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▼ Zane Ben­nett Con­tem­po­rary Art an­nounces the open­ing of form & con­cept, a non­profit art cen­ter, at the gallery’s for­mer ad­dress (435 S. Guadalupe St.). The gallery gen­er­ated buzz in the art com­mu­nity last sum­mer when it closed its doors on July 4. The new cen­ter ex­plores the bound­aries be­tween art, craft, and de­sign and of­fers ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, artist talks, and a retail space. An artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram is also in de­vel­op­ment. The in­au­gu­ral ex­hibit, Made in the Desert, opens on Fri­day, May 27, at 5 p.m., and runs through Aug. 22. The show presents works by craft artists work­ing in New Mex­ico and Ari­zona. Call 505-982- 8111.

▼ A con­tro­ver­sial state Se­nate bill (SB 226) is be­ing in­tro­duced at the 52nd Leg­is­la­ture Se­cond Ses­sion. The bill, spon­sored by Sen. JohnArthurSmith, D-Dem­ing, pro­poses a new tax on the sale of fine arts. Op­po­nents of the bil l have st ar t ed a pe­tit i on on­line at www. pe­ti­tion­buzz. com called “Stop the Art Tax.” A post from Sun­day, Jan. 31, on the com­mu­nity Face­book page “Stop the New Mex­ico Art Tax,” started by the Santa Fe Gallery As­so­ci­a­tion, states that “the only re­sult will be to put smaller New Mex­ico gal­leries and artists at a dis­tinct dis­ad­van­tage against their com­peti­tors in other states, and fur­ther stress the strug­gling New Mex­ico art in­dus­try.” Read more about SB 226 at the New Mex­ico State Leg­is­la­ture web­site: www.nm­

▼ Pip­pin Con­tem­po­rary (200 Canyon Road), founded by artist Aleta Pip­pin in 2011, is re­lo­cat­ing to 409 Canyon Road in Fe­bru­ary and ex­pand­ing the num­ber of artists it rep­re­sents. The move to the for­mer lo­ca­tion of the Tom Ross Gallery, which also pro­vides Pip­pin Con­tem­po­rary with more gallery space, is ac­com­pa­nied by the ad­di­tion of six artists to Pip­pin’s cur­rent ros­ter: Tom Ross, Re­becca Haines, Gina Rossi, Mar­garet Nes, John Char­bon­neau, and Paul White. “Mov­ing to our per­ma­nent home is the cul­mi­na­tion of a dream that be­gan when I opened Pip­pin Con­tem­po­rary,” Pip­pin said in a state­ment. “It pro­vides sta­bil­ity for our artists, our col­lec­tors, and our busi­ness. Santa Fe is an amaz­ingly cre­ative and cul­tural town. By tak­ing this step of in­vest­ing in a per­ma­nent home, I’ve af­firmed my strong be­lief in Santa Fe as an im­por­tant arts desti­na­tion.” The grand open­ing, which co­in­cides with the gallery’s five-year an­niver­sary, takes place at 5 p.m. on Fri­day, May 27.

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