Silver City/Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
The exhibit "Wilderness: Michael Berman, Anthony Howell and James Hemphill" continues at the Silver City Museum, with an opportunity to meet the artists on Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. The show of photographs complements the "Gila Wild" exhibition currently showing at the museum. Each photographer journeys deep into the landscape with a unique focus on the sublime nature of the awe-inspiring and complex southwest wilderness.
Berman was honored with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts New Mexico-Individual Artist of 2012 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. Hemphill says of his time in the Gila, "I was in the burn area of the Gila Wilderness fires and hiked more than 200 miles there. It was a surreal project and the experience will stick with me the rest of my life." Howell's large-format photographs include early Mimbres rock panels containing numerous anthropomorphic figures and zoomorphic imagery. The exhibit continues through November. 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.
The grand re-opening of The Raven's Nest in its new location at the corner of Broadway and Bullard will be Saturday, Sept. 13.
Leyba & Ingalls Arts will be featuring works inspired by the Gila River, by Patrick Rogers, Paul Hotvedt and Phillip Parotti, Sept. 18-21 during the Gila River Festival. 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com.
Lois Duffy Studio will also be celebrating the river fest, Sept. 19-21, with works by Duffy as well as photos by Ann McMahon. 211c N. Texas, 313-9631, www.loisduffy.com.
The Wherehouse at 305 S. Texas is now open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with shared studios spaces ("SSS305").
The Common Thread fiber-arts gallery will hold a seasonal sale starting Sept. 27. 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, www.fiberartscollective.org.
The Grant County Art Guild's 29th Annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit opens to the public with an artist reception at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Pinos Altos Art Gallery. This juried show is open to all New Mexico artists and this year has had 65 entries accepted. The Guild's Pinos Altos Art Gallery will be hung with all of the paintings and the winning ribbons awarded by the time of the reception. The exhibit awards a $1,500 purchase price to the "Best in Show" winner with an additional $900 in prize money for other winning entries.
The judge for this year's show is Mick Davidson from Tucson, an impressionist painter, schooled in the Russian tradition. He is also a registered architect, having practiced for many years before shifting his emphasis to painting, and also works in watercolor and charcoal. Davidson will be offering a three-day workshop in Silver City on painting in all media on Sept. 24, 25, and 26. For more information call 534-2899.
The annual Purchase Prize Award Exhibit is the finale of the Grant County Art Guild's season at their gallery located in the historic Hearst Church. The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays through Oct. 5. The Purchase Prize Exhibit, following the reception on September 23, will be open the following two extended weekends.
Blue Dome Gallery’s return to downtown Silver City is set for Oct.1, with a new show of works by Cece Stanford, "While I Was Waiting...." An artist's reception will be held Oct. 10, 4-7 p.m. 307 N. Texas.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The NMSU University Art Gallery presents "Off the Wall," an exhibition inspired by the minimal wall drawings and sculptures of Sol LeWitt, on view through Dec. 6. This two-part exhibition will both trace the history of LeWitt's relationship with NMSU, as well as show the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas. Artists, assistants and students have begun a public installation process, creating works constructed directly onto the gallery walls. Part performance, part exploration into practice and exhibition design, this group show will create a conversation revealing the intricate actions employed when creating a minimal art work.
In addition to the work of LeWitt, "Off the Wall" features the work of Allie Rex, Judith Braun, Christie Blizard and Nathan Green — four contemporary artists from across the country who've traded traditional supportive mediums such as the canvas, panel and paper for the challenge of working directly on the wall. Manipulating perspective and generating large-scale optical illusions, each uses various methods to challenge the viewers understanding of the existing architecture within the gallery space.
