August 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.

Arts International entries — The El Paso Art Association is taking entries through Aug. 20 for the 52nd annual Arts International Juried Exhibition, Texas’s largest international juried art exhibit, to be held in October at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Prospectus and entry available at Information: 534-7377.
  Competition open to both EPAA members and non-members, in 2D and 3D works, with more $5000 to be awarded in prizes. This year’s judge is Victoria Ramirez, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art.

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700, or Facebook.
  Showing through September: “Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine,” commissioned works by Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez. The title refers to a facet of each artist’s contribution to the show, which range from wax pours to robotic storytellers to provisional shelters and beyond.

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

Celebration of Our Mountains Art Exhibit — Entries for the 19th annual exhibit 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 1 at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, being taken through 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Artists are invited to submit up to six pieces inspired by and focusing on the region’s mountains at the offices Entry fee: $10 per piece; works may be submitted in person or digitally. Information: (575) 589-0653 or
  Exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 26, in Ardovino Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall. Show will remain up through Sept. 2020, but artists may pick up their work after December 2019.

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

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,, or on Facebook.
  Showing through Aug. 2: “American Expression,” artworks and artwords celebrating the United States.
  An opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, for “The Heat is On! An Encaustic Art Exhibit.” Encaustic is an ancient art medium using colored wax and heat. Artists in Jan Wisbrun Dreher, Brigitte von Ahn, Joyce Stine and more than a dozen others, including featured artists from the Westside Art Guild. The exhibit continues through Sept. 13.
  A free ”Essentials of Framing” art demo with Nick Munoz is 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

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
  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
  The museum’s upstairs galleries are closed for renovations through Sept. 27.The museum’s first floor will remain open and free to the public.
  Showing through Aug. 7: “Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland.” Born in 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico, painter and illustrator Castro has lived and worked for most his life in the El Paso/Juárez borderland. This exhibition shares his vision of the region through more than two dozen paintings and illustrations created over 60 years. It also features materials related to his process and some of the illustrations he made for books and El Paso’s longtime department store, The Popular.
  La Sala de Arte: A Community Art Studio 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. selected days for children and adults to enjoy art throughout the summer with an artist-in-residence, workshops and pop-up performances. Visitors can also take part in self-guided art making. RSVP requested.
• Saturday, Aug. 3: “Mi Musica, My Music.” Make instruments using nontraditional materials.

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

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
  Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.
  Showing Aug. 9-Oct. 25 is “Warehouse Sale” For the past 40 years, Hal Marcus has been collecting local art, much of which has been in his warehouse. It’s time for some of these 100 pieces from 50 artists to find new homes.

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

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. Free guided tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747, or on Facebook.

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. Information: 820-7261. Showing through Aug. 11: “Reflections” group exhibition.

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: 434-9711.

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.

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, or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
  Showing through Aug. 9 in the Rubin and L Galleries:
• 2019 Juried UTEP Student Exhibition, showcasing art and design by undergraduate students. Jurors are Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding (graphic design), and Mackenzie Stevens (fine arts).
• “Not-So-Lone-Star: A Gathering of Texas Makers.” The exhibit connects 37 artists currently residing in Texas whose creative practices engage in the conceptual dialogue of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. As a rule, artists have been invited through a word-of-mouth selection process resulting in promising overlaps and differences of opinion.
  Summer programming for families is related to the Student Exhibition:
• “Tracing Your Story” Family Workshop,
inspired by Iriana Soto’s “La Vie D’une Dame,” is 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 31. Registration required; call 747-6151.
• “And Exhale ... Art + Meditation for Kids,” led by Luciana Garcia, is 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, August 2. No registration required.

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, Gaspar Enriquez.

Street Art Pop Up by Zona Centro — Zona Centro Mexican Eatery, 218 E. Mills, features monthly pop up street art 7 to 10 p.m. the last Thursday of each month (Aug. 29, Sept. 26). Information: 444-8439 or on Facebook at ZonaCentroElPaso.

