The historic Percha Bank Museum & Gallery in Kingston, New Mexico, will re-open this Friday, May 24, 2013.
A display of photography and quilts by Lake Valley artist Marge Myers, who died in April of this year, will be featured. An opening reception, during which friends of Marge Meyers will gather to make music and celebrate her life and art, will be held Friday from 5–8 PM.
Oil paintings by David Farrell, pastels by Melody Sears, photographs from Matilde Holzwarth, petroglyph photography of Embree “Sonny” Hale, silver jewelry by Bill Lindenau, hand-made paper lamps from Veronique de Jaeghar, and “Cactus Jim’s” miniature gardens from his succulent and cactus greenhouse will also be on display. Additional artists’ work will be added throughout the summer.
Born in rural southwest Missouri, Marge Myers took up art at age ten, and enjoyed an award-winning career as a commercial artist and photographer in Illinois, before retiring to Berrenda Creek Ranch in 2003. Here she was inspired to new forms of art by the awesome landscapes, and the ranching life of her neighbors.
The Percha Bank
Sierra County’s first banking establishment, the Percha Bank was built in the 1880s, during Kingston’s silver-mining boom. Seven million dollars worth of silver bullion passed through its secure vault. In the day, Kingston residents numbered in the thousands, with dozens of brick, stone and wooden buildings lining Main Street — a busy, bawdy, exciting town whose spark lasted only eleven years.
While most of Kingston’s original storefronts are gone, the bank building survived, having stayed in use as a post office, storage for mining equipment, and as a private museum. The bank’s elegant interior, with its massive art-deco vault and fine wood cabinetry, remains intact. Its tall handsome front doors are opening again for weekend travelers out enjoying the mountain roads and villages.
The foyer will remain a museum, while the bank’s large interior room will showcase the art and crafts of the former Percha Creek Traders Artists’ Cooperative in Hillsboro. The back room, where bankers kept their coats and ate their lunches by the woodstove, will house antiques and collectibles. Along the bank’s east wall, on a lawn with shade trees, will be a picnic area, where visitors may enjoy hot coffee, cold drinks, and tasty snacks.
The Historic Percha Bank is located at 46 Main Street in Kingston. Regular hours will be Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
Call 575-895-5652 for more information.