Southwest Art Scene El Paso
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Life Drawing sessions are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $10 per session..
Agave Rosa Gallery — The gallery and studio of Manuel Piña is at 905 Noble (next to the International Museum of Art). Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: 533-8011.
Art Windows of El Paso — The City of El Paso’s art space in El Paso at El Paso International Airport’s main lobby. Information: 780-4781 or flyelpaso.com.
Opening reception for artist Steve Hastings (whose colorful, graphic Southwest images have been featured on El Paso Scene covers) is 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street (at Hwy 90) in Marfa. Hours are 10 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Gallery and “Stone Circle” installation located east of Marfa at end of Golf Course Road. Information: (432) 729-3600, ballroommarfa.org or Facebook.
Showing through April 19, 2020: “Solange Pessoa: Longilonge,” the first solo U.S. museum exhibition of the noted Brazilian artist. Pessoa’s three decades of work span the mediums of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, and video. The exhibition will include new work that responds to the cultural and natural landscape in West Texas, alongside existing pieces made in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where the artist lives and works.
Bert Saldana Art Gallery — The gallery featuring Southwestern Art is at 1501 Main Street in the San Elizario Arts District. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 479-2926 or bertsaldana.com.
Celebration of Our Mountains Art Exhibit — The annual exhibit runs year round in Ardovino Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Artwork changes every September. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas. Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati Foundation houses one of the world’s largest collections of permanently installed contemporary art. The museum is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 ($10 students). Information: (432) 729-4362 or chinati.org.
Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed through Jan. 7. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
Showing through Feb. 28: “con.FIGURE.ation.six.2020.with.a.twist,” juried exhibit featuring figurative artwork of various styles and media. Judge is NMSU Associate Professor of painting and drawing, Craig Cully, who will give an art talk 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
Painting classes with Ron Fritsch are Saturday Feb . 22-May 2 (no classes March 14, April 11, April 18, April 25). Watercolor class is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; acrylic/oil is 1-4 p.m. Cost is $140 each course.
Life Drawing sessions are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $10 per session.
Dozal Art Gallery — The gallery of award-winning artist Robert Dozal is at 1445 Main Street in the San Elizario Art District. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or by appointment. Information: 777-5237 or robertdozalartwork.weebly.com.
Dozal’s portraits and landscapes range from very realistic to expressionistic in style. He specializes in oil, watercolor and acrylics.
El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free unless noted otherwise. Information: 212-0300 or epma.art.
“I Love El Paso: An Evening with Power Couple Rick & Ginger Francis” is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Rick Francis serves as chairman and CEO of WestStar Bank and is a former chairman of Texas Tech Board of Regents. Ginger Francis served as Chairman of the Board for the El Paso Museum of Art during construction and renovation of the downtown complex. The couple will share their stories, wisdom, and experiences at the annual event. Beer tasting by DeadBeach Brewery, wine tasting by Wine Attitude, and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free but RSVP requested due to limited space.
The museum hosts an “Amor” event Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, as part of its “Art Getaways” weekend series centered around blockbuster exhibitions at the museum. “Amor” is inspired by the exhibition El Paso Museum of Art: 60 Years of Collecting with drop-in calligraphy workshops, a live set by DJ Shawn Cartier, and performances by Odd Lab. Registration at epma.art.
Showing through April 12: “The El Paso Museum of Art: 60 Years of Collecting.” with paintings, sculptures, and prints from across EPMA’s significant holdings, and accounts by people key to the museum’s success.
Showing through April 12: “Leo Villareal: Early Light.” Border artist Villareal is now known internationally for activating spaces with LED light. He created the Bay Lights, a now-permanent artwork of 25,000 LEDs along a nearly two-mile expanse of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Showing through Aug. 16: “Lake Valley,” exhibition of a video and sound by Rachel Rose. The exhibit features a ten-minute video and sound installation that follows a day in the life of a young girl and her pet. Taking elements from children’s literature, Rose joins dreamy imagery with an ethereal soundtrack to create a story without words.
Informal gallery focus talks are 6 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 20, and March 12 and 26. Free and open to the public.
A curator-led Tour + Lunch with Kate Green is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Cost: $15; reservation at epma.art.
Texas Tech hosts free design lectures in the auditorium. Space is limited. Information: depts.ttu.edu/elpaso/arch/.
• Feb. 27: “Twisted” with Mehrdad Hadighi, Studio for Architecture, Head of Architecture, Penn State
• March 5: “Building/Unbuilding” with Yolande Daniels, Studio SUMO, USC.
