Silver City/Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge will host an opening for potter Ben Owen on July 31, 5:30-7 p.m., during the clay festival. 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538, www.bearmountainlodge.com.
Leyba & Ingalls Arts is now featuring works by Patrick Rogers. 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com.
Pud Franzblau's Red Earth Gallery on Yankie Street, featured in our January issue ("True Colors"), has closed.
Looking ahead, the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective has announced that the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival will return on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Grant County Business and Conference Center on Hwy. 180 East. Held every two years, the festival will again feature vendors of handmade fiber art and fiber art making supplies, a variety of special exhibits showcasing many different fiber art items, classes and make it and take it workshops, lectures, and more. The festival will be free, with donations encouraged at the door, to help the nonprofit fundraising efforts.
Headlining the festival will be Jean Biddick, an award-winning quilt maker, teacher and author. Biddick is the author of Masterful Machine Pieced Quilts, based on tile floors seen in cathedrals in Europe. She will offer an all-day class on Saturday; advance registration, now open, is recommended. She will also present a free lecture at WNMU's Parotti Hall on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. on "Architectural Influences in Quilt Making."
Special exhibits will include mosaic tile-influenced designed quilts by Biddick; red and green antique quilts from the collection of Maureen Craig; silk-painted items from five silk painters in New Mexico; handmade dolls and baskets; a spinning display; hand-hooked wool rugs from the Adobe Wool Arts Guild in Albuquerque; and contemporary art quilts from members of New Mexico Studio Art Quilt Associates. A judged special Invitational Miniature Quilt Challenge, with the theme of "What Inspires Me," will feature miniature quilts by four local quilting groups.
Other classes and workshops will cover fiber art bookmaking, constructing beaded jewelry, making embroidered cards, sewing wool appliqué Christmas ornaments, painting dolls, and construction of a fun fiber snake. Jo Barton will offer an all-day class in using a variety of fiber art techniques and materials. Jacque Cusick will lead a show and tell and lecture session on different types of weaving.
For more information, call 535-2613.
On July 1-2, Las Colcheras Quilt Guild will present a two-day quilt workshop with Pam Holland of Queensland, Australia, "Teaching Portraits: Chalk And Cheesecloth." 312-6327, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features two local artists: Hetty Smith, a transplant from Amsterdam, Holland, who works in stained glass, and Mary Zawacki, originally from Los Angeles, who works in pastels. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.
"The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art," featuring Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period (1600-1868), opens July 5 at the Museum of Art. Located in Laurel, Miss., the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art was opened in 1923 as a memorial to the only son and only grandson of one of the town's founding families.
The term ukiyo-e means "images of the floating world," a reference to the theatre and entertainment districts of urban Japan, especially those in Kyoto and Tokyo (then known as Edo). The most popular subjects were those of leisure and pleasure: images of courtesans and actors, of erotica and of the Kabuki theatre. Later, artists would adapt the ukiyo-e style that had been honed on these subjects to the depiction of landscapes. The woodblock printing process had been used in Japan as early as the 12th century, but the complex multi-color process on display in these works was not fully developed until the 17th century. The creation of an ukiyo-e woodblock print involved many people, not just the artist who created the image.
The exhibit continues on display through August 24. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.
The NMSU University Art Gallery will be featuring "Selections from the Permanent Collection" from July 2 through August 3, with a public opening July 5 from 5-7 p.m. Artists range from such household names as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Eadward Muybridge to local favorites Luis Jimenez, Amy Rankin, Joe Waldrum and Joshua Rose. This exhibition includes works of art in many media, including prints, paintings, photographs, metals and ceramics. A rare close-up glimpse of Tom Lea's "History of Mesilla" murals will also be offered in this exhibition. The large-scale WPA-era murals are usually on display high up on the walls of Branson Library, but have been hung in the University Art Gallery over the summer. A small preparatory drawing for the murals is also on view.
Gallery Talks about the exhibition will be offered by Professor Stephanie Taylor on July 13, 27 and August 3 beginning at 1 p.m. Williams Hall, University Ave. east of Solano, 646-2545, www.nmsu.edu/~artgal.
The Las Cruces Arts Association Summer Show opens at the Ramble on July 5 at the Mountain Gallery from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit, exploring the versatility of the artists, is on view through August. 138 W. Mountain, 652-3485.
Also on July 5, 5-8 p.m., Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will feature wearable art by Linda Marlena Carr. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.
Nopalito's Galeria will host an arts and crafts show and sale on July 27, 4-8 p.m. 326 S. Mesquite, 520-6600.
The Tombaugh Gallery is calling for regional artists within a 300-mile radius of Las Cruces to submit proposals for exhibitions for the 2014 calendar year. Non-traditional media or subject matter are welcome. All artwork must be for sale, and submissions are due Oct. 1, 2013. For information, write Peggy Brown, Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
The first exhibit in the Hillsboro Historic Society's Education Center, "New Deal Public Art of New Mexico, a Traveling Photographic Exhibit," will open Saturday, July 6. Kathryn Flynn, executive director of the New Mexico Chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association, will present an opening-day lecture at 3 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. The Education Center and Museum Shop are located on Main Street, Hillsboro, across from the Post Office. Additional information available at 895-3324.
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