The Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Las Cruces Arts Fair, the area’s most expansive collection of art and fine crafts, returns for the ninth year to the Las Cruces Convention Center March 1 through 3. Over 100 artists from across the country, some returning favorites and other first-time exhibitors, will offer work in eight categories, including jewelry, mixed media, fabric, painting and drawing, print making and photography, porcelain-pottery-glass, recycled materials, and woodwork-metalwork-sculpture.
The fair kicks off Friday evening, March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., giving collectors the first opportunity to see and buy work directly from the artists. The Las Cruces Arts Fair continues Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be entertainment by flamenco guitarist Jake Mossman Friday evening and Saturday and food and beverages will be available to purchase.
This year’s featured artist is Hal Marcus of El Paso, Texas. Marcus is a self-taught artist whose sense of color originated from the influences of Mexico, where as a child he accompanied his grandmother on weekly visits to the Juarez market. He was inducted into the El Paso Artists Hall of Fame in 2003, served as chair of the El Paso Museum of Art Advisory Committee, and is of the owner of Hal Marcus Gallery, which exhibits only local art.
DAAC is donating space for two student booths, representing emerging artists from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College. Students participating in the fair are challenged to learn to display their pieces, price their work, and discuss their art with the public. Be one of the first to collect the work of these up-and-coming artists.
In addition, each exhibiting artist will contribute an item to a silent auction, which will close Sunday at 2 p.m. All fair proceeds benefit DAAC’s many children’s art programs.
For the third year, a Quick Art contest will be part of the fair, with 16 artists creating art as the audience watches, with all pieces then available to purchase by silent auction. The Quick Art contest will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon.
Tickets are $10 for adults at the door or $15 for a two-adult pass when purchased in advance. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free. Ticket holders may reenter the News Release event one additional day at no charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.daarts.org ; in Las Cruces at the DAAC offices, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla; Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road; The Frame and Art Center, 1100 S. Main St., and in El Paso at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon Avenue;.
The Las Cruces Convention Center is located at 680 E. University.