Haul Out Your Easel and Head for the Hills—It's time for the Wildlands Art! 2006 exhibit and fundraiser. Create photographs, paintings, sculptures or other types of artwork depicting New Mexico's extraordinary wilderness or wild public lands, and send it into the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance by Feb. 1. Finalists will be included in an exhibit at the Albuquerque Arts Alliance Gallery during the month of March. For details, e-mail Tisha Broska at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-8696.
Do It for the Money—In other contest news, the Rio Grande Art Association is sponsoring a juried competition featuring approximately $3,500 in cash and prizes. The exhibit will be on display in the Fine Arts Building at Expo New Mexico during May. The deadline for digital submissions and slides is March 8. For details, send a SASE to: Rio Grande Art Association, Freida Thorsen, P.O. Box 53307, Albuquerque, NM 87153, call 293-3811 or e-mail email@example.com.
Open House—Conrad House died in 2001. His brief but illustrious artistic career led to an international reputation as a high-caliber, versatile artist capable of concocting brilliant beadwork, ceramics, collage, drawings, glass, paintings and textiles. The first comprehensive retrospective of his work opens at UNM's Jonson Gallery (1909 Las Lomas NE) this Friday, Jan. 20, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will run through March 10. A handful of special events and lectures will be presented over the course of the show. For details, call 277-4967 or go to www.unm.edu/~jonsong.
Exhibit 51—The Heights gallery opens a new show this week featuring Gary Genetti's glass art, ornamented with animal and plant shapes that have an almost classical look about them. Consider swinging by the gallery this Saturday, Jan. 21, to check out the goods. The opening reception will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Exhibit 51 is located at 5100 Juan Tabo NE. For more information, call 275-1551 or go to exhibit51.com.