FEBRUARY 2017 • 13
FOR THE LOVE OF ART • MIKE COOK
Month of Celebration
Las Cruces artists have 20 years of February love ors, paintings, fractals, jewelry, photography, silk art, ceramics, mixed media and much more.” There also will be art exhibitions and performing arts events throughout the month. Local entertainer Chris Waggoner (he and his wife, Liza, own Boba Café and Cabaret) will be performing his much-heralded Neil Diamond tribute at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. downtown on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St., will present Deborah Zoe Laufer ‘s “Out of Sterno” continuing through Feb. 12. Black Box Theatre will present the Mesilla Valley Dance Collective performance of “A Reimagining of Pandora’s Box” on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26. The Las Cruces Commu-
nity Theatre, 313 N. Main St., will present its three final performances of Edward Albee’s award-winning play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 through 5. The 2017 ArtForms Member Show will open during the first Friday Ramble on Friday, Feb. 3 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 27. It will be held at Mas Art Frame & Art Supply, 126 N. Main St., the El Paso Electric Gallery inside Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., and Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St. The show will be juried with award ribbons going to first-, secondand third-place entries, plus an honorable mention award. For more information, visit www.artformsnm.org.
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This zebra by Milette Lanphere embodies some of the joy and excitement of For the Love of Art Month in Las Cruces. (Courtesy Photo)
Studio Art Classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art
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he Las Cruces Museum of Art offers Studio Programs art classes to give the community access to creative learning opportunities. Children, teens and adults are given the opportunity to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced and qualified professional artists. Students will be encouraged to have fun and be inspired to discover their inner creativity through various class options
Mike Stephens’ “Oh What a Night” melds romance and the love of art for a Love of Art Month presentation.
including beginning and intermediate ceramics, drawing portraits, still life painting, and art exploration. Classes are offered to all levels of artists. A full listing of classes is available at each museum and can also be found at museums. las-cruces.org. Classes begin March 22 and run through April 29. Registration is located at the Museum of Nature and Science at 411 N Main St. Students must register in person Tuesdays
through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registrations are due one week before classes start, accepted until March 15. Admission to the Museum of Art is free. The museum is located at 491 N Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For additional information, visit the website at: museums. las-cruces.org or call 575-5412137.
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or the Love of Art Month, always in February, is celebrating its 20th year in Las Cruces. In 1997, ArtForms Art Association, a nonprofit, was founded. “February finds ArtForms members drawing our membership, other arts organizations and the community into the ArtForms organized and promoted For Love of Art celebration,” according to www. artformsnm.org. “Following the Las Cruces City Council proclamation 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” throughout the month, the website continues. “Special activities include studio and gallery tours, a member art show and art venues all around the town.” The Founders Exhibit will be held throughout the month of February at The Gallery at Big Picture, 311 N. Main St. in downtown Las Cruces, right next to Las Cruces Community Theatre. Event guides for the 2017 Love of Art Month are available at locations throughout Las Cruces and Mesilla, including the Las Cruces Art Museum, 491 N. Main St. downtown. The event guide lists the studio tours and arts events that will be going on during the month, along with a map. For the Love of Art Month will include artist studio tours every weekend in February. Studios will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. “A total of 28 artists’ studios will be open this year, often with more than one artist displaying their work,” according to ArtForms. Check the event guide to find out when each gallery is open. “You will find local artists displaying sculpture, fiber arts, watercol-
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