“Talks and Reception: Mexican Modernism to Latinx,” focusing on new artists and their works featured at the museum, is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Speaker is Dr. E Carmen Ramos, Smithsonian American Art Museum Deputy Chief Curator. Guest artists are Celia Álvarez Muñoz and Adrian Esparza.
El Paso Studio Tour call for artists — The 13th annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour invites artists to participate at its open studio events April 25-26 and May 2-3. The April tour includes Eastside, Northeast, Downtown and Mission Valley. The May tour includes studios in the West Side and Upper Valley.
Deadline to register is March 1. Information and entry form at pleinairpaintersofelpaso.com.
Art lovers browse the private studios, meet the artists and shop for fine art. Admission is free and refreshments are served at each studio. Sponsored by the Hal Marcus Gallery and El Paso Scene.
Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop — The gallery of impressionist painter Alberto Escamilla is at 1445 Main Street in San Elizario. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Information: 851-0742, or albertoescamilla.com.
The gallery and other shops and galleries at Placita Madrid host their annual Valentine’s Day weekend events 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16.
‘Expresiones’ — The exhibition of 13 works by Mexican artist Susana Alvarado runs Feb. 7-27 at Consulate General de Mexico, 910 E. San Antonio. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Information: 747-3227 or consulmex.sre.gob.mex/elpaso.
Each work tells a story through the brush, oil painting, and canvas, with a style of contrasts, warm colors, chiaroscuro and carnations with realism.
Flor De Barro Gallery — 6721 Westwind. The gallery specializes in fine art pottery from Mata Ortiz, with galleries showcasing works by Don Juan Quezada, and Jesus Guerrero Santos. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 259-8059 or flordebarrogallery.com.
Galentine’s Day event, with complimentary glass of rosé, chocolate strawberries and the opportunity to create art (materials included) is 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Couples are invited to a similar event 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Each event is $35 per person. Registration requested. BYOB encouraged.
Galeria Lincoln — The new gallery at 3915 Rosa Avenue, close to Lincoln Park at I-10 and U.S. 54 is owned and operated by Tino Ortega and Diego Martinez. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. A Grand Opening is planned for Saturday, Feb. 8. Information: @galeria_lincoln on Instagram, GaleriaLincoln@gmail.com or call 730-0139.
Golden Eagle Gallery — 1501 Main Street, in the San Elizario Historic District. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0093 or on Facebook.
Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. The gallery specializes in local and early El Paso art. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Showing through Feb. 27: “20/20 Visionary” featuring 20 artists: Ho Baron, Jon Gore, Victor Hugo Soto, Adelaide Marcus, Mario Marcus, Diego “Robot” Martinez, Tino Ortega, Mark Rojas, Marcos Rey, Carolina H. Villarreal, Stephen El Rey, Sebastian, Teresa Fernandez, Mago Gandara Orona, Eugene Jesse Henry, Jorge Guzman and more. An ARTalk is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. A closing reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.
Showing March 19-June 26: Early El Paso Masters.
Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.
Ho Baron Sculpture Garden and Studio – Baron’s surreal outdoor sculpture garden at 2830 Aurora (at Piedras) is visible from the street, featuring several of his large-scale works. His indoor studio hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. The indoor studio features his sculpture, drawings, and art assemblages as well as access to a second private sculpture garden. Information: 915-562-7820 or hobaron.com.
International Museum of Art — 1211 Montana. The museum is operated by the International Association for the Visual Arts in the historic Turney Home.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Information: 543-6747, internationalmuseumofart.net or on Facebook.
Showing through February is ”Love Is...” pieces in an assortment of mediums from various artists based on subjects that evoke emotional responses from the artists, as well as the viewers. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.
Museum tours for groups of five or more available with advanced notice; contribution of $1 per person encouraged.
JR’s Art Gallery & Tea Room — 1445 Main at Placita Madrid in San Elizario. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Music under the Porch offered the First Friday of each month. Information: 820-7261.
La Bodega Art Center — The gallery of acclaimed local artist Gaspar Enriquez is at 1456 Main, San Elizario. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Original work, prints and tiles on display. Enriquez, often identified as “the quintessential Chicano Texas artist,” taught art for 30 years at Bowie High School. His works range from local murals to a portrait hanging in the National Portrait Gallery. Information: 892-0995 or gasparenriquez.com.
La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 434-9711.
Artwork from the Hanks learning community is on display Feb. 3-28.
The Black History Month Art Contest and Exhibit is Feb. 3-28, with reception and awards 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Vote.”
