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 June 7, 2015  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. "Here & Now" Artists' Panel Discussion Series: Noon Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Rubin Center, 500 W. University Ave., El Paso. UTEP will be facilitating an additional panel discussion featuring ceramic artists exhibiting in "Here & Now." Artists include Suzanne Kane, Sharbani Das Gupta and Amanda Jaffe. Info: 575-541-2137.   QUILLIN-STEPHENS GALLERY presents four featured artists for the month of June – Sally Quillin, Mike Stephens, Aline Fister and Jay Foster Savage. Quillin will show her newest paintings full of the vibrant color she creates; Stephens will show his innovative photography and discuss the techniques he uses; Savage has a variety of digital art featuring images from mountains to kaleidoscopes; and Fister has new jewelry designs with textured sterling silver using semi-precious stones. The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, and will remain on display through the end of June.  Quillin-Stephens Gallery is located behind COAS Books at 317 N. Main St. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 312-1064. THETHEATREGALLERY presents “Arabian Nights,” an exhibit of work created by members of the Las Cruces Arts Association in various media depicting the theme of the play “Arabian Nights,” currently in production by the No Strings Theatre Company for the month of June. “Arabian Nights” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, before the opening performance of the play. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of the month.  The Las Cruces Arts Association is a member of ArtForms.  thetheatregallery is located inside the lobby of the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. The gallery is open one hour before showtimes Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. For more information, call 523-1223.  thetheatregallery is a member of ArtForms. MAS ART presents an exhibit of the photography work of artist Robert Yee. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, 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. Las Cruces Area Landscape: Mary Zawacki will be teaching "Learn to Draw the Las Cruces Area Landscape" at Mas Art Frame and Art Supplies on six Saturdays: June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Students will work from photo references using graphite pencil, pen and ink, and water-soluble colored pencils. The class fee is $140. Info: Mary Zawacki, mzawacki@maryzdesign.com.  Mary Zawacki is a member of ArtForms. NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY presents its summer 2015 exhibit, “Re: Visioning the West,” a group show curated by UAG gallery director Marisa Sage. This group show was juried by the UAG Review Board from more than 100 international applicants who applied for an open call made by the gallery for exhibition proposals. Featured artists are Jeffery DaCosta, Felice House, Dana Younger, Kathleen Scott and Millee Tibbs. “Re: Visioning the West” challenges the audience to consider our beloved West in a new light. We ask our viewers to examine the clichés and nostalgic visions of the “Old”West as myth, and consider these contemporary artists’ views of the West as telling a layered story of our complex relationship with the tenet of Manifest Destiny. “Re: Visioning the West” will remain on display through Aug. 22.  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. AA STUDIOS presents the innovative paintings of Steven Monget for the months of May and June. 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 June, Roberta Leavell Widner and Kurt Van Wagner. Widner is an oil painter who expresses her talent in subject matters from abroad, mainly France and Italy, where she has taken workshops rendering her artwork in the Old Masters style. Van Wagner is a self-taught digital artist, transforming personal photographs into collectible works of art, varied and striking, full of colors and textures. Widner’s and Van Wagner’s work will remain on display through the end of June.  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. Thursday, June 11, 2015 There will be an ArtForms board meeting at 9:30am at David Jacquez’s gallery, El Jardin de Las Cruces, 4010 N. Valley Drive, Las Cruces, NM.  All members are invited to attend. Sunday, June 14, 2015 The annual ArtForms business meeting will be held on Sunday, June 14th at the West End Art Depot from 1 to 3pm.  If you haven’t yet visited WeAd, this is a perfect time to do so.  To see a map for the location click here.  We will be electing officers at this meeting so you are encouraged to attend.  The officers to be elected are President, Treasurer and Member at Large.  If you wish to nominate someone for any of these positions please send your nomination, with the word ‘nomination’ in the subject line, to ArtForms Artists Association <nmartforms@yahoo.com>.  Since we only have four meetings a year, we ask that all members attend this meeting.