LAS CRUCES ARTS FAIR Artist Profile: John Harris, Sculptor

February 14, 2018 Julian Nunez

Art on exhibit and for sale at the Las Cruces Arts Fair, March 16 – 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, will be diverse, with many categories of art mediums and everything from whimsical crafts to fine art paintings, jewelry and glass art, and much more.

Sculpture, both for the home and the yard, always proves popular. One of the returning sculptors is John Harris, whose interest in metal sculpture began with creating farm signs and weather vanes in the late ‘90s. Now he makes one-of-a-kind sculptures from hand-cut metal in the form of everything from six-foot kachinas to larger than life-sized roadrunners.

He says, “My artwork has morphed into a more sophisticated, multi-dimensional art form.” He repurposes metal such as copper, stainless steel, brass, and bronze to create his pieces and Harris enjoys adding whimsy by placing incongruous items like gears or bearings. His largest project to date was a kachina placed at the entrance to Coronado Ridge in Picacho Hills.

Harris says of his sculptures, “When placed in a garden or yard, there is little or no upkeep required. As it weathers, the art piece is enhanced.” He creates most pieces for the outdoors, but some collectors place them inside their homes. His sculptures are available at many regional art fairs and he loves seeing the reactions of visitors to his art, saying, “I want them to enjoy my artwork and even if they do not purchase an item, I truly enjoy the smiles that it brings to observers.”

The Doña Ana Arts Council’s Las Cruces Arts Fair, the area’s most expansive collection of art and fine crafts, will feature 90 artists from across the country, who will offer work in numerous categories. Admission for the Arts Fair is $10 for one adult or 2 adults for $15 if purchased in advance before March 16. Each ticket is good for 2 days: Friday evening (5 – 8 pm), Saturday (10 am – 5 pm), or Sunday (10 am – 4 pm). Children aged 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets available at www.daarts.org , the DAAC office at 1740 Calle de Mercado, The Cutter Gallery, Art Obscura, Frame & Art Center or call (575) 523-6403.

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