TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM--Grapes Gallery in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico will host a book signing party on Saturday, Oct. 12 to introduce a new photographic art book, Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico, by Michael Honack who is also a glass artist. The book signing, sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include live music by guitarist Reed Rische and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The event coincides with T or C's Art Hop, which takes place every second Saturday each month from 6--9 p.m.
The colorful 134-page book is categorized by images of T or C's people, its waters, art and architecture, and region. The book features vivid photographs and narrative about the area's hot mineral springs, artists and their art, downtown residents and the desert landscape.
A Santa Fe, NM native, Honack tried to capture and share the qualities of T or C and its historic district that originally attracted him to the area two and a half years ago. He was astonished at the availability of the hot springs water at low cost and later purchased land along the river with his wife.
"As a newcomer to T or C, I saw the city with 'fresh eyes' and was uplifted by the city's mid-century charm and natural beauty; so I wanted to bring to light the appeal of the city's residents, land, and history in the book," said Honack. "The city seems to be seeing a resurgence. I have several friends from big cities that are moving to T or C because it's one of the few places in the United States where you can live in a friendly, small city and enjoy access to clean, hot mineral water year round. Artists also find T or C attractive because they can buy or rent a studio with a storefront to display their art for a reasonable price -- it's a great place for many reasons."
"Michael Honack's amazing book is a tribute to the city, of sorts, and highlights the unusual and unique features of our area and the quirky, artistic flavor of town," said Rebecca Speakes, secretary of Sierra County Arts Council's Board of Directors. "The photographs accurately depict a good cross section of the culture here that blends rather than contrasts -- from ranching families who have lived here for years to young, artistic types."
Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico is available for sale at Black Cat Books and Coffee, Geronimo Springs Museum's bookstore, Rio Bravo Fine Art Inc, Geronimo Trails Visitor Center, or by contacting the Sierra County Arts Council at 575-894-0615.
All proceeds from book sales go directly to benefit the efforts of the Sierra County Arts Council -- a non profit whose mission is to support artistic and cultural diversity through community partnerships and to provide educational, artistic and cultural opportunities to all Sierra County residents.
Complimentary food at the event is provided by the Bountiful Alliance Kitchen; Sumthins Ice cream, Treats, and More; and Latitude 33 Restaurant. Additional event support is provided by Jon Hendry, President of New Mexico Federation of Labor.
In addition to the booksigning party, the second Saturday Art Hop on Oct. 12 also coincides with the opening reception for artist Delmas Howe's exhibition titled, "Guys and Canyons." The opening reception takes place from 6--9 p.m at Rio Bravo Fine Art. Rio Bravo Fine Art is located at 110 N. Broadway. Visit riobravofineart.net for details.
Grapes Gallery is located at 407-409 Main Street in T or C, NM. For more information on Honack's book or the Sierra County Arts Council call 575-894-0615 or email scacnewmexico(at)gmail(dot)com or visit sierracountyart.org