Best of the West: Southwest
Art for a Cause
SANTA FE * Paintings of Plains Indians by David Mann are on view at Altermann Galleries July 16-August 5. An artist's reception and fixed-price sale is set for Friday, July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. One painting will be sold by silent auction, with proceeds going to the Spanish Mustang Foundation, an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the breed that was an integral part of Plains Indian culture. A benefit barbecue featuring live, pure-bred Spanish Mustangs takes place at the Lanham ranch, on Saturday, July 31, when Mann presents the painting to the winning bidder. For more information: 505.983.1590 or www.altermann.com.
HOUSTON * On display through July 18 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Liquid Lines; Exploring the Language of Contemporary Metal surveys the innovative ways artists have formed metal into expressive compositions. The show includes jewelry, furniture, and sculpture - pieces that simultaneously convey fluidity and solidity, stasis and motion. For more information: 713.639.7300 or www.mfah.org.
SCOTTSDALE * Strolling the Scottsdale arts district is a regular Thursday-night event throughout the year. Come July, the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk takes it up a notch with free outdoor entertainment and prize-filled ice sculptures. The whole downtown arts district becomes one big open house as galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way hold receptions for their summer shows. The 21st annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk is Thursday, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information: www.scottsdalegalleries.cam.
Santa Clara Pueblo potter Mary Cain died on April 22 at the age of 95. Known for her traditional hand-coiled pottery, Cain came from a long line of potters. She learned to make pottery from her grandmother, Serafina Tafoya, and her mother, Christina Naranjo, and then passed the tradition on to her children (Tina Diaz, Linda Cain, Joy Cain, and Billy Cain) and grandchildren (Tammy Garcia and Autumn BortsMedlock). In 2008 the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts presented Cain with a lifetime achievement award.
International fine-art craft fair returns to Santa Fe
SANTA FE * Last year's inaugural SOFA WEST expo was such a hit, it is being reprised this summer, July 8-11, at the Santa Fe Convention Center. One of the foremost fairs of contemporary decorative arts and design (SOFA stands for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art), the Santa Fe event joins the long-running SOFA fairs in New York and Chicago in drawing local, national, and international exhibitors. Lectures, tours, and gallery openings are planned throughout the City Different during the four-day event; a symposium on collecting contemporary Southwest Native pottery is scheduled for July 6-8. For more information: 800.563.7632 or www.sofaexpo.com.
In the Abstract
SANTA FE * Known for her iconic paintings of flowers, animal bones, and the New Mexico landscape, Georgia O'Keeffe also produced daring and highly innovative abstract work. …