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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City/Grant County


Three new galleries are adding to the Grant County art scene this fall, ranging from downtown Silver City to the Mimbres to Hanover and showing works from photography to stained glass. The new Red Earth Gallery at 108 W. Yankie St. in Silver City (most recently home to Ginny Wolf's studio) features photographs of the Southwest by Pud Franzblau, who creates his images the old-fashioned way — from film, in the darkroom, using the Ilfochrome (formerly Cibachrome) process. His images, including dramatic "slot canyons" and rock art, have been collected over decades; they are taken without any artificial lighting or color filters. Each photograph is then an individual artistic creation, frequently taking hours to produce.

"Ilfochrome has the most stable dyes and renders the brightest and most saturated colors of all the types of color photographic prints, so that even after a century of being displayed, its colors do not fade," says Franzblau. "It produces the highest quality archival color photographs in existence today and is the standard by which all other color photographs are measured." (505) 850-3182, www.pudfranzblau.com.

The Cottage Stained Glass & More gallery recently opened in the upper Mimbres Valley, on Cedar Lane off Hwy. 35. Owner Shirley Mize will show her own stained glass along with works by other local artists. 536-3234.

Christopher Saxman will open Fierro Canyon Gallery, 4 Hermosa St. in Hanover, on Oct 27, with a show featuring his work and that of fellow abstract photo artist Mark Raymond Mason, from British Columbia. The gallery is located in a turn-of-the-century building, formerly a mercantile, that Saxman — a retired architect and a "not so retired" contractor — has spent the last two years remodeling, working within the confines of the original walls and ceiling. Says Saxman, "The gallery will be providing an outlet for photographers and artists to show their modern works." 537-3262, www.fierrocanyongallery.com.


Copper Quail Gallery will be featuring "Dark and Light: Art in Contrast," works by local artists, with an opening reception Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. The gallery will also be showcasing works by new jewelry artists Nancy Bailey and Bruce Williams. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.

During this month's Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk (see separate story), Lois Duffy Art will be featuring new paintings in a series inspired by the Catwalk in Glenwood. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. 211C N. Texas, 313-9631, www.loisduffy.com.

The Grant County Art Guild's 27th annual Purchase Prize Exhibit continues at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos, Oct. 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The juried show features 67 paintings on the theme of "The West and Beyond." 574-2831, www.gcag.org.

Seedboat Gallery is featuring Jay Hemphill's Gila photographs as well as Mimi Peterson's abstracts and Dave Roberts' pottery. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136

The JW Art Gallery in Hurley is spotlighting works by Joseph Wade. Old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, www.jwartgallery.com.

Mary Giardina of Wild Crafted Clay will host a Studio Pottery Sale the weekend of Oct 12-14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in Cliff. Follow the signs down Box Canyon Road. 535-2151.



Las Cruces/Mesilla


New at the Main Street Gallery in downtown Las Cruces is "Art/S.W.," an exhibition of Southwestern artworks by four accomplished New Mexico artists‹Victoria Mauldin, Rory Combs, Misha Malpica and Roy Brown. This exhibit includes large-scale oils that evoke both the Southwestern and Native American cultures, limited-edition bronze sculptures, metalwork hand-forged to unite with distinctive ceramic designs, and mixed-media sculptures and masks that portray the dignity and traditions of the "Ancient Ones." It opens with a reception Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.

Two exhibitions featuring the work of award-winning illustrators and artists continue at the Las Cruces Museum of Art through Nov. 24 and will be featured in a reception on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. during the monthly Ramble. "Latino Folktales: Cuentos Populares — Art by Latino Artists" is an exhibition of the works of 12 award-winning illustrators published in children's picture books. "Artist/Illustrator" features the work of three local artists — Gaspar Enriquez, Gloria Osuna-Perez and Antonio Castro L. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.

The NMSU University Art Gallery continues "Draw a Line and Follow It: Videos by William Lamson" through Oct. 28. An up-and-coming Brooklyn-based artist, Lamson often uses his knowledge of technology to interact with and change perceptions of everyday objects. This display of some of his recent video work highlights his exploration of the interface between man, nature and machine. This is the first complete exhibition of video-based work to be featured in the gallery. D.W. Williams Hall, at Solano Avenue east of University Avenue, 646-2545, www.nmsu.edu/artgal.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features local artists Roberta Leavelle Widner, an oil painter, and Weeden Nichols, a photographer. Next month the gallery will mark its 20th anniversary. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, 522-2933.

