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Earth Chronicles Art Exhibit and Documentary Jan. 31


Truchas by Fran Hardy

Truchas by Fran Hardy

Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University presents the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico art exhibit in Burris Hall Gallery with an artist reception Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

Following the reception, a documentary that features the New Mexico artists in the exhibit will be shown at 7 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

The Earth Chronicles Project is an ongoing documentary series and accompanying art exhibits aimed at preserving ecology and culture through art. The acclaimed documentaries have aired on PBS and other stations. New Mexico is the third state to be featured in the series.

Lamy, N.M. environmental artist and educator Fran Hardy and filmmaker Bob Demboski, her husband, established the Earth Chronicles Project in 2009. The two co-produce the documentaries.

“This is a very diverse multimedia art show that takes a broad-based, passionate look at New Mexico’s art, ecology, and culture,” said Hardy, who curated the exhibit. “We’re trying to inspire the public to help preserve all three.”

Hardy’s paintings of native plants and trees of New Mexico are included in the exhibit.

“All of my work focuses on the natural world, especially native flora and its preservation,” Hardy said. “Preserving ancient trees and immortalizing them in my paintings and drawings is my passion.”

Hardy has shown her work in six solo exhibits around the country. Her book, Enchanted Forest, includes her paintings of old-growth forests and essays about preservation.

Other New Mexico artists featured in the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico exhibit include fiber art and poetry by Lauren Camp; traditional Chimayo/Rio Grande weaving and contemporary weaving by Irvin and Lisa Trujillo; photographs of the Valles Caldera National Preserve by Rourke McDermott; traditional Navajo weaving by master weavers from the Two Grey Hills region; an environmental art installation by Catherine Harris; and mixed-media photographs by Bill Gilbert that include audio accessible through a smart phone.

“Through their art, each of these artists reveals what New Mexico’s culture and environment means to them,” Hardy said.

The art exhibit continues at the Burris Hall Gallery through Feb. 14. It will be featured at the Santa Fe Art Institute in April.

Sponsors for Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico include New Mexico Arts, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.

The website for the project is www.earthchroniclesproject.comand the blog is www.earthchroniclesproject.blogspot.com

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