Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • 2022 RED DOT Studio Tour provides an opportunity to visit with artists in their studios, enjoy their work, discourse and demos. Visiting artists in their creative space gives insight into different media, processes, and the methods each artist has in applying their techniques. Starting with a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday Sept. 2 at Light Art Space, 208 W. Broadway (Tour headquarters), the event continues through the weekend 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, sept. 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. For a tour map and more info visit
  • “Painting Grant County: A Grant County Art Guild Paint-Out,” is Sept 23-25. The Grant County Art Guild wants to encourage people to get out and be creative in the county. Participants may paint anywhere they like in Grant County. They may have up to three blank canvases stamped, and are encouraged to turn in the best of the bunch for judging. GCAG member Gay Scheibl will be on site for both check-in and the art drop-off prior to judging. The judge is Plein Air painter Barbara Mulleneaux. She will be hold a three day workshop leading up to the Paint-Out (workshop dates are Sept. 19-21). A prize of a Pochade box will be given for Best in Show, along with two $25 awards of distinction. The Visitor Center will display the art though Oct. 31, so visitors will get a glimpse of our artistic community and spot local sites they might want to visit. The entry fee for the Paint-Out is $25. Registration continues through Sept 23. Event info: Grant County Art Guild info: The GCAG Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard, Silver City, and is open from 10-5 p.m. every day.
  • Experience both serious and funky art while learning more about Gila wildlife at the Grant County Art Guild “Creatures of the Gila” art/wildlife show. It features a variety of mediums, and all the artwork in the show depicts, or is inspired by, an actual “creature” (mammal, bird, fish, reptile or insect) who lives in the Gila River watershed. Descriptions of the creature, and its habitat, are displayed along with each piece. A large print copy of the descriptions is available on request. The opening reception of the show is from 2-4 p.m., Sept. 2. Judge Diana Ingalls Leyba will announce the winners at 5 p.m. The show itself runs from Sept. 3-18. Grant County Art Guild info: The GCAG Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard, Silver City, and is open from 10-5 p.m. every day. The GCAG Annex is located at 106 E. Market St. For more information about this show, or other events and classes at the annex, see 
  • Milner Women in the Arts Lecture & Exhibit program presents the work of metal artist Linda Joanou with a show called “Beyond Metal,” at the McCray Gallery at Western New Mexico University. Joanou will speak at 6 p.m. at the WNMU Light Hall before the gallery opening reception held at 7 p.m. at the gallery Sept. 6. 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 are 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. 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 September an exhibit by hometown girl, Idie Beth Jackson. She loves art and Deming. Her work has layers of her experiences and imagery of plants and animals. Along with Idie, the center welcomes Gerard and Grace Flores who will be bringing their guitar sculptures. From 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, there will be an official exhibit opening. 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, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. the Otero Artspace will host a reception for 23 artists who are members of Otero Arts Inc. The Artspace is located at 1118 Indiana Ave, in Alamogordo. The Members Show is the first large group show in the First Friday Monthly Exhibitions. The artists’ work will include fine arts and crafts that range from painting, photography, ceramics, weaving, and sculpture to woodworking and digital art. The exhibit will be on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday throughout September. Many of the artists in the exhibit have been recognized for their artistic achievement and several have received awards in National exhibitions. Membership in Otero Arts Inc., a non-profit organization, is open to those interested in music, fine arts and crafts, literature, and the history and culture of New Mexico. Info: 
  • 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:


  • Kind of a small array gallery/venue opens an exhibition of art work of Nate Cassie, Alejandro Diaz, Ethel Shipton in “Message & Bottle.” Shipton’s found in Berlin graffiti, printed large scale; Cassie’s hand-thrown bottles for gathering and keeping air from chosen places; and Diaz’ humorous and biting cardboard signs, once sold on the street in front of Tiffany’s in New York combine to form a casual dialogue, somewhere between the arbitrary and the intentional. The exhibition opens 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3. The gallery can be found at 106 N. Main, in Magdalena. Info: 210-473-9062. 


  • An advocate for the arts and for people with disabilities, George Mendoza is the featured artist in the Arts Council galleries from Sept. 1-28. Mendoza is internationally known as an artist, an athlete, and a motivational speaker and is from Las Cruces. The exhibit, “The Kaleidoscope Eyes of George Mendoza”, is a retrospective survey of the colorful and whimsical paintings created by the artist since the1990s when he began to paint full time. The gallery, 250B W. Amador Ave., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open for extended hours for the First Friday Art Ramble, Sept. 2, from 5-8 p.m., and for the Second Saturday Artist’s Reception, Sept. 10, from noon to 5 p.m.. Info: 575-523-6403 or
  • The Tombaugh Gallery, 2000 S. Solano Drive, Las Cruces, is holding the exhibit “Peace, Love, and Unity,” featuring the artwork of Georjeanna Feltha. The show opens on Sept. 11 and continues through Oct. 8. There will be a conversation with the artist from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. “Peace, Love, and Unity” is about her response to the world the way it is right now. It is the result of works that she has been exploring for the past 30 years. She feels that the best way for to make a difference is through her art. Georjeanna blends messages through the use of techniques borrowed from her African, Native American and Caucasian roots, using traditional weaving and sewing methods. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
  • “Affinities and Digressions” is an exhibition of work by Emmitt Booher and Louis
    at the UnSettled Gallery, 905 N. Mesquite St. in Las Cruces.The title of the exhibition refers to the intriguing similarities and differences found in their work. Booher, primarily a photographer, and Ocepek, a painter, printmaker and designer, are both discerning observers of the world around them. They share a preciseness of vision, with great attention to detail and technical accomplishment. The exhibit continues through Oct. 15 with an artist talk at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. A second artist talk will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 24. Agave Artist Gallery, 2250 Calle de San Albino, Mesilla.
  • Susan Valencia, abstract artist, framed art, matted prints and cards are now featured at Agave Artists Gallery, 2250 Calle de  San Albino, open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Info:
  • The Las Cruces Museum of Art new exhibition, “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads,” is curated by Diana Molina and features more than 80 pieces of artwork by 29 regional artists. Stylistically diverse and thematically varied, participating artists consider their complex cultural inheritance and reveal their points of view about the ever-shifting relationship between the United States and Mexico. “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland” is on view through Oct. 15. The Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. in Las Cruces, 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 fee. Info: or 575-541-2137.
  • Gallery 925 presents “Not very HEAVY METAL” with two very different artists’ works on metal. Linda Gendall has completed a series of paintings on Corten Steel featuring wonderfully detailed ravens as her main subject matter. David Stevenson who is a well-known local photographer continues to capture stunning images of Las Cruces and its surroundings. His photos are printed as sparkling metal prints. Meet artists as they talk about their work on First Friday, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 9.. 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 are on view through Sept. 24. Also at the Branigan Cultural Center exhibition, “Symbols of New Mexico: A Personal Experience,” features artwork by artist Victoria Chick. Through a series of 10, large-scale paintings, Chick explores New Mexico’s open spaces, diverse plants and animals, and brilliant sunshine. Symbols of New Mexico is on view through Sept. 24. The artist will lead a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. 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 September: Nanci Bissell and Steve Martin. Bissell’s artistic interests include seascapes, street scenes, landscapes and people. Martin was a geographer, historian and criminologist, spending 29 years protecting natural, historic, and cultural resources on public lands throughout the Western U.S.  As a self-taught photographer, he strives to create public awareness for protecting and preserving our nation’s public lands through the medium of digital photography. 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: 575-522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts