By Steven Robert Allen
Mariposa—Starting this week, a threesome of ladies presents a range of new work at Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE), Nob Hill's premier showcase for contemporary craft art. Amanda Tinsley offers up an unlikely combo of whimsical fairies and abstract paintings. Jill Erickson will display her enamel jewelry composed of striking semiprecious stones. Linda Tarr's colorful ceramics exude a retro feel that suggests imaginary molecular structures. Stop by the gallery Friday evening, July 7, for a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. to mingle with the artists and ogle their creations. The show will run through the end of the month. 268-6828, www.mariposa-gallery.com.
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers—There's no easier way to begin dabbling in theater than to go see a Neil Simon play. A production of the mega-popular playwright's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers opens this weekend at the North Valley's Adobe Theater (98133 Fourth Street NW). The talented Shangreaux Lagrave takes on the role of Barney Cashman, a middle-aged owner of a seafood restaurant who makes several disasterous but hilarious stabs at adultery to relieve the monotony of his marriage. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., through July 23. $12 general, $10 students/seniors. 898-9222.
Really Big Jonsons—UNM's Jonson Gallery opens an exhibit composed entirely of eight giant major paintings by Raymond Jonson, one hung on each primary wall of the gallery. One of the most anticipated components in the show will be Jonson's “Life Cycle” series, a trilogy of paintings that explores the relationship between male and female. Jonson was one of New Mexico's most famous painters. He once lived in the building in which the gallery is now housed. The exhibit opens Friday, July 7, and runs through Aug. 18. 277-4967, www.unm.edu/~jonsong.
Everyday Gals—Sarah Anderson's images capture unidealized women in ordinary situations, painting them in a flat style in which the subject and her environment are blended almost seamlessly. A one-woman show of her work opens this week at New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery (3812 Central SE). Stop by the reception this Friday, July 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. to see the work. Anderson will give a demo from 6:30 to 7 p.m. that evening. The show will be up through July 29. 268-8952.
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