Upcoming Area Art Happenings: January 2024



  • From Jan. 18 through Feb. 15 Francis McCray Gallery and the Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts Series presents the exhibition “Allison Hudson—Safe Passage,” an exploration of metamorphosis. On Jan. 18 the artist’s lecture begins at 6 p.m. at Light Hall and the opening reception will be at 7 p.m. at Francis McCray Gallery. Debuting her first solo exhibition at Francis McCray Gallery, Allison Hudson combines unfired clay, twine, fabric, resin, dye and wax into something new and unrecognizable. Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art Western New Mexico University is at 1000 W. College Avenue Silver City. Info: 575-538-6517.
  • Made In Silver City Gallery is featuring a special exhibition with sculptor John Rogers. Rogers manipulates found objects of metal, wood and various other materials into thought-provoking and often kinetic, sculptural assemblages. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5.


  • Light Art Space, 209 W. Broadway in Silver City, presents LAS TEN, featuring recent artwork by the 10 local artists represented by Light Art Space. A variety of media are on display including painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, fiber, assemblage, sculpture, and wood furniture. Work is by Joel Armstrong, Kathleen Koopman, Joe Huebner, Karen Hymer, Rhonda Munzinger, Art Peterson, Susan H. Porter, Eric Renner, Nancy Spencer and Juan Velasco. The show will be up through Feb. 24. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment. Info:
  • As we begin the centennial year of the Gila’s formal designation as a wilderness, the Grant County Art Guild is especially pleased to announce that painter Hilary Klein’s work has been added to the GCAG Gallery mix. The Gila Wilderness, and our vast southwestern skies, provide Klein with subject matter, and a pallet that shines through the hyperrealism of her work. Klein paints not only the color she sees, but also the color she feels in her surroundings. Klein will offer original paintings, archival quality reproductions (often hand-embellished), plus cards at the gallery. The Grant County Art Guild Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard, Silver City. The hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week, with additional hours for special events. Info: 
  • The Silver City Public Library hosts works by mixed media and textile artist Suzanne Ens Dec. 1 through Jan. 31. Ens makes her creations with cast-off clothing and other foraged items, often implementing monotype print designs into both her mediums. See more about the artist and her current body of work at and at 515 W. College Ave in Silver City. Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.


  • Otero Arts features “Enjoying the Journey,” an exhibit by Anne Aleshire at the Artspace located at 1118 Indiana Avenue in Alamogordo. The Michigan native, who now divides her time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bent says she developed a passion for nature and travel early in life. “Exploring the outdoors evokes a sense of serenity, peace and quiet, which I try to reflect in my landscape paintings,” she said. Artspace is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Artpace Gallery opens 5-7 p.m. Jan. 5 with a reception for oil painter Aleshire. The exhibit is open 1-4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Info:


  • “Assemblage Creations,” is the title of the January exhibit at the Deming Art Center. Visit the imaginative pieces the artists have created out of “found” items. The exhibit features Wanda Fuselier from Las Cruces and Sharon Blazier, Diana Le Marbe, Lisa Riley, Marci and Michael Colson all from Deming. The exhibit runs from January 3-30 and there will be a time to meet the artists 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7. The Deming Art Center is at 100 S. Gold St., Deming. The gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 and at


  • Rio Bravo Fine Art, 110 North Broadway in Truth or Consequences, presents Rebecca Speakes who is one of New Mexico’s most talented and creative fiber artists. Speakes represents 30 years of experience as a graphic designer combined with tangential interests in math and architectural concepts are the foundation for her work. Speakes will present an Art Talks lecture on Jan. 21 titled “My Pathway as an Artist.” Rio Bravo Fine Arts Gallery is at 110 N. Broadway in Truth or Consequences. Info:


  • Houston artist Jack Massing, known worldwide as one of The Art Guys, will be featured this January at kind of a small array, 106 N. Main in Magdalena. This will be his first solo project in New Mexico. The show opens 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 27 and continues through Feb. 24. Massing employs found materials, humor, linguistic puns and a tendency to follow through on fugitive ideas that occur to him serendipitously while making his way through his days. “Compression”will feature video, assemblage, artist books, and a capillary beverage cup patented in 2016 to aid astronauts drinking liquids in zero gravity environments. Two recently published books, Massing’s “Thanks A Million”and a collaboration with William Wegman, “Two Clever by Half,” will be available for purchase and signing by the artist at the opening. Info:


  • “Portraits of Magdalena’s Art Tradition: Native Daughters and Sons” is on display at the CWB Gallery, 104 Main St., Magdalena. This exhibit features painters, santera and retablo artists and Alamo Reservation Navajo weavers who were prominent in the development of the artistic tradition in Magdalena. The artists represented include painters David Hixon Moneypenny and Eddie Tsosie; santera and retablo painters Maryrose Pino and Grace Maria Garcia Dobson; and Navajo Alamo weavers Isabella Pino-Thomas, Sarah Secatero, Annie Apachito Vicente, Louise Abeyta, Shirley Baca and Violet Lucero. The show will be up through the first week of January. Info: 910-297-9904 or


  • The Tombaugh Gallery hosts an invitational exhibit focusing on the songs of the folk singer Phil Ochs in January. The exhibit opens with a reception 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at the gallery, 2000 S. Solano Drive. A second reception will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at the gallery, and is expected to include live music. A Still Small Voice nonprofit is sponsoring the art show, as it has done in the past, it is offering a $100 award for the artist whose work is the best interpretation of the Ochs song “I’m Gonna Say It Now.” The gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Las Cruces, is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11:30a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday.
  • The Las Cruces Museums opens two new exhibitions that investigate how artists relate to the natural environment. “Connection : : Conjunto” opens at the Branigan Cultural Center and features artwork from The Border Artists in which they consider the connection between artists, the natural environment, and the community in which they live. At the Museum of Art, “The Desert Was Red and Red the Dust Was Raised” uses abstraction to consider the relationship between the desert landscape and how it influences an artist’s imagery. The exhibitions open on Jan. 5 and run through March 23. The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main St. and the Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main St. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no admission charge. For additional information, visit the website at or call 575-541-2154.


  • Art lovers in the region have an opportunity to experience 40 years of boundary-breaking artwork by conceptual multimedia artist Celia Álvarez Muñoz. More than 35 of her works are on display at the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University“Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding” The show, which includes large-scale immersive installations, photographic series and book projects, runs through March 2. Info:
  • Agave Artists Gallery newest member is potter George Holland, the January Artist of the Month. Holland works in Celadon (Chinese) and Raku (Japanese) pottery styles. He will discuss how these techniques differ from other types of pottery making. His demonstration at 1 p.m. Jan. 6 will include applying gold leaf, decorative wire, and acrylic paint and how to make a two-piece mold for sculptural lids. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Monday and until 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at 2250 Calle de San Albino. Info: 575-339-9870.
  • 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 January: Sue Ann Glenn and Yvonne Postelle. Glenn, a watercolorist, brings to life ordinary objects and scenes. Postelle works primarily in oils as a landscape painter. The love of art has been a constant passion as long as she can remember. 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,
  • At Branigan Cultural CenterThe Amadors: Family, Culture, and Identity in Early Las Cruces” exhibit, follows the Amadors’ experience of Mexican families living along the U.S. side of the international boundary following the Mexican American War, as they adjusted to new social, economic, educational, and political systems of the U.S. while holding on to their Mexican identities and cultural values. The museum is open from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Info: or 575-541-2154.