La Mesa Gallery — The gallery located on Hwy. 28, one block from Chope’s restaurant in La Mesa, features artists from Hatch, Las Cruces, La Mesa, Berino and El Paso. Hours are 11 to 3, Friday and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday 1 to 3 or by appointment. Information: (575) 644-3756.
Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s first meeting of year is 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, featuring a pastel demonstration by multi-media artist C. Manny Guerra. Guerra works in pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolors. Society membership is $35. Information: Linda Parsons: 549-2950 or email@example.com.
Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s monthly meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Guest speaker is commercial artist Mark Yerrington, who will discuss his visit to “The Truth of Nature” exhibit of Claude Monet at the Denver Museum of Art. The club meets the third Wednesday of the month, and guests are welcome. Annual dues are $35. Information: 490-3978.
Romy Hawkins Studio Gallery — The gallery at 1445 Main in San Elizario features Metal Art, Crosses, Retablos and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 929-8074.
Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is off Dawson Drive next to the Sun Bowl. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday (open until 7 p.m. Thursday) and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 747-6151, rubin.utep.edu or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
Showing Jan. 30-April 17 in the Rubin and L galleries: 2020 UTEP Department of Art Biennial Faculty Exhibition. This year’s exhibition includes art by students from the department. Opening reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.
In conjunction with the exhibit, selected artists will offer talks and workshops February events at noon on the following Thursdays:
• Feb. 13: “Graphic Design: Is the “Client Always Right?,” with Clive Cochran, Antonio Castro H., Jacob Muñoz and Anne M. Giangiulio in the auditorium.
• Feb. 20: “Framing Precarity: Art Education and Images of the Grievable Life of Children” with Heather Kaplan in the auditorium
• Feb. 27: DIY Woodframing with Nicholas Gialanella in Fox Fine Arts Woodshop, Room 262.
A free concert and conversation by award-winning songwriter Larry Lesser is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, celebrating his new CD of original songs based on Jewish texts and universal messages, hosted by UTEP Religious Studies.
San Elizario Art District — Several galleries and artist studios are located 1445 to 1501 Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on the Mission Trail. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 474-1800 or 851-0093.
To get there, take Loop 375 South from I-10, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to Main Street.
Artists include Albert Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Romy Hawkins, Bert Saldaña, and Gaspar Enriquez.
Schuster Designs Studio — 5536 Westside Drive (Upper Valley). The newly opened art studio, home to Pam Schuster Designs, is open by appointment and during special events. Current artists featured are painter Jane Caldwell Peacock, jewelry artist Tamara Michalina St. Jean of Tamajesy Roar, ceramics by Ana Iguaran, Repujado by Romy Hawkins, and Home Goods by Kate Fennell Carlson. Information: (432) 208-7927.
• Ceramic Heart with Terry Wright, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. Cost: $75
• Beginning Metals with Pam Schuster, 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Cost: $175 (includes materials).
• Bead Weaving with Cindy from Pins and Needles and Aghaa’ Hat Co., noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16. Cost: $120 (including kit)
• Introduction to Argentium with Pam Schuster Saturday, Feb. 22. Cost: $240 (materials included).
• Beginning Glass Fusing with Pam Schuster, Saturday, Feb. 29. Cost: $100.
Street Art Pop Up by Zona Centro — Zona Centro Mexican Eatery, 218 E. Mills, features monthly pop up street art 7 to 11 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. Information: 444-8439 or on Facebook at ZonaCentroElPaso.
Westside Art Guild — The guild meets at 10 a.m. every second Monday of the month (Feb. 10) at Polly Harris Center, 650 Wallenberg (off Mesa Hills). All artists and non-artists welcome to attend; artists demonstrations and professional speakers also welcome. Refreshments served. Membership fee: $20 for September through May. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xolo Gallery — The contemporary art gallery is at 2812 N. Piedras. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Information: 264-2777 or xologallery.com.
Southern New Mexico
‘For the Love of Art month’ — February is “For the Love of Arts Month” in Las Cruces, celebrating the city’s various performing and visual arts. The month, sponsored by ArtForms, is highlighted by several special studio tours, exhibits, readings and performances. Information: artformsnm.org. See various gallery listings for event details.
10-10 Arts Hop — Doña Ana Arts Council hosts “12 Hours of Art in Las Cruces” with events 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the second Saturday of every month (Feb. 8). Participating galleries are DAAC Arts & Cultural Center (4 to 7 p.m.), NMSU University Art Gallery (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Rokoko Gallery (4 to 7 p.m.), and Art Obscura (7 to 10 p.m.). Information: (575) 523-6403. Schedule: daarts.org.
