Las Cruces Arts Scene - Galleries & Museums

Las Cruces Galleries & Museums (including those closing in 2008 and 2009): This is a critical time to nurture the Las Cruces and Mesilla Valley Arts & Culture Scene -- support your local gallery and museum scene! GOOD NEWS 3 GALLERY OPENINGS in 2009

How to Market your arts events: City's Calendar of Events - press Register events for the Las Cruces' City Calendar, enter your organization and its Art and Culture at Las Cruces 360 site, then post events to Eventful of Las Cruces, to El Paso Art Scene, and the New Mexico Department of Tourism Calendar. Join Dona Ana Arts Council's email list of current arts events & their Arts Calendar info. Excellent Gallery Guide at Desert Exposure, New Mexico Journey (AAA) can list events of Southwest NM if you give 4 months advance email to; New Mexico Community Arts Council's Calendar of state-wide events ; And email to put in item in Arts Alliance Artists Studio Tours Calendar. Las Cruces Arts & Culture Scene integrates the many calendars of events of arts & culture around Las Cruces. Talking Stick Institute invites one of the fabulous Arts organizaitons to begin to develop a comprehensive integrated callendar. Here is a sample:

  1. Monthly Recurring Events of Las Cruces Arts & Culture Scene
  2. Monthly Events of Mesilla Arts Scene (also covers Las Cruces)
  3. Annual Day-by-Day Events of the Las Cruces Arts & Culture Scene

How can local artists get those 1% commissions: See current List of Arts Commissions by NM Arts (where to sell your art)

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1 Alegre Gallery (closed Sep 2008) Gallery - closed Mesilla
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Carol Wortner| 1701 Calle de Mercado, Suite 1 Mesilla, NM 88046 | 575-575-523-2311

Alegre Gallery Website
2 Big Picture Digital Image Lab
Digital Image Lab Las Cruces Downtown     311 N. Downtown Mall, 575-505-647-0508 | JimTurrentine, owner. email  
Blue Gate Gallery
Gallery Las Cruces Downtown   Flo Daughtery 311 N. Downtown Mall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 523-2950
Blue Gate Gallery Website
4 Border Book Fesival Book Festival Las Cruces & Messila  

Denise Chávez

Physical address:
2231 A Calle de Parian
Mesilla, NM 88046

The Border Book Festival, Inc. P.O. Drawer T
Mesilla, NM 88046 |575-523-3988
Fax: 575-525-8741 | Email
Border book Website
5 Branigan Cultural Center Museum Las Cruces Downtown   Comprised of several small galleries and the larger Shannon Room, which is a temporary exhibition gallery and performance hall. Permanent and changing exhibitions and educational programming provide insight into the region’s interesting past and lively present.

500 N. Water St. (on the Downtown Mall)

Phone: (575) 541-2155 Museum Manager Garland Courts

Branigan Website
6 Carolene de Mesilla Volunteer Center and Gallery Gallery Las Cruces Downtown     211 N Downtown Mall, at Rio Grande  
7 Charles Inc. Interior Designer Mesilla     1885 W. Boutz. Mesilla, NM  
8 Connie Hines Fine Art Gallery Interior Designer University Area     Hadley Center, 665 E. University  
9 Corn Maiden Gallery (will close end of Dec 2008) Gallery/gift shop - closing Mesilla     306 Calle de Guadalupe Mesilla, NM  
10 Cottonwood Gallery Gallery Las Cruces Downtown
575 N. Downtown Mall. (Inside the Southwest Environmental Center). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free Cottonwood Gallery Website  
11 El Paso Electric Visual Arts Gallery Gallery Exhibit in Electric Co Las Cruces Downtown   211 N Downtown Mall, at RioGrande Theatre. (575) 523-6403    

Emerald Isle Boutique & Gallery

Gallery Exhibit in Ladies' Clothing Store Mesilla     Located in the Mercado de Mesilla off Hwy. 28, Mesilla  
12.1 Gadsden Museum Museum Messila   Recounts the history of local personality Albert Jennings Fountain, whose feud with Albert Fall of Teapot Dome infamy was legendary around southern New Mexico. 1875 Boutz Road
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 526-6293; 2 blocks East of Fountain theatre; Admission $2 adults, $1 children 6-12; free for children under 6.
Mesilla Museum Tours;
13 Galeria Azul Gallery Mesilla     2337 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla.  
14 Galeria on the Plaza Gallery Mesilla     2310 Calle de Principal. Located on the Mesilla Plaza. 575-526-9771  
15 Gallery 665 Gallery University Area   Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: (575) 526-6164. 665 University, Bldg. 2, Suite B, corner of El Paseo and University in Las Cruces. The gallery is part of the Hadley Centre.  
16 Cutter Gallery Gallery University Area   Hours: 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 2640 El Paseo Road. The gallery is in the restored Hadley House. Information: (575) 541-0658.  
16.1 In Effect Gallery
Gallery Las Cruces     514 West Griggs Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005
575 526 1551
| email
17 Jo Ott Designs Gallery & Gifts Gifts & Gallery Mesilla   May be Closed - No one answers phone

