Festival pop-up art exhibit at Mesilla Valley Mall

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LAS CRUCES — The Doña Ana Arts Council is co-hosting the 2022 Las Cruces Space Festival art exhibit, “Across Space,” at Mesilla Valley Mall from April 7-10.

Once again, artists from the region were invited to present works showcasing space exploration and astronomical art, bridging the gap between science and art. The exhibition features over 45 works of art by 26 artists representing the solar system and modern space technology seen through photography, mixed media, video and painting.

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“Artists have been interested in celestial bodies since the invention of the telescope and long before that,” said Karen S. Conley, program manager at the arts council and curator of “Across Space.” “The exhibit features paintings of planets from our solar system and recent technological advancements in space exploration. We are very excited to have the show in person at the mall and can’t wait for the public to see it.”

"Space out"

Many artists who participated in the 2021 online show “Dawn of Discovery” are back with new works and pieces from the online show. Local painters Kathleen Deasey, Jerry Hernandez, Paul Maxwell, Jan Minow, Cheryl Nelson, Susan Perez, Jo-An Smith, Gabriele Teich, Nolan Winkler, Sara Walsh, and Luis “Woar2” Cisneros exhibit work. Photographers David Turning and David Sorenson also joined the exhibit. Northern New Mexico artist Linda Heath, who was instrumental in last year’s Kennedy Center Arts Integration Project, also titled “Dawn of Discovery,” will return with her “Fusionist Art” based on images from the Hubble telescope and the iconography of New Mexico. The event also includes two videos and the top 30 entries from the 2022 Las Cruces Space Festival Poster Contest.

The exhibit will be located next to the Zales Jewelry Store in the space formerly known as FootAction USA. The show times each day are:

  • 1 to 7 p.m. April 7-8
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 9
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10

For more information, call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 575-523-6403 or log on to daarts.org.

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