The latest area art happenings.
Silver City & Grant County
The Grant County Art Guild's show of "Southwest Birds" opens Saturday, Dec. 7, at the JW Art Gallery in Hurley with a reception from 1-5 p.m. All entries in this show are by local artists, including those whose work you have admired over the years as well as new and upcoming talent in the local art scene. Following the reception, the exhibit will be open to the public through Jan. 3. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, www.jwartgallery.com.
The 33rd annual Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch Studio Sale will be Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Works by more than two-dozen artists and crafts people include pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, cut-paper art, toys, block-printed linens, letterpress prints, watercolor and oil paintings and more. Music will include performances by the Glee Maidens and Bayou Seco on Saturday, Jesi Tallman and Dustin Hamman on Sunday. Take Hwy. 152 to the Mimbres, Hwy. 61 South to Royal John Mine Road (between mile markers 19 and 20). Follow signs 2 1/2 miles. No pets, please. www.studiosalemimbres.com.
Seedboat Gallery will have a closing reception Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m., for "Anti Gravity," works by Paula Wittner, with a narrative slide show by the artist at 5:30 p.m. Kate Brown's 33rd annual pottery sale will also be at the gallery Dec. 7-8. The gallery's holiday jewelry and gift show continues through December. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136.
Copper Quail Gallery will feature "The Wild... Life of John Wachholz," with new wildlife photos in handcrafted frames. The show runs Dec. 3-31, with a reception Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.
Victoria Chick's Cow Trail Art Studio in Arenas valley will be open Mondays, 1-3 p.m., during December and features a new exhibit of 19th and 20th century original prints. 119 Cow Trail, www.victoriachick.com.
Wind Canyon Studio, featuring works by Louise Sackett, is holding a pre-holiday sale until Dec. 20. It's open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment. 11 Quail Run, off Hwy. 180 mile marker 107, 574-2308, (619) 933-8034.
Raven's Nest Boutique will have a reception on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 3-6 p.m. to introduce metal art on the patio by artist Mark Bowen. 106 W. Yankie St.
The Yankie/Texas Arts District in downtown Silver City will celebrate the season at galleries and shops on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy music, luminaria, treats and beverages.
A Nizhoni Pottery Studio Sale, featuring contemporary Navajo pottery by Romaine Begay, will be held Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 3235 Little Walnut Road.
"Femme Schism: Warrior Women Paid Less?," a solo exhibition (18 and up) opens Jan. 4 with a reception at 7 p.m. at a)sp."A"©e Studio•Art•Gallery, and runs through Jan. 30. 110 West 7th St.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The first artwork ever to be displayed at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum belonged to Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt. Fifteen years after he loaned some of his lithographs for a temporary exhibit, Shufelt and his wife, Julie, have donated his collection to the museum for a new exhibition. To showcase this compilation of Shufelt's work, the museum staff renovated part of the Generations exhibit in the Heritage Gallery to create a new fine art section called the Heritage Art Gallery. About 50 or 60 of the 132 "Shoofly" lithographs donated to the museum will make up the initial art exhibit, which opened Nov. 23 and will be on long-term display.
Shufelt retired from the commercial art world in order to get away from deadlines. In 1975, he and his wife Julie moved west from Chicago, settling first in Tucson, and later in Wickenburg, Ariz. Since 1991, the Shufelts have called New Mexico their home; they now live in Hillsboro.
Shufelt, who says being an artist "is a compulsion, not a decision," is a master of the pencil, says Laumbach. He brings to life dramatic imagery with bold sunlight and shadow.
"Cowboys have always been my heroes," Shufelt says. "Most of today's cowboy art romanticizes and thus misrepresents the cowboy. I know of no other labor which involves so much skill for so little pay as that of the professional cowboy. My aspiration for drawing the 'cowboy way' is to depict the spirit of ranching. I never stage a theme to draw, but work from environmental and cultural involvement with my subject."
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children ages 5 to 17. Children 4 and under, museum friends members and US military veterans with ID receive free admission. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art presents "Tejido Fronterizo/Border Tapestry" by the Juntos Art Association and The Border Artists and "Metamorphosis," the artwork of Santa Fe artist Gail Factor. Both are on display through Jan. 18, with receptions Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m.
New Mexico artists Gunnar Plake and Marietta Leis showcase their works in separate exhibitions now on view at the Museum of Art. On Saturday, Dec. 7, Plake will host a gallery talk at 10 a.m.; Leis will speak at 1 p.m. the same day. Both exhibitions are on display through Jan. 18, 2014.
