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OPENINGS

ARGOS ETCHINGS AND PAINTINGS

821 Canyon Road, 986-8071

This year, the gallery's annual show of historical etchings and paintings focuses on landscapes from across the country. In the 1840s, the revival of the medium of etching, coupled with the low price of original works, encouraged collecting. Some exemplary works are displayed right here in town.

Reception 5-7:30 pm Friday; through Jan. 15, 2010.

DOROTHY ROGERS FINE ART

418 Cerrillos Road, 955-1984

The usual suspects at Dorothy Rogers, including Chief Oloruntoba of Nigeria, present work in a group show and holiday open house.

Reception 2-5 pm Saturday; through Feb. 13, 2010.

ELI LEVIN STUDIO

830 Canyon Road, 986-8071

When David Fellers, who had cerebral palsy, passed away in 2008 at age 30, his family formed the David Fellers Healing Art Foundation to provide financial and medical assistance to people living with disabilities and in extreme poverty. In an art show and sale featuring donated works, the Fellers family hopes to raise funds for a clinic in Nicaragua.

Reception 4-7:30 pm Friday; through Dec. 24.

MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART

706 Camino Lejo, 476-1200

Every museum is only able to display a fraction of its collection at any given time. While it's a bummer that we can't always see it all, this also makes exhibitions of the hidden treasures all the more exciting. In Material World: Textile Treasures from the Collection, the Museum of International Folk Art displays 138 items selected from over 20,000 objects usually kept under lock and key.

Reception 1-4 pm Sunday; through May 23, 2011.

JAMES KELLY CONTEMPORARY

1601 Paseo de Peralta, 989-1601

Sharon Core is a dedicated artist. Sure, she works for hours to create dioramas from tableware and botanicals that mimic still-life paintings from the 1800s, but that's not the most of it. She went so far as to grow her own fruits and vegetables in a refurbished greenhouse so she could have just the right size, shape and color to include in her photographic replicas of Raphaelle Peale's oil paintings. That's hardcore.

Reception 5-7 pm Saturday; through Feb. 13, 2009.

MEOW WOLF

1800 Second St., 660-7688

It's the end of times! Or maybe just the end of the decade. Whichever you prefer, Meow Wolf has you covered when it comes to some weird version of holiday shopping. OmegaMart® is Meow Wolf's super-awesome mega-sale of DRAMcorp® (the capitalist overlord of which OmegaMart® is a subsidiary) products. Whatever. All we know is that the world needs art now more than ever, so go buy some.

Reception 5-9 pm Saturday and 2-9 pm Sunday.

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO ART GALLERY

150 Washington Ave., 989-1536

Carol Hartsock's Embracing Our Differences features oil paintings of citizens of North America, Asia and Africa. There are many faces in this crowd and, at least when they can hang together on gallery walls, it's easy to stand side-by-side without conflict.

Reception 5-8 pm Friday; through Dec. 20.

NOW SHOWING

AG ROYCE STUDIO

7505 Mallard Way, 216-7639

Lily Schlien pays homage to the natural world with woodcuts that portray plants and animals. Through Dec. 30.

ALEXANDRA STEVENS GALLERY

820 Canyon Road, 988-1311

Carouse with gallery staples such as Victoria Taylor-Gore, Bonnie Binkert, E Melinda Morrison and many, many more. Small Ways to be Thankful features smaller works in styles from some of our city's best artists. Through Dec. 27.

ANDREW SMITH GALLERY

122 Grant Ave., 984-1234

Thirty-five years ago, the Andrew Smith Gallery first hung Elliott McDowell's photography. Now, the first opening at the gallery's new location is a perfect opportunity for McDowell's Mystical Dreamscapes, a collection of surrealist and phantasmagorical landscape photography Through Jan. 18, 2010.

ARTISTAS DE SANTA FE

228-B Old Santa Fe Trail, 989-1838

Eleven local artists present paintings, drawings, sculpture, book art, woodcuts, monotypes, collage and more. Through Dec. 31.

