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Silver City/Grant County

Seedboat Gallery's annual Holiday Jewelry Show will open 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, featuring works by Louise Sackett.

The 32nd annual Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Studio Sale is 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.

A Christmas Boutique featuring crafts and gifts will be held at the Grant County Business & Conference Center on Hwy. 180, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 534-3991, 313-5858, campocats@msn.com.

Victoria Chick's Cow Trail Art Studio in Arenas Valley has a new exhibit of original 19th and 20th century prints. December hours are Monday 1-3 p.m. or by appointment. 119 Cow Trail, www.victoriachick.com.


New work by watercolor/mixed media artist Brent Flenniken will be featured in an exhibit opening at Gallery 400 on Friday, Dec. 7, with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. with classical guitar music by Freddy Rodriguez. The exhibit will consist of over 30 new paintings by Flenniken, a highly spontaneous painter who paints colorful Southwest and Mexican landscapes, mission churches, carnival scenes, watercolor portraits, florals and abstract compositions. His paintings are known for magical, dreamlike images and for the use of mythical, subliminal figures and images. His work has been exhibited widely in US and Mexican galleries, and is included in collections in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Flenniken grew up in the Southwest and received art degrees from Texas Tech University and Western New Mexico University. In addition to painting, Flenniken is also known for his efforts in teaching art in Texas and at the prestigious Institutito de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

In addition to Flenniken's work, Gallery 400 will also show selected pieces of hand-carved walnut furniture and crosses created by another well-known Silver City artist, Dink Tatsch. 400 N. Arizona, 313-7015.



The Silver City Museum Society will host a trunk show for local artist Karen Muench on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum. Prints, cards and postcards will be for sale on this day only, with a percentage of the sales going to the society. The Museum Store regularly sells Muench's cards, but does not have the space to display her wonderful prints.

Says Muench, "I like to create brightly colored whimsical southwestern scenes. Imaginative tortugas appear in my art as well because of a recent close encounter with sea turtles while snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. A favorite quote by Albert Einstein, 'imagination is more important than knowledge,' continues to inspire my work. I like to bring joy to viewers by developing interesting, unusual juxtapositions." 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.

A studio sale of Nizhoni Pottery by Romaine Begay will be held Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 3235 Little Walnut Road. 590-0698.

Lois Duffy Art Gallery will become Lois Duffy Art Studio as of Jan. 1, 2013. The Studio will be open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., showing paintings, prints and cards by Duffy. 211C N. Texas, 534-0822.


Las Cruces & Mesilla

The Potters' Guild of Las Cruces continues its Annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Las Cruces Association of Realtors, 150 E. Idaho Ave. 524-1146, 639-6786.

The NMSU University Art Gallery continues to show "rematerialized," which focuses on the use of objects, performances and spaces that are recontextualized from our everyday world. Williams Hall, University Ave. east of Solano, 646-2545.

The colorful works of award-winning conceptual artist Marilyn Sahs will be on display in the El Paso Electric Gallery, south of the Rio Grande Theatre lobby, for the month of December, with an artist reception on Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m., as part of the Downtown Art Ramble. A professional working mixed media artist, Sahs spent her formative years in Cuxhaven, Germany, and now resides in Santa Fe. Her work can best be described as "eclectic, sometimes playful, sometimes erotic and often complex." Her work has been displayed in various locales across the Southwest and she recently served as artist-in-residence at the historic Santa Fe Foundation's James L. Johnson House in Santa Fe. 211 N. Main, 523-6403.

The Main Street Gallery continues its show of two National Water Color Society Signature Artists who also happen to be sisters — Nancy Frost Begin and Susan Frost Hanssen. 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.



The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features two local artists, Bert Gammill and Naida Zucker. Gammill is a multimedia artist primarily working in watercolor and oil. Zucker combines gelatin monoprinting (hectography) with digital photography. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com

Linda Marlena Carr is opening a new art gallery and gift shop, Creative Harmony, at 220 N. Campo St. in downtown Las Cruces. Hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday, from 12-5 p.m. Creative Harmony will offer fine art, presenting the works of selected local artists including Ed Breeding, Dennis Lujan and Phil Yost, as well as crafts and gifts. 312-3040.

Aralia Gallery will feature the photographic art of Ron Saltzman, with an opening during the Ramble on Dec. 7, 4-9 p.m. Titled "The ME (My Environment) Show," it is Saltzman's first one- man show of his photographs, including photos of area landscapes, a recent photo safari to the Ladder and Armendaris ranches, and art-oriented automobile photographs. Saltzman, who owns the Frame and Art Center, says, "I have had a passion for photography all of my life. I took courses in photography at the University of Texas at El Paso while getting my BBA. Living in the Las Cruces area has afforded me many great opportunities to experience the magnificent diversities of landscapes, skies and unbelievable colors. I do not use any photo manipulation programs when printing my photos. I try hard to present the image and the color the way I saw it as it was happening. Trying to get the unconventional shot can be very challenging, but well worth the effort." 224 N. Campo, 650-7543.

Mesquite Art Gallery is hosting a special holiday exhibit with new items by Wanda Fuselier, Greta Berger and Luke Tumblin with a Christmas or holiday theme. There will also be an art demo during camino del arte, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Horrse wagons will shuttle patrons between galleries and other merchants. 340 N. Mesquite St., 540-3502, www.mesquiteartgallery.com.

The fall semester's graduating NMSU Graphic Design students will hold a senior art show, "Up All Night," at the Corbett Student Union Art Gallery, with a reception Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m. The show will exhibit the photographic, drawing, craft, digital design skill sets and unique work of eight individual designers. Contact Casey Webb, 442-1974, or Liz Brown, (505) 908-0511

Also opening Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m., are "First Impressions" and "What Has Been," thesis exhibitions that showcase the work of NMSU Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating seniors, Ammie Ward and Stephanie Wagner, at the West End Art Depot Gallery. 649-1455, 405-2620, or 312-9892.

The Tombaugh Gallery presents Micah Pearson's "Digital Dreams," a show that moves through space and time, melding the realistic and the fantastical, using mixed-media including photography, hand drawing and digital modeling and manipulation. The exhibit will run from Dec. 2-Jan. 30, with an artist's reception Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.


Hidalgo County

The Chiricahua Gallery Holiday Show in Rodeo continues through Jan. 5. The show features original work by local and regional artists and artisans. Located in an historic building that has evolved from frontier saloon to church to its present incarnation, the gallery has been serving area residents as well as visitors to nearby Portal, Ariz., since 1986. Income from artist sales goes to further the cultural and educational experiences through scholarships, art for kids, exhibits and workshops. Open every day except Wednesdays and holidays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pine Street and Hwy. 80, 557-2225, www.chiricahuagallery.org.


Sierra County

The Monte Cristo Gift Shop and Gallery in Chloride will again be hosting "Yuletide in Chloride." The 7th annual event featuring local artists will be Dec. 1-9, daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy. 52, 743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net.



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