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50 Great New Festivals. Exciting months lie ahead with RED DOT Weekends, CLAY Festival, Tamal Fiesta, Mariachi Workshops/Concerts and Fiber Arts Festival.
Hidalgo Medical Services. The new health center on Pope Street offers state-of-the-art equipment and services for the entire community.
40 Custom Steelworks. Stuart Egnal’s company built and erected Silver City’s newest footbridges, as well as solar car ports, bus shelters and even the columns for the downtown Gateway Arch. 42 WNMU Museum. Stewardship of the NAN Ranch collection of Mimbres artifacts, greatly strengthens the university’s reputation as an archeological research facility. 44 Silver City Murals. Forty-five murals throughout Silver City and Grant County relate to the area’s history, culture, resources and future.
54 Galleries Off the Beaten Path. Art galleries scattered across the region deliver a strong contribution to the area’s designation as an art destination.
Eugene Lewis began serious birding in eastern Kansas in the 1950s, eventually roaming the entire state in his pursuit of the avian species. Upon retirement in 1991 he moved to Silver City, where he has continued his lifelong quest.
12 Financial. James Edd Hughs shares tips on preparing for the cost of longterm care. 14 Legal Issues. Attorney Cathryn Wallace discusses estate plan gifts and benefits. 16 Happy Endings. Local residents’ dogs find happy adopted homes.
47 Melinda Austin. “Winner of Professional Photographer’s Best of Show and coveted Judge’s Choice.”
18 Out & About. Snapshots of recent local events.
48 Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Loren and Barbara Nelson join forces with the singer/writer’s preschool program that typically provides a positive boost to literacy.
20 Recycle. Keep six-pack plastic rings out of landfills and oceans by turning them into flowers. 21 New Faces In Business. 39 Summer Birding. Gambel’s quail are common to the Silver City area and their young are “just too cute for their own good.”
Judy Wuthrich is a writer, photographer and multimedia artist; which includes polymer clay and soft sculpture art dolls on display at the Common Thread in Silver City. She is also a cosmetologist. Judy lives in Silver City with her dogs Spot and Gizelle.
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Our Cover Carefully unwrapping a Mimbres pot from the recently acquired NAN Ranch collection are Mayor James Marshall and WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard. Monitoring the handling of this ancient artifact are WNMU Museum Assistant Director Phillip Cave and Museum Director Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison. The collection enhances the university’s research reputation and the city’s marketing power as a travel destination.
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Area Attractions Historic Downtown Silver City Museum Big Ditch Park Historic Pinos Altos Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l. Monument Area Events Bayard, Hurley & Arenas Valley City of Rocks State Park Deming Area Maps Cliff & Gila Glenwood & Mogollon Ghost Town Rodeo & Hidalgo County RED DOT Studio Tour & Gallery Walk Art Galleries Shopping Health & Wellness At Your Service Salons & Spas Index of Advertisers
Dr. Dale A. Zimmerman is an ornithologist, botanist, naturalist and Professor Emeritus of Biology at WNMU, where he taught for 31 years. He is also a recognized bird illustrator, nature photographer & author with field experience on every continent.
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Special Thanks to: Victor Acquista, MD Tamera Ahner Dr. Cynthia Bettison Linda Brewer Suzi Calhoun Phillip Cave Lois Duffy George Julian Dworin Stuart Egnal Juanita Escobedo Lee Gruber Tell Hicks HMS Community Health Center Laura Howell James Edd Hughs Mischa Larish MRAC Youth Mural Program Eugene & Eulalla Lewis
Diana Ingalls Leyba Sherry Logan Faye McCalmont Mayor James Marshall Shirley Mize Julia Morales Darrick Nelson Becky & Michael O’Connor Forrest Olson John Rohovec Christopher Saxman Dr. Joseph Shepard Silver City CLAY Festival Tracy Spikes Susan Szajer Joseph & Karin Wade Cathryn Wallace Charmeine Wait Abe Villarreal
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Hidalgo Medical Services One Stop Shopping WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS “Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) has pulled together a highly qualified staff and employs state-of-the-art systems and equipment,” states Chief Medical Officer and New Mexico Physician of the Year Darrick Nelson. “Our sliding fee system allows us to provide care for anyone, regardless of ability to pay, and frankly, with the quality of service we dispense, HMS should be the top contender for everyone with primary care and family health needs.” HMS accepts all forms of insurance and many patients seen at HMS have private insurance. “The new Silver City Community Health Center on Pope Street is truly ‘one-stop shopping,’” claims Workforce Manager Tamera Ahner. “Primary care physicians, dentists, mental health providers, community health workers and a dietician are all housed under one roof. Addressing the specific needs of whomever walks through our doors is the goal of everyone in this building…and we do it well!” “You will find the enthusiasm exhibited by our staff for what we do and how we care for people refreshing,” adds CEO Forrest Olson. “Knowing that our services are vital to the community generates a feeling of fulfillment for all of us. Our team-based, patient-centered approach is real. If the dentist notes high blood pressure in a patient or a need for social help, the team is available to address it. Without a doubt, the system works extremely well for the patient.” Olson also notes that the close relationship with Gila Regional Medical Center is important to both organizations. “Our Family Support staff shares electronic information, our administrative staffs meet quarterly and Dr. Nelson sits on the GRMC Board of Trustees. The hospital graciously works with HMS for recruiting and retaining staff and is very supportive of our family medicine residency program.” HMS employs 200 people at 11 locations in the Grant/Hidalgo area, all of which are 100 percent electronically connected and coordinated. HMS handles approximately 78 percent of Hidalgo County’s medical needs and 58 percent 8 – SILVER CITYLIFE
opposite: The new HMS building on Pope Street is a state-of-the-art health care facility. above: CEO Forrest Olson states that the HMS teambased, patient-centered approach works extremely well for patients.
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nity is its federal designation as a Teaching Health Center. Nine universities worldwide, including Western New Mexico University and University of New Mexico send students and residents from 11 disciplines for rural training experiences as part of their curricular experience. Future healthcare professionals learn how to care for all comers in the rural community instead of in a city environment. Three loft apartments in the HMS building allow them immediate access to their work and easy access to the downtown area for meals and shopping.
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LONGTERM CARE COSTS? COURTESY OF JAMES EDD HUGHS AT EDWARD JONES®
Whether you are entering or re-entering the work force, changing jobs or starting an entirely new career path, this checklist can help keep your financial strategy on track as you transition. Like everyone else, you hope to remain physically and financially independent your entire life. And you may well achieve this goal. Nonetheless, the future is not ours to see, so you’ll want to prepare yourself for as many contingencies as possible — one of which is the high cost of longterm care. As you may know, long-term care primarily refers to nursing home expenses, but it also includes services provided in your own home. In either case, though, it could be expensive. The national average rate for a private room in a nursing home was more than $87,000 per year in 2011, according to the 2011 MetLife Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs. The same survey found that the average private-pay hourly rates for home health aides and homemaker companion services were $21 and $19, respectively. With luck, of course, you won’t need to worry about these types of expenses. But consider this: People who reach age 65 have a 40% chance of entering a nursing home, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And about 10% of those who enter a nursing home will stay there five or more years. Clearly, if you take no steps to prepare yourself for the potentially devastating costs of an extended nursing home stay, you could be jeopardizing the assets you’ve worked so hard to accumulate. Even worse, if you run through your money, you might end up creat12 – SILVER CITYLIFE
ing a financial and emotional burden for your grown children. Unfortunately, many people assume that a federal or state government program will help them pay for their long-term care expenses. However, Medicare pays only a small portion of nursing home costs, and to be eligible for Medicaid, you would likely have to divest yourself of most of your financial assets. Consequently, you’ll probably need to find another way to pay for long-term care. Fortunately, there are investment or protection vehicles designed specifically to help you meet long-term care expenses. Your financial advisor can help you pick the option that’s most appropriate for your individual situation. Having the ability to pay for long-term care is obviously important. But other issues may also enter the picture. For example, if you need to enter a nursing home, you may be suffering from a physical or mental disability that might prevent you from handling your own affairs. This impairment could prove disastrous to your finances — which is why you can’t afford to take that type of chance. Instead, consult with your legal advisor to determine if you can benefit from a durable power of attorney — a document that lets you delegate your financial decisions to a relative, close friend or anyone else you might choose. None of us like to think about spending time in a nursing home or needing round-theclock care in our own homes. However, life is unpredictable. But even if you can’t avoid the need for long-term care, you can take steps to help reduce the financial strain it can cause you and your family. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisorsare not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with a qualified taxspecialist or legal advisor for professional advice on your specific situation.
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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BY CATHRYN L. WALLACE Many of us contend with financial challenges in life. A very few among us experience the challenge of having had such good fortune as to wonder how to give it all away as part of an estate plan. Gifts can, of course, be made to spouses and family. Another alternative is to make charitable gifts to religious, educational, or arts organizations. And some strategies may provide considerable tax advantages during a donor’s life. One approach – which only takes effect after a donor’s death – is a gift made via a Will. Here, a donor designates a gift in their Will as either a fixed amount or percentage of the estate; and a donor can maintain control by making a gift contingent upon a specific future event, either as it relates to others they wish to provide for, or concerning the organization’s status or events. Other types of gifts can be made – and tax advantages realized – during a donor’s lifetime. A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) lets donors place cash or property into a tax-exempt trust that pays them or another beneficiary an annual income. A donor receives an immediate tax deduction for the property’s value when the gift is made and, after death or when the gift vests, the remainder of the trust transfers to the recipient charity. A Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) is like a CRT, but here a donor gives cash or property to a trust that pays income to a charity for a specified period. After this, the assets revert to the donor or his estate, or 14 – SILVER CITYLIFE
are given to other beneficiaries. Unlike a CRT, a CLT is not tax-exempt. A Life Estate occurs when, rather than making an outright gift of a home or farm a donor retains use of the property for life. The donor may then claim a tax deduction equal to the value of the charity's remainder interest in the property. When a donor gifts retirement assets (like a 401-k account or pension) she can avoid the heavy taxation levied if gifted to an heir: these taxes do not apply to charitable donations. Giving a life insurance policy can offer another simple way to make a gift while enjoying tax benefits during one’s life. When a donor names a charity as owner and irrevocable beneficiary of a life insurance policy he receives a tax deduction for the lesser of the policy’s cost or fair market value. If the policy is paid up, the donor receives an immediate tax deduction; if not, a donor can claim tax deductions on premiums paid directly to the charity. These are a few of the basic charitable giving strategies that can offer tax benefits now as well as helping to ensure the future financial well-being and success of a favorite organization.
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Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster or other form of pet, some simple grooming is necessary. Baths are not usually a favorite amongst our pets but it can make them more pleasant in which to cohabitate. Lori Skinner and Kris Deem at the Spoiled Rotten Animal Health Spa shared some pertinent information on basic grooming needs. “Two important tools are a metal comb and a slicker brush,” says Kris. “When bathing your own pet, always brush them out first. If you don’t, any mats will be impossible to comb out later,” said Lori. Another bathing tip is to use conditioner reducing static in our dry climate and it keeps mats from forming. All grooming is easier if started while your pet is young. If you choose to have your dog professionally groomed, it is best but not impossible when it is a puppy. The dremel is a great tool to use on the toenails, but also best to start with a young pet.
