15 Years of Loving Art
February is again a valentine to the arts in Las Cruces.
Launched in 1998 as a valentine to the arts, "For the Love of Art" month marks 15 years of celebrating the visual and performing arts in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico this month. Organized by Artforms Artists Association of New Mexico, this February's calendar of events is packed with artist studio tours, plays, poetry readings and musical performances.
As in the past, the kickoff event will be at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. in downtown Las Cruces. The Artforms member show opens on Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Ramble. Art on display will include paintings, jewelry, pottery metal sculpture, weaving and other original art (www.artformsnm.org). Artist and performer Bob Diven ("Jackrabbit of All Trades," May 2011) will be recognized for his contribution to art in the area. (Diven is also this issue's cover artist.)
The Branigan Cultural Center will then host three Saturday events. On Feb. 2. from 12-1:30 p.m., La Sociedad Poetry Group will perform. On Feb. 9 from 1-2 p.m., it's the Shape Note Singers. Then on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. the center will host the group Percussion 10 + 1.
Other special performances will feature the New Horizons Symphony, the Alaska String Band and No Strings Theatre. Alma d'Arte Charter School will have a program, "Who Cares About the Past?," on Feb. 9 from 1-4 p.m. featuring the history of the 130-year-old property where the school is housed in the Alameda Depot Neighborhood. The school will also present, Feb. 22-23, "Illegal 2 (Vandalizing History)," a multi-arts event to highlight graffiti/street art in the community as a social and artistic statement.
As in past years, there will be artist Studio Tours, Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 23-24. These tours will feature special works by artists throughout the area and include photography, paintings in oil, watercolors and acrylic, stoneware, woodcuts, weaving, handwoven garments and egg tempera with gold leaf. For tour locations, see www.artformsnm.org.
For the Love of Art month comes to the Las Cruces Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 15, from 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free. The showcase of regional artists will include jewelry, painting, blown glass, gourd art, ceramics, fiber art, metal yard art, sculptures, watercolors, photography, street art and culinary art. Ramon Escalante, who died in 2010, will be honored in memoriam for his detailed work in wood and leather.
Bob Diven will have his art available at the convention center and will be present to discuss his current projects. Yolanda Martinez, who has won multiple NAMMY Awards for her performing and singing, will be performing and showing her drum work. Performances will be Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 3:45 p.m. Escalante, Diven and Martinez will all be honored for their achievements on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Students of the Alma d'Arte High School will have their art on display and for sale. Student art will feature "street art" as well as paintings and other art forms, and students will demonstrate "culinary art." The performance areas of the school will present on Saturday, with flamenco dancers at 10:30 a.m. and the choir at 11:15 a.m.
Other performances at the two-day event will feature folk singer and guitarist Frank Lovato, Friday at 2 p.m.; jazz guitarist Anthony James, Friday at 3 p.m.; and steel-drum performer Laura Humphreys on Saturday, followed by the group Percussion 10+1.
For more information on the month's events, see www.artforms.com.
For the Love of Art Month
Calendar of Events
Ongoing, exhibit — The Fascinating World of Fractals, Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists, Funky Karma Incense and Tea, 3207 S. Main. Reception Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-4pm; opportunity to create your own fractal.
Feb. 1-March 15, exhibit — Our Beating Art, Art Club, sponsored by City of Artists, New American School, 207 S. Main. Reception Feb. 1 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1-March 1, exhibit — ORIENTal EXPRESSions, Las Colcheras Quilt Guild, Bank of the West, 201 N. Church. Reception Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m., handquilting demonstrations every Wednesday morning.
Feb. 1-28, exhibit — The Arts in Progress, GFWC Progress Club, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho. Various media. Reception Feb. 1 from 5-6 p.m.
Feb. 1-28, exhibit — My Masterpiece, Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla. Artworks are copies of famous works or done in the style of famous artists. Reception Feb. 9 from 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 1-26, exhibit — For the Love of Lettering, Southwest Calligraphy Guild, Terrace Gallery, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho. Calligraphy using mixed media. Reception Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m.
Feb. 1-23, exhibit — ArtForms Members Show, Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main. Various media. Reception Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 1-23, exhibit — For the Love of Color, Las Cruces Arts Association, Mountain Gallery and Studios, 138 W. Mountain. Painting, photography, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media. Reception Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 1, performance — Overcome Band, Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 2-28, exhibit — Eye of the Beholder, Ali Keyes, Aralia Gallery, 224 N. Campo. Reception Feb. 2 from 2-6 p.m.
Feb. 2, talk — Walk and Talk, by Jo-an Smith, Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Feb. 2, poetry reading — La Sociedad Poetry, Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, 12-1:30 p.m.
Feb. 3-March 29, exhibit — Out of the Darkness and Into the Light, Georjeanna Feltha, Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano. Mixed media. Reception Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Feb. 8-April 30, exhibit — Spring Fling, Blue Gate Gallery, 4901 Chagar Court. Oil, watercolor, acrylics. Reception Feb. 8 from 4-8 p.m.
Feb. 8-April 30, exhibit — Dennis Lujan, featured artist, Aa Studios, 2645 Doña Ana Road. Mixed media, paintings. Reception Feb. 8 from 4-8 p.m.
Feb. 8-April 30, exhibit — Various artists, El Jardin de Las Cruces Art Gallery, 4010 N. Valley. Various media. Reception Feb. 8 from 4-8 p.m.
Feb. 8-April 30, exhibit — Tomi LaPierre, featured artist, Tomi's Studio Gallery, 3421 Doña Ana Road. Sculpture. Reception Feb. 8 from 4-8 p.m.
Feb. 9-March 4, exhibit — Amor de Las Cruces, City of Artists, Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite. Reception Feb. 9 from 12-2 p.m.
Feb. 9, talk — Art and Our Prehistoric Past, by various speakers, Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Feb. 9, exhibit — Who Cares About the Past? Alma d'arte and Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court. History project. 1-4 p.m.
Feb. 9, performance — Shape Note Singers, Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, 1-2 p.m.
Feb. 16, performance — Alma d'arte Choir, Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, 11-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 16, performance — Laura Humphrey's Steel Drums, Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, 1-2 p.m.
Feb. 17, performance — New Horizons Symphony, Edith and F. E. Atkinson Music Recital Hall, NMSU, 3 p.m.
Feb. 22 and 23, exhibits — Illegal 2 (Vandalizing History), Alma d'arte and Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court. A multi-arts event. Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m.
Feb. 23, talk — Art and Outer Space, by various speakers, Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo, 11am.
Studio Tours — Feb. 9, 10, 23 and 24. These tours will feature special works by artists throughout the area and include photography, paintings in oil, watercolors and acrylic, stoneware, woodcuts, weaving, hand woven garments and egg tempera with gold leaf. For tour locations, see www.artformsnm.org.