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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e   July 2010

Art Shorts



Silver City/Grant County Arts Scene

This year's Youth Mural Camp sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) will embellish the Silver City Skate Park. Weekdays from July 12-23, 9 a.m.-noon, campers ages 6 to 12 will work with clay and paint to create a mural on the skate park dome at Penny Park. Cost is $150 per child for both weeks, or $100 for one week. The mural will be dedicated on July 24. www.mimbresarts.org/ym_home.html

July also kicks off the Mimbres Region Arts Council's 2010-11 season, with MRAC's annual meeting on July 15 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a kick-off gala, 6-8 p.m. This year's meeting and kickoff will be at the recently reopened Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos. The kickoff event will feature music, refreshments and a silent auction; there's no charge, but donations are welcomed. RSVPs are appreciated: events@mimbresarts.org or 538-2505.

Copper Quail Gallery will feature whimsical folk art by Karen Muench, with an opening reception Saturday, July 17, 1-5 p.m. 211-A Texas St., corner of Yankie and Texas, 388-2646.

The Invitational Art Doll Show continues at Leyba & Ingalls Arts. 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com

Seedboat Center for the Arts will be featuring new work by Chris Alvarez, Jean Bohlender and Elli Sorensen, with an opening reception on First Friday, August 6, 4-7 p.m. The show will be on view until Sept. 18. 214 W. Yankie, 534-1136.

Las Cruces & Mesilla Arts Scene

A new exhibition, "Fire & Fiber" opens Friday, July 2, at the Branigan Cultural Center, and runs through July 30. The show displays works by the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces, collaborating with a variety of fiber artists. An opening reception will be part of the First Friday Ramble, July 2, 5-7 p.m.

The Branigan Cultural Center, in partnership with the Las Cruces GFWC Progress Club, will also host two "Block Parties" in preparation for the annual commemorative art exhibit to honor those lost on 9/11. In a new format for the 9th annual "5,000 Flowers" exhibit, two wood towers will represent the World Trade Center; small wood blocks will be painted with ten flowers each and then placed on the towers. The block parties are planned to complete enough blocks to cover the first tower. Anyone interested in participating in the project is invited to drop in during a "Block Party" to complete one or more blocks. All paints and materials will be supplied. The parties are free and open to the public, no registration required, on Thursday, July 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 17, 1-4 p.m. For more information contact Rebecca Courtney at mlcourtney@comcast.net or call 522-8243. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums

The Preston Contemporary Art Center will showcase six artists working in various mediums in the 2010 Summer Exhibition opening July 9, with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit, a celebration of the Preston's second anniversary, will run through Sept 25. Featured artists are Ho Baron, sculpture; Judith Content, fiber; Richard Heinsohn, painting; Tom Millea, photography; Lewis Ocepek, mixed media; and Valente Francisco Saenz, painting. 1755 Avenida de Mercado, 523-8713, www.prestoncontemporaryart.com

Las Cruces photographer and Guggenheim Fellow David Taylor ("A Sense of Place," August 2008) will be featured July 15 at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. Taylor will sign his new book, Working the Line (Radius Books), and join in a panel discussion of border issues, and his photos of the US-Mexico border will be displayed.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature two members this month, Elaine Frink and Patricia Burnett. 2570-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, mesillavalleyfineartgallery.com

The Tombaugh Gallery will be closed in July, but is accepting submissions for its 2010 juried all-media exhibition, Aug. 29-Oct. 1. The theme of the show — "IS THAT YOU?" — asks artists to consider a non-figurative concept for a portrait. The challenge is to make a presentation of a person or his/her characteristics without use of the human form. The show is open to artists living within a 150-mile radius of Las Cruces; work must have been completed within the last two years and not have been exhibited in any show or gallery in Las Cruces. All work must be for sale. For detailed specifications and application form, pick up a prospectus at the gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, or online at www.uuchurchlc.org, or call 522-7281 and ask to have a prospectus mailed to them. The application and $20 fee are due July 17.

Sierra County Arts Scene


The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery will hold its 4th Annual Birthday Bash on Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located in the old Monte Cristo Saloon & Dance Hall, built in 1880 to serve the thirsty miners of Chloride. Today the Monte Cristo, which is a site on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail, is home to the works of approximately 30 local artisans. The artists work in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, quilting, counted cross-stitch, hand-spun/hand-knit items, stamping, jewelry, woodwork and metalwork. Locally grown and produced food items such as pecans and honey are also available.

Displaying artists will be on hand for the event to meet patrons. Tom Diamond, a long-time ranch owner at Beaverhead, will be signing his historical novels Rimfire and Apache Tears, along with other authors. Homer Bryant will perform his original cowboy poetry and music. There will be door prize drawings and refreshments.

Chloride is 40 miles from Truth or Consequences. From I-25 take exit 83 or 89 to Hwy. 181, then Hwy. 52 west to Winston. At Winston take the first left past the General Store and stay on the paved road two miles to Chloride. 743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net

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