Corner of Calle de Albino and Santiago,

Mesilla. 575-523-1382.
Justus Wright Galeria (Reopening in Las Cruces Sep 11 2009)
Gallery Las Cruces   In Del Vale Printing Building 266 W. Court Ave. 575 526-6101 Jud Wright email  
19 La Morena Gallery Gallery Mesilla   Walking Tours 2487 Calle Principal. Messila La Morena Website
20 Las Cruces Museum of Art Museum Las Cruces   Artists living and working in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are eligible to submit proposal packages. More details

490 N. Water Street- Museum Manager: Lisa Pugh email

(575) 541-2137

Museum of Fine Art Website
21 Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science (future home will be 411 N. Main - downtown Main in 2011) Museum Las Cruces   Mesilla Valley Mall next to J.C. Penney department store and Chuck-E-Cheese. On the corner of Lohman Ave. and Telshor Blvd.
700 S. Telshor Blvd. #1608 (575) 522-3120 Museum Manager: Mike Walczak email Museum of Natural History Website
22 Las Cruces Railroad Museum Museum Las Cruces   Traveling west on Amador Ave. from Alameda; turn right on Mesilla St. before the railroad tracks. Or: take Las Cruces Ave. west until it ends at Mesilla St.

Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm | 351 N. Mesilla St., at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave. and Mesilla St.
Phone: (575) 647-4480 Assistant Manager
Rebecca Slaughter

Railroad Museum Website
22.1 Los Artesanos Galleria (Grand opening Sep 11 2009 at ArtsHop) Gallery Mesilla 6 to 8 Four artist-owners and others offer diverse art mediums: worked glass, carved & sculpted gourd art, painted & etched wood and leather, striking pottery creations, and rock & metal sculptures. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM, or by appointment. Phone: 575-639-2226; email  
23 Laughing at the Sun (out of business at this location) Gallery Mesilla


