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On Oct. 5, four different organizations will keep their doors open into the evening to provide an inside view of the arts community.
Mesa Public Library Art Gallery at 2400 Central Ave. celebrates the opening of “Unmute,” a traveling exhibition that explores the theme of how text and image developed new relationships in 20th century art, from 4-5:30 p.m.
The exhibition includes many examples of artist’s books, but also other works in a wide range of media.
“Unmute” is an exhibition of works on paper from the permanent collection of the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University that question the assumptions about the relationship of language and image in visual art.
It explores in depth what happens when artists indulge the fundamental impulse to breach the supposed boundaries between the verbal and the visual.
Also from 4-5:30 p.m., the Los Alamos Historical Society,1050 Bathtub Row, will feature photographs of Manhattan Project veteran Jack Aeby, who took the only known color photo of the world’s first atomic blast at Trinity Site. Their permanent exhibits feature all eras of Los Alamos history, including a section on post-war “Cold War” era Pacific testing, a domestic bomb shelter and more.
Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., is known for their eclectic group exhibits. From 5-7 p.m., they will host an opening reception for “Needles and Pins,” a fiber-focused show integrating works from Northern New Mexico to as far away as England, Germany and Israel.
From sushi created in felt to sculptures sewn in velvet, to a ceramic skull sporting a pincushion brain and pinhole photographs, the show stimulates the imagination. Minesh Bacrania fills the Portal Gallery with a photo documentary on some of the construction at the new Los Alamos Municipal Building titled, “Upon This Ground We Build.” The public is invited to mingle with the artists while enjoying light snacks, as Joy Charles plays the cello.
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio provides a more traditional gallery experience.
Wray, a painter, currently represents 18 local artists including Sec Sandoval.
Karen Wray Fine Art will celebrate a soft opening from 5-7 p.m. in their new location at 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125 in the Community Bank Building.