Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



• The Grant County Art Guild, in Silver City, is presenting an art show, “Creatures of the Gila,” Sept. 2-18, and is currently accepting entries for the show. This is an open call; participants need not be a guild member to be in the show. Entries must depict, or be inspired by, a “creature” (bird, mammal, fish, reptile or insect) which lives in the Gila River watershed. Each artwork will be displayed with a description of the “creature,” and its habitat. The descriptions will be written by the Guild. Entry forms are at The deadline to enter is July 31. Categories include: photography, painting, miscellany wall-hangings and 3D/freestanding. $250 for Best in Show, $50 for first place in each category. 

• The Grant County Art Guild The Grant County Art Guild Gallery also starts July off with bang with multiple July 4 drawings for free art.  You need not be present to win, but sign-up for the drawings is on July 4 only. Stop by the GCAG Gallery before or after the parade to sign up for your chance to win. Also in July, the GCAG will take a bow to the Clay Festival with clay art in the windows all month, and individual clay art displays inside the gallery. A Clay Festival exhibition, featuring the work of Susie Meskill, will be held at the GCAG Annex from July 13-16. Opening reception from 4-6pm on July 13, and clay demonstrations from 4-6pm on July 16.The GCAG Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard, Silver City, and is open from 10-5pm every day. The GCAG Annex is at 106 E Market, right behind the GCAG Gallery. For more information about the Guild, Gallery, or the Susie Meskill Exhibition, see  For more information about the Clay Festival, see 

• Light Art Space Fine Art Gallery features “Reflections in Clay,” the 11th annual CLAY Festival International Juried Exhibition. Also, in conjunction with the CLAY Festival, “House of Judgment,” works of clay by Jamie Bates Slone will be on display through July 30 with a reception  from 5-7 p.m., on Friday July 1.The show will be up through July 20. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and by appointment. Info: 520-240-7075,


The Deming Art Center presents Fire & Fiber for the July 2022 Exhibit. The Potter’s Guild of Las Cruces has sponsored over the course of the last 20 years, an exhibition representing the collaboration between clay artists and fiber artists. Two different mediums are melded into unique often fanciful artwork. This year a new category has been added to the exhibition. Clay and fiber pieces done by a single artist will be featured also. There will be an “Art Show Opening” from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The Deming Art Center is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, The Art Center is located at 100 S. Gold St., Deming. Info: 575-546-3663 and at


• Photographer, Stan Ford, is featured artist at Artspace. From 5 -7 p.m., Friday July 1, Otero Arts hosts a reception for photographer Stan Ford at the Artspace. Ford is an award-winning nature photographer specializing in landscapes and wildlife. He is based in Mesilla and works primarily in the public lands of the American Southwest and West. The Artspace can be found at the corner of 12th Street and Indiana Avenue in Alamogordo. Following the opening Artspace hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until the show concludes on June 30.  Info: www. 

New York Art & Music Studio at 1120 New York Ave. in Alamogordo, represents around 40 artists ranging from traditional to contemporary styles in many mediums. The gallery has musical instruments for sale and offerings for art and music classes and event hosting. Info: 575-430-1306.


• The Cloudcroft Art Gallery has special hours for the July 4 holiday: open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 2 and 3 and open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. The gallery has many works of art and juried crafts ranging from paintings in all media, fine art photography, framed and matted prints, cards, pottery, fine jewelry, baskets, glass, fiber art, gourds, carved wood and intarsia. All art on display and for sale is by local artists. The gallery is located at the east end of Burro Street where it intersects with Swallow Place in the old Red Brick School House that also houses the Nivison Library. The gallery is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through December. Info:


Kind of a small array gallery/venue opens an exhibition of art work by Ken Little. Little’s work reflects a need to invent and evolve. He likes to move through things and onto others and then come back through again in a new way.  Little was a ceramic sculptor for about ten years, then made the transition to using a number of media making sculpture, installations, and performances. The gallery can be found at 106 N. Main, in Magdalena. Info: 210-473-9062. 


• Paintings, and prints by Joe Thieman are on display at the Mandrake Fine Art & Botanica, 501 E. Hadley Ave. Thieman is a New Mexico artist whose work focuses on painting, printmaking, and sculpture. His artwork is derived from his personal experiences and his take on current events. A transparent timeline of his work is apparent with recurrent themes and

motifs resonating through his use of multimedia works. The exhibition is on view at the gallery through July. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 208 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Info: 575-224-6760.

• The New Mexico State University Art Museum features “Joey Fauerso: Wait for It,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of San Antonio-based artist Joey Fauerso. Employing techniques that upend traditional modes of art-making, Fauerso’s work opens onto questions of identity, gender and representation. On view June 10-Sept. 2. An in the Contemporary Art Gallery also June 10-Sept. 2 is “(ir)regular evolution: New Works by Rachel Stevens” featuring new works in clay by Stevens, NMSU Department of art emeritus professor. The museum is in NMSU’s Devasthali Hall, 1308 E University Ave. Info: 575-646-2545.

“American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection” at the Las Cruces Museum of Art features 41 paintings by American Impressionists that were originally part of the private collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton. The Daytons collected American Impressionist artwork that they felt captured the essence of contemporary American life. “American Impressionism” will be on view through July 23. The Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Info: 575-541-2137.

• The talent of the New Mexico Watercolor Society is on display in a new art show at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. “Seasons of Enchantment: Painting the New Mexico Farm and Ranch” features 28 works of art by members of the society. These watercolor paintings celebrate the daily life of New Mexico farmers and ranchers and their families, evoking a sense of time and place. The paintings include rural landscapes, livestock, farming and ranching scenes, and wildlife. Artwork from members of both the Albuquerque and Las Cruces chapters of the New Mexico Watercolor Society have been selected by Juror Lynn McLain. The show will be on display in the Museum’s Arts Corridor through July 30. 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 July: Frank Peacock and Rhoda Winters. Peacock, the native son of a New Mexico pioneer family, has lived in communities as diverse as San Francisco, Mexico City, and Amish Pennsylvania. Known for dramatic use of color and texture, and the mystery of the ever-changing landscape, he now dedicates his skills to the majesty, grace and hope intrinsic to Nature’s praise forms.  Drawing in class helped Winters remember what the teachers said, and the Organ Mountains reside in most of her earliest childhood memories. 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,