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Arts Exposure

Arts Scene

The latest area art happenings.


Silver City & Grant County

Seven area artists will be thinking small this 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.


Look for the Pollinators Fiber Fun June 9 in downtown at the El Sol, with an opening 3-5 p.m. at Ursa Minor Gallery, 303 N. Texas.


Copper Quail Gallery is featuring "Chonanna," repurposed metal art. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.


This year's Mimbres Region Arts Council's Youth Mural Camp takes place at Penny Park weekdays from Monday, June 16, through Friday June 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Campers will be completing a mosaic on the east wall left of the restroom building at Penny Park. Campers (ages 6-12), apprentice interns (13 and 14) and interns (15 and older) will work with mentoring artists to create a mosaic mural, participating in all aspects of the mural process from design to creation. Space is limited. Fee for both weeks is $165, for one week $110. Limited scholarships to the camp are available. Applications are available at the MRAC office (in the Wells Fargo Bank) or at Leyba & Ingalls ARTS, 315 N. Bullard St. Completed murals throughout Silver City can be seen on the MRAC website, www.mimbresarts.org/youth-mural-camp.


Common Ground Gallery will feature "Up. Close. Impersonal," a one-artist show by Avelino Maestas, a Silver City native who is online content editor for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. The show opens July 4 at 4 p.m. and continues through August 4. Maestas' photographic work of the urban scene in and around the Washington area captures the beauty and the pathos of big city life, often in the same image. Favorite motifs include commuters, people on the streets, nature and the built environment. Summer gallery hours are 4-9 p.m. 102 W. Kelly.


Las Cruces & Mesilla

The Tombaugh Gallery continues to exhibit "Ancestral Gourdworks," with a "soft opening" on Sunday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gourd artists Karen Phillips and Kathe Stark will give a talk and demonstration. The last day of the exhibit is June 27. 2000 S. Solano., 522-7281.



Continuing at Aa Studios through June 29 is "Mirror of Society," recent works by Jess Reinhard, during the months of May and June. Behind 2645 Doña Ana Road on Calle Del Oro, 520-8752.


The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features works by Mary Zawacki and Weeden Rockwell Nichols. Zawacki is a transplant from Los Angeles, where she had a longstanding career as an advertising art director and graphic designer working for the major movie studios. Nichols has been a photographer for 48 years, specializing simple compositions of shape and color, landscapes and seascapes. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.


Summer art classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art begin on June 3, with new sessions starting each week. Class schedules and registration forms are available at the museum and on the website www.tinyurl.com/lcmuseums. All children's classes are $60, and adult classes range from $60-$110. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.las-cruces.org/museums.


The New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter will present its spring juried show, "New Canvases and Textures of My Mind," at the Branigan Cultural Center. The show opens with a reception at The Ramble on Friday, June 6, 5-7 p.m. In conjunction with the exhibition, a workshop on watercolor techniques will be held Saturday, June 21, at 12 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.


In conjunction with Branigan Cultural Center exhibit "International Madonna Print Exchange" by Ochosi Editions, local artist Sudeshna Sengupta will present a lecture on "Women's Art Rituals in Southeast Asia" on June 7 at noon. The program is free and open to the public. The following Saturday, June 14, at noon, Sengupta will present a multigenerational workshop on Kantha quilt-making, "Kantha Quilts of Bengal: Story-telling through Recycled Fabrics," open to ages 9 and up. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.


Mesquite Art Gallery will feature "Rodeo School," photos by Mel Stone, June 5-28. See story in this issue. 340 N. Mesquite St.


Main Street Gallery and Big Picture will feature works by photographer Scott Winans in "Colors of Juarez," opening June 6, 5-7 p.m. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508.



The West End Art Depot will present Jeremy Noll's "MIDlifeCAREERcrisisRETROSPECTIVE," with an opening reception June 6, 6-10 p.m. Noll, originally a California artist, takes a look back at a diverse and eclectic background in the 2D and 3D art world. He utilizes a variety of mediums and material, including ceramics, bicycles, automobiles, paintings, assemblage, sculpture and drawings. 401 N. Mesilla St., 312-9892, www.we-ad.org.


All phone numbers are area code 575 except as noted.

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