January 2019

Southwest Art Scene

El Paso
Las Cruces
Other Southern New Mexico

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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.

Arte Con Corazon — El Paso Human Services Inc.’s art auction to benefit former foster youth is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at El Paso International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, with works from some of El Paso’s finest artists. Admission: $10. Information: 534-7227 or elpasohumanservices.org.

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700, ballroommarfa.org or Facebook.
  Showing through Feb. 18: ”The Way You Make Me Feel: Artists’ Film International 2018,” featuring work by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, including “First Person Shooter.” Huffman’s film will be complemented by newly commissioned sculptural work, paintings, and video.

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 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 479-2926 or bertsaldana.com.

Celebration of Our Mountains Art Exhibit — The 18th annual exhibit is on display at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, featuring artwork depicting the region’s mountains by area artists. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.

Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Franklin G. Smith Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends by request. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham/.
  Showing through April 15:“BorDNAndo... ‘Una mirada a la frontera a través del Arte’ (A look at the border through Art),” sculptures by Majo (Mirna Ajo). The art focuses on the social dynamics of the El Paso and Juárez border, with themes such as Border, Time, Desert, El Bordo, Spanglish, Cruzando el Charco and Interuniverso.

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. Grounds close at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 ($10 students). Information: (432) 729-4362 or chinati.org.
  A Sunset an Chinati evening viewing of Judd’s works and Robert Irwin’s untitled (dusk to dawn) works is 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. Admission: $10, check in at visitor center.

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. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, office@elpasoartassociation.com, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
  Showing Jan. 18-Feb. 22: “con.FIGURE.ation.five.2019” figure and portrait award show. Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
  Entry deadline for artists is Jan. 9. See website for prospectus.
  Understanding Drawing class with Ron Fritsch is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16. Cost: $150.

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.
  Showing through Jan. 20: “After Posada: Revolution,” works by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). The exhibition, drawn from the collection of Lineaus Hooper Lorette, recontextualizes Posada’s influential work.
  Showing through Feb. 27: Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture Series: The Haitian Revolution.” In 1937 Lawrence, a 20-year-old graduate of the American Artist School in New York, began a group of tempera panels about the Haitian Revolution. His first series tells the story of Haiti’s struggle for independence from France through the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742–1803), a slave turned revolutionary leader.
  Showing through April 7: “Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon.” The exhibition features the Marfa artist’s production from the last five years.
  Artist Anabel Najera, a recent UTEP art student and UTEP Associate Professor Vincent Burke will discuss the inspiration behind her figural installation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.
  In partnership with El Paso Pro-Musica’s Chamber Festival, free Bach’s Lunch performances are noon Thursdays, Jan. 10-31:
Jan. 10: Vega String Quartet and William Ransom
Jan. 17: “Reflections on a Desert Winter” with pianist Dominic Dousa and violist Steven Nordstrom
Jan. 24: Yulia Gorenman
Jan. 31: Break of Reality.
  The museum houses a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works of art with strengths in American and Mexican art and European art, including a collection of 13th to 18th century paintings and sculptures donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Information: 851-0742 or 474-1800, or albertoescamilla.com.

Golden Eagle Gallery — 1501 Main Street, in the San Elizario Historic District. Showing through Dec. 30: “Faces of India,” photographs by Lance R. Levine. 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.

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. 28: “Latina Arte,” with works by Latina artists Teresa Fernandez, Carmen Navar, Romy Hawkins, Martha Arzabala, Leticia Luevanos, Lillian Sandoval, Erica Zamora and Isabel Olivares.
  ARTalk is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.
  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 Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free guided tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747, internationalmuseumofart.net or on Facebook.

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. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.
  The 21st annual Virgen de Guadalupe juried art award exhibit runs through Jan. 14.

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s next meeting is 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. El Paso artist Krystyna Robbins will lead timed “quick sketches” of people that can be turned into pastel sketches. The program is free and open to the public. Membership is $35. Information: 490-3978.

PhotoWalk 2018 exhibit — The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, 910 E. San Antonio, hosts an exhibition that captures the essence of the places and the community of the border region through Jan. 2. Consulate hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition consists of the work of 50 photographers, who participated in the Eleventh World Edition of the Photowalk on Oct. 6, with participants from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Canutillo, Alamogordo and El Paso. Admission is free. Information: 533-3644 or consulmex.sre.gob.mx/elpaso.

