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Wed, Nov 30 '-1
Special Event
Las Cruces NM
575-541-2137
The Reading Art Book Club: Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World
The Reading Art Book Club meets next on May 11 at 2:30pm in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. The book club will have an open, group discussion on the book Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World by Simon Garfield. In 1856 eighteen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color. In a "witty, erudite, and entertaining" (Esquire) style, Simon Garfield explains how the experimental mishap that produced an odd shade of purple revolutionized fashion, as well as industrial applications of chemistry research. Occasionally honored in certain colleges and chemistry clubs, Perkin, until now, has been a forgotten man. The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2137.
Las Cruces Museum of Art
491 North Main Street
www.las-cruces.org/museums
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
4:00pm-6:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-955-0550
Pablita Velarde & Helen Hardin: Tradition & Innovation
Working in the studio she built herself and primarily working with pigments she made herself, the art of Pablita Velarde is mesmerizing. Her art simultaneously honors a faithfulness to her people and culture while showcasing her own unique style. The art of Helen Hardin depicts the dichotomy of her Indian and non-Indian upbringing. She managed to capture her native heritage while departing from the Studio style of her predecessors, including her mother, Pablita. On display will be original works from both artists.
Adobe Gallery
221 Canyon Road
www.adobegallery.com/shows/pablita-velarde-helen-hardin-tradition-innovat
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
4:00pm-6:00pm
Albuquerque NM
505-883-7410
Let the Mystery Be: New Work by Betsy Williams-Potter
Williams work has a Zen-like meditative quality to it that, if stated in a Zen parable form would read something like: Less becomes more. Williams’s statement “I know that every now and then one may have an extraordinary experience in the presence of a supposedly ordinary pot. I know this because it has happened to me. This is surely a rare experience, but it does happen. Like music, poetry, art – this pot may allow us to transcend ourselves, vary briefly, to lift that veil.” Williams if one of just a handful of American ceramists to have spent more than four years as an apprentice in Japan (1994-1999) before establishing her own studio in the US (2001). Her work presents a distinct interpretation of the understated aesthetic of that tradition in a refreshing way. She is best known for the ability to use her technical virtuosity to express her complex aesthetic of balance and restraint.
Weyrich Gallery
2935-D Louisiana NE
www.weyrichgallery.com
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-992-0711
Dick Evans: Unsung Memories
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art is please to present two concurrent solo exhibitions for noted Santa Fe artists Dick Evans and Penny Truitt, May 6 through May 30. The public is invited to attend the opening reception Friday, May 6 from 5-7pm., in conjunction with the annual Canyon Road Spring Art Festival. Dick Evans’ solo exhibition Unsung Memories features a selection of recent paintings inspired by the artist’s observations of abstract forms in the New Mexico skies and landscape. The works in this collection are characterized by broad, gestural brushstrokes and a palette that ranges from subdued greys and cloudy whites to vibrant yellows, reds, and blues. At 74 years of age Evans’ is creating work that is at once refined and mature, yet spontaneous and fresh. Of the abstraction in his paintings Evans states “I wouldn’t say I purposely abstract them, because that just comes so naturally, that’s the way I see a lot of things. When it’s more abstracted I think it gives me and anyone looking at the painting more opportunity to kind of float in and out of a painting, in and out of an idea.”
Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art
558 Canyon Road
www.chiaroscurosantafe.com
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-780-8390
Canyon Road Spring Art Festival at Gallery 901
Experience the World of Art at Gallery 901 on Canyon Road in this amazing two-day art adventure. Artists and art lovers from around the country will converge on Santa Fe over Mother’s Day weekend for Passport to the Arts. More than 100 artists will participate in the weekend’s activities! This is a once-a-year opportunity to acquire a very special, original piece for your art collection. Gallery 901 will be featuring artists Karen Frey, Catherine Kirkwood, Angel Wynn, Dean Mabe and Eddy Shorty. An artists' reception will be held on May 6th from 5-8pm to include a silent auction of selected pieces from each of these artists. The festival’s impressive array of alfresco events is headlined by the Artist Slow Draw and Live Auction on Saturday. Sixty Canyon Road gallery artists will set up their easels along the historic trail, and each will produce an original work of art in the span of five hours. All of these original pieces will be sold at a live auction later in the day. You don't want to miss this.
Gallery 901
708 Canyon Road
www.gallery901.org
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-8:00pm
Albuquerque NM
505-243-1410
Adam Frus, Blown Glass Artist
Genuine Southwest presents “The Essence of Color” a show by blown glass artist Adam Frus. Adam combines his love for art and science in unique blow glass vessels featuring mineral specimens. His series “The Essence of Color” combines three different compositions: Vugs, Elementals & Collectors. Adam’s work is appreciated by glass lovers and mineral collectors alike.
