Arts Scene

Upcoming area art happenings



  • Light Art Space, 209 West Broadway in Silver City, features “Bound,” a juried printmaking exhibition through Nov. 13 and “Saints, Superheroes and the Demonized,” woodcuts, linocuts and intaglio by Marco Sánchez through Nov. 27. Also, beginning Nov. 19, will be an exhibition called “Fiercely Independent,” with the Silver City Art Association independent artists held Nov. 19-27, with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Light Art Space hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and by appointment. Info: or 520-240-7075.
  • At the Western New Mexico University McCray Gallery the John Stermer Retrospective will run through Dec. 16. The exhibit opens at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 18 with a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Info: 575-538-6273.


  • November at the Deming Art Center is the annual Recycle Show which is sponsored Luna County and “Keep Luna County Beautiful.” Featured will be pieces of art made from 90 percent recycled materials and crafted by artists of all ages. Intake is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. 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:


  • “Adjacent and on the side” large format photos by Scott Martin exhibition continues through Nov. 20 at Kind of a Small Array, 106 N. Main, Magdalena. San Antonio, Texas artist Martin said he loves deserts of the world and the Chihuahuan desert is the closest to him. Info: or 210-473-9062.


  • 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:
  • In November, Mesquite Art Gallery exhibits the work of a group of artists known as the Ten O’Clock Club (they call themselves Tenners, 10@10, as they create art at least 10 minutes each day, and meet at ten o’clock on the tenth of each month). The exhibit, "Southwest Forms," opens Friday, Nov. 5, with a 4 to 6 p.m. reception during the First Friday Art Ramble in downtown Las Cruces. An art demonstration by weaver Carol Eggers is scheduled for 5 p.m. Guitarist Lorenzo Montez  will enliven the early evening event with music. The gallery is located at 340 N. Mesquite St. and hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Info: 575-640-3502.
  • The Branigan Cultural Center features “Place and Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960–1975,” a new exhibition that provides a multi-faceted examination of the urban renewal efforts in Las Cruces that dramatically changed the nature of its downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The exhibition runs through Jan. 15, 2022. The museum is located at 501 N. Main St. and is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday 9am to 4:30pm. Info: 575-541-2154.
  • The Tombaugh Gallery presents “YUPO Watercolor Abstracts,” an exhibit by artist Cheryl Lynn Nelson. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Sunday, Nov. 7, with a reception11a.m.-1 p.m. The show continues through Nov. 28. Nelsons paintings are YUPO watercolor abstracts, a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers. 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.
  • Agave Artist Gallery, 2250 Calle De San Albino in Mesilla, features the work of Roy van der Aa in November. These painted collages are a way of re-imagining landscape painting. Traditional landscape is a static snapshot which freezes a scene. Born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1956, van der Aa grew up in Montreal, Canada. He is a founding member of ArtForms, the sponsoring organization for Las Cruces’ annual Love of Art celebration. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Info:
  • The Doña Ana Arts Council is showcasing the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society's (NMWS-SC) annual juried show titled “Eureka! Inspiration in Watercolor” through Nov. 29. Patrons will see a wide variety of subjects represented in 36 paintings selected by juror Robin Lee Makowski. Marisa Sage, director and head curator of the New Mexico State University Art Museum, will judge the works for specific awards. The award ceremony will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. There are 29 artists in the show, and several have received regional and national awards for their work. Learn more about the NMWS, founded in1969, and the Southern Chapter at 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 Las Cruces Art Association’s Member Show will be held at The Big Picture Gallery in Las Cruces. The association is happy to be displaying its work after a long hiatus. Members engage in a wide variety of mediums. The exhibit opens on Nov. 9 and will remain through December. Awards will be given and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece. The Big Picture is located at 2001 E. Lohman Ave. Suite 109. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • 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 November: Arlene Tugel and Naida Zucker. Tugel likes the pure, glowing color that can be achieved with watercolor, her preferred medium. Zucker, a mixed media artist, combines gelatin monoprinting (hectography) with digital photography. She produces one-of-a-kind art pieces. 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., features “Allure of the Near East: Treasures of the Huntington Museum of Art,” through Jan. 22, 2022. This exhibition explores the arts and crafts traditions of the Near East and the West’s historic fascination with its decorative items. The works, some of which are centuries old, include objects meant for palaces as well as ordinary homes, evoking a rich and comprehensive vision of daily life in the Near East, both recent and long ago. 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: