Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • Made In Silver City presents the work of Silver City painter, Allan Cox. Cox creates dynamic, brightly-hued abstract paintings by hand-mixing oils and pigments. The opening reception is from 5-7p.m., Friday, Aug. 5. The show is up through Aug. 31, 2022. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from. The gallery is at 206 W. Broadway St. adjacent to the Murray Hotel. Info:
  • "A" Celebration of Collage is happening @ a)Sp..."A" (c)E Studio • Art • Gallery, 110  W. 7th St., for the months of August and September. Tables will be set up with collage materials provided to make your own DIY collage creation of any size during regular gallery hours,10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday.
  • Light Art Space Fine Art Gallery features “Through The Body: Images Of The Human Body Using Alternative Photographic Techniques,” through Oct. 1. There will be a reception 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 5. Juror Michael Puff has chosen images by 28 different artists from across the United States. The gallery has a call for work for an exhibition of “Push & Pull” handmade prints. This exhibition of hand-made prints asks artists to think about internal and external tensions of the world. Today, polarization is prominent and deep chasms exist in many aspects of our lives. Can we bridge the divides? The juror for “Push & Pull” is Frank Rose, the director and owner of Hecho a Mano Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The deadline to submit is Sept. 6. Exhibition dates are Oct. 7-Nov.13. The gallery also has several workshops coming up including: “Experimental Printmaking without a Press: Monotype and Image Transfer” and “The Beauty of Land and Water,” learning the art of photopolymer gravure. Find all event/submission information at Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Info: 520-240-7075.


  • The Deming Art Center presents two artists from Las Cruces: Linda R. Sanchez and Mary Lou LaCasse. Both women have experienced an art journey that has brought them to the medium that you will see this month – clay and metal fused together to create interesting and unusual pieces. On Sunday, Aug. 7 there will be an official kick off for the exhibit from 1-3 p.m. at the Deming Art Center. The Deming Art Center is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, The Art Center is located at 100 S. Gold St., Deming. Info: 575-546-3663 and at


  • On Friday Aug. 5 Otero Arts presents a First Friday Exhibition at the Artspace. This exhibition features two young artist graduates of New Mexico State University, Andrea Dante and Dustin Justus. Their work will be on display throughout August. Dante’s large paintings explore a personal story through the creative process. The body of her artwork consists primarily of drawings and paintings that often centers on horses. Justus has found that his greatest inspiration is the human form. By working from the live model, he captures a moment and the energy of the experience through drawing with charcoal. The Artspace can be found at the corner of 12th Street and Indiana Avenue in Alamogordo. Following the opening Artspace hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until the show concludes on June 30. Info: www. 


  • New York Art & Music Studio at 1120 New York Ave. in Alamogordo, represents around 40 artists ranging from traditional to contemporary styles in many mediums. The gallery has musical instruments for sale and offerings for art and music classes and event hosting. Info: 575-430-1306.


  • The Cloudcroft Art Gallery The gallery has many works of art and juried crafts ranging from paintings in all media, fine art photography, framed and matted prints, cards, pottery, fine jewelry, baskets, glass, fiber art, gourds, carved wood, and intarsia. All of the art on display and for sale is by local artists. The gallery is located at the east end of Burro Street where it intersects with Swallow Place in the old Red Brick School House that also houses the Nivison Library. The gallery is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through December. Info:


  • While working on a research project for the University of New Mexico titled WEAVE that focused on conducting surveys and digital stories along the US/Mexico Border during Covid 19, Agave Artist Silvia Sierra was inspired by the pain women experienced during the pandemic. Sierra channeled Frida Kahlo, a well-known Mexican artist and feminist icon who lived with chronic pain due to medical issues but was an enduring example of resilience throughout her life and after. Sierra's new artwork titles, IX, KAN, and Sana Mente, depict women suffering, female inner and spiritual strength, and readiness for “Los restos de la Vida” (life challenges). With color and texture, along with universal symbols, she honors women. Sierra's work is displayed at Agave Artists Gallery, 2250 Calle de  San Albino, open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Monday.
  • Gallery 925 presents ABQ3 Aug. 5 through Aug. 28. ABQ3 brings together three artists in an investigation of the world in which we live. Each speaking with a different voice, coming from different disciplines, they share a common core in their exploration of the sublime. The subjects are as diverse as the artists techniques. Meet artists as they talk about their work on First Friday, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 5. The gallery is located at 925 N. Mesquite St. in Las Cruces and is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Info:
  • The New Mexico State University Art Museum features “Joey Fauerso: Wait for It,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of San Antonio-based artist Joey Fauerso. Employing techniques that upend traditional modes of art-making, Fauerso’s work opens onto questions of identity, gender and representation. On view through Sept. 2. An in the Contemporary Art Gallery also through Sept. 2 is “(ir)regular evolution: New Works by Rachel Stevens” featuring new works in clay by Stevens, NMSU Department of art emeritus professor. The museum is in NMSU’s Devasthali Hall, 1308 E University Ave. Info: 575-646-2545.
  • Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. in Las Cruces, is featuring, “Illumination: Crows and Ravens,” with artwork by artist Catherine Eaton Skinner. Fourteen large-scale encaustic paintings of these beautiful, intriguing, and intelligent birds will be on view through Sept. 24. Crows and ravens have been embraced as significant messenger birds in a wide variety of cultures across the world and throughout time. They are known as speakers from the underworld, guardians of souls, and tricksters who test human resolve. The Branigan Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge. Info: or call 575-541-2154.

The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, across from the historic Fountain Theatre, features two local artists for the month of August: Kurt Van Wagner and Mary Zawacki. Van Wagner has emerged as an accomplished self-taught digital artist, and his artwork has gained international and local attention. Zawacki paints primarily with oils and pastels. She is a member of “Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.” First American Bank in Mesilla, is well represented by gallery members who rotate the galleries artists’ work monthly. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 575-52