Going Loco for Art
Silver City brings out its easels — and chickens — for the 13th annual Weekend at the Galleries, Oct. 9-12.
Deming has its ducks and now Silver City has its chickens — the latest addition to the traditional Weekend at the Galleries, Oct. 9-12. The birds will cluck it up at "Pollo Loco," a competition for "chicken art" created by artists, both professional and amateur. The works will be "judged" by live chickens and sold for under $200 per piece.You can enjoy chicken (what else?), beer, root beer and fun for a $10 ticket on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wherehouse on Texas Street.
The 13th annual Weekend at the Galleries' "Evening at the Galleries," Saturday, Oct. 10, 4-8 p.m., also gets a fresh twist for 2009: Traveling with a "passport," you can sample foods from around the world at participating galleries. A fully stamped passport will make you eligible to win a gift certificate for art. Stamped passports must be turned in by Monday at any gallery.
Galleries will also be open for Art Walks throughout the Columbus Day weekend: Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
In addition to galleries and studios throughout historic downtown Silver City, "WAG" visitors are encouraged to stop in at Manzanita Ridge, 107 Bullard St., and Vicki's Eatery, 315 Texas St. Vicki's will feature the Texas Street Outlaws on Saturday, staging their fun shootouts at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Brandon Perrault will be performing on Vicki's patio from 2-4 p.m.
Here's a rundown of participating locations and their WAG attractions. Don't be chicken — give WAG a try!
215 W. Yankie St., 574-7808, www.animagallery.com
Silver City's newest gallery shows Mexican-inspired folk art in multiple mediums. The featured artist for October and November is acrylic painter Magda Bowen, who created this month's Desert Exposure cover. In addition to WAG, her show "Skulls and Hats" will have a reception Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.
Ann Simonsen Studio-Gallery
104 W. Yankie St., 519-9011
Showing works by three long-time Silver City artists: oil paintings by Ann Simonsen, collage by Patricia Leff and photographs and sculpture by Dennis Weller.
Anthony Howell Studio
200 W. Market St., 388-2993, www.anthonyhowell.com
Photographic works of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Art and Conversation
614 N. Bullard, 388-3350, www.artandconversation.com
Fiber and ceramic artist Suzi Calhoun will featuring her new fiber work. Nationally known recycled metal artist Janey Katz will unveiling her new "ZOO" line as well as her one-of-a-kind work only available in Silver City. Katz will custom-cut critters from a photo or description of your pet while you wait. Demos Saturday 10 a.m-noon. and Sunday 12-2 p.m.
3937 Hwy. 90 S., 313-6536, www.artworks3D.com
Located on Hwy. 90 approximately 2.4 miles south of the Broadway/Hudson intersection. Artworks will be showing paintings, drawings, monoprints and sculptures by Jeff Turner.
110 W. 7th St., 534-8256, www.aspacestudiogallery.com
Group show of multimedia, assemblage, sculpture and collage featuring local undiscovered, under-the-radar, contemporary, one-of-a-kind, underdog, outsider art.
108-110 W. Broadway, 538-9048, www.azuritegallery.com
This is the home of the Square Ring, contemporary designer jewelry by Linda and Cecil Boatwright, landscape oils by Tom Holt and Sandy Urban, watercolors by Marilyn Gendron, pastels by Linda Boatwright and Issa DeNicola. Also featuring work by the late Dorothy McCray.
Blue Dome Gallery
307 N. Texas St., 534-8671, www.bluedomegallery.com
"Exquisite," a show of selected work by western jeweler Nancy Anderson; collaborative work by CeCe Stanford and Rex Nichols; and new sculpture by Linda Brewer. Demos each day 2-3 p.m.
Copper Quail Gallery
211A N. Texas St., 388-2646
Featured artist Susan Rice unites color and light in her stained-glass designs. Also showing works by 16 local artists.
Creations & Adornments Gallery/Studio
116 N. Bullard, 534-4269
In its new location at the corner of Bullard and Broadway, Creations & Adornments offers an eclectic collection of fine art, jewelry, pottery, glass and recycled art.
400 N. Arizona St., 313-7015, www.gilahouse.com
Specializing in large art pieces. Featured artists include Carlos Aquilar, Brent Flenniker, Victoria West, Beverly Widoner and Amanda Yaryan.
