Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • The Silver City Blues Festival is moving online for 2021. In consideration of the health and wellbeing of the community and visitors, the Mimbres Region Arts Council is canceling the live 2021 Silver City Blues Festival. In its place, a series of performances will be released online during the Memorial Day weekend of May 29-30. More information and event schedule will be available at Info: or 575-538-2505.  

  • At Light Art Space theEarth and Sky: Photography from Grant County” exhibition features the work of 25 photographers from Grant county. Color, black and white and alternative photographic processes are on exhibit which is Curated by Karen Hymer, Director of Light Art Space. “Ode to Ancient Wings and Precious Water,” Feb. 13 to April 17, is a mixed media installation by Zoe Wolfe and Carlene Roters inspired by the natural environment and the peace that it offers, this collaboration is in homage to habitat. Also on view is the work of Light Art Space gallery artists Joel Armstrong, Valerie Galloway, Karen Hymer, Carmen Ruiz, Eugene Starobinskiy, Art Peterson and Mimi Calise Peterson. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and by appointment. Social distancing is observed and masks required. Info:
  • The Grant County Art Guild Gallery, located at 316 N Bullard Street, Silver City, features the work of three artists during the month of March: mixed media artist Luanne Brooten, fiber/needle artist and photographer Mary Margarete Soule, and woodworker George Thompson. The work of these three artists will be shown in the gallery windows, and in displays inside the gallery, from March 1-31. Mixed media artist Brooten’s brightly colored creations utilize recycled materials whenever possible. She uses watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic, and mixed media for paintings, and recycled fabrics and trims to make her own line of one of a kind clothing and bags. Textile artist and photographer Soule has a loyal following for her crocheted Tams, along with her scarves, blankets and sewn home essentials. Woodworker Thompson grew up on a farm in Eastern Colorado, where he started his love of woodworking by making his own wooden toys. He enjoys utilizing the Cholla cacti for bowls, and also works with as many local woods as he can find. Thompson considers commissions if you have a special request. The guild normally open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Info:


  • The March 2021 Exhibit at the Deming Art Center featires the beautiful creations of the local quilting club – “The Quilting B’s.” On display will be many bed-size quilts, along with wall hangings and smaller quilted items. “The Quilting B’s” are a small group, but have been very active throughout the pandemic. With Covid restrictions on meeting size, they have been using email and other means of communication to figure out their designs and pick up their “challenge” work. Challenge subjects for this year are: “Pockets – Full of …, Hearts and …, the Garden Party” and others. Tickets for a drawing for a challenge quilt called “Twin Sisters,” are available. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Gallery is located at 100 S. Gold in Deming,  and open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Info: 575-546-3663 or


  • “Saint Joseph & The Laborers” exhibition is open by appointment through Nov. 6 at the New Mexico State University Art Museum. This exhibit was created through donations from various retablo collectors. The exhibit delves into the role of the laborer through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery. “Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” will be on display in the newly created Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery and is curated by Courtney Uldrich, MA candidate, 2021 as part of the course ART 597. In this exhibition, the UAM will also display for the first time a Mexican statue, or bulto, as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the UAM Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords. Saint Joseph’s Feast Day, March 19, will be celebrated by community-sourcing photos of homemade alters from around the world. In order to participate in this event, submit photos to artmuseum@nmsu.edufrom March 1-18 and they will be featured on Instagram @nmsuartmuseum. Info:


  • 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 March, Linda Hagen and Philip Krumholz. Hagen moved to Las Cruces from Ohio in 2004 where she instantly connected to the light and landscape of New Mexico. She paints in oils in the studio as well as in plein air. Her love of nature and animals is reflected in her work, but she holds a special regard for the horse.

Krumholz was born in Peoria, IL and moved to Las Cruces with his wife Jeanie in 2017. He began metalsmithing, learning the arts of blacksmithing, metal casting and fabrication.  He uses no patterns or dies for his pieces which are made from scratch, one at a time. First American Bank in Mesilla, is well represented by gallery members who rotate the galleries artists’ work monthly. COVID -19 adjusted gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with limited access. Info: 575-522-2933,