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Silver City/Grant County

Mary Frances Dondelinger will present two workshops upstairs at Leyba & Ingalls Arts this month. Jan. 18-21 will be "The Wonders of Egg Tempera" and Jan. 25-28 is "Learn Traditional Iconography." 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725.

A new exhibit will be opening Jan. 4 in the Mimbres Region Art Council Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank building, featuring the photography of local "FeVa Fotos" photographers Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan. "Celebrate Silver" is the theme for this show, with many never-seen-before photos of local events, people, places and more. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 31, opens with a reception from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4.

Copper Quail Gallery will be featuring mixed-media retablos by Rita Sherwood. 211-A Texas St., 388-2646.

First place in the recent San Vicente Artists' Members Show went to Luanne Brooten for a watercolor, "The Sheltering Tree." Second and third places went to Sandy Feutz and Nancy Wachholz.

Our March 2008 cover artist, Louis Baum, died in mid-December in a five-car crash near Pecos, Texas. Baum, 79, had been a fixture in the Grant County arts scene since moving here in 2006, and operated the popular A.I.R. Coffee in Bayard for several years.



Las Cruces/Mesilla

The Museum of Art continues "Las Cruces Collects," an exhibition of artworks from private art collections in the area, through Jan. 19. Works of art featured in this display are as varied as the tastes of local art connoisseurs. For Ammu and Rama Devasthali, their collection is a reflection of personal travels and their interest in world culture. Many of the pieces they chose to display are from India, Canada and the United States. David Sudimak and Phil Born chose to feature works from the Las Cruces arts scene. For David Sorenson, collecting is a personal journey of discovery that has had an impact on his own development as an artist. Works by significant Scandinavian artists are represented in his collection. The fourth collector, Charles Townley, focuses on contemporary Chinese art.

As part of the ongoing exhibition, the museum will host a gallery talk and tour by Ammu Devasthali on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. "Art reflects the culture, ethics, struggles, and dreams of people and this varies depending on where they live," she says. "My husband and I have a very eclectic collection based on the fact that we purchase art from every country we visit. The only criteria are that the works speak to us on some level."

The museum will also host a lecture by art collector and artist David Sorensen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, the final day of the exhibition. "Art and collecting is a family tradition," says Sorensen. While on their honeymoon in post-World War II Paris, his parents purchased works by artists Joan Miro and Paul Gauguin. "My parents gave generously to help their children and grandchildren start and expand their own collections." 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.

The Branigan Cultural Center continues its exhibit "Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery," through Feb. 16. It displays a hundred years of artifacts that date from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. While many pieces follow conservative and traditional styles of this Pueblo art form, others are more representative of items made specifically for the market place. The display is drawn exclusively from the vast collection of Union Station and the Kansas City Museum

J. Paul Taylor will host an informal walk and talk through another continuing exhibit, "Life in Reflection: the Photography of Mary Daniels Taylor," on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26. 501 N. Main St. 541-2154

Rokoko Gallery is hosting an opening reception for the artists in its "Refrigerator Art Show" on Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. The show continues through Feb. 23. 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877.

Mesquite Art Gallery will feature a collection of White Sands photographs in January, with a reception Saturday, Jan. 12, 4- 6 p.m. 340 N Mesquite St., 640-3502.


The NMSU Art Department Faculty Triennial, organized by curator Linda Weintraub, opens on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the University Art Gallery. Weintraub will also give a talk as a participant in the Material Thought, Visiting Artist/Scholar Program, on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Health and Social Services auditorium, Room 101. The lecture and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Weintraub, who lives near Rhinebeck, NY, is an artist, educator, author and curator focusing on contemporary art with an environmental and social consciousness. She has curated more than 55 exhibitions, many of which have toured nationally and internationally. She has authored a number of well-known essays, catalogs and textbooks used in college instruction about current trends in contemporary art. Weintruab was the first director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute at Bard College for 10 years, and Henry R. Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College from 2000-2003, where she taught eco-art.

The gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University, near the intersection of Solano Avenue. 646-2545, www.nmsu.edu/artgal.



A photo of a helicopter, taken at a Texas air show by photographer Rob Peinert, was named Photo of the Year by judges in the third annual Doña Ana Camera Club contest. For the first time, judges also awarded a Photographer of the Year award, to club member Lisa Mandelkern.

Peinert, a freelance photographer, joined the club this year after moving to Las Cruces from Texas. His winning photo is a monochromatic rendering of a helicopter at an air show in Kingsville, Texas, with billowing clouds above the blades. Peinert used a fisheye lens and a conversion to black and white to achieve a dramatic effect.

Mandelkern submitted three blue-ribbon-winning entries to earn the Photographer of the Year award. Color photos from a Day of the Dead observance in Las Cruces and a celebration in Columbus, plus a shot of "star trails" in the night sky made up her portfolio. "I love to photograph at public events," Mandelkern says. "I try to see the sights, walk around and open up to environments, situations and relationships." The results can be more understandable or more puzzling and romantic, "all interesting ways of looking at things," she says. Her night shot was the result of many trips into the desert, often with other club members. She has perfected her night-time photography with a combination of "patience and luck," she says.

The Doña Ana Camera Club conducts one competition each year, but more typically focuses on enhancing photo skills and encouraging members of all skill levels. The club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Southwest Environmental Center. dacameraclub.org.


Hidalgo County

The Chiricahua Gallery has added a new artist, sculptor Barbara L. Harrison, who splits her time between Tyrone and Longboat Key, Florida. She is known for her wall and ceiling suspended sculptures of solid brass. Two large wall sculptures were commissioned by Neiman Marcus for their permanent collection. Both are on view at their store in Tampa. Other corporate commissions include the Bank of Toyko in New York City, Computervision in Boston, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Educational Testing Service, both in Princeton, NJ, and the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. 5 Pine St., Rodeo, 557-2225.



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