February 2019

Southwest Art Scene

El Paso
Las Cruces
Other Southern New Mexico

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

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.
  A reception for “Contrastes,” paintings by International Plastics artist Martha Arzabala and Manuel Piña, is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

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 March 24: ”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.
  A Valentine’s Day Weekend event co-hosted by J.R.’s Gallery and Adobe Horseshoe Theatre is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9-10, with art, vendors, “shotgun weddings,” and gunfight reenactments from The Pistoleros. Live music by Fab4Cezz Saturday and Jerry Marquez Sunday.

‘Carrillo in Color’ — The exhibit of newly discovered images from Mexican photographer Manuel Carrillo (1906-1989), will be featured through Feb. 28 in UTEP Library’s 3rd Floor Gallery, 1900 Wiggins, during regular hours. Admission is free. Information: utep.edu/library/ or on Facebook at UTEP Library.

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.

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, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
  Showing through Feb. 22: “con.FIGURE.ation.five.2019” figure and portrait award show. Best in show winner is John MacKenzie. First, second and third place winners are (respectively) Ruben Archuleta, Katies Gelinas and Robert Gomez.
  The El Paso Art Association general meeting is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Artist Terrance Flores will demonstrate his swirl enamel layered technique. Free and open to the public.
  Call to artists: Entries are due by March 27 for “On the Map: El Paso & Beyond. Information: ElPasoArtAssociation.com.
  Understanding Drawing class with Ron Fritsch is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 and 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.

El Paso Studio Tour call for artists — The 12th annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour invites artists to participate at its open studio events April 27-28 and May 4-5. The April tour includes studios in the West Side and Upper Valley.
The May tour includes Eastside, Northeast, Downtown and Mission Valley.
  Deadline to register is March 5. 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.

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 Feb. 8-May 5: “Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art.” The exhibit illuminates the overlap and tension between social power and religion in the Americas through nearly 60 extravagant works of religious art commissioned for cathedrals and homes.
  Mexican folk singer and songwriter Azul Barrientos will perform a free performance on the “Power and Piety” exhibition noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Her recently released CD, “Nuestro Corazón” will be available for purchase. The public is invited, but seating is limited; RSVP at epma.art. Special seating for museum members.
  Family Day event “Ideas Unrapped,” is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
  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.
  An exhibit celebration is 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, with live music and refreshments followed by an Art Talk with EPMA Senior Curator Dr. Kate Green 6 to 7 p.m.
  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.
  Bach’s Lunch Jr. in partnership with El Paso Pro-Musica is noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, with cellist Melissa Kraut. Performance followed by tours of the Julie Speed exhibit.
  Showing March 8-Sept. 1: Joy and Suffering: Mexican Retablos from the EPMA Collection.” The museum’s retablos collection will undergo a re-imagined installation, presenting highlights from the Hamilton Collection, the McKnight Collection, and the Roderick Collection. The installation will examine images of the Virgin Mary in her many folk and formal manifestations, from the well-known Virgin de Guadalupe to the lesser-known Our Lady of Solitude.
  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.

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.
  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.
  The Art of the Arts Society presents “The Art of Entertainment” with pianist Laurie Koval at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the parlor. Admission is free, donations welcome.

Black History Month Exhibition — The Ysleta Independent School District is sponsoring the annual Black History Month Annual Art Contest & Exhibition, with the theme of African American singers who revolutionized music, Feb. 1-March , at the Socorro ISD Central Office lower level, 12440 Rojas Dr. Awards presentation and reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. Information: 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s next meeting is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Meet at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, to carpool to the show of Gary Ozias pastels at the M. Phillips Fine Art Gallery in Las Cruces. The program is free and open to the public. Membership is $35. Information: Dorian Clouser, 593-2330 or dddjanis@att.net.

Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s monthly meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Guest speaker Jean Holzenthaler will share her philosophy about how to create 2D and 3D artwork using a variety of media. The public is invited. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950.

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 through April 6:
• ‘Sections: New Cities, Future Ruins at the Border,’ in the Rubin Gallery. Artists, designers, and thinkers were invited to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt as part of a four-year curatorial initiative.
• “Convergence: New Contemporary Painting from Thinkspace” in the L Gallery. The paintings by artists associated with the New Contemporary Art movement (a return to realism and representation in painting with an embrace of popular and counter-culture) include themes that range from the fantastic to the mundane.
  Showing through April 12: is “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, combining visual literacy with irony and humor.

