Art happenings in Las Cruces, Deming, and Australia

Coyote Speaks To Mary by Virginia Maria Romero at Unsettled Gallery.
Coyote Speaks To Mary by Virginia Maria Romero at Unsettled Gallery.
Las Cruces has a thriving art community, offering something for everyone. Of course, art does not stop at the city limits. Visit Mesilla and beyond to Deming to appreciate art created by southern New Mexico artists, or in the case of Unsettled Gallery’s exhibit this month, art from Down Under: Australia.

West End Art Depot: Michael Ponce
The West End Art Depot (We.AD) presents The Academician, a solo exhibit by local artist Michael Poncé, for the month of September. The artist’s reception on Friday, September 4, at 5 p.m. is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The Academician runs through September 26.

Michael Poncé wanted to do something extraordinary, simple and elegant, with flawless lines and attention to detail. The exhibit includes drawings from life and sketches from memory. A painter from Las Cruces, he studied at Foothill College near San Francisco and graduated with an M.F.A. in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Poncé pursued graduate research in anatomy at Oxford University and studied old master drawings at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.

He also has a background in fashion illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where he received his B.F.A. Poncé’s work has been in several publications, including American Artist Magazine, En Plein Air Magazine, Equine Vision Magazine and Polo: Player’s Edition. He is an exhibiting member of the National Arts Club, and his work has been included in many group and solo exhibitions.

West End Art Depot has a mission to create an alliance with people who hold a passion for the arts, and to advocate for and promote the artists of Las Cruces and the surrounding area through active outreach, education, and community service. We.AD is located at 401 North Mesilla Street in Las Cruces.

Gallery hours are 4 – 8 p.m. Friday, noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday, noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday and by appointment.

For more information, e-mail or contact Chris Bardey at 312-9892 or

Unsettled Gallery: Wide Bay High Desert II
Wide Bay High Desert II (WBHD) opened with simultaneous artists’ receptions at Unsettled Gallery in Las Cruces and at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. Six artists from each country have created four artworks for the exhibits; two artworks from each artist will show in each venue.

The artists’ conversation began more than a year ago when they were selected to participate in the exhibit. In creating their work, the artists have considered their distinct communities and its influence on their art. They have also shared their way of working and supported their fellow artists through the WBHD blog ( There, you can check out the many images and stories the artists shared as their work progressed.

Marlies Oakley and Adrienne Williams, Australian artists and exhibit participants, will be in-residence in Las Cruces for the duration of the exhibit. More details will be forthcoming about the numerous events featuring both our Australian artists-in-residence and U.S. artists to be held throughout the exhibit which runs through Saturday, October 24 U.S./October 25, Australia.

Participating artists are: Ariella Anderson, Jacklyn St. Aubyn, Alexander Eulert, Susan Hutton, Marlies Oakley, Jo Rango, Virginia Maria Romero, Trevor Spohr, Christine Turner, Jean Reece Wilkey, Adrienne Williams and Nolan Winkler.

WBHD could not be held without support from the Las Cruces and Bundaberg communities. Las Cruces support comes from Dick and Sherry Thomas, Dean and Diana Ayers, Ron Saltzman and staff, Frame and Art and the Camino del Arte galleries and the Mesquite Street Community.

For more information, contact Unsettled Gallery, 905 North Mesquite Street, by phone at 635-2285, email, or visit

Deming Art Center
For September, the Deming Art Center will present Lyn Orona: A One Woman Show; Painting, Sculpture and Jewelry, to showcase this award-winning artist. Orona has shown her work all over the Southwest and California and has been an integral part of the local art community for a decade. The show will run through September 29 at the Deming Art Center, 100 S. Gold St., Deming. There will be an artist reception on Sunday, September 13, from 1 – 3 p.m.. For more information, call 546-3663 or go to for more information.