Upcoming area art happenings
“The Chiffons, He’s so Fine” by Nancy Frost
University Art Museum show of Retablos
Otero Artspace, “View from Above” by Chris
“Cotton Splendor, Ghost Ranch” at the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery
“Morning Prayer Over the Organs” at the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery
Monster Box named “Tapee”
“Point of No Return,” wood block print at the Museum of Art in Las Cruces
Metals cupcake, part of the New Mexico State University jewelry sale
“Witty in Pink 2009” by Shirley
Klinghoffer at the McCray Gallery in silver City
Made in Silver City basket
“Pressed Exhibition” by Carmen Ruiz at Light Art Space in Silver City
Art by Henri Hovarter at the Grant County Art Gallery
“Bowing to the Sun” by Wayne Suggs is at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
Wayne Suggs Photography
“Painting the Desert” by Rosemary McLaughlin at the Dona Ana Arts Council
September 30, 2022
By Elva K. Österreich
For information about the various art celebrations including Weekend at the Galleries, Southwest Print Fiesta and the Fiber Arts Sale, happening Oct. 7-9 see pages 6-7 of this issue as well as About the Cover on Page 3..
- Made In Silver City, 206 W. Broadway St. adjacent to the Murray Hotel, presents the work of Silver City artist, Joseph Holguin. The artist creates elegant wood-turned vesselsin classic shapes that showcase the woodgrain’s natural beauty with occasional accents. Recently, his work has evolved to include intricate designs mimicking woven baskets. A First Friday sneak peek reception, is from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 7 and a Weekend at the Galleries opening reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The gallery is also open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9. Regular Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The show is up through Oct. 29. Info: [email protected]
- Francis McCray Gallery and the Edwina and Charles Milner Women in Arts Series, presents “Shirley Klinghoffer – CRT Revisited,” an exhibit of “Human Strength and Vulnerability” from Oct. 20 – Nov. 17, at Western New Mexico University’s Francis McCray Gallery. This is an impactful exhibit that touches on Conformal Radiation Therapy (CRT) cancer treatment in context of the strength and vulnerability of the human experience. At 6 p.m., Oct, 20 the lecture will be held at WNMU Light Hall and the opening reception follows at 7 p.m. at Francis McCray Gallery. Info: 575-538-6517.
- The Grant County Art Guild is hosting a retrospective show and sale Oct 7-9 featuring the work of Henri (Henrietta) Hovarter. Henri, a talented artist and prolific printmaker, was part owner of the Copper Quail Gallery in Silver City. Her work also appeared in various Silver City galleries. Active with the Tyrone Volunteer Fire and Rescue since 1979, Henri is missed for her entertaining and comical reporting as Chief dispatcher for the department. Henri passed away in May this year, leaving an impressive portfolio of etchings (intaglio prints) inspired by her love of the Native American cultures and landscapers of the high desert. This collection will be on display and for sale at the Grant County Art Guild Annex. Oct 7-9, during the Southwest Print Fiesta. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct 7. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the TVFR Firefighter Fund. The GCAG Annex is located at 106 E Market in Silver City. Info: gcag.org.
- Light Art Space Fine Art Gallery features “Push & Pull… handmade prints,” a juried exhibition of hand-made prints that asks artists to think about internal and external tensions of the world. Juror, Frank Rose, the director and owner of Hecho a Mano Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, chose works by 19 artists from across the United States. The show runs from Oct. 7-Nov. 13 with a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday Oct. 7 including a juror talk beginning at 5:30 p.m. “Pressed: 5 Printmakers of the Southwest,” is in the Flash Gallery at Light Art Space. A variety of printmaking techniques will be on view including books and other 3D images. Work by Jo Andersen, Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, Cristina Cardenas, Jamie Karolich, and Carmen Ruiz. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Info: 520-240-7075.
