Silver City & Grant County
The latest area art happenings.
Seedboat Gallery is now featuring oils by Jean Bohlender, our January 2008 cover artist, and jewelry by Larry McLellan of Quail Ridge Studio. New extended gallery hours are 11 a.m. to "6-ish." 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136, seedboatgallery.com.
Ginny Wolf Studio and Gallery is featuring batik T-shirts by Sheilah Grebe. 108 W. Yankie St., 313-5709, www.ginnywolf.wordpress.com.
Raven's Nest Boutique is spotlighting pottery by Lucinda, a North Carolina potter. 106 W. Yankie St.
JW Art Gallery in Hurley will have a reception April 15, 2-5 p.m., for Poems2, a handmade, limited-edition book of poetry by Sharon Barr, Larry Godfrey, Tom McCoy, Sandy McKinney, Bonnie Maldonado and Elise Stuart. The free reception will feature music by Variations of Three. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300.
Copper Quail Gallery will commemorate Earth Day with "Earth-Fest: Art That Celebrates Our Earth," April 20-May 22. Featured artists are Phoebe Lawrence, Martin Apley, John Wachholz, Mark and Jane Bowen, Michael Boyle, Jan Fell, Gerald Gordon, Becky Kerr, Allen Sanders and Susan Rice. 211A N. Texas at Yankie St., 388-2646.
Kate Brown Pottery & Tile will have a one-day intensive tile-making class on April 21, $95 includes materials. The studio's annual Mother's May Day sale will be May 5-6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mimbres, 536-9935, email@example.com, www.katebrownpottery.com.
The Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos opens for the season on Friday, April 27, with the Grant County Art Guild's annual Members Only Show. A reception, starting at 5 p.m., will feature music by Brandon Perrault. The fine-art judge for this show is local artist Jan Fell; crafts and three-dimensional art will be judged by Wendy Rudick. The Hearst Church Gallery will be open this year from April 27 through Oct. 7 with hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Las Cruces & Mesilla
The Tombaugh Gallery presents works by Marie Siegrist and Penny Simpson in "A Brush with Color" for April. The exhibit, running April 1-27, will feature a variety of works by these Las Cruces painters, primarily in watercolor but also in acrylics. An opening reception will be held April 1, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., 522-7281.
Works by Margaret Bernstein, "Aunt Meggie's April Dream," will be on view at the Mesquite Gallery April 5-28, with a reception on Saturday, April 14, 4-6 p.m. Bernstein's works incorporate color and form in watercolor and oil, "moving paint around the picture plane with joy and torment." 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502, www.mesquiteartgallery.com.
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this month features works by Jan Kosnick and Sally Quillin. Kosnick designs and creates pictures with glass, various minerals, foils and grout making. Painter Quillin has been working on colorful abstracts, combining bright color with textures created using a variety of modeling pastes and found objects. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933.
MVS Studios will be featuring work by Amy Rankin on Friday, April 6, during the April Downtown Ramble from 5-7 p.m. The gallery will also host a poetry reading on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m., with readings by Terry Hertzler, Joanne Townsend, Frank Varela and Ellen Young. 535 N. Main, 524-3636, mvsstudios.com.
The Las Cruces Arts Association will have a grand opening for the Mountain Gallery and Studio's Collective Artists on Friday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m. This group of 18 artists will be showing their work through June. 138 W. Mountain St.
Rokoko Gallery opens a new show, "Gods, Goddesses, Gurus and Gremlins," exploring faith and fantasy, April 13 from 6-9 p.m. 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877, www.rokokoart.com.
"Native Spirit," works by Mary Beagle, will be featured at the Unsettled Gallery and Studio, with an artist's reception on Saturday, April 14, 4-6 p.m. The exhibit continues through May 5. 950 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, www.unsettledgallery.com.
Nopalito's Galeria will feature a photo exhibition this month of Daniel M. Reade and David Wood, two California Column soldiers who were given the task of delivering Billy the Kid to Pat Garrett and who established a life in the town of Las Cruces. A talk will be given by Dean Reade, the great-grandson of Daniel M. Reade, and David Wood, the great-great-great-grandson of David Wood, on April 15 at 3 p.m. 326 S. Mesquite.
If our story about Las Cruces artist Bob Diven ("Jackrabbit of All Trades," May 2011) got you curious about one of his many artistic mediums — sidewalk chalk art — mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. That's the date of "AvenueArt New Mexico," a one-day community street art event created by Diven and the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership. The "canvas" will be the newly reopened Main Street in downtown Las Cruces. Juried artists will compete for cash prizes and awards, while special guest artists will create showcase paintings to demonstrate the range of contemporary street painting. Main Street will remain closed to vehicle traffic through Sunday evening to allow people to enjoy the Avenue of Art. 525-1955, www.downtownlascruces.net.
Hillsboro's Percha Creek Traders will feature "New Work for Spring" beginning April 1, spotlighting new members David Farrell and Martye Allen and new works by many other members. Farrell, a Hillsboro artist, was a student of Henry Hensche, who from 1932 to 1984 ran one of the premiere schools for outdoor painting in Provincetown, Mass. He paints local scenes on site, returning at the same time each day until the painting is finished. Allen creates Southwestern pottery.
The Traders has also completely re-organized its seven-room space in Hillsboro, featuring new work from member artists, including hand-forged ironwork by Hopper Shannon, ceramics by Kathy Lovell, stained glass by Arlene Lynch, paintings in oil by Lyn Orona and in pastel by Melody Sears, photography by Matilde Holzwarth, silver jewelry by William Lindenau, beadwork and pottery by Jane Turner, wood creations by Gene Washburn, and fiber art by Marge Myers and Kathy Reed. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hwy. 152, 895-5116, www.perchacreektraders.com.
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