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Silver City/Grant County


Downtown Silver City's Art & Conversation will be closing, with companion store Yada Yada Yarn moving across Bullard Street next to Alotta Gelato. The gallery will have an inventory reduction sale this month, with metal sculptures by Janey Katz and pottery by Suzi Calhoun, plus Brian Andreas Storypeople prints, cards, sculptures and books. 614 N. Bullard, 388-3350, www.artandconversation.com.

The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective will sponsor a "Folded Flower Class" on origami flower-making on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m. at the Common Thread. Basic hand-sewing skills are required; cost is $5. 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733.

Selected works from the Harry Benjamin Collection Part II will be exhibited Jan. 24-Feb. 21 at the WNMU McCray Gallery, with a reception Jan. 24 from 5-8 p.m. That will be followed by an auction on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1-5 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium. 538-6517.


Las Cruces/Mesilla


A new exhibit that stitches family history together through art is now showing in the Arts Corridor at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The exhibit, "Heart of the Home: The Art of Patricia Burnett," features 26 pieces of art — mostly acrylic paintings and also some mixed media — that are based on quilt patterns from the artist's family. Artist Patricia Burnett of Las Cruces says the art and accompanying words are a "kind of social history of a pioneer family."

She explains, "Family histories are often relegated to the attic of our lives. They are abbreviated into family trees with only dates and places. There is no sense of who these people were and how they lived. It is my intent, with this show, to offer a glimpse into my family. By sharing stories and photographs along with my paintings based on traditional quilt patterns, I stitch the tale of an American family into the fabric of American history."

Burnett dedicated the show to her great-great grandmother, Esther Umbarger McKinney (1849-1938), a strong pioneer woman and a quilter.

Patricia Hurst Burnett is a sixth-generation Kansan who has called Las Cruces her home for the past 20 years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts and an MPA from Wichita State University. She is a social historian by education and avocation and is an avid genealogist. Patricia is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.

The show will be on display through April 6. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces. 522-4100, www.frhm.org.


The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature two local artists for the month of January, Meredith Loring and Bob Zolto. Loring combines her life-long love of fabric and needle crafts with her artistic vision of developing objects and materials to be reborn into new forms. She is an accomplished theatre costume designer and fabricator for the No Strings Theatre Company. Zolto's transformation of his subject matter into eye-catching photography has won him national recognition. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.

This month the Mesquite Art Gallery will feature "It's a Man's World," with art by male artists that owner Mel Stone has acquired "because I like it (of course, it is also for sale)." Works range from photographs to oils to woodcut prints. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.

At the Branigan Cultural Center, Jan, 10 at 1 p.m., local artist Karen Feder will discuss the history of beads and their use in the cultures and countries featured in the exhibit "Adorning the World: The Intersection of Jewelry and Culture." Feder will bring examples of many of the beads and objects used in her artwork and explore how body adornment is the primary indication of status and wealth in a wide range of cultures in different regions of the world. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.



The Las Colcheras Quilt Guild will have two fiber-challenge exhibits this month, both on view at the Bank of the West. In "A Color Runs Through It," 50 New Mexico SAQA artists were challenged to create an art quilt using any variation of black, white, or gray and any variation of one color. Many of the quilts on display will be for sale. "My Favorite Things" by members of Las Colcheras Quilt Guild is a judged contest whose winners will be announced at the opening reception; the challenge was to create a small quilt relating to the theme using a supplied blue batik. Both run Jan. 3-31 with an opening reception Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. 201 N. Church St.

Las Colcheras Quilt Guild will then present a judged quilt show, "Under the Sun," Feb. 15-16 at the Las Cruces Convention Center; Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. NQA Certified Judge Diane Pitchford of Gilbert, Ariz., will judge the show and handmade ribbons and cash awards will be presented. The contest is open to all and categories and rules are posted on the guild website, www.lcqg.org.

Michelle Watts of Roswell will give classes during the show as well as on Feb. 17. Watts is known for her southwest designs and these will be incorporated in her workshops using PaintStiks, learning Redwork by machine, and invisible machine appliqué. Her workshop descriptions, dates, and fees as well as registration forms can be accessed on the guild website. AQS Certified Appraiser Bobbie Aug will be available for quilt appraisals. Appointments can be made for Saturday or Sunday by emailing LasColcherasQG@aol.com. There will also be a Quilt Marketplace with commercial vendors and a guild boutique. 521-0521, 639-4327.


Luna County


The Deming Arts Center's next exhibit, opening with a reception Jan. 5, 1-3 p.m., features Las Cruces painter Irma Lee. 100 S. Gold, 546-3663, demingarts@hotmail.com.

The Black Range Fine Art and Plein Air 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 blackrangeart@gmail.com or see www.zhibit.org/brai.



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