December 2018

Southwest Art Scene

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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.

Art and Framing Gallery — 6519-A N. Mesa (in the Palm Court). Information: 833-5250 or on Facebook. Opening Dec. 8 are works by America Cano, Michelle Zaragoza and Maria Savitsky.

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 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

Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Charlie Mayer will host their 4th annual open house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9. All of Candy Mayer's work will be available for purchase, including large pieces not usually displayed at shows. Available will be her game, “Loteria El Paso,” with 50 different El Paso images, along with the new “Día de Los Muertos” loteria. Featured are new landscapes, new religious collages and new Día de los Muertos paintings and jigsaw puzzles. Gift items include 2019 “Classic Images of El Paso” calendars, Día de los Muertos coloring pages, new porcelain Christmas ornaments & small cards, mouse pads, coasters, purses and placemats.
  Also on display will be her husband Charlie's photographs, many from Mexico and Spain. Information: 581-4971, or on Facebook at Candy Mayer Art.
  To get there: Take I-10 to Redd Exit. Take Redd east to Resler, turn left at Franklin High School, right at Tierra Taos, then left at Tierra Roja. Fifth house on top of hill.

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

Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Franklin G. Smith Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; weekends by request. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or

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). Holiday hours vary through December. 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 Dec. 14: “Celebration ... Wonderful You,” honoring artists who gave works of art to brighten the lives of veterans.
  Call to artists: Entry deadline is Jan. 9 for “con.FIGURE.ation.five.2019” figure and portrait award show. Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. See website for prospectus.

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
  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.
  In collaboration with UTEP’s Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Rainey Knudson, founder of the online art magazine “Glasstire” will talk on ”Art, Media, and the Digital Dumpster Fire” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
  Luis Carranza of Roger Williams University will host a talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, as part of the Texas Tech College of Architecture’s Design Lecture series.
  An Art Talk on the “Visions of Heaven and Earth” with art historian Samuel Rodriguez Medina is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
  Free family Art Workshops are noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26-28.
  In partnership with El Paso Pro-Musica’s Chamber Festival, free Bach’s Lunch performances are noon Thursdays, Jan. 10-31.
  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
  The annual Christmas Extravaganza is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, with a children’s art decorating station, special discounts, music by Rocio Manriquez and other, guest vendors, appetizers and refreshment.

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, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday or by appointment. Information: 533-9090 or
  Showing Dec. 6-Feb. 28, 2019: “Latina Arte,” with works by Latina artists Teresa Fernandez, Carmen Navar, Romy Hawkins, Martha Arzabala, Leticia Luevanos, Lillian Sandoval, Erica Zamora and Isabel Olivares.
  Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, with an ARTalk set for Thursday, Jan. 31.
  Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.
  The 48th annual Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House and Craft Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15-16, with local arts and crafts vendors, snacks, and entertainment. Calendars for 2019 available for $5. Admission is free.

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 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, or on Facebook.
  The Art of the Arts Society presents “The Art of Guitar Music in El Paso” family Christmas celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring music by Shaun Mahoney, Austin Jim Murphy, Cliff Seaman, and Mariachi performing ca variety of music styles. Admission is free; donations welcome.

Krystyna Robbins Studio — Krystyna Robbins will host her annual Christmas Open House & Miniature Sale noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Robbins Studio, 5070 Yucca (Upper Valley, off Country Club).
  Retablos, slates, miniatures and small paintings and other works will be for sale, including original ornaments and tiles.
  In November, Robbins received one of the seven awards at the “Pain in the Beach” Plein Air Competition in Fort Myers, Florida.

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 is Dec. 3-Jan. 14 (closed for Christmas break). Gala opening and awards presentation is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with folklorico dancers, mariachi and other entertainment by student groups.

Nina Eaton Photography Open House — Nina East will host her annual holiday open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at her studio at 506 Shadow Willow Drive in the Upper Valley, with photos of El Paso’s favorite places on gift items such as Coaster, trivets, magnets, mouse pads, note cards, ornaments, prints and canvas. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Information: 630-3013, or
  Guest artist Catherine Waterhouse will feature her one-of-a kind gemstone jewelry.

PDA Gallery — The gallery, home of Exist, is at 114B Mills, off San Jacinto Plaza. Information: Showing through Dec. 17 is “Head in the Clouds,” photography by Nina Titovets.

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 Dec. 13-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
  Opening reception is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, with jazz flamenco music by Euterpe.

Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group monthly meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Abstract painter Noel Sandino will focus on “Expressive Drawing and Learning to Loosen Up.” Persons attending will be encouraged to bring drawing materials. The public is invited. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950.
  Sandino has been painting for more than 20 years and was a professional decorative painter and muralist for 12 years.

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 Dec. 14:
• “Iconográfika Oaxaca: Contemporary Prints, Photos and Works on Paper” in the L Gallery. The exhibit takes a look at a new generation of artists who blend their indigenous roots with iconic imagery from contemporary life. Artists include Pablo Cotama, Demián Flores, Claudia Lopez Terroso, Baldomero Robles and Emilia Sandoval. Part of a multi-site collaboration with the NMSU Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of Art, which will present complementary exhibitions in 2019.
• “Yana Payusova: “Revolutions” in the Project Space. The exhibit explores the dynamics of power and gender through vivid imagery painted onto large ceramic vessels.
• “Tu Huella es el Camino (Your Footprint is the Path)” solo exhibition from Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero in the Rubin Gallery. Romero addresses themes of migration and belonging through large-scale sculptures, prints and installations.

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.

Terry Wright Mosaic Studio Open House — Mosaic artist Terry Wright will host the event at her Upper Valley studio, 630 Gary Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Several other artists will also show and sell their work. Information: 731-6730 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 (Dec. 8). 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:

“Alternate Endings, Activist Risings’ — The program featuring short videos from community organizations and collectives highlighting the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at NMSU’s CMI Theatre, 2915 McFie Circle. Presented by University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. Admission is free. Information:

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, or on Facebook.

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
Dec. 5: Shibori Silk Scarf with Linda Elkins.
Dec. 12: After DeGrazia with Sally Quillin; painting in the style of Ted (Ettore) De Grazia. Offered 2 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9: Pour Painting with Barbara Armstrong.

Colorful Trails Second Saturday Open Studios — Several Las Cruces artists will host studio open houses noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
• 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). Christmas cookies and apple cider offered. Information: (828) 467-9060.
• Duncklee’s Art Studio, 1201 2nd. Artist Penny Duncklee, plein air watercolors from her photos and sketches. Music by Larry Stocker. Information: (575) 523-1889 or
• Debra Vance studio at 2200 W. Union Ave, west of Hwy. 28. Showing her watercolor paintings and Christmas cards. Information: 970-405-5784 or
  Artists wanting to participate in future events should notify Kathleen Deasy one month prior: (828) 467-9060 or

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
  Showing through Dec. 29: Romantic and impressionistic paintings of people, animals, birds, landscapes, florals and historic renderings by Paula V.O. Voris.
  Second Saturday Arts Hope is Dec. 8, with book signing by Kent Jabob 1 to 3 p.m. for his mystery “Hopi Tea.

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 Dec. 22-Jan. 1. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  Showing Dec. 7-21: “Across the Board,” works by Doña Ana Arts Council members Barbara Reasoner, Emmitt Booher, Abby Osborne, Heidi Frohnapfel, and Deret Roberts, and emeritus DAAC board members Ron Saltzman, Kathleen Squires, and Eric Rivera. Opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, as part of the Second Saturday 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.

‘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
  A six-part course “Post-Impressionism” course with Kathleen Key is Mondays, through Dec. 3, on the art and artists who followed Impressionism and preceded Modernism. The final session explores the Pre-Raphaelites. Cost: $70 for all four courses; $20 drop-in per seminar.

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
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.
  Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science interim curator Destry Kissick will explore the origins of scientific names and the taxonomic classification of select birds featured in the exhibition, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
  “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. The Dec. 12 book is
“Painting Methods of the Impressionist” by Bernard Dunstan.
  Open Sketch event is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

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. The gallery features more than 30 artists in various media. Information: (575) 522-2933 or
  December’s featured artists are Roxana Quinnell and Rami Scully. Quinnell works in pencil, pen and ink, mixed media and acrylic on canvas. Scully’s favorite mediums are pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors.

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

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

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

Cloudcroft Art Society Gallery – The gallery is in the “Red Brick Schoolhouse” at the intersection of Burro Avenue and Swallow Place in Cloudcroft, N.M. Hours are every 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday June through December, featuring paintings of all media, photography, pottery, pine needle baskets, intarsia (wood designs), prints and cards created by various artists.
Admission is free. Information: Cloudcroft Art Society on Facebook.

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, or on Facebook.
  The annual Christmas Boutique is Dec. 1-30, with gifts by area artisans. Reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

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 Buillard 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.

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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