Las Cruces/Mesilla | February is a month set aside to celebrate love and the joy it can bring. Both of those things are integral to the human spirit…just as indelible as art, so it is no wonder that February is also the annual For the Love of Art Month, a regional, month-long celebration of the visual, literary, and performing arts spearheaded by the ArtForms Artists Association of New Mexico since 1998.
This year’s celebration is packed with a variety of exhibits and special events at galleries, museums, theatres, artist studios, and specialty venues. In other words… art will be range far and wide throughout the area.
The kickoff event for the month will be at the ArtForms Member Show — this year to be held at 3 locations:
- MAS Art Frame & Art Supplies, located at 126 N. Main;
- El Paso Electric Gallery inside the Rio Grande Theatre, located at 211 N. Main;
- Mesquite Art Gallery, located at 340 N. Mesquite
Receptions will be held at all (3) locations on Friday, February 3th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. during the ever-popular Art Ramble.
During the rest of the month:
- MAS Art is open Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.;
- The Gallery at the Theatre is open Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.;
- Mesquite Art Gallery is open Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Comprised of fractal art, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and more, the exhibits reflects the diverse membership of ArtForms, which includes professional artists, art enthusiasts, business owners, hobbyists, retirees, students, and teachers.
Also during the evening, S. Derrickson Moore, arts/life style writer for the Sun-News, will be recognized for her contribution to art in southern New Mexico.
During this special Ramble from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., galleries will offer a varied taste to satisfy almost everyone’s indulgence into art. Many locations will also offer live music and refreshments. Some highlights include the following eclectic choices.
Perspective, an exhibit of photography, will be on display at the Las Cruces Community Theatre Lobby, 313 N. Main (the show is also open during performances through March 19th).
At the Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho, the GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces will present Progress Club Art Inspirations.
*Note: the reception only runs from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Running through the month, it is viewable Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., & Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Fractal Explorations by the Mesilla Valley Fractal Artists will be at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main. (Running through February 26th, the show is also open (1) hour before performances and by appointment by calling (575) 523-1223.)
The artwork by the Gypsy Sage Artists will be featured at Nopalito’s Galeria, 310 S. Mesquite.
*Note: The reception is February 3rd from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Going through February 26th, the show is also open Friday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday Noon – 4:00 p.m.)
Southwest Calligraphy Guild’s Love of Lettering will be on view at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main. (Running through February 24th, the show will also open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.).
This year, the annual Studio Tours have been expanded to [EVERY] weekend in February, giving everyone a chance to see where art is created as well as talk to the artists. The number of studios will vary by weekend. Hours are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from Noon – 4:00 p.m, thou hours may vary at some venues.
These tours will feature special works by artists throughout the area and include an amazing variety of art including paintings in all media, folk (Santero) art, photography, ceramics, fiber art, dolls, sculpture, weaving, jewelry, glass, gourd art, copper art, drawings, beadwork, clayboards, pastels, metal creations, mixed media, and digital art.
*Note: One studio — that of Jeri Desrochers, Mary Zawacki, and C.C. Cunningham — will not be participating. Also, the letter G (studio of Jean Wilkey) is misplaced on the map in the Guide, please see www.artformsnm.org for an updated map and listing.
During the entire month of February, visual arts will be everywhere!
The performing arts will be exceptionally represented!
There will be so many things going on, it will be hard to fit in everything you want to see and do, but try!
February comes only once a year — as does the “For The Love of Art Month” — and these special events are too good to overlook!
A more complete list of events are available in the annual Guide found at many locations in Las Cruces and Mesilla.
More information, including interactive as well as downloadable versions of the Studio Tour map is available at www.artformsnm.org.