Related upcoming events include: "Off the Wall Banner Project" official opening reception, Sept. 11, 5 p.m.; Marisa Sage gallery talk, Sept. 11, 6 p.m.; Veronica Roberts gallery talk, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.; Nathan Green gallery talk, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.; Nathan Green artist workshop, Oct. 24, 12 p.m.; Plaque and Restoration reception and Silvia Marinas gallery talk, Nov. 6, 5 p.m. D.W. Williams Hall, University Avenue and Solano Drive, 646-2545, uag.nmsu.edu.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art continues to show "Art from Science," an exhibition of digital imagery by Leigh Anne Langwell and Patrick Nagatani, through Oct. 11. Langwell received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1998 and, in a very varied career, worked as a medical photographer, imaging technologist and graphic artist. On display are her diverse creations including digital mosaics of micro landscapes and pieces exploring cosmology. Nagatani is a retired professor emeritus in the University of New Mexico's Department of Art and Art History. The artist exhibits three bodies of work, each informed by science: the US military's nuclear program, archeology, and uses of radiation in medicine. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, www.cruces.org/museums.
The Mesquite Art Gallery welcomes Deming artist Brian Pottorff, beginning Sept. 4, with a reception Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 27. Newly retired from teaching math, Pottorff has shown sculpture in juried exhibits in Page, Flagstaff, El Paso and Las Cruces since 1995. In more recent years he moved toward flat art, he says, as befits a man less able to wield pieces weighing hundreds of pounds. The common threads in both bodies of work include a mixture of structured and random elements, and ambiguous forms. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502.
LCAA Gallery on Main presents "Art on Easels," part of the Friday, Sept. 5, Downtown Ramble, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit marks the grand opening of the Las Cruces Arts Association's new Main Street location in the Community Enterprise Center, next to the Main Street Bistro. 125 N. Main St.
The Plein Air Artists are displaying their work in the El Paso Electric Gallery at the Rio Grande Theatre, with a reception Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m.
At the Branigan Cultural Center, Jimmy Fike will lead visitors through his art, philosophy and technique in a special discussion at the opening of "J.W. Fike's Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent" on Sept. 5 at 5 p.m., followed by a reception until 7 p.m. The collection of photographs highlighting the edible parts of wild plants demonstrates Fike's interest in documenting local and sustainable food sources, while referencing the rich artistic history of scientific illustration. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums.
Raul Dorn's exhibit of new work opens at Unsettled Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 6, with an artist's reception from 4-6 p.m. The body of work presented in Dorn's exhibit, "am/pm," developed during a period in which the artist initiated a major life change. Dorn, a teacher of secondary studio art, decided to retire. "Teaching," Dorn says, "had been at the core of my identity." As the process unwound, he experienced the highs of anticipating freedom from the structure of daily classroom activities and anxiety from not fully knowing what comes next. This dichotomy of feeling is reflected in the styles and subject matter of "am/pm." Dorn will also be featured in a Performance Reading on Saturday, Sept. 20, 6-7 p.m. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, www.unsettledgallery.com.
Works by Lisa Cavallera, "Sniffin' Glue," will be featured at Rokoko Gallery with an opening Sept. 13, 4-6 p.m. The main medium Cavallera uses is indeed glue — hence the title. The show runs through Sept. 27. 1785 Avenida de Mercado.
The Tombaugh Gallery will present "Soul of Silk," an exhibition of silk art and wearables by Las Cruces artist Judy Licht. The show opens Sunday, Sept. 14, with a reception and artist's demonstration from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and closes Oct. 24. Licht says she delights in watching dye and silk merge, creating a single entity that is both vivid color and sensuous fabric. Silk painting is an unusual medium and the show illustrates its rich variety. Licht draws her inspiration from the natural world, and is especially interested in the contrast between the harshness of the desert and the softness of the silk. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., 522-7281.
The Black Range Artists of Southern New Mexico has announced additional artists participating in its multimedia fine art show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and homeless veterans. The show will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Mimbres Valley Event Center, 2300 E. Pine St., although plein air artists will begin arriving and painting throughout the region about Oct. 9.
Newly announced artists include: Tomi LaPierre of Las Cruces, who works with bronze sculpture and is qualified in forensic facial reconstruction; Cherie Gamboa, a Las Cruces copper artist who works with different gauges of sheet copper and wire while incorporating other metals, leather, feathers, rocks, beads and other elements; Greta Burger, who works with glass casting and metal; and Hillsboro pastel painter Melody Sears. 546-4650, blackrangeart.com.
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