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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City/Grant County

The Grant County Art Guild has opened a new Western art exhibit at the Sun Valley Do It Best Center, 1401 Silver Heights Blvd. Local artists featured at this continuing show are Barbara Kjer, Jeanne Dickerson, Nancy Wachholz, Karen Muench, Carolyn Paez, Setta Roberts, Jean Hatfield, Marilyn Burbrink, Linda Reynolds, Roz Springer and Priscilla Baldwin. Local photographers John Wachholz, Vicki Pelham, Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan are also showing a variety of photography as part of the exhibit. The guild's annual Members Only Show, featuring 42 local artists and fine crafters, opens at the Pinos Altos Art Gallery in the historic Hearst Church on Friday, May 10, with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m.

Leyba & Ingalls Arts will host a free acrylic painting lecture by Nancy Reyner on May 2, 2-4 p.m. Reyner is the author of two painting-technique books and represents Golden Artist Colors. Then, May 17-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Leyba & Ingalls will feature a "Pocket Sketching" class with Kath Macauley ($200). Ideal for beginners, the class will show how to "journal" anywhere using only a small art pad, pen, small paint set, a brush and a film canister of water. Register for either or both at www.leybaingallsarts.com/classes.html. 15 N. Bullard St., 388-5725,

The Bayard Public Library will host an art exhibit of six Grant County artists, May 4-31, with a reception for the artists on Saturday, May 18, 2-4 p.m. The watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencils, ink drawings, textiles, photography and digital image transfers of mother, Karen Muench, and daughter, B.J. Allen, aunt, Nancy Wachholz, and niece, Mariah Walker, and painting friends, Carolyn Paez and Donna Schmidt, will be on display. 537-6244.



The Artisans of the Mimbres Spring Festival on Saturday, May 18, will celebrate creativity at two separate venues — the Roundup Lodge, the valley's rustic community center, and La Esperanza Winery, located on a scenic hillside overlooking the valley. During the festival, a number of Artisans members will be giving demonstrations. At the Roundup Lodge, Margaret Streams will be demonstrating wood carving during festival hours and will have pieces on display that show the different stages of the process. At the winery throughout the day, Asher Gelbart will be demonstrating solar ovens and decorative solar-powered water fountains. Both locations will offer food, along with wine tastings at La Esperanza. There will be live music at both venues: at the Roundup Lodge, keyboardist Jesi Tallman, and at the winery, guitarist Joe Krzyzanowski from noon-1:30 p.m. and singer/songwriter Andrew Dahl-Bredine, 2:30 -4 p.m.

The Roundup Lodge will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The winery will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., with the "festival finale" taking place at the winery and scheduled to include prose and poetry readings of original work by Artisans of the Mimbres members from 4-5 p.m., followed by a performance by folksinger and songwriter Barbie Williamson. 574-7119, 536-2997, www.mimbresartists.com.


The Yankie-Texas art galleries and studios will be holding studio sales during Blues Fest Weekend, May 24-27. Participating locations will include Ann Simonsen Studio, Wynnegate Studio, Lois Duffy Studio, Molly Ramolla Studio and Discount Framing Studio.

The Copper Quail Gallery will feature Mark Bowen's new collection of "Art for Your Yard," with an opening reception Saturday, May 25, 3-6 p.m. 211-A Texas St., corner of Yankie and Texas, 388-2646.

New hours at Victoria Chick's Cow Trail Art Studio in Arenas Valley are Mondays, 12-3 p.m., and by appointment. 119 Cow Trail, (760) 533-1897, www.victoriachick.com.

Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge is featuring new works by Michael Berman, a new lion creation by Linda Brewer, pottery by John McNulty and nativities from Mata Ortiz. 2251 Cottage San Road, www.bluedomegallery.com.


The Silver City Arts and Cultural District has received a pilot grant from New Mexico Arts to develop the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. The trail is designed to promote the economic vitality of clay artists in Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Catron counties through a collective web and print marketing and advertising effort. The trail will feature clay artist studios, galleries, retail businesses, collectives, museums, learning centers, non-profit organizations and other clay-based sites.

"The vision of the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail is to market the southwest region of New Mexico as a distinguished clay destination," says George Julian Dworin, director of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District. "With the help of New Mexico Arts, we now have the opportunity to move one step closer towards establishing our region's identity as a vibrant clay community."



New Mexico Arts Trails have been an effective economic development initiative in the state for over a decade. Beginning in 1992 with the statewide New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail, this program has grown to include four additional community developed trails: the Ancient Way Arts Trail, Artistic Vistas and Treasures Trail, Trails & Rails Arts Trail and the Crossroads Arts Trail.

The Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail is a collaborative, strategic online marketing initiative designed to leverage the region's unique educational, historical and commercial community assets related to clay. The research and development portion of this project allows Silver City Arts and Cultural District to conduct community outreach, review applications, and invite trail participants. The Clay Trail hopes to increase visibility for clay artists so they may retain more from sales of their work and continue to be productive as cultural entrepreneurs.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our region," says Kelsy Waggaman, project manager of the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. "I am eager to promote the gifts of our artists and the organizations and businesses that professionally support them. There is such a vibrant sprit here that makes our clay community unique and extraordinary."

Artists' studios, galleries, cooperatives, museums and other sites physically located in Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna Counties where clay-related activity is a significant component of the enterprise are encouraged to apply for inclusion in the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. Application forms are available online at: claytrail.org. The application deadline is May 31.