Agave Artists — The artist-owned cooperative gallery is at 2250 Calle de San Albino, off the historic plaza in Mesilla, N.M. The gallery exhibits the work of 20 local and regional artists in a variety of media, including paintings and other wall art, plus 3-D sculpture and ceramic art, as well as original jewelry. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.
Information: (575) 339-9870, email@example.com or agaveartists.com.
The gallery will celebrate its six-month anniversary with a reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
As part of For the Love of Art Months, artists Leslie Toombs, Paul Vakselis and Ana Maria Uranga will host a plein air session in Josefina’s Garden located at the gallery’s side yard 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. All ages welcome to bring art supplies, ask questions and enjoy some refreshments.
Also for February, five current and founding member artists will host open studios on weekends, including Noël Sandino, Roy van der Aa, Leslie Toombs, and Mary Diesel with guest artist Laurie Churchill. Details to be announced.
Art Obscura Gallery — 3206 Harrelson in Las Cruces (Mesilla Park area). Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 494-7256, Artobscuragallery.com or on Facebook.
Showing through Feb. 3: “Terra Incognita,” new oil paintings by Aaron Morgan Brown in the Main Gallery, and “Learning Grounds,” print work by Devin Lowther in the Tiny Room.
ArtForms Studio Tour — The Las Cruces-based ArtForms Artist Association of New Mexico presents its 22nd annual Studio Tours selected Saturdays and Sundays in February in celebration of “For the Love of Art Month.” The tour features 30 area artists at Las Cruces galleries and studios, many not normally available to the public. Go to artformsnm.org for list of participating galleries and studios, and which will be open on which weekends.
Chaos Collaboration — Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s Teen Programs 6th annual art show for teens by teens is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Entries due by Feb. 14. Information: (575) 541-2455.
An artist reception with musical performances is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Winner announced at 7 p.m.
DAAC Arts & Cultural Center — The Doña Ana Arts Council Center is at 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
Showing in February is an exhibit by members of ArtForms, with opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the 10-10 Arts Hop.
The monthly “Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley” educational and networking meeting is noon Friday, Feb. 28. This month features members of Art Farms. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
“Get ArtRageous” art classes are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. selected Wednesdays. No experience is necessary; all levels welcome. Wear old clothes or smock; as some materials will get messy. Cost $35 per class (includes materials and light refreshments).
• Feb. 5: “Watercolor Valentines” with Jan Hampton
• Feb. 19: “Getting Your Work Seen Online: A Template Website Approach” with Mary Diesel.
“Art in Paris” classes, led by Kathleen Key, are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 17-March 23, or 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 20-March 26. Cost: $100 for 12 weeks or $20 per seminar; light refreshments served. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
A six-week series on ”French Impressionism” is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 18-25.
Design & Create Workshops — Thomas Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces, host free monthly workshops at 2 p.m. select Wednesdays. All materials provided, but space is limited. Registration required. Information: (575) 528-4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Feb. 19: Painted Rocks
• March 18: Fabric Pots.
Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at art venues of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508.
Impressions Studio — 4116 Calle Belleza, in the Sonoma Ranch area of Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Look for the blue flag. Featured are Marj Leininger, Gypsy Sage Artist, and Kim Miller, Forever Flowers Yard Art through February, as part of For the Love of Art Month. The work in a range of media-from watercolor on yupo, acrylic, colored pencil and draped figures to reclaimed glass designing yard art such as totems, flowers, birdbaths/feeders and solar cholla cactus. Information: (575) 520-9245
Las Cruces Arts Fair — Doña Ana Arts Council’s 10th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 6-8 in the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University. More than 100 artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in eight categories, including jewelry, mixed media, fabric, painting and drawing, print making and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculpture. This year’s featured artist is Abel Garcia, a Las Cruces and Tortugas Pueblo native who lives and works in Dallas and is recognized worldwide for his colorful images and innovative techniques.
Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A special procession and blessing by the elders and dancers of the Tortugas Indians and the Tortugas Parish Church will kick off the fair Friday. Visitors to the Fair are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to participate in the procession that will start promptly at 5:10 p.m. Photos may be taken of the procession participants.
Tickets: $10 at the door; $15 for a two-adult pass when purchased in advance; free for age 12 and under. Ticket holders may reenter the event one additional day at no charge. Tickets available in advance at DAAC offices, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla or online at daarts.org. Information: (575) 523-6403.
The DAAC offers two student booths, representing emerging artists from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College.
Silent auction featuring works by each participating artist is 2 p.m. Sunday.
