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

The Deal of the Art

The "Public Hanging" and a community sale on May 14
make art accessible to everybody.


An old Silver City tradition — the Public Hanging — will be making a comeback on Saturday, May 14. But don't worry — it's an art sale, not a "necktie party."

A painting by Lois Duffy of local artist Lee McCune, as he dressed up for a previous Public Hanging event.

Lois Duffy, owner of the Yankie-Texas gallery that bears her name, explains, "About 11 years ago Lenny Leff, who then owned the Broadway Gallery, came up with the idea for the first Public Hanging. The idea was to block off Broadway and hang clothesline along the street where artists could hang their sketches, prints, etc., and inexpensive original art for the public to purchase. It happened over the July 4th weekend and was fun and successful."

The following year, the Mimbres Region Arts Council picked up the idea and sponsored another "hanging." Duffy says, "It then died off and hasn't occurred again until now, when the Yankie-Texas Art District galleries decided it might be fun to revive it."

So on May 14, the first block of Yankie Street and the two blocks of Texas Street from Market Street to Broadway will be closed to traffic. The Public Hanging will start at 8 a.m. and continue to mid- to late afternoon. Artists interested in clearing out their studios and selling inexpensive art at the event should contact Ginny Wolf's Gallery on Yankie Street or call Duffy at (575) 313-9631.

The May 14 date was picked, Duffy adds, because that's also the Saturday when the Silver City Arts and Cultural District (ACD) is holding its second annual Community Sale of Art Tools, Materials and Supplies. "We thought the two events would go together well and the ACD agreed," she says. Food vendors and music will add to the festivities.

The Community Sale will also be on Texas Street downtown, at the Old Elks Lodge, 315 N. Texas, from 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon. Karen Lauseng, ACD coordinator, says, "This will be a GIANT yard sale of art tools, materials and supplies. The sale will include donated items as well as items sold on consignment." Proceeds will benefit the Silver City Arts and Cultural District.

Donated items will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays through May 12, at Leyba and Ingalls Art, 315 N. Bullard. Donations and consignment items (25% consignment fee) will be accepted at the Old Elks Lodge on Friday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Items for the sale include "anything and everything used to make art in ALL art disciplines," Lauseng says: paper, fabric, yarn, paint, art and craft books, sheet music, dancing shoes, pencils, journals, tools for clay, jewelry making tools, files, mandrels, musical instruments, video equipment, cameras, frames, chalks, looms, lapidary equipment, etc. She adds, "If you create artwork of any kind, please consider cleaning out your studio and either donating or selling on consignment any unused items."


To make early arrangements for consignment sales or for further information, contact Lauseng at (575) 534-6343 or karen@silvercityacd.org.

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