July 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.
  Showing July 6-27: Exhibits of paintings by Maria Socorro Muñoz. Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Art Windows of El Paso — The City of El Paso’s art space in El Paso at El Paso International Airport’s main lobby. Information: 780-4781 or flyelpaso.com.
  Showing through July 26: The Art of Bert Saldana. Saldana worked as a muralist for the El Paso Museum of Art from 1976-1980 and retired after 35 years as Senior Museum Exhibit Designer/Artist for the U.S. Army. His fascination with the Native American and indigenous peoples of the Southwest is exhibited in the portraits and art he creates. He creates primarily in oil. He currently displays his oil paintings and prints at the Southwestern Art by Bert Saldana Gallery, 1501 Main Street, San Elizario. Information: bertsaldana.com.

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700, ballroommarfa.org 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 bertsaldana.com.
  His paintings also will be on display through July 26 at Art Windows of El Paso at El Paso International Airport’s main lobby.

Celebration of Our Mountains Art Exhibit — Entries for the annual exhibit at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, are now being taken. Entry fee: $10 per piece; works may be submitted in person or digitally. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.

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 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, CrosslandArtGallery.com, or on Facebook.
  Showing June 28-Aug. 2: “American Expression,” artworks and artwords celebrating the United States. Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28.

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 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 epma.art.
  The museum’s upstairs galleries are closed for renovations through Sept. 27.The museum’s first floor will remain open and free to the public.
  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.
  La Sala de Arte: A Community Art Studio 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. selected days for children and adults to enjoy art throughout the summer with an artist-in-residence, workshops and pop-up performances. Visitors can also take part in self-guided art making. RSVP requested.
• Saturday, July 6: “Red, White, & Azul” inspired by artist-in-residence Laura Turón, who will use red, white, and blue to create optical illusions.
• Wednesdays, July 10-31: Laura Turón explores objects through science and technology to make art, and will discover optical illusions though drawing.
• Saturday, Aug. 3: “Mi Musica, My Music.” Make instruments using nontraditional materials.
  Summer Camp for youth and teens run through Aug. 2.

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 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 through Friday, or by appointment. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
  Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.
  Showing through July 26: “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.

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

Impressionism with Ron Fritsch — El Paso Art Association will host a class for both acrylic or oil painters led by Ron Fritsch 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, July 20-Aug. 3, at the Art Junction, 500 West Paisano, second floor. Cost: $150 for 18 hours of instructions. Register with Karla at 534-7377 or at elpasoartassociation.com
  Materials list available at registration or upon request by sending a message at 241-1734.

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, internationalmuseumofart.net or on Facebook.
  Showing July 7-27: “International Eye of the Camera” annual juried photography show and sale. Opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7.
  Topsy Turvy Tea Party is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13, with the “maddest hat” contest, food, tea, prizes, door prize raffle, games, and photos with characters from “Alice in Wonderland. “Cost: $35 ($30 children over nine).

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.

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, utep.edu.rubin or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
  Showing through 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).
• “Not-So-Lone-Star: A Gathering of Texas Makers.” The exhibit connects 37 artists currently residing in Texas whose creative practices engage in the conceptual dialogue of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. As a rule, artists have been invited through a word-of-mouth selection process resulting in promising overlaps and differences of opinion.
  A “Reinventing the Link” jewelry-making workshop, inspired by “Not-So-Lone-Star” and instructed by UTEP metals professor Jess Tolbert, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.
  The 2019 summer programming for families inspired by the Student Art Exhibition includes Family Workshops and Art + Meditation for Kids selected days in through Aug. 2. No preregistration needed for yoga and meditation classes. Space is limited for family workshops; registration at 747-6151. Information: rubin.utep.edu.

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.
  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 10 p.m. the last Thursday of each month (July 25, Aug. 29). Information: 444-8439 or on Facebook at ZonaCentroElPaso.

Xolo Gallery — The contemporary art gallery is at 2812 N. Piedras. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 264-2777 or xologallery.com. Showing through July 19: Moses Ayoub: Recent Paintings, including scenes from people and places around El Paso.

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 (July 13). 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: daarts.org.

Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center — 1740 Calle de Mercado. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
  Showing July 2-28 at the gallery: “Desert Mountains and Abundant Valleys,” an exhibit of plein air and studio paintings by Michelle Augustyniak, Linda Hagen, Judy Licht, Arlene Tugel and Rhoda Winters.
  Opening Reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Artists will be present.
  ‘Feed Your Mind’ seminar series July sessions are instructed by Kathleen Key. Individual sessions: $20. Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
• Parts 8 and 9 of the nine-part Feed Your Mind seminar series on “Late 19th and 20th Century Art” are 3 to 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 1 and 8. Light refreshments served.
• Parts 8 and 9 of the 9-week History of Fashion and Fashion Design are 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 11 and 18.
  The “Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley” free speaker series is noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Friday of the month (July 26). The July meeting will be “Art Therapy” with local artist and teacher, Jan Hampton. Participants may bring a sack lunch. Information: daarts.org.
  “ArtRageous” art classes 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. selected Wednesdays. Classes include materials and light refreshments. July 10 and 17 classes also offered 2 to 4 p.m. No experience is necessary; all levels welcome. Wear old clothes or smock. Cost $35 per class (includes materials and light refreshments). Registration: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.
July 10: Pochoir Printing with Roy Van Der Aa. Pochoir is a French technique of printmaking using stencils.
July 17: Introduction to Encaustic Painting with Carrie Greer. Encaustic is painting with hot wax and resin with colored pigments.
July 24: Rust Dyeing with Vickie Morrow. Learn to transfer rusty old objects onto fabric like clothing, prayer flags, quilting, fiber art. Three pieces of fabric provided; attendees encouraged to bring more of their own white fabric or white items to dye.
July 31: Introductory Beading: make an ankle bracelet and a pair of earrings with Lisa Carlson.

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. Information: (575) 541-2137, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
  Showing through July 20: “Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press,” featuring 14 African American artists who are prominent in contemporary art, including Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, the Gee’s Bend quilters and others.
  Gallery tours of the exhibit are 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 6 and 20.
  Showing Aug. 2-Oct. 19: “From the Ground Up XXIX Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition.” The biennial exhibition co-hosted by the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces features ceramic artists throughout the Rocky Mountain region exhibiting utilitarian and sculptural ceramics.
  Gallery tours of the exhibit are 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 17.
  “Artventurous” free art appreciation activities are 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. July’s theme is Divisionism.
  Education Station is 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of the month (July 13) for youth and fourth Saturday of the month for adults (July 27), with presentations or activities coinciding with current exhibits.
  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 July 10 book is “Radcliff Bailey: Memory as Medicine” by Carol Thompson.
  Summer art classes run 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday though Friday, through July 26 for kids and teens, and through July 27, for adults.
  The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Special programs are 5 to 7 p.m. unless listed otherwise:
July 3: “Art 21” Art in the 21st Century documentary at 5:30 p.m.
July 17: “Elements of Art: Shape”
July 31: Family Art Night

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 mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
  Featured in July are local artists Bonnie MacQuarrie and Lori Shalett. MacQuarrie makes tile wall art and small tables. Shalett works with gemstone jewelry.

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 DAarts.org.
  Artists can apply online at zapplication.org. 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 daarts.org.

Rio Grande Theatre Gallery — 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 541-2290, riograndetheatre.org or on Facebook. Showing through July 26: “Lucha Libre” photography by Jerry Villagrana. Villagrana grew up in El Paso and attended many Lucha Libre events in Juarez. The images in this collection were taken in various arenas throughout Mexico.

Other So. New Mexico

Lincoln County Art Loop — Lincoln County artists will host open houses at various studios 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 5-7, during the 24th 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.

Alto Artists Studio Tour — The artists of the Alto, N.M., area will open their studios for the 16th annual free public tour Aug. 2-4. 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 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: (432) 208-7957 altoartistsstudiotour.com or on Facebook.
  A free public preview party with the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Spencer Theater in Alto.
  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 13) 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 torcmainstreet.org.

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. 9. Cost per workshop varies ($340-$525). Information: Linda Carter, (575) 682-3601, cawregistrar@gmail.com,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 8-12: Judi Betts, Watercolor             • July 8-11: Michael McCullough, Acrylic
July 15-19: Mike Mahon, Pastels, Oil, Acrylic
July 15-19: Ken Hosmer, Oil, Acrylic
Michael McCullough
July 22-26: Steve Rogers, Watercolor
July 29-Aug. 2: Donna Bland, Oil
Aug. 5-9: David Lobenberg, Watercolor.

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. Closed July 4. Information: (575) 546-3663, demingarts.org or on Facebook.
  Showing July 2-30: “Sanctuary for the Goddess: The Legacy of Visionary Artist Ted Specker.” In the late 1980s, Specker joined the Intentional Community of City of the Sun near Columbus, NM. At his request he was assigned a dusty, barren desert lot. A non-traditional artist, he began creating many outdoor sculptures honoring Mother Earth. Reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7.

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, gcag.org or on Facebook at Grant County Art Guild.


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