March 2019

Southwest Art Scene

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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.

Arte Con Corazon — El Paso Human Services Inc.’s art auction to benefit former foster youth is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at El Paso International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, with works from some of El Paso’s top artists. Admission: $10. Information: 534-7227 or

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 March 24: ”The Way You Make Me Feel: Artists’ Film International 2018,” featuring work by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, including “First Person Shooter.” Huffman’s film will be complemented by newly commissioned sculptural work, paintings, and video.

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

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
  Showing through April 15: “BorDNAndo... ‘Una mirada a la frontera a través del Arte’ (A look at the border through Art),” sculptures by Majo (Mirna Ajo). The art focuses on the social dynamics of the El Paso and Juárez border, with themes such as Border, Time, Desert, El Bordo, Spanglish, Cruzando el Charco and Interuniverso.

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

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.
  Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, for “No Shade: Socorro ISD Scholarship Exhibit.” On display through March 29.
  Call to artists: Entries are due by March 27 for “On the Map: El Paso & Beyond. Information:

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 March 8-Sept. 1: Joy and Suffering: Mexican Retablos from the EPMA Collection.” The museum’s retablos collection will undergo a re-imagined installation, presenting highlights from the Hamilton Collection, the McKnight Collection, and the Roderick Collection. Images of the Virgin Mary in her many folk and formal manifestations range from the well-known Virgin de Guadalupe to the lesser-known Our Lady of Solitude.
  A tour of the exhibit with curator Kevin Burns is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 8. Lunch included; registration required: $15.
  A free lecture on “Painters and Pilgrims: Spanish Colonial Art and the Catholic Imagination in Mexico” is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6. RSVP required at
  Showing through Dec. 31: “Ideas Unwrapped: An Exhibition about Art” explores EPMA’s permanent collection in a new way, featuring works of art given to the museum by the Peter Norton Christmas Project. Featured is “Krag,” an assemblage of found objects turned into a work of art by El Paso artist Guillermo Gutierrez. Other works include pieces by Vik Muniz, Kara Walker, Juan Quezada and others.
  Showing through April 7: “Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon.” The exhibition features the Marfa artist’s production from the last five years.
  A “Fantastical Dreams” family art day inspired by Julie Speed is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Admission is free.
  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 Focus Talks in partnership with UTEP Art Department are 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14 and March 28.
  Friday Art Days free family event is noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 15.
  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.
  Spring Break Art Camps run 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 12-15 and March 19-22. Classes are Ceramics and Drawing & Painting, for ages 6 to 9 and age 10-13. Advance registration required. Cost: $75 (discount for museum members). Information, registration: 212-3062, or

El Paso Studio Tour call for artists — The 12th annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour invites artists to participate at its open studio events April 27-28 and May 4-5. The April tour includes studios in the West Side and Upper Valley.
The May tour includes Eastside, Northeast, Downtown and Mission Valley.
  Deadline to register is March 5. Information and entry form at
  Art lovers browse the private studios, meet the artists and shop for fine art. Admission is free and refreshments are served at each studio. Sponsored by the Hal Marcus Gallery and El Paso Scene.

EPCC Senior Art Exhibit — The exhibit runs March 27-April 8, in the Administrative Service Center Boardroom. Reception is 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 8. Information: 831-7803.

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 March 14-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.
  Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, with an ARTalk set for Thursday, May 30.
  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 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 March 1-31: “De Espaldas/Seen From the Back,” photographic exhibit by Alejandro Lugo. Part of an ongoing photo essay on nature, society, popular culture and life. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, with an Art Talk by Lugo 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
  Showing March 2-31: Rio Bravo Watercolorists’ annual “Wonderful World of Watermedia” juried exhibition, judged by Carolyn Bunch of New Mexico Watercolor Society. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, with the Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m.
  In conjunction with the exhibit, artist demonstrations are at 2 p.m. on three Sundays:
March 17, Laurel Weathersbee, “Watercolor Torn Paper Collage.”
March 24 , Laurie Churchill with “Watermedia” techniques.
March 31, Jean Holzenthaler on “Adding Mixed Media to Watercolor.”
  The Art of the Arts Society presents “The Art of Entertainment” with pianist Laurie Koval at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the parlor. Admission is free, donations welcome.
  El Paso Human Services Inc.’s Arte Con Corazon art auction to benefit former foster youth is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Admission: $10. Information: 534-7227 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. Admission is free. Information: 434-9711.

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s next meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7. at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Oil painter Rafaat Maximos Ayoub of Art Nova Gallery will demonstrate “Expressive Portrait Drawing In Charcoal.” 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, March 20, at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, with a presentation by artist Jacques Barriac, whose program "Mounting Paintings on Rice Paper" will include methods for painting with watercolor on this medium. The public is invited. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950.
  Barriac will explain the concept of fine line versus spontaneous illustration, using numerous paintings.
  After the meeting, attendees invited to tour the group’s “Wonderful World of Watermedia” art show featured through March 31 at the museum.

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 April 6:
• ‘Sections: New Cities, Future Ruins at the Border,’ in the Rubin Gallery. Artists, designers, and thinkers were invited to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt as part of a four-year curatorial initiative.
• “Convergence: New Contemporary Painting from Thinkspace” in the L Gallery. The paintings by artists associated with the New Contemporary Art movement (a return to realism and representation in painting with an embrace of popular and counter-culture) include themes that range from the fantastic to the mundane.
  Showing through April 12: is “A Piece of Our Mind: Posters By Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding,” in the Project Space. The exhibit showcases 47 posters of provocative and contemplative works about hunger, the environment, immigration and human rights, combining visual literacy with irony and humor.

