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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.