Silver City & Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
A March and April gallery show at JW Art Gallery in Hurley will honor gallery co-owner Karin M. Wade, who passed away on Feb. 5 at the age of 78. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300.
Copper Quail Gallery will be featuring new photography, ceramics, paintings and jewelry for spring, beginning March 11. 211-A Texas St., corner of Yankie and Texas, 388-2646.
The Silver City Museum will open a new exhibit, "Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert," March 22, on view through June 8. The exhibit features photographs by University of Texas at El Paso professor emeritus Dr. Robert H. Schmidt. His background is in natural resources and physical geography, and for the last three decades he has tracked changes in the Chihuahuan Desert. This exhibition, organized by Humanities Texas, presents in visual form an interpretation of scientific information about the Chihuahuan Desert region. 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.
The annual WNMU Pottery Sale will be coming to downtown Silver City (location TBA) on March 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 388-5202, 313-7278.
The Mimbres Region Arts Council will host a spring Guatemalan Mercado on Saturday, March 29, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the MRAC/Wells Fargo Bank Gallery. 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. Items for sale will include woven scarves and shawls, coats and vests, jewelry, backpacks and purses, place settings and tablecloths, pants, skirts, blouses and belts, Santos and more. Proceeds benefit both the Guatemalan artisans and MRAC events and programming. 1201 N. Pope St., 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org.
The Silver City Clay Festival, July 30-August 3, is inviting artists to participate in three international juried exhibitions: "A Tile & A Vessel," focusing on two clay pieces — one, the artist's interpretation of a vessel, and one, the artist's interpretation of a tile (deadline April 30); Neo-Mimbreño 2014, contemporary works influenced or inspired by designs of the ancient Mimbres potters of the Southwest (deadline June 16); and Private ProJECT, large-scale clay and mosaic private installations (deadline June 14). For details, see www.clayfestival.com/exhibitions.html.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The fourth annual Las Cruces Arts Fair opens its doors on Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Opening night festivities include live music provided by Rosa y Ray Renato Dueto Krystal and Remember Then… A Class Act. The fair continues on Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Many of this year's artists are past favorites, while others are new to the southern New Mexico arts scene. Participating artists from the Silver City area include Donna Foley, Pierre Nichols, Romaine Begay and Jeff and Debbie Kuhns. At the Four Directions Weaving Studio, Donna Foley creates intricate hand-woven tapestries and wearable art. She uses wool from her own Lincoln sheep (a heritage breed with wool known for its luster and strength) and natural dyes from madder root, cochineal and indigo and from local plants collected near her home in the Gila Wilderness of southern New Mexico.
With over 20 years of experience in gourd work, Pierre Nichols uses a pyro-engraving technique to incorporate ancient Mimbres designs into his artwork. He is recognized as a Master Gourd Artist and his work has received numerous awards in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Idaho.
Romaine Begay has been making art since he was very young. He began a full-time pottery career in 2005. Since then, he has become a big name at juried art shows and fairs, both local and throughout the Southwest. According to Begay, his work is a marriage of traditional Navajo designs and storytelling through contemporary clay techniques.
In their Silver City studio, Jeff and Debbie Kuhns make functional and decorative stoneware pottery. With careful attention to detail and using wheel thrown and sculptural techniques, the Kuhns produce an extensive line of dinnerware, casseroles and serving pieces featuring unique southwestern designs.
According to this year's fair co-chairs, "With such outstanding artists from all over the country, the Las Cruces Arts Fair has become a signature fine arts event in the Southwest. We are so excited to showcase artists from southern New Mexico." Proceeds from the Las Cruces Arts Fair benefit the Doña Ana Arts Council, the Rio Grande Theatre and numerous community programs. Admission is $6 per person. Children under age 12 are admitted free of charge. An all-inclusive weekend pass may be purchased for $10. 680 E. University Ave. 523-6403, www.las-cruces-arts.org.
The Branigan Cultural Center will presents "The Building of Hoover Dam: Photographs by Winthrop A. Davis, 1930 to 1934," opening March 7 with a reception 5-7 p.m. and concluding March 29. This exhibit includes 24 photographs with commentary by the photographer. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, lascruces.org/museums.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature local artists Hetty Smith and Ray Baird this month. Smith is a transplant from Amsterdam who works in stained glass. Baird offers "impressionistic expressionism" in depicting rural structures and international landmarks. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
On March 7, 5-8 p.m., Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will host a reception for Wendy Weir and her show "Loose Edges." 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.
Carey Crane opens his exhibit, "Certain Signs," at Unsettled Gallery with an artist's reception on March 8 from 4-6 p.m. Crane's new work continues to explore color and gesture but the narrative thread develops from familiar gestures (the drag, the smear, the splash, the flow), palette and collage to mutated neutrals to a more primal palette reminiscent of the tropical paradise Gauguin sought. An artist's talk takes place on March 22 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through March 29. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, www.unsettledgallery.com.
Mesquite Art Gallery welcomes watercolorist Lu Bleveans with a show March 1-29 and a reception March 8, 4-6 p.m. Says Bleveans, "I'm drawn to natural landscapes where shapes and atmosphere give rise to an emotional response. My subjects and shapes are drawn from nature but interpreted into paintings that move away from reality toward the dreamlike and ambiguous. I want the beholder to respond to my painting with the emotion I felt on seeing the site." 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.
Bonnie Mandoe, our February cover artist, will be offering a class this month, "Learn to Paint with Water-Soluble Oils." For more information, call (575) 523-9760 or (575) 642-9760 and see her blog on the topic at her website, www.bonniemandoe.com.
The 13th Annual Hafla at Grapevine Plaza Gardens, April 27, 2-8 p.m., is seeking artists as well as performers. 644-4156, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chiricahua Art Guild Gallery will sponsor a spring series of art and craft workshops featuring introductory charcoal drawing, beginning quilting, family scrapbooking and three introductory calligraphy classes. Classes are scheduled between March 4 and April 9. The Art of Calligraphy will be taught by Doug Julian, March 26, April 2 and 9 from 9-11 a.m. at the Portal Rescue classroom. Cost for all three classes is $10 for members/associates, $15 for non-members. The Art of Quilting classes will feature Trudy Kimble, a quilter since 1975, March 6 and 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chiricahua Art Gallery in Rodeo. Cost is $10 for two classes (non-member) and $5 for members. The Art of Scrapbooking, taught by Joy Mendez, will be offered March 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chiricahua Art Guild Gallery. $5 members, $10 non-members. An Intro to Charcoal Life, taught by Dawn Aerts, will be at the Chiricahua Art Guild Gallery on March 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. $5 members, $10 non-members. To pre-register for any of the classes and for details on what materials to bring to each, contact Aerts at 557-0417, email@example.com.
All phone numbers are area code 575 except as noted.
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