INFLUX brings contemporary artists to forefront in Las Cruces

Deret Roberts (Top) and Jodi Herrera are two of the artists who will exhibit their work at the INFLUX show at LuLu Fine Art Gallery. Courtesy photos.
Deret Roberts (Top) and Jodi Herrera are two of the artists who will exhibit their work at the INFLUX show at LuLu Fine Art Gallery. Courtesy photos.
INFLUX: The Next Wave, a show of paintings, prints, and photography, will hold an opening reception with the artists Thursday, June 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. at LuLu Fine Art Gallery, located at 1800 Avenida de Mesilla. The show will continue until July 29.

On the forefront of the current push in contemporary visual art in New Mexico are five emerging artists each carving their own path through the art world. This premier show will be the first time each artist has displayed together exhibiting new works at LuLu Fine Art Gallery. INFLUX introduces key players in the wave of emerging artists that are shaping the contemporary art scene in New Mexico with works in photography, printmaking and painting. All are invited to an artist’s reception with refreshments, live music, and door prizes. The opening is free and open to the public on Thursday, June 4 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Over the past decade, Las Cruces and Albuquerque have seen an influx of new contemporary art spaces, galleries, collectives, and artists in the visual arts. This exhibit brings together a powerhouse of movers and shakers, who are charting a path to national prominence for the emerging artists south of Santa Fe and into the borderlands. Join us for this historic moment.

INFLUX artists are Chris Bardey, painter, printmaker, co-founder and director of the West End Art Depot; Michael C. Gutierrez, visual artist, founder of Firebird Rising Fine Art, and Firebird Rising Visual Arts Foundation; Cody Jimenez, painter and BFA Honors NMSU graduate; Deret Roberts, painter and owner of Art Obscura gallery; and Jodie Herrera, painter, BFA Honors UNM graduate, and co-founder of the Pop-Collective. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The gallery can be reached at 523-4747 or luluelements@gmail.com.

Las Cruces Arts Association
Members of the Las Cruces Arts Association have created works of art in various mediums depicting the theme of Arabian Nights to complement the play of the same name opening at the Black Box Theatre June 5 (see page 5 for more information).

The exhibit will be in the lobby of the Black Box, located on Main Street across from the Museum of Art. The play and exhibit run through June 21 after opening during the June 5 First Friday Art Ramble from 5 – 7 p.m. in downtown Las Cruces.