NEW STUDENT ART SHOW ANNOUNCED; RECEPTION SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 23

NEW STUDENT ART SHOW ANNOUNCED; RECEPTION SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 23

More than 100 pieces of original student artwork from the Las Cruces and Gadsden public schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings and drawings. The artists range from elementary students to high schoolers.

The art show is a continuation of student art shows that rotated every six months from 2000 to 2006 at the former County Manager’s Complex in the historic Amador Hotel. Agreements with both the Las Cruces and Gadsden schools will continue the student art-show tradition in perpetuity at the new county building.

Also on permanent exhibit is a spectacular photograph of the Organ Mountains at sunset donated this month to the Doña Ana County Government Center by Las Cruces artist R. Frederick Silva. Silva said the work is valued at $2,500, and the Frame and Art Center of Las Cruces donated framing supplies and labor valued at nearly $900. The piece, titled “Fall Splendor,” hangs on a second floor east wall, adjacent to the main entrance to the administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the county manager.

The public is invited to view the student art show and “Fall Splendor” at any time during normal county business hours. The official opening of the newest student show will be held Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Silva will be at the opening to greet the public, as will many student artists and faculty art teachers. Refreshments will be served.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.