November 2017

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.
  Showing in November is “El Portal de la Precepcion,” works by Romy Hawkins, Rodolfo Sigala, Hector Bernal, Maria Elena Saenz and Martha Arzabala. Reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

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, or
  Showing through Nov. 24: Intimate Landscape, and “Bodyscapes,” a Personal and photographic journey by El Paso photographer Sirous Partovi. Partovi creates a collection of images resonating deep emotions regarding his wife’s HIV status and its effects on his world. Includes images from trips to Iceland and White Sands National Monument, and photographs of his wife, Patti Wetzel, in black and white diptychs and triptychs.

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700,, Facebook or
  Showing through March 18, 2018: “Tierra. Sangre. Oro.,” works by Rafa Esparza. Esparza’s multivalent practice addresses and excavates the history of colonialism; labor and economic value scales; freedom, queer culture, and masculinity; as well as personal and familial legacy, among many other issues and subjects.

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

Celebration of Our Mountains Art Exhibit — The 17th annual exhibit runs through December at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. 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. Monday through Friday; weekends by request. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or
  Showing through Dec. 22: “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo: Una Sonrisa a mitad del Camino,” a photographic exhibition of one of the art world’s most iconic and controversial couples.
  Rivera and Kahlo, both with striking personalities, provoked the most diverse feelings amongst their contemporaries, from envy, to admiration. The exhibit displays an extensive part of the daily life of this unique couple through the lens of Guillermo Kahlo, Peter Jules, Guillermo Zamora, Nickolas Murray, Edward Weston, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Juan Guzman among others. Presented with the Consulate General of Mexico, Chamizal National Memorial and Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte.

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

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 Nov. 4: “1-2-3 Friends,” featuring watercolor, pastel and plein air artists.
  Showing Nov. 10-Dec. 16: EPAA Members Exhibit, “Splash of Autumn,” with opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 10.
  Life Drawing lessons are offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Junction upstairs. Cost: $10; students bring their own supplies.

Design Graveyard Exhibition — El Paso’s best and brightest graphic designers resurrect their best, brightest, and “deadest” work in the 3rd annual exhibit 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Roderick Artspace Lofts Gallery, 601 N Oregon, with work that never saw the light of day, got shot down in flames, or never made it out the door, such as unused ideas for venues such as Hillside Coffee & Donut Co. or Park Tavern. Hosted by AIGA, the professional association for design. Admission is free. Information: 996-9947 or

Dozal Art Gallery — The gallery of 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

Dream Chasers Club — The gallery and store is at 200 S. Santa Fe. Information, hours: 342-6357 or Opening night is 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 for “Manmade Machinations” solo exhibition of paintings by Ashton Kaleigh, one of the Showcase artists in this year’s Chalk the Block lineup.

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
  The Mexican Consulate hosts “Altars de Muertos,” (Day of the Dead altars) Nov. 2-5. Related events:
• A kickoff celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, with an elaborately decorated altar, folklorico dance, live catrina performances, hot chocolate and pan de muerto.
• Catrinas Master Class with Wayne Hilton is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. Tuition: $35 ($39 museum members).
• A Día de Los Muertos Fronterizo celebration is 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, with ofrendas created by area high schools and local artists, music, dance, food, sugar skulls, hands-on art projects and more. Day of the Dead costumes encouraged.
  Showing through Dec. 3: Tom Lea” Watercolors and Washes,” featuring early and late works including mural proposals, book illustrations, artist-correspondent renderings from World War II, and historical views of the El Paso Region.
  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. 
  Dr. Victoria Ramirez and Patrick Cable Shaw of the will talk on “Building a Collection; Curating an Exhibition,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.
  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. 
  The museum’s LabEPMA provides emerging regional artists an opportunity to exhibit one work of art in any media accompanied by a 30-minute discussion of their work. Featured through Dec. 10: “Tunnel Runner,” a mixed media installation by Abel Saucedo.
  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. 
  Fall art classes for teens and adults are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through Dec. 2. Classes includes ceramics, and painting and painting with wax. Registration:

EPCC K-12 Art Exhibit — The 16th annual exhibit runs Nov. 11-Dec. 4, 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.

EPMA on the Road — El Paso Museum of Art hosts “á la carte” art making and dining events through December at Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Cost: $30 per workshops; covers materials, a beverage and light bites. Information, registration: 225-3625. Twenty percent discount with purchase of museum membership at 212-3068 or
  A “Sunset, Mountains and Tumbleweeds” jewelry workshop is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Crave.

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

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 through Jan 12: “el paso miniatures,” featuring works of more than two dozen artists.
  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

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
  The 18th annual Sun Bowl Art Exhibition runs Nov. 10-Dec. 31, with opening reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.
  Soldier Arts Workshops hosts a Veterans Day exhibit 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, featuring works by soldiers on display, plus the “Helping Helmets sale.

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.
  Artist entries for the annual Virgen de Guadalupe exhibit are being taken through Nov. 9.
  The exhibit runs Dec. 1-Jan. 11, with Awards reception 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

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 or on Facebook.

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s next meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Mary Zawacki of Las Cruces will demonstrate how to paint a commissioned pet portrait with hard and soft pastels, and pastel pencils. The program is free and open to the public; bring a sack lunch. Information: 490-3978.

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. 15:
• “Simplified World” by Suzi Davidoff, drawings on found maps and globes and with an accompanying hand-drawn animation.
• “George Rodriguez: Where is Our Exile?” Seattle-based ceramist George Rodriguez is a native El Pasoan whose figurative ceramic work engages directly with the political, social and cultural dimensions of immigrants, Mexican-Americans and other communities of color in the U.S. and beyond, evoking conditions of displacement, longing and belonging.
  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 reflecting this concern. Artist-made videos can be viewed in the gallery via virtual reality platforms.

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. On sale are Pat Olchefski-Winston’s 2018 “All Time Favorites!” calendars. Information:, or 240-5756.

Sun Bowl Art Exhibition — The 18th annual show and art competition, featuring works by regional artists, runs Nov. 10-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. Opening reception is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747 and

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Aa Studio — 2645 Doña Ana Road (Calle de Oro). The gallery features emerging artists as well as the multimedia work by gallery owner Roy van der Aa. Information: (575) 520-8752.
  The gallery is taking proposals through Nov. 15 for regional artists to exhibit in 2018. Interested artists may email proposal, short bio, résumé, and 8 jpeg images to

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 Nov. 4-30: Jo-an Smith’s “ELEMKENTAL” encompasses explorations in paint and gold, inspired by land, water, fire and sky. Opening reception is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.
  Smith offers presentations on the following Saturdays:
Nov. 11: Al Tombaugh “Memories”
Nov. 18: “My Art Journey.”

DAAC Arts & Cultural Center — The gallery is 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
  Showing through Oct. 30: “Photographers’ Expansion V Exhibition,” photography by area artists Emmitt Booher, Sirous Partovi, James Rodgers, Paul Schranz and Storm Sermay.

Holly Day House - The Artists of Picacho Hills host a holiday shopping event 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10-11, at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, 225 West Griggs, in Las Cruces, with more than 20 artists presenting watercolors, acrylics, encaustic painting, basketry, loom weaving, jewelry both rustic and refined, quilting, knitting, woodworking, photography, glass, copper, gourd art, lariat baskets, metal work and ceramic art. Admission is free. A raffle of members’ donated artwork will benefit Mesilla Valley Hospice. Information:

Las Cruces Arts Fair call for artists — Applications are being taken through Nov. 30 for Doña Ana Arts Council’s 8th annual regional juried fine arts event March 16-18, in the Las Cruces. Applications available at Information: (575) 523-6403 or

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. All city museums closed Nov. 10-11 for Veteran’s Day and Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving. Information: (575) 541-2137 or
  Showing Nov. 3-Jan. 20, 2018: “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
  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 Nov. 8 book is “Dreaming with His Eyes Open: A Life of Diego Rivera by Patrick Marnham,” preceded by a screening of “Cave of I Paint What I See” at 1 p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public.
  Art Tales are 10 to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month for kids, bringing reading and art together with hands-on projects.
  Artrageous free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The November theme is “Folk Art.”
Nov. 4: Repujado: Kid friendly metal embossing
Nov. 18: Paper Mola: Panama inspired folk art
Nov. 25: Wycinanki: Polish paper cutting design.

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
  Receptions are 1 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month.
  Featured in November are Roberta Widner and Kurt Van Wagner. Widner is an oil painter who paints subject matters from abroad, mainly France and Italy. Wagner has emerged as an accomplished self-taught digital artist. 
  The gallery’s “Holiday Extravaganza,” is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, with talks from gallery artists, refreshments, music and art demonstrations.

Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite, Las Cruces. Showing in November are found object creations by Wanter Fuselier. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 640-3502 or

NM Watercolor Society Southern Chapter — The chapter hosts a special program about legal issues pertaining to the world of art, including artists, galleries, collectors and museums at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Good Samaritan Society auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: Beverley Pirtle,
  Bill Frazier, a retired attorney and consultant to art groups, will address such issues as copyright infringement, contracts, internet piracy, property rights of artists, and legal duties and responsibilities of gallery and museum directors.

Promoting Art in Las Cruces — Doña Ana Arts Council’s free series is noon Friday, Nov. 17, at DAAC’s new Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Presentation is “Differentiate and the Modern Art Market” by Art of Obscura gallery owner Deret Robers. Admission is free; lunch may be purchased. RSVP at (575) 523-6403.

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

Second Saturday Open Artist Studios — Several Las Cruces artists will host studio open houses noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11:
• Penny Duncklee (watercolors, prints and cards), 1201 2nd. Street. Information: 575) 636-3654.
• Betsy Krebbs, (pastels, weaving and watercolors), 715 N. Raymond. Information:
• Leslie Toombs (pastels and mixed media), 429 Reeves. Information: (575) 532-1060.
• Roy van der Aa (non-objective mixed media), 2645 Dona Anna Rd, on Calle de Oro. Information: (575) 520-8752.
• Kathleen Deasy (oils and mixed media on canvas and paper), 625 Van Patten Ave. Information: (828) 467-9060.

The Gallery at Big Picture — 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 109, in Las Cruces. 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.
  Showing through Nov. 11: is “The Voyage” multimedia experience by digital artist and story writer Micah Pearson. Through a blend of printed glass, video tablets, and other storytelling techniques, Pearson portrays the transition from adolescence into adulthood against the backdrop of a colorful, vibrant, and fantastic multiverse.

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
   Showing Nov. 5-25: “Conversations in Color,” abstract paintings by Las Cruces artist Ruth Drayer. While researching and writing the life story of the artists Nicholas and Helena Roerich, Drayer felt she needed an outlet for the “colors blooming in her head” and began painting. Artist reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, with an artist talk at 12:15 p.m.

‘What’s In A Title?’ — The art exhibit by Paul A. Vakselis, M.D., is through Nov. 30, at Cafe de Mesilla, 2190 Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces, featuring dozens of works of landscape, inspirational, architecture and general interest works. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Tuesday). Reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, during the monthly Art Ramble. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-0000 or on Facebook at Cafe de Mesilla.

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. 11, Dec. 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. 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.

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, or on Facebook.
  Showing: Nov. 1-29: “Keep Luna County Beautiful Recycle Show,” featuring pieces of art made from 90 percent, recycled materials. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.
  The bi-annual Guatemalan Mercado is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27-28.

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
  Showing through Nov. 26:
• “I Like Your Old Work Best,” a retrospective by Nolan Winkler
• “The Las Cruces 9” group show with works by Nancy Frost Begin, Tauna Cole, Janince Cook, C.C.Cunningham, Raul Dorn, John Garrett, David Sorensen, Ouida Touchon and Jean Reece Wilkey.

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