ABOUT ARTFORMS ArtForms, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and promotes all artistic forms, including visual, literary and performing arts because art, artists and the business of art are vital to the social and economic development of our community. The mission of ArtForms is to ensure that our creative community is regarded as a revenue-generating industry that has broad visibility and a solid resource network. We work towards the recognition of the greater Las Cruces area as an international art and culture destination. Membership ArtForms members include professional artists, art enthusiasts, business owners, hobbyists, retirees, students and teachers. The diversity of our group makes for a valuable resource of experience, skills and information. Want to become a member?  Click here. Activities Our membership meets quarterly.  Check the Program Schedule page for information on the next meeting.  The meetings are open to the public. Following a short business meeting, presentations focus on a variety of art and "business of art" skills. Member exhibits are held during the year in various venues throughout Las Cruces. For the Love of Art Month February finds ArtForms' members drawing our membership, other arts organizations and the community into the ArtForms organized and promoted "For Love of Art" celebration. Following the Las Cruces City Council proclaimation declaring arts an important component of a community's quality of life, galleries, museums, non traditional venues and artists' studios welcome the public to exhibits reflecting the vibrancy, diversity, history and culture of art in southern New Mexico.  Special activities include studio and gallery tours, a member art show and art venues all around the town.  Please click here for more information. WELCOME May 5, 2015 ANNOUNCEMENTS On our last member survey you indicated that participating in Love of Art Month was a major reason for belonging to ArtForms.  We do not have as many members as in the past, so we are hoping that everyone will volunteer to make this a success.  We already have some who have indicated they will help, but we need lots more.  Some of the Love of Art Committees needing help are:         1)    Member show         2)    Reception for member show         3)    Event guide         4)    Event Guide and sign delivery         5)    Advertising         6)    Entertainment         7)    Studio tours                    LAS CRUCES MUSEUM OF ART presents its regional juried exhibit “Here and Now,” featuring works in various media by artists living and working within a 150-mile radius of Las Cruces.   Artists include ArtForms members John Northcutt, Maria Kruse and Teri Van Huss.  “Here and Now” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, and will remain on display through July 25.  Las Cruces Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-2137.   QUILLIN-STEPHENS GALLERY presents the work of artists Sylvia Hendrickson and Rose Torres during the month of May. Hendrickson creates gourd art using the desert as her inspiration and source of many of her natural materials. Torres specializes in hand-built clay pueblos, as well as other decorative pieces. Meet both artists at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of May.  Quillin-Stephens Gallery is located behind COAS Books at 217 N. Main St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 405-6063. MAS ART presents an exhibit of the work of artist Christopher Garcia. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, and will remain on display through the end of the month.  Mas Art is located at 126 S. Main St.  Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 526-9113.  Mas Art is a member of ArtForms. TOMBAUGH GALLERY presents “Beyond the Bounds,” an exhibit of Mark Richard Heying of Mountainair Photography. The artwork displayed is a collection of prints created over several decades using both traditional 35mm film and high- resolution digital photographs.  The images are original and unmodified abstracts, based on subjects commonly seen by all, from quiet woodland ponds to a small city festival. “Beyond the Bounds” opens with a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, and will remain on display through May 31.  Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano Drive. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, call 522-7281.  Mark Richard Heying is a member of ArtForms.  The Tombaugh Gallery is also a member of ArtForms. ART OBSCURA GALLERY presents two exhibits for the month of April: “Ink” by photographer Storm Sermay and “Nonlinear Patterns” by photographer Christopher Trian.  “Ink” and “Nonlinear Patterns” will remain on display through the first week of May.  Art Obscura Gallery is located at 3206 Harrelson St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 494-7256.  Storm Sermay is a member of ArtForms. NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY presents “In Between,” featuring the work of the semester’s graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts program in the NMSU Department of Art. This year’s MFA graduates are Aubrey de Cheubell, Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Kristopher Wilson. De Cheubell asks that we use all of our senses to explore remnants of past biographies, evoking within us emotions from memories that perhaps never existed. WiseSurguy- Sophiliazo invites visitors to leave their imprint in a petri dish on their journey through the gallery.  She integrates the viewer into her “landscapes of life” by challenging the visitor to come back repeatedly to see how their touch is transformed into beautiful microscopic landscapes that evoke the cosmic landscapes of our universe. Wilson’s paintings, although seemingly static visual objects, reward the patient viewer with phantom shapes and colors that move forward and recede in space, like musical notes that time weaves into a performance. “In Between” will remain on display through Saturday, May 9.  The NMSU University Art Gallery is located inside D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit http://uag.nmsu.edu or call 646-2545.  The New Mexico State University Art Gallery is a member of ArtForms. BIG PICTURE DIGITAL IMAGE EXPERTS AND GALLERY presents “Mesilla Valley Magic,” an exhibit of fine watercolor paintings from members of the New Mexico Watercolor Society-Southern Chapter. “Mesilla Valley Magic” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, and will remain on display through the end of the month.  Big Picture Digital Image Experts and Gallery is located at 311 N. Main St.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday to Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 647-0508.  The New Mexico Watercolor Society is a member of ArtForms. ADOBE PATIO GALLERY presents “Out in the Open,” a plein air exhibit.  Artwork created “en plein air” – artwork created outside, “in the open air” – has a special freshness to it and is well-suited to the unique southern New Mexico landscape. Artists include Tom Gerend, Winfrey Hearst, Judy Licht, Bonnie Mandoe, Julie Ford Oliver, Oween Rath, Marie Siegrist, Robert Steiner, Ouida Touchon, Arlene Tugel, Nina Cobb Walker, Thomas Weswick and Mary Zawacki. “Out in the Open” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and will remain on display through the end of May.  Adobe Patio Gallery is located at 1765 Avenida de Mesilla. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 532-9310.  Mary Zawacki and Marie Siegrist are members of ArtForms. AA STUDIOS presents the innovative paintings of Steven Monget for the month of May. Monget is a high school senior at Alma d’Arte Charter High School who has been creating art for about a year and a half. He has shown his work three different times before, and in April won three awards of excellence for his work at the 2015 All-City High School Senior Show held at the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts. Monget uses art as an outlet to expel his frustrations, emotions and worries he holds inside. In the future, he sees himself working towards a bachelor’s in fine arts and eventually a master’s in fine arts. He plans to travel the world and make art for as long as he physically can. “Steven shows a level of artistic maturity that I usually do not see until an artist is in their 30s,” said gallery owner Roy van der Aa. “I am delighted to give him his first solo exhibit. He will go far.”  Monget’s show opens the second weekend of the month in May and June. Dates and times for May are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Gallery hours are also available by appointment. The exhibit will remain on display through June 30.  Aa Studios is located 2645 Doa Ana Road. Gallery hours are by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 520-8752. MESILLA VALLEY FINE ARTS GALLERY features two local artists for the month of May, Rami McIntosh Scully and Roxanna Quinnell. Scully has taught drawing and design classes, batik and tie-dye workshops and hand/slab and wheel ceramics. Quinnell is a mixed-media artist emulation portrait personalities of animals in a combination of pencil and acrylic glazes. Both artists’ work will remain on display through the end of May.  Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is located at 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more information, call 522-2933.  The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is a member of ArtForms.