Press Release : LAS CRUCES ARTS FAIR
March 14-16th, 2014
The 2014 Las Cruces Arts Fair opens its doors on Friday Evening March 14th from 5-8 p.m. with opening night festivities, music and a cash bar. Rosa y Ray Renato Dueto Krystal and Remember Then . . . A Class Act will provide music for the opening. The show continues Saturday, March 15th 10-6 p.m. and Sunday, March 16th 10-5 p.m. All Events are $6 per person, $10 Weekend pass – children are under 12 are free.
Las Cruces Arts Fair Co Chairman, Sally and Glenn Cutter and Diane and Robin Fovargue, are excited about the event. “We have such outstanding artists this year from all over the country that will make this Fair an important signature fine arts event in the Southwest” say co-organizers. “ The artists love the fine reception and support they receive in Las Cruces.”
This the Fourth year of the Fair, will feature a variety of art from artists from 12 states and Canada. New Mexico is represented by 34 Outstanding Artists with a variety of fine art. Here is a sample of what is in store for this year’s Fair.
Weaving, Textiles, Leather
This year’s weavers, textile and leather designers highlight the Fair with their unusual designs. Elizabeth Jenkins of Taos returns with her hand woven vests and jackets. Wearable art from Alec Johnson with limited editions in shearlings and leathers will amaze the Fair Goer. Karen Carlson of Albuquerque designs colorful leather handbags in a variety of colors while Sue Orchant returns with her hand painted silk scarf accessories.
Lynn Foley of Round Top,Texas, considers her glass beads as miniature paintings used in her glass necklaces and earrings made in the lampworking technique. Daniel Baker of Dallas uses the lost wax technique on his gold, silver, and minerals designs as well as artifacts jewelry. Mark Jimenez, of Albuquerque has hand forged cast gold and silver jewelry with stone inlays. Non-traditional jewelry comes to the Fair this year done by Katherine Worthington of Miami with woodturning and metalsmithing techniques. The team of Turza and Andrew Shows of Ramah, NM, create fabulous inlay and carved jewelry which is Southwestern in origin yet universal in appeal.
Painting and Drawing
Returning for the fourth year is Plein Air Artist, George Coll of Loveland, Co. He packs two llamas with camping supplies and heads for the high country of Colorado and Wyoming to paint breathtaking landscapes. Armada Pena, Santa Fe Artist, returns for the 4th year.
He is a Mestizo Mexican of Yaqui ancestry whose art celebrates the strength pf a people who meet harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land defined by strong conviction. Animal subjects by Kathy Winkler of Fairfax, Va., opaque watercolor images of New Mexico such as the Rio Grande Gorge by Debbie Carroll of Austin grace the fair. Phil Hulebak, of Albuquerque is new this year to the Arts Fair, but not new to New Mexico where he has lived and painted stunning landscapes for 60 years. Last year’s Outstanding Booth at the Fair was awarded to James Tsoodle of Albuquerque. His bright and colorful images of Native American Warriors of Northern and Southern Plains compose his work. He is well versed in the subject matter and he seems to have found his gift for painting from his youthful struggles with dyslexia.
Printmaking and Photography
Daryl Howard of Austin, Printmaker of Austin, always impresses those who attend the Arts Fair. She learned a special technique of wood block printing, Ukiyo-e in Tokyo while apprenticing there. She does woodcut prints which include watercolors, rice paste on hand made paper.
Another printmaker that is no stranger to the Arts Fair is Ouida Touchon, Las Cruces , with her colorful woodcuts and collages of wood, paper on woodcuts. Melanie Fain of Boerne, Tx., has a life long passion for nature in her hand pulled etchings of birds.
“Blue Travetine” is the title of one of Timm Chapman, Apache Junction, Arizona’s many photographic images of landscapes from around the world. Peggy Corpeny, Indian Hills, Co. does photography that conveys emotions , and dramatic contours in primitive style.
Great variety can be seen in the many artists in the Mixed Media Division. Sandy Macquire of Grand Junction, Co. creates unique and artistic creations of the west in wood and leather.
