Doña Ana Arts Council News

Doña Ana Arts Council News
Table of Contents
Arts Council News
2012/2013 Performance Series .................2 & 3
Spotlight on the Rio Grande Theatre:
The Man In Black: Music of Johnny Cash .....4
Renaissance ArtsFaire ......................................4
Every Other Tuesday: ZB Blue .......................5
Howling Coyote Coffeehouse & Open Mic.....5
Film Las Cruces ...............................................5
Jason Coleman ................................................. 5
Reel Rock Film Tour ........................................ 5
Every Other Tuesday: Lovato .........................6
Bells of Old Mesilla ..................................6 & 7
Photography of Peter Goodman .......................8
Manhattan Short Global Film Festival.............9
Arts & Entertainment:
Creative Haze ................................................. 10
Artamants ....................................................... 10
ACLU Songwriter Competition .....................10
The Enchanted Land ...................................... 10
Lois B. Smith ................................................. 11
Microloan/Mingrant Competition .................. 11
On Stage This Month ..................................... 11
Soutwest Fright Fest ...................................... 12
On Screen at the Fountain .............................. 12
Gallery Listing ...............................................12
Culture & History:
Slim Green ..................................................... 13
Celebrate! NM’s Statehood Revelry ..............13
Notices & Reminders:
Call for Artists / Meetings & Lessons ............ 14
Header art: by Peter Goodman, shown in its entirety on pg. 8.
September is finally here and with it the Doña Ana Arts Council kicks
off an all new season. In fact, the long anticipated 2012/2013 Performance Series rolls out on the 8th, with the Lonely Street Production of
Man In Black: The Music Of Johnny Cash. You won’t want to miss this
show. We also still have a few season passes left at the astoundingly low
price of $99 for six big shows (that’s a 40% discount!). The best way to
get those is either to go online to and click on
the Calendar button or call the Arts Council offices at 575-523-6403.
We only had 100 of those to sell and we’ve already shot right past the
half way mark. More information inside!
This month also marks the beginning of the first “official” season for
Driftwood Productions, with their Centennial production of Bells Of
Old Mesilla, right here at the Rio Grande Theatre. Information on that
is inside, too, along with more happenings taking place across the City.
Take a peek and let us know what you think. In the meantime, we’re
busy working on some great shows for the coming months, including a
global film festival in early October and an all-new, revamped and more
interactive 3rd Annual Zombie Walk toward the end of that month.
We’ll have a lot more information in the next Arts Wrap, so stay tuned.
If you don’t see something you’re looking for, you can find out more
by calling (575) 523-6403 or visiting For
information on events happening in the Rio Grande Theatre, visit www. As always, we’re trying to stay on top of everything happening within the community, but if we’ve missed anything,
please let us know. Send your information for upcoming shows, exhibits, performances, concerts, screenings, etc. to [email protected]
no later than the 25th of the month and we’ll do our best to include it.
Thanks and have a great month!
Doña Ana Arts Council
211 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88004
(575) 523-6403 •
The Doña Ana Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life
in Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, & Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual,
and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth, & community development.
Arts Council News
Doña Ana Arts Council Launches
2012/13 Performance Series
Hot Club
at Rio Grande Theatre
August 3, 2012 – The Doña Ana Arts Council is proud to
unveil its 2012/2013 Performance Series at the Rio Grande
Theatre. Back by popular demand, the Arts Council’s Performance Series offers patrons a chance to see six popular
acts for one low subscription price. Included in the package will be two tributes to legendary performers: Johnny
Cash in the Man In Black and Barbra Streisand in Simply
Streisand. Also included are performances by Grammynominated Gypsy Jazz band, The Hot Club of San Francisco; Local dance legends Paco y Luci in Olé España!; the
one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the critically
acclaimed Baby Boomer Comedy Show.
By signing up as a season ticket-holder to this one-of-akind series, not only will patrons get first pick of the best
seats in the house, they will save over 40% off the single
ticket price of each event. Other benefits include exclusive
invitations to receptions and concert after-parties and a listing in all programs as a series subscriber. The price for a
subscription to the Cultural Series is an astonishingly low
$99, but only until October 12th. After that date, the tickets
will only be available at the individual prices. All subscriptions are being handled through the Rio Grande Theatre’s
website, at The Rio Grande
Theatre is located at 211 N. Main Street, in Las Cruces.