Plake's exhibition, "Extended Passage of Time" is composed of panoramic images collected during a winter's day at White Sands National Monument. "Rather than photography's concentration on the frozen moment, I am after the space between moments where time is expanded and dates compressed," explains Plake of his exhibition. "By moving the camera during exposure, I include more information in each image and expand the expressive possibilities of the photographic medium."
Leis' exhibition, "GREEN Abundance," was influenced by a recent artist residency in Thailand. "My studio was a veranda with a thatch roof that looked out to vegetation of all colors, so my palette was ever-changing," notes Leis. "The color linchpin, however, was green — the living breathing color of life." Her multimedia works are an expression of the imagery and ideas that flooded her during her stay in Thailand. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features Rayma Claessen and Richard Spellenberg. Claessen will exhibit landscapes, including miniature collections of the Organ Mountains. Spellenberg holds a PhD in botany in plant diversity with a minor in art, who became interested in wood turning after retiring in 2000. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
The Las Cruces Arts Association will hold a Christmas Bazaar at the Mountain Gallery, featuring handcrafted art, decorations, prints, cards and other works of art. Hours are Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-7 p.m. during the Downtown Ramble and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 138 W. Mountain Ave.
The Main Street Gallery hosts a presentation of art by Mary Beagle, "Many Faces from Different Places," featuring her oil portraits of Native American and Latino cultures as well as several pieces of stone sculpture. The show opens with a reception Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.
Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will host "An Evening with the Artist" with Pamela Needham on Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. Needham works in photography, focusing primarily on nature themes and landscapes. Next month's artist evening, Jan. 3, will feature Linda Hagen, who paints Southwest landscapes, horses and Western scenes in oils. 220 North Campo St., 312-3040.
On Dec. 14 the Mesquite Historic Preservation Society is hosting its third annual "A New Mexico Christmas on the Camino Real" and Second Saturday of the Month "Camino del Arte" event. At the same time, the city of Las Cruces Senior Programs and individual seniors are co-sponsoring an art show at Nopalito's Galeria, "Artistic Moments and Winter Bazaar." A horse-drawn stagecoach will tour the Mesquite Historic District, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the stagecoach for a stop at Klein Park about noon.
ArtForms is seeking participants for the 16th annual For the Love of Art Month member show at the Branigan Cultural Center, Feb. 7 to March 1, 2014, and for a regional-artists show (non-members welcome) at the Convention Center, Feb. 7-8. Deadlines are Jan. 3 and Jan. 10. For information, see www.artformsnm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 527-0020.
Studio LeMarbe in Deming will hold an open studio sale on Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 4025 Chaparral SE, 544-7708.
The Deming Arts Center's Christmas Market, with handcrafted gifts, continues 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, email@example.com.
The Black Range Fine Art Show, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and homeless veterans, is looking for submissions of original fine art. The indoor event will be held at the Mimbres Valley Event Center in Deming next year, Oct.11-12. There will be extensive advertising and $2,400 in cash awards will be given. For more information, call Lyn at 546-4650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 8th Annual Yuletide in Chloride continues through Dec. 8. Many of the old building in the historic ghost town will be decorated for the holidays, and the Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery will feature works by local artists. The Chloride Bank Café will be serving up hot cocoa and treats along with regular menu items. You can also take in the Pioneer Store Museum while in town. 40 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy. 52. 743-0493, 743-0414, email@example.com.
Hillsboro's annual holiday celebration, Christmas in the Foothills, will be Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center. Highlights of the festival include a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and handcrafted gifts, the annual raffle of an original work of art depicted on collectible art prints, and the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale. Each item in the art show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 for a chance to win the original framed pastel painting, "A Chile New Mexico Christmas," created for the event by Hillsboro artist Judy Madden. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Community Center at 3:45 p.m. Limited-edition prints of Madden's artwork are also for sale.
In addition to Christmas in the Foothills events at the Community Center, Hillsboro's Main Street merchants, including restaurants, antique shops and museums, will all be open, and musicians and singers along Main Street will provide seasonal and regional accompaniment to the festivities. Nine miles west in Kingston, holiday celebrations include vendors at the famed Spit and Whittle Club.
During the weekend, Dec. 6-8, the Hillsboro Historical Society will showing the work of three Native American artists donated to the Society from a private collection. The paintings will be exhibited at the Society's Education Center.
Hillsboro is located on Hwy. 152 approximately 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63. From Silver City take Highway 152 east 57 miles to Hillsboro. Signs and holiday greeters in Santa hats will direct visitors to the Hillsboro Community Center.
All phone numbers are area code 575 except as noted.
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