Ellie Wait Charmeine Wait saw a couple of Labrador Retriever looking puppies in the monthly Desert Exposure advertisement for adoptable pets at the local animal shelter. She adopted the female but felt sad she couldn’t take both dogs, and she left the male. Charmeine took Ellie to a puppy obedience class where she saw another Lab puppy and Ellie recognized her brother from the shelter. “It was serendipity that they found each other again,” said Charmeine. Ironically, Ellie and her brother, Me, are also neighbors and have frequent play dates together. Even though they were separated at the shelter, fate decided they should always be together.
Ted Deem Kris was driving out to a trail in the Black Range with her friend Lori and saw a bruised and bloodied heeler mix puppy sitting next to the highway waiting for a ride. She gave him one. Kris didn’t consider herself a suitable owner for a highenergy breed with a strong work ethic, but Ted had other ideas. Ted became a staff member at Spoiled Rotten six years ago and helps keep things running smoothly at the grooming shop. “I don’t know what my life would be like without him,” said Kris.
Me dePedro Judy and Bert dePedro made an improptu stop at the local animal shelter. Their dog named Shadow needed a friend. The dePedros adopted a male Lab looking puppy. The new puppy became ‘Me’ to complement Shadow. Me started herding Judy’s horses and she thought it was odd because Labs retrieve, not herd. A DNA test was performed and the results were: ½ Australian Shepherd, ¼ Lab and ¼ Chihuahua. What a combination! Judy took Me to puppy obedience class and reunited with his littermate, Ellie. Judy and Charmeine Wait, Ellie’s human companion, are neighbors so the dogs see each other often for play dates.
Dusty Wilkerson Sherelle Wilkerson wanted a fluffy mutt. A friend who volunteers at the local animal shelter told her they had the perfect dog. Sherelle went to the shelter and took Dusty for a walk to get to know him. “He just wanted to be held,” said Sherelle. Dusty was found in a box at one of the veterinary clinics and is now afraid to be in an enclosed environment. Being in a crate is out of the question! “He’s a sweet guy. He’s found his forever home,” says Sherelle.
Gizelle Wuthrich An animal control officer picked Gizelle up from beside the road. She was unconscious and thought to be dead. She was still breathing so he put her on the seat beside him in the truck. Gizelle regained consciousness at the animal shelter and they thought she must have been hit by a car or thrown from a car but just knocked out. No one claimed her and she was put up for adoption. Judy Wuthrich went to the animal shelter to adopt a dog she had seen in the Desert Exposure. That dog had already been adopted but Judy met Gizelle and couldn’t resist that cute little face.
Suki, Heddy & Lolo Chase Lolo wandered into the yard and into Kimberlee Chase’s life 9 years ago. Heddy was at a rescue organization in Alamogordo and thought to be about 7 weeks old. She was also thought to be a Schnauzer but as she grew taller, it was apparent another breed was involved. Suki is the newest arrival after being in foster care for 4-5 months. She is very fearful of other people but with Kimberlee’s patience and guidance, Suki is slowly beginning to trust again. “She loves to be in front of the fireplace,” says Kimberlee.
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out & about “Red Desserts” – the 26th annual fundraiser for the Glenwood Community Center is held first Saturday before Valentine’s Day. It is sponsored by the Glenwood Women’s Club, celebrating 60 years of community service. John Dunn was among guests, Cathy Murphy and Margaret Nuñez were among the raffle winners with music by Bucky Allred, Dee Ford and Roger Skaggs. Photos by Judy Wuthrich.
The 2012 Silver City Gallery Association RED DOT Studio Tour invited the Silver City community and out of town visitors into private art studios to observe artists at work. During the four day event, visitors connected the dots on the provided tour map and took a self-guided tour through the Arts and Cultural District and rural Grant County. Photos by LeAnne Knudsen.
The Silver City Museum invites you to visit the exhibit "It’s a Wrap." The exhibit continues through July 28, 2013. "It’s a Wrap!" showcases the work of the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective, a regional group of contemporary artisans who found time in their busy schedules to create unique, hand-made garments including rebozos, ruanas, serapes, shawls, wraps and ponchos for the exhibit. Photos by Charmeine Wait and Judy Wuthrich.
Randi Halperin-Olson at the spinning wheel while Melissa Brady and Julliana Albershardt looked on and Karen Porter demonstrates 10,000 year old drop spindle method at a Spinning Demonstration at the Silver City Museum’s “It’s a Wrap” exhibition. Photos by Judy Wuthrich.
Citizen bike races held in historic downtown Silver City during the Downtown Criterium of the Tour of the Gila offer area adults and kids a chance to compete on the race course of Photos by champions. LeAnne Knudsen.
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Silver City’s third annual Home & Garden Expo featured home building, home products and real estate vendors - Hunt & Sons Building Development Inc., Mule Creek Adobe, United Country Mimbres Realty, Southwest NM Green Chamber of Commerce, Structure Metal Roofing, Bohart Inspections, Cross Unlimited, and many others. Gardening activities and supplies were also available along with Silver City Food Coop’s “Seed Share”. Photos by LeAnne Knudsen.
In March, a group of young athletes, ages 15-18 trained in Silver City for Tour of the Gila. They are participating in a program called Slipstream Sports that develops professional bicycle racers. Following Tour of the Gila, they will train for three months in Europe.
Victor Acquista, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Fort Bayard Medical Center and founder of Pathways Integral Health and Wellness, signs copies of his book, “Pathways to Health – An Integral Guidebook,” for J. J. Wilson and Ana Castillo. The signing was held at the Silver City Museum.
At the 2013 Santa Fe Legislative Session, the Silver Stompers performed and were photographed with Diane Hamilton, Brian Bentley and Christy Miller. Photos courtesy Silver Stompers.
Tamal Fiesta judges were Ted Garcia, Chairman of the State of New Mexico Tourism Commission; Buck Burns, local artist and co-owner of Manzanita Ridge; Lawrence Rael, president of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. Danza La Flor del Tepeyac, traditional matachine dancers from Mexico performed. Photos by Judy Wuthrich.
Visitors and Silver Citians took a delightfully delicious stroll “Along the Milky Way” through historic downtown Silver City at Mimbres Region Arts Council ‘s Annual Chocolate Fantasia. Chocolate lovers descended upon shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and businesses to choose and sample tasty treats created by chefs, caterers, bakers, WNMU students, and chocolate crafters putting their culinary skills to the test.Photos by LeAnne Knudsen.
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Flowers Plastic six-pack rings are only a small part of the plastic pollution effecting our landfills and oceans. Ninety percent of the floating trash in the ocean is plastic. Eighty percent of that plastic originated from land. Plastic takes about 450 years to break down, but in the meantime, some particles are consumed by ocean dwellers. Sea turtles think six-pack rings are their favorite food, the jellyfish, and swallow them or get them caught around their necks. To lessen the impact of six-pack ring waste, let’s make flowers out of them. You will need several six-pack rings, scissors, wooden skewers, spray paint and assorted other flowers and a vase. Cut the rings into individual rings. Skewer each ring on one side. Then, fold over the ring and skewer it on the other side forming two loops. Scoot this loop down the skewer and keep adding rings until the desired length of flower is achieved. This type of flower resembles a hyacinth so I used two shades of purple spray paint. Feel free to use any shade of spray paint, though. Arrange your newly made hyacinths with other various flowers in a vase and admire your handiwork.
Since plastic takes so long to decompose, these plastic flowers are great for outdoor flower arrangements. They may be used as accent flowers in your favorite decorative pot. Another creative use of this art form could be to memorialize the gravesite of a loved one. A plastic or metal skewer may be a better choice than the wooden skewer if you choose to put your flowers outdoors. There is an area in the Pacific Ocean between Japan and Hawaii where currents converge. In this accumulation area, plastic pollution is twice the size of Texas weighing 3.5 million tons. Let’s make flowers instead of islands of trash in the ocean. Flower arrangement courtesy of Silver City Floral located at 204 E. 11th Street, 575-388-1206.
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George Julian Dworin Director, Silver City Arts & Cultural District Bringing 20 years of business management and advertising experience to the position, George states “Silver City has much to offer, starting with the people themselves. My intention is to develop a collaborative organization – building partnerships in the community for economic development and cultural enhancement.” He notes that the area’s broad base of attractions includes its arts and cultural venues, great festivals and events, beautiful architecture and history, wonderful restaurant and lodging opportunities and, of course, 3.3 million acres of natural beauty. “The cumulative result is a strong engine for development.” The focus of George’s career has been the development and creation of brand identity, multi-media advertising and marketing campaigns. He has serviced corporate, institutional, non-profit and small business clients nationally and held positions from executive management to sales and service. An artist and outdoor enthusiast, George moved his digital printmaking studio to Silver City two years ago.
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Bright and Lordsburg Funeral Home have been providing families in the communities of Grant, Hidalgo, and Catron County with loving care during their time of need and traditional services for their loved ones since 1902. Bright Funeral Home also serves the tri-city Mining District. The Funeral Home is now offering a more dignified, formal cremation service by using a cremation altar and processional urn carrier transported by pall bearers.
Millie’s Assisted Living Home Center A Smallwith a Big Heart A small, family-owned and operated assisted living center serving Grant County for over 10 years. Residents are valued and loved in a healthy, nurturing and stimulating environment. 600 N. Hudson St. Extensive community involvement and Silver City, NM 88061 daily activities. Small pets welcome.
575.534.9172 • www.milliescenter.com
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Tracy Spikes Director Silver City Museum “The opportunity to become director of an accredited museum was exciting and once I visited Silver City, I put my heart into the interview,” recalls Tracy Spikes, Silver City Museum Director since April 2011. “Currently, we continue to gather feedback to help determine what exhibits and programs will encourage broader community participation, keeping the museum alive and vital to the entire city. I strongly believe Silver City’s diverse cultural experience should be celebrated by everyone in the community.” “Silver City’s history doesn’t end at the city limits,” Tracy continues. “Evolving stories from the entire region continue to overlap – it just makes sense to involve surrounding communities. The museum will continue searching for stories from the Apache, Spanish and early Mexican and Anglo eras as well as recording generational family stories of the area’s current residents.” Tracy’s 20-plus years of museum experience includes accreditation efforts, building restoration, exhibit development and educational programming.
