LAS CRUCES, NM – The Doña Ana Arts Council will present The Border Artists in Blue Skies from December 3-29, 2021. Patrons will see art that represents a variety of materials, narratives, perspectives and experiences that go beyond the challenges of 2020.
Border Artists was founded in the late 1980s to increase the visibility and recognition of artists in southern New Mexico. With great success the group was able to add more members with different backgrounds and in 1995 it was organized as a non-profit association. All members are residents of New Mexico and El Paso and exhibit locally and nationally in judged shows.
Photographers Emmitt Booher, Storm Sermay and David Sorenson are all known in the area. Booher became the first artist in 2016 to be selected as artist-in-residence for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
In 2013 Sorenson was artist-in-residence at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in Queensland, in connection with an international exchange exhibition between galleries in Las Cruces and Queensland.
Sermay’s work has been shown at El Paso International Airport and she is known for her black and white work.
The exhibition will also feature the works of painters Tauna Cole, Sherry Doil-Carter, Cassandra Lockwood, Rosemary McLoughlin, Jo-an Smith, Zoe Spiliotis, Nolan Winkler and Jean Wilkey.
Cole, a local artist and professor at NMSU, often uses metaphors and symbolism to reflect himself, identity, and family.
Doil-Carter, an art teacher at Alma D’Arte Charter High School, uses collage, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and painting to create her work.
Lockwood was also selected as Artist in Residence for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in May 2018.
After recent vision loss, McLoughlin is back to create and display living paintings. “With my recent loss of vision, I am now on a new journey,” said McLoughlin.
After her final retrospective at the gallery, Smith will show more work inspired by the rich colors, textures and shapes of the region. El Paso artist and community college art professor, Spiliotis has created public art and murals in New Mexico, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Her work is based on mathematical principles and she explores color relationships and patterns.
“I’m a painter, I’m not a mathematician, but my intuition and aesthetic sense have led me to explore patterns and shapes that underlie a mathematical logic,” said Spiliotis.
Winkler’s work can be found in many collections, including the Governor’s Collection at the Santa Fe Round House, internationally renowned artists Sol and Carolyn LeWitt, The Four Seasons Hotels and Spas, Hilton Hotels, and many more around the world. She has won numerous artist resident fellowships across the county and has shown work at the Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery in Truth or Consequences, NM.
A New Mexico graduate and gallery owner, Wilkey combines objects and elements from nature in ways you would not normally expect.
Working with porcelain, Janice Cook, a full-time potter for fifty years, enjoys the choreography of its shapes and the colors of the slips and stains she uses to decorate.
Amanda Jaffe also works with porcelain and is inspired by the landscape and culture of New Mexico and Montana. Her relief porcelain wall tiles are often abstract with landscape references and contain ceramic objects such as boats, flowers and leaves.
Suzanne Kane takes inspiration from the unusual seeds and structural plants that exist and survive in the southwest. Their work often reflects nature’s resilience, tenacity, tenacity, durability, tenacity and adaptability.
Tonkünstler Terry Wolfe will also take part in the show.
Linda Elkins, one of the group’s mixed media artists, is guided by an intuitive creative process and her work includes handmade books and magazines.
Jeanne Rundell started painting 12 years ago, creating wild, colorful teapots known as Dysfunctional Teapots. Today she is known for her wildly colorful contemporary paintings of farm implements.
Margaret Berrier rounds off the group exhibition with jewelry. She was fascinated by archeology and nature and has been studying the ancient cultures of Central America and the Southwest for almost 25 years. She uses her fascination for these cultures and nature to create pieces that have “layers” to the images she is inserting.
The Doña Ana Arts and Culture Center and DAAC administrative offices are located at 250 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM, and are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit www.daarts.org or call the DAAC office at 575-523-6403 for more information.