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 This web site is best viewed at 1024 x 768. To ensure viewing an up-to-date version of the website, press control+F5. Rhoda Winters has many photographs from the 2014 Love of Art Month events posted on our Facebook page.  We invite you to visit and observe the vibrancy, diversity and talent of our Southern New Mexico artists.  Thanks, Rhoda! February 28, 2015 THE TOMBAUGH GALLERY presents “Scale,” an exhibit of the work of ArtForms member Roy van der Aa featuring non- objective geometric work from 2014-15, both squares and rectangles varying in size from 5 inches to 5 feet. “Scale” will remain on display through Saturday, March 7.  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.  The Tombaugh Gallery is a member of ArtForms. ArtForms members Sally Quillen and Mike Stephens presents the New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter at the QUILLIN-STEPHENS GALLERY during For the Love of Art Month throughout February. The show features small works including a wide variety of subjects. The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and will remain on display through the end of the month.  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. ArtForms member Flo Hosa Dougherty will be having an Art Opening and open studio: 4-8 p.m. Friday at Blue Gate Gallery, 4901 Chagar Court, intersection of N. Valley Drive and Taylor Road. Blue Gate Gallery, member of North Valley Art Loop, will have a bonanza of brasses, bells, baseball and baskets for the opening. The vintage and nova exhibit and sale continues through March. Paintings on the topic of Pluto to celebrate the upcoming Plutopalooza will be introduced at the Love of Art open studio 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Info: Flo Hosa Dougherty, 575-523-2950. ArtForms Member Roy van der Aa will be featuring Mary Kerwin at the Aa Studios. Mary Kerwin: The elegant black and white photographs of Mary Kerwin will be featured at Aa Studios, 2645 Doña Ana Road, titled "The Flower Collection." Opening reception 4-8 p.m. Friday as part of the North Valley Art Loop. Runs through Feb. 28. Aa Studios is open one weekend per month and by appointment for the rest of the month. February hours will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15. Appointments or info: 575-520-8752. Café de Mesilla will be exhibiting the art work of ArtForms members Sally Quillin and Mike Stephens through February. Quillin, a painter and collage artist, and Stephens, a multimedia photographer, each present their individual works as well as their collaborations. Café de Mesilla is owned by Joyce Zimmer and is located at 2190 Highway 28 in Mesilla. ArtForms member Diana Ayers, along with other artists will be showing at the COTTONWOOD GALLERY, located inside Southwest Environmental Center, presents “The Wild: Worth Loving,” an exhibit championing nature and the out-of-doors by the Ten O’Clock Club, a group of artists committed to thinking or making art just 10 minutes each day, often at 10 a.m., realizing that 10 minutes expands and expands. Members meet on the 10th of each month at 10 a.m. with coffee and paint to discuss making art and their work. “The Wild: Worth Loving” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb.6, and will remain on display through the end of the month. Cottonwood Gallery is located inside Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main St. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 522-5552. No Strings Theatre Company presents "Impossible Marriage": 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. Performances will also be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12; 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14; and 2:30 Feb. 15. The play is a delightful and entertaining comedy about the difficulties involved in love and marriage. $12 regular admission, $10 students, seniors over 65, and all seats on Feb. 12 are $8. Info: 575-523-1223.  No Strings Theatre Company is a member of ArtForms. The MESILLA VALLEY FINE ARTS GALLERY features Rayma Claessen and Merideth Loring as its featured artists for the month of January. Claessen is noted for her landscape paintings, and Loring combines her lifelong love of fabric and needlecraft with her vision of developing objects and materials reborn into new forms. In addition, the 31 member artists of the gallery continue to offer paintings, acrylics, pastels, fused-glass art jewelry, woodturning, stained glass, mixed media, photography, natural quality gemstone jewelry and more.  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 or visit www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.  The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is a member of ArtForms. BRANIGAN CULTURAL CENTER presents “Number, please,” an exhibition of quilts from the 2015 Las Colcheras Quilt Guild Challenge. Each year, Las Colcheras issues a guild quilt challenge, followed by a judging for rosettes and cash awards. Entries are displayed publically in Las Cruces in the months of January or February, a tradition dating back to 2005. This year’s challenge revolves around numbers. We already know that quilters have sharp math skills they put to use in measuring, fitting and stitching a quilt, but the Las Colcheras quilters take this idea a step further in 2015, by incorporating numbers into the titles, designs and repetitions found in the quilt.  “Number, please” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and will remain on display through the end of the month.  Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-2154.  Colcheras Quilt Guild is a member of ArtForms. LAS CRUCES RAILROAD MUSEUM presents “Wheels & Wings: Tracing Our Heritage,” an exhibit of interpretive work by the New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter showing how both wings and wheels have shaped New Mexico. “Wings & Wheels” opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and will remain on display through Saturday, March 28.  Las Cruces Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 547-4480.  The New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter is a member of ArtForms. LINDA LUNDEEN GALLERY will feature the work of Patsy Blasdell, Penny Duncklee, Rebecca Courtney and Les Fairchild, along with more than 300 other pieces of fine art. A reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. Linda Lundeen Gallery is located at 618 S. Alameda Blvd. For hours and more information, call 526-3326.  Linda Lundeen, Rebecca Courtney and Les Fairchild are all members of ArtForms. MESQUITE ART GALLERY presents “Fractured Landscapes” by Deming artist Megan Lemcke. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and “Fractured Landscapes” will remain on display through Saturday, Feb. 28.  Mesquite Art Gallery is located at 340 N. Mesquite St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 640-3502. ArtForms members Jan Addy and Flo Hosa Dougherty, along with other members of the Artamants Painting Group will be featured in the exhibit, Mesilla Valley Scenes, at the Branigan Cultural Center from February 1-28.  The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main.  For details, call 541-2154 IMPORTANT NOTICES The 2015 Event Guides and the ArtForms blue flags for the Studio Tours are available for pickup. You can pick them up at David Jacquez’s El Jardine de Las Cruces Art Gallery on North Valley Drive. The address is: 4010 N. Valley Drive /  phone: David Jacquez  649-6556 If you haven’t paid your dues yet, now is the time to pay them.    The 2015 Event Guide is available in PDF format here. A one page map for the Studio Tours is available here The reception for the ArtForms Member Show was a resounding success.  This year the show was divided between three locations: Mas Art, The Bistro and the Rio Grande Theater’s El Paso Electric Gallery.  The food was scrumptuous and the weather was perfect.  The Member Show was well attended as art enthusiasts strolled Main Street enjoying the beautiful weather and the rich variety of art presented at the various locations.  President, David Jacquez presented the First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention awards at Mas Art, along with the presentation of the Artist of the Year Award.  Following are the winners of the awards. Artist of the Year - Roy van der Aa First Place Award - Maria Kruse Second Place Award - Liz Fisher Third Place Award - Flo Hosa Dougherty Honorable Mention - Teri Van Huss A big thank you goes out to Mas Art, The Bistro and the Arts Council for their help in making this show a success.  The show will be up through the end of February. Pick up an Event Guide and plan visits to the many art studios that will be open the 2nd and 3rd weekends of the month.  Enjoy the many art events that will be happening throughout the month of February. Many ArtForms members will be having Studio Tours this month.  Pick up an Event Guide to see the listings or click here for the PDF version of the Event Guide. On February 17, 2015, Mayor Miyagishima proclaimed February to be Love of Art Month.  The proclamation was accepted by ArtForms’ president David Jacquez.