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216 Painted Pony Resort 68 Palace Hotel, The 114 Whitewater Motel Medical Angelwings Coordinated Care 132 90 Silver Rexall Drug Museum Chiricahua Desert Museum 215 Silver City Museum Adobe Dynamics 101 Workshops 86 Silver City Museum Store 86 Office Supplies Western Stationers Office Supply99 Organization American Legion 191 Silver City MainStreet Project 85 Real Estate, Developments Property Management Smith Real Estate 92 & Property Mangement United Country Downtown 202 Real Estate XYZ Ranch Estates 151 Restaurant Bakery / Coffee Jalisco Cafe 48 Masa y Mas Tortilleria & Restaurante 142 Millie’s Bake House 212 210 Vicki’s Eatery Yankie Creek Coffee House 209 Retail Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts 214 26 Conner Fine Jewelers 155 Dandelion Wish Furniture Gallery, Inc. 36 Gila Hike & Bike 39 Hester House Candy & Gifts 43 Kris’s Krafters’ Kreations 141 Morning Star 65 Raven’s Nest 203 The Old Post Office Variety Store 226 117 Yada Yada Yarn RV Park Manzano’s RV Park 170 Salons Belleza Salon & Tanning 11 Innovations 84 Mirror Mirage 63 Shipping & Mailing The UPS Store 108 Spas Faywood Hot Springs 206 Tours The Bayard Historical Mine 204 Visitor Center Murray Ryan Visitor Center 201
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Art Gallery/Artists Art and Conversation 5 7 Azurite Gallery Copper Quail Gallery 136 229 Fierro Canyon Galley, The JW Art Gallery 47 220 Lloyd Studios Lois Duffy Art 55 Molly Ramolla Gallery & Custom Framing 181 109 Original Prints & Drawings Seedboat Center for the Arts 82 The Common Thread 25 The Cottage Stained Glass & More 225 Victoria Chick - Cow Trail 109 Art Studio Victoria J. West 123 Wynnegate Gallery & Studio 221 Attorney Lopez, Dietzel & Perkins, P.C. 56 Automotive Sales & Service Speed Wrench Garage 160 Banking / Financial Fort Bayard Federal Credit Union 35 Chamber of Commerce Lordsburg Hidalgo County 165 Chamber of Commerce Contractors & Builders 46 J & S Plumbing & Heating 228 R.S. Masonry, Inc. CPA’s 93 Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s Thomas H. Laws, CPA, CVA 98 Developmental Disabilities Life Quest 166 Eco / Natural Products 94 Super Salve Co. Entertainment LULAC Mariachi Workshops & Concerts 227 Mimbres Region Arts Council 62 General Store / Food Co-op River Ranch Market Silver City Food Co-op 144 Gifts Cup of Grace 90 Home Products / Services Manzanita Ridge 57 Syzygy Tile 95 Windows, Etc. 116 Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services 222 Lodging Bear Creek Motel & Cabins 10 Bear Mountain Lodge 184 Casitas de Gila Guesthouses 17 Holiday Inn Express 44
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HISTORY OF THE SILVER CITY AREA SPANS THE ERAS FROM THE ANCIENT MOGOLLON CULTURES TO THE people of today’s technology age. The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and visitor center are perhaps the strongest attraction in the area, providing a visual showcase of how these ancients lived. The Mimbres River Valley, though once inhabited by pithouse dwellers is now a scene of orchards, hay fields, cattle and horses. The pride of large-scale mining operations is the Chino open pit copper mine on NM 152. The 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest provides many of the reasons for both visiting the area and for making a commitment to live here. Lakes in the immediate region include Lake Roberts and Bear Canyon, Bill Evans and Snow Lakes. Additional attractions include the Catwalk National Recreation Trail and the scenic gold mining ghost town of Mogollon, both near Glenwood, and City of Rocks State Park between Silver City and Deming.
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SILVER CITY SPRANG TO LIFE DURING THE SUMMER of 1870. The discovery of silver brought thousands of miners, and merchants followed in their footsteps. The town's founders decided Silver City would be “built to last.” In 1880, an ordinance was passed requiring masonry construction for new buildings. This left behind solid commercial buildings, brick Victorian homes, and adobe structures. Devastating floods between 1890 and 1910 washed away the original Main Street and all but one of its handsome brick buildings. The stately Warren house is the sole survivor. What used to be Main Street is now known as the Big Ditch. The Silver City Visitor Center and Big Ditch Park provide gateways into Historic Downtown for visitors and residents. Silver City MainStreet Project has provided comprehensive downtown revitalization services since 1985. This vibrant award-winning district has over 200 entities including retail and service businesses, art studios, government services, nonprofits, churches, and schools. It’s a treasure of a downtown!
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Located in the downtown historic district. • Affordable Rates • 18 Rooms & Suites • WiFi • Cable TV • Continental Breakfast • Special Meeting & Event Room 106 W. Broadway • Silver City, NM 88061 Reminiscent of a small hotel in the European Tradition.
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Silver City Museum LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC 1881 MANSARD/ITALIANATE HOME OF H.B. AILMAN, THE SILVER CITY MUSEUM IS one of 13 museums in New Mexico recognized by the American Assn. of Museums. Founded in 1967, the museum is focused on the regional history of Southwest New Mexico with over 20,000 related objects. Photo collections depict Silver City from the 1870s and include a significant collection from the 1930s and 40s. Native American artifacts from the Mimbres, Mogollon and Casas Grandes peoples number over 500 pieces, and there are exhibits from more recent Navajo and Apache groups. Extensive mining exhibits, early Anglo and Hispanic settler clothing, furnishings and even firearms are displayed. There is also memorabilia from native son Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, former astronaut and U.S. Senator. It is open every day except Monday, and is located at 312 West Broadway. The Museum Store features books and gifts depicting or influenced by local history and cultures.
Southwest Books Local & Regional Gifts
Tues.–Fri. 9-4:30 Sat.–Sun. 10-4 Closed Monday
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Health & Wellness By Sarah Gibson
WITH ALL IT HAS TO OFFER, IT IS NO WONDER SILVER CITY, NM WAS VOTED ONE OF THE 50 BEST PLACES TO live by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Looking for a health food store, a new workout routine or vegetarian eatery? Silver City's got it. There are numerous health food stores with a variety of products for your dietary needs. Want a workout? Try a new type of yoga in one of the quaint yoga studios downtown. If you're looking for something more upbeat, join a dance class at one of the health clubs in town or the University. At any one of Silver City's gyms, there are a variety of exercise classes available whether you're looking to try dancing, water aerobics, a step class, or a simple treadmill routine. With a gym to match your personality, there are unlimited ways to keep healthy and fit in this small town. 62
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PHONE 388-1579 Over 45 Years of Experience. • Custom Prescription Compounding • Hormone Saliva Tests Available • Blood Pressure & Glucose Testing • FREE Delivery Within Silver City • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
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CUP OF GRACE • Christian Books & Gifts • Free Gift Wrapping 1308 SILVER HTS. BLVD. • SILVER CITY, NM 88061 • 538-2115
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WHEN SILVER CITY’S FOUNDING FATHERS CREATED THE TOWN SITE IN THE LATTER 1800S, THEY LAID OUT THE grid like those of many eastern cities – with the streets running due north, south, east and west. They did not realize that the new town’s proximity to a north/south running slope would encourage a natural disaster to occur. In 1895 and again in 1903, flash floodwaters roared down Silver City’s Main Street, gouging out a huge ditch with a bottom some 55 feet below the original street level. As rains continued to feed the creek in the years that followed, cottonwood trees grew, providing shade. The town’s Main Street was gone, but every adversity carries with it the seed of an opportunity. Working together, local businesses, residents and civic organizations created a beautiful and unique downtown park. Big Ditch Park can be accessed via the footbridge at the Silver City Visitor Center parking lot.
(must pre-register at Silver City Museum 538-5921 • silvercitymuseum.org)
(Historic Waterworks building)
(Old Gila Store)
This project is partially funded by the Historic Preservation Division, State of New Mexico with federal funds from the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.
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THE RAVEN’S NEST
Serving the cycling and hiking needs of southwest New Mexico for the past 25 years.
Chic, cozy, fun fashions and accessories for Her and Home. Clothing, Scarves, Jewelry, Pottery, Essential Oils, Bags.
106 W. Yankie St. 534-9323
Fine selection of inspirational, regional, western, and fun books, gifts and cards. Free gift wrapping.
1308 Silver Heights Blvd. 388-2115
KRIS’S & KRAFTERS’ KREATIONS
Fresh homemade corn & flour tortillas • chips • chicken, pork and veggie tamales • beef and chicken burritos • menudo • barbacoa • salsa • tacos.
July 26 9am to 5pm July 27 9am to 5pm July 28 9am to 5pm 410 Highway 211
Kris’s & Krafters’ Kreations
GILA HIKE & BIKE
MASA Y MAS TORTILLERIA & RESTAURANTE
on the preservation & restoration of adobe buildings.
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FREE Workshops with Pat Taylor, Historic Preservation Consultant,
1721 Little Walnut Road
The Raven’s Nest
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Adobe and Stonework Restoration Public Meeting | June 1 10am to 12 noon 538-5921 • 302 W. Broadway • Silver City Museum Annex
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103 E. College • 388-3222
Historic Preservation Workshops
210 N. Bayard Street
Masa Y Mas Tortilleria & Restaurante 142 Manzanita Ridge
Adobe Dynamics 101
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601 N. Bullard St., Suite C 505-670-8775 www.ziapublishing.com
Locally Crafted Southwest Gifts and Decor. Candles, Flower Arrangements, Horsehair Ceramics, Yard Art, Metal Art, Carving, Intarsia and Special Orders.
505-A N. Bullard St. 534-9927 MANZANITA RIDGE High end furniture and accessories from America’s finest resorts & hotels.
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Offering Good, Clean Food You Can Trust! We are a member of Slow Food USA - A way of living and eating. Blackwell's Antiques & Gifts
Yada Yada Yarn
• Grassfed Beef & Lamb • Pastured Pork & Chicken • Chicken & Duck Eggs • Grain Free Baked Goods • Stone Ground Almond Butter • Fresh Yogurt Syzygy Tile
Wednesday - Saturday 10am to 6pm
Take-Out: Quiche Empanadas Protein Smoothies
Conner Fine Jewelers
BLACKWELL'S ANTIQUES & GIFTS
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218 N. Bullard St. 388-1737 SYZYGY TILE Nationally recognized handmade tile company, dedicated to producing aesthetically pleasing clay tile in the craftsman tradition. Also, metal, glass, stone, concrete and imported tile. Tours available.
106 N. Bullard St. • 388-5472 www.syzygytile.com
Everything for knitters new and old! Wool, cotton and fun yarns. Open daily 11-5.
Open knitting Sun.12-3
Mon., Wed. - Sat.10:30 to 5:30 Sun. noon to 4 Closed Tuesday
412 W. Broadway
614 N. Bullard St. 388.3350 www.yadayadayarn.com
DANDELION WISH Upscale selection of eclectic antiques, collectibles & consignment merchandise. Something for everyone’s taste and budget. We handle estate and moving sales. Tues.-Sun. 11ish-6ish • Random Mondays
SPECIAL ORDERS WEEKLY
CONNER FINE JEWELERS
Delicious fudge, truffles & choice candies. Southwest gifts & edibles, baby gifts, cards. Free gift wrapping.
Southwest New Mexico's leading jeweler and gem expert. Diamonds, Fine Watches & Gifts.