For more information visit
or call (575) 523-6403.
Olé España!
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Spotlight on the
Rio Grande Theatre
Saturday, September 8
The Man In Black:
The Music Of Johnny Cash
Celebrate the life and music of Johnny Cash with this brand new
concert production featuring the most popular songs from his nearly 50-year career. Starring national touring and recording artist
Robert Shaw (fresh off his run with the Chicago cast of Broadway’s smash-hit musical “Million Dollar Quarter”) and his Lonely
Street Band playing your favorite Cash hits from the early days of
“Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk The Line” on through the decades, including “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Ghost
Riders In The Sky.” With world-class musicians and first-rate production values, this is a must-see for anyone who has ever enjoyed
the music of The Man In Black! Part of the Doña Ana Arts Council’s
2012/2013 Performance Series. Tickets are $25 & $30. Showtime is
7pm; doors open at 6:30pm.
For more information, visit
Spotlight on the
Rio Grande Theatre
Tuesday, September 4
Friday, Sept. 7 ~ Howling
With a thirty-year background in blues, rock and reggae-sung on the streets, in coffee bars and saloons across America--ZB Blue now specializes in vintage folk, blues, western and swing styles, exercising his craft on guitar, tenor
guitar, bass, mandolin and fiddle. Every Other Tuesday is a
showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 6:30
pm. Admission is FREE to the public. For more info. visit or call (575) 523-6403.
A staple of the downtown ArtRamble since February of
2006, the Howling Coyote started out as a jam session for
local musicians and quickly grew into a showcase featuring
some of finest talent Las Cruces has to offer. The monthly
event now makes the Rio Grande Theatre its home and
continues to feature primarily acoustic musicians, singers
and songwriters with family-appropriate material. Showtime is 7pm. Admission is Free. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403.
Every Other Tuesday: ZB Blue
Coffeehouse & Open Mic
Wednesday, September 12
Film Las Cruces
The Rio Grande Theatre and the City of Las Cruces Film Liaison present a monthly film forum on the second Wednesday of
each month, in which trailers for locally made films are screened alongside short films by student filmmakers, followed by
Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and industry news as it pertains to our area. Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation
begins at 7pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more info. visit or call (575) 5236403. To find out more about Film Las Cruces, visit
Thursday, September 20
Jason Coleman
The grandson of Floyd Cramer highlights the far-reaching
influences of his grandfather’s “slip notes” as he plays a
nostalgic lineup of country, pop and easy listening standards, including many that featured Floyd on the original
recordings or were his own self-penned hits. Presented by
the Las Cruces Civic Concert Association. Showtime is
7:30pm. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 575521-4051.
Thursday, September 27
Reel Rock Film Tour
NMSU Outdoor Rec’s Adventure Arts Series continues
with an all new season, showcasing documentaries and
guest lecturers on topics ranging from pressing environmental issues to extreme outdoor sports. Reel Rock brings
exclusive premieres of the best new climbing and adventure films, featuring the likes of Conrad Anker, Renan
Ozturk, Jimmy Chin, Chris Sharma, Adam Ondra, Sasha
Digiulian, Daila Ojeda, Alex Honnold and the UK’s “Wide
Boys.” For more information, visit
Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door day of show. For
more information call (575) 646-4746.
Spotlight on the
Rio Grande Theatre
Tuesday, September 18
Every Other Tuesday: Lovato
A well-traveled troubadour whose work has been influenced by everyone from the Beatles, Elton John and Charlie Pride to
the Ventures, Andres Segovia and the Polynesian traditions of Hawaii, Lovato is a composer, a teacher and a life-long music
maker. Every Other Tuesday is a showcase for local performers beginning promptly at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE to the
public. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403.
Driftwood Productions at the Rio
Grande Theatre Presents a Centennial
Production of Ruth Thurman Myra’s
Bells of Old Mesilla
Driftwood Productions kicks off its 2012/2013 season at
the Rio Grande Theatre with the historical operetta Bells
Of Old Mesilla, written by New Mexico resident Ruth
Thurman Myra and directed by Oscar Perez. Bells Of Old
Mesilla has a storied past in the annals of Southern New
Mexico history. Written as a master’s thesis by the author, a
professor at Western New Mexico University in Silver City,
and presented as part of the official Centennial celebration
surrounding Mesilla in 1954, the original production featured such well-known personalities as former State Representative J. Paul Taylor and LCCT founder Michael Colquatt (who later found fame under his pseudonym Michael
Graves on the daytime soap opera All My Children) in the
cast, as well as a lush orchestration by the late Oscar Butler.
