We are the original Las Vegas and we are in New Mexico—historic, beautiful, and diverse.  A vital component of the cultural life of Las Vegas for many years, the Las Vegas Arts Council, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been promoting visual,  performing and participatory arts in this community since 1977.

Studio Tour General Info HERE!

Tour Map Preview HERE!

Samples of Artists’ Work HERE!

Start your Tour HERE!

Gallery 140, our art gallery at 140 Bridge Street is OPEN!  We are exhibiting samples from all of our tour artists, and the show is completely eclectic!

This week, please drop in Tuesday through Thursday, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

On Friday we are open from 1:00 until 7:00 PM because the public Artists’ Reception begins at 5:00 PM. 

Saturday and Sunday, we will be open from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM because WE are the first stop on the 2014 HISTORIC LAS VEGAS ART STUDIO TOUR so you can pick up maps and brochures. 

Click HERE for directions.  We look forward to meeting you!

Click below to see calendar!

Calendar of Arts and Culture Events

updated 10/22/14

 THE 2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour Preview


Big things are happening in “Lil’ Las Vegas, NM. The 2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour, sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council, marks the return of the art walk in Las Vegas, highlighting the artistic talent of over 70 Northeastern New Mexico artists and artisans.

The exciting two-day tour will feature over 22 stops featuring a wide range of works (painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, photography, traditional Spanish art, street art, mixed media and more).

Las Vegas, New Mexico has been a popular stop since the 1800s. Historically a railroad town it has played host to a vast array of historical characters including Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Now it features a restored Amtrak station, over 900 homes and buildings on the Register of Historical Places such as the once elegant Harvey House Hotel La Castañeda, now under renovation. The diverse architecture and beautiful settings have made Las Vegas a mecca for the film and television industry for the last 100 years, including Tom Mix, Red Dawn, Easy Rider, All the Pretty Horses, Paul, Longmire and Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men.

Modern day visitors to the town can now enjoy authentic New Mexico cuisine at numerous locally owned restaurants, cafes, and an award winning microbrewery. The Plaza Hotel, built in 1882, overlooks the beautiful Plaza Park connected to Bridge Street, which was just named one of the top 10 streets in America.

Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet

Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet

The studio tour will kick off on the evening of Friday, October 24th with a tour preview show and opening reception at the LVAC Gallery 140 located at 140 Bridge Street from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m and will feature the Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet.

On Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th from 10 am to 5 pm participants may visit private studios and the La Gente and Quilt show at Bell Gallery located on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The Ray Drew gallery will be featuring the original etchings of William Hogarth (1697-1764) from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.FootlightsLive theater fans can enjoy a free play at the City of Las Vegas Rough Riders Museum and Memorial at 727 Grand Avenue. On Saturday, October 25th at 4:00 p.m. the Nat Gold Players will present “Footlights in the Foothills” a play with music about the history of community theater in Las Vegas based on the book by Edwina Romero. poster pigOn Friday 24th and Saturday the 25th the Las Vegas Community Theater Collective and Wize Latina Productions will be gracing the stage of the historic Serf Theatre to present the award winning play “The Three Señorita Pigletitas Y el Diablo The Wolf” an original play by Patricia Crespín. Doors open at 5pm; performance at 6pm; hors d’oeuvres, bottle service, and a cash bar. It’s is a family show appropriate for kids and entertaining for adults too. Dancing and music will go on throughout the evening until 9pm with a live band. The SERF Theater Hall is located at 707 Douglas Avenue. Admission is $20 a seat or $100 for a table of six. Tickets available at the Las Vegas Arts Council, Tome on the Range, and through The Las Vegas Community Theater Collective. Please call 505-426-6889 for more information.

Las Vegas, New Mexico is located 70 miles east of Santa Fe; just a 50 minute drive. Take 125 north to exit 345. Turn left toward town and then right onto Grand Ave and then left onto National Avenue. National Ave becomes Bridge Street. Gallery 140 is located to the right on Bridge St. next door to the Bridge Street Breezeway. Start the tour at 140 Bridge to pick up brochures and maps anytime after 9:00 am. 

Spend the weekend. Stay over night. See all the art and some live theatre. Enjoy a good meal and sample our great beer!

