March 2017

Southwest Art Scene

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Art and Framing Gallery — 6519-A N. Mesa (in the Palm Court). Information: 833-5250 or
  Showing in March is “El Paso del Artistas” works by four established generations of artists: Francisco Romero, Hector Bernal, Robert Dozal and Daniel Padilla, with that of four up-and-coming painters of the Millennial generation: Christian Apodaca, Luis Lozono, Patrick Gabaldon, and Francisco Espino.
  Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, with wine, cheese and live music.

Art Avenue Gallery — The gallery space is at 1618 Texas, Suite E. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment Monday and Saturday. Information: 213-4318 or

Art in the Parks Workshop Series — Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley, hosts a series of art workshops Saturdays April 15-29. Participation is free, but RSVP required by April 1 as space is limited. Information, RSVP: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
• 11 a.m. April 15: Photography, with David Quintana Bring a DSLR camera, zoon lens, and a tripod.
• noon to 2 p.m. April 22: Acrylic Painting with Melissa Mitchell and Socorro Linden. Artists bring their own brushes (1 small and 1 medium).
• 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 29: Watercolor Painting with Susan Ryde Participants bring their own brushes (sizes: 000,2,and 1/2 in).

Ballroom Marfa — 108 E. San Antonio Street in Marfa. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Information: (432) 729-3700,, Facebook or
  Showing March 10-Aug. 6: “Strange Attractor,” a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores ideas of networks, environmental events, technology, and sound. Organized by emerging curator and musician Gryphon Rue, the term “strange attractor” describes the inherent order embedded in chaos, perceivable in harmonious yet unpredictable patterns.
  Opening reception is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, with a collaborative performance by artist and musician Lonnie Holley and psych duo Tonstartssbandht, with visuals by Benton C. Bainbridge.

Bert Saldana Art Gallery — The gallery featuring Southwestern Art is at 1501 Main Street in the San Elizario Arts District. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 479-2926 or

Chamizal galleries — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Franklin G. Smith Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; weekends by request. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273 or
  Now showing is “Collective photographic exhibition Photowalk El Paso 2016” in the Franklin Smith Gallery. More than 170 photographers from El Paso, Canutillo, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Chihuahua and Juárez participated in the 9th annual “Worldwide Photowalk Global Edition” event in El Paso. Having the Historic District Area and the Arts District as a background, 46 pictures were selected to show the regional architecture, the people of both sides of the border as well as historical sites of the area.

Chinati Foundation — Marfa, Texas. Created by artist Donald Judd, the Chinati Foundation houses one of the world’s largest collections of permanently installed contemporary art. The collection is open for guided tours throughout the year at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Grounds close at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors). Full tour is $25 ($10 students). Information: (432) 729-4362 or

Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377,,, or on Facebook.
  Showing through March 25: Ysleta Independent School District EPAA Scholarship Art Exhibit. The show runs through March 25. Sponsored by the Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust.
  Showing March 31-April 6: “Colors of the Wild — Roar!,” featuring work with a wild theme of creatures. Judge is artist Jennifer Stapher-Thomas; deadline for artists’ and photographers’ entries is March 21. Prospectus and entry form available online.
  Opening reception is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31.
  Life Drawing lessons are offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Art Junction upstairs. Cost: $10; students bring their own supplies.