24 Linda Lundeen Galleries Gallery Las Cruces   Claim is to be oldest gallery in town 618 South Alameda. 526-3326 Lundeen Arts Website
24.1 Mesilla Museum Foundation Museum Mesilla   The J. Paul Taylor Visitor Center & Museum is located at 2231 Avenida de Mesilla. Phone number is (505) 524-3262 ext. 117. Located inside Mesilla Town Hall Cal Traylor
Mesilla Museum Committee 522-4552 email ; Also there is a Newsletter & donations are acceptable ... Box 1548, Mesilla, NM 88046
Mesilla Museum Website | blog stie
25 Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery Gallery Mesilla 30 Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday | An art cooperative managed by 30 area artists. Located in the Historic Fountain building, the adobe's history goes back to stagecoach days 2470A Calle de Guadalupe, PO Box 648 Messila, NM 88046 email
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery website
26 M. Phillip's Gallery Gallery Las Cruces Downtown     300 N. Downtown Mall (at Studio A-440 in La EsquinaPlaza) (575) 525-1367 or email M Phillip's Website
27 New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Museum University Area   Follow University Ave to the East (towards A Mountain) 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Farm & Ranch Museum Website
28 New Mexico State University Fine Arts Gallery Gallery University Area   Gallery has permanent collection of over 2,600 objects and the world’s largest collection of Mexican retablos. Williams Hall, east of Solano on University Avenue. 575- 646-1705  
New Mexico State University Corbett Center Gallery
Gallery University Area     In Corbett Center, the university’s student union  
30 Patio Art Gallery (closed June 2008) Gallery -closed University Area   (According to news reports will close in June). 665 E. University Avenue. Bldg. 2 Suite A. Hadley Centre. Patio Art Gallery Website
31 Perceptions Art Center (not yet open) Gallery Las Cruces Downtown (Was to Open July 2008)   Cooperative art organization supporting artists with studio and gallery space and professional services. 575 680-8760, email  
32 Picture Frame Factory Outlet Gallery Surrounding Area of Las Cruces     382 S. Walnut Street. Picture Frame Factory Website
33 Potteries Gallery Mesilla     2260 Calle de Santiago
PO Box 64
Mesilla, NM 88046
Potteries Website
34 Preston Contemporary Art Center Galleries (4) & Workshops Mesilla   (opened July 11th 2008) The Preston Contemporary Art Center has four galleries that show international contemporary museum quality art in all media The Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops has professional workshops in a variety of digital media emphasizing photography. Messila - 523-8713 Preston Contemporary Art Website
35 Rising Sky Pottery Artworks
Gallery Las Cruces     415 Foster Road. 575-525-8454 | Las Cruces, NM 88005 email Rising Sky Pottery Website
36 Rothermel Fine Art Gallery Gallery Las Cruces   Near Mesilla 2268 Calais Avenue  Las Cruces - owner: David Rothermel 575-522-3824   Rothermel Fine Art Website
36.1 Shalam Colony & Oahspe Museum
Museum Las Cruces     1910 Calle De Ninos, Las Cruces - (575) 524-9830  
37 Space Murals, Inc.
Museum Astronaut Gallery & Gift shop   Features a gigantic water tower mural and museum honoring the space program. located about 10 miles east of Las Cruces at 12450 Highway 70 East. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (575) 382-0977. Space Murals Museum website
38 St Clair Winery & Bistro Winery Mesilla     1800 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla.  
39 Studio 309 Gallery Las Cruces   Jewelry & Photography 309 E. Organ St..649-3781  
40 Terrace Gallery Gallery Las Cruces Downtown     200 E.Picacho Avenue. Thomas Branigan Memorial Library 575-528-4032  
41 The Main Street Gallery Gallery Las Cruces Downtown   ome to fine art, fine craft and the weaving studio of Ben Maestas. Our selection of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art and sculpture is the result of our discovery of exceptional people and their creative works. 311 N. Downtown Mall |575-647-0508 | JimTurrentine, owner. email  
41.1 Tierra Montana Gallery (Grand opening September 11 2009) Gallery Las Cruces Downtown   Home to fine art, fine craft and the weaving studio of Ben Maestas. Our selection of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art and sculpture is the result of our discovery of exceptional people and their creative works.

275 N. Downtown Mall

535 N. Main St. Las Cruces, NM 88005 | (575)635-2891 | email

42 Tombaugh Gallery Gallery Las Cruces   Regular gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-2pm, or by appointment. For details, call 522-7281.

2000 S Solano Las Cruces | Located in the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2000 S. Solano in Las Cruces.

Tombaugh Gallery Website
43 Tres Manos (out of business) Gallery Mesilla        
44 Unravel Gallery Gallery Las Cruces Downtown     300 N. Downtown Mall. Unravel Gallery Website
45 Unsettled Gallery on Mesquite Gallery Las Cruces   From Main & Picacho, go east on Picacho/Spruce to 1st stop light. Turn right (south) on Mesquite and go 1 block: Wed to Fri 10 AM to 5 PM & Sat 10 AM to 4 PM Mesquite Historic District | 905 N. Mesquite Owner Catherine Brenner 575-647-8053 email  
45.1 Veteran's Museum of Las Cruces Museum Las Cruces   Mar 22 2009 Sun-News reported "Wterans museums for Cruces wins approval." The New Mexico legistlature passed an appropriation bill with Governor Richardson has vowed to sign. Rep. Jeff Stinborn sponsored the bill. The Department of Cultural Affairs Department will work on getting the museum implmented  
45.2 White Sands Missile Range Museum Museum White Sands   See origin of America's missile and space activity, and great accomplishments of Dr. Werner Von Braun and Dr. Clyde Tombaugh in America's early rocket program. Observe the history of the Tularosa Basin from the early Indians to the establishment of the world's largest missile range. Highway 70 Entrance White Sands, NM (505) 678-8824;
46 White Raven Studios & Art Gallery Gallery Las Cruces   [will lcose in June 08] 425 W. Griggs Avenue.  
47 William Bonney Gallery Gallery Mesilla     2060 Calle de Parian, Mesilla.  
48 The Zuhl Geological Collection at New Mexico State University

Collection of cut & polished petrified wood     Located in the east wing gallery of the New Mexico State University Alumni and Visitor's Center. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 575-646-3616. Zuhl Collection Website
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Museum of Fine Arts - Proposal Packages must include artist resume and statement, a description of the proposed exhibit, a CD-R containing 10-20 jpeg images of works intended for exhibition, “thumbnail” contact sheet of the same images. Submission fee: $30.


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