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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City/Grant County


This month's big arts event is the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival, held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Grant County Business and Conference Center at 3031 Hwy. 180 E. The festival will feature juried 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 is free; donations are encouraged at the door, to help the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective's nonprofit fundraising efforts.

Fifteen special exhibits will be on display at the festival, including Red and Green 19th Century Quilts, The Wonders of Spinning and Weaving, Bountiful Baskets, Sensational Silk Painting, and 11 other exhibits. All of the exhibits are listed on the website www.fiberartscollective.org.

"This is a unique opportunity for area residents to see excellent samples of a large range of fiber art," says Lynn Welsch, festival chairperson. "If you are curious about a specific fiber art, the Fiber Arts Festival is the place to be. If it isn't in an exhibit, one of the juried vendors will be sure to have what you are looking for."

The sponsoring Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective provides opportunities for rural women to earn income, classes in various fiber arts, and education about the many different fiber arts. Year-round, the nonprofit group operates The Common Thread, a fiber art gallery of handmade fiber items by members at 107 W. Broadway. 538-5773, scfiberartsfestival@gmail.com.

The evening before the festival, fiber fans will want to attend the third lecture of the 2013-2014 Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) and WNMU. Jean Biddick will speak on "Architectural Influences in Quiltmaking" on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at WNMU Parotti Hall.

Biddick and other quiltmakers have used floors, gates, windows, staircases and entire buildings as inspiration for their work. Her presentation will explore examples of her quilts as well as the quilts of others who have used architecture as the basis for their quilt designs. Several of the actual quilts will also be shown.

An award-winning quiltmaker, author and teacher, Biddick specializes in creating stunning machine-pieced works. She has received numerous accolades for her machine-pieced and mosaic tile quilts, including from the American Quilters' Society and the International Quilt Festival in Houston. She is the author of Blended Quilt Backgrounds and Masterful Machine Pieced Quilts, both published by AQS. The lecture is free and open to the public. 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.


At the start of the month, on Nov. 2, it's the Guatemalan Market Holiday Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery. The sale will feature an extensive selection of handmade weavings created by Guatemalan artisans and offered for sale by Curt and Sonia Porter. Items for sale will include woven scarves and shawls, coats and vests, jewelry and more. Admission is free. 1201 N. Pope St., 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.

That same Saturday is the annual Day of the Dead Downtown Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Yankie and Texas Streets. You can enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, and children's activities. 534-9323. At Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard, a special ofrenda will be dedicated to iconic local artist Harry Benjamin, 4-6:30 p.m. 388-5725.

Copper Quail Gallery will feature "From the Woods...," a show of natural furnishings and accents by Michael Boyle, Nov. 1-30, with an artist's reception Nov. 9, 1-5 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.

Seedboat Gallery continues "Anti-Gravity," a show of works by Paula Wittner. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136.

On Nov. 23 and 24, Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern in Lake Roberts will host a Wilderness Artisan Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. In addition to arts and gifts, there will be live entertainment including Bob Einweck at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Glee Maiden at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, info@littletoadcreek.com.

Yada Yada Yarn and Art & Conversation will hold a Black Friday Sale of yarn and artworks, all day on Nov. 29. 614 N. Bullard, 388-0888.

JW Art Gallery in Hurley will host a Grant County Art Guild Members Exhibition, “Southwest Birds,” from Dec. 7-Jan. 3, featuring more than 50 original pieces. The show opens Dec. 7 with a reception 1-5 p.m. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, jwartgallery.com.

The 33rd annual Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch Studio Sale will be Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with works by 25 artists. www.studiosalemimbres.com.



Las Cruces/Mesilla


The Branigan Cultural Center presents "Descansos: Love, Grief and Faith," an exhibit of photographs by Storm Sermay that opens on Friday, Nov. 1, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, Nov. 23. The exhibit of black-and-white images focuses on the roadside shrines for lost loved ones.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the center is hosting a series of three collage workshops on successive Saturdays, Nov. 9, 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. The programs are free and open to the public. Register in person at the Branigan Cultural Center, or by calling541-2154; registration deadlines are the Thursday before each workshop.

