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.
Check out these samples of our local artists’ work HERE! Every piece represents an artist that participated in the 2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour. Get a glimpse of the treasures of art and culture you can find in Las Vegas, NM.
Gallery 140, our art gallery at 140 Bridge Street is OPEN! The artists are taking down their work on Thursday and Friday, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Click HERE for directions.
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2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour
Big things are happening in “Lil” Las Vegas, NM. The 2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour, sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council, marked 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 featurd over 22 stops featuring a wide range of works (painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, photography, traditional Spanish art, street art, mixed media and more). Click here for more about the 2014 tour. We will post about 2015 as soon as details become available.◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊
NOVEMBER AT GALLERY 140
PREVIOUSLY AT GALLERY 140◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊
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 movement, 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
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
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
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.
Much thanks to Adam Caldwell for his web site design assistance.