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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

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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