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Monte Cristo Gallery February Artists of the Month


The Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery, in Chloride, New Mexico, showcases the works of more than two dozen local artisans. The February featured artists are Kaye Diamond, multi-media artist, Ron Bierlein, wood and metalwork, and Garry Leo, wildlife artist.

Growing up on a ranch near Caballo, NM, Kaye became resourceful in an artistic way. During her youth she saw members of her family making useful "new" things from items that most people would have thrown away. Thanks to her family, she learned that sometimes you have to just make do or get your creative juices flowing. Recycle and reuse are not new ideas, but Kaye approaches them with a new and creative twist. Many of the pieces she makes have had a former life and one that was much different than its current incarnation. She says,"It is satisfying to make something useful and nice enough to give as a gift out of something that was intended for use as something completely different." Kaye lives on a remote ranch near Beaverhead, NM where she still finds it necessary to try and make do with what is on hand.

Ron, who has lived in the Gila National Forest northwest of Chloride for more than 30 years, creates pieces of functional art from wood and metal. Most of the wood, primarily juniper, oak and black walnut, comes from the Gila. He tries to combine metalwork into the wood piece because, according to Ron, "they compliment each other nicely." His newest piece is a uniquely shaped mirror framed in five different woods and accented with antler buttons, truly stunning. The ever popular "cactus" lamps have a base carved from juniper and hand-crafted metal shades with a rustic patina finish.

For Garry, art and wildlife have been life-long passions. Encouraged by his art teachers throughout his school years, this self-taught New Mexico artist chose dry-brush watercolors as the medium for his artistic expressions. The work of famed wildlife artist, Owen J Gromme, was a strong influence in Garry’s development as an artist. Optical digital photography has become a further extension of his artistic ability. His DVD creations of New Mexican fauna and flora, set with music, allows him to share the four season magic of this land of enchantment. Garry, a Western history buff, also finds time for four-wheeling, fly-fishing, canoeing, and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains.

Works by Kaye, Ron and Garry are available at the Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery located in historic Chloride, NM, just 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy 52. The Monte Cristo is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM or for more information contact the Gallery at 575-743-0493 or montecristogallery@windstream.net
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