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Artists of the Week: Border Artists stage benefit for Career Art Path kids

June 1, 2014

By S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

June 01--LAS CRUCES -- They're professional artists who join together to support one another and the arts, along with new generations of artists and the community that inspire them.

Those creative commitments will be celebrated and honored once again in an imaginative new exhibit by the Border Artists that will benefit a summer educational program for budding artists.

"Eclectic," the Border Artists benefit show for the DoÑa Ana Arts Council's Career Art Path program, will open with a gala artists' reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road.

"Treats will include gourmet cookies created by the artists themselves. They're going to paint the cookies, so each one will be a little work of art," said the group's president, Scott Weaver.

Weaver said that "Eclectic" was chosen as the theme for the exhibit because "it is the one word which best describes the art of the Border Artists. The 20 active members and three signature members represent a great range of styles, mediums and subject matter. Their background and ages are varied, as well."

The group, one of the region's oldest continuously active professional artists' organizations, was founded in 1990 by local artists Carolyn Bunch and Virginia Ness, who wanted to find a forum for the increasing number of professional artists who were settling in southern New Mexico. The group has exhibited internationally and has been profiled in newspapers and state and national magazines.

"Eclectic" will feature 23 artists whose works include painting, printmaking, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and photography.

Participating Border Artists members include Sherry Doil-Carter, Tauna Cole, Janice Cook, Tom Gerend, Winfrey Hearst, Annetta Hoover, Amanda Jaffe, Suzanne Kane, Cassandra Lockwood, Rosemary McLoughlin, Louis Ocepek, Jo Rango, Jeanne Rundell, Storm Sermay, David Shaw, Jo-an Smith, Isadora Stowe, Scott Weaver, Jean Reese Wilkey, Bob Willis and Terry Wolfe.

Also featured will be two guest artists: modernist painter Robin Labe and abstract painter Mary Robertson.

The group's traditions include raising funds for community causes, like a recent benefit to help homeless residents through Community of Hope, as well as encouraging new and emerging artists in the area, by inviting newcomers and special guests to join in selected exhibits.

"When conceiving of this show, the artists felt a strong desire to support young artists from our community. CAP will receive 20 percent of all proceeds from this event," Weaver said,

Painter and printmaker Winfrey Hearst donated a pastel work, "A Walk in the Bosque," for a raffle to benefit CAP.

"Eclectic" will also be incorporated in the curriculum for CAP this year. CAP students will tour the exhibit in June and have a chance to meet and talk with many of the participating artists.

CAP program organizers feel it will be an inspirational experience for the aspiring young artists.

"I believe the Career Art Path is one of the best things we do for this community. It inspires young people not only to improve their visual art skills but consider a potential lifelong career in the arts," said Kathleen Albers, DoÑa Ana Arts Council executive director.

The two-week program, open to all area middle school students, will run weekdays from June 16 through 27 at a new location this year: Court Youth Center.

"There are still openings. The fee is $100, including art materials and supplies and scholarships are available," said Albers, who recommends that students sign up by June 6. For information, call 575-523-6403 or visit DAAC's website at

The CAP students will show off their masterpieces at a special show in July at the Rio Grande Theatre galleries, where there will be a reception for the student show at from 5 to 6 p.m.July 11. There will also be a closing program event at noon on June 27 at Court Youth Center.

The "Eclectic" exhibit will continue through July at the Cutter Gallery.

"All of them [the Border Artists] are such outstanding artists that it is a wonderful honor to have them here. Each year it seems to improve in quality and variety," said Sally Cutter, co-owner of the gallery with her husband Glenn.

In addition to greeting guests at this Saturday's opening, participating artists will conduct walking tours of the show and participate in panel discussions from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, June 14, 21 and 28. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 575-541-0658 or visit the group's website, and at

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.


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