Vertu fall exhibit about local colors, textures

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Socorro’s Vertu Fine Art gallery is opening its Fall exhibit, “Local Landmarks, Local Colors.” Vertu Fine Art Gallery is located at 113 Abeyta West, Socorro in the historic Juan José Baca House.

This exhibit opens with a reception Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and runs through Jan. 19, 2014. The reception, open to the public, will feature a pastel demonstration by newly added Colorado artist Virginia Unseld, who has just been awarded Best of Show in the “Colorful Colorado” exhibit.

“Local Landmarks, Local Colors” celebrates the rich history and landscape of south-central New Mexico as well as the talented local artists who contribute to the gallery. The work of photographer Tom Irion, known to many in the area through his connections to New Mexico Tech and to the Capitol Bar, captures the grandeur of New Mexico skies, particularly at dusk and dawn.

With the coming of cooler weather, three well-known fiber artists with ties to the area will also have work on display. Linda Giesen, formerly of Magdalena, will show her beautiful tapestry weavings; Cat Brysch will have her woven stoles and wraps as well as her works in fiber and cast paper; and Margaret Middleton’s woven scarves will be available.

Gallery owner Georgette Evans Grey will introduce a new series of line drawings featuring local landmarks, including the Crown Mill, the Hammel Museum, the Valverde Hotel, and of course, the Juan José Baca House.

The Gallery’s hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 1noon to 5 p.m., with expanded hours during November’s Festival of the Cranes. Call the gallery at 575-835-4487 or visit www.vertuarts.com for more information.