On Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
we will celebrate the Art and Artists of our Community
with music, dancing, and light refreshments at Gallery 140
140 Bridge Street
Las Vegas, NM
The 2016 Tour will be Saturday and Sunday, October 1 – 2, from 10 am – 5 pm. A beautiful map will orient you to Las Vegas, and lead you to artists’ studios, galleries, and a special group venue as well.
2016 artist information, images, and the tour map will be available online by August 15, 2016. Please keep checking back, or email us and we will send you announcements!
The following text and images are included to give you a glimpse of what to expect this year by introducing you to last year’s tour.
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Studio Tour Preview Exhibit and
Artists’ Reception 5 – 7 pm
we celebrated the Art and Artists of our Community
with music, dancing, and light refreshments at
140 Bridge Street
Las Vegas, NM
followed by an actual
914 11th Street
Las Vegas, NM
(less than half a mile away)
Hot! Hot! Hot!
From the art scene to the local cuisine, the 2015 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour heated things up. The free tour sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council marked its second year, and highlighted the artistic talent of many northeastern New Mexico artists and artisans. The exciting three-day tour featured multiple stops displaying a wide range of works (painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, photography, traditional Spanish art, street art, mixed media and more). Click HERE for the complete directory of participating artists, examples of their work, and the 2015 tour map.
The area has been a popular stop for a very long time. Native Americans valued the nearby healing hot springs. Spanish settlers received a land grant, farmed, ranched, built homes, and before long Las Vegas became a major stop on the Santa Fe Trail. As a railroad town, we’ve hosted a vast array of historical characters including Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, and Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Now Vegas features a restored Amtrak station and over 900 homes and buildings on the Register of Historical Places. The diverse architecture and beautiful settings have made Las Vegas a mecca for the film and television industry for the last 100 years, and credits include many Tom Mix films, Red Dawn, Easy Rider, All the Pretty Horses, Paul, Longmire and Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men.
Modern day visitors can now enjoy authentic New Mexico cuisine at numerous locally owned restaurants, cafés, and an award winning microbrewery. The Plaza Hotel, built in 1882, overlooks beautiful Plaza Park connected to Bridge Street, which was named one of the top 10 streets in America in 2013.
The studio tour kicked off on the evening of Friday, September 11th with a tour preview show and opening reception from 5 pm to 7 pm, at LVAC’s Gallery 140 located at 140 Bridge Street. A group of “reunited” musicians who have been playing music in Las Vegas since the 1960s, the Impalas played a wide variety of music including rock, Latin/Hispanic, jazz and pop. Then the SPARKS FLEW! There was a special metal pour at the NMHU Foundry from 7-8 following the reception. It was magic! Thank you, Aaron Juarros and the Iron Tribe!
On Saturday, September 12th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 13th from 12 pm to 4 pm, locals and tourists visited private studios and engaged with a myriad of local talented artists within their own spaces and a larger group at the once elegant Harvey House Hotel Castañeda, now under renovation but partially open for the tour.
Las Vegas is home to New Mexico Highlands University’s Foundry program. In 2001, David Lobdell, NMHU Fine Arts professor and Foundry Director, established Iron Tribe, a biennial event held in Las Vegas. Since that time, Iron Tribe has gained an international reputation. Iron Tribe events include a metal sculpture exhibit featuring the work of international, national and New Mexico metal sculptors; a metal art symposium; and a community production casting session at the University’s Art Foundry. Earlier this year, Iron Tribe included an Iron Pour, (as seen in the photograph featured in our promotional materials), and a performance based upon Dashuhua, a practice that originated in ancient China during the Festival of Lights. Glowing molten metal is vigorously flung against a wall, bursting into a spectacular fireworks-like display—which both enthralled and mesmerized a record-breaking crowd.
For the Historic Las Vegas Studio Tour, a number of Las Vegas artists, (many of whom are graduates of NMHU, and some of whom went on to secure their MFAs at top graduate art programs around the world, only to return to Las Vegas to establish their studios), had sculptures on display that were cast at the University Foundry. For this and many other reasons, Las Vegas, NM, is a unique arts and culture destination—one not to be missed!
Las Vegas, New Mexico is located 70 miles east of Santa Fe; just a 50 minute drive. Take I-25 north to exit 345. Turn west toward town, then north onto Grand Avenue and then left onto National Avenue. National becomes Bridge Street beyond the university. Gallery 140 is located to the right, next door to the Bridge Street Breezeway.Spend the weekend.
Come visit anyytime. Stay overnight.
Try some amazing local cuisine in the new food truck scene.
See all the art and 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, call 505-425-1085 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.