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Art Avenue Gallery — The gallery space is at 1618 Texas, Suite E. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, or by appointment Monday and Saturday. Information: 213-4318 or theartave.com.
Showing through July 29: “Flatbed at 25,” exhibition of the book by the same name. Flatbed Press is one of the largest, highly regarded print houses in North America, and is celebrating 25 years in business with this new book featuring some of the most notable artists that have worked with the press. Among them are local artists Ricky Armendariz, Alice Leora Briggs, Suzi Davidoff, Luis Jimenez and Ceclia Munoz.
The 2nd annual Summer Art Camp runs through July 21. Classes are mornings 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoons 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $65; per class; $10 discount if attending all week. Military and multi-sibling discounts also offered.
Arts International Call to Artists — El Paso Art Association’s 50th Anniversary Arts International, Texas’s largest international juried art exhibition, seeks submissions through Aug. 1. This year’s judge is Lyuba Titovets, and jurors are Robert Highsmith, Rosario Ponte, and Kimberly René Vanecek. Prospectus and entry at elpasoartassociation.com.
The exhibit is Sept. 2-Oct. 4 at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, with opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Showing through Aug. 6: “Strange Attractor,” a multidisciplinary exhibition organized by emerging curator and musician Gryphon Rue. The term “strange attractor” describes the inherent order embedded in chaos, perceivable in harmonious yet unpredictable patterns. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700, ballroommarfa.org, Facebook or artspace.com.
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.
Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Showing through August in the Franklin Smith Gallery is “Collective photographic exhibition Photowalk El Paso 2016.” Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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). 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
Showing through Aug. 4: “My America!,” “My America a Artists” patriotic exhibit, featuring works of various media. Judge is Pat Olchefski-Winston.
Call for artists (exhibits details online):
“1-2-3 Friends” exhibit submissions taken through Aug. 19 for exhibit running Sept. 29-Nov. 4.
Life Drawing lessons are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Junction upstairs. 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. Information: 777-5237 or robertdozalartwork.weebly.com.
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 July 1-Sept. 7: “An American Animator, Don Bluth,” celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Plaza Classic Film Festival. An El Paso native, Bluth became one of Disney’s master animators, known for films such as “The Rescuers” and “Winnie the Pooh.” Adapting to the transition from analog to digital technology, Bluth formed Don Bluth Productions. The exhibition highlights Bluth’s range in style and animation technique.
Family Day activities, “Animated!” are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22, for ages 4 and older and their families.
Showing through Aug. 20: “The Red That Colored the World,” exploring the use of cochineal throughout history from Mexico and South America, to Europe, the U.S. and beyond. Organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.
An Artists Panel and Fashion Show focusing on the color red is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20,
A red wine tasting event is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.
Showing through July 9: “The Archangels Michael and Raphael.”
Showing through Sept. 24: “Female Portraits: A Connection Between Artists and Models” in the Tom Lea Gallery.
Eclectic in nature and created over a period of 30 months, the drawings depict wild animals, landscapes, studies of the human anatomy, scientific formulas, representations of classical art and even family photographs.
Showing through Oct. 8: “Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings.” Hardin (1943–1984) was a Native American artist who created avenues for other Native women to break from traditionalism.
Summer youth camps run July 11-Aug.4, and adult and teen summer classes begin in July.
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.
Extended through Aug. 15: “Early El Paso Art Show” featuring 69 artists, including the greatest names of the past century such as Tom Lea, Eugene Thurston, Manuel Acosta, William Kolliker, Bill Rakocy and many more, as well as living artists whose work spans several decades.
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 July 1-30: ”Happy Birthday, America!”, and exhibit of patriotic artwork (military; Fourth of July celebrations, etc.) Also in conjunction with the show is a military collection.
Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 2.
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.
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. Tuesday 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 July 28 is the 2017 annual juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition. Graphic Design Juror is Parisa Tashakori, designer from Tehran, Iran; and Fine Arts Juror is Steven Randall, 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at the Border Arts Residency.
Showing June 29-Sept. 29: “Lxs Dos: Pásele, Pásele” presents the work of Christian and Ramon Cardenas, a married couple who together form the artist collaborative Lxs Dos. Their dynamic, character-driven artwork can be seen in public spaces throughout El Paso and Juarez. The artists create visual tributes to sometimes invisible aspects of border life – street vendors and immigrants, graffiti, posters and traditional sign-making, musicians and youth culture.
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.
Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches — 5857 N. Mesa, Ste. 19. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 584-0022 or susaneisen.com.
Showing through Sept. 17: First in a series of exhibitions and sales of artwork by El Paso artist Russell Waterhouse. The art represents examples of landscapes showing the El Paso sky, mountains, and colors of the desert so common around El Paso.
Waterhouse was born in El Paso and spent most of his career as the art director at the El Paso Natural Gas Company while painting in his spare time. He left the company to fulfill his dream of being a full-time artist, and soon was offered a position as the art director of Tony Lama boots. After his retirement from there, he dedicated his life to his painting. Many of the canvases on exhibit at the show have never been shown before.
Día de los Muertos call for artists — The Calavera Coalition seeks artists’ original artwork submissions through Aug. 1 for its 2017 Día de los Muertos on the Mesilla Plaza official t-shirt and poster design. Artists of all ages and regions are eligible. Submitted work must reflect the spirit and celebration of El Día del los Muertos, be in black and white format in any media that can be easily converted for screen printing. Winner will receive one free booth space at the celebration, valued at $175.
