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D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e  June 2012

Arts Exposure

Arts Scene

The latest area art happenings.


Silver City & Grant County

The Seedboat Gallery is featuring paintings by Judith Meyer (you can read about Meyer's artistic garden in this issue's Southwest Gardener column). Call for June hours or an appointment. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136, seedboatgallery.com.


The JW Art Gallery in Hurley will be featuring new work by Shannon Stirnweis. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, jwartgallery.com.


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The collection of Dr. Bruce Hayward, who recently passed away, will be sold on Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday. June 28, at the Grant County Business and Conference Center on Hwy. 180. Hayward traveled to 105 countries and accumulated many art objects. His estate contains more than 50 pieces of original art including local artists J. Stermer, T. Holt, C. Webb, H. Benjamin, M. Wilson, R. Johnson, C. Smith, M. Gendron and J. Cardona, and nationally known artists Rena Fennessy and Francis Lee Jaques. The collection also includes carved jade items as well as many carved wooden figures, costumes from many different cultures as well as furniture from Africa. Hayward was also a railroad buff and collected railroad books along with his extensive library of bird books. The collection also includes American Indian items along with Alaskan Indian items. Also included in the sale will be over a thousand 33-rpm vinyl records.

The sale proceeds will go to the University of New Mexico Foundation. An early-bird sale with an admission charge of $10 per person will be Wednesday, June 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 pm. The sale will continue on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at which time any remaining items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. There is no charge for the Thursday sale. The sale is being conducted by Lynn Geyer Auctioneer and Estate Sale Specialist; auctioneer Geyer was a friend of Dr. Hayward.


On Saturday, June 23, Ginny Wolf Studio & Gallery will celebrate its second anniversary with a Summer Solstice Dance on Yankie Street, featuring the Loose Blues Band from 4-6 p.m. 108 W. Yankie St., 313-5709, www.ginnywolf.com.


Dr. Robert Al Williams will host the seventh Biennial Art Show of the Biological Psychiatry Institute on Saturday, June 30, 1-6 p.m. at 20 Main St. in Pinos Altos. Featured artists are painter Roz Springer and potter Phoebe Lawrence. RSVP to (602) 279-1026.


Las Cruces & Mesilla

Three summer exhibitions open at the Museum of Art on Friday, June 1: Lynn Wiley's "Where is the Stopping Place," "Chicanismo" by Gabriel Perez, and "A Surprising Similitude in Mud and Paper" with works by Sara D'Alessandro and Harriet Russell. A reception for the artists will be held on June 1 from 5-7 p.m. during the monthly Downtown Ramble. The exhibits close on Saturday, July 21.

Now a resident of Las Cruces, Lynn Wiley derives her large-scale watercolors derived from her study of the ocotillo cactus. The images are without ornamentation so that they can be seen "as directly as possible… as you would see a landscape." Gabriel Perez, a native of Roswell who now resides in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, uses his southern New Mexico upbringing as a source for his art. His large- and small-scale works in the exhibit revolve around his "surveys of tacos and burgers" that "in a light-hearted way examine the concepts of Chicanismo or Mexican-American culture." Sara D'Alessandro and Harriet Russell work in different media creating similar images. D'Alessandro's works in clay are imbued with highly developed textures and patterns, while Russell uses paper, inks and paints to create and compose surreal images. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.


Recently opened at the NMSU Art Gallery is "Thinking New Mexico," a celebration of 100 years of New Mexico art. The show runs through Sept. 1. 1390 E. University Ave., 646-2545, www.nmsu.edu/artgal.



The Main Street Gallery will open an exhibit of photos by Brett Miller on June 1, 5-7 p.m. Miller will also present an artist's talk on Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to noon. A recent transplant from the seascapes of San Diego, Miller now photographs Organ Mountain landscapes, local historical architecture and nighttime scenes illuminated only by moonlight. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.


This month the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery features two local artists: Patricia Burnett finds inspiration in the works of the old masters and three-dimensional subjects on masonite. Ray Baird is an impressionistic expressionistic oil painter. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.


The Tombaugh Gallery in the presents "Anything Goes," a non-themed show by members of the Las Cruces regional group ArtForms. The show will run from June 3-29, with a reception on June 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The works include digital painting, gourd art, photography, painting, steel sculpture, blown glass, ceramics, fiber art, segmented wood turning, retablos and crosses and drawing. The artists participating will include Jan Addy, Diana Ayres, Gary Biel, Shelley Black, Joanna Bradley, June M. Decker, Les Fairchild, Liz Fisher, Sharlene Glock, Mathilde Holzwarth, David Jacquez, Ali Keyes, Susan Long, John B. Northcutt, Abby Osborn, Rosemary McKeown, Geri Muchnikoff, Storm Sermay, Kathe Starke, Mel Stone, Alice Terry, Roy van der Aa, Teri Van Huss, Kurt Van Wagner, Alice Ward, Barbara Williams, Rhoda Winters and Donna Wood. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., 522-7281.


Nopalito's Galeria this month features the BFA exhibition of photographer Joel Gilbert, with a reception June 8, 5-7 p.m. 326 S. Mesquite, 650-5690.


Digital entries are due August 15 for the Pastel Society of New Mexico's 21st Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition, to be held Nov. 2-25 at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. For details, see www.pastelsnm.org or send a SASE to PSNM-M, PO Box 3571, Albuquerque, NM 87190.



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