Silver City & Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The Silver City CLAY Festival, which got underway at the end of last month (see "Down to Earth Artistry," July Arts Exposure), climaxes with an area-wide explosion of activities the first weekend of August. On Thursday, August 1, daytime activities include a primitive pottery workshop, ClayPlay and the Waterworks Building labyrinth dedication at 10 a.m. Then the evening brings the Clay Gala, 6-9 p.m. at the Historic Carter House, 101 N. Cooper St. Your $30 admission gets you hors d'oeuvres, desserts, Little Toad Creek spirits, a silent auction and the opening of the clay festival's international juried exhibition.
Friday, August 2, the festival continues with a Mimbres site tour at 9 a.m. (meet at the visitor center), lectures, demonstrations, films, an Avelino Jimenez workshop and a vendor fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 405 N. Bullard.
Saturday, August 3, is probably the busiest, most jam-packed day of the whole clay festival. You can enjoy lectures and a panel discussion, demonstrations, films, a workshop by Stephani Stephenson, and the vendor fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A dual reception will be held for the Neo-Mimbreno exhibition, at the WNMU and Silver City Museums, 3:30-6 p.m. Then from 9-10 p.m. enjoy the Public ProJECT outdoor digital exhibition on the 400 block of Bullard Street.
Finally, Sunday, August 4, events wrap up with the vendor fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and an artist award brunch and presentation, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bear Mountain Lodge. For more information and a complete schedule, see clayfestival.com.
The Vibrations Gallery is now open in downtown Silver City. Owner Rebecca Martin, who is also an astrologer, features art and photography, especially of animals, as well as music. 108 W. Yankie St., 654-4384, email@example.com.
Adobe-themed digital photography by Gene Daniels of Mimbres is on display at the Bayard Public Library. 1112 Central Ave., 537-6244.
Art & Conversation will feature a show of street photography by Colin Rhodehamel, "Frozen Moments — The Tao of Now," with an opening reception Saturday, August 3, 6-8 p.m. 614 N. Bullard, 388-3350.
Copper Quail Gallery is showcasing original photography and digital images on canvas by FeVa Fotos — Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan — with an opening reception August 3, 2-7 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.
Leyba & Ingalls Arts will feature works by Zoe Wolfe and a pottery-wheel demonstration by Sarah Piñeda August 3, 1-3 p.m. 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com.
On Saturday, August 10, a fabric and yarn sale will be held to benefit the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 Broadway.
Lois Duffy Studio will be spotlighting her new paintings of the Catwalk. 211C N. Texas, 534-0822, www.loisduffy.com.
JW Art Gallery in Hurley unveils a new show on August 10, 1-4 p.m., featuring "Teachers Who Paint and Painters That Teach," including Thomas E. Holt, Diane Cornelius, Ginna Heiden, Astara Matthews, Jane Seavers, Gerri Spiller and Thia Utz. The show will be on view through Sept. 8. The gallery is also featuring a "Harry Benjamin Collectors Special," in honor of the iconic local artist who died earlier this year. Old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, www.jwartgallery.com.
Ann McMahon Photography will open its doors for the first time for the Silver City Red Dot Tours this fall. McMahon has been a photographer for 40 years, concentrating the past decade on developing the skills to produce fine art digital prints on canvas and paper. Since retiring in Silver City in 2010, she has developed new images for her Southwest New Mexico and Gila Wilderness Galleries, which can be seen on her website at www.AnnMcMahon.com.
Artist Luanne Brooten will be featured in a one-woman show at MRAC Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank building, opening with a reception on Sept. 3, 4-5:30 p.m., and running through Sept. 30. There will also be a reception on Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m., to celebrate Brooten's 65th birthday, and the paintings will be shown at Western Bank several months later. The show is the result of a summer project in which Brooten has been driving Hwy. 180 between Silver City and Alma, taking photos and painting watercolor landscapes all along the 70-mile stretch. The paintings will all be hung along with a slide show of the photos going to Alma and coming back to Silver City.
"I kept a journal of the whole project and my experiences while painting along Hwy. 180 and getting the show ready," says Brooten, a moving force behind San Vicente Artists' annual Gila River and New Mexico Landscape Art Show. "It will be printed with accompanying photos and available to read. There will be prints and note cards available for each painting and DVDs of the photo show."
As an outgrowth of Brooten's project, a new feature, The 180 Challenge, was added to this year's Gila River and New Mexico Landscape Juried Art Show. The annual show, in honor of the Gila River Festival in Silver City, will be Sept. 20-22 at the Artists' Lair Gallery on the corner of Texas and Market Street (in the former Elks building). A participating artist or photographer who wins first place with an entry from the stretch of landscape along Hwy. 180 between Silver City and Alma will earn double the prize money. Entry forms are available at Silver Spirit Gallery and Leyba and Ingalls Arts, and online at silvercityartists.org. Call 590-2006 with questions or for additional information.
The Red Barn Steakhouse will host the Art in the Barn Summer Fest, in conjunction with the Grant County Art Guild, on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Award-winning artists, photographers and fine crafters will be showing their work, including Roz Springer, Carolyn Paez and Connie Thibeau, photographer John Catsis, glass artist Dora Klein, and scroll-saw woodwork artist John O'Brien. The Red Barn will also host a beer-tasting, giving visitors the opportunity to sample a variety of beers from local breweries and beyond. 708 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5666.
