The Las Cruces Arts Fair opens on Friday, March 17, at 6 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. In its seventh year, the Arts Fair features original work by fine artists from throughout the United States and Mexico. This year the Arts Fair fills the entire Convention Center, utilizing both ball rooms. It is a showcase of incredible work from 94 artists who were selected by a jury of local arts professionals. There are many returning artists, even more new artists, and emerging student artists. Patrons who purchase opening night tickets are free to return on Saturday or Sunday.
Opening night festivities begin at 6 p.m.. Patrons may visit the cantina, browse the silent auction tables, visit with the artists, and listen to live entertainment. New this year will be a Quick Draw contest with cash prizes. Participating Quick Draw artists will draw, paint and compose between 6 – 7:30 p.m. while patrons have the opportunity to view the working artists. At 7:45 p.m., the art work will be auctioned by a live auctioneer. Proceeds of each sale will be split between the artist and the Doña Ana Arts Council. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($150), Second Place ($50), and Popular Vote ($100). All artists are welcome. Artists participating in the Las Cruces Arts Fair may register for free; all others may register in advance by contacting the Doña Ana Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 523-6403.
Featuring artwork in a variety of media, the Arts Fair has something for everyone. Fiber artists create intricately patterned hand-woven clothing. There are hand-painted silks and wonderful leather accessories. There is a remarkable selection of jewelry created by artists working in glass, gold, silver, and gemstones. In the world of two-dimensional art, you will find breathtaking landscapes, intimate indoor scenes, wildlife art, and abstract fine art. The mixed-media division is always exciting with unique compositions created from paper, wood, leather, metal, and other materials. Glass artists, using a variety of techniques, will dazzle you with their light-filled creations. Your journey through the Las Cruces Arts Fair won’t be complete until you take the time to visit with ceramic artists who decorate their fragile pieces with fanciful designs. Visitors will find furniture, yard art, and decorative accent pieces. Imagine adding one of these masterpieces to your personal art collection. Visit the Las Cruces Arts Fair; learn more about the world of fine art, discover new artists, and just maybe you will find something that you can’t live without.
The Las Cruces Arts Fair continues on Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those who need to take a break from shopping, artists will provide continuous demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.
The silent auction features works of art donated by participating artists and other generous supporters. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit the Doña Ana Arts Council and provide funding for its numerous art education programs.
Presented by the Doña Ana Arts Council at the Las Cruces Convention Center, admission to the Las Cruces Arts Fair is $8 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Hours are Friday, March 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Las Cruces Convention Center is located at 680 E. University Avenue. For more information about the Las Cruces Arts Fair, including a complete list of participating artists, and other Doña Ana Arts Council programs, call 523-6403 or visit DAArts.org