November 2019

Southwest Art Scene

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Other Southern New Mexico

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Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street (at Hwy 90) in Marfa. Showing Nov. 15-April, 2020: “Solange Pessoa: Longilonge,” the first solo U.S. museum exhibition of the noted Brazilian artist. Hours are 10 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3600, or Facebook.

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 — The annual exhibit runs year round in Ardovino Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Artwork changes every September. Information: (575) 589-0653 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. The museum is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 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 Nov. 1-Dec. 13: “Deck The Walls” Small Works Award Show and Sale, featuring both 2D and 3D works.
  Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and a “Deck the Walls” Holiday Happening event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the gallery and studios in the Art Junction.
  Ron Fritsch Fall Art Classes are Saturdays, through Dec. 7 (no class Nov. 9).

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

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. 5 in the Dede Rogers Gallery: “Tom Lea and World War II.” From 1941 to 1946, El Paso-native Tom Lea served as a World War II eyewitness artist correspondent for Life magazine, becoming the only painter on the frontlines to depict the carnage of the war. This exhibition features nearly thirty oil paintings, watercolor illustrations, and original preparatory drawings.
  Showing through Dec. 31: “Ideas Unwrapped,” 14 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection that focus on how ideas transform into art.
  Showing through Jan. 5 in the Art School Hallway Gallery: “Illuminate: Artworks by EPMA Teaching Artists.”
  Showing through March 8: “The El Paso Museum of Art: 60 Years of Collecting.” with paintings, sculptures, and prints from across EPMA’s significant holdings, and accounts by people key to the museum’s success.
  Curator-led tour and lunch of the “60 Years of Collecting“ exhibit with Kate Green is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Cost: $15; register on museum website.
  Showing through April 12: “Leo Villareal: Early Light.” Border artist Villareal is now known internationally for activating spaces with LED light. Recently, he gained acclaim for large-scale, site-specific, public endeavors such as the Bay Lights, a now-permanent artwork of 25,000 LEDs along a nearly two-mile expanse of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
  A Día de los Muertos celebration, including parade, is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, with this year’s theme “Alebrijes.” Concerts, workshops and more events planned at the museum and downtown.
  Showing Nov. 9-Jan. 5: “Two Sides of the Border.” The exhibition presents architectural design work — models, drawings, digital renderings — by more than 100 architects, educators, and students from international architecture studios and 13 universities in the United States and Mexico. The works address territorial economies, migration, housing, creative industry, and local production as they relate to the border. Lecture and reception with Tatiana Bilbao is 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
  Texas Tech hosts free design lectures in the auditorium. Space is limited.
• Saturday, Nov. 9: Tatiana Bilbao, architect from Mexico. Call for time.
• 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21: Ila Berman, Dean of Architecture at UVA.

EPCC K-12 Art Exhibit — The 18th annual exhibit runs Nov. 12-Dec. 3, at the EPCC Administrative Services Center, Building A, 9050 Viscount with works from local school districts plus charter, parochial, and home schools. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Information: Janine Rudnick, 831-4039.

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. Sunday, Dec. 8, along Main Street with a Christmas ornament making station for children, pictures with gallery pets Monet and Eli, visiting vendors, Christmas caroling, appetizers and more. Artists Alberto Escamilla, Robert Dozal, and Romy Hawkins will be on site in their galleries. Admission is free. Vendor space available at 777-5241.

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
  The opening for the 20/20 Visionary Show is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. featuring 20 artists: Ho Baron, Jon Gore, Victor Hugo Soto, Cecil Lee, Adelaide Marcus, Diego “Robot” Martinez, Tino Ortega, Mark Rojas, Marcos Rey, Carolina H. Villarreal, Stephen El Rey and more.
  Now available are Marcus’s 2020 calendars, and the children’s book “Buenas Noches El Paso” written by Luke Lowenfield with illustrations by Hal Marcus. The book’s premiere is Nov. 1-3 at the Junior League of El Paso’s A Christmas Fair. It will also be available at Las Artistas Nov. 23-24, the PBS Children’s Festival Dec. 7 and at the Gallery.
  The annual Hippie Holidaze Open House is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
  Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.

