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

Art Shorts


Silver City/Grant County Arts Scene

Long-time downtown gallery star Blue Dome Gallery has moved to the newly reopened Bear Mountain Lodge, where artworks will be displayed in guest rooms as well as throughout the lodge's public spaces. Gallery owners Linda Brewer and John Rohovec are part of a partnership that recently purchased the lodge. But downtown-centric art lovers need not fear! Blue Dome's spot at 307 N. Texas St. has already been leased to two new galleries, one taking the street-level space and another the upper area. Both vow to be open in time for next month's Weekend at the Galleries. 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538, www.bearmountainlodge.com

Artists from the JW Art Gallery will be featured in a Group Exchange Exhibition at WNMU's McCray Gallery, with an opening reception at the McCray Gallery Sept 10, 4:30-7 p.m. Artists include Greg Allen, Fred Barraza, Victoria Chick, Roy Harris, Thomas Holt, Gloria Maya, Dorothy McCray, Christine Sandifur, Shannon Stirnweis, Ouida Touchon and Joseph Wade. The show runs through Oct. 15. 1000 W. College Ave., 537-0300. Meanwhile, artworks from WNMU continue the other half of the exchange at JW Art Gallery, 99 Cortez Ave. in Hurley, 537-0330, www.jwartgallery.com

La Cooperativa de la Frontera will have an artisans' sale Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Wild West Weaving, 211-D N. Texas. Works from this border cooperative will include weavings, handmade jewelry, embroidery, quilted pieces, purses, clothing, rag rugs and crocheted items. The cooperative will also hold a sale in Palomas on Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., by the statue of Pancho Villa in front of the City Hall. Contact Janet Shepard, 313-9685 or janetsh@homernet.net, for information.

The Gila River Festival inspires a new show at the Copper Quail Gallery, "Nature in Art," opening Sept. 17. 211-A Texas St., 388-2646.

Artists from across New Mexico will be featured at the 25th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos, Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ken Hosmer, an award-winning artist from North Platte, Neb., is the judge for the exhibit and will also teach a workshop in Silver City, Sept. 22-24; see www.kenhosmer.com The winning painting will be purchased by the Grant County Art Guild for $1,500. Awards are also given to the winning paintings in each category. The public is invited to vote for their favorite painting, to be announced at the end of the exhibit. An opening reception will be held Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. 538-8216.

[a]SP."A"E gallery will open a new show of paintings, drawings and sculptures by Tim Read, "Natural Processes," with a reception Sept. 24, 5-9 p.m. 110 W. 7th St., 534-8256, aspace.studiogallery@gmail.com

Las Cruces & Mesilla Arts Scene

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery is showing "Unmute: Text & Image in American Art 1970-2000," through Oct. 1. The exhibit features more than 50 works, including artists' books, photographs and prints from the NMSU Permanent Collection, exploring the intersection of the written and the visual in the post-Minimalist era. DW Williams Hall, University Ave., 646-2545.

The Tombaugh Gallery will be featuring "Is That You?," its fourth annual juried all-media exhibition, through Oct. 1. The challenge to the artists, juried in by acclaimed regional portrait painter Carolyn Bunch, was to present the characteristics of a person without use of the human form. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive, 522-7281.

The Ten O'Clock Club is bringing a visual taste of France, appropriately, to Thierry's Big Chair French Pastry Café with "L'Exhibition Francaise," through October.

Los Artesanos Galeria will feature works by Michelle Arterburn , a watercolor artist, and Elaine Frink, a photographer, during September, with a reception on Sept. 11, 4-6 p.m. 1910 Calle de Parian, 526-1144.

Featured artists this month at the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery are: Hetty Smith, stained-glass pieces and fused glass art jewelry; Ray Baird, architectural and nature-related paintings; Meredith Loring, fabric and mixed media; and Penny Duncklee, Southwest landscape watercolors. There will be a reception in conjunction with "Mesilla Appreciation Day" on the Plaza, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

New fall exhibitions will open Sept. 3 at the Museum of Art, with a reception during the First Friday Ramble, 5-7 p.m.; the shows will be on view through Nov. 20. Artists from New Mexico and Texas who came together through the Ghost Town Arts Collective will be exhibiting "Down Every Side Street: New Directions in Southwestern Art." The exhibition will include works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Also opening will be works by Merry ArtToones, ceramic sculptures influenced by sources including Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien; Abraham Gelbart's "Shreddings," paintings, prints and sculpture "based on the premise that identity theft is all around"; and Joel Smith's dynamic abstract paintings. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums

The ninth annual "5,000 Flowers" exhibit sponsored by the GFWC Progress Club, commemorating the tragic events of 9/11, will open at the Branigan Cultural Center on Sept. 3, 5-7 p.m. There will be another community reception on Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, and the exhibit continues through Sept. 25. Small wooden blocks painted with 10 flowers each will be placed on the first of two wooden towers representing the World Trade Center. More than 100 artists from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Vermont and New York have provided 2,500 flowers and three poems needed to complete the first tower. The second tower will be completed in 2011. The concept of a "5,000 Flowers" exhibit began with Carol Adamec and Sondra Diepen, two New Mexico artists, in 2002. The artists chose flowers as the theme because of their universal appeal. The number 5,000 was chosen to include all those persons accounted for on official lists and those not accounted for on any list. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums

Replacing the annual ArtsHop, the new Color Las Cruces plein air art competition and community arts festival will be Sept. 11-12 in the downtown area. Attendees can watch artists as they paint in a plein air competition, Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; join in a quick-draw contest, Saturday 10-11 a.m.; shop and enjoy live entertainment. An artist VIP reception at the Rio Grande Theatre on Saturday night, 6 p.m., will feature singer Michael Martin Murphey; tickets are $40, $35 military, or $70 couples. Sunday will see a citywide gallery hop, 12-4 p.m. 523-6403, www.las-cruces-arts.org

SumArt Fest, a three-day art sale with more than 25 local fine and craft artists, numerous demos and hands-on workshops in art techniques, returns Sept. 10-12 at Mikey's Place, 3100 Harrelson St., 312-9892, 640-3869, sumartfest.org

A new monthly art event in Las Cruces' Mesquite Street neighborhood, Camino del Arte, kicks off with a bang on Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A horsedrawn carriage will travel Mesquite Street, recently certified as part of the old Camino Real, with stops along the way for visitors to enjoy galleries and restaurants.

John A. Boler Fine Art will showcase works by Shirley Thomson Smith and Dolona Roberts, with an opening Sept. 11, 1-5 p.m., at Casa de Zia, 4372 Camino Dos Vidas. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 9, by appointment. 382-6914.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society's meeting on Sept. 12, 2 p.m., at Good Sam's, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, will feature two programs: a short follow-up to the April photomontage presentation by Sylvia Bowers, andan interactive figurative drawing workshop by Lorenzo Zepeda. $3 members, $5 non-members. 532-9310.

The Border Book Festival will feature Liliana Wilson, Chilean artist and master draftsman, in an art exhibit and opening reception on Sept. 25, at Galera Tepn in Mesilla. 2220 Calle de Parian, 523-3988.

Deming Arts Scene

The Deming Arts Council will feature "Observations of Desert Dwellers," works by Columbus artists, with a reception Sept. 12, 1-3 p.m. 100 S. Gold, 546-3663.

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