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 November 9, 2015 TOMBAUGH GALLERY presents “Worlds Within Worlds: Encounters with Spirits of the Land” Exhibit: The exhibit of photographic works by Lyndia Radice at Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive. She hopes these photographs will help viewers deepen their connections with Mother Earth and serve as aids for contemplation, introspection, and self-reflection. The exhibit continues through Nov. 29. The Tombaugh Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 575-522-7281.  The Tombaugh Gallery is a member of ArtForms. Blue Gate Gallery Quarterly Opening: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Blue Gate Gallery, 4901 Chagar Court, intersection of Valley Drive and Taylor Road. Featuring a new watercolor collection of toddlers exploring Las Cruces' landmarks. Exhibiting also are illustrations of a forthcoming book alive with critters. Included will be refreshments and caricatures. The displays are ongoing through December. Info: Flo Hosa Dougherty, 575-523-2950.  Gallery owner Flo Hosa-Doughtery is a member of ArtForms. Annual Holly Day House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21-22 at the West End Art Depot, 401 N. Mesilla St. The Artists of Picacho Hills will be hosting sixth annual Holly Day House. Twenty-four artists will display their work. Artwork will include jewelry, fiber art, painting and photography, gourd carving, wood turning, and glass art. Free and will feature a Treasure Chest Raffle that provides chances to win artwork donated by the artists. Raffle tickets are $5. Proceeds will be donated to the Mesilla Valley Hospice. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH presents “Art with Feeling,” an exhibit of the work of Las Cruces Arts Association members  including multimedia works including watercolors, oils, pastels, silks, pottery, gourd art, wearable art and jewelry. “Art with Feeling” opens with a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, and will remain on display for two months.  First Christian Church is located at 1809 El Paseo Road. For more information, contact LCAA Director Jack LeSage at 810-874- 3333.  The Las Cruces Arts Association is a member of ArtForms. NEW MEXICO FARM & RANCH HERITAGE MUSEUM  presents “Native New Mexico: The Art of Collette Marie.” From the earliest pre-historic cave paintings and rock art to the present, artists have long found inspiration for their work in animals. For native Las Cruces artist Colette Marie, the animals and plants of New Mexico not only provide inspiration – but they carry a spiritual meaning as well. A graphic designer by trade and desert rat by nature, Collette’s deeply cherished connection with nature is strongly reflected throughout the collection of screen prints and paintings that make up this body of work. “My work is an invitation to experience the natural world with reverence and joy.”“Native New Mexico” will remain on display through Nov. 29.  The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Regular museum admission is $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $3 children ages 4 to 17, $2 active U.S. military and veterans and free for children age 3 and younger. For more information, visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 522-4100.  The Friends of New Mexico Farm & Ranch is a member of ArtForms. BRANIGAN CULTURAL CENTER presents two new exhibits to celebrate the center’s reopening after its remodel, “Coyote Tales: Wildlife Photography by Ann McMahon” and “More Than Sugar Skulls: Dia de los Muertos in the Borderlands.”  Utilizing mediums of fiber rag paper and canvas, photographer McMahon has built a portfolio of the wildlife of New Mexico titled “Coyote Tales: Wildlife Photography by Ann McMahon.” Inspired by Native American folklore, McMahon has captured images of native birds, elk, deer, sheep, rabbits, horses and, of course, coyotes throughout New Mexico. Images are accompanied by excerpts of Apache, Navajo and Zuni stories.  Presented by The Borderland Fridas, “More Than Sugar Skulls: Dia de los Muertos in the Borderlands” brings together artists from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to express their deep ties to El Dia del los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and its cultural significance – it is so much more than sugar skulls. It is a time for remembering ancestors, family members, friends and pets who have left this world. “More Than Sugar Skulls” is a personal insight into the lives of each artist and what El Dia de los Muertos means to them.  “Coyote Tales” and “More Than Sugar Skulls” open Friday, Oct. 16, and will remain on display through Saturday, Nov. 28.  Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-2154. DOÑA ANA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER is currently displaying more than 100 pieces of new, original artwork created by students from Las Cruces Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District in the center’s first-floor corridor.  The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, photography, etchings and more.  The student art exhibit complements the permanent art collection held inside the center, featuring 41 original acrylics and oils by Joyce T. Macrorie, several historical photographs and landscapes, art from students attending J. Paul Taylor Academy and Hatch Valley Public Schools and more.  The Doña Ana County Government Center is located at 845 N. Motel Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 647-7210. ART ON EASELS GALLERY, located inside the Community Enterprise Center, features nearly 50 works by members of the Las Cruces Arts Association.  The Community Enterprise Center is located at 125 N. Main St. Art on Easels Gallery is open from 5 to 7 p.m. during each First Friday Downtown Art Ramble, as well as during the Las Cruces Farmers & Craft Market on the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information, visit www.lascrucesarts. com.  The Las Cruces Arts Association is a member of ArtForms. Thursday, November 12, 2015 There will be an ArtForms board meeting at 9:30 at David Jacquez’s gallery, El Jardin de Las Cruces, 4010 N. Valley Drive, Las Cruces, NM.  All members are invited to attend.  New board members were elected New President:  Marty Galster Vice-president:  Teri Van Huss Treasurer:  John Northcutt Secretary:  Roy van der Aa New Member at Large:  David Jacquez Love of Art Month - 2016 It’s that time of year again.  Time to start thinking about the Member Show, Studio Tours, Art Events, Application Forms and .. that dreaded word ... deadlines.  As the forms become available they will be posted here for your convenience.