BACKROAD PIZZA

1807 Second St., 471-3634

Sandy Rasich's new abstract acrylic paintings don't just exude her passionate devotion to the environment; they launch into the cosmos and aim for celestial heights. Through Dec. 28.

BACK STREET BISTRO ARTSPACE

513 Camino de los Marquez, 982-3500

Anna Judd-Edwards' luxuriant still life oil paintings are so lush they're almost succulent. Just remember to keep your fork on the table or you might have to shell out for more than just dinner. Through Jan. 2, 2010.

BLUECHIP CONTEMPORARY

112 W. San Francisco St., 820-0562

Charles Herbstreith examines the recyclist movement using recycled xerox images, junk mail, phone books, print publications and paint. Through Jan. 13, 2010.

CHIAROSCURO CONTEMPORARY ART

702½ Canyon Road, 992-0711

This Gypsy Alley gallery's Holiday Group Show features two new artists as well as new works from Chiaroscuro regulars. Through Jan. 2, 2010.

COMMUNITY BANK

549 S. Guadalupe St., 983-1909

Catherine Molland's steady illustrative hand is at work with Elemental Forces, oil and mixed media paintings. Through Jan. 11, 2010.

DARNELL FINE ART

640 Canyon Road, 984-0840

Small Works '09 features Shawna Moore's encaustics, Rebecca Crowell's oil and wax canvases, Rachel Darnell's woven canvas and gold leaf, Claire McArdle's terra-cotta busts and Susan Morosky's acrylics. Through Jan. 3, 2010.

EMBUDO STATION GALLERY AND COFFEE HOUSE

1101 Hwy. 68, Embudo, 505-852-4707

Artist and musician Margarita Cordero, aka Nacha Mendez, displays paintings, drawings and sculpture. Through Feb. 28, 2010.

EIGHT MODERN

231 Delgado St., 995-0231

The figures in Fay Ku's drawings demonstrate that the ridiculous restraints that bind our sexual urges lead to hilarious, if disconcerting, appetites—in this case, bestial couplings of the piscine and avian persuasion. Ku's sparse, outspoken and vulnerable graphite and ink drawings are elegant and seductively patterned. Through Dec. 31. Also: Latter-Day Fabergé presents 12 new sculptures from Jan Ernst Adlmann. Adlmann's works are delightfully bizarre and include ominous found objects from LANL. Through Jan. 30, 2010.

FIREGOD GALLERY

217 E. Palace Ave., 252-3330

Firegod, a Native American-owned gallery, shows contemporary Native art. Chris Pappan's ironical updates of 19th- and 20th-century ledger drawings alone are worth stopping in for, but don't overlook Michael Billie's abstract paintings nor owner Silvester Hustito's kachina-inspired textiles. Through Dec. 31.

FLYING FISH GALLERY & ANTIQUES

717-D Canyon Road, 982-2211

Childhood Icons and Naughty Tykes features oil paintings and miniatures from Daniel Huntsinger and Leah Suainier. Through Dec. 31.

HEIDI LOEWEN PORCELAIN

315 Johnson St., 988-2225

Fire & Gold is a show of Heidi Loewen's ornate smoke-fired porcelains coupled with 22-karat gold leafed vessels. Loewen's works are on display with still life oil paintings from Braldt Bralds. Through Jan. 15, 2010.

HIGH MAYHEM STUDIOS

2811 Siler Lane, 501-3333

Love books? Love art? Maybe you just love High Mayhem. If you do, worm through the new space's first group show, Loose Leaves. The show of book art includes a Who's Who of Santa Fe's emerging artists. Through Jan. 5, 2010.

INN & SPA AT LORETTO

211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 984-7997

Pastry chef Andrea Clover has gone a little buck-wild with this Christmas' gingerbread house; she has created a to-scale blueprint replica of the Inn & Spa at Loretto totally out of candy. The saccharine behemoth contains 62 pounds of powdered sugar and 155 egg whites, and boy is it cool. Check it out in the hotel lobby. Through Jan. 1, 2010.

