Silver City/Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
A photo show featuring the nature photography of FeVa Fotos and guest photographers from the Silver City Photo Club, "Captured!," continues at the Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank Building through Feb. 28. 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.
Copper Quail Gallery introduces new local artist Jo Thomas, with works in mixed media and modern mosaics, beginning Feb. 7. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.
Lois Duffy's Studio will feature her "Poets' Corner" paintings during Chocolate Fantasia, Feb. 8. 211C N. Texas, 313-9631, www.loisduffy.com.
"Lagniappe," a show of artwork by 13 Silver City artists, opens at Common Ground Gallery, on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 13. 103 W. Kelly.
The Harry Benjamin Auction benefiting WNMU's Expressive Arts Department will take place Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1-5 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center auditorium. The hundreds of works include pottery, sculpture, paintings, prints and mixed media pieces done by Benjamin and others. For more information, contact John Abbott at email@example.com, 538-6515. The online catalog can be viewed at www.harrybenjaminauction.com.
If it's February, it must be For the Love of Art Month. For the 16th year, throughout the month Las Cruces will be showcasing local artists' work with events presented by the ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico. Art lovers will enjoy a month of festivities throughout the city from musical talent to visual arts. Events supporting this celebration of the arts include studio and art gallery tours, concerts, performances, a member art show and art venues across the city.
Event highlights include:
- Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m.: Reception for Member Art Show at the Branigan Cultural Center. Exhibit will run through March 1. 501 N. Main.
- Friday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 8: For the Love of Art Show and Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 680 E. University.
- Saturday, Feb.15-Sunday, Feb. 16: First weekend of Studio Tours. Locations vary. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 22-Sunday, Feb. 23: Second weekend of Studio Tours. Locations vary. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
For more information about For the Love of Art Month studio tours and other events, including a complete studio-tours map, see www.artformsnm.org. For information on individual events, see this issue's 40 Days and 40 Nights section.
An exhibit by the Insighters, "Much Ado About Woode," continues at the Tombaugh Gallery, through Feb. 21, with a reception Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The exhibit consists of art containing, referencing, or reinterpreting the idea, material, or concept of wood. Throughout 2013, the group of local artists worked with a variety of repurposed wooden objects including weathered wooden fence pickets, samples of different woods, and cabinet doors. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.
The NMSU University Art Gallery's new exhibition, "TRIO," will be on view through March 1. The exhibition features works from three contemporary artists — Michael Borowski, Frol Boundin and Richard Hesketh — who are adjunct faculty in the NMSU Art Department. D.W. Williams Hall, University and Solano, www.nmsu.edu/~artgal.
The Branigan Cultural Center will also be featuring "Prairie View Furniture," an exhibition of the works of cabinetmaker and artist Doug Ricketts. It opens on Friday, Feb. 7, with a gallery talk at 4 p.m. and a reception 5-7 p.m., and runs through March 1. A native of Oklahoma, Ricketts was raised in Nevada and New Mexico and remembers "feeling a need to use interesting materials" as a means to explore his creative strengths. He creates regionally inspired furniture that incorporates "landscape and weather events, profiles of farm implements and buildings" in his designs. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.
The New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter will present "Early Warmth: For the Love of Our Living Desert," works by Sue Ann Glenn, at the Nature & Science Museum, opening Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art will present "Gustave Baumann: A Life's Journey," an exhibition of prints, paintings and furniture, opening Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m., and on view through March 29. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.
The Las Cruces Arts Association's Mountain Gallery features Dean Lively this month, with a reception Feb. 7, 4-7 p.m. Lively, a retired high-school business teacher, enjoys working in a variety of media including fiber, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, oils, hand-made paper and rolled-paper beads. The gallery will also host a "Creative Totems" exhibit and silent auction. 138 W. Mountain Ave., www.LasCrucesArts.org.
Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will celebrate Black History Month with artwork by local African-American artist Georjeanna Feltha. Her exhibition entitled "Glimpses of the Past" opens Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m., and runs through Feb. 28. 220 N. Campo, 312-3040.
The annual Egg Tempera Exhibit is opening at the Main Street Gallery on Feb. 7, with works by members of the Artists Guild of Southern New Mexico. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.
The Mesquite Art Gallery features mixed media combinations of photography and hectography by Naida Zucker all month, with a reception Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m. 340 N Mesquite St., 640-3502.
Mesquite Street Studios will show paintings by Sylvia Bowers and Marjorie Moeser, with an opening reception Feb. 8, 1-4 p.m. 922 N. Mesquite St. 524-0501.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will again mark For the Love of Art Month with its "My Masterpiece" show. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
The Deming Arts Center will feature a one-man show, "The Triumph of Faith," by Joseph Manuel Chavez this month, with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 2, 1-3 p.m. Born and raised in Deming, Chavez says, "I never really left Deming and Deming has never left me." As a part-time resident, the artist maintains a studio at the house where he grew up and where he got his first set of oil paints, a Christmas gift from his parents at the age of five.
One series on exhibit, acrylic on canvas paintings, portrays Hispanic and Catholic traditions, such as folk dances, the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the Matachine pageant play. Chavez will also show paintings on canvas, wood and tin, and a special series on ceramic as well as limited-edition signed and numbered copper engravings and sterling silver jewelry with native stones and bronzes.
The artist's favorite medium is hide painting, on deer, elk and bison hide with natural pigments. Yellows and oranges are from iron oxide, blue is from indigo, reds and its variations are from the cochineal, a small beetle picked from the cactus plant and from the tuna, the fruit off the prickly pear cactus. Black walnut and various clays produce shades of brown. Chavez has collected clay for this use from Maui to New England to Oklahoma to the Gila wilderness.
Church altar pieces are another favorite of the artist, with works in various churches and chapels in New Mexico and Oklahoma. Just completed in December were four paintings now displayed at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tulsa. A copper engraving of Nuestro Nino de Praga hangs in the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague.
Chavez' latest church project, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Deming, will be his largest to date, a mural with a wall space of 45 feet wide by 12 feet high. It will be done in the Baroque style of the 17th century. The focal point will be St. Michael the Archangel, battling evil with a legion of angels behind him visible through the mist and clouds.
"St. Ann was the childhood church of my baptism, confirmation and first communion," Chavez says. "Awards are plentiful and numerous but to be appreciated by one's own community is the best honor in itself."
Chavez is a member of several artist guilds and associations, including the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in Santa Fe, dedicated to Santero art. All works must be done in the primitive 17th century art style of colonial New Mexico.
"I remember my first major art project as a six year old child was creating a Nativity scene," he says. "I had walked downtown with my grandmother to pay bills. I saw several large cardboard refrigerator boxes in the alley. Unable to drag them home, I waited until my grandfather got home. We loaded them up in his truck and I cut out life-size figures of the Nativity, complete with shepherds, sheep and angels. They lasted two weeks out on the front lawn until rain and later, snow, deteriorated the precious art pieces!"
The arts center is located at 100 S. Gold.
All phone numbers are area code 575 except as noted.
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