Las Cruces December Art Galleries

December 5, 2018 Carlos Arreola

Don’t forget — the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and the 10-10 ArtsHop is set for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.


Art Obscura presents “In Bloom,” a show of new works by Deret Roberts. Opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8, part of the 10-10 ArtsHop. 3206 Harrelson St., 575-494-7256,


Branigan Cultural Center presents “Lightning Field,” in which Artist Ken Morgan creates digital imagery depicting his envisioning of a lightning storm at Walter de Maria’s “Lightning Field,” on display through Feb. 16, 2019; “Four Generations, Four Languages,” featuring Mexican artists of different generations, whose works reflect the influences and trends popular when they were developing their individual styles and creating their own artistic languages, on display through Jan. 19, 2019; and “Passing Through,” in which artist Jimin Lee focuses on the theme of mobility, displacement, and labor on the social level as seen in traffic, places of transport and objects that move or are in motion, on display through Feb. 2, 2019. 501 N. Main St., 575-541-2154,


Cutter Gallery presents Paula Voris’ “A Visionary of Our Time – Past & Present,” on display through Dec. 29. 2460 El Paseo Road, 575-541-0658,


The Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center Gallery is showcasing artwork created by their own leaders for the December Arts & Cultural Center gallery exhibit, “Across the Board.” The art of current and emeritus board members will be on display. Exhibiting artists are current board members Barbara Reasoner, Emmitt Booher, Abby Osborne, Heidi Frohnapfel, and Deret Roberts, joined by emeritus DAAC board members Ron Saltzman. Kathleen Squires, and Eric Rivera. The exhibit speaks to the fact that the DAAC board doesn’t just support the arts, in many cases, they also create art making use of many genres. “Across the Board” opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, part of the 10-10 ArtsHop, and will remain on display through Dec. 21. 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, 575-523-6403,


Las Cruces Museum of Art presents the annual “Birds in Art” exhibition, featuring dynamic and contemplative interpretations of avian marvels via original paintings, sculptures and graphics created within the past three years. Innovative artistic approaches and intriguing mediums — from bronze, wood, and Montana dendritic steatite to watercolor, oil, pyrography and solar etching — convey the character, essence and surroundings of birds. On display through Jan. 12, 2019. 491 N. Main St., 575-541-2137,


  1. Phillips Gallery features fine are in a variety of media. 221 N. Main St. 575-525-1367,


Mas Art presents a show of holiday feelings expressed through the talent of fine art artists. Opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. On display through Dec. 31. 126 S. Main St., 575-526-9113,


Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery presents work from December’s featured artists, Roxana Quinnell, who works in pencil, pen and ink, mixed media and acrylic on canvas, and  Rami Scully, who works in pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors. The gallery also welcomes its newest member, Ray Ponteri. In addition, the 30 artists of the gallery offer work in various media. On display through January. 2740-A Calle de Guadalupe, 575-522-2933,


Mesquite Art Gallery presents photography by gallery owner Mel Stone and original work by Joyce Macrorie, Deborah Mae Broad, Sandi Dahl, Mildred Grossman, Charles Beck and others. Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. 340 N. Mesquite St., 575-640-3502,


New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum presents ““Drawn to the Land: Peter Hurd’s New Mexico,” featuring 24 paintings and some of the artist’s belongings, including one of his palettes, a pair of chaps, sombrero, guitar, and polo helmet and mallet. The museum is also displaying “Dressed for the Occasion,” featuring women’s clothing from the 1870s to the 1930s — what was visible and some layers that were not usually visible, on display through March 19, 2019. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 575-522-4100,


NMSU University Art Gallery presents “Superbloom,” a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti. This exhibition examines the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. The exhibit is comprised of oil paintings, large-format watercolors, digital works and a multi-channel video, a new medium for the artist.Sited a mere 97 miles from Trinity, location of the first atomic bomb, the exhibition outlines an expansive framework within which viewers can meditate on two increasingly relevant antipodes of human experience: the quest for aesthetic expression, and the threat of global apocalypse. On display through Jan. 5, 2019. 1390 E. University Ave., 575-646-2545,


Rio Grande Theatre presents “Textures of New Mexico” by the Artists of Picacho Hills. Artists of Picacho Hills is a group of established artists all of whom live West of the Rio Grande River in Las Cruces, NM. The group is comprised of a diverse pool of artists who create original two and three-dimensional pieces and share the common goals of sharing talent, knowledge, and friendship while providing social and educational opportunities. The exhibit includes variety of media created with New Mexico’s diverse landscapes and fauna in mind. Opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; on display through Jan. 26, 2019. 211 N. Main St. 575-541-2290,

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