Unnamed Buck project in progress at the Silver City Museum
Etched glass by Paula Geisler
Grant County art guild
Jan Severson work
By Elva K. Österreich
Tuesday, Nov. 20, the fifth annual Arte Chicano Exhibit begins at the Silver City Museum. The exhibition series is a chance for the museum to support and celebrate Chicano artists working in the area. Arte Chicano 2020 features the work of Chris Alvarez and Buck Burns as curated by Diana Leyba-Ingalls. The exhibit will be installed in the Dodge Gallery and will be viewable at www.silvercitymuseum.org in the form of a video tour with commentary by the artists. It will be waiting for in-person viewing when the museum is able reopen to the public. Info: 575-597-0229.
The Grant County Art Guild is celebrating the second anniversary of the opening of the gallery in the former Hester House at 316 N. Bullard Street in Silver City. The gallery opened its doors two years ago on Nov. 17, 2018. Thirty-six members, all Grant County residents, display their work at the Gallery and offer a diversity of creativity in painting, photography, glass and mosaics, pottery and wood working, jewelry, clothing, and fiber arts. To celebrate, the guild is holding a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate. Entries for the drawing will be taken at the gallery from Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 28. Info: www.gcag.org.
Also at the Grant County Art Guild Gallery four artists are featured through Nov 15: Tom Vaughan Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos; glass artist Paula Geisler; and traditional rug hooker, Anita McDaniel. The Grant County Art Guild Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard Street in Silver City. It is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Donna Foley’s show of new works titled “Desert Light & Inner Landscapes” at Wild West Weaving gallery in downtown Silver City. The show features the contemporary Southwest tapestries Foley is known for throughout the region. Her work consists of using the traditional natural dyes of indigo, cochineal & madder root in conjunction with local dyeplants, i.e. cota, chamisa and snakeweed on a high luster yarn. The yarn is custom spun wool that comes from sheep that she has raised for over thirty years. Also in the gallery are some of her handwoven scarves and shawls. “Desert Light & Inner Landscapes” will be up through November at Wild West Weaving, 211 North Texas St. D in Silver City. For more information visit Donna’s website at www.fourdirectionsweaving.com.
November 2020 at the Deming Art Center is the month for the annual Recycle Show which is sponsored by “Keep Luna County Beautiful.” Featured are pieces of art made from 90 percent recycled materials and crafted by artists of all ages. Intake will be Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The show will be judged and prizes awarded. The exhibit will run from Nov. 1-28. Deming Art Center is located at 100 S Gold St., Deming. Its hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 or www.demingarts.org.
The Cloudcroft Art Society's Annual Holiday Art & Crafts Show features original work by regional artists and artisans. The gallery is located in the old red brick schoolhouse which houses the Nivison Library at the east end of Burro Street where it intersects Swallow Place. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays through the end of November.
Many Renaissance ArtsFaire vendors and local artists have generously donated well over 100 fine art items that will be part of an online auction through Mesilla Valley Estate Sales. Shoppers can expect to find extraordinary paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry donated by local artists such as Carolyn Bunch, Wayne Suggs, Patricia Black and Theresa Montoya Basaldua. The auction also includes collectible items, local art tours, and drivable art on wheels, a 2012 Toyota Prius, the first in the “Baby, You Can Drive My Art!” series. The auction may be pre-viewed at www.nmestateauctions.com/. Shoppers may start bidding on Sunday, Nov. 1; the auction closes Saturday, Nov. 7. Info: www.daarts.org or 575-523-6403.
The 10 O'Clock Artists will be exhibiting at AA Studio Gallery starting Nov. 13. The show is about reimagining and reinterpreting an existing work of art. Each artist has taken an art piece they may not have been completely satisfied with and reimagined and recreated the piece. AA Studio is located in Las Cruces on Calle de Oro behind 2645 Doña Ana Road. A Covid-safe artists reception is scheduled for 5 p.m., Nov. 13. Info: 828-467-9060.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, across from the historic Fountain Theatre, is currently accepting applications from artists to display their artwork. Two local fiber artists are featured for the month of November, Jan Severson and Meredith Loring. Severson prefers the colors of nature, you will often find her weaving with colorful reed, yarns, wood objects and beads. Loring’s interest in fabrics and fiber started early when she first learned to sew. She primarily uses recycled fabric, yarns, beads ,and leather, along with found objects and decorative items from thrift stores, for a variety of techniques. First American Bank in Mesilla, is well represented by gallery members who rotate their artwork monthly. In addition, the 30 artists of the Gallery offer art in various media, which include original paintings, oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, fused glass art jewelry, unique one of a kind woodturnings, stained glass, photography, ceramics, mixed media, unusual decorated gourds, handmade textile weavings, art tile, fiber art, affordable quality natural gemstone jewelry, colored pencil, handcrafted basket weavings, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink drawings, prints, cards and miniature paintings. COVID -19 adjusted gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with limited access. Info: 575-522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
VIRTUAL NEW MEXICO
Desert Exposure Virtual Gallery offers a visit to the art of southern New Mexico artists in their web-based galleries. While we can’t yet go to all these galleries and studios and spend our time perusing the amazing work of southern New Mexico artists and craftspeople, we can take a journey through their creativity. This section of the Desert Exposure website journeys through some of the talent we have south of Interstate 25. If you are a southern New Mexico artist and would like to be included in this listing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Elva at 575-443-4408. Website: www.desertexposure.com/virtual-gallery/.
An area created format showcases artists’ work on Facebook at “Las Cruces NM Artists & Art Showcase” on a page is specifically for the many undiscovered artists and artisans in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. No matter what it is you do, painting, photography, sculpting, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, woodworking, decorative arts, etc., anything created by you is welcome to be displayed. Please note, this FaceBook page is meant to be a digital art gallery, rather than a sales tool. This FaceBook page is the creation of Robert Paquette, a long-time volunteer for many Las Cruces community service organizations.