El Paso Museum of Art — One Arts Festival Plaza, downtown El Paso. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free unless noted otherwise. Information: 212-0300 or
  Showing March 12-June 25: “OKU/READ,” a site-specific installation of reimagined and reconfigured rahles. Rather than being made from wood (the original material of the rahle), Iristay’s rahles are fabricated from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) panels, and covered with photos from vintage calendar cards from the Turkish military. In collaboration with the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez.
  Showing through March 5: “Eldridge Hardie: Art of a Life in Sport,” featuring 20 oil on canvas and watercolor paintings as well as drawings selected from the long career of the acclaimed artist.
  Showing through April 16: “The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper.”
  Showing through May 14: “The Archangels Michael and Raphael,” focusing on the archangels with the highest popularity in 19th-century Mexican retablo art.
  Showing through June 4: “Process and Poetry: The Graphics of Kim and Therese Bauer.” The husband and wife have devoted their professions to the graphic arts, Kim to printmaking and Terri to drawing.
  Showing through June 11: “Female Portraits: A Connection Between Artists and Models” in the Tom Lea Gallery.
  Eclectic in nature and created over a period of 30 months, the drawings depict wild animals, landscapes, studies of the human anatomy, scientific formulas, representations of classical art and even family photographs.
  Also showing is “Celebrating Picasso: Photographs by David Douglas Duncan” from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Posting Picasso from the Permanent Collection, Sponsored by Travis and Annabelle Johnson.
  The free monthly Texas Tech Architecture Film series features “6 European Architects, 59 minutes,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
  The Texas Tech College of Architecture will also hosts lectures at 6 p.m. in the auditorium on the following Thursdays:
March 9: “VeeV Design with Raveevarn Choksombatchai
March 30: lecture by Margaret Crawford
  Family workshops are 1 to 4 p.m. on the selected Saturdays.
  The museum’s permanent collections include the Kress Collection of European works from the 14th through the 18th centuries; the American Collection of art of the 19th and 20th centuries; the Spanish Viceroyal Collection and Mexican Folk Retablos, art from the 17th through the 19th centuries; Works on Paper Collection from the 16th through the 20th centuries; Contemporary Collection, emphasizing Southwestern and Mexican artists; and the Tom Lea Gallery, featuring works by El Paso’s best-known artists and other regional artists.
  Museum membership is $15 seniors, $25 individuals and $50 for families, and includes discounts at the museum store, free admission to all exhibitions and programs, and invitations to private member events.
  The museum’s spring classes for adults (age 15 and older) are 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 1-May 6, unless otherwise listed. Pre-registration required.
• Ceramics: $75 ($60 members). Class also runs through May 20 for $95 ($75 members). Also offered 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 30-May 4.
• Jewelry: $59 ($47 members).
• Painting with Wax: $59 ($47 members).
  The 2017 Spring Camp for ages 6-12 runs March 14-17.

El Paso Sketchers Exhibit — Works by El Paso Sketchers 4th annual show runs through April 30 at the El Paso Public Library Westside Branch, 125 Belvidere. Information: 472-7109.

El Paso Studio Tour call for artists — The 10th annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour is seeking artists for the tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22-23, at Eastside, Northeast, and Mission Valley studios, and April 29-30 at Westside, Upper Valley and Downtown studios. Deadline for artist entry is March 12. Information: Online registration at
  Art lovers browse the private studios, meet the artists and shop for fine art. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at each studio. Sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of El Paso and El Paso Scene.

EPCC Student Art Showcase — El Paso Community College Student Art Society’s s annual juried Student Art Exhibition is April 5-20, at the Administrative Services Center Building A Foyer, 9050 Viscount, as part of the college’s Spring Arts Festival. Open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closing reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Admission is free. Information: 831-8914.

Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop — Award-winning impressionist and El Paso Hall of Fame artist Alberto Escamilla’s studio is at 1445 Main Street in San Elizario. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Information: 851-0742 or 474-1800, or

Hal Marcus Gallery — 1308 N. Oregon. The gallery specializes in local and early El Paso art. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday or by appointment.
Information: 533-9090 or
  The gallery’s “Early El Paso Art Show” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16.
  The show features more than 50 artists, including the greatest names of the past century such as Tom Lea, Eugene Thurston, Manuel Acosta, William Kolliker, Bill Rakocy and many more, as well as living artists whose work spans several decades.
  The gallery, established in 1996, is owned and operated by local artist Hal Marcus and his wife, Patricia Medici, and managed by Ruben Vasquez.
  Marcus’s home and studio, located across the street, are available for personal tours.
  Upcoming events:
• KCOS13 Art Auction, April 22-23 and 29-30.
• El Paso Artists Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29-30.

Ho Baron Sculpture Garden and Studio – Baron’s surreal outdoor sculpture garden at 2830 Aurora (at Piedras) is visible from the street, featuring several of his large-scale works. His indoor studio hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. The indoor studio features his sculpture, drawings, and art assemblages as well as access to a second private sculpture garden. Information: 915-562-7820 or

International Museum of Art — 1211 Montana. The museum is operated by the International Association for the Visual Arts in the historic Turney Home. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free guided tours available on a walk-in basis. Admission is free. Information: 543-6747 or
  All El Paso artists are encouraged to submit their works (framed to 8 X 10) for an auction planned for Sunday, May 7, to help raise funds to bring their up to code and replace all the old parts from 1952. Art will be exhibited in a gallery before the auction. Bids on the pieces would start at $35. Submission details to be announced.

La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú — The Ysleta Independent School District’s gallery is at 8455 Alameda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 434-9703 or 434-9711.
  Opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, for “VASE: Visual Arts Scholastic Event,” the YISD regional qualified exhibition. The exhibit continues through April 11.
  The Texas VASE is in its 23rd season. Students bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event, where a certified juror evaluate the work based on state standards. Top entries advance to the State VASE April 28-29 in San Antonio.

