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Silver City & Grant County


The Grant County Art Guild's 28th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit will open with an artist reception at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Pinos Altos Art Gallery in the historic Hearst Church. The show is also available for viewing from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6.


The Purchase Prize Award Exhibit, with the 2013 theme, "Visions of Realism," is open to all New Mexico artists. A total of $2,400 in prize money will be awarded to the show winners, including the $1,500 for purchase of the "Best in Show" winning painting. The juror for this year's show is Donna Levine, an artist from Scottsdale, Ariz., with over 40 years of teaching art. She will be offering a three-day workshop on painting in all media Sept. 25-27. For more information on the workshop, call 534-2899.



Las Cruces & Mesilla


Bonnie Mandoe will host an Art Fiesta at Quesenberry Farmhouse over the Labor Day Weekend, continuing Sept. 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 825 Quesenberry St., half a mile west of the intersection of Picacho and Valley Drive.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature artists Nanci Bissell and Weeden "Rockwell" Nichols this month. Bissell, a retired El Paso teacher, works primarily in pastels and watercolor. Nichols (of the Rockwell family) is a long-time digital photographer, experimenting with digitizing black and white negatives and also color slides. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.

"Paintings and Poetry," with art and poems by Margaret and Rick Bernstein, opens at the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau, 211 N. Water St., Tuesday, Sept. 3, and continues through Sept. 30. 541-2444.

Margaret Bernstein's work will also be featured at Mesquite Art Gallery in a solo show of new watercolors, "Orange You Glad You Came," opening Sept. 5 and running through Sept. 28. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.


The Las Cruces Museum of Art will feature "From the Ground Up XXVI," a regional, juried exhibition of contemporary ceramics, from Friday, Sept. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 9. This biannual event is a collaboration between the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces and the museum. The exhibition opens with an artists' reception at 5 p.m. on Sept. 6. Exhibition juror Jim Romberg will present the awards at 6 p.m. including the Museum Purchase Awards sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.

"From the Ground Up XXVI" features ceramic works, both functional and sculptural, by 36 artists representing New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. Local artists include Barbara Williams, Cindy Waddell, Laura Sedillos, Cally Williams, Andrew Nagem, Liz Fisher, Wendy Baldwin, Randy and Jeannine Summers, Danielle Wood, Glenn Schwaiger, Suzanne Kane, Betty Burciaga, Andi Freespirit and Martha Roditti.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., Romberg will hold a gallery talk and discuss the works selected for the exhibition. Romberg is a professor emeritus from Southern Oregon University, where he headed the Ceramics Department for 19 years. He currently lives in Sedona, Ariz., where he maintains his studio. Romberg previously developed an internationally recognized ceramics program at the Sun Valley Center for Arts and Humanities in Idaho. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.



View the primordial splendor of Iceland's volcanoes, icebergs, geysers and glaciers through the lens of world traveler and photographer Peter Goodman, featured in "Fire and Ice" at the Main Street Gallery. The show opens Sept. 6 at the Downtown Art Ramble from 5-7 p.m. and continues through September. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.

Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts is featuring "New Beginnings," works by Georjeanna Feltha, during the Ramble on Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m., and also Sept. 13, 5-8 p.m. The show runs through October. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.

The 2013 Pro-Artists Series will continue throughout the month of September with paintings by Joyce Macrorie in a special exhibition at the Adobe Patio Gallery. The show, "Inside-Outside," can be viewed at the gallery beginning Sept 3. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Sept 7, 6-8 p.m.

Macrorie says, "The paintings in this Inside-Outside series started with two double-exposure photos of clouds and distant ground which were overlapped on the film, with images taken both from the air and at the house when our air travelers arrived. I found these unplanned exposures to be less 'mistakes' than 'serendipities,' and I began dwelling on the perception that we probably always carry around inside our at-work, in-town selves." The series of portraits of people doing outside what they might have been doing inside that resulted is being shown together for the first time. 1765 Avenida de Mercado, 532-9310.

Nopalito's Galeria will host art instructors Patricia Lawrence and Jeanne Pearsall for a Glass Mosaic Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. Participants will work with four-inch ceramic tiles to create their own flag coasters. All money collected ($6 per coaster) will go to "Christmas on Mesquite Street, Camino Del Arte" to help pay for some of the many activities that will be taking place on Dec. 14. Advance registration requested but not required: plawrence13@yahoo.com, nopalitosgaleria@hotmail.com or Victor at 520-6600. 326 S. Mesquite St.

Rokoko Art Gallery will open an art exhibit titled "Let's Face It" with a reception on Friday, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m. 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877.

The love of fiber unites the five artists featured in the September exhibit at Unsettled Gallery — Linda Giesen, Jan Harrison, Lin Bentley Keeling, Dee Knudson and Maria Navarra-Pino. The exhibit, "Interwoven," opens with an artists' reception on Saturday, Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. Two artist talks/demonstrations are scheduled during the exhibit. On Saturday, Sept. 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Giesen uses a loom to demonstrate "Weaving a Unique Art Form." On Saturday, Sept. 28, also 1:30-2:30 p.m., Harrison unravels the "Mystery of Basket Making" with a talk and demonstration. The exhibit continues through Oct. 5. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, www.unsettledgallery.com.


The exhibit, "The Chihuahuan Desert Garden," continues at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, with a reception on Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. The show, on view through Dec. 1, features 35 creations of the New Mexico Watercolor Society–Southern Chapter focusing on the rewards and challenges of gardening in the Chihuahuan Desert. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

The Southwest Photography Symposium will be held on Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., at San Andres High School, 2355 Avenida de Mesilla. Photographers of all levels are invited to attend workshops on basic digital photography, color theory, Lightroom basics, high dynamic range images, intermediate Photoshop, sunset photography, wildflowers, portraits, action, children and pets, and printing, as well as how to mount, matte and frame a photograph. Keynote speaker is Paul Schrantz, former director of the Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops. Registration fee is $60. Register online at www.swpsnm.org or call Ruth O'Donnell, 546-9233.


The Art Board of the City of Las Cruces is calling for artists to display their work in city facilities, primarily the City Hall, for a period of six months to a year. Works may be in any media. Artists must be residents of Doña Ana County, and all works must be original. Deadline for submission is Oct. 15. For further information call John Northcutt at (410) 925-9126.



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