Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



• a)s p..."A"© e  Studio • Art • Gallery, 110 West 7th Street, Silver City, welcomes artist Katherine Beck to the space.  An art opening will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, during Silver City's 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Beck will show mixed-media collages and paintings that explore the creative possibilities of working with discarded materials. Her pieces incorporate cast-offs ranging from junk mail to old South American street posters, engaging in a larger conversation about systemic disintegration and decay, as well as the potential for transformation within chaos and breakdown. Info:, 575-538-3333.

• New work by Crystal Foreman and Alec Johnson, opens with a party 4-6 p.m. Sept. 14, at Sterling Fine Art in Silver City. Foreman captures ephemeral beauty of desert southwest with oil paintings of the place she has lived for most of her life. Johnson presents artistic bravado with work from several of his series, which includes his love of New Mexico. The gallery can be found at 306 N. Bullard St. in Silver City. Gallery hours are 1 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Info: 505-699-5005 or

Light Art Space, located at 209 W. Broadway in Silver City’s historic art district, is featuring “Evolution at Work: Mimi and Art Peterson,”  through Oct. 27. This exhibition features the art of two artists working with a variety of methods and materials. The modern/contemporary sculptures of Art Peterson range from abstract to whimsical, often including found objects. Mimi Peterson’s multilayered, mixed media works on paper and canvas present a new way of seeing the world. “Variegated Views,” through Oct. 6, features works from Joel Armstrong, Ben Brown, Valerie Calloway, Carmen Ruiz, Eugene Starobinsky and Cougar Vigil. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Info:, email or 520-240-7075.

• The Grant County Art Guild is now at 316 N. Bullard St., formerly the Hester House in Silver City. A retrospective show honoring former Silver City watercolorist Audrey Goodleaf through Sept. 14.  A reception will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Guild Gallery. Audrey, who passed away last September painting in Silver City during her golden years. GCAG is open every day except holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Info: Karen Stephenson at


• The Cloudcroft Art Society has a Labor Day art exhibit and sale at the Nivison Library, in the  old red brick schoolhouse, 90 Swallow Pl. in Cloudcroft. The show will be 10 a.m.-4p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2. The show features original art works by members, including paintings in several media, photography and photographic art, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, greeting cards and more. CAS holds monthly meetings from the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the library. New members are welcome, please contact us at about membership, programs, exhibits, or other questions.


Lon and Wilhelmina Shelton and Claude Smith are three local artists who will have their work on display at the Deming Art Center Sept. 1-28. Lon and Willy Shelton have both had a camera in hand since they were kids. Using film, developing a lot of bad shots could become expensive so they learned to concentrate on composition and lighting. Although they take photo-trips, they don’t really have to travel very far to get some great shots—their backyard is a photographer’s dream. There will be a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1. Deming Art Center is located at 100 S Gold St., Deming. Its hours are 10-4 a.m., Monday to Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 or


• RioBravoFineArt Gallery, 110 N. Broadway in Truth or Consequences features The Border Artists through Sept. 22. The group of 20 active artists from southern New Mexico and El Paso includes painters, ceramic sculptors, photographers, printmakers and mixed media artists. Info:,


  • Colorful farm scenes decorate the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Arts Corridor through Dec. 1. Desrochers’ vibrant oil paintings capture the people and the landscapes of the Southwest’s farm valleys.
  • The Las Cruces Arts Association Members present “Summer Art and Wine” with its art on the walls of the Amaro Winery, 402 S. Melendres St., for the summer months with opening gatherings the second Friday of September. The exhibiting artists are Diana Ayers, Margaret Bernstein, Karen Granado, Susie Huck, and Jan Minow. During the association’s members meeting, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Cruces Creatives, 205 E. Lohman Ave., Vicky Avery will demonstrate “Creating Mandalas.” The multi-media artist and bus driver with a B.A. in fine arts, an M.A. in divinity, and years of experience in theater, will create mandalas with colored pencils. Info: 575-532-1046.
  • At the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center Gallery watercolorist Marie Siegrist’s work is on exhibit through September with an exhibition called “Frary Peak Antelope Island Utah.” The gallery can be found at 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite B-D in Mesilla in the Bulletin Plaza. Info: 575-523-6403 or
  • The Branigan Cultural Center, show “Originales” by Lidia Avina is at the center through Sept. 7. the exhibit is by regional artist Lidia Avina. “Originales” is a body of work that is inspired by photographs, stories, and objects of the lives and identity of the individuals in the artist’s life. The work explores memory and Latino culture through paintings and ceramics. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 501 N. Main Street. Info: or 575-541-2154.
  • “Art in the Round” opens Friday, Sept. 6, at the Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St., with an opening reception for artists, 5-7 p.m., as part of the First Friday Art Ramble. The 16 artists of the Ten O’Clock Club offer myriad styles and mediums, all round in some fashion. Each 10th of the month, at 10 a.m., the artists meet to discuss their work and exchange ideas. Artists in the group devote at least 10 minutes a day to making art. The show runs through Saturday, Sept. 28. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Info: 575-640-3502,

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 September, Patricia Black and Richard Spellenberg. Black creates one of a kind, meticulously crafted art pieces from gourds. Spellenberg is a retired biology professor from NMSU and a botanist who studied plant diversity, and uses many different kinds of woods. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 575-522-2933,

• The exhibit “Charcoal and Steel” opens 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8,  at the Tombaugh GalleryArtist Michael Nail shows his pencil and charcoal drawings, and artist Mary Lou LaCasse  presents her steel sculptures.  A second reception, with artists talks, will be held 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The Tombaugh  Gallery is located at 2000 S. Solano with regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Wednesday through Saturday. The show continues through Oct. 18.