Local tourist information and events.

9th Annual Holiday Artisan Market

The 9th Annual Holiday Artisan Market will be held the weekend of Dec. 2nd and 3rd at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center next to Ace Hardware on Hwy. 180 East. It will be open from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 11 to 3 on Sunday. There will be a wide range of mediums within the 30 quality juried local artists. Types of fine arts and crafts include painters, jewelers, weavers, gourd artists, soap makers, crocheted items, leatherworkers, photography, pottery, wood workers and garment makers. Some are award winners in their categories.
Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center
3031 HWY 180 E, Silver City (next to Ace Hardware)
Event Email: scholidaymarket@gmail.com

See flyer below:

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WNMU Cultural Affairs September events

Cecil HowardSeptember 7- Cecil Howard 50 Year Retrospective
Opening Reception 6pm
Francis McCray Gallery
Exhibit runs through October 5
Free and open to the public

Cecil taught art in Kansas before accepting a position at Western New Mexico University where he first taught ceramics and basic art and was Director of the Francis McCray Gallery. The development of the Fine Arts program led to a later teaching emphasis on sculpture and painting. He retired in 1994 after 31 years in the Department of Expressive Arts, having been chair for several years.

A recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1999,

Cecil served on the Capitol Arts Foundation Board of Directors for many years. He has exhibited and received numerous awards in painting, sculpture, and crafts on regional, national, and international levels, and he acted as a juror for several exhibitions in the Southwest.

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Fiesta Carnitas, Musica y Mas to take place Sept. 1-3

The fourth annual Fiesta Carnitas, Musica y Mas to take place Sept. 1-3 at Gough Park in Silver City. Click below for schedule and more information

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WNMU Welcome Back Bash - Luis Figueroa

LuisFigueroaAugust 19- Welcome Back Bash

Regents Square, WNMU Campus
FREE and open to the public!
Doors open at 5:30
Food trucks, Q's Bar, lawn games and WNMU clubs
Keana Huerta 6-6:45PM
Luis Figueroa - 7pm
DJ Mischievous - 9:00pm

Luis Figueroa is a multi-talented two-time Latin GRAMMY® nominated Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and one of the most promising artists of this decade. From child talent to YouTube stardom the Philadelphia born native’s journey has taken him to some of the most prestigious stages around the world, working alongside some of the greatest icons in the industry.

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Ikebana: Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement Exhibition

August 19 and 20 - Ikebana: Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement: Exhibition with Demonstration
Francis McCray Gallery
10 AM- 4PM
Demonstrations at 1 PM both days
JapanArtExhibition and Demonstration by Ikebana Instructor Alice Fujita, owner of BasketBana, along with Master Valeria Brinkers, former president of the Ikebana International Los Angeles, Owner and organizer of Ikebana Lessons.
Instructor Alice Fujita started learning Ikebana in Japan in 2003 and has been practicing since then. She has been teaching Ikebana in the US since 2018. She moved to Silver City in 2021 from North Dakota.
Master Valeria Brinkers has been practicing Ikebana for the past 40 years. She graduated from the Sangetsu School of Flower Arranging, Kado Sangetsu Ryu in 1993. The arrangements are inspired by Grand Master Mokichi Okada.
Assistance has been provided by Ikebana Lessons and  Flowers on 11th.

38th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Labor Day weekend

GCRSThe Grant County Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Society enthusiastically invites the public to attend our 38th Annual Gem & Mineral Show over Labor Day weekend in beautiful Silver City, New Mexico.  The Show will be open on Friday, September 1st from 11am-4pm, Saturday, September 2nd from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, September 3rd from 10am-4pm at the Grant County Veteran’s Memorial Conference Center located at 3031 Highway 180 East next to Ace Hardware.  This great family event has activities for kids and admission is FREE!  Delicious breakfast and baked goods, a variety of food options and drinks will be available for purchase inside the air-conditioned Conference Center.

In addition to all the wonderful gem and mineral vendors from around the southwest, the Rolling Stones are thrilled to welcome local Grant County Maker’s Market artists as vendors this year.  The Show will expand to fill 4 large event rooms at the Conference Center and offer a dedicated educational activity area for kids that will feature “mining” for Pecos Diamonds.   New signage and locator maps inside the Conference Center will help visitors easily move throughout the venue to locate points of interest.

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WNMU Cultural Affairs 2023-2024 Season Schedule

Fall is just around the corner, and the WNMU Cultural Affairs office has plenty of events happening this fall and next spring: everything from music to visual arts to live theatre.

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Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society Celebrates

125thInfantryFort Bayard Historic Preservation Society
to Celebrate Fort’s 157th Birthday
On August 19, 1866 Company B of the 125th Colored Infantry regiment arrived at a spot that their commanding officer First Lieutenant James M. Kerr described as “beautifully situated on the southern slope of the Pinos Altos Mountains, with wood, water and [livestock] feed in abundance”.  They christened the spot “Fort Bayard”, in honor of Brigadier General George D. Bayard, who had died while serving to preserve the Union at Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1862.

The 125th, under the command of white officers, was composed of African American volunteers, many of whom had once been held in slavery.  Their regiment had been formed in Lexington, Kentucky, and they had been ordered to New Mexico in the spring of 1866.  While other companies of the regiment had been sent to other parts of the Territory, it was the mission of Company B to establish a new fort that would provide a permanent Army presence in the mineral rich area of southwestern New Mexico.  The native Apache people, who had inhabited the region for centuries, were offering increasing resistance to settlers and travelers who they believed were stealing and ruining their home grounds.  Fort Bayard was established to protect those settlers and travelers, and eventually to enforce policies toward the natives that would confine them to assigned reservations.

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