, in the Dresp Room of the Branigan Library Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m. Saltzman will discuss the aesthetics of framing art.

Photographs by Danny Wade and Patricia Cameron will be exhibited at thetheatregallery in the Black Box Theatre lobby through February, with an opening reception for the artists in conjunction with the Downtown Ramble, Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m. The gallery is open one hour before all performances at the Black Box and by appointment. 430 Downtown Mall, 523-1223.

The Branigan Cultural Center will exhibit a retrospective of the life works of French photographer Francois Tuefferd this month, with his widow and current Las Cruces resident, Helen Tuefferd, present at an opening reception Jan. 2, 5-7 p.m. Born in Montbliard, France, in 1912, Tuefferd was initiated into photography by his father, a physician and amateur photographer who had a passion for trying new cameras. He began his professional career at Vogue Studio in Paris as a trainee. By 1937 he created "Le Chasseur d'Images," the first specialized photo gallery in Paris with a workshop/studio. When the gallery closed at the beginning of WWII, Tuefferd began documenting the circus world. It was his passion for the circus that brought him to the US to attend a circus fan convention. He remained in the US, settling in New Hampshire, working for private clientele as well as for magazines, including Seventeen, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. Tuefferd retired from photography in the mid-1950s, and in 1990 his photographic work was rediscovered by the French, with the Bibliothque historique de la Ville de Paris honoring him with a large show in 1993. He traveled between France and the US to promote his photograph works until his death in 1996. 501 N. Main St. on the downtown mall, 541-2154, museums.las-cruces.org

The New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter, will meet Jan. 11, 2 p.m. at Good Sam's Retirement Home, 3011 Buena Vida Circle. The program will feature 2008 Spring Workshop instructor Nancy Frost Begin, who will demonstrate and share ideas on plein air painting. For more information, call 526-5374.

Acrylic artist Judith Bess is the newest member of the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery's featured artists this month are Patricia Black and Caryl Porter. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

The new Dublin's Street Pub (in the spot that used to house Bennigan's) will host one-day fine art exhibits on the third Sunday of each month, according to artist and exhibit coordinator Al Borrego. This month's show, "Vivid Perspective," a collective exhibition featuring works by 20 regional artists, will be on display Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1745 E. University Ave. in the Pan Am Plaza. For information, contact Borrego at (915) 594-8424.

The Las Cruces Art Association will exhibit "Small, but Mighty," a collection of miniature paintings by its members, at the Terrace Gallery through Jan. 30. In keeping with the association's mission to offer affordable art, the works are priced at $200 or less. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho. 528-4000.

Luna County

The Deming Arts Council will exhibit 22 sculptures and 15 wall pieces by Columbus artist Diana LeMarbe, along with fiber arts and quilts, in a show running Jan. 3-28, with an opening reception Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m. LeMarbe's "Shield Shaman Series" represents 30 years of studying Southwestern rock art, and the works reflect an often humorous interpretation of her favorite glyphs. The DAC gallery is at the corner of Gold and Pine Streets.

Hidalgo County

The third annual Hidalgo County Heritage Quilt Show will be on display at the Baxter Civic Center in Lordsburg, Jan. 23-24. In addition to the quilts and other handwork, the exhibit will tell the stories of the pioneer women who helped to settle New Mexico's Bootheel. The two-day event is a continuation of a collection of documented histories of families in Hidalgo County, paying tribute to female settlers who have passed on their heritage through quilts; 91 quilt histories were documented in the show's first two years. This year will be the first to also document works in needle and thread besides quilting. $1 donation. Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Information, 542-9646.

Sierra County

This month's Art Hop in downtown T or C will be Jan. 10, 6-9 p.m. Galleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late. Downtown Gallery District Association, torcgalleries@gmail.com, www.torcart.com

The Sierra County Arts Council Annual Membership Party will be Jan. 24, 6 p.m., at Sea Properties, 109 N. Date St., T or C. 894-0410, rspeakes@valornet.com, www.sierracountyart.org

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