Las Cruces Arts Fair, March 15-17, 2013

THE POTTERS OF MATA ORTIZ will be at the 2013 Las Cruces Arts Fair, March 15 – 17 2013, Las Cruces Convention Center.

The potters of Mata Ortiz, in Chihuahua, Mexico will be the guest artists at the 2013 Las Cruces Arts Fair. These award-winning potters will demonstrate their unique methods of hand-building and decorating their pottery and offer their work for sale. This pottery extravaganza will be the largest Mata Ortiz gathering outside of Mexico.

Potters expected to attend the show are a Who’s Who of famous potters.

WALTER PARKS, author of “The Miracle of Mata Ortiz,” published in a beautiful hardbound edition in 2012, will lecture about Juan Quezada and the early years in Mata Ortiz at 10:00a.m. Sunday March 17. RUSSELL DIERS, co-author of “The Magnetism of Mata Ortiz” will give a lecture at 2:00pm on Saturday March 16, 2013.

A special screening of Scott Petersen’s Emmy award winning film, “The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz” will take place on Sat. Mar. 9th at 5:00pm at the Rio Grande Theater in downtown Las Cruces. A suggested donation of $10 per person will be accepted at the door. Scott will host a question and answer discussion after the screening.

Hand-dyed garments, glass art, copper enameling, pottery, furniture, jewelry, metal art, mixed media, and traditional acrylic and oil paintings will all be on display with several available for purchase.

The Las Cruces Arts Fair is sponsored by the Dona Ana Arts Council, a non-profit organization,  dedicated to improving the quality of life in Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of the education, economic growth and community development of the surrounding areas.

Hours of The Las Cruces Arts Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center:

  • Opening Night – Music and Cash Bar: March 15, 5- 9 p.m., $6 (Children under age 12 admitted free)
  • March 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ,$6 (Children under 12 free)
  • March 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6 (Children under 12 free).

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