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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City & Grant County


Pat Bouchard and Bill Blakemore have reopened Moonstruck Art Gallery in its original location, 110 West Yankie St. Pat and Bill’s art work will be featured, along with jewelry by their daughter-in-law, Cher Bouchard.

Imagine a land where corn grows to the size of tree trunks, where the lakes are so cold the trout have fur coats, where deer have become hunters and men are their prey. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the mighty jackalope. These assorted oddities come vividly to life in “Storytelling through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards.” These cards and images, evocative of the exotic Wild West landscape of southwestern New Mexico, are examples of what folks would send through the mail to distant family and friends. They include popular scenes of Silver City as it appeared in the early 1900s. Vintage Valentines from the Museum’s collection will also be presented in celebration of Valentine’s Day.The exhibit opens Feb. 3 and runs through April 19 at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Silver City MainStreet will host a Silco Theater Poster Party at Power and Light Press, 108 E. College Ave. Kyle Durrie, proprietor of Power and Light Press, donated the limited edition Silco Theater Posters she designed and printed herself. The poster artwork was drawn by hand, then made into printing plates and printed one color at a time on an antique printing press. There are only 50 posters, which are signed by Durrie and numbered. The party is a fundraiser for the Silco Theater Construction Project. Advanced ticket sales for posters numbered two to 50 are available for $50. Silco Theater Poster numbered one will be raffled off at the party. Tickets for the poster raffle are $10 and may be purchased prior to the party or at the party. For information, call 534-1700.

Opening 3-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, is “The Gold Standard,” a vibrant show of paintings by Edwina Milner. The new work has a wonderful sense of light and color. The emphasis on brushstroke is graceful and delightfully masterful. The show will consist of 33 new works. The show will be hung to March 4. Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas St., 5348671. It will also be featured at the Bear Mountain Lodge.

Leyba & Ingalls Arts features new works by Mary Frances Dondelinger. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 315 Bullard St. in Silver City. 388-5725, www.leybaingallsarts.com.

“The Ailman Family in Silver City” exhibit continues at the Silver City Museum. This new interactive exhibition will allow visitors to enter into and experience the Victorian Parlor of the H. B. Ailman family. It is a family friendly exhibit all age groups will enjoy. H. B. Ailman built the home in 1881 that now houses the Silver City Museum. The parlor has been designed for guests to actually use the vintage and reproduction furniture and games, and experience what a fine home in Silver City would have been like in the 1890s. Parlors were used to express wealth and for entertaining guests. Silver City Museum, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. 312 W. Broadway St., 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum. org.



Las Cruces & Mesilla


While most people spend the month of February buying chocolates or roses as a sign of affection for loved ones, the city of Las Cruces New Mexico displays its adoration for its own Valentine – the arts.

February in Las Cruces is For the Love of Art Month, a celebration of the city’s growing creative arts community organized by the ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico. The citywide event becomes an art lover’s paradise with gallery and museum tours, artist lectures, theatrical and musical performances and special exhibits at various venues throughout town.

What if you spent 10 minutes a day doing art? Marjorie Moeser created “Canyon by Moonlight,” part of an exhibit by the Ten O’Clock Club called “The Wild: Worth Loving,” opening in Las Cruces at the Cottonwood Gallery, 275 N. Main St.

Among the month’s lineup is the ArtForms Love of Art Members’ Show on display Feb. 6–28 in three venues in downtown Las Cruces, as well as the Las Cruces Art Association’s “Heart on Easels” exhibit at the downtown Community Enterprise Center, 125 N. Main St., (Feb. 6–7). Also on tap are dozens of various studio tours Feb. 14–15 and Feb. 21–22, a drum and dance performance at Casa de Mi Alma Healing Center, 920 N. Alameda Ave., Feb. 21, and a poetry reading at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., Feb. 28.

For those looking to add another art event to their itinerary, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, 705 S. Telshor Blvd., will host the first ever Las Cruces Spanish Market, Feb. 21–22. The market will feature a collection of works from approximately 40 Spanish Colonial artists from around the state, including pottery, jewelry, ironwork, tinwork and weaving, among others. Admission is $5 per person and $8 per couple. Children 12 and under are free.

