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VISUAL NOURISHMENT: Artists Betsy Farmer and Jack Remington dish up top-notch art in a new exhibit at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

A fiber artist, Farmer's creative breadbasket includes handmade paper, creative stitchery, weaving and collage. Her paper paintings are made from plants and vegetables like cabbage, bok choy, agave, abaca and flax. Farmer works the materials into non-representational, visual poetry, intended to "reflect a special moment, a memory, or an element of nature with its wonder."

Remington's Explorations in Monotype is likewise meant to evoke a mood, and define a "lyrical space for the viewer...organic forms and spaces of solitude." Working from drawings or photographs, he builds upon them with translucent layers of oil-based color and patterns on papers, meant to create "a bridge between a stable interior landscape of metaphor, and an exterior one of changeable experience."

The exhibit continues through March 30 in the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 623-3668.

MEANDERING MUSES: Trek through Tucson's creative soul with another downtown ArtWalk.

Held the first and third Thursday of every month, these enlightening, one-and-a-half-hour strolls tour galleries and studios. They offer visitors a chance to chat with artists, and often include special discussions. Tonight, the GOCAIA gallery hosts Native American storyteller Gerard Tsonakwa, who discusses his tribal heritage and his work; in conjunction with his wife, Yolaikia, Tsonakwa creates artwork from bone, stone and wood.

ArtWalk participants meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in El Centro Cultural, 40 W. Broadway Blvd. For information, call 624-9977.

DARK LOVE: High-powered love takes control when Lydia Millet reads from her new novel, George Bush, Dark Prince of Love.

Written with razor-sharp satiric wit, and packed with wry observations, the book features an ex-con who becomes unexpectedly smitten with our nation's 41st president during his inaugural address. Says Sinatraland author Sam Kashner: "George Bush should be so lucky as to read this wickedly funny new novel...Millet's characters are etched in acid, but it all goes down like Holland gin." (See "Bush S.W.A.K." in last week's Books section for details.)

Free reading begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. For details, call 792-3715.

DEEP THOUGHTS: Catalina State Park digs into the past for its Archaeology Open House.

Celebrating Arizona Archaeology Awareness month, the park will offer walking tours through the Romero Ruins, site of a Hohokam village circa 550 to 1450. The spot also includes remains of pioneer Francisco Romero's 1860s ranch buildings. Latter-day artists demonstrate various prehistoric Native American skills, including rock art and primitive pottery firing.

Free one-hour tours run continuously from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in Catalina State Park, at Milepost 81 on Oracle Road. For information, call 628-5798.

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