- October 2022, at the Deming Art Center will feature the DAC Membership. Anyone who is a member is eligible to participate and there will be a diverse body of work on display. The show runs through Oct. 29. The center is located at 100 S. Gold St., in Deming and is open from 10AM – 4PM, Mon – Fri and 10 – 1PM on Saturday. There will be an official exhibit opening 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.The Deming Art Center is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, The Art Center is located at 100 S. Gold St., Deming. Info: 575-546-3663 and at www.demingarts.org.
- In October Otero Artspace features the work of Chris Ward. The Artspace is located at 1118 Indiana Ave, in Alamogordo. Ward’s landscapes capture the light and colors of New Mexico that sometimes result in abstracted shapes and at other times realistic images of the land and architecture. The exhibit will be on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday throughout October. Membership in Otero Arts Inc., a non-profit organization, is open to those interested in music, fine arts and crafts, literature, and the history and culture of New Mexico. Info: www.oteroarts.org
- New York Art & Music Studio at 1120 New York Ave. in Alamogordo, represents around 40 artists ranging from traditional to contemporary styles in many mediums. The gallery has musical instruments for sale and offerings for art and music classes and event hosting. Info: 575-430-1306.
- The Cloudcroft Art Gallery The gallery has many works of art and juried crafts ranging from paintings in all media, fine art photography, framed and matted prints, cards, pottery, fine jewelry, baskets, glass, fiber art, gourds, carved wood, and intarsia. All of the art on display and for sale is by local artists. The gallery is located at the east end of Burro Street where it intersects with Swallow Place in the old Red Brick School House that also houses the Nivison Library. The gallery is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through December. Info: [email protected]
- The Doña Ana Arts Council presents recently completed works of artist Rosemary McLoughlin in an exhibit titled “The Gift of Loss.” A long-time resident of Mesilla McLoughlin has been working in art all her life, she completed graduate work in painting in 1975 at New Mexico State University, and in 1998 she retired from her position as museum educator at NMSU Art Gallery to focus on her art. In 2018 her glaucoma caused some permanent vision loss, limiting her painting. Recently she picked up her paint brushes again. Her current exhibit is a visualization of McLaughlin’s journey to rediscover her creativity and her art. “The Gift of Loss” will be on view from October 1-29 at the Doña Ana Arts Council located at 250 W. Amador Ave., Suite B, Monday to Friday, during regular business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in addition to the First Friday reception 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 7 and the Second Saturday reception noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. Info: 575-523-6403 or [email protected]
- The Las Cruces Museum of Art exhibition, “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads,” is curated by Diana Molina and features more than 80 pieces of artwork by 29 regional artists. Stylistically diverse and thematically varied, participating artists consider their complex cultural inheritance and reveal their points of view about the ever-shifting relationship between the United States and Mexico. “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland” is on view through Oct. 15. The Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. in Las Cruces, is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission fee. Info: www.las-cruces.org/1523/Museums or 575-541-2137.
- 61/61 Dennis Lujan Birthday Show & Sell, opening night event is 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7; continuing noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9; at In Effect Gallery, 3390 Apple Cross Place in Mesilla Park. Info: [email protected]
- CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano Drive, Las Cruces, is calling for all interested artists to submit up to two pieces for a January 2023 exhibit. You may use any media you prefer, as long as you use Phil Ochs lyrics to “When I am Gone” as your theme. The lyrics can be found at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship website: https://www.uuchurchlc.org Please submit pictures of your work in JPEG format to Roy Van der Aa at [email protected] Van der Aa is the juror for determining which pieces will be in the show. Also send your name, email address and a telephone number. If your work is chosen, bring your art between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 11, 2023,. to the Tombaugh Gallery at 2000 S. Solano Drive. Monetary prizes will be awarded. Info: [email protected]
- “Affinities and Digressions” is an exhibition of work by Emmitt Booher and Louis
Ocepek at the UnSettled Gallery, 905 N. Mesquite St. in Las Cruces.The title of the exhibition refers to the intriguing similarities and differences found in their work. Booher, primarily a photographer, and Ocepek, a painter, printmaker and designer, are both discerning observers of the world around them. They share a preciseness of vision, with great attention to detail and technical accomplishment. The exhibit continues through Oct. 15 with an artist talk at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. A second artist talk will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 24. Agave Artist Gallery, 2250 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla.