It has not been presented again for over 50 years, despite
many attempts to do so by local theatre companies.
Synopsis: The play is set against the backdrop of Old Mesilla during the time of the Gadsden Purchase in 1854,
when some Mesilleros were happy to become Americans
and others wanted to remain Mexican citizens. The play
focuses on two young women, Sarah Conrad (played by
Christa Allen) and Teresa Valdez (Jade Diaz); their fathers
— Colonel Conrad (John Smith) and Ramon Valdez (Tom
Saint John), and the girls’ true loves — two young, financially-challenged young men, David Marsh (Kevin Albers)
and Richardo Reyes (Philip Alvarez and understudy, Christopher Sedillo). The women’s fathers have arranged for
their daughters to marry officers in their respective armies.
The girls are heartbroken over these arranged marriages to
much older men, and remain true to the young men who
love them. The boys decide that if they could improve their
financial standings, the fathers would be more welcoming
of them as suitors, so they set out to search for their fortunes.
Along with a large cast of children and adults portraying
Mesilleros and a set reminiscent of the rustic structures of
Old Mesilla, the Las Cruces community will undoubtedly
discover a treasure in this unusual theatrical offering.
Director Oscar Perez, whose recent directorial effort Nunset Boulevard met with great success and glowing reviews,
believes that this is the perfect time for Bells Of Old Mesilla to be produced. “Bells Of Old Mesilla is a showcase
of history, culture, community and artistic expression,” he
says. “As a fledgling theatre group, Driftwood Productions
has chosen this production to bring together these elements
by including many community groups while celebrating a
very pivotal historical event: the signing of the Gadsden
Treaty. As the state of New Mexico celebrates its Centennial I felt that it was the perfect time to reflect on the rich
and cultural history of Mesilla, which in the late 1800’s and
early 1900’s was a bustling town in New Mexico. It played
a critical part in establishing the legitimacy of the southern
part of the state.”
Performances will run September 14 - 30; 8pm on Fridays
& Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are $12 general
admission. The Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N.
Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. For more information visit or call (575) 523-6403.
Spotlight on the
Rio Grande Theatre
World Photographer
Peter Goodman
to Display in the Rio Grande
Theatre Gallery this
The global photographic works of Peter
Goodman will be on display in the El Paso
Electric Gallery, South of the Rio Grande
Theatre lobby, for the month of September, 2012. A native of New York, Goodman
started taking pictures while working as a
cab driver and capturing the juxtapositions
of people and urban environments. Upon
moving to New Mexico, he shifted from
black and white to color, shooting in wilderness areas where nature was on display.
Most recently, in his travels throughout Asia, he has rediscovered his interest in photographing people and finds
himself incorporating both urban and nature themes into
his evolving work. The exhibit will run through the month
of September 2012, beginning with an artist reception on
September 7, from 5 to 7pm, as part of the Downtown Art
Peter Goodman is a writer-photographer-videographer who
recently returned to Doña Ana County with his wife Dael
after a long absence. He has been a reporter and film-maker
in Las Cruces, a cab-driver in New York City, a trial lawyer
in San Francisco, and a news broadcaster on an Englishlanguage radio station in Tai Bei. His photos have been
shown in various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His “Perú is Beautiful” show was displayed for two months
in La Peña Gallery in Berkeley and is scheduled for the
Branigan Cultural Center in July 2013. He currently maintains a blog, “Views from Soledad Canyon,” and writes a
fortnightly column for the Las Cruces Sun-News.
Also included the evening of the artist reception will be
the Howling Coyote Coffeehouse/Open Mic, beginning
at 7pm. On permanent display in the Clute/Muggenburg
Gallery are memorabilia and photos from the Rio Grande
Theatre’s long and illustrious reign in downtown Las Cruces. The Rio Grande Theatre galleries, located in the lobby
of the historic Rio Grande Theatre at 211 N. Main in Las
Cruces, are open Monday through Friday from 9am to
5pm. For more information, contact the Arts Council office at (575) 523-6403.
