For a small city, Las Cruces is rich with various visual arts. (I’ll do a separate post on other cultural aspects later)
One thing I’ve noticed is the large amount of public art and murals of all types. Tony Pennington is well known for his water tank scenes, but other murals as well.
This being America, there is of course plenty of grafitti art. I’ve gotten to know several of the local young street artists, who are also displaying in shows and galleries.
Scenes inside West End Art Depot (WE-AD) coop, with work by Chaves Smith (blue painting) and Jess Reinhard (large pink painting), who are both in my personal collection. This last is the clubhouse across from Alma d’Arte, a charter school for the arts in the old Alameda district near my home. The Art Museum hosted the graduating seniors in the University art degree program, including this fashion designer who displayed both concept paintings and her nature-inspired dresses.
Plenty of yard art, some professional but often just those a bit out there feeling the creative spirit move them. One of my favorite galleries, Rokoko, with artist/owners Mitch and A.me (yes that’s the spelling).
I have definitely felt the city’s influence on me artistically as I journey around town. If I can borrow one of my Marine expressions, it is a “target-rich” environment. I’ll leave you with this sandwich board sign from my neighborhood BBQ joint, which became an abstract work of art after the recent raindrops hit.