Also opening Nov. 1 at the Branigan Cultural Center is "Art Across New Mexico," which presents New Mexico's vibrant artistic heritage beginning 14,000 years ago and ending with contemporary images. This panel exhibition of high-definition photographic reproductions of some of New Mexico' greatest treasures runs until Nov. 30. It was curated by the New Mexico Museum of Art as part of the museum's regional outreach program. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.



The Unsettled Gallery hosts Jeri Desrochers' solo show and fundraiser for Casa de Peregrinos Food Program, opening on Nov. 9 from 4-6 p.m. The Las Cruces artist's new work depicts the abundance and fragility of the Mesilla Valley. She uses thick, gem-like oil paint applied with a palette knife over transparent minimalist washes. Recently, two of her "Chile Harvest" series paintings were selected for inclusion in the new El Paso City Hall. The exhibit closes on Saturday, Nov. 30, with a special event where additional "giftable" art by Desrochers will be unveiled for holiday shopping. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285.

Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts features an evening with artist Peter Goodman, Nov. 1, 5-8 p.m. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.

Featured artists this month at Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery are Bert Gammill and Naida Zucker. A reception for them and other members on the theme of autumn in Old Mesilla will be held on Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

The 2013 Pro-Artists Series at the Adobe Patio Gallery will feature a special solo exhibition, "Continuum: Drawings, Paintings and Prints" by Louis Ocepek. It opens with a reception Nov, 9, 6-8 p.m., and continues through Nov. 30. 765 Avenida de Mercado, 532-9310.

The City of Artists Promotional Association, in cooperation with the 20th Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, is holding an art exhibit showcasing Mariachi-inspired pieces from regional artists. The show runs Nov. 8-26 at the NMSU Corbett Center Art Gallery. A reception will be held Nov. 9 from 4-6 p.m. The "Inspired by Mariachi" art show will be the last exhibit in the Corbett Center Gallery before the building is remodeled and re-purposed by the university. Artists featured in the exhibit include A.me and Mitch Alamag, David Boje, Pat Bonneau-White, Flo Hosa Daugherty, Mark Dunn, Susan Frary, Andi Freespirit, Francisco Romero, Virginia Maria Romero, Charles J. Scanlon, Robie Troestler, Jud Wright and Mary Zawacki.

Mesquite Art Gallery will be showing the recycled and "found" art of Wanda Fuselier all month, with a reception Nov. 9, 4-6 p.m. 340 N Mesquite St., 640-3502.

The Mountain Gallery, home of the Las Cruces Arts Association, will feature works by Monique Harrison. 138 W. Mountain Ave.

The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces’ 31st Annual Holiday Sale will be Friday, Nov. 22, 1-6 p.m., and saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Las Cruces Association of Realtors building, 150 E. Idaho.

The annual Fall Studio Tour along the Picacho Corridor will be Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 635-7899, fallstudiotour@gmail.com.



Luna County


The Deming Arts Center hosts a Christmas Market offering handcrafted gifts, opening Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 22. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The next exhibit at the center, opening with a reception Jan. 5, 1-3 p.m., features Las Cruces painter Irma Lee. 100 S. Gold, 546-3663, demingarts@hotmail.com.



Hidalgo County


In Rodeo, the Chiricahua Gallery Holiday Show opens Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring original work by local and regional artists and artisans with an emphasis on southwestern and nature themes. The show runs through Jan. 6. Pine Street and Hwy. 80, 557-2225, www.chiricahuagallery.org.



Sierra County


It's almost time for Christmas in the Foothills, the annual holiday arts and crafts festival in Hillsboro. This year's event on Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., features arts and crafts in the Hillsboro Community Center, open studios, music, Clydesdale wagon rides and events at the Black Range Museum and at the Percha Creek Museum and Gallery in nearby Kingston.





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