Las Cruces Arts Fair -

One of the fastest growing cities in the Southwest, Las Cruces hasn’t always been known as an art mecca. Santa Fe and Taos had that label all sewed up. That is, until 2010, when art patrons Sally and Glen Cutter approached the Doña Ana Arts Council about creating an arts fair that brought in high-end artists and their works from across the nation for one big weekend. From that collaboration the Las Cruces Arts Fair was born, and Las Cruces was well on its way in becoming a recognized arts destination. In keeping with that tradition, The Doña Ana Arts Council hosts its 12th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center, March 25 & 26, 2023.

With over 75 artists offering jewelry, mixed media, fabric, paintings and drawings, print-making and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculptures, there will be something for serious art collectors and those just looking for a unique gift or artwork for themselves. As in past years, some artists are local, while others come from out of state. Southwest painters James Amado Peña Jr. and James Tsoodle will be returning, as well as local artists Nancy Begin, Sally Quillin, and Brent Bauer. Colorado artist Nicole Brin will exhibit her unique tile and steel art sculptures for the yard and home. Patrons will recognize returning favorites and be impressed by the artists who are new to the fair.

Dates and times for the event are: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The Las Cruces Arts Fair also features a silent auction, entertainment, and food and beverages for sale. Tickets are good for both days and the cost is $10 for adults and free for children 12 years and younger, making this a family-friendly event. Patrons can purchase tickets online or pay at the door.

The Doña Ana Arts Council supports and promotes the arts as both part of a thriving creative economy and a source of community pride. DAAC Board meetings occur on the fourth Thursday of most months. For more information about the Las Cruces Arts Fair, or any of the other events presented by the Arts Council, visit the website, or call 575-523-6403.

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