February 2018

Southwest Art Scene

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Agave Rosa Gallery — 905 Noble (next to the International Museum of Art). Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 533-8011.

Art Avenue Gallery — The gallery space is at 1618 Texas, Suite E. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Information: 213-4318, info@theartave.com or theartave.com.

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, Facebook or artspace.com.
  Showing through March 18: “Tierra. Sangre. Oro.,” works by Rafa Esparza. Esparza addresses and excavates the history of colonialism; labor and economic value scales; freedom, queer culture, and masculinity.
  “Stone circle” by Haroon Mirza, inspired by ancient megaliths, will be installed semi-permanently this winter at a site to be announced.

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.
  The gallery celebrates its 3rd Anniversary Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, with live music 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday with Juan Romero and Sunday with Fab4Cezz.

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 nps.gov/cham/.

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 collection is open for guided tours throughout the year at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Grounds close at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 ($10 students). Closed New Year’s Day. 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. Gallery closed through Jan. 9. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, office@elpasoartassociation.com, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
  con.FIGURE.action.four.2018 figure and portrait show/sale opens with a reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, featuring a performance by Agnes Ansell, a visual artist who also sings jazz, blues and oldies.
  Deadline for show entries is Jan. 9. Prospectus and entry form at elpasoartassociation.com. 
  The show will feature doll assemblages by featured artist Ho Baron, who is also judge of the 3D Award. Nacho L. Garcia Jr. will judge the Push Pin Award for life drawing.
  The show will be on exhibit through Feb. 24.
  Life Drawing lessons are offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Junction upstairs; and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Glasbox, 210 Poplar. Cost: $10; students bring their own supplies.

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 elpasoartmuseum.org.
  Showing through Jan. 7: “Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights.” Taking an expansive view of the garden theme, the exhibit juxtaposes both historical and contemporary art and is composed entirely of works from the collection of the El Paso Museum of Art. 
  Showing through Feb. 11: “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior,” coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. His innovative ideas in domestic architecture and design are shown through house plans, photographs and drawings.
  Showing Jan. 26-May 13: “Ethics, Excess and Extinction,” recent work by an international array of artists that explores the crucial theme of endangered animal species and humanity’s connections and responsibilities to these animals.
  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.
  Free Bach’s Lunch performances are noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in January, as part of the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival:
Jan. 4: Lincoln Trio
Jan. 11: Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux
Jan. 18: Oboist Thom Moore and pianist Yuliya Gorenman
Jan. 25: Cellist Zuill Bailey and Chiara String Quartet  
  A Meet the Musicians celebration is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4, with live performances by Grammy Award winner Zuill Bailey and Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio. Free and open to the public.
  Drawing and Japanese Printmaking drop-in workshop is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, for all ages.
  Art Talks: Art as Freedom event is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, with live musical performances, art historian Samuel Rodriguez discusses the concept of freedom in art, exploring the relevance of EPMA’s masterpieces to the El Paso community. No reservations required.
  Building East Asian Art Collections: Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect of Japanese Ukiyo-e Print Collecting with Tracey Jerome is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop — 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.

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 halmarcus.com.
  Showing through Jan 12: “el paso miniatures,” featuring works of more than two dozen artists.
  Reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, for works of four of the best-known Early El Paso artists: Jose Cisneros, Bill Rakocy, Manuel Acosta and Tom Lea. An ArtTalk is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The show continues through April 13.
  The gallery, established in 1996, is owned and operated by local artist Hal Marcus and his wife, Patricia Medici, and managed by Ruben Vasquez.
  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 or internationalmuseumofart.net.
  Showing through Jan. 6: “Visions,” works of Chilean and North American contemporary Art by Veronica Leiton and Marino.
  Leiton is a Chilean living in Juarez, who has painted professionally for 33 years. Through her art, she seeks “to capture the invisible worlds that are connecting and communicating with each other: from the cellular world (Micros) to Earth and other worlds (Macros).”
  Marino A. Rios M.D., retired after 50 years as a surgeon to become a sculptor. He often blends bronze into wood, which creates very unique pieces.

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 annual Virgen de Guadalupe exhibit runs through Jan. 11.

