January 2020

Gallery Talk

by Myrna Zanetell

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Farm & Ranch Museum offers Antique Treasures Show

If you are a fan of PBS’s Antiques Road Show, then the Antique Treasures Show Jan. 25-26 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum will be right up your alley, with a variety of vantiques and other collectible items for sale. Some vendors also offer unofficial free appraisals of items brought to them by the public.
Visitors can also play “Stump the Curators” by bringing in personal items that will challenge Museum Director Mark Santiago and Curator Lisa Pugh to identify the object and tell the owners more about how the items were used. And the tables will be turned when representatives from nearby Fort Selden bring an array of unusual items and challenge the public to guess their uses.
Seminars will provide information on how to preserve your own family treasures such as valuable papers, photographs, and fabric items, including gowns and wedding dresses. Santiago will make an antique gun presentation at 1 p.m. each day. Artisans from the local area will give demonstrations on weaving, wool dyeing, preservation of fruits and vegetables, and blacksmithing. Animals from the museum will be available for viewing.
As a bonus, attendees can also view a special show in the museum’s Arts Corridor presented by the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild. On display through April 5, the exhibit includes 27 colorful scarves, rugs, shawls and more.
Other activities are planned for all ages. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, reduced rates for children. This admission fee includes the exhibition as well as all other activities at the Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road on the east side of Las Cruces. Hours will be 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, For more information: (575) 522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

Hal Marcus Gallery

New Year’s is a time to look ahead, so a perfect opportunity is the 20/20 Visionary Exhibition on display through Feb. 27 at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon. Artists in the exhibition include Ho Baron, Jon Gore, Victor Hugo Soto, Cecil Lee, Diego “Robot” Martinez, Tino Ortega, Marcos Rey and others.
Artist and gallery owner Hal Marcus gave this definition of the show: “Visionary Art is defined as a genre that stems from symbolic ideas that peek into the future and provoke thoughts. Its purpose is to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual and mystical themes.”
The exhibit features futuristic work, abstract works, 3-dimensional architectural works and even some books and graphics.
All three of Hal’s children have entries in the exhibit. Leilainia has several paintings of mermaids and has also fashioned two mermaid crowns. Her pieces are inspired by the performances she and her sister, Adelaide, do in the San Diego area. Adelaide has her own works and Marcos has some of his books and drawings. Cecil Lee is known for colorful abstract linear compositions while Victor Hugo Soto creates compositions with an architectural feel using wood, glass and other construction materials. Ho Baron has two futuristic sculptures plus a unique doll comprised of a doll head blended with found-wood base. An Art Talk on the exhibition will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. A closing reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.
Hal also provided this update on “Buenos Noches, El Paso,” the children’s book written by Luke Lowenfield and illustrated by Marcus that came out in November. By mid-December, the book had sold more than half of the initial printing run of 5,000 copies. A book signing is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the West Side Barnes & Noble.
A sequel is already in the works, titled “Muchas Gracias, Maria,” to come out later in 2020. This time Hal came up with the story idea and Luke wrote poetry to verbally illustrate the concept.

Arts and ends

• The newest art venue in El Paso is Galeria Lincoln at 3915 Rosa Avenue in the heart of El Paso, close to Lincoln Park and the “Spaghetti Bowl.” Owners are artists Tino Ortega and Diego Martinez. A preview opening begins at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and its initial exhibition, showing Jan. 7-31, will feature 20 regional artists from both El Paso and Juárez. Watch for more details of a Grand Opening planned for Saturday, Feb. 8. Information: @galeria_lincoln on Instagram, GaleriaLincoln@gmail.com or call 730-0139.
• Karla Zanelli, the director of the El Paso Art Association, which includes the Art Junction and Crossland Gallery at 500 W. Paisano, reminds all artists they have until Jan. 8 to enter the Con.FIGURE.ation.six.
2020.award.show, which opens Jan. 17 at the gallery and hangs through Feb. 28. Judge is Craig Cully, associate professor of Painting & Drawing at NMSU. Prospectus and entry forms are available at elpasoartassociation.com. Information: 534-7377.
• This year’s Kermezaar will be April 4-5 at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. The museum will open registration to artists by website in February, but museum director Mitzi Quirarte said advance booth reservations can be taken by calling her at 820-2929. There will be various booth sizes available in the different museum galleries for a variety of hand-crafted items, art pieces, jewelry, pottery, live plants, artificial flower arrangements, purses, statuary and more.

Myrna Zanetell is a freelance writer
specializing in the visual arts

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