December 2019

Southwest Art Scene

El Paso
Southern New Mexico

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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.

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street (at Hwy 90) in Marfa. Hours are 10 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Gallery and “Stone Circle” installation located east of Marfa at end of Golf Course Road. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Information: (432) 729-3600, or Facebook.
  Showing through April 19, 2020: “Solange Pessoa: Longilonge,” the first solo U.S. museum exhibition of the noted Brazilian artist. Pessoa’s three decades of work span the mediums of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, and video. The exhibition will include new work that responds to the cultural and natural landscape in West Texas, alongside existing pieces made in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where the artist lives and works.

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

Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Charlie Mayer will host their annual open house at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
  Featured are new landscapes, religious collages and new Día de los Muertos paintings and jigsaw puzzles. Gift items include 2020 “Classic Images of El Paso” calendars, Día de los Muertos coloring pages, porcelain Christmas ornaments and more. Also on display will be her husband Charlie's photographs. Information: 581-4971, or on Facebook at Candy Mayer Art.
  The studio is near Franklin High School, and the event is part of the Upper Valley/West Side Holiday Art Crawl.

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

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

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
  A Winter Solstice viewing of Robert Irwin’s untitled work is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Admission is free.

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. 13: “Deck The Walls” Small Works Award Show and Sale, featuring both 2D and 3D works.
  Ron Fritsch Fall Art Classes are Saturdays, through Dec. 7.
  Call to artists: Deadline is Jan. 8 to enter “con.FIGURE.ation.six.2020.with.a.twist.” Prospectus and entry forms at

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 Dec. 8: “Two Sides of the Border.” The exhibition presents architectural design work — models, drawings, digital renderings — by more than 100 architects, educators, and students from 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.
  Showing through Jan. 5: “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 30 oil paintings, watercolor illustrations, and original preparatory drawings.
• “Illuminate: Artworks by EPMA Teaching Artists” (showing in the Art School Hallway).
  Showing through Dec. 31: “Ideas Unwrapped,” 14 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection that focus on how ideas transform into art.
  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. He created the Bay Lights, a now-permanent artwork of 25,000 LEDs along a nearly two-mile expanse of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

EPCC K-12 Art Exhibit — The 18th annual exhibit runs through 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 annual Hippie Holidaze Open House is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
  Showing through Feb. 27: “20/20 Visionary” 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. An ARTalk is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.
  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. It will be available at the PBS Children’s Festival Dec. 7 and at the Gallery, and will host a book signing at noon, Saturday, Jan. 11, at Barnes and Noble; call for location.
  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

Holiday Art Crawl — Upper Valley artists will open their home studios for holiday shopping 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
• Candy Mayer Studio, 1317 Tierra Roja. El Paso, Día de los Muertos, and religious art. Information: 581-4971.
• Nina Eaton Studio, 506 Shadow Willow. El Paso photography and gift items, with guest artist Catherine Waterhouse, original gemstone jewelry. Information: 630-3013.
• Terry Wright Studio, 630 Gary Lane. Mosaic art, with guest artists Tamara Michalina, handmade jewelry, Stephanie Romero, painter and imaginer, and Dolores Duenez, “beyond funky” ceramics. Information: 731-6730.
• Pam Schuster Studio, 5536 Westside, jewelry and fused glass. Information: (432) 208-7957.

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.
  Opening reception for ”Baroque Contemporary,“ paintings in the style of the Old Masters and baroque frames by artist Demetrio Paura, is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Born in Juarez, Paura is a self-taught artist who received a diploma in Interior Design and Marketing from Manequin Manor Fashion Merchandising School. He worked in several Los Angeles art galleries and had previous exhibits at the Centennial Museum and the Museo de Arte in Juarez.
  Showing through Dec. 29: The 2019 Sun Bowl Art Exhibition, featuring works by regional artists. The Southwest’s longest running art exhibit, originally dubbed the Sun Carnival Art Exhibit, began in 1949.
  The Iva Turney Society for Arts & Adventure presents “Dueling Pianos,” Sunday, Jan. 26, featuring Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes. Call for time.

JR’s Art Gallery & Tea Room — 1445 Main at Placita Madrid in San Elizario. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Information: 820-7261.
Krystyna Robbins Studio — Krystyna Robbins will host her annual Christmas Open House & Miniature Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at the Robbins Studio, 5070 Yucca (Upper Valley, off Country Club), with retablos, slates, miniatures and small paintings and other works will be for sale, including original ornaments and tiles. 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. Information: 434-9711.
  Artwork from the Del Valle learning community is on display Dec. 2-Jan. 7.
  The 22nd Annual Virgen de Guadalupe juried art award exhibit runs Dec. 2-Jan. 16j. Gala opening and awards ceremony is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

La Mesa Gallery — The gallery located on Hwy. 28, one block from Chope’s restaurant in La Mesa, features artists from Hatch, Las Cruces, La Mesa, Berino and El Paso. Hours are 11 to 3, Friday and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday 1 to 3 or by appointment. Information: (575) 644-3756.

