LAS CRUCES – The Doña Ana Arts Council will present The Border Artists in Blue Skies in December. Customers will see art representing a diversity of materials, narratives, perspectives and experiences surpassing the challenges of 2020.
The Border Artists organization was formed in the late 1980s to increase the visibility and recognition of artists in southern New Mexico. Seeing great success, the group continued to add members from diverse backgrounds and organized themselves into a non-profit association in 1995. All members are residents of New Mexico and El Paso, and they exhibit locally and nationally in juryed exhibitions.
Photographers Emmitt Booher, Storm Sermay and David Sorenson are all well known in the region. Booher was the first artist selected for Artist in Residence for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in 2016. In 2013 Sorenson was Artist in Residence at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in Queensland, as part of an international exchange. exhibition between galleries of Las Cruces and Queensland. Sermay’s work has been on display at El Paso International Airport and she is known for her black and white work.
The exhibition will also feature the work of painters Tauna Cole, Sherry Doil-Carter, Cassandra Lockwood, Rosemary McLoughlin, Jo-an Smith, Zoe Spiliotis, Nolan Winkler and Jean Wilkey.
Cole, a local artist and professor at NMSU, often uses metaphors and symbolism to reflect self, identity, and family.
Doil-Carter, an art teacher at Alma D’Arte Charter High School, uses collage, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and painting to create her work.
Lockwood, was also shortlisted for Artist in Residence Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in May 2018.
After a recent loss of vision, McLoughlin is back to create vibrant paintings and exhibit again. “With my recent loss of vision, I am now on a new journey,” said McLoughlin. “I hope this new way of seeing it will be a journey of discovery and painting all that life can inspire.
Following his recent retrospective exhibition in the gallery, Smith will showcase other works inspired by the region’s rich colors, textures and shapes.
An El Paso artist and art teacher at a community college, Spiliotis has created public works of art and murals in New Mexico, Texas and Pennsylvania. Her work is based on mathematical principles and she explores relationships and patterns of colors. “I’m a painter, I’m not a mathematician, but my intuition and aesthetic sense have led me to explore patterns and shapes that have an underlying mathematical logic,” said Spiliotis.
Winkler’s work can be found in many collections, including the Governor’s Collection in the Santa Fe Rotunda, Four Seasons hotels and spas, Hilton hotels, and many more around the world. She has won numerous artist residency grants across the county and is exhibiting her work at the Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery in Truth or Consequences, NM. Wilkey, a New Mexico state graduate and gallery owner, combines objects and elements of nature in ways you wouldn’t normally expect.
Janice Cook, a full-time potter for fifty years, works porcelain, enjoying the choreography of its shapes and the colors of the engobes and dyes she uses to decorate.
Amanda Jaffe also works with porcelain and is inspired by the landscape and culture of New Mexico and Montana. His relief porcelain wall tiles are often abstract with references to the landscape and contain ceramic objects including boats, flowers and leaves.
Suzanne Kane is inspired by the unusual seeds and structural plants that endure and survive in the Southwest. His work often reflects the resilience, persistence, tenacity, durability, tenacity and adaptability of nature.
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Clay artist Terry Wolfe will also participate in the show.
Linda Elkins, one of the group’s multimedia artists, is guided through an intuitive creative process and her work includes handmade books and journals.
Jeanne Rundell started painting 12 years ago, creating brightly colored wild teapots known as dysfunctional teapots. Today, she is known for her wildly colorful contemporary paintings of farm equipment.
Margaret Berrier completes the group exhibition with jewelry. She became fascinated by archeology and nature and studied the ancient cultures of Central and Southwest America for almost 25 years. She uses her fascination with these cultures and nature to create pieces that have “layers” in the images that she incorporates.
The Doña Ana Arts and Culture Center and DAAC administrative offices are located at 250 W. Amador Ave. and are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Visit www.daarts.org or call the DAAC office at 575-523-6403 for more information.