Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • Sterling Fine Art is featuring gallery artists Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment 505-699-5005. The gallery is located at 306 N. Bullard in Silver City and online at Featured artist Monica Welsh said, "I think of the shapes I use as forming an alphabet which creates a kind of language or sense of language; or shapes are analogous to musical notes which in a composition create a rhythm, phrase or sound.  It is in assembling the shapes, line and color, playing with the distance between shapes and overlapping shapes, that the composition comes into its’ wholeness. It is a careful and focused process yet is not entirely planned out. I am always searching for the overall space to come together as well as to surprise me with something I don’t already know. This is my goal more than the expression of something I know and want to say or describe.
  • The Grant County Art Guild Gallery is located at 316 N. Bullard in the purple former Hester House. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday to Sunday. With close to 40 members, the gallery carries a wide range of art including original Silver City work from potters, painters, jewelers, artisans, photographers, weavers, woodworkers and more. they also feature three of our members each month by displaying their artwork in the front windows. 


  • Plein Air (painted on location) painting is the focus for the August 2020 Exhibition at the Deming Art Center. Plein Air is usually done outdoors, but the definition has been expanded to include paintings done indoors due to weather and COVID-19 restrictions. The exhibit is open to all ages who wish to participate. These works of art are usually small due to weather, time and lighting variants. Entrants may exhibit up to three pieces if they are large and more if smaller in size. There is no entry fee and the show will not be judged. Along with the Plein Air paintings, local artist, Diana LeMarbe will be exhibiting her wood sculptures. She was gifted with a large quantity of wood chunks including some exotic and aromatic types (a big thanks to Art Lorbeer and Eric Bardrof). After much planning and thought about how to best use this gift, the result will be seen at our August Exhibition. The show will run Aug. 2-30, Masks will be required. Deming Art Center is located at 100 S Gold St., Deming. Its hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 or 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 Patio Sale for Cloudcroft Art Society will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 in the upper big room in the Red Schoolhouse, 90 Swallow Place in the historic village of Cloudcroft. This annual sale raises money for CAS expenses, mainly utilities and donations. The society's gallery is open 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, intarsia, jewelry and glass art are on display and are for sale. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces presents “Fire and Fiber United” an exhibit featuring 14 pieces made by 10 artist pairs, a clay artist and a fiber artist. The two artists collaborate to produce an art piece that is balanced and cohesive using clay and fibrous materials. The show begins Saturday, Aug. 1 at Las Cruces Clay & Studio, 614 E. Lohman Ave., with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. open to the public. The Potters’ Guild has offered this bi-annual show since 2000. Participating this year are Guild members Vickie Morrow, Liz Fisher, Jan Preston Archey, Mary Lou LaCasse, Barbara Williams, Randy Summers, Jeannine Summers, Linda Reeder-Sanchez, Joe Angelo and Bonnie MacQuarrie. Fiber artists include Kathy Baker, Leon Nastacio, Christina Campbell, Georgia Jones, Deanna Rankin, Karen Dahmer, Anne Angelo, Kathy Baker, Lynn Breckenridge, Patricia Black and Nancy Savage.  The show debuted at the Deming Art Center for the month of July and was juried by Noel Sandino, a local printmaker, painter and fine arts teacher. Las Cruces Clay & Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Ceramic classes are offered for beginners to advanced students. For more information contact Peter Paulos at 775-291-0210.   
  • The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) features the work of Las Cruces artists Paul Maxwell and Phil Yost in August at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center gallery. Both artists bring many years of experience, extensive travel, and a keen eye for detail to this exhibit. Paul Maxwell paints full-time in his Southern New Mexico studio in Santa Teresa, focusing on landscapes and local subjects using acrylic paints. According to Maxwell, “For this new exhibit, I’m exploring different border crossings and immigration issues. One of my paintings, ‘Twenty-Two Stars over El Paso,’ relates to the Aug. 3 massacre at the Wal-Mart in El Paso in 2019.” Yost took up painting watercolors in 1996 and soon excelled. “I like the outdoors and I like old things,” Yost said. “I like to paint old buildings, especially old adobe churches, bottles, cars and other things I find outdoors.” The exhibit is available for viewing from Aug. 3 through Aug 29 at the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during extend hours for the Second Saturday, Aug 8th from 12 noon to7 p.m. For more information, visit the website or call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 575-523-6403. 
  • 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 August, Frank Rimbach and Sue Ann Glenn. Rimbach holds a bachelor’s degree and Master of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University. His work is primarily in landscapes, and his bookcase series has modern abstracts. He is currently exploring landscapes, as he continues to capture the rugged beauty surrounding Las Cruces. After 32 years of teaching Glenn retired and has focused on watercolors. Prior to her retirement, most of her work dealt with acrylics. During her travels, subjects she has observed have inspired many of her paintings. One of the newest members of the gallery is Steve Martin, a geographer historian, and criminologist, spending 29 years protecting natural, historic, and cultural resources on public lands throughout the Western United States. He retired to pursue his photography creations. A self-taught photographer, he strives to create public awareness for protecting and preserving our Nation’s public land through the medium of digital photography. Another new member is Patricia Rutherford a contemporary realist colored pencil artist,  she is also well versed in the use of graphite, charcoal, watercolor, and pen and ink. COVID -19 adjusted gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with limited access. Info: 575-522-2933,


  • An area created format showcases artists’ work on Facebook at “Las Cruces NM Artists & Art Showcase” on a page is specifically for the many undiscovered artists and artisans in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. No matter what it is you do, painting, photography, sculpting, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, woodworking, decorative arts, etc., anything created by you is welcome to be displayed. Please note, this FaceBook page is meant to be a digital art gallery, rather than a sales tool. This FaceBook page is the creation of Robert Paquette, a long-time volunteer for many Las Cruces community service organizations.
  • Desert Exposure Virtual Gallery offers a visit to the art of southern New Mexico artists in their web-based galleries. While we can’t yet go to all these galleries and studios and spend our time perusing the amazing work of southern New Mexico artists and craftspeople, we can take a journey through their creativity. This section of the Desert Exposure website journeys through some of the talent we have south of Interstate 25. If you are a southern New Mexico artist and would like to be included in this listing, please contact us at or by calling Elva at 575-443-4408. Website:
  • The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) in Santa Fe exhibition “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe,” is available for viewing until Dec. 31, 2021. With this virtual exhibition, visitors can open the door to Girard’s creative universe from home. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculpture, as well as his interior architecture projects for residences, restaurants, and retail spaces.To experience the virtual exhibition “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe,” visit