100 Hikes in a Year
What one hiker learned along the way, and some of her favorites for you to try

A Little Night Music
Still playing at 86, Silver City musician Dane Dexter knew all the greats

Mining Santa Rita's History
Terry Humble has a passion for the mining district's past

A Real Hoot
Meet the burrowing owl, Frank Sinatra of the owl clan

Columns and Departments

Editor's Note
Desert Diary
Henry Lightcap's Journal
The Starry Dome
Talking Horses
Ramblin' Outdoors
Guides to Go
Continental Divide

Special Sections

40 Days & 40 Nights
The To-Do List

Red or Green

Millie's Bake House
Dining Guide
Table Talk

Arts Exposure

Arts Scene
Las Cruces Arts Association at 50
Narrie Toole
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind
& Spirit

What Do You Need?

About the cover


Our Cover Artist


November will be a busy month for this issue's cover artist, Narrie Toole (see "Animal Magnetism," February 2007). On Saturday, Nov. 3, she will be showing at La Esperanza Winery as part of the inaugural Mimbres Valley Artisans Festival. Then she'll be participating in the Wilderness Artisan Fair, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Inn and Tavern near Lake Roberts. You can also see her work at the JW Gallery in Hurley.

coverThe daughter of a Kansas farmer and a rancher herself for more than 20 years, Toole moved to the Mimbres in 2005. "Realizing that I may be in the last generation to live ranching as we know it, I portray each animal's individual spirit and in my way, honor the ranching way of life," she says. "As the mysticism of the Southwest has claimed me, and more and more exposure to Native American culture, I implement them increasingly in my art.

"I am not Native American, but there are significant parallels between the Native Americans and the Irish: looking into the past for answers, looking into faces from long ago, finding a way to reveal their inner spirit. I present these individuals as paintings and attempt to give pause and reflection. In both cases, I start with a bright under-painting; after drying, the original art is created on top."

Toole's oil paintings and limited-edition giclées have been well received and she have enjoyed acclaim with private, corporate and international sales. She is an associate of Women Artists of the West and charter member of the American Society of Bovine Artists.



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