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 2015 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! April 6, 2015 QUILLIN-STEPHENS GALLERY presents the works of the Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists for the month of April.  Whether they are stunningly intricate or deceptively simple, these works, based on mathematics, are one aspect of today’s computer art. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and will remain on display through the end of April.  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.  Members include Maria Kruse, Teri Van Huss, Alice Ward, Liz King and Marty Galster.  The Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists is a member of ArtForms.    MAS ART presents an exhibit featuring the work of two New Mexico State University students, Monique Harrison and Ashely Valdez.  The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and will remain on display through the end of April.  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. BIG PICTURE DIGITAL IMAGE EXPERTS AND MAIN STREET GALLERY presents “Something to Crow About.” Spring has arrived at the gallery and for the month of April, it will feature a themed exhibit of roosters featuring original artworks from 15 different artists including Nancy Begin, Gary Biel, Lindy Bridgers, Phyllis Davis, Flo Hosa Dougherty, Linda Gendall, Winfrey Hearst, Annetta Hoover, Judy Licht, Sue Nichols, Julie Ford Oliver, Margaret Pedreny, Mel Stone, Daphne Wirthlin and Naida Zucker. “Something to Crow About” opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and will remain on display through the end of April.  Big Picture Digital Image Experts and Main Street 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.  Flo Hosa Dougherty, Mel Stone and Daphne Wirthlin are members of ArtForms. MESQUITE ART GALLERY presents retired auto engineer turned wood turner Les Fairchild as April’s guest artist. An artist’s reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of April.  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.  Les Fairchild 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. LAS CRUCES MUSEUM OF ART presents the All-City High Schools Senior Show, featuring works in a broad variety of art media and culinary arts. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial and Alma d’Arte high schools. The exhibit opens Friday, April 10, and will remain on display through Saturday, April 18. An artists’ reception and awards presentation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17.  Las Cruces Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-2137. 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” open with a dual artists’ reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, and 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 ArtForms. MESILLA VALLEY FINE ARTS GALLERY features two local artists for the month of April, Judy Bess and Ray Baird. Bess is an acrylic painter who specializes in capturing the vivaciousness and beauty of the desert Southwest, and Baird is an oil painter who uses translucent, complementary colors representing his feelings, rather than true representational images. Baird’s and Bess’ work will be featured through the end of April.  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. The Las Cruces Arts Association presents a two-month exhibit at the COTTONWOOD GALLERY, inside the Southwest Environmental Center.  “Environmentally Yours” features featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry, fabric arts and gourd art. “Environmentally Yours” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 6.  Concurrently, LCAA members will have work on display at the Art On Easels Gallery at 125 N. Main St. “Environmentally Yours” will remain on display through the end of April.  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.  The Las Cruces Arts Association is a member of ArtForms. DONA 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 Doa 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. Aa Studios, located behind 2645 Dona Ana Road, will feature fine art gourds by Joanna Bradley and basketry by Jan Harrison and Dee Knudson for the month of April.  An opening reception will be held Friday, April 10 from 5-8pm.  The exhibit runs through April 24.  Aa Studios is open one weekend per month and by appointment for the rest of the month.  April hours will be Friday, April 10 from 5-8pm, Saturday, April 11 from 1-5pm and Sunday, April 12 from 2-4pm or by appointment by calling Roy at 520-8752.  Joanna Bradley is a member of ArtForms. IMPORTANT NOTICE The ArtForms blue Studio Tour flags must be returned this month. You can leave them 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 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. On February 17, 2015, Mayor Miyagishima proclaimed February to be Love of Art Month.  The proclamation was accepted by ArtForms’ president David Jacquez.  Our 18th Annual Love of Art Month is over and thanks to our sponsors and volunteers it was a terrific month.  Our membership works in a variety of mediums including fiber art, folk art, fractal art, gourd art, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood and the quality of the work was apparent.