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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City & Grant County

The Mimbres Region Arts Council will auction a painting by iconic local artist Harry Benjamin, "Palisades at Little Cherry Creek," donated by Dr. Gail Willow, to benefit MRAC programs. The auction will take place at the Bear Mountain Lodge, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include bidding privileges, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Off-site bidding will be possible via mobile phone for $20. The painting will be on display at Leyba & Ingalls, 315 N. Bullard St., in downtown Silver City through Oct. 4. Several Silver City artists have also donated commemorative works in honor of Benjamin, who died earlier this year. They will be available for $194.50 in honor of his birth year.

For tickets or to sign up to bid, visit MRAC at 1201 Pope St. (Wells Fargo Bank building) or call 538-2505. www.mimbresarts.org.


In the Mimbres, Kate Brown Pottery & Tile will hold a one-day intensive tile-making class on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., followed by an advanced site-specific workshop, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 536-9935, katebrown@gilanet.com.

La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, also in the Mimbres, will host its First Annual Art and Wine Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 19. In addition to works by 10 participating artists and award-winning wines, entertainment will be provided by the Deming High after-school Latin dance program "Cielo" (1 and 3 p.m.), Jessica Juarez (2 and 4 p.m.) and Andrew Dahl-Bredine (5 and 6 p.m.). Food will be provided by Acosto Farms. To get there, from the intersection of Hwy. 152 and 61, head south to Royal John Mine road, left across the river to DeLaO, left about one mile to 100 DelaO in Sherman. (505) 259-9523, (505) 238 6252.



The folks at Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge will be opening a new gallery space in downtown Silver City, The Little Blue Box of Eccentricities, "featuring wonderful jewelry and magical art." Look for an opening in mid-October at 303 Texas St.

Guadalupe's is now also open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 505 N. Bullard, 535-2624.

The Yankie/Texas Arts District and its neighbors are sponsoring a Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration for the community and for loved ones lost this year or in years past. "Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration for the souls that have moved on to the spirit world," says Rebecca Martin of Vibrations Gallery. "The Aztec Indians were the first to honor and celebrate the passing of their people. This beautiful celebration has since spread around the world. It is a day of remembrance of our dead and includes a special altar that is assembled to honor and remember our loved ones. The ofrenda is a beckoning (invitation) to the spirit to come and join us on this special day."

At Yankie and Texas streets in downtown Silver City on Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., you can enjoy music, food, arts, crafts and children's activities that tell the story of this celebration. Public altars located throughout the arts district invite participation in the form of leaving prayers or mementos for those no longer with us, or you can set up your own altar in the spaces provided in the street.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council will host its Guatemalan Mercado on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the MRAC/Wells Fargo Bank Gallery, 1201 N Pope St. The sale 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. This event is free. 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.


Las Cruces & Mesilla

The New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter exhibition "Gardening in the Chihuahuan Desert" continues through Dec. 1 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The 37 watercolor paintings in the show represent the plants grown in the Southern New Mexico region. 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature works by Ruth Ann Sugarman and Yvonne Postelle this month. Sugarman is primarily an acrylic landscape painter, while Postelle paints landscapes primarily in oils. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.


The Mesquite Art Gallery will feature Dia de los Muertos creations by the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces, opening Oct. 3 with a reception on Oct. 12, 4-6 p.m. Guild members have created works in clay, fabric and mixed media illustrating their interpretation of popular Day of the Dead themes. 340 N. Mesquite St., 524-1146, 640-3502.

Mesquite Art Gallery owner Mel Stone is teaming with Deming sculptor Diana LeMarbe in a joint exhibit at the Tombaugh Gallery, "Bones of New Mexico," opening Sunday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Says Stone, "This was all Diana's idea; her years of living in the Southwest and study of geology persuaded her to create sculptural pieces, based not on reality, but her interpretation of this part of the earth. She asked me to create photographs that would reflect both parts of the earth and how that influenced human occupation of the Southwest." Unitarian Church, 2000 S. Solano.

The 2013 Pro-Artists Series at the Adobe Patio Gallery will feature a series of paintings by Shelley Black in a special solo exhibition, "Americana Revisited... Continued," Oct. 1-26. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m. 1765 Avenida de Mercado, Mesilla, www.adobepatiogallery.com.

Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will feature "An Evening with the Artist" with Nadia Zucker, Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m. Zucker's art combines digital photography and hectography, a hand-printed method that uses a gelatin sheet as the printing plate and the artist's hands as the printing press. Her show will run through the end of October. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.

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.



The Deming Arts Council will host a Guatemata Mercado, Oct. 25-26, from 12-5 p.m. each day. 100 S. Gold St.


Sierra County

The Historic Percha Bank Museum and Gallery in Kingston continues its show, "Common Ground," featuring the work of six artists: Melody Sears, David Farrell, Matilde Holtzwarth, Nolan Winkler, Dee M. Holen and Jan Haley. The show refers to landscapes seen from Hwy. 152, and reflects how the communities of Hillsboro and Kingston came together during this summer's forest fire. The show continues through Nov. 30. Historic Percha Bank is located a quarter-mile mile up Main Street, on the left, across from the fire station.

The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery in Chloride will hold its 7th Annual Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located in the old Monte Cristo Saloon & Dance Hall, which was built in 1880 to serve the thirsty miners of Chloride. Today the Monte Cristo, which is a site on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail, is home to the works of approximately 30 local artisans. They work in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, quilting, counted cross-stitch, stamping, jewelry, wood work, metal work, book binding and more. In honor of National Book Month, the Monte Cristo will feature New Mexico Recollections by long-time Chloride resident Raymond Schmidt (1897-1996). Authors Tom Diamond and Patsy King will be available to sign their books. Chloride is 40 miles from Truth or Consequences. From I-25 take exit 83 or 89 to Hwy. 181, then Hwy. 52 west to Winston. At Winston take the first left past the General Store, stay on the paved road two miles. 743-0493, montecristogallery@windstream.net.




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