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Arts Council features art by Suzanne Kane, Rokoko creators in May


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is showing the work of Suzanne Kane and Mitch and A.me Alamag, creators of Rokoko Art, the organization said in a news release.

The exhibition, “Rhythm and Rhyme,” will feature ceramic sculptures, paintings and new collaborative work by Kane and the Alamags. The art will reflect the rhythm found in patterns and form.

The Alamags started their business, Rokoko Art Studio, in 1984, DAAC said.
“Their vibrant work, made from wood, acrylic and resin, has a positive message,” DAAC Executive Director Greg Smith said.

"We aim to fill the world with color, light and love," said A.me Alamag. "Rokoko comes from the Japanese word kokoro, which means ‘of the heart’. Whatever media we work in, the work is from the heart.'"

The Alamags sell their art nationally at art and music festivals and to various art and craft galleries. They have made Las Cruces their home since 2003. Their studio, located at 4901 Chippewa Trail, is open by appointment.

The Chihuahua Desert inspires Kane's work, DAAC said.

"This landscape can often appear inhospitable, yet it is full of weird and wonderful growing things,” Kane said. “The sculptural plants I make are informed by this vegetation that endures and survives in this harsh climate.”

Kane builds her pieces by blending welded steel with mid-fire stoneware, “embracing a metaphor about resilience, persistence, toughness, durability, tenacity and adaptability,” Smith said.

Kane exhibits nationally, and her work is on public display at The Archie Bray Foundation, The New Mexico State Capitol, The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, New Mexico Central Community College, Albuquerque Library System, Albuquerque Museum, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and the Littleton Fine Arts Museum in Colorado. She holds a BFA in sculpture from Michigan State University and an MFA in ceramics from New Mexico State University.

“Rhythm and Rhyme” will be available for viewing through May 27 at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 250 W. Amador Ave. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Call 575-523-6403. Visit www.daarts.org. Also visit www.suzannekane.com/about.html and www.rokokoart.com.