September 2012 at-a-glance
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, Sept. 4 ~ Every Other Tuesday: ZB Blue
Friday, Sept. 7 ~
Howling Coyote Coffeehouse & Open Mic
Saturday, Sept. 8 ~
The Man In Black: The Music Of Johnny Cash
Wednesday, Sept. 12 ~ Film Las Cruces
Sept. 14 - 30 ~ The Bells Of Old Mesilla
Tuesday, Sept. 18 ~ Every Other Tuesday: Lovato
Thursday, Sept. 20 ~ Jason Coleman
Thursday, Sept. 27 ~ Reel Rock Film Tour
On Exhibit in the El Paso Electric Gallery:
Peter Goodman
WEAD presents
Creative Haze
The West End Art Depot welcomes Galapagos4 recording artists Quazaar
and Batsauce, with special guests Asphate and Lady Daisey to the warehouse arts co-op on Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 9pm. High Desert
Brewing Company will be serving up brews for responsible drinkers at
this all-ages event. The West End Art Depot is located at 401 N. Mesilla
St., in Las Cruces. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information, visit or call 575-312-9892.
at the Cultural Center during Sept.
Loosely translated from Latin, Artamants means “lovers of art.” A collaborative of local artists, Artamants have been gathering weekly for over a
decade to paint, share techniques and camaraderie. Members include Nabuko Bassett, Beverly Denny, Flo Hosa Dougherty, Sheila Duffy, Marie
Dwyer, Tom Gerend, Jennifer Goude, Mayanna Howard, Betty Hummer,
Darlene Hungate, Janet Jackson, Jo Ledbetter, Sally March, Burt Rawlings, Susan Rivera, Virginia Roach, and Kathy Squires. The Artamants
membership show opens at the Branigan Cultural Center on Friday, September 7 and concludes on Saturday, September 29. A reception is to be
held on Friday, September 7 during the monthly ArtRamble. The Branigan
Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact
the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s web
site at
Southwestern Chapter of the ACLU of New Mexico Sponsors
Songwriter Competition
There is one month left, in order to submit your entry to the Southwestern Chapter of the ACLU of New Mexico’s singer/songwriter competition. The finals will be held in connection with its Annual Meeting on October 26, 2012. Due to continuing
attempts to suppress the legitimate right of American Citizens to vote; we are looking for songs that deal with voting rights issues. The focus can be on the historic efforts to obtain voting rights by women or minority populations; or the loss of the ability
to vote due to oppressive legislation. All entries must arrive no later than Sept. 14, 2012. Finalists will be notified no later than
Sept. 28, 2012. For more info., or to acquire an official entry form, contact William Hudson at [email protected]
The Enchanted Land at the Branigan
The Branigan Cultural Center presents The Enchanted Land, an exhibition of photographs by members of The Doña Ana Camera Club. . It
consists of works that celebrate and support our state’s centennial. This
juried show displays selected entries. Awards are to be presented by The
Doña Ana Camera Club during the exhibit. The presentation begins on
Friday, September 7 and concludes on Saturday, September 29. A reception is to be held on Friday, September 7 during the monthly ArtRamble.
The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main Street. Gallery
hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit
the Center’s web site at
Mesquite Art Gallery features
Lois V. Smith
During the month of September the Mesquite Art Gallery features the work of
Lois V. Smith, whose work is mostly watercolor and monotypes with some early
Asian-influences thrown-in as a bonus. Featured in the exhibit will be watercolors
on Yupo paper, hand-pulled gelatin monotypes and Oriental brush ink renderings.
The exhibit runs throughout the month of September, with an artist reception on
Saturday, September 8, 2012. The Mesquite Art Gallery is located at 340 N. Mesquite St. in Las Cruces. For more information, call 575-640-3502 or visit www.
A New MicroLoan and Mini Grant
Competition for Las Cruces Area Artists
SumArt & the West End Art Depot will be hosting a new micro loan & mini grant
competition for Las Cruces area artists during the Depot Districts Arts Fest on Sept.
14, 2012, from 6pm to 7:30pm. The inaugural event will spotlight innovative concepts for works of art that will be accessible to the community upon completion. Artists in all mediums will be invited to pitch
their concept to a group of audience “investors” each of whom will have contributed at least $5 to a prize money pool. Investors
will select the project to fund based on the concept, feasibility, time frame, and whether or not the money will be paid back to
fund future projects. Presenters are encouraged to make their pitches as dynamic as possible. Initial prize money is estimated to
be in the range of $400-$500. Sponsorships for the competition are also available. The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested minimum donation for participation as an audience member/investor. West End Art Depot is an artists’ studio and gallery
cooperative located at 401 N. Mesilla St. in Las Cruces. Hours are Tues., Thurs. & Fri. from 9am to noon; Wed. 6 – 8pm; Sat.
