Arts Scene, August 2023

Upcoming area art happenings



  • The Silver City Art Association First Friday Gallery Walk is from 5-7 p.m., July 7. During First Friday walks, SCAA downtown galleries stay open until 7 p.m. to hold receptions, and feature art demonstrations or other special activities. For a map showing SCAA downtown gallery locations, look for the big red dots, or to find out more about SCAA galleries, studios, and independent artists, see 
  • “Trifecta.” featuring artwork by Charlee Alexander, Tom Manning, and Rebecca Rousseau is at the Silver City Library, 515 W. College Ave. through Sept. 30. The opening reception is 3-5 p.m. on Aug. 2. Info: 575-538-6359.
  • The Ikebana work of Alice Fujita is on display at the Francis McCray Gallery Contemporary Art, Western New Mexico University, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19-20. She will be demonstrating the art, which is Japanese flower arranging, at 1 p.m. on both days. Info:
  • At Light Art Space gallery presents The Still(ed) Life:  Celebrating Handmade Photographic Art.“ Juror Diana Bloomfield chose 48 images by 35 artists from across the United States. Each work on display was created by the artist using hand-made photography processes, many of them from the 19th and 20th centuries. A new exhibition opens in the flash gallery called “New Photographic Images by Janey Katz,” Aug. 4 with a reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4. Also on view at the gallery is work in various media by the Light Art Space Artists: Joel Armstrong, Joe Huebner, Karen Hymer, Kathleen Koopman, Rhonda Munzinger, Art Peterson, Susan Porter, Eric Renner, Nancy Spencer, and Juan Velasco. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (until 7 p.m. on First Fridays); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday; and by appointment. Info:
  • The Grant County Art Guild is marking the 55th anniversary of its founding with an open house celebration from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug 4, during the Silver City First Friday gallery walk. Refreshments will be served. The GCAG is a non-profit organization that promotes creativity in the community though art shows, classes and other art events. The Guild encourages the creation of local art by running a Silver City gallery that shows the work of about 35 Grant County artists. Both fine art and crafts are valued by the Guild, and the Guild gallery carries a wide range of art mediums. The GCAG Gallery is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours for special events. The GCAG Gallery is located at 316 N Bullard. The STUDIO is at 200 W Market, both in Silver City. Info:


  • “Three Amigos,” is the title of the August exhibit at the Deming Art Center. Local oil painters Lyn Orona and Linda Anderson will be joined by watercolorist John Glass. Orona was always drawn to the legendary cowboys of the old west, Native American and Mexican Cultures and began with oil and clay sculptures. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Anderson is a self-taught artist who began painting and drawing at age 12 with some paints from a paint by number kit. In the early ‘80’s she began her professional painting career. Glass lived his early life on the edge, racing motorcyles, riding horses and playing sports. In the process, he endured many injuries that caused him to rethink the course of his life. He said he already knew how to draw and paint and decided it was time to make a change. There will be a time to meet the artists 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. The exhibit is on display through the month. Deming Art Center is at 100 S. Gold St., Deming. The gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 575-546-3663 and at


  • Otero Arts Otero Arts Inc.’s August exhibition at Artspace will focus on the beauty found in everyday things. The public is invited to view works by two photographers, Lynda Brugman and Gabe Mauger, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1118 Indiana Ave. in Alamogordo. Brugman first developed an interest in photography during the1980s while taking a black and white film photography class. Brugman said her photos provide a window through which others may share her appreciation of nature and experience “its infinite variations and beauty.” Mauger said he has always been interested in the arts, including theatre, digital drawing, story writing and performing and writing music. His presentation, “Interpretation of Recovery,” was born from a photography class he took while working on a degree in Computer Sciences. Mauger said his photography combines everyday sights and locations with music lyrics to evoke an emotional response. The gallery is open throughout the month 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Otero Artspace is located at 1118 Indiana Ave. in Alamogordo. Info:


  • The Cloudcroft Art Society's Gallery (CAS) 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, and glass art are on display and are for sale. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, CAS features its annual fundraising sidewalk sale. CAS is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote individual creativity and understanding of the visual arts and to provide a showcase for area artists. CAS serves Cloudcroft, the surrounding Sacramento Mountain communities and the Alamogordo-Tularosa area. Info:


