On Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
we celebrated the Art and Artists of our Community with music, dancing, and light refreshments at Gallery 140 located at 140 Bridge Street
Las Vegas, NM. Seriously!
The 2016 Tour was Saturday and Sunday, October 1 – 2, from 10 am – 5 pm. A tour map oriented visitors to Las Vegas, and led them to artists’ studios, homes, galleries, and a special group venue, the historic Castañeda Hotel.
2016 artist information, images, and the tour map are all still available HERE.
From the art scene to the local cuisine, the 2016 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour was SERIOUS about art. The free tour sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council marked its third 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, mixed media and more). Click HERE for the complete directory of participating artists, examples of their work, and the 2016 tour map.
This 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 and cafés. 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 30th 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. Serious celebration ensued.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm, locals and tourists visited private studios and homes 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.
The NMHU Foundry was included on the 2016 tour. 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.
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.