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

‘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. 9). Participating galleries are Cutter Gallery (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), DAAC Arts & Cultural Center (4 to 7 p.m.), Rokoko Gallery (4 to 7 p.m.), Four Points Perspective (7 to 10 p.m.) and Art Obscura (7 to 10 p.m.). Information: (575) 523-6403. Schedule: daarts.org.

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: is “Meridian,” works by Tina Ballew and Anahy Nuñez in the Main Gallery, and “Lone,” works by Aaron Nuñez in the Tiny Gallery.
  Showing Feb. 9-March 3: “It’s the Little Things,” works by Roy van der Aa. Reception is 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

ArtForms Studio Tour — The Las Cruces-based ArtForms Artist Association of New Mexico presents its annual Studio Tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through February in celebration of “For the Love of Art Month.” The tour features 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.

ArtRageous — Doña Ana Arts Council offers community art classes 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.
• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14: After Color Images with Linda Gendall.
• 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20: Painting on Silk with July Licht
• 2 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27: Painting De Grazia style with Sally Quillin.

Branigan Cultural Center Open Call for Submissions — Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces seeks proposals for exhibits to be presented in 2020, with themes of cultural and historical significance relating to the Southwest. Exhibits will run for 6 to 12 weeks Deadline is 5 p.m. April 7. For full rules and forms, visit surveymonkey.com/r/LCMS2020. Information: las-cruces.org/museums or (575) 541-2154.

Chaos Collaboration — Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department’s Teen Programs 3rd annual art show for teens by teens, aimed at bringing a fresh perspective to local culture is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Entries due by Feb. 19. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  An artist reception with musical performances will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

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. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
  Showing in February in celebration of “For the Love of Art Month,” are works by en ArtForms members, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, fractals, photography, and sculpture.
  The Members will be on hand to discuss their work 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, as part of the 10-10 Arts Hop.

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.

‘Earth Matters’ — The Ten O’clock artists hosts the “For the Love of Art Month” exhibit at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Main, in Las Cruces. Opening is 5 to 7:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with music by Allison Reynolds and refreshments. Information: (828) 467-9060.
  The Ten O’Clock Club meets on the 10th day of each month at 10’oclock to participate in art discussion and encourage daily art practice.

‘Feed Your Mind’ seminar series — Doña Ana Arts Council brings speakers on a wide range of topics at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B–D. Evenings begin with social hour and light refreshments 5 p.m., with seminars 5:30 to 7 p.m. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  Kathleen Key is presenting a six-week course on “The Impressionists Beyond France” that began Monday, Jan. 28. Attendees may drop in for individual classes ($20 per session).
  Key also is offering a seminar series on “The History of Women in Art,” 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 31. Call for details.

GreenSpace Gallery — 517 N. Mesquite in Las Cruces, N.M. Showing through Feb. 28 are works by the Talavera Artists including oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, and photography. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday though Saturday. Information: (575) 551-6778 or greenspacelc.com.

Gypsy Sage artists — Five local artists in various mediums known as Gypsy Sage will showcase their recent works during the month of February at Amaro Winery, 402 S Melendres in Las Cruces, as part of “For The Love of Art” month. Opening event is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Artists will be present at the winery throughout the month of February 4 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Information: (575) 650-7543.
  Artists include Wendy Robin Weir, Laurie Churchill and Marj Leininger, plus two guest artists.

Las Cruces Arts Fair — Doña Ana Arts Council’s 9th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 1-3 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 Hal Marcus.
  Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with entertainment by flamenco guitarist Jake Mossman Friday and Saturday, and food and beverages will be available to purchase.
  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; Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; the Frame and Art Center, 1100 S. Main, and in El Paso at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon 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 16 artists 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 or las-cruces.org/museums.
  Showing Feb. 1-March 30: “Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal,” organized by the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, with works loaned from the Ekard Collection. The exhibit explores human angst in the transition between the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit is made up of 37 works by 28 artists who turn a mirror into the world and explore psychological references, balance and intimacy, political repression, as well as other topics.
  Gallery tours are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Saturday of every month.
  “Artventurous” free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
  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.
  Session 2 of Studio art classes for children, teens, and adults are March 26-May 11. Students must register in person 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until classes are filled.