Entries submitted on a CD or through e-mail as JPEG or PDF files and list artwork title, size, a brief description and artist’s name, e-mail address, mailing address and phone number. Send CDs to P.O. Box 1308, Mesilla, N.M., 88046 or email digital files to email@example.com.
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 (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. Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 541-2137 or las-cruces.org/museums.
Showing through July 15: “The New Romantic: Visions of the 21st Century Landscape.” Ceramic and installation artist Sharbani Das Gupta and painter Scott Greene examine the impact of industrial activity on climate and the environment.
Showing Aug. 4-Oct. 21: The biennial “From The Ground Up” exhibit by Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces.
Local author and environmentalist Shelley Armitage will speak on “Place Matters,” the effects of industrialism on the natural landscape, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
The museum will be open until 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the summer months, with a special event 5 to 6:30 p.m. on selected Wednesdays.
• July 12: ”WOW Wednesday (Work on Whatever!
• Aug. 9: Open Mic Night.
• Aug. 30: Wellness Wednesday in the courtyard.
The informal interdisciplinary based “Artrageous” workshops are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the atrium between the Museum of Art and Museum of Nature and Science. July’s theme is “Summertime.”
Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The July 12 book is “Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind’s Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element” by Suzanne Staubauch. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Art Tales reading and hands-on art experiences for kids are 10 to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The July 11 event is “Can You Hear It?” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring a music activity.
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 July are works by Michael Nail, pencil, charcoal an ink artist; and Richard Spellenberg, wood artist.
NM Watercolor Society Southern Chapter — The New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter hosts a “Nature” watercolor exhibit of southern New Mexico and El Paso watercolorists, July 1-31, at Southwest Environmental Center’s Cottonwood Gallery, 275 N. Main, Las Cruces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holiday closings. Information: (575) 522-5552 (Southwest Environmental Center) or nmwatercolorsociety.org.
Opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, as part of the Downtown Art Ramble.
Renaissance ArtsFaire submissions — Doña Ana Arts Council is taking artists’ submissions through July 31 for the 46th annual juried Renaissance ArtsFaire Nov 4-5. The Renaissance ArtsFaire is the largest juried arts show in Southern New Mexico. Also sought are non-profit organizations. Applications available at the Doña Ana Arts Council offices, 2nd floor of the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 523-6403 or DAarts.org.
Interested artists and organizations may apply by visiting Zapplication.org; select “Renaissance ArtsFaire 2017” from the “Participating Events” dropdown menu.
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 rokokoart.com.
Showing through July 15: “Southwest Land & Sky Scapes,” exhibit by local photographer Wayne Suggs.
Opening reception of “Abstraction Action” is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.
The exhibit is a collection of nonobjective and nonrepresentational works including paintings, encaustics, photography and sculpture featuring artists from as close to home as Las Cruces and as far away as Granada, Spain. Artists include Cary Greer, Cassandra Lockwood, Mitch and A.me Alamag, Don Romero (deceased), Luis Navarro and Xaverio. Show runs through early September.
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Alto Artists Studio Tour — The artists of the Alto, N.M., area will open their studios for the 14th annual free public tour Aug. 3-6. 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 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: altoartistsstudiotour.com.
A free public preview party with the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Spencer Theater in Alto, and includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, art for sale and musical entertainment.
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 (July 8) in the downtown gallery district. 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.
Cloudcroft Summer Art Workshops — Cloudcroft Art Workshops hosts its annual fine art workshops at the “Old Red School House” (Public Library), 90 Swallow Place in Cloudcroft, N.M. Five-day workshops are offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug 18. Cost per workshop varies ($400-$590).Information: Linda Shiplett, (915) 490-5071, firstname.lastname@example.org,CloudcroftArt.com or on Facebook.
The Village of Cloudcroft has hosted the summer art workshops for more than 60 years. Workshops offered for all levels, led by accomplished area artists.
• July 10-14: David M. Kessler (all mediums)
• July 17-21: Birgit O’Connor (watercolor)
• July 24-28: Carol Nelson (acrylic, mixed medium)
• July 31-Aug. 4: Ken Hosmer (oil, acrylic, all levels) and Jeanne Hyland (watercolor)
• Aug. 7-11: Doug Dawson (pastel)
• Aug. 14-18: Julie Pollard (watercolor, acrylic, oil).
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 Friday. Admission is free. Information, details: (575) 546-3663, demingarts.org or on Facebook.
Showing July 1-28: “Airplanes & Balloons,” in celebration of the annual convention being held in Deming of the International Cessna 170 Association, the largest airplane club of its kind in North America. Opening reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 2.
Lincoln County Art Loop — Twenty-one Lincoln County artists will host open houses at 19 studios 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 7-9, during the 22nd annual self-guided tour on a scenic route from Carrizozo to the lower Hondo Valley. The tour includes locations throughout the countryside outside of the Ruidoso area. Information: 1-855-522-5667.
Look for the Art Loop signs identifying each location; maps are available at area chambers of commerce, Ruidoso Regional Arts Council or ArtLoopStudioTour.org.
MoMAZoZo — Lyric Complexu, 503 12th, in Carrizozo, N.M. Information: momazozo.org or on Facebook. “Cruise Control” Transit Themed Art Show is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 2, with art installations inside cars, classic cars and more. Refreshments and popcorn served.
Pinos Altos Church Gallery - The historic gallery in Hearst Church gallery on Golden Ave. in Pinos Altos, N.M., operated by the Grant County Art Guild, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays through Oct. 15. The gallery features works by local artists, and highlights a different artist each week. Information: (575) 538-8216 or gcag.org.
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