Socorro County Arts opens Alamo Mercantile & Gallery

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Alamo Mercantile & Gallery, located at 1008 N. California St., has reopened under the direction of Socorro County Arts, with 16 artists who offer a variety of unique handcrafted items.

The gallery will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m.

 

“We have a high-class place and I’m impressed with the variety and quality of pieces we have to offer,” said Leon Miler, who along with his wife, Joy Miler, are managing the gallery for Socorro County Arts.

With most of the booth spaces already filled, the gallery has works by 16 artists from the region.

“We anticipate several Navajo artisans and crafters to join us,” said Miler.

Pottery, photographs, carved wood items, jewelry, stained glass, oil and watercolor paintings, quilts and embroidered items, and gift cards can be found at the gallery.

Socorro County Arts is leasing the building from the Alamo Navajo School Board.

“The location is such an improvement over our previous space,” said painter Karyn DeBont. “We’re hoping a lot of people will stop in and see us.”

DeBont’s landscapes and floral paintings are among those in the gallery. She shares space with Olaf Heinz, who makes wooden crane-motif towel racks, hat stands and furniture.

Other artists include: Maryrose Pino, traditional Hispanic wood carvings; Dona Nowicki, stained glass; Bobbie Stendel, quilts and embroidery; Loretta Lowman, pottery and sculpture; Emma Lujan, pottery.

Painters in addition to DeBont include Bev Hanson, Arlene Krogstad and Leon Miler.

You’ll find jewelry by Paula Riley, Willie Bond and Colleen Gino, and photographs by Suzanne Van Schroeder.

Georgia Raymond offers free-form pottery and paintings. Among the items offered by Deborah Dean are her unique hats. Additionally, a space has been reserved for emerging artists who have only a few pieces to exhibit.

Dean, the City of Socorro tourism director and a member of Socorro County Arts, notes the group has been working diligently for months to open the new venture.

“We’re excited to be open and we’re pleased we have the whole group backing us,” she said.

The group will offer art classes and monthly workshops, along with special monthly events that are currently in the planning process.

A grand-opening celebration is slated for Saturday, Nov. 14. For more information, call 575-838-2724.