Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • The Silver City Art Association Red Dot Weekend at the Galleries is happening Oct. 9 and10 this year. Located in downtown Silver City, this annual event is in its 21st year. Eighteen art galleries feature the work of more than 100 artists working in a variety of media. This will be a self-guided tour of fine-art exhibitions, art demonstrations, food trucks and musical happenings where participants can meet the artists, purchase local art, enjoy fine dining and celebrate all that is Silver City. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Receptions are 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Info:
  • Mariah Walker, Suzanne Ens, Ron Roland and Sally Tilton will be combining forces for a pop-up sale at the Grant County Art Guild Annex from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 during the Weekend at the Galleries. The Annex is located at 106 E. Market St., just behind the Grant County Art Guild. Light Refreshments will be served. Info: 575-993-8193,
  • At the Western New Mexico University McCray Gallery the Milner Women in the Arts exhibit features the work of Diane Marsh which portray universal issues deeply personal and profoundly human. The exhibit opens on at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 14 with a lecture at Parotti Hall and reception at the gallery at 7:30 p.m. Info: 575-538-6273.
  • Lois Duffy Art is featuring two artists for Weekend at the Galleries. Santa Fe artist Sue Szajer will show her "Limited Vocabulary Series," painted with two colors plus black and white and Silver City artist Lois Duffy will show her latest large unusual acrylic paintings. A reception will be held 4- 7 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9 at 211 N Texas St. The show will hang until Nov. 28. Info: 575-313-9631
  • The Grant County Art Guild, located at 316 N Bullard Street, Silver City, hosts a Plein Air art show through Oct. 31 featuring works by eight of its most experienced Plein Air artists. The paintings feature downtown Silver City, from prominent historic architecture to hidden nooks and crannies. The show will be held in two of the large GCAG gallery windows, as well as inside the gallery. A show reception for the Plein Air Artists will be held from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 during the SCAA Weekend at the Galleries. GCAG gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Info:


  • October at the Deming Art Center features the DAC Membership. Anyone who is a member is eligible to participate and there will be a diverse body of work on display. The show will run through Oct. 29. The center is located at 100 S. Gold St., in Deming, and is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663.


  • The Cloudcroft Art Society’s annual Holiday Art and Crafts Show and Sale features art by the society's local artists as framed and matted paintings in many art mediums, photography and digital photo art, greeting cards, jewelry, pottery, glass art, fiber dolls, wood and gourd carvings and more. The artists will be on hand for a meet and greet opportunity. Times and dates are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday in October-December weather permitting. It’s 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. Info:


  • The students in the Metals Club at New Mexico State University are hosting the 39th Annual NMSU Jewelry Saleon 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1. The sale will be located at the coffee shop in the NMSU Book Store on University next to the Department of Art, 1400 E. University Avenue. This is a fundraising event to support workshops, field trip activities for the students, and visiting lecturers. Info:
  • Weaving for Justice and the NMSU University Museum are hosting a scholarship fundraiser for Maya youth from Guatemala, Belize and Chiapas, Mexico. Donated textiles and other items from Latin America will be sold from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 in the Museum courtyard (Kent Hall), 1280 University Ave. All proceeds go to the Maya Educational Foundation  (  Guests are invited to view a special exhibit of Chiapas Maya textiles on display in the museum. 
  • The 29th annual Empty Bowls event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs Ave. Empty Bowls, sponsored by the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces (PGLC), is a major fundraiser for El Caldito Soup Kitchen, which is part of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. In addition to hundreds of handmade bowls created by PGLC for sale, the event includes soup from 30 local restaurants and an online silent auction. For this year’s event, guests will enter St. Paul’s on the south side of the building on May Avenue, Cordero said. Info: 575-525-3831.
  • "New Roses on Textured Gesso Juice"is the presentation from 2-4 p.m. during the New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter meeting Sunday Oct. 10 in the Creative Arts Room at the Good Samaritan Society, 3011 Buena Vista Circle, Las Cruces. Long time teacher and watercolorist Woody Duncan visits from Albuquerque to demonstrate new techniques using "gesso juice.” The public is welcome. Refreshments provided. Info:
  • The Tombaugh Gallery presents the art work of Dennis Lujan. Lujan is the first artist exhibiting at the gallery in person since the beginning of the pandemic. The exhibit will feature abstract paintings based on the floaters he has in his eyes. The exhibit includes Electric Engines, using found objects. These often have a unique name describing what they are and what they represent. Each one contains circuit boards and copper, as the energy for the sculpture. The exhibit continues through Oct. 8. The Tombaugh Gallery is at 2000 S. Solano and is part of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Masks are required. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These times might change due to Covid-19.
  • Agave Artist Gallery, 2250 Calle De San Albino in Mesilla, features Renee Short's artwork during October as Artist of the Month. Short balances composition with lines and color to produce dynamic abstract mixed media creations using acrylics. Her inspiration comes from many sources - imagination and beyond. Join Short for a talk on art composition 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the gallery. Register in advance by sending an email to Renee at to stating you will attend. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Info:
  • The Doña Ana Arts Council is features a comprehensive exhibition of Jo-an Smith's artwork titled “Celebrating 89 Years and More!” running Oct. 1-28 at the DAAC Arts and Cultural Center. DAAC will extend its hours until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct 1. to participate in the First Friday Arts Ramble, and will also hold an artist reception for Smith from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. The show will include mainly paintings (watercolors, oil, and alcohol inks) with some additional enamel jewelry and drawings. The Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center is at 250 W. Amador St. in Las Cruces and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, and from noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. 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 October: Mark Morden and Frank Rimbach. Morden is a retired architect. His works focus is on capturing light and shadow through form and structure. Rimbach earned a master of fine arts degree from New Mexico State University. He has taught at Central Texas College and at El Paso Community College. Rimbach’s work can be found at MVFAG and in private collections. The gallery will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. 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 with limited access. Info: 575-522-2933,
  • La Calvera Catrina Dia de los Muertos Exhibition, is a colorful and joyful show of large-scale skeleton sculptures at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. Discover seven 8-foot-tall sculptures created by Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero and installed in the museum’s Shannon Gallery. Organized by Denver Botanic Gardens, the exhibition will be on view from through Jan. 8, 2022. The Branigan Cultural Center 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: or at 575-541-2154.
  • The Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., celebrates “From The Ground Up XXX,” a biannual juried exhibition co-hosted by the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces which features a variety of ceramic and pottery works created by regional artists. The exhibit is on display through Saturday, Oct. 9. The juror this year is Joshua R. Clark, Assistant Professor of Ceramics at New Mexico State University, who has exhibited across the United States and internationally. This year’s exhibit features 56 works art. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Info: