July 20--LAS CRUCES -- Multimedia artists find many creative ways to collaborate in the 6th annual Potters' Guild of Las Cruces "Fire and Fiber" exhibit continuing through July at Mas Art Supply, 126 S. Main St.
The show pairs a clay artist working with a fiber artist and the results are impressive, exhibit judges Joy Miller and Joan Jensen said.
"The thing we both agreed on is that the artists have really come a long way in integrating ceramic and fiber in their pieces," Miller said.
Jensen remembers the first "Fire and Fiber" exhibit, and that some of the pieces had ceramics on one side and fiber on the other. She agrees that the artists have done more to integrate the two styles.
The show features 19 imaginative works by 15 pairs of artists: Diane LeMarbe and C. Bree; Wendy Baldwin and Jan Thune; Joe Angelo and John Garrett; Mary Barce and Carol Brandt; Barb Williams and Judy Licht; Jeannine Summers and Karen Dahmer; Jan Archey and Deanna Rankin; John Northcutt and Kris Northcutt; Linda Reeder Sanchez and Jeff Porter; Jim Moore and Dean Lively; Irine Roane and Georjeanna Feltha; Mary Lou La Casse and Ernestina Trujillo; Cindy Waddell and Rick Rao; Andi Freespirit and Diedre Quillin; and Diana LeMarbe and Nancy Costa.
Andi Freespirit created an ethereal figure with flashing eyes, dressed in richly textured fibers by Diedre Quillin. They took top honors in the show, which is held once every two years.
"This art is made of love, from hands of love. Made for your heart and eyes to love and to remember that Time is what we have right now, so we must use it wisely," Freespirit wrote in an artists' statement for their first place entry, "Once Upon A Time."
Second place was awarded to Linda Reeder Sanchez and Jeff Porter for "Ser Harina de Otra Costal," a unique multimedia horse figure that included driftwood that Porter collected on a Michigan beach.
"Clay speaks to most people, both children and adults. It's softy and magical. There's a lot to know about clay and it's worth the study," said Reeder Sanchez, who has been a guild member here for more than a decade and a potter for 30 years.
Joe Angelo and John Garrett won third place for their imaginative work, "Twist and Shout."
"Resilient Woman," an intricate and whimsical creation by Wendy Baldwin and Jan Thune, received the 2014 Jackie Zappa award.
"It's named for a member of our group who was co-chair of Empty Bowls and active in our holiday sale. Jackie, who died in 2012, was a very versatile artist. This award is given by the members of the guild and signifies something that is unusual and whimsical that is in the spirit of what she (Zappa) might have done," said Las Cruces Potters' Guild President Randy Summers.
The Potters' Guild is an active group that holds several annual events, including the Empty Bowls luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Oct. 17 at First Methodist Church, for which local potters make thousands of handmade bowls that are filled with gourmet soups from area restaurants. The event benefits organizations that provide food for those in need and focus attention on the plight of the hungry.
They also join to create dragon medallions for games in the Children's Realm at the annual DoÑa Ana Arts Council Renaissance Artsfaire in November at Young Park, for periodic "From the Ground Up" exhibits at the Las Cruces Museum of Art and for an annual holiday show, which this year begins with an artists' reception at 3 p.m.Nov. 27 and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Nov. 28 at Las Cruces Home Builders Association, 2825 N. Main St. For information about the group's monthly meetings and activities, visit pottersguildlc.com.
The Fire and Fiber show will continue through July at Mas Art, 126 N. Main St.Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.
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