Los Visionaries Studio — 1931 Myrtle. The art collective “blurs the lines between street, fine, and conceptual art,” and consists of 11 members with backgrounds from art, design, architecture, photography, music and film. Information at losvisionaries.com or on Facebook.

Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s monthly meeting is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 17, at Schwartz Branch Library, 1865 Dean Martin. Guest presenter is Nancy Frost Begin. The public is invited. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950.
  Begin’s areas of expertise include print-making, oil painting, watercolor, gouache, collage and wood cabinet-making. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the New Mexico Watercolor Society.

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 Feb. 16 in the Project Space: “Duality of Presence,” featuring 19 contemporary makers united by their concern with “material specificity” in their work, specifically as a way of looking at how material itself can communicate complex and distinct narratives. Each artist is represented by multiple pieces of jewelry. Artist-made videos can be viewed in the gallery via virtual reality platforms.
  The center will host the “MINE: Material, Meaning, Making” symposium, Jan. 11-13, geared toward students and educators. The symposium includes demonstrations, hands-on workshops, artist talks, and lectures given by nine of the artists on display. The public is welcome, but space is limited. Early registration strongly encouraged at dualityofpresence.com/mine-symposium/.

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.

Star City Studio/OM Gallery — The music studio and gallery is at 120 W. Castellano. Information: starcitystudioproductions.com, or 240-5756.
  Showing through Feb. 3: “4 Diverse Women,” featuring works by Estelle Goldman, Marie Livingston, Vanessa K. Clark and Lu Allen.
  On sale are Pat Olchefski-Winston’s 2018 “All Time Favorites!” calendars.

Sun Bowl Art Exhibition — The 18th annual show and art competition, featuring works by regional artists, runs through Dec. 31 at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 543-6747 and internationalmuseumofart.net.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Art Obscura Gallery — The fine arts, antiques and collectibles shop and gallery is at 3206 Harrelson in Las Cruces at Mesilla Park. Showing Jan. 7: “Fault Lines,” oil paintings by Deret Roberts. 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.

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.
  Showing through Jan. 6: “Beyond the Familiar,” an exhibit of works by Rosemary McLoughlin that share her love of Ireland and its culture. The show title is taken from a poem by St. Brendan, patron saint of sailors and whales. The exhibit’s paintings depict tales of voyages by the 6th century saint.

DAAC Arts & Cultural Center — The gallery at the new 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 January are works by Laurel Weathersbee. Weathersbee is a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. Her current focus is cut-and-torn paper watercolor collages of Southwestern landscapes and cut-paper watercolor collages inspired by antique wallpaper, along with handmade paper and books. Opening reception and artist meet and greet is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.

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.

‘Here and Now’ submissions — Las Cruces Museum of Art invites submissions for Here and Now, a regional exhibition to be displayed at both the Museum of Art and NMSU University Art Gallery May 11-July 21. Online, digital submissions will be accepted Jan. 15-March 30 uag.nmsu.edu/hereandnow/. Information: (575) 541-2137 and las-cruces.org/museums.

Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N. Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Thursday), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble (Jan 5). Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 541-2137 or las-cruces.org/museums.
  Showing through Jan. 20: “Art in Detail,” 20th Century Masters of Photography, 30 photographs that explore texture, light, and the interplay of these qualities in the work of established and emerging masters of photography. Working primarily in black and white film, each of the artists in this exhibition possesses the technical skills required to work in photography.
Included are masters Imogene Cunningham, Aaron Siskind, Wynn Bullock, and Barbara Morgan
  Houseplant Appreciation Day is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 13, in the museum courtyard. Learn about houseplant care and take home a new plant for the home.
  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. Jan. 10: “Abstract Expressionism” by David Anfam. Jackie Mitchell Edwards, fine artist and abstract painter, will be the guest speaker.
  Artrageous free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The January theme is “Abstract Artists.”
Jan. 6: Pablo Picasso
Jan. 13: Vassily Kandinsky
Jan. 20: Mark Rothko
Jan. 27: Jeff Koons
  Studio Art Classes for Spring 2018 will be offered in two seven-week sessions. Session one runs Jan. 24-March 10, and Session Two runs, March 28-May 12. Classes include intermediate and advanced ceramics, oil and watercolor painting, printmaking and more for all level. Registration for Session One runs through Jan. 20, and Session Two registration runs through March 24. Call museum for details.

