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

Art Shorts


Grant County Arts Scene

 

A Day of the Dead Shrine Tour will feature Ofrendas around Silver City at a variety of galleries and art businesses: Animas Gallery, Seedboat Gallery, Blue Dome Gallery, NM Art Glass Center, Wild West Weaving and Leyba & Ingalls Arts, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., and a reception Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m. Blue Dome will feature an Ofrenda to Tad Van der Weele constructed by Carlos Gutierrez.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council presents the next in its free "An Evening with an Artist" lecture series, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m., with painter and sculptor Tim Hasenstein, at WNMU Parotti Hall. The arts council will also hold a Guatemalan Holiday Sale, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., as a benefit for MRAC. The sale is at the MRAC/Wells Fargo Bank Gallery, 1201 Pope St.

Seedboat Gallery is featuring the award-winning fine-art photography of Robert Medina Cook. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136.

Jean-Robert P. Bffort has opened [a]SP."A"©E, a new contemporary studio and art gallery located behind ThunderCreek Traders on Bullard at 110 W. 7th Street in Silver City. [a]SP."A"E will be showing the works of Bffort, Ben and Andy Balas and other gallery artists. The gallery will host a "Meet the Artists in Their Studios" tour, Nov. 7, 12-6 p.m. Bffort describes his gallery as "a well planned self-perpetuated paradox guided by intuitive and improvisational gestures of spontaneity and openness that highlight Silver City's own local brand of outsider artists as well asregional outposts of fierce independent creativity." He adds that the gallery is designed to "herald contemporary underdog art" and is named for the spaces between things, from cracks in the sidewalk to The Eternal Void. 534-8256, aspace.studiogallery@gmail.com

The Town & Country Garden Club is dabbling in outdoor art, dedicating a new mural at the Thrift Store Nov. 12, 11:15 a.m. Members of the Garden Club designed and painted the mural with guidance from Silver City artist Diana Leyba-Ingalls. The new mural captures the beauty of the Southwest with images of wildlife, mountains and abundant native wildflowers. Eulalia Lewis, mural committee chair, explained, "We wanted to contribute to the vibrant character of downtown. We decided to add a mural, depicting the beauty of southwestern New Mexico, to enhance our storefront."The Town & Country Garden Club is a non-profit organization, dedicating to improving the community of Grant County, through sales at the Thrift Store.

JW Art Gallery will showcase works by Rosemary Otto and Greg Allen, with an opening reception for the artists Nov. 14, 3-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Otto describes her paintings as "an uncensored vision of the world." Her paintings are an imaginative experience that both troubles and delights the viewer. Trees are freed from their natural roots and the branches are filled with symbolism and imaginative figures. Her paintings have a rich and sensuous texture of meaning and emotion: "I have this creative method whereby I ask questions of myself; who, what, where and why.The answer comes to me in my head that is my creative method and my painting verbalizes my thought process.I work according to the creative method which I formulated in my head. I just paint whatever I think of and I don't censor it. It emerges one step at a time," Otto says of her work.

Greg Allen's oil paintings depict his love for the Southwest. A native New Mexican, he has called EI Paso home since 1989. Allen says, "The stark reality of nature stirs my need to capture a subject. I want the viewer to experience that same emotion to which I was drawn. The challenge comes in depicting the subject to enough of a likeness that others can share a common or similar feeling, and be drawn in as well." While working in the financial and banking field in Santa Fe, the beauty of the area inspired him to paint more. "For a guy with a full-time job, I've still managed to be a very prolific painter. I spend as much time painting, as I can," Allen says. JW Art Gallery in the old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., Hurley, 537-0300, www.jwartgallery.com

"R.O.A.R. — red, orange, always ripe," works by gallery artists, will be on display at Blue Dome Gallery, with an opening reception for the artists Nov. 21, 4-7 p.m. 307 N. Texas St., 534-8671, www.bluedomegallery.com

The 29th annual Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch Studio Sale will be Dec. 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. More than 20 new and returning artists will be featured, selling handcrafted gifts of all sorts, along with live music, refreshments and door prizes. Take Hwy. 152 to the Mimbres, Hwy. 61 to Royal John Mine Road, follow signs two and a half miles.



Las Cruces and Mesilla Arts Scene

 

The Las Cruces Arts Association will exhibit their fall show, "Our Best Work," at the Tombaugh Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The show will feature only one item from each artist — his or her "best." All media will be included. An opening reception for the artists will be held Nov. 1, 12-2 p.m. The show continues through Nov. 27. 2000 S. Solano Dr.

The NMSU Art Gallery will exhibit "Construction Zone," a new show of works by Joanna M. Wezyk this month, with an opening reception Nov. 6, 5 p.m. Wezyk's exhibition focuses on her drawings and oil paintings of Catholic churches in Poland and France, where imagery of faith is contrasted to modernity and values are placed in dialogue with contemporary politics. Wezyk grew up in Krakow, Poland, during the Soviet era and came to the US in her late 20s. 1390 E. University Ave., 646-2545.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter, will exhibit the works of 24 local watercolorists at its 2009 Fall Membership Show, Nov. 6-30, at the Rio Grande Theater. The show opens with an artist's reception during the Downtown Ramble, Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m. There will be light refreshments. The show will feature large and small works on a wide range of subjects using varied techniques. Exhibitors include both new and long-term members; artists with local, regional and even national reputations; and accomplished and aspiring artists.

The Society will hold its monthly meeting Nov. 8, 2 p.m., at Good Sam's, 3011 Buena Vida Circle. After a brief business meeting, Jan Addy will demonstrate "Pouring for Excitement in Your Watercolors." Members and guests will look at paintings by several different artists using this technique and will see a demo of the "Sweeping Pour." For information, contact Marie Siegrist, 647-1193.

The Potters' Guild of Las Cruces will hold its Holiday Sale at the Las Cruces Association of Realtors building, 150 E. Idaho Ave., Nov. 13, 3-7 p.m. and Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It's a chance to meet the artists and buy one-of-a-kind fine art gifts. pottersguildlc.com

In addition to showing at the Potters' Guild show, Las Cruces artist Michelle Arterburn will be represented at the Maria Navarra Weaving Studio Sale in La Mesa, Dec. 5, the Lucero Studio Sale in Las Cruces, Dec. 6, and Artworks on the Patio in Las Cruces, Dec. 13. Mkarterburn14@aol.com



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