For more information about For the Love of Art Month, visit www.artformsnm.org and for more information about Las Cruces Spanish Art Market, visit spanishcolonial.org/this-is-spanish-market.

Doña Ana Arts Council ushers in For The Love Of Art Month with an exhibit from ArtForms members and the PRC Productions Short Film Showcase, during the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, Friday, Feb. 6.

This year, the El Paso Electric Gallery, off the lobby of the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., will be one of three locations (Mas Art Frame and Art Supplies and the Bistro Café complete the triad) in the downtown area exhibiting the works of ArtForms members not previously shown locally. An artist reception will be 5- 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in conjunction with First Friday Downtown ArtRamble.

Directly following the ArtRamble, beginning at 7 p.m., the auditorium of the Rio Grande Theatre will screen local films produced and shot in southern New Mexico by Las Cruces-based production company PRC Productions. Included in the line-up will be trailers, webisodes and short films, including Troy Scoughton Jr.’s directorial debut “Last Night On Mars,” Cody Dalton’s critically acclaimed “Anti-Minute” and Aron Hethcox’ mutant thriller “Quimera.” All screenings are intended for mature audiences only.

In “Last Night On Mars,” a typical Friday night sleepover ends badly for the girls on Mars Street, when a stranger invades their home. Written and directed by Troy Scoughton, Jr. Starring Jason Baldwin, Angelica Apodaca, Mark Vasconcellos.

In “Anti-Minute,” Guy’s best friend James plots revenge after a drug-running friend is gunned down by a citizens militia group, forcing Guy into a dangerous game of survival. Written and directed by Cody ‘Danger’ Dalton. Starring Cody Dalton, Jack Lutz, Austin Trout and Lynz Green.

In “Quimera,” a dysfunctional team of mercenaries takes on a mission to hunt a creature they’re not even sure exists and find themselves fighting for their lives. Written and directed by Aron Hethcox. Starring Marcella Salmon, Jackie Jones, Mark Vasconcellos, Jason Baldwin and Eric Owens.

Included in the screening will be four webisodes giving backstory to the soon-to-be-released feature film TRUTH, which will have its Las Cruces premiere at the Rio Grande Theatre, Feb. 27 & 28.

In “Dark Doom Actual,” the mystery voice for Nano-Track Securities is put through her paces when a group of students stumble upon a top secret research facility in the Gila Wilderness and she is tasked with ensuring that none get out alive. Written by Troy Scoughton Sr. Directed by Cody Dalton. Starring Lynz Green, Gail Wheeler and Mike Gaba.

In “Nirvana No More,” retired special forces op-eratives and best friends Harlan Barns and Marcus Coogan are in love with the same woman. Everything is great until Harlan decides he wants to marry her. Written by Cody Dalton. Di-rected by Troy Scoughton, Sr. Starring Adam Ostland, Jack Lutz, Marci Dickerson and Gabe Payan.

Also included in the webisodes are a commercial for Nano-Track Corporation, which uses nano-enhanced and highly modified genetic and DNA based technologies to create a ‘better’ future, and “Lepordai,” in which a conspiracy theorist interrupts local television programming to warn the masses about the evils of Nano-Track Corporation. “Nano-Track” was written and directed by Troy Scoughton, Jr. “Lepordai” was written and directed by Johnny Tabor.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. screenings. General admission tickets will be $2 and can be purchased at the box office during the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble. For more information call 523-6403 or visit www.riograndetheatre.com.

Hearts on Easels, an exhibit of the Las Cruces Arts Association Art on Easels gallery, will take part in For the Love of Art and Las Cruces Connects, the citywide art exhibitions in February. It begins 5-7 p.m., Feb. 6, with the Friday Art Ramble in Downtown Las Cruces and continues during the Saturday Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon at the Art on Easel Gallery in the Community Enterprise Center, 125 N. Main St., next to the Bistro. The New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter shares its interpretations of how “Wheels & Wings: Tracing Our Heritage” have influenced New Mexico. Thirteen artists have created 16 watercolor paintings depicting their vision and these will be on display at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum during For the Love of Art Month in February. A reception will be 5-7 p.m Friday, Feb. 6, at the museum, 351 N. Mesilla St.

