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Silver City/Grant County

Tis the season for holiday arts and crafts festivals. As featured in our November issue, the Mimbres Valley Artisans Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, will have arts, crafts, demos and music at three venues in the valley: the Roundup Lodge, the Living Art Studio, and La Esperanza Winery. Items that will be on display and available for purchase include original paintings, photographs, custom jewelry, mosaics, botanicals, fused glass, fiber arts and more, all made by artisans of the Mimbres. Each venue will offer a special attraction: edible art at the Roundup Lodge, demonstrations by a Pueblo weaver from northern New Mexico at the Living Art Studio, and wine tastings at La Esperanza Winery.

Festival hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roundup Lodge, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Living Art Studio, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at La Esperanza Winery. Brochures will be available with a map and directions to the three venues, and there will be roadside signs up in the valley on the day of the festival. For more information, call Peggy Platonos at (575) 536-2997 or Misty Blue at (575) 536-3374.


The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd's 108th Annual Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The garage sale next door starts at 8 a.m. Nancy Wyatt pottery and crafts will join baked goods, clothing and more; brunch will be served. 7th and Texas St., 538-2015.


Little Toad Creek Inn and Tavern near Lake Roberts will be hosting a Wilderness Artisan Fair, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live entertainment and of course food will accompany artists and craftspeople including: Veronique DeJaegher (paper, lamps, chile angels, nature prints on paper and clothing), Bill Lindenau (jewelry, hand-fabricated silver and stone rings, bracelets, pins, pendants and earrings, some with Mimbres designs), Anna Ravensong (Spirit Art Ceramics, hemp jewelry), Pam Gibson and Susan Porter (wearables and dishtowels, hand-woven scarves, vests, jackets), Lynnae McConaha (hand-woven items, organic cotton, chenille, hand-painted yarn and fiber, copper earrings), Mitchell Clinton (photography of the Southwest), Janice Tripp (woven rugs, mosaics), Patty McDonnell (jewelry with reclaimed silver, steel and aluminum), David Hallman (hand-turned bowls from Arizona mesquite), Narrie Toole (oil painting, giclées, art prints), Ruth Camp (fiber arts), Amelia Cutler (fiber arts), Michele Connelly (driftwood carvings), Judy Menefee (Mimbres designs in porcelain and stoneware), Michele Parlee (metal work, clay, Mexican crafts) and Harold Markel (juniper furniture, wood crafts). Little Toad Creek Inn and Tavern is located on the upper end of Hwy. 35, where it joins Hwy. 15. Call 536-9649 or email info@littletoadcreek.com for more information.



On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, the 9th Annual Gila Artisan Winterfest brings artisans, live music and refreshments to the Old Tavern on Hwy. 180 West in Cliff. Start your holiday shopping on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information call Mary Giardina at 535-2151.


Silver City conceptual artist Mary Frances Dondelinger uses her intricate paintings on paper plates to call attention to the plight of endangered species. A newly released book, Modern Icons: The Sacrifice of Endangered Species of the American Southwest, features her work. Dondelinger's original art used in Modern Icons will be exhibited in November at Leyba and Ingalls Art, with an opening reception Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com. Dondelinger will also give a talk, demonstration and book signing at the Silver City Museum Annex, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.


Copper Quail Gallery is featuring weavings by Susan Hill. 211A N. Texas at Yankie, 388-2646.


Seedboat Gallery's annual Holiday Jewelry Show will be Saturday, Dec. 1, with a reception from 2-5 p.m. 214 W. Yankie, 534-1136, seedboatgallery.com.


The inaugural Wind Canyon Studio Open House will be Dec. 1 and 2 at 11 Quail Run, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. This new Silver City area studio features the work of former West Coast artist and new Silver City resident Louise Sackett, who works in oils, pastels and acrylics. To get to the studio take Fleming Tank Road off mile marker 107 from Hwy. 180, to Wind Canyon Drive, follow 1.7 miles.


The 32nd annual Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Studio Sale will be Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Works include flame-worked and fused glass, pottery, jewelry, cut-paper art, fiber art, watercolors and oils. Take Hwy. 152 to the Mimbres, follow Hwy. 61 south to Royal John Mine Road and follow signs two and a half miles.


Las Cruces & Mesilla

The Main Street Gallery will be featuring two National Water Color Society Signature Artists who also happen to be sisters — Nancy Frost Begin and Susan Frost Hanssen. The show opens at the Friday, Nov. 2 Downtown Art Ramble from 5-7 p.m. and runs through December. Says gallery owner Jim Turrentine, "It's no coincidence these two professional artists are sisters, as they descend from a deep gene pool of very gifted artists — the father, mother and grandmother were all imbued with diverse talents. There isn't an art medium that Nancy isn't passionate about and excels at — watercolor, oil, woodcuts and contemporary folk art. Susan's passion resides in combining watercolor and mixed media, and she is an extraordinary art teacher and art mentor. To define their styles is challenging because each original artwork, although based in realism, communicates a very personal and subjective viewpoint revealing the innermost imaginings of the artists."

Begin won Best-of-Show at the New Mexico Watercolor Society Fall "Open" Watercolor Exhibit 2012. Hanssen is featured in the hardcover book, Splash 13. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.


As New Mexico's statehood centennial celebration winds down, Mesquite Art Gallery will exhibit historical photos rarely seen before. Says gallery owner Mel Stone, a photographer himself, "These photographs have been acquired mainly from neighbors and antique dealers." The show begins Nov. 1. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502, www.mesquiteartgallery.com.