316 N. Bullard St. 388-1360
410 N. Bullard St. 538-2012 • 388-2025 www.ziapublishing.com
Serving Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Baked Goods
"Best kept secret in Grant County"
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Authentic Antiques and Elegant Gifts. Consignments Encouraged. Punkie Garretson, Owner.
300 S. Bullard in Historic Downtown Silver City
We serve small catering needs and accept special orders. Dine in or take out.
Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm
113 W. Broadway
Silver City, NM 88061 www.ziapublishing.com
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Victoria Chick • Cow Trail Art Studio
Original Prints And Drawings
The Fierro Canyon Gallery
Copper Quail Gallery
Historic Pinos Altos EXCEPT FOR THE ASPHALT ON ITS MAIN STREET, DOWNTOWN PINOS ALTOS LOOKS MUCH LIKE IT MIGHT HAVE appeared nearly 150 years ago, when it was inhabited by the likes of Judge Roy Bean. The town’s amenities, however, have greatly improved in the last century or so. They include a museum, an ice cream parlor, dining establishments and an authentic western bar. Gold was first discovered in the area by Spanish and Mexican miners. Anglos rediscovered the metal in 1859/60, and for a while the town was called Birchville after the first man to find “color.” Nearly abandoned due to constant fights with the Apaches, it was re-established in 1866 under its original Spanish name. Pinos Altos is located along the Continental Divide, six miles north of Silver City on NM Highway 15.
JW Art Gallery
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THE FIERRO CANYON GALLERY
Contemporary painter & printmaker focused on expressing emotion through the action of human & animal subjects. Represented by JW Art Gallery, Hurley
Cow Trail Art Studio Open Mondays or by appointment.
760-533-1897 • VictoriaChick.com
ORIGINAL PRINTS AND DRAWINGS - Etchings, Woodcuts, Linocuts and Drawings by 19th and 20th Century American Artists. Represented by Cow Trail Art Studio. Open Mondays or by appointment.
Water Heaters Heating Systems Mobile Home Hook-Ups Air Conditioning Systems Water, Gas & Sewer Lin es Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling
119 Cow Trail • 760-533-1897 VictoriaChick.com
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JW ART GALLERY Fine Art, Bronze & Wooden Sculpture, Custom Picture Framing, Gift Shop, Historic Hurley Museum.
Silver City, NM 88062 Bonded & Insured www.ziapublishing.com
Take a drive up Fierro Canyon and visit our gallery in the middle of the Historic Mining District. Fine art and scenic photography. Thur.-Mon. 10-5
Just past the Hanover Post Office 388-2646 www.fierrocanyongallery.com TEXAS STREET
COPPER QUAIL GALLERY An extraordinary selection of fine arts and quality hand-crafted pieces for your home and yard, created exclusively by local artists.
211 A N. Texas St. • 388-2646 HURLEY
Serving Silver City since 1981
2815 Pinos Altos Road
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Fine art, sculpture, prints, custom jewelry, unique one-of-a-kind imaginary creations. Mon.-Sat. 11-5 Framing by Daniel 654-0334
99 Cortez Ave., Hurley • 537-0300 www.jwartgallery.com firstname.lastname@example.org
307 N. Texas St. 538-5538 • 800-985-6564 www.RamollaArt.com
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Fabulous getaway nestled in the tall pines of Pinos Altos. Lois Duffy Studio
Art & Conversation
• Crackling Fireplaces • Secluded Balconies • Relaxing Porches • Telephone • Satellite TV • Barbeque Grill • Hot Tub in Cabana • Meeting Room • Cabins with kitchens are available. Conveniently located just 7 miles north of Silver City on NM Hwy. 15.
Seedboat Center For The Arts
575.388.4501 888.388.4515 Make reservations & view availability online
www.BearCreekCabins.com 88 Main Street • Pinos Altos, NM 88053
Wynnegate Gallery & Studio
LOIS DUFFY STUDIO
ART & CONVERSATION
Thought provoking surrealist and realist contemporary paintings, giclee prints, and hand signed cards. Open Saturdays 10am-4pm and by appointment.
Contemporary craft gallery featuring Janey Katz’s Critters from the “Hood” cut from old trucks & Suzi Calhoun’s colorful pottery. Open daily 11-5.
211 C N. Texas St. • 313-9631 email@example.com www.LoisDuffy.com
614 N. Bullard St. • 388-3350 firstname.lastname@example.org www.artandconversation.com
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SEEDBOAT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Fine Art & Craft Gallery and Live Performance Space located in the Arts & Cultural District in Historic Downtown Silver City. Recording Studio available.
214 W. Yankie St. • 534-1136 www.SeedboatGallery.com
110 W. Broadway • 538-9048 www.azuritegallery.com
Featuring Southwest & Impressionist paintings, and scenic photography by Jane Grant and Roy Adams.
110 W. Yankie St. 214-957-3688 www.WynnegateGalleries.com
306 W. Broadway 303-378-0926 www.lloydstudios.com
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Designer Jewelry by Linda Boatwright, Featuring Paintings by Local Artists, Fine Wood & Copper Lamps. Wed.-Sat.10-5.
Custom Knifemaking, Antler Art & Sculpture, Damascus Knives & Swords - all hand carved originals in antler, bone, horn, and ivory by William & Elizabeth Lloyd. Wed.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-5
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Community’s Veterans, Active Duty
Ray Davis Gil Choquette 956-5153 534-1643 www.ziapublishing.com
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Gila Cliff Dwellings
WHILE OUR AREA IS STEEPED IN THE RICH HISTORIES AND TRADITIONS OF RANCHING AND MINING, IT IS ALSO A place of vast cultural diversity. This assertion is demonstrated by the fact that Silver City, Billy the Kid’s childhood hometown, has been named one of the “100 Best Art Towns in America” by John Villani in his well-known guidebook of the same title.The arts are alive and well here, thanks to the promotional efforts of the Mimbres Region Arts Council and the numerous galleries with locations stretching from downtown Hurley to downtown Silver City. Every style and type of artwork imaginable is represented here, and many galleries offer the rare opportunity to meet and talk with the artists themselves. Most of the downtown Silver City galleries are conveniently located within walking distance of each other, as well as numerous other kinds of shops and excellent dining establishments.
ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY IS THE 533-acre Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Here you can see the homes and catch a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans who lived here between seven and eight hundred years ago. Along with the ancient ruins, the monument features a visitor center and museum. From Silver City there are two ways to travel to the monument. The first is to go north past Piños Altos on NM 15, a winding, mountain forest road. Here, trailers over twenty feet long must take an alternate route on NM 61/35. The other route is through the Mimbres Valley north from NM 152 off US 180 east of town. This route is 25 miles longer, but easier and takes the same amount of time – about two hours. Call ahead for hours and road conditions; (575)536-9461.
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Colorful and richly layered watercolor still life settings with a Southwestern theme. Represented by Gallery 400 on North Arizona St. in historic downtown Silver City.
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Area Events May
May 1-5 Annual Tour of the Gila. 5-day stage race. 575-538-3785. tourofthegila.com 24-26 Silver City Blues Festival. One of the Southwest's premier music festivals, drawing musicians and music fans from around the world. A FREE evemt in Gough Park. 575-538-2505 mimbresarts.org
13-15 Pickamania! Free music festival celebrating the close of summer featuring buegrass, folk, and Americana. Great festival in the heart of southwestern New Mexico. Gough Park. 575-538-2505 19-22 9th Annual Gila River Festival. Four days of exceptional speakers, guided hikes, kayak trip, workshops, and more! Kenneth Brower, writer and environmentalist will the the keynote speaker. www.gilaconservation.org. 575-538-8078 20-21 Fort Bayard Days. Learn more about Fort Bayard and the settling of the West. The day includes info on the buffalo soldiers, military re-enactments, Native American history and so much more. It ends with the Buckles and Bustles Military Ball. 575-388-4477 17-18 RED DOT Studio Tour. A free, self-guided weekend tour of artists' studios, providing an upclose and personal look into the unique creative process of area artists. www.silvercitygalleries.com. 575-313-9631 25-29 Cliff Gila Grant County Fair. Outstanding animal and craft exhibits from schools and civic groups across the county. Cliff, NM 575-388-1559 12-14 Mariachi Workshop & Concert. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, WNMU FACT. 575.519.9042 or 575.574.8728
June Jun 5-8 Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo. Southwest Horseman’s Arena. High-flying bull riding, fast riding and roping and much more! 575-534-5030
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RED DOT Studio Tour THE RED DOT STUDIO TOUR IS A PROJECT OF THE SILVER CITY GALLERY ASSOCIATION. THE TOUR PLACES ART lovers in unique and personal studio spaces ranging from warehouse size buildings to household rooms dedicated to art production. Artists work in a wide variety of mediums and techniques. Oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters; ceramic artists; photographers; printmakers; fiber artists and weavers; mixed media artists; jewelers; fine furniture makers; woodworkers; makers of unique books; and sculptors who weld, cast, sandblast glass, or use mosaic are all artists who have created a specialized space open to visitors. Studio locations range from downtown Silver City to the less traveled communities of Hurley and Fierro, and other rural locations making the Studio Tour an adventure. Driving or walking to Studios is the perfect way to view the great art for which Silver City is known and to get to know the artists and understand their work better.
Jul 4 Independence Day Festivities. 4th of July parade though downtown Silver City, followed by music and vendors in GoughPark. Weather permitting fireworks display at dusk. 1-800-548-9378 www,silvercity.org Jul 20-22 Hummingbird Festival. Programs by renowned hummingbird specialists, including hummingbird bander Bill Talbot plus other presentations on hummingbirds and wildlife, along with music and art exhibits. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern. 575-536-9649 20 Big Ditch Day. Downtown Silver City. Music, educational tours, historical re-enactors, conservation demonstrations, and the Farmers’ Market. Local arts, crafts, and food. Local artists and inventors will display their contraptions, inventions, and innovations in SilverCity’s Makers Fair! silvercitymainstreet.com 27-Aug 4 Silver City CLAY Festival. Celebrates clay at various venues. Offerings will showcase tile, pottery, adobe and natural building processes.CLAYFestival.com
October 12-14 Red Dot Gallery Walk. Current works by regional artists in more than 20 galleries in historic downtown Silver City and nearby areas. www.silvercitygalleries.com. 575-313-9631
August 16-17 Copper Country Cruizers Car Show. Vintage vehicles of all kinds in Gough Park. 575-388-3468 24 Fort Bayard's 147th Birthday Celebration. 575-388-4477 31 Chicano Music Festival. 9am-4pm Car & Bike Show, Booths, Live Music Old James Stadium; 4-7pm Photo & Memorabilia Exhibit McCray Gallery, Reception in Courtyard; 7-10pm Documentary and live performance featuring Grant County musicians Fine Arts Centre Theatre; 10:30pm-2am Dance. 31-Sep 3 Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Show. Museum quality mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems as well as "rough" stones. Grant Co. Business & Conference Center. rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com
Ongoing Events Farmer's Market 8:30 am - noon, Saturdays through October. Main Street Plaza, Enter at 7th/Bullard. 575-534-1704 First Fridays Downtown Galleries and shops stay open late in historic downtown Silver City. Enjoy dinner, take an art walk, or explore our eclectic shops. Look for art openings, special offers, family activities, and more. silvercitymainstreet.com Walking Tour of Historic Fort Bayard 9:30 am on the SE corner of the Parade Grounds. Saturdays May-September. Walking tours last about 2 hours and are free. 575-536-3161 Silver City's Saturday Art Market 9 am - 2 pm, Saturdays Apr. 23 through October 29. 703 N Bullard St (across from the Farmers Market). 575-313-6468.
