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

Arts News

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The Branigan Cultural Center will host "Images of Tortugas," a photographic essay by Robert Kaiser, beginning Nov. 13. The artist will be present at a reception held in conjunction with the First Friday Ramble on Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m. The small village of Tortugas, located about three and a half miles outside of Las Cruces, was established in the early 1850s. The first inhabitants were made up of Manso Indians from the Guadalupe Mission in present-day Juarez, Tiguas from Isleta del Sur, and Piro Indians from Senec del Sur and Socorro del Sur. Since the village's founding, generations have observed the annual feast days of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Organized by the Corporacion de Los Indigenes de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, a key activity of the event is the four-mile pilgrimage up Tortugas Mountain, also known as "A" Mountain by NMSU students. In 2008 Robert Kaiser joined the pilgrimage and the resulting photography makes up the "Images of Tortugas" exhibit. Kaiser is currently working on a book project documenting Hispanic culture with Professor Spencer Herrera of NMSU. In conjunction with the exhibit, a special screening of "Our People, Our Faith Our Lady" will be held at the Rio Grande Theater, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. The documentary explores the three-day Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The free tickets are available at City Hall. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, www.las-cruces.org/museums

November's featured artists at the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery are Hetty Smith and Lupe Apodaca, with an opening reception Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m. 522-2933, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe.

Explore the world of pattern and abstraction as three new exhibits opening at the Museum of Art, Nov. 20. An artists' reception will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Ramble, Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m. Albuquerque artist Margi Weir presents "Three Decades of Inquiry," a retrospective of her work in multiple mediums. While focusing on painting throughout her career, Weir's work is often sculptural, and has evolved over the years from abstract to figural. She has advanced degrees in painting from both UCLA and NMSU and is currently an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.

"Swarm" is the work of local artist and NMSU associate professor Julia Barello. She works with discarded X-ray film that is dyed and intricately cut into shapes inspired by nature. Her obsessive, jewel-toned installations are created by arranging the film into patterns and pinning it directly to the wall. Barello's artwork has been exhibited across the country and she was recently awarded Best in Show, Alternative Media, at the 2008 Southwest Biennial at the Albuquerque Museum.

And "Mirage," the work of jewelry artist Rachelle Thiewes, also is on display at the museum. This collection, constructed of steel, silver and automobile paint, was inspired by "the interplay of light and shadow and the resulting distortions of reality." Thiewes' unique jewelry is held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She currently is a professor at the University of Texas-El Paso. 491 N. Main St., at the north end of the downtown mall. 541-2137, www.museums.las-cruces.org

Painter Joshua Rose will discuss his the body of work, including his paintings currently on exhibit at the Preston Contemporary Art Center, in the latest of the gallery's series of Artist Dialogues, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. There is no admission charge. Rose grew up in New York City's garment district, and the early exposure to patterns, rhinestones, bangles, beads and sequins left a lasting impression that has found its expression in his current work. The dual-layered iconography in his paintings weaves together his interests in Zen Buddhism, science, the nature of waves and particles, light, change and more. Rose chaired the NMSU Art Department for a decade, and was named Professor Emeritus after 27 years at the university. He now paints full-time in his studio in Las Cruces. 1755 Avenida de Mercado, 523-8713, www.prestoncontemporaryart.com

The third annual Picacho Corridor Fall Studio Tour will be held the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The participating studios are all within a 10-minute drive, which makes this little tour particularly attractive and accessible, even a way to walk off a few Thanksgiving pounds. A few of the familiar artists include 2009 Artshop award-winners Bonnie Mandoe and John Northcutt as well as Tauna Cole, Penny Duncklee, Linda Gendell and Ouida Touchon, along with other surprise painters and sculptors. Look for the yellow "Open Studio" signs along Picacho Avenue. For further information call Touchon at 635-7899.

And sadly, the city recently lost another gallery. Nunz and da City gallery, 2488 Calle Principal, has closed.



Luna County Arts Scene

 

The Deming Arts Council will host "Paintings on Canvas, Gourd and Rock," Nov. 3-25, with a reception and book signing of The Golden Turkey Baster Chronicles on Nov. 8, 1-3 p.m. 100 S. Gold St., 546-3663.



Sierra County Arts Scene

 

RioBravo Fine Art in T or C, will celebrate the tradition of the Day of the Dead by exhibiting a wide diversity of works by more than 25 artists from around the state. The exhibition will include diversity of mediums and styles, from assemblages of found/recycled objects that include metal, wood and glass, to papel picado, decorated sugar skulls, ceramic shrines, Azteca tribal paintings, hand-glazed tile art, nichos and retablos with religious images and pop art nostalgia folklore representing Hispanic and Mexican traditions. The show opens Oct. 31, with a reception 6-9 p.m., and runs through Nov. 22. 110 N. Broadway, 894-0572, www.riobravofineart.net

The artwork of Melody Sears will be featured in a one-woman show of paintings at Percha Creek Traders in Hillsboro, Nov. 14-Dec. 6, with an opening reception Nov. 14, 12-4 p.m. The show, "A Hillsboro Year," depicts local scenes, moods and seasons through the medium of pastel, revealing the beauty of this historic mining town located at the foot of the Gila National Forest. In conjunction with this exhibition and sale, Percha Creek Traders will be selling gift wall calendars for 2010 titled "A Hillsboro Year" that showcase the paintings displayed in the show. Percha Creek Traders is located on Hwy. 152 in downtown Hillsboro, 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63. 895-5457, www.perchacreektraders.com

Southern New Mexico's oldest arts organization, Black Range Artists, Inc., will show its Winter 2009-2010 Exhibit at Main Street Gallery in T or C, opening with an artists' reception Nov. 14, 3 p.m. until closing, and continuing through Jan. 6. The group, which is 47 years old, includes members in El Paso, Deming, Las Cruces, Hatch, Silver City and Truth or Consequences, and includes artists working in a wide variety of media. 108 Main St., 740-2991.

The monthly Art Hop in Downtown Truth or Consequences will be Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m. Galleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late. torcgalleries@gmail.com, www.torcart.com

The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery will hold the Fourth Annual Yuletide in Chloride, Nov. 7-15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. More than two-dozen local artisans will offer a selection of items for gift giving and holiday decor. Chloride is located just 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy. 52. 743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net

January Roberts has opened Gallery with a Card Shop, Etc. in T or C, featuring photographs and more than 300 original photographic greeting cards, a monthly featured artist, gifts and other wares. Hours are Weds.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 422 Broadway.



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