‘Montage of Color’ exhibit to be displayed at Harvey House Museum

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Among the delicate artifacts detailing the Harvey House’s history will shine oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings from more than 39 local artists, including 23 adults and 16 children.

Abigail R. Ortiz-News-Bulletin photo: The second annual ‘Montage of Color’ will feature more than 39 local artists, including adult and children art. The art show and sale, hosted by the Art Center at Rio Communities, will be on exhibit July 9 until July 24 at Belen’s Harvey House Museum.

The second annual “Montage of Color,” set to be on exhibit July 9 until July 24 at Belen’s Harvey House Museum, includes a multitude of paintings, framed prints, small posters and note cards — something to fit everyone’s artistic budget, said show director Patsy Nicholas.

“With the children’s artwork, this show will be bigger than last year,” Nicholas said. “The main room was full of paintings last year and will be, definitely, this year, too.”

The art show and sale, hosted by the Art Center at Rio Communities, contains artists from the center’s co-op, as well as students from art director Eddie Ramirez’s courses. Among the young student artists are five from the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, three from El Ranchito de los Niños and three from the art center’s classes.

On top of offering adult and children art instruction, the Art Center provides studio space for up to 24 artists, from novice to professional, to use when they want. Nicholas said the co-op currently has eight members and is always open for more.

“We just enjoy painting. It’s very relaxing and it’s great to see your painting really come together. Sometimes it’s a success and sometimes it’s not,” Nicholas said. “It’s something we have fun doing in our spare time.”

Attendees can vote for their favorite piece at the art show to award one artist with “Best of Show.”

Last year, Laura Durkin won this award with her acrylic painting, “Smokey Mountain Autumn.”

The art show not only gives artists exposure among the community, but attracts a new set of visitors to the museum, Nicholas said.

An artist’s reception will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at the museum on North First Street. Museum hours for viewing are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Part of the art sales and money collected in a donations box will go toward the museum.


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