The latest area art happenings.
Silver City & Grant County
Seedboat Gallery this month is showing paintings by Paul Wilson. Call for July hours or an appointment, 534-1136. 214 W. Yankie St.
Copper Quail Gallery is spotlighting creations in juniper wood by Michael Boyle. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.
In Hurley, JW Art Gallery is featuring works by Narrie Toole. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, jwartgallery.com.
Members of the Grant County Art Guild are planning the first holiday party of the year at their gallery in the historic Hearst Church in Pinos Altos. The "Christmas in July" event will kick off on July 20 at 3 p.m. with an opening gala serving Christmas cookies, homemade stollen and liquid refreshments traditional for the season. Celebrations continue through July 22.
Featured artists at the Hearst Church gallery this month include: Jimmy Sowder, July 1; John O'brien, July 6 and 20; Vicki Pelham, July 8; Marilyn Burbrink, July 14; Barbara Kejr, July 27; Carolyn Gray-Patty, July 28; and Mary Soulé, July 29.
The seasonal gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and major holidays through Oct. 7.
The Grant County Art Guild is also putting out a call for entries for its 27th Annual Purchase Prize Award Juried Exhibit, with a $1,500 purchase price for the Best of Show winner and other cash awards. Entry forms are due August 6; the show will open with a reception on Sept. 25. See the guild's website at www.gcag.org for more information and entry forms.
In conjunction with next month's Clay Festival (see story in this section), Art & Conversation will feature a "Whimsical Animals" tile exhibit, opening August 3. 614 N. Bullard, 388-3350.
The fourth biennial Tapestry of Talent fundraising fashion show, Sept. 29, is looking for handmade fashions and accessories. The juried show features garments as wearable art. Entry forms and details are available at www.fiberartscollective.org. Deadline to submit is August 25, 2012. This year's show will be at the WNMU Global Resource Auditorium, to accommodate the growing number of attendees, and the ticket price includes a coupon that can be used at the show or The Common Thread. For more information, visit The Common Thread gallery at 107 W. Broadway or call 538-5733.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The Branigan Cultural Center presents "beautiful," an exhibition of the works of Michael Ponce, opening on Friday, July 6, with a reception 5-7 p.m., and running through August 25. A native of Las Cruces, Ponce studied at New York's Art Students' League and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he received his BFA and began a career in commercial fashion art. But he soon became more interested in fine art and resumed his studies at the New York Academy of Art and at Oxford University. As he progressed, he incorporated his study of anatomy and the understanding of the human body into his work. In 2004, he was awarded the "Bruce Stevenson Memorial Award for Portrait" by The National Arts Club of New York City.
His thirst for knowledge of classical painting was so strong, Ponce says, that he "didn't stop until I could do it." Today he paints "right on the canvas, going back and forth between foreground, middle-ground and background so they are seamless." He blends his knowledge of classicism with modernism. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.
Nopalito's Galeria will be featuring Joe Hidalgo, with an opening reception July 6, 5-7 p.m. A teacher for 37 years, Hidalgo produces art work in various mediums and subjects with an emphasis on local culture and heritage. 326 S. Mesquite St., 650-5690.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature Judy Bess and Mary Zawacki this month. Bess is a Las Cruces acrylic artist who has been called a "colorist" because her work shows the vibrant palette of the desert Southwest. Zawacki recently moved to Las Cruces from Los Angeles, where she had a long career as an advertising art director and graphic designer working for major movie studios; she works primarily in oil, watercolor and pastel. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
"Thinking New Mexico," a celebration of 100 years of New Mexico art, continues at the NMSU Art Gallery through Sept. 1. 1390 E. University Ave., 646-2545, www.nmsu.edu/artgal.
The Tombaugh Gallery is calling for regional artists within a 250-mile radius of Las Cruces to submit proposals for exhibitions for 2013. Submissions should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1, 2012. Address submissions to: Peggy Brown, 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces, NM 88001. For details call 522-7821.
Running Horse Gallery in Pleasanton, near Glenwood, is closing, a victim of the area's recent fires and subsequent flooding fears.
To celebrate Independent Retailers Month, Celestial Creations Enchanted Gifts of New Mexico in Truth or Consequences is hosting a special reception on Saturday, July 14, from 5-8 p.m. Boutique/gallery owner Celeste Rich will be presenting for the first time the art of L. Heath, a Placitas artist specializing in the relatively new genre of fusionism. Heath says, "The hallmark of fusionism is the creation of a new wholeness that blurs the lines among different cultures, old versus new media, different time periods, and human versus machine-generated work."
Also featured will be weaver Shirley Russo of Las Cruces, creator of "Weave Me Alone" one-of-a-kind tapestries, scarves and shawls. Music will be provided by guitarist Mark Humble, who will be releasing a new CD at the event. 220 N. Date St., 894-7591, www.celestial-creations-nm.com.
July 14 is also the Second Saturday Art Hop in T or C, from 6-9 p.m. Many downtown shops and galleries stay open late with specials, live music and food. See www.sierracountyevents.com for details.
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