Art Scene



  • The Silver City Art Association First Friday Gallery Walk is from 5-7 p.m., June 2. During First Friday walks, SCAA downtown galleries stay open until 7 p.m. to hold receptions, and feature art demonstrations or other special activities. For a map showing SCAA downtown gallery locations, or to find out more about SCAA galleries, studios, and independent artists, see 
  • At a)s p..."A"© e   Studio•Art•Gallery is a new exhibition titled "Mushroom Invasion" by Christopher "Moppy" Thomopoulos. Spreading love with his colorful fungi/mushroom art  and nature inspired creations Moppy uses art as a way of healing and hopes to inspire others to create. An opening reception with refreshments will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3 with a DJ dance party to follow. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, 110 West 7th St., in Silver City. Info:, 575-538-3333.
  • Three local artists are showing their work at the Grant County Art Guild Studio June 2-4, and they are all “Connected By Color.” Celebrate the joy of color with the oil paintings of Gay Scheibl, the watercolors of Deborah Hutchings, and the fiber art of Vicki Gadberry. Show dates are June 2-4, with an opening reception 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 2 during the SCAA June First Friday Art Walk. For more information about these artists, or the calendar of upcoming Guild shows, events and classes, see Open Studios are at the GCAG Studio, 200 Market W. Market St., from noon-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month – bring a creative project or use our basic art supplies. Info:


  • June 2023 at the Deming Art Center features metal artists Ray Turner and Frank Holguin. Turner has been doing metal art on and off for quite some time, but Holguin got started welding for art’s sake about 6 years ago. It was a way of spending time with his son along with teaching him how to weld. The exhibit will be up from June 2-29. There will be a time to meet the artists 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. 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


  • Join Otero Arts, Inc. during the month of June for an exhibition highlighting two very different photographers. An opening reception for the photography of Chip Greenberg and Dennis Pakula will be on display at Artspace, located at 1118 Indiana Ave. from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 2. For nearly 15 years, Greenberg owned a commercial studio outside of New York City that served corporate clients, but today he photographs what interests him rather than what clients need. Arts guests will have the opportunity to enter to win a 12x12 inch fine art print of his award-winning “Cerrillos Sky” image. Greenberg will also donate 5 percent of gross proceeds to White Sands Habitat for Humanity. Pakula is an enthusiastic photographer of all-things Mother Nature and the great outdoors. The gallery will also open throughout the month 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Otero Artspace located at 1118 Indiana Ave. in Alamogordo. Info:


  • The Cloudcroft Art Society's Gallery is open beginning Saturday June 3 and every Saturday during the summer months. Many artworks ranging from paintings in all media, fine art and digital art photography, both framed and matted prints, cards, pottery, fiber art, gourd art, jewelry and glass art are on display and are for sale. The gallery can be visited from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is located in the old red brick schoolhouse which houses the Nivison Library at the east end of Burro St. where it intersects Swallow Place. Info:


  • Sonya Fe, whose work more often than not focuses on women and children, has a solo exhibit at the Doña Ana Arts Council, June 2-June 28. The exhibit, entitled “RAW,” will include more than two dozen pieces, many of which have not been exhibited previously, primarily, according to Fe, because of their graphic subject matter, such as child abuse. In commenting on her work, Fe states that she wants “the viewer to feel, see and understand what I am saying – to not be left behind.” Two receptions will be held for the exhibit. The first from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and the second noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. The Doña Ana Arts Council Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Info: 575-523-6403.
  • The Branigan Cultural Center newest exhibition, “Trinity,” features artwork by Sarah Nguyen. Trinity addresses political, cultural, and scientific events by questioning our past and the choices we have made through her piece Break into Blossom. This exhibit is on view from through July 1. Nguyen’s work as a mixed media artists revolves around storytelling and reexamining our own actions. The museum is open 1- a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and located at 501 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. Info: 575-541-2154.


  • Gallery 925 presents Julia Masaoka and Gretchen Blais with new works. Masaoka creates assemblages with objects found in the desert, scrapyards and thrift stores. Blais has been creating her surrealist style art in various mediums since her art button got pushed when she was in her mid 30s. For years her graphite pencil was a daily companion, keeping her company wherever she went. An opening reception is First Friday, June 2, 1-8 with artists and refreshments. The exhibit will be up through June 25. Masaoka will give a talk at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 18 and Blais will give her talk at 1 p.m. on June 25. First Friday features free trolley rides from 5-8 p.m. between all open Mesquite district galleries. The gallery is open 1-5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Gallery 925 is located in the Mesquite Historical District near the corner of Mesquite and Spruce streets. Info:
  • A photo exhibit captures the world of hummingbirds at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. “Grace in Motion” which features photography by Nirmal Khandan. The exhibit features 36 portraits of hummingbird species common to the region interacting with local flora. The show is free but regular museum admission is required to see the rest of the museum. The show will be on display through July 30 in the Arts Corridor at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Info:

  • Wendy Robin Weir, one of the founding members of Agave Artist Gallery, is June's Artist of the Month. Currently creating fabric collages Weir began in oils, but abstract impressionists won her heart. She was drawn to the possibilities of textures and layers that collages offered. From noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 17 she will be doing a fabric collage demonstration at the gallery, 2250 Calle De San Albino, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Monday. Info: 575-339-9870.
  • The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery, 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, across from the historic Fountain Theatre The Mesilla features two local artists for the month of June: Jean Wilkey and Bob Zolto. Wilkey’s art starts with color, with a momentary glance at something previously unseen, with a feeling. She paints worlds populated with plants, animals, people, and objects, that blur the line between indoor and outdoor, between still life and landscape.

Zolto, a photographer, moved to Las Cruces in 2009 after a 40-year career as an editor for the New York Times, and his interest in photography was reawakened by the New Mexican landscape. 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,