Lordsburg High School
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Southern New Mexico
A Mecca for the Adventurous

Five join Space Hall of Fame

Fort Bayard
Happy 149th birthday

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The resurgence of herbalism

Every Hero has a Story
Library welcomes heroes

Heritage Days
Rodeo event focuses on the dig

Seventy Years Ago
Birthplace of the A-Bomb and Nuclear New Mexico

Downwinders Speak
Cancer culture in the shadow of the bomb


Mud Pies
Map Exhibit
Trout Fishing in the Gila
Truth Returns
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Arts Exposure

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The latest area art happenings.


Silver City

The 2015 Silver City Art Guide has been published. Its 28 pages are arranged to feature galleries, artist’s studios, and independent artist members with photos and a brief description, along with maps indicating art locations. All galleries, studios and the Silver City Visitor Center have free copies available. The Silver City Art Guide can also be downloaded from the website: www.silvercityart.com.

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The Silver City Clay Festival continues across town through Aug. 2 with workshops, exhibits, mud pie contest, exhibition and marketplace.
(Courtesy photo)

The Silver City Clay Festival continues across town through Aug. 2 with workshops, exhibits, mud pie contest, exhibition and marketplace. On Aug. 1 a CLAY in the Streets celebration downtown offers live music and dancing, a beer garden and art for the whole family from 7 to 10 p.m. visit www.clayfestival.com for more information.

At the Copper Quail Gallery Mariah Walker’s fanciful art is featured this month with an exhibit called, “Look What the Wind Blew In!”

Walker, paints in watercolor and mixed media. She creates unique subjects in bright colors with a joyful style. Walker offers framed originals, matted prints and notecards. A reception for the show will be held Aug. 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Copper Quail, 211-A N. Texas St. in Silver City. The show will remain featured through Aug. 30. Common Ground Gallery features Roxanne Swentzell’s show through Aug. 29. The gallery is also expanding its hours to Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Native American potter, Swentzell focuses on interpretative female portraits with the idea of returning a balance of power between the male and the female. She uses humor as a tool to communicate the messages through her work. Common Ground is at 102 West Kelly in Silver City.


In August, the Deming Art Center presents a Fine Arts Photography Show. Call the Deming Art Center at 575-546-3663 or check the website at www.Demingarts.org for more information.

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The creative talent of Mariah Walker is featured this month at the Copper Quail Gallery.

September at the Deming Art Center will feature, Lyn Orona: A One Woman Show; Painting, Sculpture and Jewelry. Orona has shown all over the Southwest and California and has been an integral part of the local art community for a decade. This exhibit will display her mastery of three widely varied and difficult mediums. The show will run from Aug. 29-Sept. 30 at the Deming Art Center, 100 S. Gold St., Deming. Check www.Demingarts.org for more information.

Black Range and Plein Air Artists are hosting a juried fine art show to benefit the St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Oct. 9 at the Event Center, 2300 E. Pine St. in Deming, the show will remain up Oct. 10 and 11.

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Roxanne Swentzell’s creations are on display at the Common Ground Gallery all month.

The membership of the Black Range Artsts covers all of southern New Mexico and west Texas and is a not-for-profit art organization. The group’s mission is to give back to the community. In doing so this year, we elected to do a benefit for the St. Jude’s Research Hospital cancer treatment for our sickest children. St. Jude’s Hospital is located in Memphis, Tenn. It’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child to live.

Each participating artist attending the Black Range and Plein Air Show has agreed to donate 20 percent of their sales to St. Jude. Also, they are shouldering the expense of travel, food and lodging expenses. As an important addition to the Show will be the Plein Air landscape painters. This remarkable event is happening with the support host of Black Range Artists, Plein Air Painters of New Mexic, International Plein Air Painters, and Tucson Plein Air Painters Society.

For more information go to the Black Range website www.blackrangeart.com or blackrangeart@gmail.com or call Lyhnn Orona at 575-546-4650.

Sierra County

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Black Range and Plein Air Artists are hosting a juried fine art
show to benefit the St. Jude’s Research Hospital,
at the Event Center, 2300 E. Pine St. Oct. 10 and 11.

The Hillsboro Historical Society is sponsoring a sealed bid auction of original works by Leonard Peltier (Anishinable/Lakota); Dan Viets Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw); and Bernie Granados, Jr. (Apache/Zacatec) from its collection of Native American paintings. Bids will be accepted through Sept. 7, including during the Hillsboro Antiques Festival, Home Tour and Wine and Microbrew Tasting Labor Day weekend. Proceeds will support the education efforts of the HHS. For information and bid forms, contact Robin Tuttle, Hillsboro Historical Society Board of Directors, at 575-895-5187 or at robltut@yahoo.com.


Desert Blooms, a photography exhibit of flowers that bloomed in the foothills east of Alamogordo between March and June 2015, is on display throughout the month of August 2015 at Creative Designs Custom Framing & Gallery on

New York Avenue in Alamogordo. An artist’s reception for the photographer, Gerald Moore, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 21.

Las Cruces

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Leonard Peltier’s “Buffalo Hunter,” is one of four featured artworks as part of a silent auction to benefit the Hillsboro Historic Society.

Lulu Fine Art Gallery is proud to announce its newest exhibition by Wichita photographer Renee Popovich. A reception and opening is from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 6. Popovich moved to New Mexico from Wichita and lived here for five years, long enough for her to fall in love with the state which she uses liberally in her photographs.