JANE SAUER GALLERY

652 Canyon Road, 995-8513

Virtuoso Carol Shin's New Works studies the effects of domesticity on our perception. Shin lectures Saturday on her unique photo-realistic, freestyle sewing-machine-stitched technique. Through Jan. 5, 2010.

JAY ETKIN GALLERY

703 Camino de la Familia, 983-8511

Twelve Splendid Days, the new show by Madrid, NM's Corey John Horne, features the self-taught artist's delicate oil paintings, which balance whimsy with spectral figures. The show features special guest Aaron Czerny. Through Jan. 9, 2010.

JOHNSONS OF MADRID GALLERY

2843 Hwy. 14, Madrid, 471-1054

Fiber arts from 60 artists are on display in Wearables & Wallables. Also on exhibit is Celebration of the Earth as well as Mel Johnson's solo show, Recent Paintings. Through Dec. 30.

KARAN RUHLEN GALLERY

225 Canyon Road, 820-0807

Masters of the Landscape explores the Renaissance's lasting influence upon the contemporary art of Pauline Ziegen, Jinni Thomas and Kurt Meer. Through Dec. 31.

KLAUDIA MARR GALLERY

229-C Johnson St., 988-2100

John Nava 100 Drawings builds upon the artist's vast experience and worldwide recognition to deliver works of epic proportion. Nava's lively drawings and exceptional draftsmanship realize figures whose faces reveal their compelling stories. Through Jan. 11, 2010.

LEWALLEN GALLERIES

129 W. Palace Ave., 988-8997

LewAllen is geared up to share a new philosophy with Conversations. This rigorous curatorial practice combines selections from the gallery's modern and contemporary collections, and promises illuminating links between disparate techniques. Through Jan. 10, 2010.

LINDA DURHAM CONTEMPORARY ART

1807 Second St., Ste. 107, 466-6600

Paintings, sculpture, performance and video by multiple artists are exhibited in the gallery's first Wonder Salon, a salon-style show that seeks to foster conversation between artists of different experiences and visions. Through Jan. 4, 2010.

MARIGOLD ARTS

424 Canyon Road, 982-4142

Gallery owner Barbara Marigold is featured in Weavings for the Holidays, a collection of tapestries, wearable art, rugs and fine weavings for home interiors. This is only her second exhibition in the gallery's seven years. Her designs draw on the mythology of our American Southwest as well as Modernist compositions and the cubists' palette. Through Jan. 6, 2010.

MEDICINE MAN GALLERY

602-A Canyon Road, 820-7451

The third annual Small Works Show and Sale features small paintings, including many landscapes, by artists Ron Elstad, Glenn Renell, Gabor Svagrik and more. Through Jan. 8, 2010.

MONROE GALLERY

112 Don Gaspar Ave., 992-0800

On the Town's joyous photographic eulogies memorialize mid-20th century iconic American stylishness. Exquisitely beautiful women and handsomely dressed men epitomize the era's lost grace and civility—lost except in the tender reminiscence of American mythologizing. The subjects' urbane gusto stirs yearning for our country's misplaced innocence and optimism. Through Jan. 31, 2010.

NEW CONCEPT GALLERY

610 Canyon Road, 984-1122

Christmas Celebration features smaller works perfect for holiday gifts. The show features Jane Abrams' oil paintings, Terrence Fehr's abstract watercolors and Kathleen Jackson's pastels. Through Dec. 31.

PATINA GALLERY

131 W. Palace Ave., 986-3432

Since 1991, “up-cycler” artist Bill Bally has modified some 70 tons of trashed road signs. Bally's deSign includes his furniture, jewelry and wall plates. Through Jan. 5, 2010.

