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 October 2, 2015 From the Ground Up XXVII Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition: 10 a.m. Friday at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St. From the Ground Up XXVII opens during the First Friday Ramble. From the Ground Up XXVII is a regional, juried ceramics show co-hosted by Potters' Guild of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Museum of Art. This year's show features 32 artists exhibiting 54 sculptural and utilitarian ceramic artworks.  ArtForms members Christina Campbell, John Northcutt and Linda Reeder Sanchez are included in the list of artists exhibiting.  The Museum of Art will host an artists' reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 11 with an awards presentation by exhibition juror Marcia Selsor. Info: 575-541-2137 or las- cruces.org/museums.  The exhibition will run from August 07 through October 24, 2015. 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. Re-Awakenings Exhibit:  Artist reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Tombaugh Gallery, inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive. New works by Las Cruces artist Georjeanna Feltha. ReAwakenings is about finding that common thread between art, music, love, spirituality and life. The Tombaugh Gallery is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a soft opening Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a fashion show displaying designs created by the artist. Exhibit runs through Oct. 23.  The Tombaugh Gallery is a member of ArtForms. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Drippings Springs Road presents "Native New Mexico: The Art of Collette Marie" which will run through Nov. 29. Las Cruces artist Marie is no stranger to the narrative power of the Chihuahuan Desert. It speaks to her of beatific species of organic superheroes. Info: 575-522-4100 or nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.  The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is a member of ArtForms. Blue Gate Gallery, 4901 Chagar Court, will be showing available works from a private collection, including oils and watercolors by George Zoretich's.: An example is Zoretich's abstract oil, Mountain City, representing the seven hills of Rome which received an award in a mid-year show at the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art. The works will remain on display through the end of September. Appointment or info: 575-523-2950.  The owner of Blue Gate Gallery, Flo Hosa Doughtery, is a member of ArtForms. WEST END ART DEPOT presents “The Academician,” a solo exhibit by Las Cruces artist Michael Ponce. Poncé wanted to do something extraordinary, simple and elegant, with flawless lines and attention to detail – “The Academician” includes drawings from life and sketches from memory. A painter from Las Cruces, he studied at Foothill College near San Francisco and graduated with an M.F.A. in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Poncé pursued graduate research in anatomy at Oxford University and studied old master drawings at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England. He also has a background in fashion illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where he received his B.F.A. Poncé’s work has been in several publications, including American Artist Magazine, En Plein Air Magazine, Equine Vision Magazine and Polo: Player’s Edition. He is an exhibiting member of the National Arts Club, and his work has been included in many group and solo exhibitions. “The Academician” opens with an artist’s reception beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain on display through Sept. 26.  West End Art Depot is located at 401 N. Mesilla St. Gallery hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. For more information, call 312- 9892 or visit www.we-ad.org. MAS ART presents “Viva L’Arte,” a body-painting exhibition by Anahy Nuñez, on display through the month of September as the gallery celebrates its second anniversary. “Viva L’Arte” opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 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 QUILLIN-STEPHENS GALLERY changes direction for the month of September and presents the music and instruments of Eddie Harrison. Harrison, a regular performer at the Farmer and Crafts Market of Las Cruces, will have three of his handmade guitars on display for visitors to see. During the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble from 5 to 7 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 4, Harrison will perform and will have CDs available throughout the month.  Harrison’s guitars will remain on display through the end of September.  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.  Sally Quillen and Michael Stephens are members of ArtForms.  MESQUITE ART GALLERY presents an exhibit of 18 tropical paintings of Hawaiian scenes from Las Cruces painter Bonnie Mandoe for the month of September. Mandoe spent most of her life in Hawaii and returned there for two months this spring. These paintings were largely painted outdoors (en plein air). Her goal was to impart a tangible sense of the winds and mist of the Islands.  Thirty inches of rain fell in one month alone while she was there, which she said didn’t mind a bit. Mandoe’s show opens Thursday, Sept. 3, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain on display through the end of the month.  Mesquite Art Gallery is located at 340 N.  Mesquite St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 640-3502.  Mel Stone, owner of Mesquite St. Gallery, is a member of Artforms.  AA STUDIOS presents “Natural Selection” by Las Cruces painter Stephanie Sweet for the months of September and October. “Natural Selection” is a group of select paintings and mixed-media works ranging from 2003 to 2015. They are all Sweet’s personal favorites on display together for the first time, alongside her new series “The Journey of a Universal Explorer,” a series of oil paintings inspired by her love and obsessive fantasies about traveling. Since she was a girl, Sweet said she has fantasized about traveling the world in order to study, learn about and understand the universe. She began this series just before a two-month road trip from Las Cruces to her home state of Michigan.  “Natural Selection” opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and will be open 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, as well as by appointment through Oct. 30.  Aa Studios is located 2645 Doña Ana Road. Gallery hours are by appointment the second weekend of the month, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 520-8752.  Roy van der Aa, owner of AA Studios, is a member of Artforms. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY presents two exhibits for the month of September, “Between Here and There” and “Your General Store.”   In the two-person exhibition “Between Here and There,” nationally renowned artists Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski grapple with the socio-political construct of international borders as negotiated through a visual arts lens, reflecting both physical and psychological obstacles faced by migrants.  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. MESILLA VALLEY FINE ARTS GALLERY features two local artists for the month of September, Arlene J. Tugel and Sylvia Hendrickson. Tugel enjoys the pure, glowing color of watercolor, her love of Earth inspiring her work.  Hendrickson is a gourd artist who employs carving and wood burning and using dyes, inks, paints, beads and leather with a variety of other natural products. In addition, the 30 artists of the gallery offer art in many media including paintings, acryclics, pastels, fused- glass, jewelry, wood-turned objects, stained glass, photography, mixed media, textiles, prints, cards, miniatures 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.  The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is a member of ArtForms. Thursday, October 15, 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. New board members were elected New President:  Marty Galster Treasurer:  John Northcutt New Member at Large:  David Jacquez Secretary:  Roy van der Aa Vice-president:  Teri Van Huss 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.