Love of Art Month February is a special time in Las Cruces and is proclaimed by the City of Las Cruces to be For the Love of Art Month.  Special activities include studio and gallery tours, a member art show at the Branigan Cultural Center, art venues all around the town and a show at the Convention Center that is now in its third year.      THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND Our 17th Annual Love of Art Month is over and thanks to our sponsors and volunteers it was a resounding success.  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.  The member show at the Branigan Cultural Center was a great showcase for the fine talent of our members.  On opening night an award was given to Raul Dorn in appreciation of his years of support to young artists in our city.  Randy Granger and his band provided the musical entertainment.  In addition to this, the Branigan hosted a number of performing artists during the rest of the month.  We held our third annual Love of Art Show and Sale at the Convention Center with musical entertainment provided by a number of groups.  On two different weekends member artists opened their studios to the public allowing us to watch them at work and giving us a chance to purchase their artwork.  During the entire month, special art events around town were scheduled which included various presentations by the visual, literary and performing arts.  Our members showed their work in local galleries and in special venues around town.  After the long months of preparation, Love of Art Month went by fast and we are already beginning work on Love of Art - 2015. Your help, talent and brain power is needed. In order for the next Love of Art Month to continue to be the success it has been, your talent and time as a volunteer for one of the Action Committees would be hugely appreciated.  Please consider volunteering. There are 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. If you would like to find out more, please contact: ArtForms Artists Association P.O. Box 1944 Las Cruces, NM  88004 e-mail: nmartforms@yahoo.com Please remember that to participate in Love Of Art Month events, exhibits, etc your membership has to be paid up and current.  Most of our member’s dues are due on January 1st of each year for that year.  Dues rates are still just $30.00 for organizations and individual members.  Senior membership (55+) and full time students is $20.00  Send your renewal form and checks to ArtForms, PO Box 1944, Las Cruces, NM 88004.  The form is here:  DOC / PDF