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Gallery features artists Ray Baird, Kerry O’Neill in August


The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Galley (MVFG), 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, will feature works by local artists Ray Baird and Kerry O’Neill in August, the gallery said in a news release.

Baird, an oil painter, grew up in the Midwest and has a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas, MVFG said. He has lived in Las Cruces since the 1990s.

“Baird’s work, lightly described as Impressionistic Expressionism, uses translucent complimentary colors that represent his feelings rather than a true representational image,” the gallery said.

O’Neill, a ceramicist, has had a passion for art since early childhood, the news release said. She attended the University of New Mexico as a flute major and eventually earned a bachelor of science degree in fashion/costume design from Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas. O’Neill became a home education teacher and eventually switched to teaching elementary art in the public schools.

MVFG’s 30 featured artists offer original art in various media, including oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, fused glass art jewelry, woodturnings, stained glass, photography, ceramics, mixed media, decorated gourds, textile weavings, art tile, fiber art, natural gemstone jewelry, fused glass, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink drawings, prints, cards and miniature paintings.

First American Bank, 1553 Avenida de Mesilla, features the work of many of the gallery’s artists.

MVFG is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day.

Call 575-522-2933. Visit www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.