The Return of the Las Cruces Arts Fair - The Return of the Las Cruces Arts Fair -

The Doña Ana Arts Council kicks off its second fifty years with the return of the Las Cruces Arts Fair, after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The celebration for the 11th annual Arts Fair takes place at the Las Cruces Convention Center, March 5 & 6, 2022, continuing a tradition begun in 2010 at the urging of Sally and Glenn Cutter.

“This is an opportunity to add to your collection, find a fantastic gift for a special person, or simply see what other artists are doing,” said Arts Council Executive Director Greg Smith. “For ten dollars, you can get in both days, and see what the artists have brought from and to our part of the world.”

Over 70 artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will be part of the event this year. Several Las Cruces artists have also been selected, among them, jewelers Rosemary McKeown, Theresa Montoya Basaldua, Gloria Schmidt and Audrey Worthen; painters Brent Bauer, Mary Beagle, Michael Nail, Sally Quillin, and Penny Simpson; and photographers Nancy Begin and Michael Stephens. The works included fall into eight categories, including jewelry, mixed media, fabric, painting and drawing, printmaking and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculpture.

Dates and times for the event are: Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Masks will be required to enter. The 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. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets, go here. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-523-6403.

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