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
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.
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
Want to become a member? Click here.
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
May 5, 2015
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
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
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.