PEYTON WRIGHT GALLERY

237 E. Palace Ave., 986-3432

The 17th annual Art of Devotion Show is your one-stop spot for your Yuletide and Lenten fix. Everything from Russian icons to Patagonian pewterware is brought together in a mind-blowing collection of 17th to 19th century Christian art. Through March 9, 2010.

PHOTO-EYE BOOKSTORE

370 Garcia St., 988-5152

Images from Jake Mendel Short Track are featured. Short Track documents Arizona and New Mexico's semi-pro dirt track race circuit. Through Jan. 9, 2010.

PHOTO-EYE GALLERY

376 Garcia St., 988-5152

Suo Sarumawashi is a show of Hiroshi Watanabe's portraits of macaque (yes, as in the highly anthropomorphic monkeys) dancers. These monkey performances are the last of a nearly extinct theatrical art form. Also: Eric Fredine is showcased with a collection of landscapes in Prairie Waters. Through Feb. 5, 2010.

POP GALLERY

133 W. Water St., 820-0788

A group show explores the many meanings of love while Pop Gallery collects food for the nonprofit organization Bienvenidos Outreach and sells raffle tickets to help Santa Fe's homeless children. Through Jan. 1, 2010.

SAGE CREEK GALLERY

200 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-3444

Current exhibitions along with new invites are included in the Winter Miniature Show. Through Jan. 3, 2010.

SANTA FE CITY HALL

200 Lincoln Ave., 992-2787

Fine Arts for Children and Teens' Winter Exhibition collects works from over 200 young artists. Don't miss the opportunity to support the work of Santa Fe's youth. Through Jan. 29, 2010.

SANTA FE CLAY

1615 Paseo de Peralta, 984-1122

Cups showcases Lorna Meaden, Tom Coleman, Debra Fritts and Munemitsu Taguchi's individualized renditions of the classics: the tumbler, mug, stein, tea bowl, shot glass and many more. Also: Pouring Vessels' ewers, teapots and more offers riffs from Jeff Oestreich, Steven Hill and many more. Through Jan. 9, 2010.

SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY

6401 S. Richards Ave., 428-1501

Every discipline from architectural design to mixed-media photography is represented in these two-person collaborations of students and their professors. The young artists of Dialog in the Arts have an opportunity to articulate their creative philosophy with one-page artistic statements. Through Jan. 19, 2010.

SANTA FE PUBLIC LIBRARY

145 Washington Ave., 983-5293

Gina Bilwin's oil paintings are showcased in the upstairs gallery. Through Dec. 31.

SELBY FLEETWOOD GALLERY

600 Canyon Road, 992-8877

The Fifth Annual Holiday Show features Kevin Box's cast bronze origami as well as his sheets of crumpled paper; Christina Chalmer's delicate and dignified melancholy canvases that investigate feminine trappings; Joe Brubaker's patina-rific and totemic marionette sculptures; not to mention Lesly Rich's bucolic, impressionistic scenes. Through Jan. 1, 2010.

SKOTIA GALLERY

150 W. Marcy St., Ste. 103, 820-7787

Rimi Yang tries to reconcile occidental dualism with her Eastern heritage. The struggle leaves her confused but all the richer for it. Pointing at the Moon is her solo show of dark oils and shadowy figures. Through Dec. 28.

SOUTHSIDE LIBRARY

6599 Jaguar Drive, 955-2810

Biologist-cum-painter Jim Modiano's Puzzling Creations adapts his scientific background to a sophisticated color palette to study the dynamism of nature's microscopic creatures. Through Dec. 29.

STEVE ELMORE INDIAN ART

839 Paseo de Peralta, 995-9677

A vast display of holiday-themed Pueblo pottery is on display in a holiday show and sale, along with storytellers, an estate sale and early Pueblo basketry. Through Jan. 2, 2010.

LA TIENDA SHOPPING CENTER

Avenida Vista Grande, Eldorado, 466-2838

The mall's grand opening kicks off with EX.EX. V: Excerpt Exhibition. This is a decidedly outside-the-mainstream affair with work that doesn't really “fit in” with its peers. Through Jan. 10, 2010.