Mata Ortiz Pottery Class — Award-winning ceramist Jerardo Tena will teach a hands-on pottery class using traditional Mata Ortiz pottery techniques for all skill levels Dec. 19-22 at Flor de Barrio Gallery, 6721 Westwind. Class hours are 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $225 (All materials and refreshments included; guests may bring their own snack); available at Information: 259-8059,
  The class includes shaping, polishing, painting, and firing, and guests will be able to take their handmade olla home.

Mata Ortiz pottery presentations — Flor De Barro Gallery, 6721 Westwind, presents free presentations by artists Hector Gallegos and Laura Bugarini noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. With more than 20 years of experience, Gallegos and Bugarini have become trailblazers and innovators in the Mata Ortiz style of pottery. Information: 259-8059 or

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s Christmas luncheon and new officer installation is 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Little Bavarian restaurant, 4601 Hondo Pass (at Stahala). Membership is open to all; $35 beginning in January. RSVP: Dorian Clouser, 593-2330 or

Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s monthly meeting is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, with a luncheon at Luby’s, 1010 Chelsea (near Trowbridge/Montana). Bring a handmade ornament or other artwork-based gift. RSVP to Dorian Clouser, or 593-2320.

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.
• 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, and 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 (Nov. 28, Dec. 26). Information: 444-8439 or on Facebook at ZonaCentroElPaso.

Sun Bowl Art Exhibition — The 2019 show and art competition, featuring works by regional artists, runs through Dec. 29, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. 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 (Dec. 9) at Polly Harris Center, 650 Wallenberg (off Mesa Hills). All artists and non-artists welcome to attend; artists 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. Showing through Dec. 14: Works by Las Cruces ceramic artist Joshua R. Clark. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Information: 264-2777 or

Southern New Mexico

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. 14). 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:

Agave Artists — The artist-owned cooperative gallery is at 2250 Calle de San Albino, off the historic plaza in Mesilla, N.M. The gallery exhibits the work of 20 local and regional artists in a variety of media, including paintings and other wall art, plus 3-D sculpture and ceramic art, as well as original jewelry. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays; with extended hours until 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.
Information: (575) 339-9870, or
  The gallery’s inaugural holiday bazaar runs through Dec. 23, with original small works of art by gallery members available for $100 or less. Also featured is “wearable art,” handcrafted textiles and jewelry fashioned by our artists.

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. Cost: $20 per seminar; light refreshments served, including samples of Italian food and wine.
  Showing in December is an exhibit by the Border Artists, with works by Margaret Berrier, David Sorenson, Amanda Jaffe, Jeanne Rundell, Jo-an Smith, Storm Sermay, Andrew Nagem, Rosemary McGloughlin, Nolan Winkler and Emmitt Booher. Reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the 10-10 Arts Hop.

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 featured Dec. 1-30, featuring unique gift items. Artists and crafters reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

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. Closed Dec. 24-25. Information: (575) 541-2137, or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum system will host “Holiday Blitz” activities 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with crafts, learning about holiday traditions and more. Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge, available at any of the museums.
  Showing through 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.” Gallery tour of the exhibit is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
  Education Station is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, for youth and teens, and Saturday, Dec. 28, for adults. December’s theme is Monotyping.
  “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. The Dec. 11 book is “Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais,” by Suzanne F. Cooper.
  Printmaking classes with Noël Sandino are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 (Collagraph methods), and Dec. 21 (monotype). Participants may choose one or both sessions; call for details.

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 December are local artists Michael Nail and Ray Ponteri. Nail works primarily in pencil, charcoal and ink, focusing on Western, Native American and wildlife themes. Ponteri is a retired executive who began painting in 2014.

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

Rio Grande Theatre Gallery — 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 541-2290, or on Facebook.

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

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 through 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, wood work, sculpture, gourds, pottery, encaustics and more.

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 in December is “It’s All Relative,” exhibit by artists and their families, in conjunction with the play “How To Survive Your Family at Christmas.”

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. Gallery closed Dec. 25-26, and Jan. 1. Information: (575) 522-7281, or on Facebook at Tombaugh Gallery.
  Showing in December is “Soul of Silk” the silk art of Judy Licht. Licht explores the many ways to work with silk, including scarves, eco printing, collaging, quilting and a variety of techniques for wall paintings. Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, with second reception and silk painting demonstration 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.


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