Las Cruces/Mesilla

Continuing through August 4 in the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's Arts Corridor is the show "Virginia Maria Romero: Past, Present & Future." The Las Cruces artist showcases some of her well-known pigmented wood panels, paintings, and sculpture, but has also pushed her art in a new direction with a new series of predominantly black-and-white prints. There are 34 pieces in the exhibit. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.

The NMSU Department of Art, the University Art Gallery and the NMSU Library are co-hosting a walking tour of murals on NMSU's main campus, including works by Ken Barrack, Olive Rush and Tom Lea. The free tour will begin in the lobby of Hadley Hall on Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. The discussion and tour will be led by art experts Adair Margo, Silvia Marinas-Feliner and Stephanie Taylor. For more information or to RSVP, contact the NMSU Library at 646-1508.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society–Southern Chapter is presenting "A Round Dozen: 12 Years of Service to Artists in Southern New Mexico" at the Branigan Cultural Center. The exhibit of watercolor paintings, in celebration of the Watercolor Society's establishment in Las Cruces in 2001, opens during the Downtown Ramble, May 3, 5-7 p.m., and continues through May 25.

Also opening May 3 at the Branigan Cultural Center is "The Art of Community: Visual Sonnets by Bruce Barton," which continues through June 1. Barton, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, also has advanced degrees from San Diego State and Pacific Western Universities. The majority of his near-photographic digital drawings are bizarre juxtapositions of animals in human places and situations. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.

The Las Cruces Arts Association's new exhibit opens May 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Mountain Gallery. 138 W. Mountain, 652-3485.

In "Slices of Life on Main Street," the Artists Guild of Southern New Mexico celebrates its eighth annual exhibition, featuring small-format paintings of everyday scenes and excitement at Main Street Gallery. The exhibit opens May 3, 5-7 p.m., and continues through May. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.

MVS Studios will host a silent auction for the May Ramble, May 3, 5-7 p.m., to benefit the J Paul Taylor Academy Charter School. All proceeds of the auction will go to support the purchase of new technology, a science lab and a new building for the school. 535 N Main, 524-3636.


The Potteries of Mesilla will hold its annual Spring Exhibit and Sale beginning with a kiln opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, and continuing until 4 p.m. Featured will be Andy Iventosch's celadon and shino glazed pottery from his Tucson studio as well as new paintings and ceramic works by Jeanne Rundell and Janice and Bill Cook. 2260 Calle de Santiago, 524-0538, thepotteriesmesilla@gmail.com.

The Potters' Guild of Las Cruces is having a Mothers' Day pottery sale on May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will be outdoors at the studio of one of the members, John Northcutt. 615 E. Piñon, a half-block south of the corner of Spruce and Tornillo (where the fountain is), 524-1146.

The 2013 Pro-Artists Series will continue May 1-31 with "Out of the Box," three-dimensional assemblage pieces by Sam Peters in a special exhibition at the Adobe Patio Gallery. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, May 10, 6-8 p.m. Peters explains the work in the show: "My initial concept for this exhibit was to use everyday materials to create a series of homages to very special people, songs and poetry in my life. The challenge was to utilize the contents of our recycling bin by transforming such commonplace materials as plastic containers, string, torn and cut paper, drinking straws, paint, polycarbonate, acrylic skins, fabric, ink-jet prints and drawings. They evolved into provocative, whimsical, colorful, and highly gestural three-dimensional assemblages."

A native of West Virginia, Peters spent most of his adult life in Maryland before moving to New Mexico. He taught printmaking at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore for 13 years before retiring from teaching. He is a co-founder of Maryland Printmakers and served as its first president. Over the years he acquired additional interests in painting, photography, mixed-media collage and computer graphics. These varied skills have coalesced into his latest series of works, three-dimensional assemblages. 1765 Avenida de Mercado, 532-9310.

Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will feature an evening with artist J. Carlos West on May 17, 5-8 p.m. Born in Los Angeles, raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, West spent 10 years as a graphic artist for Rockwell International, and also worked on the Space Shuttle program. Today, he paints Southwest and Mexican landscapes in watercolor. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.

The Tombaugh Gallery will host local potters Kate and Russell Mott in an exhibit that runs from May 24 to June 21. The exhibit, featuring stoneware as well as raku pieces, opens to the public with a gala celebration complete with mariachis on Friday, May 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kate Mott has taught art and been a practicing artist for many years. Russell Mott apprenticed with potters in New Mexico and many other parts of the country, concentrating especially but not exclusively on raku and pit-fired pieces. More information about the Motts' work can be found at www.mottsraku.com. Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.


Deming/Luna County

Featuring tiles and sculpture, Studio LeMarbe will host an open studio event with Mother's Day specials, May 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other hours are by appointment. 4025 Chaparral SE, 544-7708.


Hidalgo County

The Chiricahua Gallery's spring show, "Celebrating Art" will feature the gallery's many fiber artists as well as new works by over 20 member artists. The public is invited to the opening reception, Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. There will be a members-only preview showing from 10-11 a.m. With an emphasis on southwestern and nature themes, the Chiricahua Gallery is located in an historic Rodeo building that has evolved from frontier saloon to church to its present incarnation. Income from artist sales goes to further the cultural and educational experiences through scholarships, art for kids, exhibits and workshops. Pine Street and Highway 80, Rodeo, 557-2225, www.chiricahuagallery.org.




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