Celebrating the Unity of Cultures through the Universal Language of Music during Hispanic Heritage Month
Music Workshops with Mariachi Raices de America Sept. 12-13, at WNMU Parotti Building (times to be announced)
with Mariachi Raices de America, Antonio Reyna & Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte
Sept. 14 • 2pm &7pm 25
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at WNMU Fine Arts Theater, Tickets - $15
Ticket Outlets AmBank (all branches), 1st New Mexico Bank, Silver City Visitor Center, Smoke Shop, Food Basket in Bayard & Silver City, Scholarship fundraiser for LULAC Council #8003
For more information contact Juanita Escobedo 575-519-9042 or Lynn Baca 575-574-8728
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MINING AND MINERAL PROCESSING HAVE BEEN THE DRIVING FORCES OF BAYARD AND HURLEY SINCE THE early 1900s, while Arenas Valley has developed into a small business district and community midway between the mining district and Silver City. With vistas of the kneeling nun and the mammoth Santa Rita open pit copper mine, as well as the headframes of historic underground mining operations, the area provides visitors visual insights into the state’s richest mineral districts. As the number of people involved in mining operations fluctuates, the communities are focusing more on their festivals, the arts and the tourism side of the historic mining operations. In the case of Arenas Valley, uncomplicated country living is the predominant draw…and a few unique businesses. Bayard has its coffee and tortilla companies and Hurley boasts a southwest fine arts gallery housed in its historic “company store.” Mining and reclamation still contribute significantly to local economies.
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Hwy. 180 E. off XYZ Ranch Rd. | Silver City, NM | 575-388-1951
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Learn about the area mining history from a knowledgeable guide while aboard a Corre Caminos bus.
Tour departs at 10am sharp from Bayard City Hall
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EMBRACED BY CLEAR SKIES AND OPEN SPACE, HIDALGO COUNTY CELEBRATES ITS ESTABLISHED ARTS venues, unique birding destinations and its Old West heritage. Rodeo, New Mexico, in the state’s bootheel, is home to the Chiricahua Art Gallery, The Painted Pony Resort and the Chiricahua Desert Museum housing the work of international wildlife artist, Tell Hicks and the largest live collection of rare rattlesnakes in existence. Birding opportunities thrive in Guadalupe Canyon and the Chiricahua Mountains near Rodeo and along the Gila River north of Lordsburg, the latter providing access to some 170 species of birds. The Lordsburg Hidalgo County Museum captures the city’s beginnings as a railroad, agriculture and mining town, highlights the landing of Charles Lindbergh during his cross-county flight and displays a nationally-recognized collection of prisoner of war memorabilia. Just two miles south of town lies Shakespeare ghost town, a National Historic Site once roamed by some of the West’s most notorious outlaws.
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City of Rocks State Park
The Catwalk Recreation Trail
LOCATED JUST 34 MILES SOUTH OF SILVER CITY, THE CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A fun-filled day trip or picnic with the entire family. The park features giant monoliths that were formed from the eruption of an ancient volcano and eroded by the wind over an extended period of time. These huge, unusually shaped boulders are perfect for sightseeing or climbing. For some, the park resembles a medieval village; for others it is a collection of misshapen, albeit benign, giants. Essentially, it is a flat-lying sheet of reddish lava jointed along vertical rather than horizontal planes creating the likeness of a city with streets and buildings. There are formations which readily suggest giants’ chairs, prehistoric monsters, or creatures of imaginative myth. Complete with a desert garden, the park offers picnicking and camping spots. Adjacent to the formations rises Table Mountain, a perfect example of a mesa.
THE CATWALK NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL IS SITUATED IN WHITEWATER CANYON NEAR GLENWOOD. THE catwalk is a metal bridge secured into the canyon walls that leads through some of the most beautiful parts of the canyon. This 250-foot metal causeway clings to the sides of the boulder-choked Whitewater Canyon, which in some places is only 20 feet wide and 250 feet deep. There are many spots where a hiker can leave the steel causeway and relax on the grassy banks of the sycamore-shaded stream. The original catwalk was a gravity-fed slurry line for a local mill. The mines above the canyon were worked from their discovery in 1889 until 1942 (Billy the Kid’s stepfather, William Antrim, was a blacksmith at the town called Graham). As of April 2013, the steel catwalks are being prepared for re-hanging, so only the sycamore-shaded picnic area and first quarter mile of trail are open. Call 575.539.2481 for update or check online: Glenwood Ranger District.
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Cliff & Gila
By Dutch Salmon
By Brett Ferneau
STRADDLING THE GILA RIVER, CLIFF ON THE NORTH SIDE AND GILA ON THE SOUTH, THESE TWO SETTLEments together total perhaps 500 habitants and are close enough that the newcomer might see them as blending into one town. Don’t be fooled. Each has its own post office, zip code, and defenders. Cliff has the café, filling station, and school (K-12); Gila has the grocery, feed store, and senior center. Both retain an attachment to a rural ambiance based on irrigation agriculture that is uncommonly lovely, increasingly rare, and takes you back in time as you drive the Gila Valley, upstream or down, on either side of the river. True tales are still told here. Tom Lyons’ LC Ranch, based in Gila, was New Mexico’s largest at 1.5 million acres circa 1900. Along nearby Rain Creek, Carl and Blue Rice killed New Mexico’s last grizzly bear in 1931. Meanwhile, the bucolic agricultural vistas will have you in a reverie of settling down on your own green parcel, with homegrown food, 5 acres, and independence.
DEMING HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE ITS BEGINNINGS AS A ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE RAILROAD TOWN IN the old west. Situated 33 miles north of Mexico beneath the majestic Florida Mountains, today’s Deming is rapidly growing, while retaining its friendly small town ambiance. Claiming to be the green chile capitol of the world and the source for most New Mexico wines, Deming also boasts a vibrant arts community, unique museums, live music venues, a year-round golf course and a host of first-class restaurants. Its recently expanded transit system provides easy, affordable travel around town and connections to Lordsburg and Silver City. Deming hosts many community events and special occasions, such as the famous annual Deming Duck Races and Deming Onion Festival. The city straddles Interstate Highway 10. It is a natural rest stop between El Paso, Texas and Tucson, Arizona, and a jumping-off point for Rockhound, Pancho Villa and City of Rocks state parks.
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Birding O WRITTEN BY GENE LEWIS PHOTO BY DALE & MARIAN ZIMMERMAN
The Gambel’s Quail is the most common of that species in the Silver City area.
ne of the fun birds to see is the Gambel’s Quail sitting on top of a fence post or yucca and keeping watch while the others of its clan are gleaning the area for bits of food. They often sound off to keep the family feeling safe - - - or maybe to alert me to its presence so I can ooh and aah over its beauty. Whatever it is, they keep in contact with each other while they are on the ground and that makes it easy to know they are in the nearby area even though they might not be easy to see. They will soon flush and scoot out of cover for a distance before landing and running to some other shelter. When they have young, the little ones are rather easy to see since they do better with their running along open ground, especially a dirt trail or roadway. I can’t believe how those little guys and gals can make their tiny legs work so fast. They will sometimes run before my car for a hundred feet or so before finding the right place to turn off. Of course I go very slowly so as not to over-exert them and frighten them into flight. The Gambel’s Quail is the most common of that species in the immediate vicinity of Silver City, with 305 being found on the December 2012 Christmas Bird Count. The count covers the area of a circle with a radius 71⁄2 miles centered on the downtown area. Another quail found on the Christmas Bird Count was the Montezuma. This quail is hard to find and doesn’t announce itself as much as the Gambel’s likes to do. Only two Montezuma Quail were seen. Probably the best way to see that species is to find someone who has them coming to their yard for feeding. That is the way I saw my first ones almost 20 years ago. I’ll not try to describe what that bird looks like because you wouldn’t believe me. Just find an illustration and you will understand. It is indeed a fascinating bird. The Scaled Quail is also in our general area but usually outside the circle. They can be found in more open places and are often easy to see since they don’t seem to be as skittish as other quail. At least that has been my finding. One other quail is in the state, the Bobwhite, but that is in the northeast corner of the state. At least that is where I have found them. Have fun with the quail while you are out, and in the spring and summer look for the little ones. They are just too cute for their own good. SILVER CITYLIFE – 39
of Silver City
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUDY WUTHRICH
Larger projects include the two newest bridges in Silver City.
tuart Egnal, owner of Custom Steelworks located at the end of Bullard Street, works on metal projects large and small. Some of his larger projects include the two newest bridges in Silver City. One of the bridges is located over Silva Creek behind Jose Barrios Elementary School and replaces an old, unsafe bridge students would cross on their way to school. A collaboration between the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership program provided the funds to build a bridge connecting Virginia Street and Little Walnut Road. These two organizations work to provide children safe passage to their schools. Students walking or riding their bicycles to Jose Barrios wanted to avoid Highway 180 and so a newer, safer bridge was constructed. The Wellness Coalition and students from the Aldo Leopold School teamed up and created a botanical garden on the Virginia Street side of the bridge. The second bridge connects a section of the San Vicente trail route. It is located behind the Public Safety building and spans over San Vicente Creek to the Big Ditch Park. The New Mexico State Parks awarded Silver City funding through the 2010 Recreational Trails Program for the San Vicente Bridge to help develop and maintain this recreational trail.
Hunt & Sons Building Development Inc. is now taking lot reservations for land/home packages at SkyView Estates. 20+ lots available for custom designed and built single-family homes. Located near Gila Regional Hospital and Silver City Public Schools. From 32nd St., turn south onto Leslie St., then turn east onto Sara Ct. With over 28 years of construction experience, the Hunt family will work one-on-one with you to design and complete a quality home you and your family can enjoy for a lifetime.
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575.534.4057 • www.HuntAndSonsBuilding.com It is an odd sight to see a bridge being driven down Bullard Street in the wee hours of the morning but this is the best time to avoid traffic while transporting a bridge. “It was maybe a month of cutting and welding,” said Stuart. “Small projects or big projects. It doesn’t matter, it’s just cutting out parts and putting them together.” A much smaller bridge was fabricated for the Grant County Child Care Center. “It was so small, we could set it by hand,” said Stuart. Another project Custom Steelworks had a hand in are the columns for the Downtown Gateway Arch located at the beginning of Broadway Street. These columns were made from old light posts. Custom Steelwork’s talents may be seen all over town from the Visitor Center’s solar carport to the Corre Camino bus shelters and more. To learn more about Custom Steelworks you may view their website at http://custom-steelworks.com. opposite, bottom: The new Silva Creek foot bridge provides safe passage for Jose Barrios elementary students. insets, above and opposite: Large steel fabrications are often moved to sites at night to avoid traffic.
