On Saturday, November 10, a special homecoming will take place for Abel Garcia, a LCPS and NMSU graduate who is making a big name for himself in the Dallas area and national art scene. Garcia’s work will be shown at the Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center in Mesilla during the month of November, with a homecoming reception on Saturday, November 10th from 4 – 7 p.m. He will demonstrate his dramatic painting style for about an hour starting at 3:45 p.m.
His website states Garcia “draws inspiration from The Bible, hip-hop style, graffiti art, and the high renaissance movement. He successfully blends these differing elements into his own specific style using methods such as screen printing, acrylic painting, oil painting, and graffiti.”
Born in Texas but raised in Las Cruces, Garcia discovered his love for art as a youngster. He attended New Mexico State University where he graduated in 2008 with a degree in both graphic design and art history. He won Best in Show each year from 2005 to 2008 at the NMSU student art show.
Garcia was also voted Austin’s Visual Artist of the Year in 2011 by RAW Natural Born Artists. He has shown his work in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Atlanta, Las Cruces, and New York City. His clients include The Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, Leadercast, The Dallas Repertoire Ballet, boxer Austin Trout, and most recently, Nike.
Garcia’s talents include live canvas or mural painting, timed live paintings, “Trick Painting” (starting a piece upside down and flipping it to reveal an image), commissioned canvas and mural paintings, tattoo design, and graphic design.
The opening of his exhibit on Saturday, November 10, from 4 – 7 p.m. will include live music, food, painting demonstrations by Garcia, and the opportunity to view his dramatic, large-scale art pieces. See samples of his work at http://abelgarciadesigns.squarespace.com.
Each month, art lovers can visit six galleries in Las Cruces and Mesilla for 12 hours to explore exciting local art during the Second Saturday 10–10 Arts Hop. Second Saturday 10–10 Arts Hop locations and Arts Hop hours are:
- Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 4 – 7 p.m.
- University Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Ave. 10 – 4 p.m.
- Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Rokoko Gallery, 1785 Calle de Mercado, 4 – 7 p.m.
- Four Points Perspective Art Gallery, 3405 NM Highway 28, 7 – 10 p.m.
- Art Obscura Gallery, 3206 Harrelson Street, 7 – 10 p.m.
For more information, call 575-523-6403.
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