What: Art from Dancing Spirit Art Gallery at Feat of Clay Gallery

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday until Oct. 19

Where: Feat of Clay Gallery, 107 S. Main St. in Aztec

More info: Call 505-334-4335


What: Dan Groth art at Crash Music

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Aztec Art Walk

Where: Crash Music in the Historic Aztec Theater, 104 N. Main Ave.

More info: Call 505-427-6748

AZTEC — Two of Aztec's art galleries opened their doors Friday night for exhibits that will last through October.

Feat of Clay Gallery hosted a reception for its exhibit featuring artists from the Dancing Spirit Art Gallery of Ignacio, Colo. Immediately after, Crash Music hosted another reception for its artist

Inside Feat of Clay, a display shelf in the center featured four small dog sculptures created by Doug Pfliger, an artist from Durango, Colo., who typically displays at Dancing Spirit.

Pfliger got the idea for the sculptures while teaching part-time at an elementary school. He was looking for a project for his students when he came across an article in a magazine about "scrap pile dogs" made from wood and metal.

Four years later, Pfliger took the dogs out of a storage box and decided to paint them and auction them off. He said a bidding war ensued, followed by requests for more scrap pile dogs.

"I just completed No. 267," Pfliger said.

Meg McDonald, another Dancing Spirit artist, creates a different type of art. She is displaying watercolors and an etching at Feat of Clay.

She said she loves etching, which she has been doing since high school.

"Every piece is different because the techniques are different," McDonald said.

Etching is done using zinc or copper plates and acid. To create an etching, the original drawing must face the opposite direction from the final product.

McDonald said she is never completely sure how the final product will turn out.

"It's just kind of a mysterious, and, I think, exciting process," she said.

Like McDonald, Dan Groth -- whose work was featured at Crash Music -- doesn't always know what his art will look like when he's done.

A collection of paintings by artist Curt Stafford are seen Friday at Feat of Clay in Aztec.
A collection of paintings by artist Curt Stafford are seen Friday at Feat of Clay in Aztec. (Jon Austria The Daily Times)

As a child, Groth competed with friends to see who could draw the weirdest pictures. Now, his work embraces the bizarre. From altering proportions in people to odd landscapes and animal drawings, Groth's artwork forces the viewer to take a second look. What might initially look like an owl morphs into a cat at a second glance.

Groth said he is heavily influenced by mythological art. While he starts with a plan, he said, it evolves as he draws, becoming something else.

After he finishes a drawing, he can step back and see shapes and objects he didn't even realize he'd created.

"I enjoy making them," Groth said. "They mean something to me when they're done."

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.