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Silver City/Grant County


The Mimbres Region Arts Council and Western Institute for Lifelong Learning will present the latest in their Artist Lecture Series on April 10 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Gary Trousdale. The talk is at WNMU's Parotti Hall and is free and open to the public. Trousdale gained prominence in the motion-picture field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. Beauty and the Beast is often considered one of the greatest artistic successes of the "Disney renaissance." He later directed other features such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Leaving Disney after that film, released in 2001, Trousdale moved to Dream Works Animation, where he has written, directed, and storyboarded ever since. www.mimbresarts.org.

Copper Quail Gallery is featuring "Dance of the Dragonflies," a Raku show by Jude Wasechek, beginning April 8. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.

Kate Brown's next one-day intensive tile-making class will be held April 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at her studio in the Mimbres. Next month brings her annual Mother's Day Sale, May 9-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 536-9935, katebrown@gilanet.com, www.katebrownpottery.com.

Leyba & Ingalls Arts will host a six-week "Drawing/Painting the Figure in the Landscape" class with Paul Hotvedt, April 24 through May 29. Cost is $150, plus $40 model fee. Plus after-school art classes for ages 6-12 continue Mondays and Wednesdays in April (except during spring break, April 14-21), $60. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com.

"Radioactive!," a benefit exhibit for Gila/Mimbres Community Radio, KURU 89.1 FM, will open May 1 at Common Ground Gallery. The exhibit ends June 1. 103 W. Kelly. gmcr.org.

A new gallery opens April 4 in Cliff. Gila River Artisans Gallery, 8409 Hwy. 180, will feature an "eclectic collection of local artists." A grand opening is scheduled for May 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a chainsaw carving demo by Glynis Verrazzano, music and food. Hours will be Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Grant County Art Guild's annual Members Only Show opens the season at the Guild's Pinos Altos Art Gallery in the historic Hearst Church with an artist reception at 5:30 p.m. on May 2. Refreshments will be served and ribbons awarded. The public is invited. The show will also be available for viewing from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 11.




Las Cruces/Mesilla


Two Las Cruces friends who met through their interest in photography are sharing the art space at the Main Street Gallery during April. Jim Rodgers is presenting a collection of abstract photographs, "Visions of Light and Color." Will Keener is showing some of his landscape work from trips to the Colorado Plateau under the title of "Beyond the Reach of Reasonable Words." An opening reception for the show will take place during the Arts Ramble, April 4, 5-7 p.m. 311 N. Main.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature Judy Bess and Roxana Quinnell for April. Bess is an acrylic artist whose favorite subjects include landscapes, historical buildings and the cultures of indigenous people. Quinnell is a mixed-media artist who creates portrait personalities of animals. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.

Mesquite Art Gallery this month presents "townies," a show of works by Las Cruces artists who don't work for NMSU. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.

Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will feature new works by Marj Leininger, "Spring Impressions," opening April 4, 5-8 p.m. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.

Rokoko Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception of a group show, "Spring, Sprang, Sprung," April 5, 4-6 p.m. 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877.


Local artist Mel Stone will discuss his photography, focusing on work featured in the exhibit "Rodeo School," on Tuesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at the Branigan Cultural Center. A recent transplant to southern New Mexico, Stone operates the Mesquite Gallery in downtown Las Cruces and is a Downtown Farmers Market vendor. What began as a simple outing to photograph horses in the NMSU area evolved into the series "Rodeo School," documenting the university rodeo team practices and the objects, landscape and people surrounding them. Stone will discuss his photographic work and the way that images begin to form narratives, stories that bring the viewer on a journey. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.

The Tombaugh Gallery will host an open gallery evening April 10 at 6:30 p.m. with fabric artist Abby Osborne, professor in the Creative Media Technology Program at Doña Ana Community College. She will give a talk and demonstration on the various mediums and techniques she uses to creating her quilted fabric art pieces. Osborne's show, "Patched Vision," runs through April 25. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr. 522-7281.

On April 12 and 13, Cally Williams Pottery Studio will have an open house, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guest artists will be: Dorothy Zitzler, Elaine Querry, Jessica Kurtz, Steve Hornung, Kathryn Holmes, Michelle Arterburn. 331 Capri Arc, Mesilla Park.

Las Colcheras Quilt Guild will hold a free quilting class April 14 at 8:30 a.m., teaching how to make half-square triangles. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2900 Elks Dr. For information, call 649-7749.

"Changing Landscapes" opens April 18 at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, featuring Doña Ana County artist Peter Goodman's photographic images celebrating the Southwest: its natural beauty, its vast, rough landscape, and ranching, an important but endangered aspect of our culture and history. Goodman's images are photographs that were digitally manipulated to resemble other media. Sometimes these "tricks" help to de-emphasize inessential elements and highlight the essential ones. They can also simplify an image or add drama to it. The show will be in the museum's Arts Corridor through August 3. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

The Department of Art at New Mexico State University will host an open house event on Friday, April 25, from 5-8 p.m. in Williams Hall, NMSU University Art Gallery and Wells Hall. The event will feature the MFA thesis exhibition, BFA thesis exhibition, current MFA candidate open studio, a walking tour of the classrooms and labs in the department, ceramic, jewelry, printmaking and photo sales, and presentation and display of student works in all media. The open house is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions to be presented in 2015. Artists and or scholars living and working in the southwest, or working with themes of cultural significance, are eligible to submit. Proposals should be delivered electronically to rslaughter@las-cruces.org by Friday, April 18, at 5 p.m. For more information see the "Submissions" page on the Branigan Cultural Center's website at www.las-cruce.org/museums.


Entertainer and renowned Chicano art collector Cheech Marin will be at the Hotel Encanto on May 3 from 6-9 p.m., giving a talk and meeting guests during a reception sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums (FLCM). The FLCM is holding this exclusive event in conjunction with "Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn't matter}," opening May 2 at the Las Cruces Museum of Art.

The exhibit will feature 70 paintings by 29 painters, all exemplifying Marin's most recent passion in collecting — small paintings, typically 16 inches square or smaller. Marin will talk more in-depth about Chicano art and his journey in and passion for collecting. Event tickets are $40 for FLCM members, $45 for non-members, and can be purchased at www.foundationlcm.com or by sending a check to FLCM, PO Box 2783, Las Cruces, NM, 88004. Tickets are limited and will be sold only until April 23. 532-1051, info@foundationlcm.com.






Black Range and Plein Air Artists continue planning for a juried fine art show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and homeless veterans, to be held at the Mimbres Valley Event Center, 2300 E. Pine St., Oct. 11-12. Show organizers Diana LeMarbe, Lyn Orona and Louise Sackett say that Deming is a hub of a growing regional art community and could become the meeting place for future wide-scale art festivals. The juried show will have a wide range of art including painting, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, metal and glass. Several well-known, award-winning artists will be in town to display their work, and artists will be coming from Albuquerque, Texas and Tucson.

The Plein Air landscape painters will be "invading" Deming and Silver City several days before the show, Oct. 9-11, bringing their paint boxes and easels to such vistas as City of Rocks, the Floridas mountains, Pinos Altos and the Gila Wilderness. The artists will then join the exhibit at the Mimbres Valley Event Center on Saturday with their week's work.

The event is still looking for artists, volunteers and sponsors. 546-4650 blackrangeart@gmail.com, www.blackrangeart.com.



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