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. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Information: 543-6747, or on Facebook.
  Museum tours for groups of five or more available with advanced notice; contribution of $1 per person encouraged.
  The 2019 Sun Bowl Art Exhibition is Nov. 6-Dec. 29, with artist reception 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Beginning in 1949, this is the largest juried show and longest running art exhibition in the southwestern region.
  Showing Nov. 9-30: Soldier Art Workshop exhibit, featuring more than 60 works created by active duty soldiers, veterans and military youth from Fort Bliss. The workshop was started by artist Krystyna Robbins and her husband, John, and created in concert with Resiliency through Art, Skies Youth Program. A Veteran’s Celebration Event is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. See separate listing.
  Sue Taylor, curator of the NM Museum of Space History in Alamogordo will speak on “Space Race Women: Scientists Computers and Astronaut Wives” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the auditorium, for the Iva Turney Society of Arts and Adventure. Taylor will talk about the women who contributed information that helped to launch the Space Race.

Krystyna Robbins Studio — Krystyna Robbins’ Fall Studio Workshops for oils and acrylics at her studio, 5070 Yucca, off Country Club. A “Figures, Figures, Figures!” workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, with Models and old time costumes. Beginners welcome; bring a camera and lunch. Cost: $65 per day. Information: 584-0953, or

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. Closed Nov. 11. Information: 434-9711.
  Día de Los Muertos Altars on display through Nov. 3.
  Artwork from the Bel Air learning community on display through Nov. 30, and from Del Valle learning community is on display Dec. 2-Jan. 7.
  Entries are being taken through Nov. 13 for the 22nd Annual Virgen de Guadalupe juried art award exhibit running Dec. 2-Jan. 16, with gala opening and awards 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

‘No Man’s Land’ — Nina Titovets, daughter of prominent local painters Lyuba and Sasha Titovets, will feature her photography Nov. 15-25 at the former Charlotte’s Furniture Store in Pepper Tree Square, 5411 N. Mesa. Receptions are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Information:
  The photographs reveal the beauty of the desert and of forgotten towns in Texas and New Mexico.

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s next meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Demo artist is Baron (Barry) Martin, a self-taught artist in charcoal and pastel. His demo will highlight the use of the computer and iPad as art tools, and his different approaches to drawing and painting will be shown. The program is free and open to the public. Membership is $35. Information: Dorian Clouser, 593-2330 or

Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s monthly meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Nancy Frost Begin of Las Cruces will discuss “What Are You Willing to Change?” and the art of simplification. The public is invited; meetings are free (memberships are $35). Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950.

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 Dec. 13:
• In the Rubin Gallery: “Brian Maguire: From Juárez to Washington, War Changes its Address.” The exhibition explores both violence and the drug trade based in part on Maguire’s multiple visits to Juárez over the course of ten years, where he formed relationships with the families of disappeared women and girls, giving art classes to their children and eventually creating a series of portraits of their missing relatives.
   A showing of “Brian Maguire: Blood Rising” is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the auditorium.
• In the L Gallery: “Total Collapse: Clay in the Contemporary Past,” works by artists and collaboratives who present diverse and experimental developments in contemporary ceramics. The exhibit features work in sculpture, performance, and site-specific installation, with the theme of the ceramic object as an anthropological device and early human technology. Curated by Andres Payan-Estrada. Artists are Ane Fabricious Christiansen, Armando Cortez, Kahlil Irving, Gala Porras, Daniel L Bare, Michael Jones McKean, Kristen Morgin and Unknown Fields Division.
• In the Atrium: “Both Sides of the River: Endangered Species in the Borderlands,” with a cross-border mural collaboration between U.S. artists Jaque Fragua and Dose, and Mexican artists Juan Carlos Reyes (aka “Waka”) and Laura Menses.

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 11 p.m. the last Thursday of each month (Oct. 31, Nov. 28). Information: 444-8439 or on Facebook at ZonaCentroElPaso.

