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Family-friendly art center joins Roswell

Artist Jeremy Howe is showing first guests at the opening of Bone Springs Art Space on April 21 and how he created his fireworks paintings that are part of his exhibit. “Old-fashioned doilies work great,” he said. “Any graters or other patterns, too.” (Christina Stock Photo)

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On April 20 and 21 the public was invited to check out Roswell’s newest art center, “Bone Springs Art Space,” 212 E. Walnut St. Miranda Howe — a former Roswell Artist-in-Residence member — had been working three years to renovate the historic warehouse with the help of her family and friends. The doors opened on Friday for the first artist exhibit. “Miranda asked me to be the first to open,” Jeremy Howe said. Jeremy Howe is the brother of Miranda Howe and the director of the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium.

“I have been an artist my entire life, but chose a scientific direction for my work,” Jeremy Howe said. His artist range is displayed throughout the gallery space and shows a wide range of Jeremy Howe’s artwork. Some of the paintings are organic and some show controlled graphic studies.

Guests who were invited to the exhibit opening were overheard mentioning that some of the patterns of the art reminded them of African motifs, others of modern Japanese abstracts and symbols. All paintings are without frames and seem to float on the warehouse walls. The most stunning paintings are centered at the entrance. “I call them ‘Pinball 1 to 11,’” Jeremy Howe said. His sister had painted the wall to give the paintings a background to highlight the motifs that have been painted with fireworks upon the paper. Asked what he meant painting with fireworks, Jeremy Howe said, “I use commercial spinners and colored smoke bombs to paint. I have a tabletop where I put the paper and add different kinds of materials on top of it, a bowl, a sieve and anything that will leave a pattern. Then I set the smoke bombs or spinners on fire and cover it with the cake pan. Depending on the colors and effect I want to achieve, I add color layers. There are four colors the smoke bombs come in; I can mix them to get the right color,” Jeremy Howe said.

The next day, on Saturday, Miranda Howe’s official opening took place with the Chamber of Commerce Redcoat’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Miranda Howe, Jeremy Howe, family and friends greeted the public before serving lemonade and cake. The guests could look at the exhibit and explore the new art space. On the bottom level, two studios await future artists and a big room provides space for Miranda Howe’s future art classes. “I have two summer classes for kids in June and July. One is a clay camp from July 9 to 13; the other one is a really exciting one. Mr. Yarborough (whom she bought the building from) left me taxidermy animal heads. These animals are getting a new life in the Safari Camp in June and July,” Miranda Howe said. The children will be able to explore techniques in drawing the animal heads in two camps, one is for children ages 6-10, the other for ages 11-16.

Miranda Howe is planning to offer art classes for adults, school teachers and art teachers, too. The first classes will be creating wall pockets, May 1, 8 and 12 for Mother’s Day. Another class is planned May 20 that combines yoga by Carrie-Leigh Clouttier and creating art taught by Miranda Howe. Each lesson is designed for all levels of experience and will be inspired by the work of a well-known artist.

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While some guests signed up for the classes, outdoors artists had stations set up for different hands-on projects. One was a paint-spinning class, which the younger children enjoyed, another was a group project creating leafs for a community tree. Jeremy Howe demonstrated at his station how his fireworks paintings were created. The only handicap he had was fighting with the wind when he was setting off the smoke bombs.

Bone Springs Art Space is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To receive updates for the upcoming classes and exhibits, email miranda@mirandahowe.com. For further information, call Bone Springs Art Space at 575-208-0916.

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

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