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NAN Ranch Collection Comes Home to
WRITTEN BY JOSEPH BURGESS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANTHONY HOWELL AND JOSEPH BURGESS
vernight, the acquisition of the NAN Ranch Collection turned WNMU into the research leader for prehistoric Mimbres culture. The WNMU Museum has long been the keeper of the ancient spirit, housing the largest permanent display of Mimbres artifacts in existence. In the world of archaeology, the addition of the NAN Ranch Collection will trigger an element of clout for the university, and the depth of the permanent display will create a new destination factor for the community of Silver City. “The NAN Ranch Collection promotes our museum to a level of international prominence,” notes Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard. “We should celebrate not just as a university, but also as a community.” Silver City Mayor James Marshall adds that he and the City are “proud to see this magnificent collection come home to the Silver City area.” “The movement in archaeology,” states WNMU Museum Director and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison, “is to use existing collections in museums for masters' theses, dissertations, and research. This outstanding collection already has several researchers clamoring to get started on the collection. In the fall, the museum expects to have a curator of archaeology, who will be in charge of the collection and overseeing researchers." The university museum’s focus on the Mimbres culture is important for a number of reasons. All of the artifacts left behind were scientifically excavated and documented. Dwelling construction, community layouts and burial practices were carefully detailed. Photograph Courtesy of Western New Mexico The intricate geometric designs and creative deUniversity Museum The NAN Ranch Collection pictions of insects, animals and humans fired into Photo by Anthony Howell ©2013 WNMU Museum their pottery will forever fascinate visitors, artists and researchers alike. Museum Assistant Director, above: Three pieces show the diversity of the collection: a Style III, Classic Mimbres blackon-white flowerpot form with differing geometric designs on the exterior and interior, an early Style II blackon-white bowl with a dragonfly with Tlaloc eyes, and a textured Mimbres brown ware mug. opposite, top: Assistant Director/Curator of Education & History Phillip Cave, Mayor James Marshall, WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard, and Museum Director Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison review the acquisition. Dr. Bettison holds the collection logo bowl, a Mimbres Polychrome with a turkey body with a diamondback rattlesnake as its head. The large Classic Mimbres fully corrugated jar is thought to have been used to brew corn beer. right: A tour of the new NAN Ranch interpretative exhibits is led by Phillip Cave for WNMU students Michael Rand, Katelyn Dean, Patty Young and Luis Figueroa.
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Phillip Cave summarizes, “Having a collection that is not looted, but based on 35-years of education and research, enables us to give our visitors a better understanding of the Mimbres way of life and culture through our exhibitions.” The journey began 37 years ago at the NAN Ranch archaeology site with a phone call from the late Margaret Hinton, owner of the property, to Dr. Harry J. Shafer who initiated the excavations and who continues to conduct research and publish on the collection. Dr. Bettison’s involvement with the NAN Ranch project began in 1981 as a Masters student needing field experience. “It completely changed my life,” she shares. Her continuing research into the Mimbres culture and long-standing commitment to developing a prominent and permanent display of the artifacts made WNMU a viable option as steward of the collection. Mrs. Hinton had considered a number of prestigious universities, but in the end, it was her decision that the collection needed to go home to Silver City. Doing so created the truly world-class display and research opportunity at Western New Mexico University. WNMU thus became the undisputed guardian of Mimbres culture and herald of the Margaret R. Hinton legacy.
Mimbres Region Arts Council
Youth Mural Program
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS
Committee members at the “Many Hands Mural” in Penny Park include Faye McCalmont, Karen Carr, Diana Ingalls Leyba (Directing Artist), Lee Gruber, Buck Burns, Molly Alvarado, and Eugene and Eulalla Lewis opposite. “Fort Bayard History” mural at The Hub in Historic Downtown.
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ow many have you seen? As of mid-summer, 2013, there are 45 murals scattered throughout Silver City and the communities of Bayard, Gila and Santa Clara. Each of those 45 represents a broad commitment to enhancing the communities, a focused collaboration, intense decision-making and planning efforts, major financial, material and site support from local businesses, exhaustive contributions by local artists, the vitality and talent of community youth groups and a whole lot of love! Each of the Grant County murals tells a story, not just any story, but one that is important to the history, culture, resources and future of Grant County. The Gila River, mine workers, war veterans, children at play and art that simply makes you feel good are among the many subjects. The program is directed toward Grant County youth, encouraging them to meet the basic qualifications and to stick with a difficult and sometimes tedious project to completion. The young people help design, fabricate, paint and apply locally hand-made tile and other materials, directly supervised by seasoned artists. Participants gain respect for the arts and a better understanding of their own capabilities. Their names are also inscribed, legally, on the murals for future generations to appreciate. Artists who work with the program are Diana Ingalls Leyba, Marilyn Gendron, Cecilia Stanford, Carlene Roters, Kate Brown, Fred Barraza, Beth Menzcer, Kathryn Allen, Melanie Zipin, and Zoe Wolfe. The murals are a program of the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC). â€œWe understand the importance of ensuring our future generations have a grounded and well-rounded appreciation of how the arts affect our SILVER CITYLIFE â€“ 45
everyday lives,” states Arts Council Director Faye McCalmont. “With funding from New Mexico Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and Local Sponsors, MRAC has embarked on several programs that are dedicated to the youth of Grant County and the surrounding region.” Check out the latest mural at the 12th Street Bridge. above, top down: “Grant County Bottling” mural on the old Coca Cola bottling plant on Silver Heights Blvd. “Chihuahua Hill History” on the Manzanita Ridge building on Bullard St. “Bless Me Ultima – The Big Read” on the Silver City Public Library. left: “Transportation in the 30s, 40s and 50s at The Hub on Bullard St. right: Dome Skull at the Silver City Skate Park.
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Melinda Austin Photo Contest Winners WRITTEN BY JUDY WUTHRICH, PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE AUSTIN The photo industry is continually changing but George and Melinda Austin are keeping up by purchasing current equipment, offering web-based services and honing their photography skills. They started their original business 19 years ago, Silver Imaging, which has evolved into the Silver Portrait Studio while still offering 1-hour photo services, quality frames and, of course, portraits. They also do passport photos. George and Melinda are active members and office holders of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). While attending the PPA conventions, they take workshops to perfect their art of photography and enter the competitions. The judges at the competitions are very scrutinizing and the Austin’s have taken their abilities as photographers to whole new levels. Melinda’s print, ‘The Scoop’, won Best of Show, People’s Choice Award, Best Children’s Portrait and most honorable of all, the Judge’s Choice Award. Rarely do judges give a print a perfect score, but Melinda received a score of 100 on ‘The Scoop.’ The judges scores are based on excellent lighting, a sharp image, the photo has to tell a story, it has to be presented properly and it has to have a good name. “The storytelling part is the hardest,” says Melinda. ‘The Scoop’ shows a reporter in the ‘40’s in Paris tired and resting with a cup of coffee while in deep thought about his latest reporting ‘scoop.’ George’s print, ‘Searching for Freedom’ received the honor of Best Senior Portrait. As the Austin’s accumulate merits on their submitted photos, they are well on their way to claiming the statuses of Master Photographers. The Austin’s are excited about their newest, state-of-the art inkjet printer. “Besides the basic print sizes, this one does 10x36 prints and also 2-sided prints,” says George. “With the digital era, we’ve had to move on. This industry is so creative and a lot of fun.” SILVER CITYLIFE – 47
Imagination Library Comes to Grant County
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUDY WUTHRICH
oren and Barbara Nelson of Silver City joined forces with Dolly Parton’s organization, the Imagination Library, and started the Grant County chapter: www.imaginationlibrarygc.org. “We’re both retired teachers and grandparents,” said Barbara. “We want to give back to the community.” The Nelsons want to make sure each child receives one book a month from birth until kindergarten. Each month the child will receive an age-appropriate book of excellent quality. All you have to do is register your child; all the Imagination Library asks in return is that you agree to read to your child. Dolly Parton is best known in the entertainment industry, and for her theme park Dollywood, but the Imagination Library is quickly gaining popularity. Dolly started it in 1995 in her hometown in Tennessee. She realized the importance of reading and being read to as a child and the positive benefits as the child becomes an adult. Sitting with your child and reading to them is an excellent form of bonding. Reading to your child shows them the basics of reading, like how to read from left to right, it boosts their language and speech skills, develops attention spans and they generally become better students and are more likely to go to college. The Nelsons are aware of studies that show over one-half of New Mexico children are not reading at their grade level. Thousands of these children were not given early childhood head-starts like reading to them. Another study shows if a child in the third grade cannot read at a third grade level, they are most likely to drop out of school at some point. “We feel these statistics would drastically improve if everyone took advantage of the Imagination Library reading program,” said Loren.
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opposite: Loren and Barbara Nelson initiated the Grant County chapter of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. above: Youngsters from birth through kindergarten benefit from the age-appropriate reading program.
A ROLE MODEL, INSPIRATION AND FRIEND
TO MANY Harry Benjamin left an indelible mark on
Silver City. A respected artist and potter who helped mold Silver City’s arts community, Harry was also a member of a group that saved the H.B. Ailman home from demolition, turned it into a museum, served as its first curator and remained a member of its board. He was a 2008 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for painting.
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Connect the Dots
Susan Szajer, Suzi Calhoun and Lois Duffy
RED DOT Studio Tour & Gallery Weekends WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS
ocals – mark your calendars to take advantage of Silver City’s adventuresome Red Dot weekends. Visitors – there is no better time to pursue the depth and quality of art in Silver City than the 2013 Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Weekends. This fall, art grabs the focus on two separate and exciting dates. September 20-22 - 2013 RED DOT, Studio Tour. Enjoy this free self- guided tour of artist’s studios providing an upclose and personal look into the unique creative process. View a demonstration at each studio. October 11-14 - RED DOT Gallery Weekend spans four days of Columbus Day Weekend. There will be gala receptions at all galleries from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday. Meet the local artists and attend free lectures and surprise events. The 2013 RED DOT, theme is “Different Countries of the World” and you can enjoy specially-prepared food, music and exhibits along the gallery walk and throughout the historic downtown district. Visiting Silver City anytime is visually and gastronomically rewarding – not to mention a breath of clean, fresh mountain air. On the RED DOT, weekends, the artists are pumped up and ready to explain their work and there will be demonstrations. The galleries will be bulging with the best work the region has to offer, from fine art to carvings, gourd art and pottery, jewelry and photography. The entire Historic Downtown will be involved – from its unique shops and museums that house the artwork of centuries past to the ultimate in coffee shops and cuisine. And, by the way, it’s an excellent time of the year to cruise through Silver City’s three-million acre forest playground and check out ancient lifestyles and historic moments at the local museums and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. You ain’t seen it all till you’ve connected the red dots in Historic Downtown Silver City! More info at www.silvercitygalleries.com
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front row from left: Marcia Stout, Cindy Lindhorn, Alexandra Todd, Lee Gruber, Victoria Chick, Jessica Thetford. back row: David del Junco, Stephen Fox, Patrick Hoskins, Tim Lindhorn.