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.

UTEP Union Gallery — Second floor, UTEP Union East. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 747-5711 or
  Showing through March 15: “My Tenure in T-shirts,” celebrating 30 years of UTEP’s history through President Diana Natalicio’s private collection of t-shirts.

Xolo Gallery Opening —The contemporary art gallery is at 2812 N. Piedras. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Information: 264-2777 or
  Showing March 1-29: “Group 1” exhibit featuring works by border artists Sarah Aguilar, Jonathan Duarte, Eddie Gonzalez, Nayeli Hernández, Ingrid Leyva, Nicky Licking, Jessica M. Rodriguez, and Joaquin Vasquez. Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1.

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 (March 9). 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 Obscura Gallery — 3206 Harrelson in Las Cruces (Mesilla Park area). 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.
  Showing through March 3: “It’s the Little Things,” works by Roy van der Aa.

Branigan Cultural Center Open Call for Submissions — The Las Cruces exhibit space seeks proposals for exhibits to be presented in 2020, with themes of cultural and historical significance relating to the Southwest. Exhibits will run for 6 to 12 weeks Deadline is 5 p.m. April 7. For full rules and forms, visit Information: or (575) 541-2154.

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

Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center — The gallery at the DAAC 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 March 1-29: “Figures & Flowers – Decidedly Feminine” new works by Jan. Minow. Opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, as part of the 10-10 Arts Hop.

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.

GreenSpace Gallery — 517 N. Mesquite in Las Cruces, N.M. Hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Information: (575) 551-6778, or on Facebook at Greenspace Gallery Las Cruces.
  Showing through March 30 are works by photographer and digital artist Jim Rodgers, and oil and acrylic paintings by artist and printmaker Noël Sandino. Rodgers, who specializes in landscapes and night sky photography, as well as digital art using his photographic images, was awarded a first prize in the most recent New Mexico Magazine photography competition. Sandino focuses on contemporary abstracts. Reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, Art Ramble.
  Acoustic musicians interested in performing in gallery’s new Learning Center performance space call Steve Klinger, (575) 496-5571 or

Las Cruces Arts Fair — Doña Ana Arts Council’s 9th annual regional juried fine arts event is March 1-3 in the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E University. More than 100 artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in eight categories, including jewelry, mixed media, fabric, painting and drawing, print making and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculpture. This year’s featured artist is Hal Marcus.
  Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with entertainment by flamenco guitarist Jake Mossman Friday and Saturday, and food and beverages will be available to purchase.
  Tickets: $10 at the door; $15 for a two-adult pass when purchased in advance; free for age 12 and under. Ticket holders may reenter the event one additional day at no charge. Tickets available in advance at DAAC offices, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla; Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo; the Frame and Art Center, 1100 S. Main, and in El Paso at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon or online at Information: (575) 523-6403.
  The DAAC offers two student booths, representing emerging artists from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College.
  Silent auction featuring works by each participating artist is 2 p.m. Sunday.
  A Quick Art contest is 11 a.m. to noon with 16 artists creating art as the audience watches, with all pieces then available to purchase by silent auction.

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 Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Showing through March 30: “Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal,” organized by the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, with works loaned from the Ekard Collection. The exhibit explores human angst in the transition between the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit is made up of 37 works by 28 artists who turn a mirror into the world and explore psychological references, balance and intimacy, political repression, as well as other topics.
  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.
  Session 2 of Studio art classes for children, teens, and adults are March 26-May 11. Students must register in person 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until classes are filled.
  Las Cruces Museums 2019 Spring Break Camp, “Mystifying Museum” 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, March 25-29, for grades 1-8 at all four museums.

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
  March’s featured artists are Nanci Bissell and Frank Rimbach. Bissell’s interests include seascapes, portraits and landscapes. Rimbach’s work is primarily in landscapes (including recent works of the Las Cruces area), bookcase series and his modern abstracts.

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

Multi-Day Art Workshops — Doña Ana Arts Council offers community art workshops at DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, in Bulletin Plaza, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D. “Portraits in Pastels or Charcoal” is Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, with Carolyn Bunch. Class size limited; call for times. Registration: (575) 523-6403 or

Studio Art Classes — Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N Main, offers the second session of spring art classes for children, teens, and adults March 26-May 11. Registration is at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main. Students must register in person 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until classes are filled. Information: (575) 541-2137 or

The Gallery at Big Picture — 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 109, in Las Cruces (in Arroyo Plaza). Showing through March 29: Mixed Media by Southwest Calligraphy Guild. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (575) 647-0508.

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 March 3-April 13: “Into the Night,” photography by Victor Gibbs and Bob Peticolas, featuring night images of the Southwest. Artist reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3. A second reception with artist talks is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 29.
  The gallery seeks artist proposals through April 15 for 2020 exhibits. Information: Judy Licht at

Other So. New Mexico

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

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 March 2-28: Works by Roy Van der Aa and Michael Pavao. Pavao works in acrylic and watercolor, figurative and abstraction. He was a member of Will Barnet’s “Smoke Room Gang” at the Art Students League of New York in the ’60s and ’70s. Van der Aa works in mixed media in a non-objective style he calls Geometric Transcendence. He is a founding member of ArtForms. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

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.

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
  Showing through March 24: “In Plain Site,” solo exhibition by Dave Barnett.


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