- Light Art Space, 209 West Broadway in Silver City, features “Visions of Stages: An Art Making life, 1986 – 2021” with work by Mimi Calise Peterson. The Silver City artist takes a look back at her years after art school and assesses what she has learned and what she might yet learn about creating art. The Flash Gallery features “A Revolution in Wood” by Juan Velasco. Velasco, a Silver City artist originally from Bolivia, exhibits recent wood sculptures. He works with a variety of found wood and stones blending material to produce one of-a-kind unique art pieces. Light Art Space hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and by appointment. Info: lightartspace.com or 520-240-7075.
- At the Western New Mexico University McCray Gallery the John Stermer Retrospective will run through Dec. 16. Info: 575-538-6273.
- December at the Deming Art Center is time for the annual Holiday Gift Boutique. Guests are invited to browse, shop and find wonderful, unique gifts for family and friends this holiday season. 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.
- New York Art & Music Studio at 1120 New York Ave. in Alamogordo, represents around 40 artists ranging from traditional to contemporary styles in many mediums. The gallery has musical instruments for sale and offerings for art and music classes and event hosting. From 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 the gallery is participating in the Alamogordo Main Street Christmas celebration with art, music and painting action. On Saturday, Dec. 11 silversmith Dottie Moon; potters Nancy Apprill, Connie Hare and Ann Hooser; as well as other gallery artists will be on hand to chat with customers. Info: 575-430-1306.
- Otero ArtSpace, 118 Indiana Ave. in Alamogordo, is hosting the Otero Arts Inc. Winter Art Show 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 12-19 and 27-31. The deadline for submissions to the show is Dec. 5 for this winter themed show which can include memories, deep starry nights, the holidays, etc. A reception will be held on Dec. 12. Info: email@example.com or oteroarts.org.
- 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Tea With Santa” with Larry Bob Phillips’s art work on the wall at Kind of a Small Array, 106 N. Main, Magdalena. “A holiday detour, a legend suggestive; A high desert ramble sure to be festive. We’ll have a warm fire in a can on the sidewalk; To gather us round for love laden talk; Alluded to once, tradition’s tamale.” Reception 3-5 p.m., Dec. 18. Info: www.facebook.com/kindofasmallarray or 210-473-9062.
- The “Dialogue with Norma” installation by Joan Malkerson continues through Feb. 6, 2022 at the Red Door Gallery in the Lutz Building, 401 Twelfth St. in Carrizozo. The exhibit follows the artist’s responses to the natural world of the druids in the opera, “Norma,” and the main character’s unveiling of deceit and remorse for her human love. Gallery hours are 1 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Info: 612-963-1499.
- Gallery 925 presents its Holiday Art Sale featuring original cards, prints, paintings and more. Artists represented at the gallery include Kat Ahlefeld, Diane Alire, Diana Ayres, Katherine Deasy, Jean Graham, Vickie Morrow, Rokoko, Noel Sandino, Gabriele Teich and Leslie Toombs. Meet and artists as they talk about their work 5-7 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 3. Work will be on display through Jan. 9. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Info: email@example.com.
- At MasArt Gallery, 144 Wyatt Drive in Las Cruces, a special Christmas show greets guests through Dec. 23. The show is highlighted by Christmas globe ornaments created by the 22 artists represented at the gallery and they will have plenty of extra stock on hand including cards and small affordable works. Info: 575-526-9113.
- 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 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Info: 575-541-2154.
- The Tombaugh Gallery presents the fiber and mixed media work of John Garrett. “Now and Then” includes representative pieces from his five decades of art making. Trained as a traditional weaver, Garrett has also investigated various industrial and recycled materials to use in his constructions. These include scrap metal, aluminum flashing, old tools, telephone wire, videotapes, envelopes, poker chips, plastic picnic ware, beads, buttons, and rags. Rooted in craft, his work reflects his life in both urban and natural environments, focusing on transformation, possibility, changing perspectives, and the joy of life. The exhibit runs from Dec. 3, through January 16, 2022. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3. The Gallery is having a second opening 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, and hold two “Conversation with the Artist” sessions from 1-2 p.m. on Dec. 18 and Jan. 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. Info: www.uuchurchlc.org.
- Agave Artist Gallery, 2250 Calle De San Albino in Mesilla, welcomes a new member, Carol Eastman. She has an advanced degree in Art Education with an emphasis on photography, and printmaking. Eastman's new workflow designs merge numerous photographs and artwork into one image with a focus on nature. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Las Cruces Art Association’s Member Show is 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 remains up 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 December: Bonnie MacQuarrie and Marty Alberson. MacQuarrie specializes in art tile. Her work is influenced by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Alberson is a New Mexico native who grew up here in the Mesilla Valley. He creates his art with fused glass, that is, glass that is ‘melted’ or fused at approximately 1400 degrees F. 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. Info: 575-522-2933, www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.
- 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: www.las-cruces.org/Museums 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: www.las-cruces.org/museums.