Meet the Artist — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will host a Meet the Artist event featuring Brack Morrow at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. The free event brings the creators of local public art work together with the community to discuss and experience the works they have created. Information: (575) 541-2454.
  Morrow’s most recent work, the Earth Aural Rover (EAR1) project, features a full-scale remote control solar-powered rover vehicle, inspired by NASA’s ongoing Mars Curiosity mission but built entirely out of musical instruments. Morrow is currently adjunct faculty at El Paso Community College. He and his wife, artist Stephanie Wagner, live and work from their studios in Las Cruces.

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. New works displayed every three months. Information: (575) 522-2933 or mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
  Receptions are 1 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month.
  Showing in January are works by Nanci Bissell and Weeden “Rockwell” Nichols. Bissell’s artistic interests include seascapes, portraits and landscapes. Nichols has digitized most of his color and black/white negatives and color slides from years ago. His photography concentrates simple compositions of shape and color, landscapes and seascapes.

‘My Earth’ — Works by the 10am-ers are featured through January at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main, in Las Cruces. The show reflects what the term “My Earth” means to each artist. Opening reception is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, during the monthly art ramble. Information: (575) 522-5552.

Promoting Art in Las Cruces — Doña Ana Arts Council’s free series features Glenn Cutter, New Mexico Arts Commissioner and owner (with his wife, Sally) of Cutter Gallery, at noon Friday, Jan. 26, at the Council’s Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Admission is free. Participants may bring a sack lunch. RSVP at (575) 523-6403 or admin@daarts.org. Information: daarts.org.
  Cutter’s topics will be New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Arts Commission, and the Art in Public Places program (One Percent for Arts program).

Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays; most other days by appointment. Showing in January is the community group show, “Opposites Attract.” Artist reception is Saturday, Jan. 13; call for time. Information: (505) 690-6915 or rokokoart.com.

Second Saturday Open Artist Studios — Several Las Cruces artists will host studio open houses noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.
• Kathleen Deasy, 625 Van Patten (oils and mixed media on canvas and paper). Information: (828) 467-9060.
• Dunklee’s Art Studio, 1201 2nd (an 1878 farmhouse). Artist Penny Duncklee will show her watercolors, prints and cards. Information: (575) 523-1889.
• Roy Van der AA nonobjective media, 2645 Dona Ana Road, behind the house on Calle de Oro.
  Artists wanting to participate in future events should notify Kathleen Deasy one month prior to when they want to open their studio. Information: Katheen, (828) 467-9060 or kdarts2u@gmail.com.

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, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 647-0508.

thetheatregallery — Black Box Theatre lobby, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Open one hour prior to Black Box performances and by appointment. Information: (575) 523-1223.
  Showing Jan. 26-Feb. 18: “Photograph 51” photography exhibit in conjunction with the play of the same name. Reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

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. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Information: (575) 522-7281 or uuchurchlc.org.
  Showing through Jan. 26: “Masks, Maidens and More,” highlighting the work of four New Mexico gourd artists: Joanna Bradley, Sylvia Hendrickson, Karen Phillips and Kathe Stark. Visitors can enter a drawing to win a piece of gourd art made by Stark.

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 13) 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.

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. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday (summer and fall). Admission is free. Information: Cloudcroft Art Society on Facebook.
  Works include paintings (all media), photography, pottery, pine needle baskets, intarsia(wood designs), prints and cards.

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. 3, 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’s gallery and gift shop is at 100 Gold Street in Deming, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Information, details: (575) 546-3663, demingarts.org or on Facebook.
  Showing Jan. 2-30: “Braceros — Melding History and Art,” works by sculptor Diana LeMarbe of Deming, paintings by Las Cruces artist Jeri Desrochers and wood sculptures by Deming woodworker Richard Boutwell. In 1942 as thousands of American men left to fight in World War II the U.S. government developed the bracero program to provide labor for farms, dairies and railroads. The program lasted until 1964.
  Historian Raymond Cobos will talk about the impact of the bracero program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Deming Museum, 301 S. Silver. A team of actors portraying Braceros and telling their stories will guide visitors as they make their way from the museum to the Deming Arts Center for the visual segment of the exhibit.

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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