Silver City CLaY Festival
WRITTEN BY JUDY WUTHRICH, PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS
he 2nd annual Silver City CLAY Festival is scheduled for July 27-August 4 and starts this year with a Texas Hold’em poker tournament at the old Elks Lodge ballroom on Texas Street. Why poker for a clay festival? Clay was the material of choice for poker chips made between the 1880's and the late 1930's. The most expensive clay composition poker chips were made in Cincinnati, OH from 1907 to 1939. This type of poker chip was composed of a circular lithograph, embedded into the clay, with a seal of a polyurethane type liquid, over the entire surface. Poker chip aficionados prefer clay chips. “We want to help build the economy from the ‘ground’ up. What better way than with ‘clay?’ says Lee Gruber, owner of Syzygy Tileworks and organizer of the CLAY Festival. “We want to incorporate as many other local businesses and venues as possible.” There will be two juried exhibitions. “A Tile and A Vessel” where artists must create a clay vessel existing in unison with a tile. A Neo-Mimbreno vessels exhibition called “Two Museums, One Exhibit” will feature two- or threedimensional media of a vessel inspired by the prehistoric Mimbreno culture. Several workshops will be available, such as; creating your own pot using techniques of Mata Ortiz pottery, making your own tile, helping build a labyrinth, creating an ocarina flute and many more clay related workshops. Attendees will have the option of tours to the Gila Cliff Dwellings with lunch at the Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, Whitewater Mesa Labyrinth, Historic Mining District, Syzygy Tileworks Factory and Mimbres Archeological Sites. Clay events will be available for children, as well. There will be a pinch pot demonstration, a flute making class, Claymation films and recreating history in clay. For more information on the Silver City CLAY Festival, go to: www.clayfestival.com SILVER CITYLIFE – 51
Tamal Fiesta y Más
Mariachi Workshop & Concert
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUDY WUTHRICH
amal Fiesta y Más was originally called “The Tamale Festival” but community members pointed out that tamal is the proper singular word for tamales. During the festival, many kinds of tamales are available, ranging from traditional corn-husk wrapped red-chile pork and green-chile chicken varieties to tamales wrapped in banana leaves. There are sweet tamales made with raisins, pecans, and other fillings. Judges have the savory task of determining the tastiest entries. But tamales are not the only food at the fiesta . . . you can sample Hispanicheritage holiday treats including biscochos, capirotada, posole, and more. The Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber organized the first event in 2011 with input from local Hispanic community organizations. Although the fiesta began as a celebration of Hispanic heritage through foods, other cultural activities such as folk art, music, dancing, and bilingual storytelling are featured. Performers have included Rosas del Desierto, an award-winning all-girl mariachi group from Deming; matachines dancers from Chihuahua; and bands from the Grant County Chicano Music Project. Children and adults can participate in fun heritage workshops at the Silver City Museum. Tamal Fiesta y Más continues to grow in popularity. The committee plans to expand the folk art component and expects more vendors and tamal contest entrants. 2012 attendance was estimated at 400-500 people. Griffin’s Propane and Mi Ranchito Foods are the event sponsors. The Grant County Chicano Music Project is partnering with the Green Chamber to produce the December 7, 2013 event. To participate, contact Tamal Fiesta y Más at 575-538-4332 or swGreenChamber@gmail.com, or visit www.tamalfiestaymas.org for more information.
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WRITTEN BY JOE BURGESS
elebrating the unity of all cultures through the universal language of mariachi music,” states organizer Juanita Escobedo, “is the primary purpose of the 2013 Mariachi Workshop & Concert. The event reaches out to area youth and community members aspiring to become mariachi musicians or simply striving to better understand the music and culture of the Hispanic people. Equally important, it nurtures the growth of gifted musicians of all backgrounds.” Included again this year is Mariachi Raices de America under the direction of Bryant Chaffino. Bryant designed the three-day workshop and the group’s master musicians will be providing instruction in guitar, trumpet, violin, guitarron and voice. Also among the concert performers will be Charro Antonio Reyna, well known for his mariachi vocals throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The brilliant dance routines of Ballet Folklorico
photo courtesy Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte
Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte
Paso del Norte will be a highlight and, of course, a performance by the mariachi workshop participants themselves. “The event brings together a multicultural audience of all ages and backgrounds from our community,” explains Juanita, “enhancing support for researching, preserving and interpreting the history, culture and traditions of the peoples of southwest New Mexico and the surrounding neighbor states. It has an added educational dimension of keeping alive one of the traditions of our diverse population by perpetuating and celebrating the experiences of its ancestors. We are thankful for the support of local businesses, the university and the population as a whole.” Held at Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Center Theater during Hispanic Heritage Month, the workshop is scheduled for September 12-14, followed by concerts on the 14th. Workshop instruction is open to beginning, intermediate and advanced students. All proceeds go to high school senior and college student scholarships for those who meet the requirements of Lulac Council #8003. For more information, contact Juanita Escobedo at 575.519.9042 or Lynn Baca 575.574.8728.
Fiber arts Festival
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUDY WUTHRICH
he Fiber Arts Festival is a two day celebration of all things fiber related and is sponsored by the Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective. This Collective operates a fiber arts gallery, The Common Thread, and showcases handmade fiber items made by its members. The Fiber Arts Festival will feature vendors of handmade fiber art and fiber art making supplies. A variety of special exhibits showcasing many different fiber art items and classes will be available. The ‘make it and take it’ workshops will allow you to learn how to make an item and take it home. The festival is free and donations are encouraged at the door to help their nonprofit fundraising efforts. Several special exhibits will also be featured at the festival. These exhibits include; mosaic tile influenced designed quilts by Jean Biddick, red and green antique quilts from the collection of Maureen Craig, silk painted items from five silk painters in New Mexico, fun and funky handmade dolls, unique baskets, hand woven, knitted, or crocheted items, a spinning display, hand hooked wool rugs from the Adobe Wool Arts Guild in Albuquerque, contemporary art quilts from members of New Mexico Studio Art Quilt Associates, a wide variety of Fiber Art pieces made by members of the Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective, and a judged special Invitational Miniature Quilt Challenge with the theme of “What Inspires Me!“ featuring miniature quilts by 4 local quilting groups. The 2013 Silver City Fiber Arts Festival will be on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th from 10am-5pm at the Grant County Business and Conference Center at 3031 Hwy 180 East in Silver City, NM. Major community sponsorship funding for the festival is from Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc. and other community members and is gratefully appreciated by members of the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective. SILVER CITYLIFE – 53
Galleries Off the Beaten Path WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS
Anthony Howell Photographer with a Mission Since the advent of photographic processes, photos have become the visual recordings of man and nature. In the 1860s, Congress began sending photographers like William Jackson and Tim O’Sullivan to photograph the West. In 1906, J.P. Morgan financed Edward Curtis to document the traditional culture of the North American Indian. Local landscape photographer, Anthony Howell, became intrigued by the rock etchings of prehistoric indigenous cultures in the Southwest, and despite no Congressional funding or high finance offers, committed himself to photographic documentation. Anthony began his career as an artist, with shows in New York, Dublin and Paris. Sale of his work in New York galleries paid his tuition for a Masters Degree from Pratt University. He moved to Silver City 23 years ago from Hoboken, New Jersey to teach expressive arts and later photography at Western New Mexico University. When it came time to advance his teaching career by applying to a larger university, he had fallen in love with the Silver City area and chose to devote himself exclusively to his own landscape photography. His photo excursions revealed the extensive petroglyph art of the region’s prehistoric groups, which in time would be destroyed by Mother Nature or the nature of modern man. As an asset management volunteer with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, Anthony has recorded numerous sites for posterity. His patience for capturing the perfect light and composition in his photographs has made his recordings of the ancient art forms and dwellings artistic accomplishments in themselves. He recently volunteered at Western New Mexico University to produce the exceptional photographic reproductions of its Mimbres pottery. The artifacts are placing the university in an international spotlight, aptly highlighted by Anthony’s passion for detail and quality. Anthony concluded, “My volunteer work with the Forest Service and the BLM allows me to photograph the back country of southwest New Mexico and help preserve the remains of prehistoric cultures – that’s important to me.” 54 – SILVER CITYLIFE
JW Art Gallery Karen and Joe Wade, Hurley Just barely off the beaten path to Silver City is the JW Art Gallery in Hurley. Owners Joe and Karin Wade performed an amazing transformation of the Old Hurley Store into a gallery that is impressive by anyone’s standards. The bright, spacious viewing area showcases oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed medium on boards and canvas; various print media; ink-sketch continuous line art; collage; photography and sculpture of bronze and wood by artists from throughout the region and across the nation. The gallery also features Joe’s own oil paintings and prints. He had been represented in galleries and shows in the Phoenix area prior to the Hurley move. When Karin retired from the book publishing business in Phoenix, they spent hours of Internet time searching for the best region and community to locate a gallery of their own. Once they researched and visited the region surrounding the arts community of Silver City, they concluded that the Old Hurley Store had more than sufficient space and character to house a first-class gallery and gift shop, their living quarters, print making and picture framing equipment and for conducting workshops. The Wades moved into the building in 2005 and opened the gallery in April 2006. The building itself is absolutely worth pulling off US180 for a visit. The connected structures, one of which is the original 1910 company store for the Chino Mining Company, totals 18,000 square feet, about 1800 square feet of which is occupied by the fine art gallery, printmaking workshop and picture framing facility. The complex also encompasses the Wades’ renovated living space, art studio and storage area with a working, hand-pull freight elevator. There is a small gift shop and a display of smelter photos and memorabilia in the museum, as well as free WIFI and RV access.
Blue Dome Gallery at the Lodge Linda Brewer & John Rohovec Occupying a wooded transition from Silver City into the national forest, Blue Dome Gallery at the Lodge displays its contemporary fine craft and art in an inspiring setting. Originally opened in Silver City’s historic downtown district in 1999, artist Linda Brewer and John Rohovec relocated Blue Dome Gallery to Bear Mountain Lodge in 2010. Work from some of the region’s top artists is displayed in the gallery, throughout the lodge and on the grounds of this historic and scenic eco resort. Painters, sculptors, jewelers, furniture makers, glass artists, and potters are represented. “Most of my kids have four legs,” Linda muses about her own artwork on display at the gallery. Born on a farm, her sculptures reflect the expressive nature she sees in the animals she loves. With multiple layers of color and glaze, each piece is formed from the ground up using coil slab and pinch techniques. Horsehair and other elements complete their personalities. Linda has been a full-time artist since college graduation in 1972. John, a native New Mexican and micro-biologist in fish diseases, retired early to allow their move to Southwest New Mexico, where years earlier, they had fallen in love with the Gila National Forest. The chance to participate in the Bear Mountain Lodge was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. Originally homesteaded in 1910 and opened as a school in 1928, the lodge has served as a hotel and country club, dude ranch and event center. Myra and Fred McCormick operated the facility for 41 years and donated it to the Nature Conservancy in1999. The Conservancy renovated the facility and operated it for 10 years. “The Lodge provides a sensual presentation of visual arts against some of Mother Nature’s finest work,” Linda states. Coincidentally, it offers 178 secluded acres with an entrance to the forest for her other passion – horseback riding.
