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Surrealism Art Exhibition Features Local High School Student Work


Piano Road charcoal and tempura by Tonatzin Gonzalez.

Las Vegas, New Mexico – New Mexico Highlands presents an art exhibition, Surreal Interpretations, in the university’s Ray Drew Gallery through Feb. 1.

The exhibition features artwork created by art students from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School.

“A high level of creativity and skill are represented in this exhibition,” said Karlene Martínez, the Ray Drew gallery curator. “The high school students researched surrealism and created pieces inspired by a surrealism artist.”

Martínez said most of the pieces in the exhibition are three-dimensional ceramic works and there are various two-dimensional pieces such as charcoal and pencil.

Martínez, a former Robertson High School art teacher, collaborated on the surrealism exhibit with Magali Rutschman, the current Robertson High School art teacher, and McKaila Weldon, the West Las Vegas High School art teacher.

Martínez said the exhibition is part of a new initiative for the Highlands Fine Arts Department to collaborate more with local schools.

The Rey Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly library at 802 National Ave. The hours for the gallery are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday.