May 2019

Southwest Art Scene

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Art Auction 2019 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual on-air juried art competition and fundraising auction is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 and May 4-5. To see all the artwork, times and pricing, go to More than 120 works by regional artists will be for sale.
  Interested bidders can bid live by calling 881-0013 during the auction. All the work is currently on display inside the KCOS offices.
  All funds raised will go toward the award-winning programming from KCOS, El Paso and Southern New Mexico’s local PBS station. Local artists display their best art work while giving viewers the chance to bid and win their favorite pieces.
  This year’s show was judged by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. Winners are: Best in Show: Poppies by Terrance Flores; Still Life & Landscapes: Persimmons by Kay Susin; Photography: Beary Excited by Justin Aguilar; Figurative: The Royal Runner by Manuel Thompson; Contemporary and Mixed Media: Wolf (Walking Stick) by Dorothy Proffitt; Local Flavor: Plaza Theater at Night by Joshua Greenwood.
  Special collections (non-juried) also include original works and fine art prints from many early El Paso artists including Tom Lea, Jose Cisneros, Manuel Acosta, Rudy Montoya, Frederick Carter, Robert Massey and many more.

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700, or Facebook.
  Showing through September: “Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine,” commissioned works by Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez. The title refers to a facet of each artist’s contribution to the show, which range from wax pours to robotic storytellers to provisional shelters and beyond.

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 18th annual exhibit is on display at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, featuring artwork depicting the region’s mountains by area artists. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, 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. Grounds close at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 ($10 students). Information: (432) 729-4362 or
  The annual Community Day celebration is Saturday, May 4, will open viewing of the permanent collection and scholarly talks. A barbecue dinner is 5 p.m. in the Arena. 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 May 10: “On the Map: El Paso and Beyond, with works featuring both local and faraway subjects.
  The Art Junction artists will participate in the 12th annual El Paso Studio Tour May 4-5.
  Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, for  the Members Exhibit featuring Cynthia Evans, Neorah Garcia, Sarah Russell, Rodolfo Sigala, Mario Ulloa, Jane Vance and Rhone Whittaker. On display through June 21.
  All photographers are invited to enter the International Eye of the Camera 2019 show set for July 7-28. Deadline is June 2. Prospectus and entry form at
  Deadline is June 19 for “American Expression.”

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 Artists Studio Tour — The 12th annual tour or 18 studio locations is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27-28 for all artists west of University (West side and Upper Valley), and May 4-5 for all artists east of University Avenue (Downtown, Central, Northeast, East and Mission Valley). Sponsored by Hal Marcus Gallery and El Paso Scene. Admission is free; refreshments offered at each studio. Information: 533-9090.
  Full studio list and directions available at, or email

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 May 24-Sept. 8: “Luces y Sombras: Images of Mexico.” Capturing modern Mexico’s culture, architecture, and people through, more than one-hundred works dating from the 1930s to the present day.
  Showing through Aug. 7: “Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland.” Born in 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico, painter and illustrator Castro has lived and worked for most his life in the El Paso/Juárez borderland. This exhibition shares his vision of the region through more than two dozen paintings and illustrations created over 60 years. It also features materials related to his process and some of the illustrations he made for books and El Paso’s longtime department store, The Popular.
  Showing May 4-24: “Reflections: Through Our Eyes” SISD Student Art Exhibition. Reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
  Showing through May 5: “Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art.” The exhibit illuminates the overlap and tension between social power and religion in the Americas through nearly 60 extravagant works of religious art commissioned for cathedrals and homes.
  A “Treasures of the Powerful” family art day is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Admission is free.
  Showing through Sept. 1: “Joy and Suffering: Mexican Retablos from the EPMA Collection.” The museum’s retablos collection has undergone a re-imagined installation, presenting highlights from the Hamilton Collection, the McKnight Collection, and the Roderick Collection.
  Showing through Dec. 31: “Ideas Unwrapped: An Exhibition about Art” explores EPMA’s permanent collection, featuring works of art given to the museum by the Peter Norton Christmas Project.
  An “Art Beats” Students Concert featuring youth from El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s “Tocando Music Project” is noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
  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.

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

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
  Showing through June 21: “Nudes & More,” works depicting the human form by Krystyna Robbins, Estelle Goldman, Willibald De Cabrera, Mauricio Mora, Daniel Padilla, Teresa Fernandez, Isabel Olivares, Francisco Romero, Diego “Robot” Martinez, Hal Marcus, Tome Le, Mago Gandara, Bill Rakocy, Lillian Sandoval, and John W. MacKenzie. An ARTalk is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30.
  Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.
  Marcus will be one of the featured artists in the KCOS Art Auction 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-28 and May 4-5, on KCOS13 television.
  The gallery also will participate in the El Paso Artists Studio Tour noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, with guest artist Diego “Robert” Martinez.”

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 through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free guided tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747, or on Facebook.
  Showing June 2-29: “The Reclusionist Exhibit,“ works by artist, author and musician James Robert Murphy.

La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Showing May 2-24: 19th annual Ysleta ISD Student Exhibit, with opening reception and awards 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9711.

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 May 10-Aug. 9 in the Rubin and L Galleries: 2019 Juried UTEP Student Exhibition, showcasing art and design by undergraduate students. Jurors are Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding (graphic design), and Mackenzie Stevens (fine arts). Opening reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

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.

Titovets School of Art Show & Sale — The school hosts its annual show 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27-28, at 5411 N. Mesa in Peppertree Square (former location of Charlotte’s), featuring works by students all ages and levels taught by Sasha and Lyuba Titovets. Admission is free; refreshments and wine served. Information: 585-3043 or
  The Titovetses graduated with master of fine arts degrees in St. Petersburg, Russia and in 1992 immigrated to El Paso. They since have received numerous regional and national awards for their paintings.

Marjorie Foster School of Art Show — The annual show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Park East Clubhouse, 1725 Mosswood, featuring works by Foster’s students Sherri Bonilla, Dora Garcia, Carol Hambric, Leslie Juszkiewicz, Sara Long, Irene Rice, and Laurel Roberts. Entertainment provided by folk singer/songwriter Charlie McDonald. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information, directions: Marjorie Foster, 592-5122.

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 (May 11). Participating galleries are Cutter Gallery (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), DAAC Arts & Cultural Center (4 to 7 p.m.), Rokoko Gallery (4 to 7 p.m.), Four Points Perspective (7 to 10 p.m.) and Art Obscura (7 to 10 p.m.). Information: (575) 523-6403. Schedule:

Art in the Garden — The Artists of Picacho Hills and Picacho Hill Gardeners host the Art in Picacho Hills Gardens Tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at six gardens at Picacho Hills area, Las Cruces, featuring 17 local artists. Red flags will mark the open gardens.
Admission is free. Information: (575) 523-1740,, or on Facebook.
  To get there: turn onto Picacho Hills Drive north of Highway 70, and pick up garden maps at each garden. Maps and water available in the commercial Plaza on Picacho Hills Drive.

Art Obscura Gallery — 3206 Harrelson in Las Cruces (Mesilla Park area). Showing through May 5: “Purge,” paintings by Raul Dorn in the main gallery, and “Analog Deities,” paintings by Mike Carrasco in the Tiny Room. 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, 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
  Showing through May 8: Jo-an Smith “Continuum: From Caves to the Cosmos” paintings, jewelry and alcohol inks by Smith. Smith, who celebrates her 86th birthday with this exhibit, creates paintings and jewelry inspired by natural, organic shapes.
  “Special Saturdays” free talks are 11 a.m. to noon: May 4: ”How Our Ancient Cave Dwellings Led Me to Paint Space” with Jo-an Smith.

Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center — The gallery at the DAAC Arts Council Arts & Culture Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Showing May 6-29: “The Joy of Watercolor,” works by the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (575) 523-6403 or

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.

‘Feed Your Mind’ seminar series — Doña Ana Arts Council brings speakers on a wide range of topics at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Avenida de Mercado, Suites B–D. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  A Late 19th and 20th Century Art series runs Mondays April 29-June 24, with Kathleen Key. Sessions are 3 to 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants may attend either session Individual sessions: $20; $90 for full series.
  The first in the History of Fashion and Fashion Design nine part series is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2, to learn about fashion design through the centuries. Series runs Thursday afternoons through June 27. Individual sessions: $20; $90 for full series.

Las Cruces City Hall call for artists — City of Las Cruces and City Art Board seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific indoor art project for the central pillar in the City Hall lobby. Submission deadline is May 12 at Information: Lorenzo Zepeda, (575) 541-2780 or

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.
  Gallery tours are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Saturday of every month. No gallery tours March 31-April 18.
  “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, next door in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.
  The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays June 5-Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m.
June 12: Family Art Night at Museum of Art (supplies provided).
June 19: Elements of Art: Color at Museum.

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
  Showing in May are works by Yvonne Postelle and Mike Shalett. Postelle is primarily an oil landscape painter. Shalett is a self-taught maker of lariat baskets.

Renaissance ArtsFaire submissions — Doña Ana Arts Council is taking submissions for the 48th annual juried Renaissance ArtsFaire Nov 2-3, in textiles, jewelry, metal, sculpture and wood, mixed media, painting and drawing, photography and prints, pottery and glass, and recycled materials. The Renaissance ArtsFaire is the largest juried arts show in Southern New Mexico. Also sought are non-profit organizations. Applications at the Doña Ana Arts Council offices, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite B, Mesilla. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  Artists can apply online at Application fee for all booths is $35 ($50 corner booth). Booth fees range from $275-$670, depending on booth type.
  Food vendors, non-profits, and Children’s Realm participants may apply at beginning May 1.

Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. Showing May 11-June 22: “Fantasy Free for All,” works by various artists of imagination and fantasy. Opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays; other days by appointment. Information: (505) 690-6915 or

thetheatregallery — Black Box Theatre lobby, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Showing May 3-19: “Shall We Go Outside?” artwork by Margaret Bernstein, reflections from the theatre’s performance of Laura King’s “Fallout” Open one hour prior to Black Box performances and by appointment. Information: (575) 523-1223.

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 May 5-June 7: “Shards,” recent abstract paintings by Jill Somoza. In her acrylic on vinyl paintings, the vinyl is stretched over irregularly shaped panels made of wooden slats. The paintings stand a few inches out from the wall so that light can penetrate and give them a sense of airiness.
  Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, with poetry by Joe Somoza.

Other So. New Mexico

Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (May 11) 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

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.
  May 2-29: Luna County Fine Arts presents their juried Fine Arts & Crafts show, featuring painting, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Opening reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

Grant County Art Guild Gallery - For its 50th anniversary, the Grant County Art Guild gallery has moved from Pinos Altos to the former Hester House building, corner of Hester and Bullard in historic downtown Silver City. The gallery features paintings, photography, prints, greeting cards, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, home décor, and more. Open year round 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed holidays. Information: (575) 538-8216, or on Facebook at Grant County Art Guild.
  Showing through May are paintings by members Carolyn Paez and Diane Cornelius.

“Paint Out Silver!” — Silver City Art Association hosts the 3rd annual plein air painting event Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, throughout historic Downtown Silver City, in conjunction with the annual Silver City Blues Fest. The public is invited to watch area artists turn canvases into art. Registration for artists: $10 through May 10; $15 weekend of festival. All media welcome. Registration and entry packs at
  Check-in at the visitor center is 7:30 a.m. Friday, and submission for work for judging, exhibition and sale is 2 p.m. Saturday through 3 p.m. Sunday. Cash prizes awarded; final awards, including People’s Choice award and closing is Sunday afternoon.

Red Dot Studio Tour — Silver Art Association hosts its 2019 studio tour 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, featuring its Red Dot Studios through the area. Information:
  Oil and acrylic painters, encaustic artists, metal sculptors, found-object artists, jewelers, photographers, weavers, potters, clay sculptors, water-colorists, and woodworkers will open their private studios in and around Silver City.
  Brochures with maps to all the studios, as well as copies of the Silver City Art Association Art Guide, are available at Light Art Space, 209 W Broadway in downtown Silver City, and from the Silver City Visitor Center on Hudson Street. Tour-goers will be guided by Red Dot directional signs to the studios.
  The Studio Tour Gala is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Light Art Space, 209 W. Broadway. The Gala will showcase an example of artwork by each participating Tour artist, on exhibit at Light Art Space all weekend. Refreshments served. There also will be a $49.95 Silent Auction.
  Admission to the tour and gala is free.

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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