Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Where past meets present.(Special Section)

Byline: Beth Johnson For the Journal

Museums showcase the state's history as well as current artists

From folk art to nuclear weapons, museums around northern New Mexico offer visitors an introduction to a variety of interesting and thought-provoking topics, people and issues.

And this summer, a number of special exhibitions and programs are being offered by museums in Santa Fe and beyond.

Here's a look at what will take place at a select few. Once you have strolled through these, you'll no doubt want to check out all the others.

Remember, it is always a good idea to call ahead as programming is subject to change.

Millicent Rogers Museum

Until June 1, the Millicent Rogers Museum hosts the Taos Society of Portrait Artists' Annual Juried Portrait Exhibition.

On display are works by society members whose portraits were selected for their outstanding artistry in oil, watercolor, acrylic and other media.

On May 24 and 31, members of the society will paint local celebrities in the museum courtyard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Another exhibition, "The Art of the Book in the Southwest," opens June 15 and runs through Oct. 12. The exhibit demonstrates how the Southwest inspired the rich art of the book and how the art of the book developed in the Southwest through the American Indian, Hispanic and Euro-American cultures.

Included in the exhibition are various stages of production of an art book with examples of two books written and produced in northern New Mexico. In addition, eight Taos-area artists have created books for the exhibition.

Lectures, workshops and demonstrations are planned to complement the exhibition. …

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