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, rubincenter.utep.edu or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
  Showing Jan. 24-April 6:
• ‘Sections: New Cities, Future Ruins at the Border,’ in the Rubin Gallery. The four-year curatorial initiative invited artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt.
• “Convergence: New Contemporary Painting from Thinkspace” in the L Gallery. A series of paintings by emerging and established artists associated with the New Contemporary Art movement – a return to realism and representation in painting with an embrace of popular and counter-culture, with themes that range from the fantastic to the mundane.
• “A Piece of Our Mind: Posters By Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding,” in the Project Space. The exhibit showcases 47 posters of provocative and contemplative works about hunger, the environment, immigration and human rights. Scorsone and Drueding bring the power of visual literacy, irony and humor to these issues.
  Opening reception for all three exhibits it 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

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.
  Featured gallery artists include Albert Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Rob Mack, Palmira Lopez, Manuel Alvarado, Maria Branch, Bert Saldaña, Joanna Franco, Melissa Himes, M. Concepcion, Robert Lichlyter, Amado Pena Jr. and Arturo Avalos.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

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 (Jan. 12). Participating galleries are University Art Gallery, Cutter Gallery, DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, Rokoko Gallery, Four Points Perspective and Art Obscura. Hours vary per location. Information: (575) 523-6403. Schedule: daarts.org.

Art Obscura Gallery — The fine arts, antiques and collectibles shop and gallery is at 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 Jan. 6: “In Bloom,” works by Deret Robert in the Main Gallery, and “Eupepsia,” works by Shaunia Grant in the Tiny Gallery.

ArtRageous — Doña Ana Arts Council offers community art classes 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. selected Wednesdays at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D. Classes include materials, light refreshments and a glass of wine. No experience is necessary; all levels welcome. Wear old clothes or smock. Cost $30 per class (includes materials and light refreshments). Class size limited. Registration: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
Jan. 9: Pour Painting with Barbara Armstrong.
Jan. 16: Gold Metal Leaf with Linda Gendall
Jan. 23: Painting with oils with Jeri Dosrochers
Feb. 27: Painting De Grazia style with Sally Quillin.

Colorful Trails Second Saturday Open Studios — Several Las Cruces artists will host studio open houses noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
• Gypsy Sage Artists Marj Leininger, at 4118 Calle Belleza (Sonoma Ranch). Watercolors and mixed media. Information: (575) 520-9245.
• Kathleen Deasy, 625 Van Patten. Oils and mixed media on canvas. Information: (828) 467-9060.
• Penny Duncklee’s Art Studio, 1201 2nd. Plein air watercolors. Acoustic guitar music by Larry Stocker. Information: (575) 523-1889 or pennyduncklee.com.
• Roy Van der AA acrylic and mixed media, 2645 Dona Ana Road. Featured artist for January is Christopher Bardey. Information: (575) 520-8752.
• Debra Vance studio at 2200 W. Union Ave, west of Hwy. 28. Watercolor paintings and cards. Information: 970-405-5784 or haciendavance.com.
  Artists wanting to participate in future events should notify Kathleen Deasy one month prior: (828) 467-9060 or kdarts2u@gmail.com.

Cutter Gallery — 2640 El Paseo (at University), Las Cruces. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 541-0658 or thecuttergallery.com.

Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center — The gallery at the DAAC Arts Council Arts & Culture Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gallery closed through Jan. 1. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.

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.

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. Museum closed Jan. 1. Information: (575) 541-2137 or las-cruces.org/museums.
Showing through Jan. 12: The annual “Bird in Art: Takes Flight and Soars” exhibit with dynamic and contemplative interpretations of avian marvels via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years.
  “Artventurous” free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. December’s events are holiday-themed.
  Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month, next door in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.
  Studio art classes for children, teens, and adults are Jan. 22-March 9 (Session 1) and March 26-May 11 (Session 2). Students must register in person 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until classes are filled.

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.
  January’s featured artists are Roberta Widner and Kurt Van Wagner. The state of New Mexico and its people have been frequent subjects for Widner’s varied media paintings. She has also gained inspiration from her travels in Europe. Wagner is an accomplished self-taught digital artist who transforms his personal photographs into art.

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.

Rio Grande Theatre Gallery — 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook.

Studio Art Classes — Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N Main, offers Spring 2019 art classes for children, teens, and adults Jan. 22-March 9 (Session 1) and March 26-May 11 (Session 2). Registration is at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main. Students must register in person 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until classes are filled. Information: (575) 541-2137 or museums.las-cruces.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.
  Showing Jan. 11-26: Invitational exhibit featuring works inspired by or reflecting the song “What’s That I Hear” by Phil Ochs.
  Artist reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, with music, wine, refreshments and presentation of awards.
  A “soft” reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Other So. New Mexico

Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Jan. 12) 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 Jan. 5-30: “Arts of the Old West” showcasing artists from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Tularosa, Tijeras, Hachita, T or C and Deming who preserve the traditional working art forms such as boot making, leather working, lariat braiding, tin-punching, spurs, bits, buckles and more. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6.
  Talks and demonstration from some of the artists are Saturday, Jan. 4; call for times.
  Tin Punching classes are Monday, Jan. 7. Cost: $15. Advance payment and sign-up required. Call for registration and times.

Grant County Art Guild Gallery - For its 50th anniversary, the Grant County Art Guild will move its gallery from Pinos Altos to the former Hester House building, corner of Hester and Bullard in historic downtown Silver City. The gallery features paintings, photography, prints, greeting cards, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, home décor, and more. Open year round 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed holidays. Information: (575) 538-8216, gcag.org or on Facebook at Grant County Art Guild.

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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