& Sun., noon to 4pm or by appointment. WEAD is currently signing up Charter Members and Community Supporters - find out
more at, or contact us at [email protected] or 575-312-9892.
On Stage This Month:
LCCT presents When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?
The boring routine of the daily grind at a small roadside diner
in New Mexico is disrupted with the arrival of two couples,
the upscale Richard and Clarisse and the down-on-their-luck
Teddy and Cheryl. Complications arise when Teddy takes everyone in the diner hostage, resorting to physical, mental, and
emotional torture. When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will
run Sept. 7 – 23, 2012 at The Las Cruces Community Theatre,
313 N. Main, just north of Las Cruces Ave. Performances are
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are
$10 general admission; $9 students and seniors; $7 children
six & under. For more info. visit
No Strings Theatre Company
announces auditions for Still Life With Iris
No Strings Theatre Company announces Auditions for “Still
Life With Iris,” by Steven Dietz, and directed by Nikka Ziemer.
The play is set in Nocturno and chronicles a young girl’s quest
to regain her memory and with it, her home. With the help of
incredible people she meets along the way, Iris’s crusade recovers more than her past. She succeeds in finding herself, the
power of faith and the courage of persistence. Auditions will
be held on Sunday, September16, and Monday, September17,
at 7pm at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in
Las Cruces. There are roles for between 9 and 11 actors, including four to five females ages 10 – 60 and five to six males,
also ages 10 - 60. Auditions will consist of cold readings from
the script. A perusal copy of the script is on reserve at the Research Help Desk at Branigan Library. For further info., please
contact the director at [email protected]
ASTC presents Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Faith, culture and family clash as a conservative evangelical
family grapples with the aftermath of a father beating his gay
son to near death, leaving the family with the overwhelming
task of figuring out who should raise the son in his final teen
years. Show dates are September 28 – October 14, 2012. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays
at 2pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students.
American Southwest Theatre Company is based at the Hershel
Zohn Theatre, 3014 McFie Circle on the NMSU campus. For
more info. or to reserve tickets, call (575) 646-4515 or 1-800525-ASTC.
Southwest Fright Fest seeking entries
The ‘Land of Enchantment: this is NO fairy tale’ presents the Southwest Fright Fest Film
Festival as a New Mexico competition corresponding to the Land of Enchantment Festival. The festival, as a whole, is a production from the non-profit Dona Ana Theater
Association and is devoted to furthering appreciation for theatrics and seeks to provide
opportunities for students and volunteers to further themselves through such forums to
obtain experience in theatrics. The Film Festival shares these objectives. The festival is
strictly reserved for themes that are appropriate for the event and season, that being Halloween/Horror. Genre categories include: Zombie, Slasher, Creature/Monster, and Miscellaneous
(eg. Perhaps an Experimental film with appropriate aesthetics stylistics, or theme). Submissions for
the Southwest Fright Fest run through Oct. 1st. A screening panel will select the top four from each category
to be presented at the festival. The festival will take place October 28th. Admission to the Southwest Fright Festival is free and
any and all may attend. For more info., or to enter the festival, please visit or contact [email protected]
On Screen at the Fountain:
• The Magic of Belle Isle ~ August 31 - September 6,
7:30 PM Daily, Saturday Matinee at 1:30 PM and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM
• Delicacy ~ September 7-13, 7:30 PM Daily, Saturday
Matinee at 1:30 PM and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM
• Hysteria ~ September 14 - 20, 7:30 PM Daily, Saturday
Matinee at 1:30 PM and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM
• To Rome With Love ~ September 21 - 27, 7:30 PM
Daily, Saturday Matinee at 1:30 PM and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 PM
• Beasts of the Southern WIld ~ Sept 28-Oct 4, 7:30 PM
Gallery Listing
• Adobe Patio Gallery
1765 Avenida de Mesilla, (575) 532-9310
