The latest area art happenings.
Silver City & Grant County
A new photography exhibit, "Ft. Bayard: New Mexico's Newest Ghost Town," opens Feb. 1 in the Mimbres Region Arts Council gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank building, with a reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show features the work of FeVa Fotos photographers Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan as they present, through their images, the beauty, potential and current deterioration of this national historical landmark. There will also be an array of photos from the adjoining Ft. Bayard National Cemetery, as well as a glimpse at Ft. Bayard's much ignored "Potter's Field." In recognition of Black History Month, the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at the fort will also be commemorated. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.
Members of the Ft. Bayard Historic Preservation Society will be at the reception, in period dress, displaying Ft. Bayard historical information and news of current efforts to save this site. In support of the society's work, 10% of all sales of photography featuring Ft. Bayard, either purchased during the show or through FeVa Fotos' website (fineartamerica.com/profiles/feva-fotos.html), will be donated to the Ft. Bayard Historic Preservation Society. There will also be a silent auction that will run for the duration of the show, with proceeds to the organization. 1201 N. Pope.
The new exhibit at Cow Trail Art Studio in Arenas valley is "100 Years Of American Landscape — 1879 to 1980." Curated from the 43-year private collection of artist Victoria Chick, the exhibit features original, signed prints by Eric Gibberd, Margaret Jordan Patterson, A.F. Bellows, Birger Sandzen, Milford Zornes, Charles Dahlgreen, Roi Partridge and Philip Cheney. Included are etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and a graphite drawing enhanced with watercolor. Cow Trail Art Studio will be open to visitors during winter months Mondays only from noon until 3 p.m. or by appointment. Small group, informal and free "coffee lectures" can be arranged with 24-hour notice to learn more about the artists' lives and the techniques they used. The exhibit will be on view until the end of April. 119 Cow Trail, Arenas Valley, (760) 533-1897.
Copper Quail Gallery this month features works in fiber by Jane Bowen. 211-A Texas St., corner of Yankie and Texas, 388-2646.
The Silver City Museum's latest exhibit, "A Vessel By Any Other Name," opens Friday, Feb. 8, and runs through Sept. 8. The exhibit will explore the many functions of the containers we use in our daily lives along with some surprising alternative uses for common objects throughout history. It will give visitors a chance to see objects from the collections that are rarely seen.
There is still time to view paintings and woodblock prints from the collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. "‘Dobes — WPA Artist Manville Chapman's Reflections on Adobe" will continue on display at the museum through Sunday, Feb. 17. Photographer Dennis Weller's panoramic photographs, titled "Gila Wide," exploring the Gila River valley are also on view.
The museum will host an Artist Trunk Show, featuring local potter Mary Giardina, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Silver City Museum Store regularly sells her pottery, but does not have the space to display large pieces. For one day only, the store will offer Giardina's large vessels, bowls and plates.
"I try to create pottery with complete awareness of the clay and the process needed to shape a piece into a functional form," says Giardina. "The decoration evolved from my experimentation with glaze colors and my love of native plants. The flowers are hand-carved and then stamped into the clay to form floral arrangements or patterns. Each piece is a unique work of art — no two are alike." 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The El Paso Electric Gallery, south of the Rio Grande Theatre lobby, this month features the multi-media collages of Roy Van der Aa. The exhibit will include limited palette collages incorporating a grid and repetition and modification of elements, working in tone, rhythm, theme and variation, almost like music. Born in Holland, educated in Montreal, and living in the US since 1989, Van der Aa is a founding member of ArtForms and is a member of the Society of Layerists in Multimedia, The Insighters and the Visual Arts Network (VAN). The exhibit will open with an artist reception on Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m., as part of the Downtown Art Ramble. 211 N. Main, 523-6403.
The New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter's monthly meeting, Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m., will feature a program by Jae Drummond, "Painting Flowers Lit from Within." Good Sam's Arts & Crafts Room, 3011 Buena Vida Circle.
The society's For the Love of Art month presentation will be held at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, with an opening reception Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m. "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" includes 15 works in a 12-by-12-inch format representing that theme. The show will continue through the month of February.
The annual Gathering of Quilts Quilt Show will be held at Ralph Edwards Civic Center in Truth or Consequences on Feb. 22-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The show will include quilts by local quilters, a quilt raffle and guessing games sponsored by Winter Quilters of Sierra County. 460 4th St., firstname.lastname@example.org.
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