Meanwhile, the Grant County Art Guild is gearing up for its 28th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit, which opens with an artist reception Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pinos Altos Art Gallery in the historic Hearst Church. This year's theme will be "Visions of Realism" and the judge will be Donna Levine of Scottsdale, Ariz. Deadline for entry is August 5. www.gcag.org, 534-2899.
Old ways meet new to express over 400 years of Hispanic New Mexican devotional art in a new exhibit, "Our Saints Among Us: Revisited," opening Sept. 6 at the Silver City Museum. The exhibit will remain on view through March 2, 2014.
The exhibit is derived from the private collection of Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts. The collection includes works in the forms of santos, retablos, bultos, colcha, tinwork and other media depicting saints and other traditional themes. It has been 15 years since the exhibit first traveled to museums, libraries and universities throughout the Southwest and California. Upon a recent visit to Silver City and the museum, the collectors were inspired by the town and approached the museum about an exhibit.
As guest curators, Awalt and Rhetts are working with the museum's curatorial staff in adding a new element to the exhibit with an emphasis on the role of Hispanic New Mexican art in mass-produced items. "There is no importance given to one kind of Hispanic art over another because they are all significant to the history of New Mexico and each other," they say of their collection. "Artists from Spanish Market and Contemporary Market are included as well as artists not in either market."
More than 24 known artists from throughout New Mexico will be featured, along with a special display of art by Silver City native Nick Otero, who now lives in Los Lunas. Themes of the exhibit include Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the Christmas story, modern lithographs and monoprints, Santa Librada, crosses and jewelry. 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature artists Roberta Leavelle Widner and Majorie Houston this month. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com
The Las Cruces Arts Association Summer Show at the Mountain Gallery introduces three new members: Wendy Baldwin, ceramics; Monique Harrison, oil and watercolor; and Tomi LaPierre, sculpture. The show will be featured during the August 2 Ramble, 4-7 p.m. 138 W. Mountain, 652-3485, www.lascrucesarts.org.
Also on August 2, 5-8 p.m., Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will host an evening with the artist featuring acrylics painter Linda Rude. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.
Jill Somoza and Mary Robertson are the featured artists in the exhibit that opens the Unsettled Gallery's fall season with an artists' reception on Saturday, August 3, from 4-6 p.m. Somoza studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Iowa and New Mexico State University. She paints on vinyl, because of the manner in which the material's translucency allows her gestural marks to interact with light and form shadows on the wall. The vinyl is stretched over a wood framework formed into a multiplicity of angles and curves.
Robertson will show small watercolors created in a bright palette with bold contrast. Her compositions, abstract in style, are aerial landscapes. Robertson recently relocated to Las Cruces from Albuquerque. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unsettledgallery.com.
Mesquite Art Gallery will present "Local Ladies" during the month of August, with a reception on Saturday, August 3, 4-6 p.m. Featured artists include Joyce Macrorie (etchings), Margaret Bernstein (paintings), Mildred Grossman (lithographs and acrylics), Lois Smith (watercolor) and Wanda Fuselier (recycled art). 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.
The Tombaugh Gallery will present "The Journey," works by Dennis Lujan, August 4 through Sept. 27, with an opening reception August 4, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will feature tamales and baklava made from scratch by the artist, creating "a connection between cultural, art and epicurean worlds." The artworks, which can be hung in any direction, employ "basic primary colors that intermix and collide with each other, combining geometric shapes and textures. Squares and circles intertwine in an imperfect chaos. The art is random and brightly colored with splashes of primary colors of red, blue, yellow plus white. In between periods of oil painting, graphite drawing and digital graphic design work, there was a point of the free act of tossing stuff on a canvas and just painting inside the object or around it." Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.
On August 16, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum opens a show, "The Chihuahuan Desert Garden," featuring 35 works by members of the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. The show in the museum's Arts Corridor runs through Dec. 1. A reception is scheduled for Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
The American Quilter's Society has accepted Las Colcheras Quilt Guild's entry, "ORIENTal EXPRESSions," for further consideration in the 2013 AQS Quilt Week Contest in Grand Rapids, Mich., August 14-17. Eight quilts from 17 quilt guilds' challenges were juried into the Ultimate Guild Challenge category and will be exhibited during the show. The "ORIENTal EXPRESSions Challenge" was exhibited in Las Cruces at the Bank of the West during Love of Art month in February.
Las Colcheras Quilt Guild meets the second Monday of each month at Trinity Lutheran Church, usually at 7 p.m., with an occasional daytime meeting. 521-0521.
The Calavera Coalition is looking for artists to submit original artwork for the 2013 Dia de los Muertos on the Mesilla Plaza official T-shirt and poster design. Artists of all ages and regions are eligible. Deadline to receive submissions is August 27. For details, email email@example.com or write PO Box 1308, Mesilla, NM 88046.
Black Range Artists Inc. will celebrate more than 50 years of showcasing southern New Mexico and west Texas artists with a reception on Sunday, August 4, 1-3 p.m., at the Deming Art Center. 100 S. Gold St.
The Deming Arts Council is calling for artists for group or solo 2014 shows, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and fine crafts and textiles. Contact the arts council by mail before Dec. 4. More information is available at from Diana LeMarbe at 546-7708.
Continuing through Sept. 30 at the Hillsboro Historical Society Education Center is the traveling photographic exhibit, "New Deal Public Art of New Mexico." The center is located on Main Street, across from the Post Office. 895-3324.
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