Blue Gate Gallery presents custom matted and framed (also unframed) prints through the month of October, along with some of Flo Hosa Dougherty's original illustrations for the book, The Man Who Set the Town Dancing. 4901 Chagar, 523-2950.

Adobe Patio Gallery continues its show by 20 invited artists, "Down in the Valley," portraying the Mesilla Valley in all its facets. 1765 Avenida de Mesilla, in the Mesilla Mercado, 532-9310.


The Branigan Cultural Center presents "Artoberfest" by Penny Thomas Simpson, an exhibition of watercolors, acrylic paintings and pencil drawings opening Friday, Oct. 5, with a reception 5-7 p.m., and concluding Oct. 27. Simpson concentrates on fruit, flowers and still lifes and recently was an award winner at the 2011 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibit. "100 Years of Paint, Pencil, and Mud" by Black Range Artists, Inc.

Also Oct. 5-27, the Branigan will presents "100 Years of Paint, Pencil and Mud," celebrating New Mexico's centennial and 50 years of the Black Range Artists. Eighteen works in a variety of media were juried into the show by Fred Chilton. On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., members of the Black Range Artists will have an "Artists Meet and Greet." 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.


The artist Gabriel Luis Perez brings his most recent work to Unsettled Gallery in his exhibit "American Pie," which opens with an artist's reception on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4-6 p.m. Viewers may see the colorful work as a "zoomed-in" examination and analysis of food — primarily focused on pizza pies the artist ate when he recently returned to Las Cruces for a short stay. Perez earned a BFA in painting from the University of New Mexico and is currently an MFA candidate at Claremont Graduate University in California. His large-scale work was recently featured at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. The exhibit in the more intimate space at Unsettled Gallery includes mostly smaller work, although two large pieces will also show. "American Pie" continues through Oct. 27. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285.

Mesquite Art Gallery presents the art of Naida Zucker from Oct. 4-27, with an artist reception Saturday, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m. Zucker studied both art and science and was a zoology professor at NMSU for nearly 30 years; upon retirement, it was back to art. She's currently working in hectography, a combination of monoprinting and photography that produces one-of-a-kind art pieces. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.

The Las Cruces Arts Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a luncheon featuring local writer and reporter S. Derickson Moore on Oct. 21 at the Encanto de Las Cruces Heritage and Resort Hotel. The group is also exhibiting "Changing Seasons" at its Mountain Gallery, 138 W. Mountain St. RAYMA@claessen.org.


Early-bird registration is now open for the Southwest Photographic Symposium, Nov. 10. Now in its second year, the day-long symposium offers a large variety of classes as well as hands-on workshops for interested photographers of all skill levels. This year's event will bring to bear the talents of photographers from three area camera clubs and offer more subject tracks at a new venue, San Andres High School, 2355 Avenida de Mesilla, in Mesilla. Support for the symposium, launched by the Doña Ana Camera Club, has expanded to include the Deming Photography Club and the Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso.

"Our idea is to bring together a lot of photographic talent and share it with photographers in our area during an intensive day of presentations and demonstrations," says Ron Wolfe, president of the Doña Ana Camera Club. "By reaching out to the other clubs, we've enriched the course offerings and created even more of a bargain for participating photographers."

A new feature of the symposium will be "basic digital photography," a day-long track for photographers wanting to know more about digital photography. The session will include actual shooting assignments as well as classroom instruction and demonstrations. Other subjects include: natural lighting; shoestring budget lighting; using an on-camera flash; printing, matting and framing photos; aerial photography; landscape photography; photography with a telescope; architectural photography; and high dynamic range photography. Classes on portraiture, hummingbird photography, low-light photography, and several classes involving the use of digital software are also being offered. Also planned is a session on the legal rights of photographers . A presentation by Paul Schranz, noted area photographer, on future developments in photography will wrap up the day.

Cost of the symposium, which begins at 8 a.m., is $50 before Oct. 15, then $60. The cost includes lunch and a digital compilation of course information. For more information or to register, go to SWPSNM.org or dacc.org. For phone registration call 546-9233.



Sierra County


Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery in Chloride will host its 6th Annual Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring works by some 30 local artisans. 743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net.






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