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Silver City & Grant County

The Grant County Art Guild is kicking off the 2013 season with its annual Old Masters Show at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank Building. The public is invited to an artists' reception on Friday, April 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and the show continues all month. This tribute to the master painters is a show by accomplished member artists re-creating the style of famous works of art. This year some participating artists have added a new twist to the show, as viewers will notice some changes to the original painting compositions. And when you come by to check out these unique pieces of art you can also vote for your favorite entry for the "People's Choice" award.

The art guild will open the season at its Pinos Altos Art Gallery in the historic Hearst Church with the "Spring Festival of Photography and Crafts" on Friday, April 26. This special show featuring some of the newest works of the guild's photographers and crafters will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26-28 and May 3-5.


The Mimbres Region Arts Council will host its Guatemalan Mercado on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the MRAC/Wells Fargo Bank Gallery, 1201 Pope St. The free event will feature an extensive selection of handmade weavings created by Guatemalan artisans and offered for sale by Sonia and Curt Porter, longtime vendors of Guatemalan textiles.

The Porters have traveled between Guatemala and the US for some 18 years selling goods on behalf of Guatemalan weavers. Items for sale will include woven scarves and shawls, coats and vests, jewelry, backpacks and purses, place settings and tablecloths, pants, skirts, blouses, belts and Santos. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the arts council.

In partnership with Western Institute for Lifelong Learning and the WNMU Expressive Arts Department, MRAC will also feature sculptor Tim Read in the fourth and final lecture of the 2012-2013 Artist Lecture Series on April 18, 6:30 p.m., at WNMU Parotti Hall. Read studied art and art history at California State University-Long Beach. He had his first studio in Long Beach in the 1970s where he created large concrete forms. In the 1980s he began making large heads out of steel, which became the basis of much of his sculpture. He currently resides in Silver City, and draws upon the rugged landscape, open space, and brilliant light to create new works. Read more about him in our August 2012 profile, "Heady Stuff." (575) 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.



Classes at Leyba & Ingalls Arts this month will be "Beginning Woodcuts" with Phillip Parotti, April 10-11, 5-7 p.m., $40 plus materials, and "Traditional Iconography" with Mary Frances Dondelinger, April 26-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $350 plus materials. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.leybaingallsARTS.com.

Copper Quail Gallery will feature "Sea Dreams," new glasswork and jewelry by Susan Rice, April 2-30, with a reception April 13, 2-6 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.

Seedboat Gallery is featuring works by Judith Hilmer. 214 W. Yankie, 534-1136, seedboatgallery.com.

This month at The Common Thread, Judy Wuthrich will be teaching a class on button-making, April 20, 2-4 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, www.fiberartscollective.org.


The 2013 Body Beautiful Show will be at the Artists' Lair Gallery, located on the corner of Texas and Market Street, April 12-14. The show will open with an artists' reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, where awards will be presented to the winning artists. This ninth annual show by San Vicente Artists is a "Celebration of the Human Body Through Art," both clothed and unclothed, and including portraits. Silver City artist and local art instructor Rita Sherwood will be the juror. silvercityartists.org

April 27 is the spring art sale at La Esperanza Vineyard & Winery in the Mimbres, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Artists showing will be Kate Brown (pottery), Cedar Smith (copper and silver jewelry), Mitchell Clinton (photography), Narrie Toole (painting), John O'Brien (scroll-saw woodwork), Ruth Camp (hand-painted walking sticks), Kim Muller (handcrafted jewelry), Harold and Marilyn Markel (furniture ) and Robin Parsons (Mimbres bowls). 100 DeLaO in Sherman, www.mimbresartshow.com.

Also in the Mimbres, Artisans of the Mimbres are following up on their successful festival last fall with a spring festival on May 18 at two separate venues — the Roundup Lodge and La Esperanza Winery. Each will have a wide range of high quality hand-crafted items on display and available for purchase from artists who live in the Mimbres Valley and its immediate environs.

Festival hours at the Roundup Lodge will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., while the winery will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. More information on festival plans can be found, updated regularly, on the Artisans of the Mimbres website at mimbresartists.com — and you will also find detailed information there about the artists participating in the Artisans of the Mimbres Spring Festival.