‘Mathematical Imagery in Fractals’ — Works by the Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists are featured Feb. 1-28 at Funky Karma Incense and Tea Shop, 3207 S. Main, as part of “For the Love of Art Month.” 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. 9. 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 works by photographer Weeden Nichols and graphic designer Mary Zawacki. New to the gallery is painter Jane Peacock.
  The gallery will celebrate its 25th
anniversary with an open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Four $25 gift certificates will be given away. Light refreshments served.

Multi-Day Art Workshops — Doña Ana Arts Council offers community art workshops at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D. Class size limited; call for times. Registration: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
• “Fracturing Technique in Oil or Acrylic” is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, hosted by Julie Ford Oliver. (Continuation of January class).
• “Paint with Depth and Texture in Oil is Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 5-7 with artist Krystyna Robbins. Cost: $420 ($300 DAAC members).
• “Puppy Love (or Kitty Love): How to Paint Your Pet” is Feb. 12-14, with Denver artist Andy Mallen, for all levels of artists in oil or acrylics. Cost: $200 ($160 DAAC members). Space is limited.
• “Portraits in Pastels or Charcoal” is Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, with Carolyn Bunch.

NM Watercolor Society exhibit — The society’s Southern Chapter hosts its “For the Love of Antique Trains” exhibit through the month of February at Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla, as part of For the Love of Art Month. The exhibit features paintings of antique toys and trains. Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Information: nmwatercolorsociety.org.
  The Chapter seeks submissions from NMWS members through March 1 for its annual Juried Spring Exhibit May 6-29, at Dona Ana Arts Council Gallery. The exhibition’s theme is ”Color and Light: The Joy of Watercolor.”
  Information: nmwatercolorsociety.org.

Nopalito’s Galeria — Las Cruces Arts Association and the Gypsy Sage Artists members join forces for “For Love of Art Month with a joint exhibition of their work through the month of February at Nopalito's Galeria, 326 S. Mesquite, in Las Cruces. Opening is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with a Gypsy Sage Artists reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Information: Jack LeSage (LCAA), (575) 532-1046 or Marj Leininger (Gypsy Sage Artist), (575) 520-9245.

Pocket Sketching workshop — New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter hosts the “Pocket Sketching for Fun and Travel “ workshop with Kath Macaulay, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, in the Administration Building Art Room, at Good Samaritan Society Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces. Space is limited. Registration: nmwatercolorsociety.org.

‘Progress Club Art’ — Las Cruces GFWC Progress Club’s For the Love of Art Month exhibit runs Feb. 1-26, at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces during regular library hours. Works include oils, acrylic, watercolor paintings, quilts, photography and pottery. Opening reception is 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Information: (575) 528-4000.

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. Showing Feb. 1-March 29: Mixed Media by Southwest Calligraphy Guild. Reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

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 in February is “The Tree of Life,” a collection of artwork by Maria Cristina. All forms of nature are represented, from the tiniest creatures to towering mountains, from the bottom of the sea to the boundaries of the universe. Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

Other So. New Mexico

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

Community Arts Party — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 23rd annual arts event featuring workshops for all ages 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Finley Gym, 202 McCutcheon. Local artists and organizations offer workshops on painting, tie-dye, clay, jewelry, candle dipping, beading, masks, leather work and more. Wear old clothes. Volunteers welcome. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-5688 or nmtpas.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. 2-27: Student Art Show & Quilt Show featuring work from Deming Junior High and High School students. Reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
  The Deming Quilting club will have their quilts on display and for sale through Feb. 18-27. Reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, with music provided by local country-western singer Bob Eller.

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.
  Showing in February is ”Critters We Have Known” FeVa Fotos exhibit by Silver City photographers Sandy Feutz and Tom Vaughan, highlighting the joy of wild and “not-so-wild” life.
  Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with refreshments and door prizes.

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.
  Showing Feb. 9-March 24: “In Plain Site,” solo exhibition by Dave Barnett. Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

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