Unsettled Gallery & Studio will be featuring works by Raul Dorn, Nov. 3-24. 905 N. Mesquite, 635-2285.


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the subject of a new exhibit at Branigan Cultural Center opening Friday, Nov. 2, during the Ramble from 5-7 p.m. and on display through Nov. 24. For the first time, the center will utilize social media by exhibiting photographs from Flickr.com, making it possible for visitors to see the number of ways in which Día de los Muertos is observed around the country and the world.


In addition to the exhibit, a Día de los Muertos altar is on display in the gallery with the exhibition. Assembling the altar has become an annual tradition for Jose Tena and his dancers and students. On Saturday, Nov. 3, there will be a performance by Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto and a posolé dinner in the Branigan's courtyard between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The dance program and meal are free and on a first-come, first served basis.


Also opening Nov. 2 at the Branigan Cultural Center is "A Mythopoetic Transformation of Space into Place," an exhibition of the works of Ann Bowie Maxwell. An artist reception will be held Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m., and the display of sculptures concludes on Dec. 1. The assemblage sculptures in this exhibition are created by a collection of objects that the artist says "represents the postmodern perspective of fragmentation, lack of purity, and the acknowledgement that what appears to be new is in fact a new combination of that which already exists." 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.


The Tombaugh Gallery continues "Aqua," an exhibit by painter Michelle Arterburn and photographer Elaine Querry in individual and in collaborative pieces, through Nov. 30. The show focuses on the clarity and the distortional qualities of water. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano.


Artists from area senior centers will exhibit "Artistic Moments" at Nopalito's Galeria, with a reception Nov. 3 from 5-9 p.m. The show runs to Nov. 25. Nopalito's will also have a Day of the Dead show running concurrently. 326 S. Mesquite.


The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature this month Ruth Ann Sugarman and Yvonne Postelle, both primarily landscape painters. The gallery, the longest-lived co-op gallery in the state of New Mexico, will host a 20th Year Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 10, from 1-4 p.m. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.


Opening Nov. 9 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the NMSU University Art Gallery, "rematerialized" features a group of eight contemporary artists from the US and Canada whose work focuses on the use of objects, performances and spaces, recycled, reapplied, recast, recombined and re-contextualized from our everyday material world. The exhibition opens runs through Jan. 11, 2013. D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University, 646-2545, www.nmsu.edu/artgal.


The Ten O'clock Club, a group of local practicing and professional artists, will open "aTENción," its first art exhibit and reception in several years, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Café de Mesilla en La Plaza in Mesilla. The group meets at 10 o'clock on the 10th of each month to discuss their work in progress and art in general. Eight artists are participating in the month-long exhibit, with a portion of the sales to benefit the women's shelter at La Casa in Las Cruces: Jan Addy, Margaret Bernstein, June M. Decker, Alice Dressler, Penny Duncklee, Melanie Stone Jack, Sally Marsh and Marjorie Moeser. 2051 Calle de Santiago, 652 3019.


The Potters' Guild of Las Cruces will hold its Annual Holiday Sale on Friday, Nov. 30, from 2-7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Las Cruces Association of Realtors. It's an opportunity to purchase a unique locally made creation direct from the artist. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The Association of Realtors building is at 150 E. Idaho Ave, between El Paseo and Main Streets (adjacent to Comcast Cable). 524-1146, 639-6786


Temple Beth El of Las Cruces has issued a call for artists for a juried art show, the Southwest Jewish Arts Festival, to be held on Saturday, March 9, 7-9 p.m., and Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The show is open to artists from New Mexico, southern Arizona and the El Paso area working in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fiber arts and jewelry, with a focus on smaller pieces. Submissions are free; deadline is Dec. 28. For information and entry forms, see www.tbelc.org, email gerie@artbygerie.com or call 524-3380. 3980 Sonoma Springs Ave.



The Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Art Festival on Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Deming Convention Center, 2300 E. Pine. Admission is free and the festival includes food, drinks and music. There will be 30-plus exhibitors, including jewelry, horseshoe art, gourds, paintings, knives, food, wreaths, art and glass works. 546-2674.


Sierra County

The annual Hillsboro Christmas celebration, Christmas in the Foothills, will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Hillsboro Community Center. Highlights of the festival will include an array of vendors selling specialty hand-crafted gifts, a vendors' prize raffle, the annual raffle of the original artwork depicted on collectible art prints, rides through town for visitors on a wagon drawn by Clydesdales, and the traditional $49.99 Art Show and Sale.

The $49.99 Art Show and Sale began years ago as a way for local artists, authors and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the art show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that — many several times more.

One-dollar raffle tickets can be purchased for a chance to win a stained-glass artwork especially created for the event by Hillsboro artist Arlene Lynch. Limited-edition prints of Lynch's artwork are also for sale.

New this year is the Vendors' Prize Raffle, where participating vendors display one item to be raffled at their table during the afternoon. Visitors to their table are offered a free raffle ticket, and must be present to win the item.

Lawrence Tedrow's Clydesdale horses and wagon return to take visitors back and forth between the main stage of events at the Community Center to Main Street merchants, including restaurants, antique shops and an arts and crafts shop. Musicians and singers along Main Street will provide seasonal and regional accompaniment to the festivities. Hillsboro is located on Hwy. 152 approximately 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63. From Silver City take Hwy. 152 east 57 miles. 895-5457, melody21@windstream.net.



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