Genuine Southwest Art & Gifts
1919 Old Town Road NW, Suite 2
genuinesouthwest.com/
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm
Las Cruces NM
575-541-2137
Light, Color, Space, Motion
Light, Color, Space, Motion continues through July 16 in the Museum of Art. This two-person exhibition, featuring artists Carlos Estrada-Vega and David Boyd, considers the perception of light, color, space, and motion using three unique approaches. Photographer David Boyd’s Windowpane series depicts single moments in time as though seemingly in motion, resulting in complex, visually stimulating scenes. Boyd’s Shadows series, in contrast, engages the imagination of the viewer by utilizing minimal visual information. Painter Carlos Estrada-Vega employs an entirely abstract approach to the consideration of light, color, and motion, presenting color field compositions of various scales.
Las Cruces Museum of Art
491 North Main Street
www.las-cruces.org/museums
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-8:00pm
Albuquerque NM
505-268-8952
Light, Movement, Imagination – Abstract Paintings by Jill Christian, Marilyn Dillard and Raul Dorn
Our May exhibition features three local painters with widely different and vibrant approaches to abstraction. Inspired by light and color in the moments surrounding dawn and dusk, Jill Christian’s recent paintings present fields of brushstrokes that fill the canvas with subtly shifting colors. Working within the structure of repetition and reduction, these process-driven, meditative paintings create rhythmic patterns that invite quiet contemplation of their surfaces. Christian’s paintings ripple with light and suggestion, occupying a space that is at once bold and retreating, quiet, yet filled with static and life. Marilyn Dillard’s illuminating marks are inspired by the natural landscape, especially the visual qualities of rock, soil, and vegetation in its many variations. The work does not include reproductions of the landscape or a specific place but rather represents the essence of the land. Utilizing her photographs, memories, and each intuitive mark, a painting evolves. Acrylic paints are partnered with other mark making tools to complete a work. Inks, pencils, crayons, burning, and thread are possibilities. Silk and cotton cloth as well as unique papers and copy machine images are occasionally used for collage. Raul Dorn’s intense surfaces are the result of recognizing certain states of emergence through investigation of the world (inner and outer). The studio has become his laboratory, and painting allows Dorn to deal with the self outside of ego and shift to a higher vibration, or centering, much like meditation. He is fascinated by dealing with that which lies beneath, beyond and behind the visual, hidden in the physics of the natural world, and hopefully, in the metaphysics of the compositions. He aligns with sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s sentiment, “what is real is not the external form, but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.”
Matrix Fine Art
3812 Central Ave SE #100A
www.matrixfineart.com
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-8:00pm
Albuquerque NM
505-268-8952
Neoglyphs – Monotypes by Jessica Krichels
Jessica Krichels’ monotype abstractions find inspiration in linguistics, nature, mathematics, glyphs, symbols and the rich language of human interaction. She combines organic shapes, rocks, textures and symbols, creating a visual cascade that seems to carry its own conversation with the very nature of language itself. Her prints are made with layers of color interspersed with repeated stenciled shapes, gravure and other materials, which create an intriguing transparency and depth; forms lurk and emerge from deep color fields, and shapes dance and play in an exploration of the beauty of natural shapes and color. Her most recent body of work has been heavily influences by ancient glyphs, carved stones and the South American tradition of using knotted rope and cords to tell stories, or record data (quipus).
New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE
www.newgroundsgallery.com
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-988-3888
Santiago Perez: In the Night Kitchen
Nuart Gallery is pleased to present, “In the Night Kitchen” a solo exhibition of new works by the artist, Santiago Pérez. The exhibition will run May 6 through May 22, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, May 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The artist will be present. Santiago Pérez is known for paintings that explore a surreal sense adventure. His panoply of characters mirror elements of the human condition. Each figure is illustrated on metal, canvas, or linen with a personality that has developed increasingly over each series. His smaller paintings convey a dramatic sense of immediacy, while his larger works are grand ruminations on art and life. In this exhibition, Pérez draws from an absurdist tradition the stretches from Hieronymus Bosch and François Rabelais to twentieth century playwrights Alfred Jarry and Antonin Artaud. His well-known characters such as Mergatroid, La Infanta, and Big Head, reappear in humorous yet tense circumstances as a cartoon-like manifestation of our own reality. Painting deep into the night, Santiago Pérez creates a place where wit and concepts spar with conviction and where pure imagination reigns supreme. Santiago Pérez was raised in Texas and now lives in New Mexico. His work has been widely exhibited and is included in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and various corporate collections
Nuart Gallery
670 Canyon Road
www.nuartgallery.com
Fri, May 6 '16
Special Event
5:00pm-8:00pm
Albuquerque
505-247-1172
Little House Auction
Its our annual "Little House" silent auction benefit for OFFCenter. More than 125 little houses have been created by Albuquerque artists and will be sold to raise money for OFFCenter. Bidding stops at 7pm. Artists include Frank McCulloch, Angus Macpherson, Michael Norviel, David Snow, Jeannie Sellmer and Dan Garrett.
