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Arts Digest 08.31.2014

August 31, 2014

El Paso Times, Texas

Aug. 31--'America' winners open exhibit at International Museum

Michael Kirkland, David Fickett and Nina Cobb Walker will open a joint exhibition, "Fusion," this week at the International Museum of Art.

The three artists were the top winners of the museum's Fourth of July show, "Happy Birthday America." Kirkland, a retired mechanical engineer, concentrates on painting the desert Southwest in oils. Fickett, a classical impressionist student of Aleksander Titovets, works primarily on landscapes. Walker is also an impressionist and landscape artist; her paintings reflects a tranquil spirituality through the looseness of impressionism.

"Fusion" will open with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1211 Montana, and continue through Sept. 28. Each artist also will give a gallery talk: Kirkland, Sept. 13; Fickett, Sept. 20; and Walker, Sept. 27.

Information: 543-6747,

'People of the Sun' ends today at El Paso Museum of History

Today's your last chance to see "People of the Sun," an exhibit of Tigua artifacts that's ending its yearlong run at the El Paso Museum of History.

The show includes artifacts on loan from the Rijksmuseum Voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in the Netherlands. The drum and drumstick, war shield, rattle and the raw material for another rattle, and pair of moccasins were all purchased from War Captain Bernardo Holguin by a Dutch anthropologist in 1882.

The show ends today at the museum, 510 N. Santa Fe; hours are noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is now free.

Information:, 351-3588.

Art museum announces fall art classes for adults

The El Paso Museum of Art has announced its fall art classes for adults. The classes will run Saturdays from Sept. 27 to Nov. 15 and are for ages 15 and older. They are:

--"Impressionism with Watercolor," 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., taught by Ron Fritsch. Cost will include admission to the exhibition "Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West."

--"Master Techniques: Oil Painting," 11 a.m.-2 p.m., taught by Phillip Howard.

--"Impressionism with Acrylic," 1-4 p.m., taught by Ron Fritsch. Cost will include admission to the exhibition "Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West."

Each of the courses costs $80 ($65 for museum members), and pre-registration is required. Information: 532-1707 ext. 65 or 27;

First Friday Artwalk coming up in San Elizario

Art galleries in the San Elizario historic district will be open, many with special exhibits, music and refreshments, for the monthly First Friday Artwalk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on the city's Main Street. More than 30 artist studios and 100 artists will be represented.

A ghost tour presented by the Paso del Norte Paranormal Society will start at 10 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 Main in San Elizario, and include the inside of the Old County Jail. The tour, for ages 10 and older, costs $10.

Information: San Elizario Historic District, 851-0093,; ghost tour, 274-9531 or

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