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The Art Gallery at Casitas de Gila Becky & Michael O’Connor Leave your tranquilizers in the city, you are entering the “stress-free zone!” Near the community of Gila northwest of Silver City lies The Art Gallery at Casitas de Gila owned by Becky and Michael O’Connor. Located on 265 acres of rugged beauty just below Aldo Leopold’s jewel of the Southwest – the Gila Wilderness, the O’Connors built modern casitas and established their own adjoining nature preserve with marked hiking trails and excellent birding and photo opportunities. Star gazing from the facility is, in a word, incredible. And yes, it is very quiet and peaceful. Featuring unique creations from around the region, you will be delighted with the gallery’s decorated gourds and hand-painted gourd ornaments, copper and whimsical driftwood art, walking sticks and devil’s claw critters, wildlife rock art and pottery. It also carries items such as homemade soaps, Gila Valley Lavender, Mimbres art prints, caps and tee shirts, Zapotec rugs from Mexico, books on local history and culture and CDs by local pianist Gretchen van Auken.. The gallery is also a showcase for Michael’s original oil paintings and Becky’s handcrafted turquoise and gemstone jewelry. As a geologist with training in Arizona, New Mexico and Montana, Michael has always been drawn to nature and now directs the flow of its ever-changing moods onto canvas. Sharing Michael’s interest in rocks, Becky’s passion is for capturing the play of colors and textures in stones for the creation of her distinctive jewelry. Following a seven-year stint in Ireland, the O’Connors were ready for some sun. They began searching New Mexico for a place to relocate, ending abruptly in the region above Silver City. “With the incredible forest and wilderness and lack of population,” states Becky, “there was simply no need to search any further.” The facility has been included in Sunset Magazine Top 10 Romantic Cottages and Fodor’s Great Places to Escape to Nature. SILVER CITYLIFE – 57
Chiricahua Desert Museum & Gallery Tell Hicks, Rodeo Add this to the top of your “go to” list, because the Chiricahua Desert Museum is an experience appropriate to, yet totally unexpected in New Mexico’s bootheel. Unexpected, because it is a world-class facility complete with rare reptile collection, a desert botanical garden and wildlife artwork second to none. Bob and Sheri Ashley opened the 8,000 square foot facility located at the junction of NM80 and Portal Road in 2009. If you have any interest at all in reptiles, there may not be a more impressive collection and exhibit…anywhere. There are around 50 species on exhibit including some of the most rare and endangered animals native to the Southwest, along with many intriguing snakes and lizards from adjacent Mexico. If snakes aren’t your thing, the artwork of southwest wildlife and creatures from across the globe by internationally acclaimed UK artist, Tell Hicks, is absolutely worth the trip. The rich vivid colors, depth and attention to minute detail in his wildlife reproductions could serve as a centerpiece in any home or business. “We have known Tell for years,” Sheri relates, “and as his U.S. representative, frequently purchase entire runs of his prints.” His work is for sale in the museum store, as well as Mata Ortiz pottery, Native American jewelry, ECO caps, reptile shirts, cookbooks and field guides. “Our goal is to introduce our reptile collection and the positive aspects of reptiles to as wide of an audience as possible,” Sheri continues, “and the gallery helps us accomplish that.” Open daily, the museum also includes a reptilian-related beer and wine collection and a life-size wooden Komodo Dragon Lizard from Bali. Everyone photographs the rattlesnake tail sculpture outside the building that was designed by Hicks and constructed by Charles Painter, state herpetologist and a metal sculptor in his own right. Area galleries, studios, birding opportunities and lodging are plentiful. 58 – SILVER CITYLIFE
Fierro Canyon Gallery Christopher Saxman “I’m pushing photography as an art form with a tendency toward the abstract,” states Christopher Saxman, owner of Fierro Canyon Gallery. He turned the old Hanover Store into an impressive gallery that aptly displays his work and currently that of photographer Mark Mason. “I use my camera to express the art form,” shares Christopher, “through the creative use of light, color, texture, rhythm, form, and balance.”
The Fierro Canyon Gallery is considered by Christopher to be a bridge between the photo artist and the viewer. He and his colleagues are committed to promoting an awareness and appreciation of a most powerful and creative medium – photography. Entering the warmer months of 2013, his work was on display at Western Bank and Shevek & Co. Restaurant. He is involved in area studio tours and every three-four months as he hangs his latest work, he hosts an open house. Additional marketing for his relatively isolated location is being accomplished through his web site and print media. Christopher left the state of Washington and his architecture/construction business in search of more sunshine. He visited Silver City and concluded that it has more of a community feel than others he had considered. He hoped to find a building that would serve as both gallery and living space and spotted the old Hanover Store structure in Fierro. A lot of remodeling was required, of course, and his landscape efforts have remained consistent with his surroundings. He has even snagged a few mine artifacts with a little help from local mine personnel. As his other artistic endeavor, Christopher designs and builds furniture and small decorative boxes. Ask to see photos of his wood-working projects. The official slogan for Fierro Canyon Gallery – “Where the Coffee is Hot and the Art is Cool!” SILVER CITYLIFE – 59
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Stained Glass & More Shirley Mize, Mimbres “Creating stained-glass artwork has been my passion for almost 25 years,” states Shirley Mize, owner of The Cottage Stained Glass & More. She learned the techniques while attending a demonstration held at nearby Camp Thunderbird and has devoted her spare time to honing her skills. Following her retirement as director of the Cardio-Pulmonary and Neuro-Diagnostic Department at Gila Regional Medical Center, her dream of opening an antique business and gallery finally came true in September 2012. Located in the picturesque Mimbres Valley about a mile north of Camp Thunderbird (just off NM 35), the gallery features Shirley’s stained-glass work as well as stained-glass crosses, oil paintings, metal work, engraved walking sticks, Mimbres painted gourds, and Mimbres, turquoise and beaded jewelry by area artists. “We have gathered together a wonderful group of artisans,” relates Shirley, “and much of the work here is not found in Silver City galleries.” There’s a lot of talent on display, such as the jewelry of Judy Menefee whose work has been shown at the Smithsonian. The name of the gallery came from the design – a little English cottage with a pergola. “I love having the opportunity to share this space with friends and to chat with visitors touring the area. I’ve met so many interesting people stopping to see the art and antiques and sitting for a spell for coffee, homemade pastries and good conversation.” The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and by appointment.
& Custom Framing . . . . . . .S25
Angelwings Coordinated Care .S27
Morning Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S1
Art and Conversation . . . . . .S24
Mule Creek Adobe . . . . . . . . .41
Azurite Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .S24
Murray Ryan Visitor’s Center . .45
Bayard Historical Mining Tours .S13
Original Prints & Drawings . .S25
Bear Creek Motel & Cabins . .S9
Painted Pony Resort . . . . . . .S21
Bear Mountain Lodge . . . . . . .C3
Palace Hotel, The . . . . . . . . . .S3
Belleza Salon & Tanning . .C2,S31
Prudential Silver City
Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts . .S26
Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Bright Funeral Home . . . . . . . .22
R.S. Masonry . . . . . . . . . . . .S32
Carson Insurance Agency . . . .21
Raven’s Nest . . . . . . . . . . . . .S27
Casitas de Gila Guesthouses . .S18
Re/Max Silver Advantage . . . .41
Cassie Health Center
River Ranch Market . . . . . . . .S7
for Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Chiricahua Desert Museum . .S20
Seedboat Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S24
Copper Quail Gallery . . . . . . .S25
Silver City Arts & Cultural . . .45
Cup of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . .S27
Silver City Food Co-op . . . . . . S3
Dandelion Wish . . . . . . . . . .S26
Edward JonesJames Edd Hughs . . . . . . . . .13
MainStreet Project . . . . . . .S2 Silver City Museum Adobe
Farm Bureau Financial Services .S31
Dynamics 101 Workshops . .S6
Faywood Hot Springs . . . . . . .S14
Silver City Museum Store . . .S4
Fierro Canyon Gallery, The . . .S25
Silver Health CARE . . . . . . . . . .7
Finishing Touch Home
Silver Rexall Drug . . . . . . . . .S28
Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S20 Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . .S12
Smith Real Estate & Property Management . . .S9 Southwest Bone
Frumpy Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
& Joint Institute . . . . . . . . . .10
Furniture Gallery . . . . . . . . . .S30
Speed Wrench Garage . . . . .S30
Gila Hike & Bike . . . . . . . . . .S27
State Farm Insurance -
Gila Regional Medical Center . .9
Chuck Johnson . . . . . . . . . .49
Gila Regional Medical Center C4
Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s . .S31
Griffin’s Propane/ Fuel Centers Plus . . . . . . . . .20
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Hester House Candy & Gifts . .S26
The Common Thread . . . . . . .S22
HMS Hidalgo Medical Services . .1
The Cottage Stained Glass
Holiday Inn ExpressSilver City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C3
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Horizon Home Health . . . . . . .13
Variety Store . . . . . . . . . . . .S7
Horizon Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Thomas H. Laws, CPA, CVA . .S31
Hunt & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Innovations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S31 J & S Plumbing & Heating . . .S8
Downtown Real Estate . . .S15 United Country
Jalisco Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . S3
Mimbres Realty . . . . . . . . . .15
JW Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .S25
UPS Store, The . . . . . . . . . . .S30
Kris’s Krafters’ Kreations . . .S27
Vicki’s Eatery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S3
Life Quest New Mexico . . . .S29
Victoria Chick-Cow Trail
Lloyd Studios . . . . . . . . . . . .S24
Art Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S25
Lois Duffy Art . . . . . . . . . . . .S24
Victoria J. West . . . . . . . . . .S23
Lopez, Dietzel & Perkins, P.C. . 15,S5
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Lordsburg Hidalgo County
Western New Mexico
Chamber of Commerce . . . .S21 LULAC Mariachi Workshop . .S11 Manzanita Ridge . . . . . . . . . .S27 Manzano’s RV Park . . . . . . . .S13 Masa y Mas Tortilleria photo by LeAnne Knudsen
Satellite Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Conner Fine Jewelers . . . . . .S26
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Molly Ramolla Gallery
American Legion . . . . . . . . . . .S9
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University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Westen New Mexico University Museum . . . . . . .43 Western Stationers Office Supply . . . . . . . . . . . .S7 Whitewater Motel . . . . . . . .S19
Melinda’s Medical Supply . . .10
Windows, Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . .S31
Millie’s Assisted Living Center . .22
Wynnegate Gallery & Studio . .S24
Millie’s Bake House . . . . . . . .S7
XYZ Ranch Estates . . . . . . . .S13
Mimbres Region Arts Council . .S5
Yada Yada Yarn . . . . . . . . . . .S26
Mirror Mirage . . . . . . . . . . . .S32
Yankie Creek Coffee House . .S3
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