Silver City& Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
The Copper Quail Gallery will be showing "Land and Sky," new images by photographer Allen W. Sanders, through March 31, with a reception Friday, March 1, 4-7 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646.
The Mimbres Region Arts Council's free Artist Lecture Series, co-sponsored with the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, continues on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in WNMU's Parotti Hall with weaver Judith Mitchell. The artist's recent work explores clouds, blowing grasses, and the palette and distressed surface of ancient Roman wall painting. www.juliamitchelltapestry.com, www.mimbresarts.org.
The Silver City Museum will open a new exhibit, "It's a Wrap, on Friday, March 8, with a reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Running through July 28, the exhibit will showcase the work of the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective. Also on view is the exhibit "A Vessel by Any Other Name." 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org.
Pottery and clay art works by current and former students and faculty at WNMU will be on sale on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Silver City (location to be announced). The "Friends of Clay" fundraiser will benefit the clay program through the WNMU Foundation. 313-7278, 388-5202.
Seedboat Gallery is now featuring "House of Cards," works by Paula Wittner. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136, seedboatgallery.com.
The Silver City Arts and Cultural District has announced that its new director is George Julian Dworin. He brings to the position over 20 years of business management and advertising experience, having served over 400 corporate, institutional, non-profit, and small business clients nationally. His experience is in the development and creation of brand identity, multimedia advertising and marketing campaigns.
Dworin, a long-time resident of Tucson, has been visiting Silver City and Grant County on a regular basis since 1991. An artist, outdoor enthusiast and avid mountain biker, Dworin joined the community on a more permanent basis two years ago when he moved his digital printmaking studio here. silvercitytourism.org.
San Vicente Artists of Silver City has announced a "Call For Artists" for its 9th Annual Body Beautiful Art Show, April 12-14 at the Artists' Lair Gallery. This is a juried show celebrating the beauty of the human body, clothed or unclothed and including portraits. In addition to categories of paintings and drawings, photography, and three-dimensional art, there is a new Student Category for adult art students ages 18 and older. Entry forms are available at Silver Spirit Gallery and Leyba & Ingalls Arts, and online at silvercityartists.org. 388-2079, 590-2006.
Looking further ahead, the Silver City Clay Festival will return on August 2-4. See clayfestival.com for information. And the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective has announced that the 2013 Silver City Fiber Arts Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grant County Conference Center. It will include vendors of fine handmade fiber art and fiber art supplies, special quilt and other fiber art exhibits, classes, lectures, demos, and more.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The 2013 Pro-Artists Series will feature, through March 31, a gallery room of works by nationally recognized printmaker Tony Lazorko ("With the Grain," April 2007) titled "American Grain: Seeking America in Woodcuts," a special exhibition at the Adobe Patio Gallery. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, March 1, 6-8 p.m.
An alumnus of the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Lazorko creates multi-color woodcuts, involving many separate blocks, from his studio in New Mexico. The Museum of Texas Tech University recently acquired more than a dozen of Lazorko's prints, part of its Artist Printmaker Research Collection, a specialized collection evolved from documenting and collecting prints from ColorPrint USA. Learn more at www.lazorko.com.
The 2013 Pro-Artist Series includes works of six area professional artists. Following Lazorko, other artists in the series will be Paul Schranz, April; Sam Peters, May; Shelley Black, October; Louis Ocepek, November; and Georjeanna Feltha, December. The exhibitions are in addition to the Adobe Patio Gallery's regular exhibition season. 1765 Avenida de Mercado.
The Branigan Cultural Center will open two new shows March 1, 5-7 p.m.: "Masterworks: Googlepaedic Narrations and the Dysfunction of Damage," an exhibit by Shaurya Kumar; and the photographic display "Pancho Villa and the Mexican Revolution," curated by anthropologist James J. Hester.
An exhibit of original computer-generated fractals and photographs by artist Maria Kruse is on display through this month in Las Cruces' newest art gallery. Gallerie Cramoisie is located at 1695 Hickory Loop in the Pronto Plumbers building and is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 524-9349.
The Tombaugh Gallery presents "Out of the Darkness into the Light," a two-part exhibition featuring artwork created by local artist Georjeanna Feltha. The show will focus on her current work as it relates to a New Black History and Women's History. A March 3 reception will include a poetry performance by Mei Ling Po McKay. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano.
Temple Beth El will present "All Things Beautiful," the Southwest Jewish Art Festival, on Saturday, March 9, from 6-9 p.m., and Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday's preview and sale (tickets $25) will also include a celebration of traditional Jewish foods. 3980 Sonoma Springs Ave., 524-3380, 652-3124.
Mesquite Art Gallery is featuring works by photographer David Shaw and painter Harvey Hilbert, with a reception March 9, 4-6 p.m. 340 N. Mesquite St.
Creative Harmony is calling for countertop sculpture, oils, acrylics, watercolors and photography to display in the gallery. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040.
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