• Aralia Gallery
224 N. Campo, (575) 650-7543
• Black Rat Tattoo & Art Gallery
1770 S. Telshor, Ste C, (575) 521-4699
• Boudreau Jewelers & Gallery
2001 E. Lohman, Ste 125, (575) 524-4300
• Connie Hines Interior Design
1885 W. Boutz, Mesilla, (575) 523-1809
• Cottonwood Gallery
275 N. Main Street, (575) 522-5552
• Cutter Gallery
2640 El Paseo Road, (575) 541-0658
• Doña Ana County Government Center
845 N. Motel Blvd., (575) 525-5801
• El Jardin de Las Cruces Gallery
4010 N. Valley Drive, (575) 649-6556
• El Paso Electric Gallery
at The Rio Grande Theatre
211 N. Main Street, (575) 523-6403
• Funky Karma Incense & Tea
3207 S. Main, Mesilla Park, (575) 993-9797
The Mesilla Valley Film Society at the Fountain Theatre:
located in the Fountain Theatre, one block south of the
plaza, at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM. Regular
show times: Evenings at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30. Ticket Prices: Regular $7.00, Senior/Student
$6.00, Member $5.00, Child $5.00,
Wednesdays $5.00. CineMatinee:
Saturday at 1:30 ($5 Regular, $2
Member.) For more info., call
(575) 524-8287 or visit
• Justus Wright Galeria
266 W. Court, (575) 526-6101
• La Mesa Station Gallery
16205 S. Hwy. 28, La Mesa, (575) 233-3037
• Las Cruces City Hall
700 N. Main, (575) 541-2000
• Las Cruces Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
211 N. Water, (575) 541-2444
• Lundeen Inn of the Arts
618 S. Alameda, (575) 526-3326
• Luis Navarro Fine Art
207 Avenida de Mesilla, (575) 596-9510
• M. Philip’s Fine Art Gallery
221 N. Main Street, (575) 525-1367
• Main Street Gallery
311 N. Main Street, (575) 647-0508
• Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery
2470 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla
(575) 522-2933
• Mesquite Art Gallery
340 N. Mesquite St., (575) 640-3502
• Mountain Gallery Studio
138 W. Mountain
• MVS Studios
535 N. Main St., (575) 524-3636
• NMSU Art Gallery
NMSU, (575) 646-2545
• Nopalitos Galeria
310 Mesquite St., (575) 524-0003
• Ono Grindz Restaurant Gallery
300 N. Main, (575) 541-7492
• Paisano Café & Gallery
1740 Calle de Mercado, Mesilla, (575) 524-0211
• Picture Frame Factory Outlet
382 S. Walnut, (575) 526-4048
• The Potteries
2260 Calle de Santiago, (575) 524-0538
• Quillin Studio & Gallery
317 N. Main, (575) 647-4349
• Rising Sky Artworks
415 E. Foster Rd., (575) 525-8454
• Rokoko Gallery
1785 Avenida de Mercado, Mesilla (575) 405-8877
• The Theatre Gallery @ Black Box Theatre
430 N. Main Street, (575) 523-1223
• Tombaugh Gallery
2000 S. Solano Drive, (575) 522-7281
• Unsettled Gallery
905 N. Mesquite, (575) 647-8053
• Ver’nada Art Studio & Gallery
1910 Calle de Parian, Mesilla, (575) 571-6139
• Virginia Maria Romero Studio
By Appointment Only
4636 Maxim Court, (575) 644-0214
new & ongoing
Exhibits & Events
Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces:
• Sept. 13 ~ Speaker Series: Celebrate!
New Mexico’s Statehood Revelry in 1912
Phone 575-522-4100,
Las Cruces Museum of Art:
• September 3 ~ Museum Offices Closed for
Labor Day
• September 4 ~ Fall Studio Art Classes Begin
• September 12 ~ Reading Art Book Club
Phone 575-541-2137,
Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces:
• September 1 ~ Story & Craft Time
• September 3 ~ Museum Offices Closed for
Labor Day
• September 8 ~ Story Time
• September 13 ~ CANCELLED:
History Notes Lecture
Phone 575-541-2155,
Railroad Museum, Las Cruces:
• September 8 ~ Family Game Day
• September 8 ~ National Model Railroader
Association Meeting
• September 11 ~ Brown Bag Lecture
• September 12 ~ Railreaders Book Club
Phone 575-647-4480,
Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science:
• September 27 ~ Science Café at Las Cruces
Railroad Museum
• Reopening as the Museum of Nature & Science
in a new downtown location on November 2,
Phone 575-522-3120,
Farm & Ranch Museum presents
new exhibit featuring
Slim Green: Master Saddle
The Museum’s Horse
& Cattle Barn is the
site of a new, longterm exhibit showcasing the art of saddle
making. The exhibit
features the recreated
workshop of the late,
legendary saddle maker Slim Green, as well
as a video of Green explaining saddle making, an interactive area
for leather stamping,
and panels that show
the history and evolution of Western stock saddles. The Farm & Ranch Heritage
Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las
Cruces, and is a division of the New Mexico Department
of Cultural Affairs. For more info., call (575) 522-4100.
