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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e  May 2011

Arts Scene

The latest area art happenings


Silver City & Grant County


The a)sp."A"©e Studio/Art / Gallery at 110 W. 7th St. is expanding and launching into a new venture called "a)sp."A"©e cre•A•tive, Silver's Community ART Center." On Sundays from 12-4 p.m., the gallery will offer a "Creative Community Art Space where kids/grown-ups of all ages can come and play with lots of different art activities." Later this summer, look for details on art camps planned for July and August.

Artist-owner Jean-Robert P. Béffort (see October 2010) is also looking for assistance from interested people in the community who would like to volunteer, contribute to, or collaborate with this effort. He will be working towards an eventual non-profit status for the art center project. Contact him at (575) 538-3333.


In other gallery news, Kathy Anderson has moved her Ancient & Antiques rare beads to Molly Ramolla's Gallery at the corner of Texas & Yankie. beadladyak@yahoo.com.


Just in time for gardening season, Ginny Wolf Studio & Gallery is now featuring garden flags created by Windsparrow Studio in Port Townsend, Wash. 108 W. Yankie, 313-5709.


This month's First Friday in historic downtown Silver City, May 6, features a "Day After Cinco de Mayo" street dance. Galleries and other establishments will be open late.



The San Vicente Artists will hold an art auction at the Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard, May 6-7. 534-9005.


Leyba & Ingalls Arts will host a painting demonstration by David Schwindt, May 19, 6-8 p.m., and a painting workshop by the artist, May 20-22; pre-registration is required. Then on May 27, 6-8 p.m., Leyba & Ingalls opens a new show, "Art & Function." 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725.


Don't forget that the annual Silver City Blues Festival (see Tumbleweeds and 40 Days & 40 Nights sections) includes pleasures for the eyes as well as the ears. The festival's Art Walk will be Sunday, May 28.


That Blues Festival weekend, in fact, Copper Quail Gallery will open a new show of works by Mark Bowen, "Art for Your Yard," with receptions May 27 and 28, 4-7 p.m. Texas & Yankie, 388-2646.


Ongoing exhibits in town include, through May, "The Flood Season: How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch" and "From the Vault — Part II: Treasures, Oddities & Wonders from the Collection," both at the Silver City Museum; "Traditional Apparel and Jewelry of Rural China" at the WNMU Museum; and the annual WNMU Art Graduates Exhibition at the WNMU McCray Gallery. An exhibit of SRAM Tour of the Gila photographs by Mitchell Clinton continues at the Holiday Inn Express through May 27. And the Black Range Artists 50th Anniversary Celebration, featured in last month's issue, continues at the JW Art Gallery in Hurley through May 15.



Las Cruces & Mesilla


The Branigan Cultural Center will host the 2011 Spring Membership Show of the New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter in May, with an opening reception Friday, May 6, 5-7 p.m. Juror Sylvia Bowers selected 36 pieces from among 61 entries by 32 artists. In conjunction with the show, Bowers will present a special "Critique" program on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. The show is on view through May 31. 501 N. Main St., 541-2155.


On May 7, Nopalito's Galeria will be host an opening for a Cinco de Mayo art show and celebration. The opening is from 5-8 p.m.; the gallery will also be open May 8 for Mother's Day, 12-3 p.m. Among the more than 50 items on display will be oil paintings, watercolors, woodcarvings, clay works, stained glass, glass mosaics and photographs. 326 S. Mesquite.


This month's featured artist at Mesquite Art Gallery is Mildred Grossman, with an opening reception May 7, 5-7 p.m. Although no newcomer to Las Cruces, this will be Grossman's first gallery show. Gallery owner Mel Stone discovered her works at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market downtown: "I was immediately attracted to her abstract-impressionistic paintings — paintings done with a sure, strong hand. The second time I saw her, I asked if she'd like to exhibit in my gallery; a few days later she visited the gallery and said yes." The show runs to May 27. 340 N. Mesquite St., 520-0580.


The Tombaugh Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church will feature artwork by church members this month, May 8-27, with an artists' reception on Sunday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The exhibit will include work by: Margaret Berrier (jewelry), Peggy Brown (collage), Katya Gonzalez (jewelry), Viviann Heatt-Bock (watercolor), Simon Hughes (photography), Tarla Leighton (acrylic), Judy Licht (silk painting), Louise Lockhart (painting), John Northcutt (stoneware), Rich Richins (photography), Penny Simpson (watercolor), Susie Rossman (beadwork), Lois Wilson (fused glass) and Roy van der Aa (multimedia). 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.


Featured artists for May at the Mesilla Valley Fine Art Gallery are Meredith Loring and Bert Gammil. 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.


Two shows debut May 13 at the Preston Contemporary Art Center, with a joint reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. The center's third 2011 exhibition features works by Dan Olfe, textile; Nolan Preece, camera-less photography; Jeffrey Turner, metal sculpture; John Westmark, painting; and an outdoor sculptural installation created by the Desert Fish Collaborative. The works will be exhibited through August 27. The artists will participate in the gallery's Artists Dialogue series on May 14.



Also on display at the Preston May 13 through August 27 is photo technique magazine's international juried exhibition, "The Photographic Experience." A total of 28 prints from 23 photographers are included in the show. Three top honors were awarded to photographers Marcela Bolivar of Cali, Colombia; Janet Dwyer, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada; and Matt Willis, Havertown, Pa. New Mexico artists included in the exhibition are Robert and Shiiko Alexander, Santa Fe; Daniel Zolinsky, Scott Weaver and Storm Sermay, Las Cruces; and John Fowler, Placitas. 1755 Avenida de Mercado, 523-8713.


On May 14, the Camino del Arte Galleries in the historic Mesquite Street area will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Top Hat Tour Rickshaws will be available for touring. See www.caminodelarte.org for more information.


Elkin Studio Jewelers will hold an earring workshop, "I'm All Ears," May 21-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This two-day workshop will serve as an introduction to the topic of earring design and fabrication. Morning demos will take up the first part of the class and then each student will have time to work independently. Bring a sketchbook to keep track of notes and ideas. The $155 fee includes all copper and brass and limited silver. Register by May 18. 1950 Calle del Norte F2 in Mesilla, 635-2025, www.elkinjewelers.com.





The Deming Arts Council presents its 8th annual Art Fest on Saturday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m. at 300 S. Silver. The benefit reception showcases works by New Mexico artists. Donation is $8 per person, $15 per couple. 546-3663



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