WELCOME December 6, 2015 Drawing Demo: Local artist and art instructor Mary Zawacki will be demonstrating drawing Josefina’s Gate using brush and ink techniques from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at Mas Art Frame and Art Supplies, 126 Main St. Free. To reserve a place or Info: Mas Art, 575-526-9113.  Mary Zawacki is a member of ArtForms. Drawing Class: Mary Zawacki will be teaching "Drawing the Gates of Mesilla" from 9:30 a.m. to noon on six Saturdays beginning Saturday, Jan. 9, through Feb. 13 at Mas Art Frame and Art Supplies, 126 Main St. Each week, a photo reference of a different gate from Mesilla will be supplied. Students will work with pencil, pen and ink. The class fee is $145. Info: email Mary Zawacki, mzawacki@maryzdesign.com.  Mary Zawacki is a member of ArtForms. AA STUDIOS presents “New Paintings and Monotypes” by Las Cruces abstract artist Michael Pavao for the month of November. All Pavao’s work for this show is new, and the small-format monotypes are dynamic and affordable. Pavao numbers, rather than titles, his work, incorporating the date of completion. Doing this avoids the preconceived imagery or meaning a formal title often suggests, and suggests an affinity with music and math, where form is counterbalanced by the space around the form. A feeling of improvisational jazz can be seen in Pavao’s work. “New Paintings and Monotypes” will be open the second weekend of the month, as well as by appointment, through Jan. 2, 2016.  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 is a member of ArtForms. TOMBAUGH GALLERY presents “Steel and Wings,” an exhibit of new works by Las Cruces artists Jill Somoza and ArtForms member John Northcutt.  Somoza’s paintings capture an ephemeral quality by painting on vinyl sheeting stretched in unusual shapes. The pieces chosen for this show were all done in the past two years and display the simple lines of juxtaposed panels combined with curved wood. These paintings are more accurately described as elaborate sketches of fleeting feelings, drawn in wood, vinyl, color and line. Northcutt’s sculpture is minimal kinetic and viewer participatory. He has chosen to explore the concept of the existence of multiple planes within a plane and their interaction. The planes are based on minimal geometric shapes, rectangles, squares, triangles, etc., interacting with each other. In the past, he has worked thematically drawing ideas from American Indian mythology, art history references, or observations on friends, thus giving the work an allegorical quality. For this show, he draws inspiration form the Sand Hill Cranes and their flight. “Steel and Wings” opens with an artists’ reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Another reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8, 2016, and the exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 22, 2016.  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.  John Northcutt is a member of ArtForms.  QUILLIN-STEPHENS GALLERY welcomes everyone back for a Christmas Ramble featuring wood-turner Les Fairchild. Fairchild specializes in wood inlay, combining several types of wood in intricate patterns to create items ranging from bowls to kaleidoscopes, as well as offering Christmas ornaments and jewelry in wood. In addition, the gallery’s four permanent artists will offer some Christmas specials to help you complete your shopping list. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and will remain on display through the end of January.  Quillin-Stephens Gallery is located behind COAS Books at 317 N. Main St. For more information and gallery hours, call 312-1064.  Sally Quillen and Michael Stephens are members of ArtForms. On Exhibit: Every month the Doña Ana Arts Council welcomes local artists to exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery in the lobby of the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. Professional photographer Michael Stephens will be the featured artist for the months of December and January, presenting dynamic digital photographs originally taken at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, then subjected to a technique known as light painting. Regular exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Info: 575-523-6403 or riograndetheatre.com.  Michael Stephens is a member of ArtForms. ART ON EASELS GALLERY, located inside the Community Enterprise Center, features nearly 50 works by members of the Las Cruces Arts Association. December’s LCAA featured artist is Penny Duncklee. Duncklee is a longtime member of the LCAA and is a well-known watercolorist. A versatile artist, she draws on many inspirations to create her images, often instilling her sense of humor along the way.  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. MESILLA VALLEY FINE ARTS GALLERY features two local artists for the month of December, Bert Gammill and Lori Shalett. Gammill is a mixed-media artist working in watercolor, oils, pastels and pencils, rendering realistic things that are close to her – horses, dogs, cats, friends and family. The gallery is also pleased to welcome its newest member, Mike Shalett, a basket-weaver. In addition, the gallery’s 30 member artists offer work in many media. 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. NEW MEXICO FARM & RANCH HERITAGE MUSEUM presents in its arts corridor, “Linda Hagen: Light Affects.”  New Mexico always has been renowned for the effects of its light and its attractiveness to artists. Light affects the way we view this beautiful state, and in this collections of paintings by Las Cruces artist Linda Hagen, she accepts the challenge of capturing light on canvas – on form, distance and color. A love of animals, the West and nature inspire Hagen’s work. “Light Affects” opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and will remain on display through April 3, 2016. 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.   Linda Hagen is a member of ArtForms. 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 firstfloor 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. Thursday, January 14, 2016 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.  Currently Elected Board Members  New President:  Marty Galster Vice-president:  Teri Van Huss Treasurer:  John Northcutt Secretary:  Roy van der Aa New Member at Large:  David Jacquez 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. 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. 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. 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.