Lizzie Ochoa Art Exhibit — The works of Lizzie Ochoa are featured March 2-April 30, at El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information:
212-3230 or
  Ochoa is a professional artist working in various media. Her subjects range from The Beatles and Pancho Villa to El Chupacabra.

Pastel Society of El Paso — The society’s next meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. C. Manny Guerra will be guest speaker and demonstrate how to create a portrait in pastel. Through the use of pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolors, Guerra has distinguished himself as a multi-media artist. The program is free and open to the public. Information: 490-3978.

Rio Bravo Watercolorists — The group’s monthly meeting is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Schwartz Branch Library, 1865 Dean Martin. Guest presenter is Ho Baron, a visionary artist characterized by his surreal sculptures. The public is invited. Information: 549-2950.
  Baron has worked for 35 years to cultivate his talent for creating unusual forms and figures. One of his styles is to collect and apply their faces and body parts to tree branches.

Rubin Center — UTEP’s Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is off Dawson Drive next to the Sun Bowl. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (open until 7 p.m. Thursday) and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 747-6151, or on Facebook at RubinCenter.
  Showing through April 22: “Theresa Margolles: We Have A Common Thread” and “Tangential Intimacies” in the Rubin Center Gallery.
  “We Have a Common Thread” expands on Margolles’ long exploration of violence through a series of new works involving the participation of artist-embroiderers from Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, all of whom share her concerns about violence, particularly against women.
  “Tangential Intimacies” is inspired by an all-female solo series presented by locally based Honeyguide gallery. The exhibition presents the work of the following artists, all with a connection to El Paso or Juarez: Haydee Alonso, Laura Bombach, Nikki Diaz, Cynthia Evans, Nabil Gonzalez, Mia Moreno and Jane Terrazas.
  Showing through June 16: “Desconocida Unknown Ukjent” in the Atrium.

San Elizario Art District — Several galleries and artist studios are located 1445 to 1501 Main Street near the San Elizario Plaza on the Mission Trail. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 474-1800 or 851-0093.
  To get there, take Loop 375 South from I-10, exit Socorro Rd., then drive 7 miles east to Main Street.
  Featured gallery artists include Albert Escamilla, Robert Dozal, Rob Mack, Palmira Lopez, Manuel Alvarado, Maria Branch, Bert Saldaña, Joanna Franco, Melissa Himes, M. Concepcion, Robert Lichlyter, Amado Pena Jr. and Arturo Avalos.

UTEP Union Gallery — Second floor, UTEP Union East. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Information: 747-5711 or
  Showing through March 10: “Los Colores de la Paloma,” solo exhibition by UTEP art history major Paloma Vianey, featuring her collection of “creative naturalism.” Vianey spent the summer of 2016 as an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She was one of eight students selected, and the only one from a public university, for the Met Cloisters Summer Internship.

Westside Art Guild — The guild meets at 10 a.m. Monday, March 13, at Judge Marquez Library, 610 N. Yarborough. Guest demonstration by Barry Martin, who specializes in portraits and life drawing. The public is welcome; admission is free. Annual dues are $20. Information: Linda Parsons, 549-2950 or
  Martin’s father was a railroader who also built guitars and mandolins. This influenced Barry’s lifelong passion for artistic endeavors, crafting and music.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Blue Gate Gallery — The gallery owned by Flo Hosa Dougherty is at 4901 Chagar, at Valley and Taylor in Las Cruces. Hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Information: (575) 523-2950 or
  Works pertaining to music and dance will be shown through March.

Branigan Cultural Center Open Call for Submissions — Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces, seeks proposals for exhibits to be presented in 2018. Branigan Cultural Center is accepting submissions from artists (solo and group), from formal and informal scholars, and cultural heritage organizations. Exhibits will run for a 6 to 12 week period. Incomplete or late proposals will not be accepted. Deadline is 5 p.m. April 7. For full rules and on exemption forms, visit Information: or (575) 541-2154.

Design & Create Workshops’ — The new monthly program for adults is 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month (March 8) at Branigan Library’s Roadrunner Room, 200 E. Picacho, in Las Cruces. Information, registration: (575) 528-4005 or

Downtown Ramble — The City of Las Cruces hosts an evening of music and art 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at art venues of in a seven-block stretch of Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Information: (575) 647-0508.

Las Cruces Museum of Art — 491 N. Main (Downtown Mall). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Thursday), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, plus 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Ramble. Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: (575) 541-2137 or
  Showing through March 25: “ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection.” Featuring more than 40 works by 28 artists, “ReTooled” celebrates the prevalence of tools with art that transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works that speak of humor and beauty. Artists represented in the exhibition include Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Berenice Abbott, Jim Dine, and Las Cruces artist Stephen Hansen, among others.
  The informal interdisciplinary based “Artrageous” workshops are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the atrium between the Museum of Art and Museum of Nature and Science.
March 4: Refrigerator Magnet Vase
March 11: Paper Flowers
March 18: Flower Pencil Topper
March 25: Plantable Paper
April 1: Upcycled Magnets
  Reading Art Book Club meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday or every month. Book club meetings are free and open to the public.
  Session Two of Spring 2017 Studio Program Art Classes for children, teens, and adults is March 22-April 29. Registration is at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main. Students must register in person 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Deadline is one week before classes start. Information: (575)541-2137.
  Various class options include beginning and intermediate ceramics, drawing portraits, still life painting, and art exploration! Classes are offered to all levels of artists. Full schedule at
  Submissions are being taken through April 21 for the From the Ground Up XXVIII regional juried ceramics exhibition to be held Aug. 4-Oct. 21.

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery — 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, across from the Fountain Theatre. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The gallery features more than 30 artists in various media. New works displayed every three months. Information: (575) 522-2933 or
  Receptions are 1 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Featured artists for March are Bonnie MacQuarrie and Lori Shalett.

Mesquite Art Gallery — 340 N. Mesquite, Las Cruces. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 640-3502 or
  Showing in March is the work of 94-year old Charles Beck. Beck’s two main media are palette-knife oils and woodcut prints. He had a stroke a few years ago and had to enter a nursing home, but the desire to produce art remains and he recently had a show of new work.

‘Perspectives’ — The photography exhibit runs through March 19, at Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main, as part of “For the Love of Art Month.” Features are prints, photos, drawings and paintings. Information: or

Rokoko Art Gallery — 1785 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (575) 522-5553 or
  Submissions being taken through March 25 for the gallery’s “April Foolishness” show Saturday, April 1. Anything goes for all “fools, freaks and fanatics.” Cost for submission: $15.

The Gallery at Big Picture — 311 N. Main Street, in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 647-0508.

Tombaugh Gallery — First Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information: (575) 449-4180 or
  Showing March 5-April 21 is “Animal Animas,” artwork by southern New Mexico artists Dinah Swan and Claudia Dennee. Swan, through her pastel paintings, and Dennee, through her sculptures, depict animal motifs for this exhibit.
  Opening reception is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5.

Tombaugh Gallery call for artists — The gallery at Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano, seeks submissions through April 1 for its 2018 exhibitions. Submissions open to regional artists age 18 or older within a 300-mile radius of Las Cruces. Non traditional media or subject matter is welcome; all artwork must be for sale. Send submission to the Judy Licht, c/o Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, P.O. Box 7749, Las Cruces 88006. Call for a full prospectus. Information: (575) 522-7281 or

Other So. New Mexico

Art Hop — MainStreet Truth or Consequences sponsors the event 6 to 9 p.m. the second Saturday of each month (March 11, April 8) in the downtown gallery district. The event features the monthly art opening of new shows throughout the galleries of Truth or Consequences, including fine arts, pottery, and fabric arts. Many shops and restaurants stay open late for this monthly event, with live music in several locations. Information

Deming Arts Center — The Deming Arts Council’s gallery and gift shop is at 100 Gold Street in Deming, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; open until 6 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Information: (575) 546-3663, or on Facebook.
  Showing in March are the annual Student Shows.
• Elementary students exhibit their art March 1-13. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
• Intermediate, Middle School, High School and Cesar Chavez students exhibit their art March 15-31. Artist reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18.
  The Guatemalan Mercado fundraiser is Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, with gifts, clothing, jewelry and more.
  Hispanic artists are sought for the Hispano Arts Market & Fiesta set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24-25, in collaboration with St. Ann Catholic Church. Artists are asked to email a short bio and two jpeg images representative of their work to, along with a $125 entry fee ($25 non-refundable) to Deming Arts Center. Call for details: (575) 544-7708.

Rio Bravo Fine Art — 110 Broadway in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, or by appointment. Information: (575) 894-0572 or
  Gallery art talks hosted by the Sierra County Arts Council are 1 p.m. the last Sunday of the month. Admission: $10 ($5 members):
• Sunday, March 26: Nolan Winkler
• Sunday, April 30: Jeff Barbour.

Tree Spirit Gallery — 206 N. Bullard, Silver City. Featured artists: Jeremiah Cogan, Deb Harclerode, Carolyn Cogan, Bonita Barlow and Malika Crozier, plus Hopi crafts. Information: (575) 956-6666 or

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