Farm & Ranch presents
Celebrate! New Mexico’s
Statehood Revelry in 1912
State Historian, Dr. Rick Hendricks, will talk about the
many ways New Mexico celebrated its statehood in 1912.
Hendricks, who received his Ph.D in Ibero American
Studies at the University of New Mexico, has written or
collaborated on more than 16 books and 70 articles on the
Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and
Mexico. His writings have garnered awards from the Historical Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Historical
Review, the El Paso County Historical Society, the Border
Regional Library Association, and the Doña Ana County
Historical Society. The lecture will take place on September 13, 2012 at 7pm. Admission is a suggested donation
of $2. The Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is located at
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, and is a division
of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For
more information, call (575) 522-4100.
The Doña Ana Arts Council NEEDS YOU!
The Doña Ana Arts Council, housed upstairs in the historic Rio Grande Theatre, is seeking volunteers to help at the reception
desk during office hours, by doing light clerical, answering phone and helping staff with event coordination. Office hours are
9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday, but flexible hours can be worked out where needed. If interested, call Ceci at (575) 523-6403.
Call for Artists
Flo Hosa Dougherty to be recognized
Las Cruces City Council will present Flo Hosa Dougherty an award at their
next meeting, Tuesday, September 4, 2012, promptly at 1pm at City Hall
in the council chambers. It is hoped that fellow members of groups she
supports will attend.
Call For Submissions
The Las Cruces Museum of Art in Las Cruces, NM seeks proposals for solo
and group exhibitions to be presented at the Museum of Art in 2013. Artists living and working in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas are eligible to
submit. Exhibition jurors are Dr. Stephanie Taylor, Director, University Art
Gallery, New Mexico State University and Diane McGregor, MFA, Studio
Artist. The submission deadline is October 19, 2012. Visit for complete prospectus. Funded by the City of Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street, next
to Branigan Cultural Center. For more information, call (575) 541-2137 or
visit the website
Call For Artists ~ Renaissance ArtsFaire
The Arts Council is still accepting Artist applications for the 2012
Renaissance ArtsFaire. Also being accepted are applications for Mind &
Body Artists, Products of New Mexico, Food Booth and Children’s Realm
vendors, as well as Non-Profit Organizations. Applications can be downloaded from our website at Deadline to apply is
September 14th.Huzzah!
WEAD Seeking Tenants
The West End Art Depot at 401 Mesilla St. in Las Cruces, at the corner of
Court St., is holding Open House hours for visits every Sunday from 10AM
to 5PM and Wednesdays from 6 to 8PM. Artists looking for studio space at
extremely attractive rates – from $50 to $250 per month – should stop by to
find out more about this exciting opportunity! We also welcome community
members interested in supporting a new arts center housing cooperative
artists’ studios and a gallery, and eventually offering workshops to the community as well as an art supply store. Inquiries to [email protected]
or call Chris Bardey at 575-312-9892. See pictures of the warehouse space
and download the Member Application at
Seeking Visual Artists
Co-op Rocks!, a free & all ages monthly arts celebration at Mikey’s Place
in Las Cruces, is seeking visual artists to display work in any medium for
our one-day events. Co-op Rocks! takes place every third Saturday of the
month. Entry forms are available for download at, and
are due by the 14th of the month prior (for example, for Jan. 21, 2012 show
the entry deadline is Dec. 14, 2011).
Variety Show Call for Artists
Entertainer Daniel McKinley is putting together a Vaudeville style variety
show and is seeking ten acts to make up this show. Needed are comedians,
jugglers, dancers, singers, dangerous stunts, magicians, mentalists, or any
other one man show. Very open to hearing from anyone who can perform a
specialty act. Contact McKinley at [email protected]
Sign on now for studio and gallery access!
Located at the western limit of the Las Cruces downtown arts district, the
West End Art Depot will provide a space for artists in many media to work
and teach in a communal setting and benefit from shared resources. The
warehouse at 401 Mesilla St will house the West End Art Depot, with a 3800
sq. ft. main floor and a 1500 sq. ft. gallery. The main floor will be divided
into 6 to 10 private and semi-private studio spaces at rates starting at $100/
month, with two large community workshop areas. Find out more and see
images of the warehouse at, and follow us at facebook.
Applications Open for Railyard Arts Pilot Project
The Railyard Arts Committee is accepting applications for temporary public
artworks to be installed in designated areas on the Railyard Park + Plaza in
Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Railyard is a “Cohesive Urban Art Environment,” designed and intended as a “work of art in itself.” Artists, organizations and collaborative, creative teams are encouraged to propose projects,
particularly those that respond to the landscape of the Railyard Park + Plaza
and that emphasize community engagement and participation. Collaborations across disciplines of artists, scientists, historians, sociologists, etc. are
especially encouraged, and various art forms from visual to performing arts
are welcome. Projects will be temporary in nature and must be able to be
installed and removed from the Railyard within a six month period. How
To Apply: New Mexico Artists are invited to complete an online application form on the Railyard Stewards’ website:
programs/railyard-art-project/. Artists should select an eligible area of the
Railyard open-space appropriate to their project and describe the project in
detail. Photos of the art may be uploaded to the application. Considerations
for approval of projects include: quality; availability of space/appropriate
timing; context and familiarity with the proposed site; practical viability;
potential for community engagement and cultural/educational enrichment.
Projects must be temporary in nature, and fully funded. Guidelines for the
Railyard Art Project Pilot Program, as well as detailed maps of the sites
available for art installation, can be viewed on the Railyard Stewards website as part of the application. The Railyard Arts Committee, made up of
community members involved in public art and holding Railyard expertise,
will select and schedule the temporary public art projects in the Railyard
Park + Plaza and will oversee the installation and implementation of all
projects. The Railyard Arts Committee is under the auspices of The Railyard Stewards, a local organization working in partnership with the City of
Santa Fe in a unique care, conservation and education effort to encourage
residents to actively participate in the Railyard Park + Plaza.
Seeking Local Artists!
The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery has space available for local artists to
display their fine art works. For information, please call 575-522-2933, or
drop by the gallery for an application; 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, across
from the Fountain Theatre, Mesilla.
Meetings and Lessons
The New Mexico Watercolor Society, Southern Chapter ~ No meetings
are scheduled in June, July or August. Visit them online at http://www.
Become a Friend of the Doña Ana Arts Council!
The Doña Ana Arts Council is a non-profit organization
dedicated to improving the quality of life in Las Cruces
and Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth, and community development.
Among the many programs offered by the Arts Council are
the Missoula Children’s Theatre, a week-long theatre experience open to all children ages 5-18 in the community;
Youth At Risk / Artists in Residency at La Casa Shelter
for Domestic Violence, in which local artists conduct free
weekly art workshops for children living at the shelter; Career Art Path (CAP), in which 40 middle school children
spend two weeks getting first-hand knowledge of the arts;
Kennedy Center Partners in Education, working with the
Las Cruces Public Schools to provide professional development for teachers and increased student access to the
arts; and many more programs throughout each year.
In addition, the Arts Council sponsors such regularly-attended events as the Las Cruces Art Fair, the Renaissance
ArtsFaire, and a variety of special events taking place in
the Rio Grande Theatre, including Every Other Tuesday,
The Howling Coyote Open Mic and Film Las Cruces. None
of this would be possible, however, without generous donations from sponsors and people like you. To those who
have donated time, money, or goods & services, and to
those who continue to give, we thank you. Your inspiration
and energy sustain us.
Support the Arts! Your Inspiration and Energy Sustain Us.
* Email:
The Arts Council Newsletter is sent to your email address in
PDF format on the first of each month. To be added to the list,
please include your email address. We will not share your email
address with any other entities or organizations.
Suggested Donation:
Individual ...................... $50
Family ......................... $100
Angel ............ $250 or more!
Any amount is appreciated,
and will be put to good use.
Please send this form with your
tax-deductible contributions to:
The Doña Ana Arts Council
P.O. Box 1721
Las Cruces, NM 88004
For more information, please call
the Arts Council offices at
575-523-6403 or visit our websites
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