Returning artists Betsy and Ray Shaw have many outstanding talents. Betsy, a retired interior designer, focuses on “Female Spirits” in 3D sculptures of unique objects and textiles. Ray does 3 D wood fish secured to a metalplate with magnets. They are from Bernillo.
Collaborating gourd artists include Karen Phillips of Tucson who does Native American dolls, masks, and drums while Kathe Stark, Las Cruces complements this booth with her gourds that have woodburning and carving on them. Pierre Nichols, Silver City is a new artist to the Fair with his phrographic details on pottery vessels and masks.
Doug Roy, McMinnvile, Or. Returns with his very special intricately glued paper collages of 100s to 1000s of pieces of colored paper.
Our Canadian artist, Alice Vander Vennen is 3 D Assbledges with fabric, copper, and wrapped willow Brances juxtaposed with found objects.
Porclain, Glass, Pottery
Returning glass artists, Jack Roseman,Canyon City, Tx., brings his etched colorful inspired creations in glass. Glass artist Leonard Tinnell, returns with lead cut and crushed glass fused into plates, sculpture, and jewelry. The happy cactus and colorful fish and masks will beon display again from Charlene Heilman, Houston, Tx. Debb Cusick, of Bailey,Co. repeats her colorful inspirations in kiln formed glass.
New this year are Ceramic artists, Shizuko and Toshi Shichishima, who use Japanese techniques with modern styling in their work, from San Rafela, Ca. Jeff Kuhns, Silver City, displays his large pieces of wheel thrown pottery that are both sculptural and functional.
Woodwork, Metalwork and Sculpture
Alamogordo artist, Horacio Cordova, does 3 D clay sculpture inspired by primitive and ancient visual images of Shaman figures and earth maidens. No stranger to the Arts Fair is Stephen Hansen, humorous paper mache sculptor, who will introduce a new series of sculpture entitled “Great Moments in Art” He is inspired by the Master Artists what they did and he adds is own humorous twist to each piece such as Dali,Magritte, Van Gogh,Munch, Mondrian and others.
Collaborating husband and wife team, The Kempes of La Luz, NM, return with their original hardwood art furniture. Prairie wood furniture makes great decorator accents for any home, done by Doug Ricketts of Higgins, Tx.
Charles Sherman of Van Eyes, Ca. does expressive sculpture in ceramic, bronze, and precious metals. One sculpture is entitled, “Infinity Ring with Twisting Tower”
Terry Adams from Cuba, NM also is exhibiting again this year. His work as an archeologist gave him an appreciation for ancient Southwestern art. Adams tells us that his plasma cut welded steel sculpture with patina finishes reflects thousands of hours studying rock art and ancient pottery in Red rock canyons of the Four Corners Region. He often embellishes his distinctive pieces with copper and found objects. Onyx sculpture and decorative lamps are designed by Paco Gonzalez of Bellflower, Ca.
Tom Lea Special Showing
A special treat at this year’s fair will be the special showing of a rare Tom Lea drawing of the 1934 WPA Mural “Old Mesilla” upon the 80th Anniversary of the completion of the WPA Mural that is to be given by private donors, Susan and John Long and Adair and Dee Margo to hang at the NMSU Branson Library.
Other things to do at the Arts Fair:
There will be continuous demonstrations taking place beginning on March 15th at 10:00 a.m. Visitors to the Arts Fair can see topics such as Handmade Papers, Martha Duran, Watercolors by Nancy Begin, Julie Ford Oliver Landscape Painting, Jan Archey, wheel thrown pottery, Sudeshna Sengupta, textile printmaking, Wayne Huber, Pastels, as well as an informative talk by Connie Hines, Interior designer, about feeling comfortable about displaying art for effect and enjoyment in your home.
A Silent Auction will also take place with very special items from all the artists in the Arts Fair.
Proceeds from the Las Cruces Arts Fair will be used to support the Dona Ana Arts Council’s many Community programs and the Rio Grande Theater. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to improve the quality of life in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, and Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth, and community development.
For more information call 575-523-6403 or go to www.las-cruces-arts.org