Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • At Light Art Space “New Perspectives” includes recent work by Karen Hymer, Mimi Calise Peterson, Claudia Porcelli and Carmen Ruiz. This exhibition features a variety of media including painting, printmaking, fashion and photography. Also on view is the work of Light Art Space gallery artists Joel Armstrong, Valerie Galloway, Eugene Starobinskiy and Art Peterson. The gallery is open by appointment only for January. Social distancing is observed and masks required. Light Art Space currently has an open call to all Grant County photographers for an exhibit called “Earth and Sky, Photography from Grant County, NM.” The deadline for submissions is Jan. 4. Info:
  • The fifth annual Arte Chicano Exhibit is currently at the Silver City Museum. The exhibition series is a chance for the museum to support and celebrate Chicano artists working in the area. Arte Chicano 2020 features the work of Chris Alvarez and Buck Burns as curated by Diana Leyba-Ingalls. The exhibit is installed in the Dodge Gallery and can be seen at in the form of a video tour with commentary by the artists. It will be waiting for in-person viewing when the museum is able reopen to the public. Info: 575-597-0229.
  • The Grant County Art Guild Gallery is featuring the work of four artists: glass artist Susan Rice, jewelry artist Jake Politte, glass jewelry artist Stephanie Demme and glass artist Dawn Gray. The work of these four artists will be displayed in the gallery windows through Jan. 14. Rice loves the way glass texture and hue create movement and uses colored, textured and beveled glass in her representations of universal symbols and themes. Politte’s familiarity with the Seminole and Pueblo people started a love of color, ethnic style, body adornment and handmade fabrics. Demme moved to Silver City after spending her first 55 years on the eEastern side of the U.S. Her line of Cosas Glass Fusion jewelry and accessories is imbued with the spirit of this beautiful area. Gray utilizes traditional glass painting methods and has more recently added fused glass to her repertoire. The Grant County Art Guild Gallery is located at 316 N. Bullard St. in Silver City. It is normally open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Info:


  • Attention to Details: Watercolor paintings from a journey west to Deming,” is the title of the January exhibit at the Deming Art Center by local artist John Glass. The pursuit of art is a main focus of Glass’ daily routine. Glass is an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, motorcyclist, canoeist, hiker and tent camper, resulting in many of his landscape and structural creations.
    Glass’ watercolor art includes realistic, impressionistic, figurative and an occasional objective abstract along with his commissioned works of homes, buildings, portraits and pets.
    Many select originals and Giclee prints can be viewed by making an appointment to visit Glass’ studio at his mountain home outside of Deming. The show runs from Jan. 2-29.The Gallery is located at 100 S. Gold Ave. in Deming, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 or


  • The University Art Museum at New Mexico State University will present three exhibitions, all opening Jan. 21: “Sorry For The Mess,”featuring Ramiro Gomez and Justin Favela; “Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands,”created by Dulcinea Lara, Nicholas Nativdad and Daniel Aguilera; and “St. Joseph & The Laborers,” the second dedicated exhibition of retablos from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection in the new museum. UAM will host a virtual opening reception of these exhibitions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Call or email to register for the reception: 575-646-2545,
  • The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC), 250 W. Amador Ave., features Linda Gendall’s retrospective of her work since moving to New Mexico in 2002. In addition, Nolan Winkler's series titled “Blooms,” that has been displayed in the DAAC library since November, will remain available until the end of January. Info: or 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 January, Patricia Black and Hetty Smith. Black is a gourd artist and watercolorist. Smith’s love for stained glass started a long time ago while growing up in Holland. Beautiful homes, apartments and churches in Europe were decorated with unique stained glass in the windows, which inspired her creativity. The gallery’s newest member is John Glass. Originally from rural Indiana, he settled in the mountains outside of Deming. He is a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. First American Bank in Mesilla is well represented by gallery members who rotate the gallery’s artists’ work monthly. COVID -19 adjusted gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with limited access. Info: 575-522-2933,