- 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 www.silvercitybluesfestival.org. Info: email@example.com or 575-538-2505.
- At Light Art Space the “Earth and Sky: Photography from Grant County” exhibition continues, featuring the work of 25 photographers from Grant county. Color, black and white and alternative photographic processes are on exhibit. “Ode to Ancient Wings and Precious Water,” continues through April 17, is a mixed media installation by Zoe Wolfe and Carlene Roters, inspired by the natural environment and the peace that it offers. Starting on April 23 is “Layered Light: Contemporary Pinhole and Zone Plate Photography.” This international juried exhibition celebrates images made in the spirit of experimentation and play and is dedicate to the late Eric Renner. Also beginning on April 23 is “Renner, Spencer and McMahon: A Three Decade Convergence” with pinhole and zone plate photography by these three renown photographers will be on display in the Flash Gallery. 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: www.lightartspace.com.
- The Grant County Art Guild Gallery, located at 316 N Bullard Street, Silver City, is holding its Spring 6 x 6 Art Mini-Show, April 1-30. Mini paintings, mosaics, textiles, jewelry and other varied mediums, all touting spring, will be shown at the gallery during regular operating hours. Additional 6-inch works will be available in individual artist’s display spaces. The gallery also is featuring the work of three artists for the month of April: painter and illustrator Jackie Blurton, rug hooker Anita McDaniel and clay and porcelain artist Stacy Schwarz. Each of the artists will have a display in one of the gallery’s large windows in addition to their displays inside the gallery. The Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard Street in Silver City. The guild normally open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Info: www.gcag.org.
- The April 2021 Exhibit at the Deming Art Center, entitled “Two Friends,” features two artists – Libby Beck from Silver City and Camille Painter Davis from Benson, Arizona. Beck fell in love with bead work and beaded outfits when, in 1970, she saw her first Appaloosa Costume Class and she taught herself how to bead. Davis’ art is colorful and usually western. This show continues through April 29. 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 www.demingarts.org.
- The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will feature artwork from the Las Cruces Space Festival online art show, “Dawn of Discovery” through May on the Staszewski Library and Gallery wall.
The third-annual Las Cruces Space Festival was postponed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Alice Carruth, Public Relations Coordinator at Spaceport America and Festival Director, and Karen Conley, DAAC Program Manager and the Dawn of Discovery curator, felt the work was too good not to share. The exhibit is available for viewing at the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center located at 250 W. Amador in Las Cruces, during regular business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Info: www.daarts.org or 575-523-6403.
- Agave Artist Gallery welcomes two new artists, Patricia Grey and Kathy Baker. Also artist Paul Maxwell has been recognized for his pandemic art – essential workers – the braceros. None of us could survive without these laborers in the fields getting the food to market. Paul's triptych paintings Mesilla Braceroswere awarded second prize at the El Paso Art Association’s Mighty Frontline Workers art show. Maxwell’s latest watercolor, Fiery Foliageis now on display at Agave Artist Gallery in Mesilla - 2250 Calle de San Albino. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Info: 575-339-9870.
- The New Mexico State University Art Museum (UAM) presents Syn- 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of MFA candidates Ger Xiong and Cierra Redding. This exhibit looks at how each artist navigates their identities differently through the use of materiality, form, and objects. Within the exhibition space, viewers are confronted with histories of loss and absence. A virtual opening reception of the exhibition takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23. In conjunction with this event, the BFA and JSS exhibition opening will be happening simultaneously. All receptions are free and open to the public. Programming for this exhibition includes a joint artist talk at 6 p.m-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 For more information about this and other free, community-wide events, visit the UAM’s website for more information. https://uam.nmsu.edu. Visit our timed-ticket website to register for free tickets to this exhibition uam.nmsu.edu/timed-tickets/. Info: Jasmine Herrera, 575-646-2545; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The next virtual exhibit at Tombaugh Gallery features two artists, John and Souheir Rawlings from the Truth or Consequences area. The exhibit continues through May. As a young man Rawlings was the Artist-in-Residence at Red Cloud Indian School. This shield series that he began in 2015 draws upon his experiences and a body of sketches/drawings that he made at that time. Souheir Rawlings’s work is part of “Covid Portraits: Isolation,” and reflects her desire to see the inner expressive nature of people, using color and line in a way that shows emotion and character. The exhibit can be seen on the Tombaugh Gallery page on Facebook and on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/tombaughgallery.
- 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 April, Ray Baird and Michael Nail. Baird, an oil painter, describes his work as impressionistic expressionism with translucent complementary colors that represent his feelings, rather than a true representational image.
Nail works primarily in pencil, charcoal and ink, finding Western, Native American and wildlife themes the subjects he is most “drawn” to. 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, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
- Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District has launched a new project to beautify the downtown corridor where construction for Coal Avenue Commons is taking place. Situated between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Coal Avenue, four local artists have been selected to install temporary artworks on the construction fencing. The works will remain on view through mid-May, or until the construction project wraps up this spring. Artists were asked to come up with projects that reflect the art and culture of our region and that are inspired by themes of resilience and revitalization. The projects include “Weaving a Community of Colors” by Jerry Brown; A painting of Navajo elders speaking to children by Jason John; “The People’s Garden” by Brandy Lee; and "Seeds of Strength” by Orin Nez. Viewers may view the works by taking a stroll downtown, following @gallupmainstreet on Facebook and Instagram, or visiting gallupmainstreet.org.