Silver City & Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
The third annual Silver City Clay Festival continues through August 3, with three international juried exhibitions. "A Tile & A Vessel" is on view at the Historic Carter House August 1-3. The outdoor digital exhibition, "Private ProJECT," recognizes artists and their large-scale clay and mosaic private installations, which will be exhibited as digital projections on Bullard Street, beginning with dancing and music the evening of Saturday, August 2. "Neo-Mimbreño 2014" features contemporary works of all media, influenced or inspired by designs of the ancient Mimbres pottery of the Southwest. Pieces will be displayed at both the Western New Mexico University Museum and the McCray Gallery, opening August 2.
Featured artist exhibitions include:
- Patrick Shia Crabb at Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road.
- Sara Lee D'Alessandro at the El Sol Theatre Front Gallery on Bullard Street.
- Marko Fields at Lois Duffy's Studio, 211 N. Texas St.
Workshops during the festival will focus on Raku, Mata Ortiz pottery, china painting and architectural ceramics. A lecture series at the Seedboat Center for the Arts Performance Space, 214 W. Yankie St., August 1-2, will cover topics from contemporary ceramics to chocolate use and exchange in the Prehispanic American Southwest. Panel discussions will include an archaeological panel titled "Clay is Life" as well as a Mata Ortiz panel discussion.
A weekend Clayfest Market, August 2-3, will provide a venue for artists and entrepreneurs to showcase their work while simultaneously featuring a variety of live demonstrations free and open to the public. The market will be located in the Murray Hotel Ballroom, 200 W. Broadway St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendees can also partake in "Down to Earth" yoga and an edible "Mud Pie" contest at the Silver City Farmers' Market.
Youth from pre-K through sixth grade are invited to enjoy "Mud Fun!," playing with clay at the Western Stationers parking lot, 737 N. Bullard. The free event is Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, August 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is not required; call 538-5560 to learn more.
For further information on the 2014 festival, see the story in our July issue and visit www.ClayFestival.com.
A new show of works by Timothy Hasenstein, "Faces & Places of Evolution," opens August 1 at Seedboat Gallery, with a reception 4-7 p.m. 214 W. Yankie St.
Leyba & Ingalls Arts is celebrating clay this month, too, with works by Zoe Wolfe, Daniel J. Lauer, Romaine Begay and more. 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725.
Look for an artistic musical chairs next month in downtown. Molly Ramolla Gallery & Framing and Raven's Nest will be moving from their Yankie-Texas locations to the site recently vacated by Javalina's coffee house (now at 117 Market St.). The gallery offerings of Blue Dome Gallery, now at Bear Mountain Lodge, will be heading back to their former spot by about Oct. 1, and their Ursa Minor space next door at 303 N. Texas St. is up for rent.
A new collection by Mariah Walker opens at the Copper Quail Gallery on August 5, with a reception August 9, 2-7 p.m. 211-A Texas St., 388-2646.
JW Art Gallery in Hurley will feature a show of new work by Tom Holt, Joseph Wade and Shannon Stirnweis, August 8-Sept. 8. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300.
The Common Thread will host a fabric and yarn sale, August 8-9, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., featuring high-quality donated items, including stamped designs on reusable material by Chris McDaniel. Sales benefit the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective. 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733.
On August 16, the Silver City Museum will open a new exhibit, "Wilderness," featuring works by photographers Michael Berman, James Hemphill and Anthony Howell. The museum will host a "Meet the Artists" event on Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.
August 4 is the deadline for entries in the Grant County Art Guild's 29th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit, on the theme of "A Journey to Realism." Judging and reception will be on Sept. 23 and the show will continue to hang at the Pinos Altos Art Gallery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 5. 534-2899, www.gcag.org.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
New paintings by Deborah Welch, "Implied Energy: The Songs & Sagas Series," will be featured at Aa Studios, through August 30. Behind 2645 Doña Ana Road, by appointment, 520-8752.
The Las Cruces Arts Association's juried show opens at the El Paso Electric Gallery in the Rio Grande Theatre on August 1, 5-7 p.m. Just a few doors away, the LCAA hosts another member opening at its new location, at the Community Enterprise Center at 125 N. Main St. next to the Main Street Bistro, also 5-7 pm.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is featuring works by watercolorist Arlene J. Tugel and gourd artist Sylvia Hendrickson. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.
Mesquite Art Gallery this month has an exhibition called "Parsimony," featuring affordable art. 340 N. Mesquite St. 640-3502.
The featured artist at Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts this month is contemporary painter and collage artist Roy van der Aa. The artwork featured will be non-objective geometric work from 2011-2014 and is entitled "Into Color." 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.
The Rokoko Gallery will show a new art exhibit, "Leg Works," featuring the works of Diane Stowe, Erin Stapleton and Cecil Vigil, August 3-31. 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877.
Pastel artist Robert Blagg opens his exhibit, "Southwestern Landscapes and Cloudscapes," on Sunday, August 3, with a reception 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Tombaugh Gallery. The artist will give a talk and demonstration at the opening. A New Mexico resident since 1942, Blagg has evolved his work over a lifetime from watercolor and acrylic, to his current interest, pastel painting. He has studied with various teachers at UNM, as well as Deborah Christensen, Eric Michaels, David Schwindt and Sue Buck. His focus on pastel has allowed him to combine the medium's color brilliance and layering quality in depicting the dramatic skies and striking landscapes of northern New Mexico. The show will run through August 29.
The Tombaugh Gallery is also calling for regional artists within a 300mile radius of Las Cruces to submit proposals for exhibitions for the 2015 calendar year. Submissions should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1, 2014. Contact: Judy Licht, Committee Chairperson, c/o Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces, NM 88001. 522-7281.
Unsettled Gallery opens its fall season on August 9 at 8 a.m. with two exhibits: Jean Reese Wilkey's "Beyond the Veil" and Nolan Winkler's "Home Base +." Wilkey will talk about 9:30 a.m. and Winkler will talk and tour her work about 10:30 a.m. The exhibits both close on Saturday, August 30, with a more traditional artists' reception from 4-6 p.m. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285.
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will open a new exhibit, "Bonnie Mandoe: New Mexico Land & Landscapes," August 15 through Nov. 30, with a reception August 21, 6-8 p.m. The event features 36 oil paintings by Mandoe, a frequent Desert Exposure cover artist (November 2006, June 2011, February 2014). "Of all the things I love to do, painting New Mexico tops the list," says Mandoe. "Desert, forest, planted fields… lakes, mountains, rivers, churches, colors, extraordinary light. Here, you see what I can't say with words, my heart's vision of the place I love." 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
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