Desert Exposure May 2014 Arts Scene


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Silver City & Grant County

"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.

The San Vicente Artists will hold their annual Body Beautiful show, May 2-4 at the Artists Lair Gallery at Texas and Market (in the old Elks Lodge). The juried show featuring works depicting the human body, clothed and nude, can be entered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, May 2 ($20 for up to three works). An opening reception will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m.

The Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank will feature the work of Don Johnson through May 31, opening with a reception May 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 1201 N. Pope St.,

The new gallery in Cliff, Gila River Artisans Gallery, with an "eclectic collection of local artists," celebrates its grand opening 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. 8409 Hwy. 180.

Seedboat Gallery has a new show of works by Judith Meyer, "The Inextinguishable," continuing through June 28. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136.

Donna Foley of Four Directions Weaving has opened her studio/gallery at 108 W. Yankie St., sharing the space with Vibrations Gallery. On Friday, May 9, from 3-6 p.m. she'll celebrate with refreshments and a chance to view her current work of handwoven tapestries, scarves and handbags.

Kate Brown's annual Mother's Day Sale at her studio in the Mimbres will be May 9-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 536-9935,,

Diane Kleiss will be holding one-day workshops in encaustic at her The Cliffs Studio & Gallery, May 14 and 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Classes are limited to five and cost $80, including all supplies. 205 Lyon at Yankie St., (520) 622-0251,,

Leyba & Ingalls Arts will have a reception Friday, May 23, 5-8 p.m., for new work by Paul Hodvedt and Zoe Wolfe, with special guests Luis Eduardo Tobon and Juan Pablo Solarte. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725,

Raven's Nest Boutique will have an opening reception May 23, 4:30-7 p.m., for "Art for Your Yard" by Mark Bowen. 106 W. Yankie, 534-9323.

Copper Quail Gallery will have a reception for a show of indoor and outdoor modern mosaics and mixed media by Jo Thomas on Saturday, May 24, 1-5 p.m. The gallery is also featuring handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry with New Mexico turquoise, made by Bruce Williams and Nancy Bailey. 211A N. Texas at Yankie, 388-2646.

Seven area artists will be thinking small next month, featuring their works in a 6x6 Studio Sale with a reception Friday, June 6, 4-7 p.m., and open studio on June 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. That's six inches by six inches, the size of all the artworks by Diane Cornelius, Ginna Heiden, Miriam Hill, Deb Hutchings, Gay Marks, Jane Seavers and Thia Utz. 28 Bear Creek Road, Pinos Altos.


Las Cruces/Mesilla

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's Arts Corridors is featuring the work of local artist Peter Goodman. "Peter Goodman: Changing Landscapes" will be on display through August 3. Goodman's photographic images celebrate the Southwest, including ranching. The works are photographs digitally manipulated to resemble other media. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100,

Main Street Gallery and Big Picture will host the ninth annual Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico exhibition under the mentorship of Julie Ford Oliver, opening May 2, 5-7 p.m., and on view through the end of May. This annual exhibit features more than 30 affordable eight-by-eight-inch framed original paintings that explore the nostalgia of times past. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.

The West End Art Depot will host its third annual "We.AD Members + Friends" gallery show, featuring artwork by over 15 artists, opening with a reception May 2, 6-9 p.m. 401 N. Mesilla St., 312-9892,

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery will feature two local artists for this month, oil painter Roberta Leavell Widner and digital artist Kurt Van Wagner. The gallery will host a pre-Mother's Day reception, May 10, 1-4 p.m. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933,

Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts will feature Marj Leininger discussing her show "Spring Impressions" on May 2, 5-8 p.m. The show concludes May 5. Naida Zucker will exhibit her hectography work from May 6-June 30, with a reception on Saturday, May 17, 4-7 p.m. Heather Davis will also exhibit her hand-painted wooden items from May 6-June 30. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.



Gourd artists Karen Phillips and Kathe Stark open their exhibit "Ancestral Gourdworks" on Sunday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Tombaugh Gallery. The artists will give a talk and demonstration of their work. Phillips is inspired by Native American celebrations, and her work often reflects the spirit of these events, as seen in the masks and spirit dolls she creates from gourds. Stark's work has evolved to include extensive and intricate wood burned and carved designs adorned with stone, shells, ink, dyes, paints, pine needles and feathers, and whatever else speaks to her. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281.

At the Branigan Cultural Center, Elizabeth Zarur of the NMSU Art History Department will present opening remarks on the Madonna International Print Exchange to kick off the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble on May 2 at 4:30 p.m. Zarur will discuss the presence of the feminine in religious iconography of the Southwest. Her talk will be followed by the opening of the show and of "Sabiduría Ancestral/Ancestral Wisdom," by artist Corina Gabaldón, 5-7 p.m. Gabaldón will lead visitors through her exhibit in a guided tour on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Her paintings are dedicated to promoting and preserving the ancestral wisdom of her Aztec/Mayan heritage. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154,

The Picacho Hills Art in the Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Artists of Picacho Hills and the Picacho Hills Gardeners. Each of the six gardens will have the juried work of three or four artists on display. From Hwy. 70 (Picacho Avenue), take Picacho Hills Drive north. Maps to the various gardens will be available in the commercial area near the bottom of the hill as well as at each garden. Tall red flags will make it easy to locate the gardens.



The Deming Art Center is sponsoring an artist studio tour, May 17,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., and May 18, 12-4 p.m. Details and maps are available at
the center and the Chamber of Commerce. May 17 is also a special "Plein
Air Painting Day" at Rockhound Park and Spring Canyon Park. Artists can
register at the Rockhound Park visitor center for prize drawings. 100 S.
Gold, 546-3663.


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