The Wild: Worth Loving champions nature and the out of doors at the Cottonwood Gallery, Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St., during February’s Love of Art Month. The Wild: Worth Loving, a Ten O’Clock Club exhibit, opens for the Friday, Feb. 6, Downtown Ramble and is a stop on the New Mexico State University Art Hop, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. The Ten O’Clock Club artists commit to thinking or making art just 10 minutes every day, often at 10 a.m., realizing 10 minutes expands and expands. Members meet on the 10th of each month at 10 a.m. with coffee and paint to discuss art making and their work; 2015 is the club’s 10th year in Las Cruces. Blue Gate Gallery, member of North Valley Art Loop, will have a bonanza of Brasses, Bells, Baseball and Baskets (wicker) for the opening 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. The vintage and nova exhibit and sale continues through March. The cast antique Brasses are commemoratives and ID’s attached to horse bridles, some of which are featured in almost century old guides. Paintings on the topic of Pluto to celebrate the upcoming Plutopalooza will be introduced at the Love of Art open studio 10–2 p.m., Sat. 14. Gallery and studio are at 4901 Chagar, at the intersection of North Valley and Taylor roads. 523-2950.

Celebrating For the Love of Art Month, the Artamants Painting Group will be featured in an exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center, Feb. 1-28, 2015. A reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. The exhibit, “Mesilla Valley Scenes,” will contain works in oil, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor showing familiar places, people and things. Artists showing are Jan Addy, Flo Hosa Dougherty, Tom Gerend, Mayanna Howard, Darlene Hungate, Linda Miller, Burt Rawlings, Barbara Reasoner, Virginia Roach, Kathleen Squires and Janey Walch. 501 N. Main St. 541-2155.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery presents “For the Love of My Masterpiece” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Gallery members copy the paintings or styles of famous artists. 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.

The Borderland Fridas will present a workshop on Retablos at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. To celebrate the first Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s Santero Market coming to Las Cruces, the Borderland Fridas are offering a retablo making workshop. Participants will be provided with an unfinished wood retablo base and paints to create their own retablo. A guest speaker will discuss the importance of the retablo in devotional art along with the history and meaning of this New Mexican devotional and cultural artform, followed by a reading of Rudolfo Anaya’s The Santero’s Miracle. Cost is free, but space limited. Make your reservations to theborderlandfridas@ gmail.com or call Pamela Enriquez- Courts at 520-5246. For more information, visit http://theborderlandfridas.wix.com/ home#!retablo-workshop/c14k1.

The elegant black and white photographs of Mary Kerwin will be featured at Aa Studios, behind 2645 Doña Ana Road. “The Flower Collection” opens with a reception 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, as part of the North Valley Art Loop. The exhibit will run through Feb. 28. Kerwin has been taking and printing black and white photos since 1977 and use an Olympus OM-1 camera. Aa Studios is open one weekend per month and by appointment for the rest of the month. February hours will be Feb. 13 from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2-4 p.m. By appointment, call Roy at 520-8752. Las Cruces Collects features the works from local families and the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. The show opens Feb. 6 and runs through March 27 at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.



Deming & Luna County


The Deming Art Center, 100 S. Gold St., will be hosting a February Fiber Arts Exhibit. This exhibition will be open to quilters, weavers, garment designers and wood workers. Stop by the Deming Art Center in February and take a look at these unique works. Also during the month, on Feb. 4 and 18, there will be a Bobbin Lace and Tatting demonstration given by Dorothy Waddell, a local talented artist. For information, call 546-3663.

The Gold Street Gallery hosts an open house 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Meet the artists. And the theme, for February is, of course, “Love Is …” 112 S. Gold St., 5468200 or 545-2994.



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