June 06--LAS CRUCES -- Watercolor artists will be showcased at exhibits at today's Downtown Ramble, from 5 to 7 p.m. at downtown galleries, museums and shops.
"New Canvases and Textures of My Mind," the ninth juried membership show of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter opens with an artist's reception today and runs through June 28 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. The show will introduce examples of new surfaces that are now available to watercolor artists. The BCC is also hosting "International Madonna Print Exchange," featuring images of the Virgin Mary from around the world. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at 575-541-2154 or visit the Center's website at las-cruces.org/museums.
The watercolors of award-winning painter Patricia Black will be featured at the Rio Grande Theatre galleries. Black, who moved to Las Cruces seven years ago, worked as a graphic artist, designing cards and giftware in California, and owned her own gallery and gift shop in southern Colorado. She has been featured in North Light Books.
M. Phillip's Gallery, 221 N. Main St., will feature new works by Don Parks, Michael Stack and Julie Ford Oliver.
Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts, 220 North Campo St., features fine art, fine crafts and gifts. Heather Davis will exhibit her hand-painted wooden items. Also featured will be Naida Zucker's photohectography, a hand-printing method which uses a gelatin sheet for the printing plate, and the artist's hands as the printing press, with digitally-manipulated photographs.
In addition to exhibit openings, the Ramble features live music and refreshments.
Participating venues include Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, The Main Street Gallery/The Big Picture, Southwest Environmental Center Cottonwood Gallery, M. Phillip's Gallery, Rio Grande Theatre galleries, Gallery 309, Justus Wright Galeria, MVS Studios, Quillin Studio & Gallery, Aralia Gallery, Creative Harmony Gallery & Gifts, New America School, Julie Ford Oliver Gallery & Art Studio and West End Art Depot Gallery. Maps are available at participating galleries or mphillipsgallery.com.
After the Ramble, stay downtown for theater openings and a popular open mic night.
The Howling Coyote Coffeehouse/open mic starts with an informal jam session at 6 p.m. today, with artists' sign-up beginning at 6:30 for those who wish to perform at 7 p.m. The event is at the Center for Spiritual Living, 575 N. Main St. at the north end of what was once known as the Downtown Mall. The Center provides a stage, lights and professional sound reproduction manned by Skip Connelley. The Howling Coyote welcomes acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers, singers and songwriters. Performances are free and open to the public. For information contact Bob Burns at 575-525-9333 or e-mail email@example.com.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.
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