the original Las Vegas in New Mexico that is—not the glittery city in Nevada. 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.
Visit Gallery 140, our art gallery, at 140 Bridge Street We are flying the Welcome Flag for the Metal Works Show whenever the gallery is open. Click HERE for directions. We look forward to meeting you!
Calendar of Community Arts and Cultural Events
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“ART AFTER HOURS” NMHU Chair of Media Arts Professor Kerry Loewen’s new ongoing multi-media experimental series, “Art After Hours” debuted in the front window of Gallery 140 and is visible along Bridge Street into the evening. The first exhibit features a slide show of select local artists who are members of the Las Vegas Arts Council.
NOW AT GALLERY 140
THIS is what you have to look forward to…
Diana Whitten…metal and fiber sculpture
Isaac Chavez…iron, glass, pottery and original paintings
Josh Woodley…iron work
Deb Morse….steel and glass
Andrew Marsh…iron sculptures
And a few other features guests throughout the month of November!
They are planning their Artists’ Reception for Saturday, November 9, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, so make plans now.
Carl Bernstein and Marilyn Priddy Farewell Concert
The Arts Council sponsored a free Farewell Concert by Carl Bernstein and Marilyn Priddy with musical variety on guitar, cello, and voice as they prepared to begin a troubadour tour of North America.
If you have never heard Carl and Marilyn before, check this out!
Gallery 140 was filled to capacity, with a few on the floor and standing room only. From old jazz standards to classical pieces, Carl and Marilyn enthralled their audience who clearly enjoyed every moment of the concert and of their love story. Finally, they welcomed friends to tour their handcrafted designer mobile home parked for viewing.
Las Vegas Plein Air Paint Out
on Display through October
Rooted in 19th century Impressionist’s fascination with light and landscape, “En plein air” or “in the open air” refers to the practice of painting and sketching outdoors.
Las Vegas’ 19th century ambiance, situated between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, is the perfect cauldron for this venerable artistic enterprise and is home to a small group of dedicated enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their passion.
The Paint Out was open to everyone to participate regardless of experience. Folks new to the idea were encouraged to attend.
Events ranged from a Quick Draw competition on the Plaza, where everyone drew for an hour and then celebrated the results, to informative talks about New Mexico Impressionism.
There were multiple opportunities to socialize with fellow painters as well as maps to popular painting sites.
The focus was on fun and painting. The weekend finished up with a public reception and art sale at Las Vegas Arts Council’s exhibit space, Gallery 140 on 140 Bridge Street. All work on exhibit was completed during the paint out weekend. Canvasses were stamped at the opening registration/reception event, and participants provided framing for display.
Participants reported that great fun was had by all and that it was “truly exhilarating to be out painting in the October light of Northeastern New Mexico.”
Details: Click HERE for a PDF of the poster to print or share!
The Smooth Riders’ Concert was AMAZING.
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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, Pecos Arts Guild, El Zocalo Artists Co-operative, 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!
September Hours: Thursday and Friday 1-4 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Much thanks to Adam Caldwell for his web site design assistance.