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The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery (MVFG), 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, across from the Fountain Theatre on the historic Mesilla Plaza, will feature the works of local artists Kurt Van Wagner and Mary Zawacki in August.
Van Wagner has emerged as an accomplished self-taught digital artist, MVFG said in a news release. His artwork has gained international and local attention, including featuring in international magazines and book publications and winning numerous awards. Van Wagner transforms his personal photographs into collectable works of art. The results are varied and striking, full of colors and textures.
Zawacki paints primarily with oils and pastels. She also teaches group art classes in Las Cruces. Zawacki had a career as an advertising art director and graphic designer, working for more than 20 years in Los Angeles for advertising agencies specializing in the movie industry. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan and is a member of “Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.”
MVFAG features the work of 30 artists in various media, including oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, fused glass art jewelry, woodturnings, stained glass, photography, ceramics, mixed media, decorated gourds, handmade textile weavings, art tile, fiber art, natural gemstone jewelry, colored pencil, basket weavings, charcoal, pen and ink, prints, cards and miniature paintings.
MVFG is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. First American Bank, 1553 Avenida de Mesilla, is well represented by gallery members who rotate their artwork monthly at the bank.
Call 575-522-2933. Visit www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.