TOUCHING STONE GALLERY

539 Old Santa Fe Trail, 988-8072

Yoko Terai's Exclusive Beauty introduces her hand-molded ceramics with their graceful curves that flow smoothly along the surfaces, revealing the essence of each form as the viewer's eyes trace its line. Through Dec. 30.

TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

86 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 983-2700

Kinney Dejan laboriously layers textiles and hand-felts each fiber painting to create depth and visual complexity normally reserved for oil paintings. Through Jan. 12, 2010.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

107 W. Barcelona Road, 466-2833

Renaissance woman Chris Kelly presents her first reception of oil and acrylic landscape paintings, Rain Dancers. Through Dec. 29.

VERVE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

219 E. Marcy St., 982-5009

A group landscape exhibit features Matilda Essig's digitally created images of Apache highland grasses, Don Kirby's prints of grasslands of the American West, and Stephen Strom's photographs of deserts and coastal regions. Through Jan. 8, 2010.

WELLS FARGO BANK

241 Washington Ave., 984-0454

Annie O'Brien Gonzales' oil paintings in On the Grid are based on traditional quilting patterns. Through Dec. 31.

EL ZAGUÁN

545 Canyon Road, 983-2567

The Historic Santa Fe Foundation's artist colony residents—Angie Brown, Enrique Figueredo, Linda Hunsaker, Brenda Roper and Greg Tweed—present The Small Works Holiday Show. Through Dec. 31.

MUSEUMS

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS MOVING IMAGE LAB

1050 Old Pecos Trail, 982-1338

I'm Keeping An Eye On You. Through Jan. 31, 2010.

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUÑOZ WAXMAN GALLERY

1050 Pecos Trail, 982-1338

Garden. Through Jan. 31, 2010.

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS SPECTOR RIPPS PROJECT SPACE

1050 Pecos Trail, 982-1338

The Persistence of Vision. Through Jan. 10, 2010.

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE MUSEUM

217 Johnson St., 946-1000

New Mexico and New York: Photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe. Through Jan. 10, 2010.

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE MUSEUM EDUCATION ANNEX

123 Grant Ave., 946-1037

Constructing Identities: NY-NM Portraits of Emerging Artists. Through Dec. 21.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS

108 Cathedral Place, 428-5922

Scout's Honor. Through Jan. 31, 2010.

MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE

710 Camino Lejo, 476-1250

Native American Picture Books of Change. Through Jan. 2, 2010. Also: Native Couture II: Innovation and Style Through Feb. 10, 2010.

MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART

725 Camino Lejo, 476-1144

A Century of Masters: The NEA National Heritage Fellows of New Mexico. Through January 16, 2011. Also: Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia. Through March 10, 2010.

NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM

113 Lincoln Ave., 476-5200

Fashioning New Mexico. Through April 14, 2010.

NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

107 W. Palace Ave., 476-5072

Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection. Through Jan. 3, 2010. Also: The Surreal Life. Through Jan. 31, 2010.

PALACE OF THE GOVERNORS

105 W. Palace Ave., 476-1141

Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time. Through May 21, 2011.

SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE

1600 St. Michael's Drive, 424-5050

Memory: Shadow and Light. Also: Utopia. Through Dec. 31.

SITE SANTA FE

1606 Paseo de Peralta, 989-1199

Talking Pictures. Through Jan. 10, 2010.

WHEELWRIGHT MUSEUM

704 Camino Lejo, 982-4636

Continuum: Recent Works by Frank Buffalo Hyde. Through April 4, 2010. Also: Through Their Eyes: Paintings from the Santa Fe Indian School. Through April 18, 2010.

EVENTS

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY

Even yesterday is technically considered history, right? SITE Santa Fe offers us the opportunity to own a piece of one of the coolest art spaces in town with a holiday book and art sale. Books, catalogues and even limited-edition original artworks are up for grabs.