About Las Vegas Arts Council and Gallery 140 In keeping with our rich history and diverse culture, the mission of the Las Vegas Arts Council is to promote, encourage, advise and coordinate the cultural arts in Las Vegas/San Miguel County and surrounding communities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out lasvegasartstour.com or call 505-425-1085



 A Soft Touch




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Jux`ta`pose: to place (different things) together in order to create an interesting effect or to show how they are the same or different; to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Although the final pieces differ in form, texture and color, both watercolor on paper and bronze sculpture are created from material that flows and then freezes in place. Using water and fire Jane Fritz and Jane Lumsden use their art to capture a moment in time, celebrating the natural world. The effects are the same: suspension of movement, a pause for reflection on the beauty around us. Through her watercolors, Jane Fritz draws on visions from her world travels to convey a sense of warmth, love and appreciation for the natural world. Her palette of colors captures the luminous quality of light to recreate various atmospheric moods. Jane Lumsden boldly holds a breath of LAL_postermovement, asking the observer to imagine the next sequence, while using her medium to celebrate the integrity of space and time. Her pieces invite the need to touch and share. Two artists, different media, same intent: to bring beauty, thought and emotional response to the viewer, creating a sense of wonder.


Apple Blossom: Mixed Media Mobile Sculpture


Alex Ellis: Alkyd Paintings

Intuitive Map - Olympia

Intuitive Map – Olympia

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Intuitive Map – Indianapoloid






Quilts and More!


The Silver Threads Quilters created beautiful wall hangings, traditional quilts, casserole carriers, tote bags, aprons, and displayed every imaginable practical and decorative use for their labors of love for the month of May. More people were drawn in off the street by the vivid, bold colors and the warmth of their volunteer gallery-sitters than is typical.  They made many new friends for the Arts Council and we appreciate their work.

2014 NMHU Ceramics Students Exhibition and Amy Caldwell

WebHeaderRev1 The ceramics students of NMHU Department of Visual and Performing Arts had a group exhibit at Gallery 140 in the Las Vegas Arts Council building on Bridge Street in April. There were 14 artists under the tutelage of Shereen Lobdell, a Ceramic Arts professional and educator at both NMHU and Luna Community College. Ceramic garden gnomes, birdbaths, pots, planters, pitchers, masks, mushrooms, tiles, and other sculptures set the tone. Amy Caldwell, daughter of Las Vegas artist (painter) Dorothy Chase Keightly, and mother of graphic and silk screen artist Adam Caldwell, added another level of sophistication with her two-dimensional ink and watercolors  of herbs and plants, collages, and paintings of Las Vegas life. In 2013, Amy’s design entry in the Annual Fiesta Poster Contest won her a third place award.  It was a wonderful show for everyone involved.


Limited Edition Art Print

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Mission Statement

 The mission of the Las Vegas Arts Council is to promote, encourage, advise, and coordinate the cultural arts of Las Vegas and surrounding communities. A vital component of the cultural life of Las Vegas for many years, the Las Vegas Arts Council, a non-profit 501(c(3) organization, has been promoting visual, performing and participatory arts in this community since 1977.   LVAC is committed to support not only the arts, but the artists who create the arts.  Under our status as a non-profit arts organization, we partner with and promote other area arts organizations, such as the Pendaries Art League, Literacy Council, and Nat Gold Players. Children’s theater in July is an annual focus through the auspices of Missoula Children’s Theatre. The High School Art Competition, in partnership with New Mexico Highlands University, is a LVAC annual event, as is People’s Faire (a folk art enterprise) in August. Numerous music concerts and the Winter Music Salon series foster the enjoyment of and appreciation for various modes of music modalities and traditions.

Las Vegas is proud of its rich history of diversified culture. The LVAC’s goal is to celebrate this uniqueness and to encourage our young people to carry on this tradition. The accomplishment of this goal in an ongoing and progressive manner can only enhance the quality of life in Las Vegas and surrounding areas in the years ahead. We welcome and need YOUR help, your thoughts, ideas, and comments on how we might better serve our artists, our patrons, and our communities.

Visit our art gallery at 140 Bridge Street!
October Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 1-4 pm, Friday and Saturday from 1-7 pm, Studio Tour Days from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. or by appointment. Please check back frequently to see our ongoing program schedule and news about the arts scene in Las Vegas, New Mexico!
The Las Vegas Arts Council email: lvac@lasvegasartscouncil.org.
The Las Vegas Arts Council is grateful to all our generous donors including our supporting members
and the following businesses and organizations.
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Much thanks to Adam Caldwell for his web site design assistance.