Hutchings Fine Art
211B N. Texas St., 313-6939, www.debhutchings.com
Featuring artist Deborah Hutchings' landscapes and floral paintings, award-winning cowboy artist Hank Richter's oils and watercolors, along with Richard Krieger's photographs of worldwide venues.
Leyba & Ingalls Arts
315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, www.LeybaIngallsArts.com
Spotlighting Crystal Foreman Brown, "new work in different lights," along with new works by gallery artists including Phillip Parotti, Zoe Wolfe, Romaine Begay, Melanie Zipin, Dayna Griego and Diana Ingalls Leyba. Brown will do a painting demo Saturday, 2-4 p.m.; Parotti demonstrates woodblock printings Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon; and Wolfe will have a clay sculpture technique demo Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Lois Duffy Art
211C N. Texas St., 313-9631, www.loisduffy.com
Fine handcrafted furniture by Robert Winston, unusual fused glass by John Reeves, ceramic kachinas by Molly Heizer, jewelry by Alice Royer, stone sculpture by Robert Lash and large acrylic paintings by well-known artist Lois Duffy.
106 W. Yankie St., 956-5346, www.moonstruckart.com
Featuring Pat Bouchard's multimedia "Modern Madonna" series, based on images of mother and child. Bill Blakemore will present a series of ceramic creations, entitled "Faces and Frogs." The face jugs and frogs are based on Blakemore's creative directions inspired by his time spent as a potter in North Carolina.
214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136, www.seedboatgallery.com
Works by Gary Lund and John Lund will be exhibited, with an opening reception Saturday, 5-8 p.m.. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31.
Silver City Museum
312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, www.silvercitymuseum.org
"Traditions Revisited," a quilt exhibit co-sponsored by the Silver City Museum and the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild, opens Friday with a reception from 12-3 p.m. and runs through Nov. 29. The museum store will showcase a "trunk show" by artist Judy Menefee, with an opening reception Saturday, 4-8 p.m. The works will include Mimbres-inspired vessels, bowls, plates and jewelry.
Silver Spirit Gallery
109 N. Bullard, 388-2079, www.silverspiritgallery.com
A community of 26 artists working in many media including oil, acrylic, photography, fiber, watercolor, pen and ink, clay and jewelry. Recycled art is a feature in the gallery, and several artists will hold demos.
Tatiana Maria Gallery
305/307 N. Bullard, 388-4426
Showing the work of Steve and P.J. Robowski, abstract stained-glass panels using optical lenses, glass objects and metals. Also Spanish primitive furniture designed by Tatiana and Jim and New Mexican cloudscape oils by Dan Boldman. Spanish antique furniture, pottery and iron work will be on exhibit.
The Common Thread
107 W. Broadway, 538-5733,
Fiber arts gallery showcasing works by more than 60 women from southern New Mexico.
The Showroom at Custom Steelworks
212 S. Bullard, (361) 876-4330
This brand-new site will present new works and services by Andrew Tegarden, Addy Ryan, Sam Bensuson and Stuart Egnal. Special pre- and post-industrial performances of "Carne Misterioso" will entertain visitors.
Two Spirit Gallery
311 N. Bullard, 956-8347
Ethnic antiques, beads and jewelry from Africa, China, the Middle East and other distant places. Will also help you to design your own jewelry.
What's A Pot Shop
300 N. Arizona St., 388-2007, www.harrybenjamin.com
Silver City native Harry Benjamin will feature his own work in this eclectic gallery space. Long-time friend Kate Brown (see story "A Pound of Clay" in this issue) will also show her pottery.
Wild West Weaving
211D N. Texas St., 313-1032, www.hosanaeilert.com
Hosanna Eilert's weaving studio features a browse through the old Wild West, with works ranging from natural plant-dyed yarns to the distinct tradition of Chimayo/Rio Grande weaving, enjoy. There will be a natural dye demonstration and a weaving demo.
Yankie Street Artist Studios
103 W. Yankie St., 538-0465
Five artist studios featuring a variety of 2-D and 3-D approaches to art.
Yello on Yankie
108 W. Yankie St., 534-4968, www.susanszajer.com
A colorful contemporary gallery featuring fiber art and paintings by Susan Dell Szajer, copper art by Z, and jewelry and gourd art by Casey Luria.
For Weekend at the Galleries tickets and more information, contact the Mimbres Region Arts Council, 1201 N. Pope St. in Silver City (Wells Fargo Bank building), 538-2505, (888) 758-7289, info@Mimbresarts.org, www.mimbresarts.org