Sun Bowl Art Exhibition — The 2019 show and art competition, featuring works by regional artists, runs Nov. 14-Jan. 1, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Information: 543-6747 and
  The Southwest’s longest running art exhibit, originally dubbed the Sun Carnival Art Exhibit, began in 1949.

Westside Art Guild — The guild meets at 10 a.m. every second Monday of the month (Nov. 11) at Polly Harris Center, 650 Wallenberg (off Mesa Hills). All artists and non-artists welcome to attend; artist demonstrations and professional speakers also welcome. Refreshments served. Membership fee: $20 for September through May. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950 or

Xolo Gallery — The contemporary art gallery is at 2812 N. Piedras. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Information: 264-2777 or
  Showing through Nov. 2: “Arts and Crafts: A Group Exhibition,” with works by Christin Apodaca, Cynthia Gutierrez-Krapp, Drew Holguin, Louie Salazar and Xingaderas.
  Showing Nov. 9-Dec. 14: Works by Las Cruces ceramic artist Joshua R. Clark. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

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 (Nov. 9). 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:

DAAC Arts & Cultural Center — The Doña Ana Arts Council Center is at 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  The “Art of Italy” series led by Kathleen Key continues 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 9 (no class Nov. 4). Cost: $20 per seminar; light refreshments served, including samples of Italian food and wine.
  Showing Nov. 1-27: “A Celebration of Pastel Painting: Painting with Pure Pigment” with works by Carolyn Bunch, Jennifer Goude, Betty Krebbs, Renee Mullis, Silvia Saenz Sierra, Leslie Toombs and Mary Zawacki. Reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, as part of the 10-10 Arts Hop.
  Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley free speaker series is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, with a presentation by Carolyn Bunch and other pastel painters.

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 Nov. 1-Jan 4: “Desert Triangle: ‘Print Carpeta’ and ‘Impress 2 Express.’” “Print Carpeta” features artists from Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso. Sixteen Las Cruces-based artists are featured in “Impress 2 Express.”
  Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, with a demonstration of relief printmaking techniques by Las Cruces artist and educator Chris Bardey. For ages 11 and older.
  Gallery tours of the exhibit are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
  Education Station is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, for youth and teens, and Saturday, Nov. 23 for adults. November’s theme is Woodblock Prints.
  “Artventurous” free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. November’s Theme is “Optical Art.”
Nov. 2: Twist & Turns
Nov. 9: 2D to 3D
Nov. 16: Depth and Perception
Nov. 23: Negative Space
Nov. 30: Impossible Objects.
  Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The Nov. 13 book is “The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism” by Ross King.

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 November are Renee Marz Mullis and Hetty Smith. Mullis, primarily a studio painter, paints Southwest landscapes, interiors and exteriors, florals, still life and statement pieces. Smith, who grew up in Holland, has worked with stained glass since 1998 and fused glass since 2006.

New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter — The chapter meets 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Administration Building Art Room, at Good Samaritan Society Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces. Silver City artist Paul Hotvedt will present “Anything that can be imagined can be reimagined.” He will have visuals and discuss his techniques and experiences painting with watercolors and oils “plein air” in the Gila and other wilderness areas. Admission is free. Information: (915) 217-3698 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 Saturday. Information: (575) 647-0508.
  Showing Nov. 15-Dec. 31: “Anything Goes,” Las Cruces Arts Association’s 57th annual Member Exhibit, with various art styles and methodologies. Media include oils, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, fiber arts, woodwork, sculpture, gourds, pottery, encaustics and more. Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 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, or on Facebook at Tombaugh Gallery.
  Showing Nov. 3-24: “Tradition/ Innovation,” new and old porcelain from China alongside modern ceramics made by the late Klyf Brown, a charter member of the Potters’ Guild. The artworks were collected during a summer 2018 “Study Abroad” course in which Dona Ana Community College students spent a week in Jingdezhen, the “Porcelain Capital of the World.”
  Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 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 (Nov. 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

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.
  Showing Nov. 2-28: The annual Recycle Show sponsored by Keep Luna County Beautiful, featuring art made from 90 percent recycled materials. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.

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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