February 2015 Exhibit

February 2015

Thoughtful Impressions and Whimsical Expressions

the folk art of

Martín Montoya and Terry Mossman

Martín Montoya grew up in Las Vegas, and continues to live nearby in Tecolote. Primarily self-taught, he always loved painting and refers to his work in oils as “impressionistic.” He has used only Vasari, Classic Artists’ Oil Colors for decades, and has developed a friendship with the company owners. He shows (and sells) his work at their New York gallery. Mr. Montoya’s work can also be see around the state via the juried NM Art– Art in Public Places program, the Spanish Market in Santa Fe, along with shows in Colorado, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Montoya studied bronze sculpture under Harry Leippe, working in the in the original Highlands foundry. He learned printmaking at NMHU as well. Martín’s wife, Maria, and their son, Marty, Jr. are his biggest fans and enjoy his work at home.

Often, someone will visit the gallery, and before they get close enough to read the labels or see the signature, that will declare, “That’s a Martín Montoya! I would recognize his work anywhere!”

Terry Mossman is an accountant with a fun, “whimsical” side that amuses him and gallery visitors who only know him by his profession!  His folk art wooden figures and constructs bring smiles, grins, and pleasure to all who admire them. In his own words…


Whimsical Expressions in Wood

That is the theme of Terry Mossman’s work in the current show at the Las Vegas Arts Council.

His new pieces will shake your body and warm your soul.  The colorful characters, fanciful animals, crazy creatures in dazzling colors will bring smiles and laughter.  Give yourself a present; take a fanciful journey into his whimsical world.

Hours are from 1-4 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays,  until 7:00 POM on Fridays, or by appointment. (Call 505-425-1085).

Come and enjoy our exhibit.



Six years ago, LVAC opened Gallery 140 in the LVAC building in order to showcase two and three person invitational art exhibits and provide occasional themed group exhibits.

Monthly meet-the-artist receptions and frequent music salons draw the community into the Gallery and connect them with the Arts Council.



Most exhibits are held at the Las Vegas Arts Council, Gallery 140, located in the heart of the historic Old Town District at 140 Bridge Street.  Click HERE for directions.

Gallery hours MAY vary.  We are trying to be open at least from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and until 7:00 PM on Fridays.  Gallery volunteers are appreciated!