Silver City’s newest creative destination, Lloyd Studios, will have a
grand opening on Saturday, April 13, from 3-7 p.m. You can meet the
artists—William and Elizbeth Lloyd, Tandra Lloyd, Zach Busch and
Geronimo Cassidy — and enjoy refreshments while watching carving
demonstrations. Lloyd Studios features hand-carved antlers, bone, horns,
antique ivory and exotic hardwoods. Regular hours are Wednesday-Saturday
11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. 306 W. Broadway, (303) 378-0926,



Las Cruces & Mesilla

The New Mexico State University Library is showcasing a new photographic exhibit, "Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico," on view until Oct. 15 in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor. The exhibit, organized by University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews, captures the self-reliance of women ranchers, the craftsmanship and industry of Native American women, the comfortable lives of a prominent Hispanic mercantile family and the opportunities created for women created by educational institutions. The photos from the NMSU Library's Rio Grande Historical Collections and Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives also appear in Andrews' recent book, Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico (Rio Grande Books/NMSU Library). 646-5028, mandrews@lib.nmsu.edu.

The Rio Grande Theatre will open an exhibit of Mexican Movie Memorabilia in its El Paso Electric Gallery on April 5, 5-7 p.m., as part of the Downtown Art Ramble. Pieces come from García Besné's personal collection, including an original script written by her grandfather and the skirt movie star Lupe Velez wore in the movie La Zandunga. Other featured memorabilia are from the collection of Denise Chávez. The exhibit will run through the month of April. 211 N. Downtown Mall, www.riograndetheatre.com/art-galleries.

The Branigan Cultural Center presents "Borderland," a solo exhibit by Kim Shifflett, opening April 5 from 5-7 p.m. and concluding on April 27. Shifflett's works call "attention to the hardships endured by the people on the south side of the border." Her works are painted with "large open spaces while the subject matter is crowded into a small section of the overall picture" — to present the limited options of the individuals who live in such vast space. There will also be an "Artist Talk and Demo" on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, www.las-cruces.org/museums.

For April, the Main Street Gallery is featuring "J. Paul Taylor Home Interiors," an exhibit of oils by Ouida Touchón ("Living Life as Art," March 2006), opening April 5, 5-7 p.m. The show offers the observer an artistic and intimate glimpse of the historic J. Paul Taylor home in Mesilla, now a New Mexico State Monument (although not generally open to the public). The paintings are based on vignettes that Touchón found visually appealing and significant in their ability to capture Taylor and his late wife Mary's welcoming home environment and their remarkable collection of New Mexico and Latin America art and textiles. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.

Members of the Las Cruces Arts Association will be showing new works in a show opening on April 5 at the Mountain Gallery beginning at 4 p.m. 138 W. Mountain St.


Tres Manos weaving studio will present the free Southern New Mexico Fiber Arts Festival in Old Mesilla on April 6-7. The featured artist is Valentina Devine from Santa Fe, renowned for her hand-dyed threads and designs. Tres Manos Weavers will create designs on their looms throughout the festival. Our Lady of Las Palomas from Columbus will feature crochet bags with pop tops, recycled feed bags and folk art wagons. Also showing fiber specialties will be Carol Mills and the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective from Silver City and local fiber artisans including Abby Osborne, Margaret Garcia, Rick Rao, Marti Foschini, Sharon Rooney and LaDonna Maxwell. Old Tortilla Factory, 1910 Calle de Parian, 635-8914, teresa.guerra@tresmanosweaving.org.

The 2013 Pro-Artists Series will continue throughout the month of April with photography by Paul Schranz in a special exhibition at the Adobe Patio Gallery, "West Coast Influence," beginning April 2. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 12, 6-8 pm. The 24 photographs include formations of water, rocks and trees, striking points of natural beauty across the country, from California and the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard. They also reflect a closure of a singular visual statement for the artist. Each of the framed prints is the first in what is a limited edition of five.

Schranz has had a career as a national exhibiting photographer for 45 years. He has lived in the Las Cruces area for almost a decade, during which time he directed the Preston Contemporary Art Center, the Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops and Doña Ana Workshops, and edited photo technique magazine. 1765 Avenida de Mercado, 532-9310.

Creative Harmony will host "An Evening with the Artist" on April 12, 5-8 p.m., with John Pittari. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.

Mesquite Art Gallery will present the work of adult students of Wayne Carl Huber, April 2-27, with a reception April 13, 4-6 p.m. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.




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