  • “Milton’s Bar,” Opens Aug. 5 at kind of a small array, 106 N. Main St. in Magdalena and will be on display through Aug. 27. It’s 2050, the 25th anniversary of artist Milton Faver’s breakthrough. Tragically, Milton passed away last year at 82 years old. We are presenting his bar, a place where Milton made art, friends, and the occasional enemy. We believe this is how he would like to be remembered. Last January, Hayden Pedigo, Hills Snyder, Bryan Wheeler and Jeff Wheeler met up for “The $#%& Show,” a Lubbock tradition for close to a decade. Invited by curators Christina Rees and Hannah Dean, the four artists had 24 hours to come up with materials and respond to this year’s prompt, “The year 2050.” Come join us in Magdalena for the second iteration. You can sit on a bar stool next to Milton, maybe sense his presence, maybe hear some stories, maybe tell some of your own. Info: 210-473-9062.


  • Agave's Artist of the Month is ceramicist and jeweler Lisa Carlson. As Carlson grew her ceramic business, she established her jewelry line using silver and semi-precious stones. Be on the watch for this year's backyard sales when Carlson will feature her garden art – mosaic tiles tables with wrought iron bases, hanging garden tiles with wood and natural stones plus ceramic bowls.Carlson's work can be found in Las Cruces at Agave Artist Gallery, 925 Gallery, and the Franciscan Festival of the Arts on Labor Day weekend. Her work is on Instagram @TKjewelsNM. From 4-5 p.m. Aug. 5 Carlson will offer a short ceramic demonstration using paper stencils with clay. To view her art, the gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Monday at 2250 Calle de San Albino. Info: 575-339-9870.
  • Three art exhibitions at New Mexico State University’s Art Museum. run through Sept. 16. “Cara Despain: Specter,” is on view in the UAM’s Contemporary Gallery, is an immersive multimedia exhibition featuring work by Miami-based artist Cara Despain. “Agnes Martin & Karen Yank: Meditations on Mentor and Student” is on display in the Bunny Conlon Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery. This exhibition explores the work and intersecting lives of the artists Agnes Martin and Karen Yank. For nearly 17 years. “Wild Pigment Project” curated by Wild Pigment Project’s founding director Tilke Elkins is on display in the Mullennix Bridge Gallery. This group exhibition, which originated at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, brings together painters and dyers, ink-makers and ceramicists, researchers, scientists and traditional cultural practitioners to explore pigments found in plants, minerals and the industrial waste stream. The University Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 1308 E. University Avenue. Info:, call 575-646-2545 or email
  • “From Mesilla to the Mountains” is an exhibit of local scenes painted outdoors by watercolorist Arlene J Tugel. The show runs through Aug. 7 at the Mas Art Gallery, 144 Wyatt Dr, Las Cruces. A reception will be held on Friday night, Aug. 4 during the First Friday Ramble. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. A resident of Las Cruces for 25 years, Tugel said “my preferred medium is watercolor because it allows me to reveal the play of light and shadow across the land. My paintings show how light in the Southwest creates magical landscapes.” Info: or 575-526-9113.


  • The Las Cruces Museum of Art, is featuring “ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN: Transforming Paper to Sculpture,” featuring innovative artwork of Santa Fe artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. Through a laborious process using the lost-wax technique, Kevin Box transforms both large- and small-scale paper origami pieces into metal sculptures. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 23. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 491 N. Main St. Info: or 575-541-2137.
  • 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 Ray Baird and Kerry O’Neill. Baird, an oil painter, grew up in the Midwest and has a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas. His work, lightly described as impressionistic expressionism, uses translucent complimentary colors that represent his feelings, rather than a true representational image. O’Neill, a ceramicist, has had a passion for art since early childhood. 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,
  • At Branigan Cultural Center the newest exhibition, “Trinity: Legacies of Nuclear Testing - A People’s Perspective is on view through Sept. 23. With collaboration from the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and 17 juried artists, this empowering and impactful exhibit exposes the long-term effects and ramifications of nuclear testing in New Mexico. Branigan Cultural Center, is at 501 N. Main St., in Las Cruces. In “Trinity: Legacies of Nuclear Testing - A People’s Perspective,” featured artists shed light on the environmental injustices placed on New Mexico downwinder communities. The exhibit covers the period from the first use of an atomic bomb, the Trinity Test in 1945, to present day. This exhibit was assembled by The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, a group formed to bring attention to the negative health effects that plague the communities surrounding the Trinity Test. The museum is open from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Info: or 575-541-2154.