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RAiR kicks off a 50th anniversary celebration Friday

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Miranda Howe, far left, is adding tickets to the art that is for sale during the opening of her new gallery, Bone Springs Art Space, in the railroad district. Her gallery opened early to honor the 50th anniversary of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. The official opening of Howe’s gallery will be early 2018. (Christina Stock Photo)

The public was invited to the railroad district on Thursday, when three new art venues opened to present selections created by Roswell Artist in Residence artists. The event was in conjunction with the RAiR program’s 50th anniversary weekend celebration.

Each venue that opened is a new and unique addition to the growing art community that is working on rejuvenating the railroad district.

Bone Springs Art Space opened its doors for the first time showing the recent work by Emi Ozawa, Larry Bob Phillips and Justin Richel.

The gallery was three years in the works by Roswell’s own, Miranda Howe. New Mexico native Howe received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio ceramics at Texas Tech University. She traveled the world pursuing her art studies and graduated later with her Master of Fine Arts at Montana State University. After several artist in residence programs over the years she was granted the RAiR grant, which brought her back to Roswell. Howe’s gallery, Bone Springs Art Space, is in a renovated historic warehouse and is planned to be a studio, gallery and educational facility. Official opening will be early 2018.

The exhibit 222 Invitational was installed in one of the most unusual new venues in town. The large old Miller Waldrip warehouse is located at 222 E. Third St. The warehouse reminds one of the coveted lofts in New York’s Soho area in the 1970s.

Judy Richardson returned to Roswell for the weekend to celebrate RAiR’s anniversary and expressed her appreciation of the vast loft.

“We need places like this,” she said. “I want to move back to New Mexico.”

Richardson is a renown artist from Brooklyn. She was part of the RAiR program in 1988-89.

“I am a sculpture and I use a lot of different materials, a lot of different things,” Richardson said.

Richardson graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in New York City as well as from the University of California.

Richardson’s sculptures have been exhibited in California, New Mexico, New York and New Jersey. Her passion for art extends into teaching. She has run art programs for children for more than 12 years.

Richardson has good memories from her time in the RAiR program.

“It was the best,” she said. “Having that time was the best. That’s why so many artists come back.”

Asked about Richardson’s first impression about the celebration and exhibits, she said, “Nancy Fleming is incredibly organized. I helped her this afternoon. She is so enthusiastic and such a wonderful person to run that museum (Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art). The fact that there are spaces like this (the former Miller Waldrip warehouse) here now is incredible.”

Richardson has her art exhibited at AMoCa and at the Roswell Museum of Contemporary Art.

Also featured at the 222 Invitational exhibit are artists Jon Carver, Corwin Levi, Andrea Jespersen, Agustin Lucho Pozo and Ben Woodeson.

Isaac’s Pipe and Supply Gallery is located in the Nesselrodt office, 309 N. Virginia Ave. The venue is cool and airy and features the exhibition “Generation 50 — Current RAiR Artists and Spouses” through Nov. 17. It features work by Julie Alpert, Andy Arkley, Louise Deroualle, Conor Fagan, Rachel Grobstein, Shanti Grumbine, Jespersen and Woodeson.

The next event and highlight of the anniversary celebrations is the world premiere of Bruce Wolosoff’s “The Astronomer’s Key,” an original score inspired by RAiR artist Milton Resnick (1970-71) tomorrow at 2 p.m. It is performed by the Montage Music Society with Sarita Uranovsky on the violin; Shanti Randall on the viola; Sally Guenther on the cello, Keith Lemmons on the clarinet/alto sax and Debra Ayers on the piano.

The concert is free of charge and followed with a reception.

The RMAC is planning to celebrate its anniversary as well as RAiR’s for an entire year.

“The RAiR exhibition itself will be up until April 6, which is Don Anderson’s birthday,” RMAC executive director Caroline Brooks said.

Thirty years after the opening of the RMAC in 1937, the RAiR program came to life thanks to Donald B. Anderson. Anderson gives artists around the world and the U.S. the gift of time with a yearlong residency. Wanting to share his eclectic collection acquired through purchases, gifts or trades since 1967, Anderson decided to share his RAiR collection in a new museum, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, in 1994. Since the beginning of the residency more than 200 artists have benefitted from the program.

For more information, visit roswellamoca.org or roswell-nm.gov/308/Roswell-Museum-Art-Center or contact AMoCA, 409 E College Blvd., 575-623-5600 or the RMAC, 100 W 11th St., 575-624-6744.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.