Sumner & Dene Gallery
517 Central NW
www.offcenterarts.org
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-982-5009
Bellas Figuras: Brigitte Carnochan, Elizabeth Opalenik , Josephine Sacabo, and featured artist Diana Hooper Bloomfield
VERVE Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will host a fine art photography exhibition in the main space from April 29 through June 11, 2016, with new works by VERVE Gallery artists Brigitte Carnochan, Elizabeth Opalenik and Josephine Sacabo. In addition, a collection of images will be on view by featured artist Diana Hooper Bloomfield.
Verve Gallery of Photography
219 East Marcy Street
www.vervegallery.com
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
6:00pm-7:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-989-1199
SITE's Young Curators' Asylum
With this exhibition, the Young Curators hope to bring light to current events and prevalent issues related to the concepts surrounding asylum.
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
www.sitesantafe.org
Fri, May 6 '16
Reception
6:00pm-8:00pm
Albuquerque NM
505-277-3901
Excavated
EXCAVATED showcases lithographs created by 16 student artists who are currently working at Tamarind Institute. The exhibition will be in the Tamarind Gallery May 6 through May 12, and works will be available for purchase. Tamarind invites the public to an opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 6-8 pm. The Tamarind Gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. After a full semester dedicated to perfecting their technique, Tamarind students become “master printers” as they collaborate with art students in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Art and Art History. A selection of the resulting lithographs created during the program or before, will be on exhibition for five days in the Tamarind Gallery. Tamarind printers include Mark Williams, Ash Armenta, Eric Euler, Thomas Cert, Carlie Salomans, Jordan Welsh, Michael De La Cruz, and Shasta Blackford. University of New Mexico artists include Ed Brandt, Hollis Moore, Kacie Smith, Marcie Brewer, Molly Zimmer, Ben Lenetsky, Bianca Ferreira, and Erin Fussell.
Tamarind Institute
2500 Central Ave SE
tamarind.unm.edu
Sat, May 7 '16
Festival/Fair
9:00am-2:00pm
Las Cruces NM
575-541-2154
PictoGraff: the Art of WarPrayer
Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9am-2pm, for the third annual indigenous street art festival. “PictoGraff: the Art of Warprayer” highlights the historical value of wall art and expressions of the Indigenous mind. Join us to celebrate arrowsoul art in Las Cruces with live art demonstrations by local and visiting artists, a music showcase, live screenprinting, community artmaking, and talks on the history of graffiti and street art. The event is taking place in conjunction with the Branigan Cultural Center exhibition of the same name, on display April 15-May 21. On Saturday, May 7, from 9am-2pm, the courtyard between the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center at the north end of the downtown mall will be transformed into an art studio for aerosol, marker, and screenprint artists. Artists iLash (Diné), Release (Diné), and Dwayno Insano (Tohono O’odham) will collaborate on a large-scale canvas communicating images of place, belonging, and community through an indigenous lens. Local artists SABA (Diné/Walatowa), WOAR2, and Logan Howard are all featured in the exhibit and will be painting and screenprinting live during the event. The artists from “PictoGraff: the Art of WarPrayer” are also participating in the 5th annual “Illegal?” art show, taking place across various venues in Las Cruces May 5-7.
Branigan Cultural Center & Museum
501 North Main Street
las-cruces.org/museums
Sat, May 7 '16
Lecture/Demo
10:00am-3:00pm
Santa Fe NM
505-780-8390
Canyon Road Spring Art Festival at Gallery 901
Experience the World of Art at Gallery 901 on Canyon Road in this amazing two-day art adventure. Artists and art lovers from around the country will converge on Santa Fe over Mother’s Day weekend for Passport to the Arts. More than 100 artists will participate in the weekend’s activities! This is a once-a-year opportunity to acquire a very special, original piece for your art collection. Gallery 901 will be featuring artists Karen Frey, Catherine Kirkwood, Angel Wynn, Dean Mabe and Eddy Shorty. An artists' reception will be held on May 6th from 5-8pm to include a silent auction of selected pieces from each of these artists. The festival’s impressive array of alfresco events is headlined by the Artist Slow Draw and Live Auction on Saturday. Sixty Canyon Road gallery artists will set up their easels along the historic trail, and each will produce an original work of art in the span of five hours. All of these original pieces will be sold at a live auction later in the day. You don't want to miss this.
Gallery 901
708 Canyon Road
www.gallery901.org

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