10 am-5 pm Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 19; 10 am-7 pm Friday, Dec. 18; noon-5 pm Sunday, Dec. 20. Through Jan. 10. Free. SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, 989-1199

ARTIFACTS ROADSHOW

Do you have some random clay doodad that your grandpa bequeathed to you when he gave you that dusty old armoire? Ever wonder what the hell it is? The curators from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Laboratory of Anthropology will do their best to answer your questions at Let's Take a Look.

Noon-2 pm Wednesday, Dec. 16. Free. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, 476-1250

FELIZ NAVIDAD!

If you missed the grand opening of the AG Royce Studio, now's your chance to check it out and indulge in some holiday cheer as well. Rusty Mesa presents its Christmas Gala in conjunction with the studio. Special for the holidays is a show and sale of the paintings of Julia Gill and Andrew Johnson.

6-8 pm Friday, Dec. 18. Free. AG Royce Studio, 7505 Mallard Way, Suites G and H, 216-1649

NUMBER NINE...NUMBER NINE

For the ninth Manipulated Image, lovingly titled GUTTURAL!, the experimental videos of Martin Back, Paulo Barros, Hey-Yeun Jang, Niclas Hallberg and Wilfried Agricola de Cologne are screened. Curated by Alysse Stepanian, and featuring a discussion with Back and Jang, it's an evening of crazy art and names that are really hard to spell.

7-9 pm Friday, Dec. 18. $5 donation. Santa Fe Complex, 632 Agua Fria St., 216-7562

IF THE CAUSE IS RIGHT

The New Mexico Women's Foundation presents its Annual Holiday Gift Fiesta. The fiesta is an economic development initiative by the Women's Cottage Industries, designed to help low-income women get a little extra cash in their pockets this winter.

11 am-4 pm Saturday, Dec. 19. Free. Bert's La Tacqueria, 416 Agua Fria St., 983-6155

WE WANT CASHMERE AND GOLD

If you can afford it, you'd better be giving out super-sweet gifts this holiday season; the Homefrocks trunk show is just the place to stock up. Cashmere sweaters, gold jewelry and artisan scarves are on the docket, as well as deeply discounted sale merchandise.

11 am-6 pm Saturday, Dec. 19. Free. Homefrocks, 611 Old Santa Fe Trail, 986-5800

MEET,

GREET, EAT

A meet-and-greet with artist Ruth Abrams Drayer gives the public an opportunity to hear about the colorist's artwork straight from the source. Free crepes are also available—yum!

1:30-3:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 19. Free. Cafe Phoenix, 1414 Second St., 988-7303

SHOW ME YOUR TRUNK

Native American designers and jewelers show their best work at the third in a series of five trunk shows, Partners in Design: Native Chic. This time around, Connie, David and Wayne Nez Gaussoin are in the spotlight, along with Patricia Michaels. 3-5 pm Sunday, Dec. 20. Free.

Mary Cabot Wheelwright Library, 704 Camino Lejo, 982-4636

ANKLE-NIPPERS ANONYMOUS

In conjunction with the Artisans' Market Holiday Fairs, a children's craft and gift-making corner offers the distraction necessary to get the little ones out of your hair, plus it provides them the opportunity to make their own presents for family and friends. Holiday stories, snacks and a special tea party on Sunday with Annie Rose the Flower Fairy are enough to make anyone psyched.

10 am-5 pm Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 20-22. Free. The Santa Fe Artists' Market at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, 670-6544

A PRAIRIE NIGHT COMPANION

Painter Jerry West has been working on various aspects of the film Prairie Night for upward of 50 years; between sounds he recorded in the '50s and '60s, and visuals captured by Steina and Woody Vasulka in the early '80s, the video is an intense exploration of the effect of dreams and memory on West's paintings.


6 pm Monday, Dec. 21. $2.50-$5. Tipton Hall, Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michael's Drive, 424-5050