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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City & Grant County


The Blue Dome Gallery will host the debut of a new book by acclaimed local photographer Michael P. Berman, The Gila: Radical Visions/the Enduring Silence, on Sept. 13, 4-7 p.m. Photos by Berman will be on display, and book sales will raise funds for the Gila Conservation Coalition. The book features essays by a who's who of Southwestern writers on nature, including Charles Bowden, Philip Connors, Dave Foreman, Jorge Garcia, John Horning, Victor Masayesva, Jr., Guy McPherson, Alex G. Muñoz Jr., Sharman Apt Russell, M.H. Salmon and Patrick Toomay. Berman, a Guggenheim Fellow, illustrates the essays with black and white photographs of the Gila Wilderness that offer a wordless exploration into this complex and subtle landscape. Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538, www.bearmountainlodge.com.


The Copper Quail Gallery debuts a new show of wildlife art, "Pictures Tell the Story," with a reception Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. during the Gila River Festival (see story in this issue). The show features wildlife photography by John Wachholz and wildlife paintings by Jan Fell. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.


Also during the Gila River Festival Art Walk on Sept. 15, Lois Duffy Art will feature the photography of Mary Alice Murphy, with a reception 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 211C N. Texas St., 313-9631, www.loisduffy.com.



Seedboat Gallery will be featuring photography by Jay Hemphill. 214 W. Yankie St.


The Mimbres Region Arts Council's Artist Lecture Series returns on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. with Marina Zurkow's "Media Works." Zurkow's works are about humans and their relationships to animals, plants and the weather, and take the form of animated videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, installations, prints and participatory public art works. Zurkow is on the faculty at New York University's Interactive Technology Program. The program is in WNMU's Parotti Hall and is presented in conjunction with the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning. 538-2505, www.MimbresArts.org.


Featured artists at the Grant County Art Guild's Pinos Altos Art Gallery this month are: Sept. 1, Sharon White; Sept. 2, Vicki Pelham; Sept. 3 and 15, Ann Taylor; Sept. 7, Jean Hatfield; Sept. 8-9, Adrienne Herrick; Sept. 14, Ruth Hamby; Sept. 16 and 23, Stacy Schwarz; Sept. 21-22, Lois DeLong and Linda Reynolds. The gallery is located in the historic Hearst Church and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day through Oct. 7.


On Sept. 25, the Grant County Art Guild opens its 27th Annual Purchase Prize Show at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos with an artist reception at 6 p.m. This annual show will be judged that morning and open to the public for the first time at the reception. Sue Hunter, artist and juror from Scottsdale, Ariz., will be in attendance and assist in awards to the winners among 67 entries from 31 artists throughout New Mexico that were juried into the show. The theme for this year's show is "The West and Beyond" and it includes oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels in realistic art produced within the last two years. The Purchase Prize Award Exhibit will be open for viewing Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7.


Tickets are now on sale for the fourth Tapestry of Talent Fashion Show, a fundraising event for the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective (SWFAC), at the WNMU Global Resource Center Sept. 29 at 1:30 pm. The event provides an opportunity for members and fiber artists from all over the southwest to showcase their talents by making one-of-a-kind garments exclusively for the show. New this year will be winners in the categories of knitting, weaving, sewing, quilting and other fiber art categories. Live music will be by violinist Mary Holloway and Glee Maidens, and food will be provided by local restaurants. Tickets are $25 and include a $10 coupon to be used for fashions at the show or The Common Thread, a fiber arts gallery located at 107 W. Broadway. Tickets are also on sale at Yada Yada Yarn, 614 N. Bullard. 538-5733, www.fiberartscollective.org.


Las Cruces & Mesilla


The Tombaugh Gallery presents "Gourdgeous," an exhibit of fine decorated gourds, beginning with a reception Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and running through Sept. 28. The exhibition consists of the work of eight artists who participate in a monthly gourd group in Las Cruces: Sylvia Hendrickson, Marie Hughy, Wanda Sparks, Judy Folkman, Barb DeRungs, Joanna Bradley and Kathe Stark from Las Cruces and Judy Crawford from Deming. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano St., 522-7281.



The Branigan Cultural Center opens two new shows with a reception Sept. 7 during the monthly Downtown Ramble, both running through Sept. 29. The Artamants member show features works by a collaborative of local artists who have been gathering weekly for over a decade to paint, share techniques and camaraderie. Members include Nabuko Bassett, Beverly Denny, Flo Hosa Dougherty, Sheila Duffy, Marie Dwyer, Tom Gerend, Jennifer Goude, Mayanna Howard, Betty Hummer, Darlene Hungate, Janet Jackson, Jo Ledbetter, Sally March, Burt Rawlings, Susan Rivera, Virginia Roach, and Kathy Squires.


"The Enchanted Land" is a juried exhibition of photographs of New Mexico by members of the Doña Ana Camera Club. Founded in 1955, the club includes established photographers as well as those who are developing an interest in the art of photography. Its mission is to foster appreciation in this art form and to encourage the honing of skills. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, lascruces.org/museums.


The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature Nanci Bissell from El Paso and Hetty Smith from Las Cruces this month. Bissell retired after teaching 26 years from the El Paso public schools district to pursue her love of art. Smith is a transplant from Amsterdam, Holland, who works in stained glass. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.


The Mesquite Art Gallery will feature the work of Las Cruces artist Lois V. Smith from Sept. 1-29, with a reception and monotype demo Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m. The works are primarily watercolors and monotypes, along with some early Asian-influenced pieces.


"I enjoy watercolors because of the flow and transparency of the colors," she says. "I especially like Yupo paper because of the unusual effects that can happen. Colors are more intense than on regular watercolor paper."


The monotypes featured are hand-pulled using gelatin for a printing plate. Says Smith, "These are fun to create because while you can plan on the results, happy accidents can happen due to the nature of the gelatin plate." 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.


Unsettled Gallery will feature "Out of Place," works by Jean Reese Wilkey and Jenni Higginbotham, with a reception Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m. The show continues through Sept. 29. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, www.unsettledgallery.com.


The Adobe Patio Gallery will present "Down in the Valley," a show of works by 20 invited artists portraying the various facets of the Mesilla Valley. The show opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 14, from 6-8 p.m., and runs through Oct. 27. Also participating in the Mercado Arts Walk on Sept. 14 will be the Rokoko Gallery and the Las Cruces Academy. 1765 Avenida de Mercado in the Mesilla Mercado, 532-9310.


The Rokoko Art Gallery's opening will feature a group show, "Stuff from Stuff, not another stuffy art show," with artwork from community artists of all ages, incorporating something recycled. The show opens Sept. 14 with a reception from 6-9 p.m. and runs through Nov. 2. 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877.


Former Desert Exposure cover artist Bonnie Mandoe (November 2006, June 2011) will be part of the "Down in the Valley" show at the Adobe Patio Gallery as well as presenting two solo fall exhibits at Quesenberry Farmhouse. Her "Fall Harvest of Paintings," Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., will be the first showing of her recent summer work. Her "Fall Studio Tour," Nov. 24-25, will open the holiday season. 825 Quesenberry St., 642-9760, www.bonniemandoe.com.




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