Xolo Gallery — The contemporary art gallery is at 2812 N. Piedras. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 264-2777 or

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 (Aug. 10). 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:

ArtRageous — Doña Ana Arts Council offers art classes Wednesdays at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D. Classes include materials and light refreshments. No experience is necessary; all levels welcome. Wear old clothes or smock. Cost $35 per class (includes materials and light refreshments). Registration: (575) 523-6403 or
Aug. 7: “Painting on Silk” with Judy Lichts. 2 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Aug 14: “Sky’s the Limit – Painting Clouds in Watercolor” with Penny Duncklee. 2 to 4 p.m.
Aug. 21: “Basic Watercolor Technique” with Sally Quillen. 2 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 28: “Make a Leather Medicine Bag” with Linda Elkins. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

DAAC gallery call for submissions — Doña Ana Arts Council is calling for visual artists who live and work in the greater Mesilla Valley to exhibit at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center Gallery at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla in 2020. Deadline to apply is Sept. 1. Applications available at (575) 523-6403 or Information:
  Emerging artists, well-established artists and/or groups in both 2D and 3D works are encouraged to apply. Gallery shows change every month. Show is installed at the first of the month, with opening reception on the second Saturday of every month.

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. Information: (575) 541-2137, or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Showing Aug. 2-Oct. 19: “From the Ground Up XXIX Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition.” The biennial exhibition co-hosted by the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces features ceramic artists throughout the Rocky Mountain region exhibiting utilitarian and sculptural ceramics.
  Gallery tours of the exhibit are 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 17.
  “Artventurous” free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. August’s theme is “The Art of Sound.”
  Education Station is 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of the month (Aug. 10) for youth and fourth Saturday of the month for adults (Aug. 24), with presentations or activities coinciding with current exhibits. August’s theme is Make Your Own Clay.
  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. The Aug. 14 book is “Talking with the Clay: The Art of Pueblo Pottery in the 21st Century,” 20th Anniversary Revised Edition by Stephen Trimble.
  The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m.:
July 31: Family Art Night
Aug. 21: Elements of Art: Form.

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
  Featured in August are works by Meredith Loring and Kay Susin. Loring uses primarily recycled fabric, yarns, beads and leather, along with found objects and decorative items from thrift stores. Susin was born in South Korea and has lived in New Mexico since 1997.Desert and Southwest landscapes are her favorite subjects and she enjoys painting still life using a modified pallet knife technique.

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

Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley — Doña Ana Arts Council’s free speaker series is noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Friday of the month at the Council’s Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado. The topic for Aug. 30 is “The Border Artists and Public Art,” with local artist Andrew Nagem. Admission is free. Participants may bring a sack lunch. Information:

Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays; most other days by appointment. Information: (505) 690-6915 or

The Gallery at Big Picture — 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 109, in Las Cruces (in Arroyo Plaza). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (575) 647-0508.

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, or on Facebook at Tombaugh Gallery.

Other So. New Mexico

Alto Artists Studio Tour — The artists of the Alto, N.M., area will open their studios for the 16th annual free public tour Aug. 2-4. The self-guided tour features studios and galleries in Alto, Ruidoso and throughout Lincoln County. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: (432) 208-7957 or on Facebook.
  A free public preview party with the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Spencer Theater in Alto.
  Alto is 5 miles north of Ruidoso on Highway 48. The tour route takes visitors through pine forests onto a mesa with views of Sierra Blanca and the Capitans. A brochure with artists’ names and a map of the studio locations is available at Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce, participating studios and all sponsor locations.

Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (Aug. 10) 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

Cloudcroft Art Workshops — The annual programs are at the “Old Red School House” (Public Library), 90 Swallow Place in Cloudcroft, N.M. Information: Linda Carter, (575) 682-3601, or on Facebook.
July 29-Aug. 2: Donna Bland, Oil            
Aug. 5-9: David Lobenberg, Watercolor.

Deming Arts Center — 100 Gold in Deming, N.M. Showing Aug. 2-29: “Re-Enchantment,” works by Las Cruces artist CC Cunningham, inspired by the desert southwest. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (575) 546-3663, or on Facebook.

Grant County Art Guild Gallery - For its 50th anniversary, the Grant County Art Guild gallery has moved 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, or on Facebook at Grant County Art Guild.

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

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


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