In Wichita she was the featured artist at Botanica Gardens, the official photographer for Wichita Pride 2014 and a special assignment photographer for the Tulsa Oklahoma Gayly newspaper.

Blue Gate Gallery will be showing available works from a private collection including oils and water-colors with an opening reception Aug. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. An example is George Zoretich’s abstract oil,

Mountain City, representing the seven hills of Rome which received an award in a mid-year show at the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art. The works will remain on display through the end of September. The gallery is located at the intersection of Valley Drive and Taylor Road, 4901 Chagar in Las Cruces. For more information or appointment call 575-523-2950.

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Desert Blooms, photographs by Gerald Moore is at Creative Designs Custom Framing & Gallery on New York Avenue in Alamogordo all month.

Big Picture Digital Image Experts & Gallery presents “The Gateway,” by digital artist Micah Pearson. This exhibit demonstrates a return to Pearson’s roots as an artist. Embracing a rougher, more natural feel in both texture and form, as well as fully utilizing his training as a photographer; this collection of artwork explores themes of the nature of reality and perception as well as reframing familiar stories from literature.

In order to capture the feeling of each individual artwork, Micah will be presenting his pieces in specialized methods tailored to each piece using a diverse range of materials such as mirrors, acrylics, chalk-board and flagstone. Examples of Micah’s work can be found at www.micahpearson.net.

The exhibit reception is from 5 -7 p.m., Aug. 7 at the Downtown Ramble and continues through the month of August. The Big Picture Gallery is located at 311 N. Main Street. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information call 575-647-0508.

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Wichita photographer Renee Popovich provides a solo Show at the Las Cruces Lulu Gallery for August.

The featured artist for August at El Paso Electric Gallery will be professional artist and art teacher Sally Quillin, who uses color to express her emotional and physical reactions to a variety of subject matter, thus expressing what she cannot say in words. Quillin’s exhibit will begin with an opening reception on Aug. 7.

Every month the Doña Ana Arts Council welcomes local artists to exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery in the lobby of the Rio Grande Theatre. Regular exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, or to book an exhibit, call the Arts Council offices during regular working hours.

The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N. Main, in Las Cruces and is managed by the Doña Ana Arts Council. For clarification, photos or additional information, visit www.RioGrandeTheatre.com or contact the Doña Ana Arts Council, 575-523-6403, located on the second floor of the Rio Grande Theatre.

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“The Gateway,” exhibition is presented at
Big Picture Digital Image Experts & Gallery and
features the digital art of Micah Pearson.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery located at 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, across from the Fountain Theatre, will feature two artists, Nanci Bissell and Frank Rimbach in the month of August. Bissell is a graduate of Texas A&M University, having a Bachelor of Science in education and minor in art and English. She has been an educator, teacher, principal, and assistant principal in the elementary schools, retiring after 26 years. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous art shows. Bissell’s artistic interests include seascapes, street scenes and landscapes.

Rimbach holds a bachelor’s degree and Master of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University. He also has studied extensively both in old and modern masters in Europe and the United States. Rimbach’s work is primarily in landscapes, bookcase series and his modern abstracts. He is currently exploring landscapes, as he continues to capture the rugged beauty of surrounding Las Cruces.

In addition, the 30 artists of the Gallery offer art in many media, which include original paintings, acrylics, pastels, fused glass art jewelry, unique one of a kind wood-turning objects, stained glass, photography, mixed media, unusual decorated gourds, handmade textile weavings, art tile, affordable natural quality gems stone jewelry, prints, cards, and miniature paintings.

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Frank Rimbach is one of the featured artists
at the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery for August.

The First American Bank, Mesilla, is well represented by gallery members and continues to rotate their artwork on a monthly basis.

Gallery hours are Monday to Sun-day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For in-formation, call 575-522-2933 or visit www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.

At the University Art Gallery Millee Tibbs is one of the featured artists in the UAG’s summer exhibi tion, “Re: Visioning the West.” Another featured artist in the current exhibition, Kathleen Scott, will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 22, to lead a beginner’s guide to stop-motion videos workshop. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email artglry@nmsu.edu.

From the Ground Up XXVII, Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition opens in the Las Cruces Museum of Art Aug. 7. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. during the First Friday Ramble in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. The show is co-hosted by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Museum of Art. This year’s show features 32 artists exhibiting a total of 54 sculptural and utilitarian ceramic artworks. The Museum of Art will host an artists’ reception on Sept. 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with an awards presentation by exhibition juror Marcia Selsor.

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The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery located at 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla Nanci Bissell through August.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street between the Branigan Cultural Center and the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at: las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-541-2137.

The Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces will be undergoing some building renovations starting in August and continuing through the end of September.

The renovations will require the BCC to be closed from Monday, Aug. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 1. The Cultural Center will reopen to the public during the First Friday Downtown Ramble on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.

In keeping with the rules and regulations of the building being on the National Historic Register, this project is being done with permission and guidance from the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division. To continue service to the public, center staff have developed a plan to continue summer operations and obligations by working and providing programs at the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science. Before attending a BCC program, check the website at las-cruces.org/museums and the museum’s Facebook page or call 541-2154 for up-to-date location information.

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From the Ground Up XXVII, Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition opens
in the Las Cruces Museum of Art Aug. 7. (Courtesy photo)

All phone numbers are area code 575 except as noted.

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