- Nancy Frost Begin is also Artist of the Month at Agave Artist Gallery. She says art is in her genes, heart, and bones. One of her signature storages pieces, referred to as “Monster Box,” can be replicated as a rock star, opera singer, Viking, or any character. Nancy will conduct a monster box talk and demonstration between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct.15 at the Gallery. Second Saturday hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Agave Artists Gallery, open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, is at 2250 Calle de San Albino, Info: agaveartists.com.
- Gallery 925 presents Gallery 925 presents “Nancy Frost Begin, Watercolors & Woodcuts” Nancy’s watercolors consist of two series, most recent, “The Goats.” Each piece was inspired from “girl singing groups” from the 60’s, such as the Shirelles, and the Chiffons for example. The second series depicts various “Madame Butterfly’s.” Each painting has a different theme but all Madames have a “butterfly“ headpiece. The woodcuts vary in theme from “life cycles“ of insects and amphibians, to Japanese figures in richly decorated kimonos. An opening Reception is from 4-7 p.m. On Oct. 1, The exhibit is on display through Oct. 30. There will be an artist talk 1-2 p.m. on Oct. 16.Meet artists as they talk about their work on First Friday, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 9.. The gallery is located at 925 N. Mesquite St. in Las Cruces and is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Info: [email protected]
- The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, across from the historic Fountain Theatre, features two local artists for the month of October: Barbara Bush and Jane Peacock. Bush has had a long and circuitous journey to becoming a fulltime artist. Peacock is a lifelong painter has been a painter of portraits of people of the Borderland, and landscapes of New Mexico. Her plein air paintings relate directly to the landscape; she loves painting outside. It is her goal to create works that capture the Southwest landscape.. First American Bank in Mesilla, is well represented by gallery members who rotate the galleries artists’ work monthly. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 575-522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
- In a first for the New Mexico State University Art Museum, the exhibition titled “Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium” pairs 19th and 20th century retablos from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection with new works by contemporary Latinx artists. UAM is located inside NMSU’s Devasthali Hall at 1308 E. University Avenue. The exhibition runs through Dec 22 and is free and open to the public. Ex-votos are a specific type of retablo or small devotional painting depicting miracles painted on tin and wood. The UAM houses the largest collection of Mexican retablos in the U.S. The show aims to demonstrate how retablos are more than by-products of colonialism and can be used to highlight current issues such as class, race, and gender through an artistic lens. The exhibition presents fifteen artists including Guadalupe Maravilla, Yvette Mayorga and Francisco Guevara. Art museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
- Camelot Studio, home studio of artist Mary Diesel, is hosting “unCLASSIFIED: removing artificial boundaries and labels,” a fall art exhibit. The three-day multi-media event begins from 5 – 8 p.m.. Friday, Oct. 14, The show is also open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 and from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, with a reception at 2 p.m. The studio is located at 2008 Camelot Drive in Las Cruces. By appointment viewings are also available by calling Mary Diesel at 575-556-9600. Info: [email protected]
- The Metals Club students at New Mexico State University are excited host the 40th Anniversary NMSU Annual Jewelry Sale from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Oct 31, in the coffee shop at NMSU Bookstore on University Boulevard next to the Department of Art (1400 E. University Avenue). Free Parking for 2 hours will be available in the lot. This fundraising event supports workshops, field trip activities for students, studio tools and equipment, and visiting lecturers. Info: [email protected]
- Wayne Suggs says “landscape photography is magical to me.” The renowned New Mexico photographer is sharing some of that magic with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. “The Color of Dreams” exhibit features 25 of Suggs’ most-recent photographs that are included in his book of the same title. His images capture the beautiful, rugged landscape of New Mexico. Whether the composition includes night skies, cacti, petroglyphs, boulders, or abandoned structures, Suggs’ photographs have a distinct feel and look. The art show will be on display through Dec. 3. The museum is at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Info: 522-4100.