Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery (MVFG), 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, in historic Mesilla Square, across from the Fountain Theater, will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7. Members of the gallery will be present, and some will demonstrate their artistic techniques. Light refreshments will be served.
MVFG will feature two local artists for the month of May: Ray Baird and Kerry O’Neill.
Baird, an oil painter, grew up in the Midwest and holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas. He has lived in Las Cruces since the 1990s. Baird’s work is described as Impressionist Expressionism, according to a press release from MVFG. Her work “uses translucent complementary colors that represent her feelings, rather than a true representational image”.
O’Neill, a ceramist, has had a passion for art since he was a child, MVFG said. She attended the University of New Mexico as a flautist and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion/Costume Design from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. O’Neill became a homeschooler and eventually moved on to teaching elementary art.
MVAG’s 30 featured artists offer original artwork in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, fused glass art jewelry, woodturnings, stained glass, photography, ceramics, mixed media, decorated gourds, textile weaves, tile art, fiber art, the natural gemstone jewelry, molten glass, colored pencil, charcoal, drawings in pen and ink, prints, maps and miniature paintings.
First American Bank, 1553 Avenida de Mesilla, features the work of many gallery artists.
MVFG is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Call 575-522-2933. Visit www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.