A Quick Art contest is 11 a.m. to noon with 25 artists, including this year’s featured artist, creating art as the audience watches, with all pieces then available to purchase by silent auction.
Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N. Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Information: (575) 541-2137, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Showing through Sept. 12: “Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas” traveling exhibition by the American Museum of Natural History. It showcases the world of modern paleontology by introducing a dynamic vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study them. Through using realistic models and casts, visitors can experience Cretaceous period dinosaurs in new and intimate ways.
A “Dinosaurs Discoveries” event is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 Saturday, Feb. 1, with a “Jaws, Paws & Claws” hands-on experience 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A gallery tour 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. An “Artventurous” event in the connector between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature & Science is 10 a.m. to noon with hands-on arts and crafts. February’s theme is “Fauvism.”
• Feb. 1: Henri Matisse
• Feb. 8: Andre Derain
• Feb. 15: Georges Braque
• Feb. 22: Robert Antoine Pinchon
• Feb. 29: Maurice de Vlaminck
Dino Nights are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month; Feb. 6 and 20 and March 5 and 19.
Education Station is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, for youth and teens, and Saturday, Feb. 22, for adults), with a is Pictorial Landscape Collage, at Branigan Center.
Reading Art Book Club is Wednesday, Feb. 12 to discuss “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.
A talk on Yayoi Kusama is 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, as part of the museum’s monthly “Listen to Your Art” lecture series.
“Artventurous” free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
Spring 2020 Session 2 Studio Art Classes are Feb. 20-March 28.
‘Mathematics Made Visible’ — Works by the Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists are featured through the month at Funky Karma Incense and Tea Shop, 3207 S. Main, Las Cruces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Reception is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Information: (575) 933-9797.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery — 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across from the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: (575) 522-2933 or mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
Featured in February are oil painter Ray Baird and digital artists Kurt Van Wagner. Baird’s work uses translucent, complementary colors. Wagner transforms his personal photographs into collectable works of art. The gallery will celebrate “For the Love of Art Month” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, with gallery artists and refreshments.
Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite, Las Cruces. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 640-3502 or mesquiteartgallery.com.
Showing Feb. 6-29: Southwestern Calligraphy Guild works. Founded in 2005, the guild provides a forum for people interested in the art of beautiful writing. They study calligraphy, as well as, related paper arts including bookbinding, marbling, journaling, watercolor and more. Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter — The chapter meets 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Administration Building Art Room, at Good Samaritan Society Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces. The program is a ”Chinese Painting and Mounting on Rice Paper” presentation by Jacques Barriac. He will also review various aspects of Chinese watercolor paintings, including traditional and Western Chinese painting techniques, brushes, and the many papers that can be used. Meeting begins at 2 p.m.; presentation at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (915) 217-3698 or nmwatercolorsociety.org.
Tombaugh Gallery — First Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: (575) 522-7281, uuchurchlc.org or on Facebook at Tombaugh Gallery.
Submissions are being taken from regional artists through April 10 for 2021. For submission details email Judy Licht at email@example.com or visit uuchurchlc.org/about-us/our-art-gallery.
Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Feb. 8) in the downtown gallery district. The event features the monthly art opening of new shows throughout the galleries of Truth or Consequences, including fine arts, pottery, and fabric arts. Many shops and restaurants stay open late for this monthly event, with live music in several locations. Information torcmainstreet.org.
Deming Arts Center — The Deming Arts Council gallery and gift shop, 100 Gold in Deming, N.M., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 546-3663, demingarts.org or on Facebook.
Showing Feb. 1-27: “Deming Student Art,” best works by the various Deming Arts Council students. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.
FeVa Fotos show — The 2020 FeVa Fotos show, featuring images by Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan, runs through February at Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery, Wells Fargo Building at 1201 Pope in Silver City. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Information: mimbresarts.org.
This year’s theme is “Silver City is a State of Mind.” Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The exhibit focuses on the unique character (and characters) found in Silver City.
MRAC Gallery — The Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery is in the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 1201 Pope (at 12th) in Silver City. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Information: (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org.
Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Information: (575) 894-0572 or riobravofineartgallery.com.
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Adair Margo Gallery - Gallery for many nationally renowned area artists, other national contemporary artists.
El Paso Museum of Art - Our new art museum is the jewel of Downtown El Paso, with world-class exhibits
Hal Marcus Gallery: See Hal's best-known works, including El Mercado Juarez, Four Seasons of El Paso, La Familia, and his new children's book, "Aunt Alice Alligator's Animal Alphabet Album." www.halmarcus.com
Studio W - The El Paso region's foremost gallery of western and other representational Southwest art.