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The Artists of Picacho Hills Art in The Garden, was held on May 7th, 2023 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was a huge success. Over 800 people came out to see the art in six beautiful gardens on a bright, sunny spring day. The Artists who participated were Paul Maxwell, Jan Severson, Rosemary McKeown, Sally Kohl, Linda Lee, Laurel Weathersbee, Karen Conley, Greta Burger, Barbara Bush, Terri McCatherin, Vivienne Buckert, Donna Popky, Jan Minnow, Lisa Carlson, Sally Ryan, Jeffie Mackey and Becki Thomas. These photos are just a small sampling of the event. A special thank you to all our sponsors and the many volunteers that made this such a special event for our community.

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Art in the Garden, a Picacho Hills-based art event, will return on May 7, 2023. Members of The Artists of Picacho Hills have been organizing and hosting this event since 2011. The group reaches out to residents in the Picacho Hills area to select six gardens that represent the natural beauty of Southern New Mexico landscaping and are accessible to the public.

Each appointed home hosts two to three artists in their garden. The artists display artwork to sell, and some bring their tools and demonstrate their art practice to the public. The gardens will have a Garden Host and a Master Gardener on site to answer any questions about plantings and other garden-related matters. The event is free and open from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be a welcome booth behind the Santa Fe Grill where patrons can pick up maps to guide them through the event.

"We are excited to bring back Art in the Garden after a three-year hiatus due to Covid", said Dr. Paul Maxwell, the event co-chair. "We have six beautiful homes and gardens and 17 Picacho Hills' artists showing their beautiful creations. Painters, Jewelers, Ceramicists, Weavers and Crafters will be showing and selling their art at this event. Something for everyone!"

Laurel Weathersbee, new to the group, is the other event co-chair. Weathersbee is a Signature Member of the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and an art educator.

The Artists of Picacho Hills was founded in 2008 by artists living in the Picacho Hills Community with a shared interest in promoting the arts. The organization also puts together a fall show titled Holly Day House that raises money for charity. Expenses of producing the show are provided through the generosity of local business sponsors. This year

For more information about Art in the Garden, please contact Paul Maxwell at or Laurel Weathersbee at

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Updated: Feb 15, 2020

"For the Love of Art Month" is an appreciation of art in Las Cruces that was started in 1998. Each February Artforms Artists Association of New Mexico takes the lead on this month-long celebration of creativity. This year local artists will conduct studio tours during the second, third, and fourth weekends of the month. The member art show will be held at Cruces Creatives, The Big Picture, and the Dona Ana Arts Council Feb 8-29. The Big Picture has extended their show to the month of March. Studio tours will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 12 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. Some artists will be placing their work in other locations in support of this event. 

The Artists of Picacho Hills is a strong supporter of this event, and we have listed those that are participating. Some of our members are also showing work in the "Erotica Twenty Twenty" pop-up show at the In Effect Gallery, located at 3390 Apple Cross Place in Mesilla Park. The opening night is Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb 14, from 6-10 pm. The show will also be available for viewing on Saturday, Feb 15, and Sunday, Feb 16, from 2-4 pm. This show promises to be an exciting adjunct to the February For the Love of Art month traditional exhibits.

Greta Burger - Studio tours to be held Feb 8 and 9 at 10050 Tuscany, Las Cruces.

Karen Conley - She is exhibiting paintings in the member show and one piece in the "Erotic Twenty Twenty" show.

Paul Maxwell - He will display about a dozen of his paintings at the Sinuate Media offices in old Mesilla located off Mesilla Ave at 1910 Calle de Parian.

Rosemary McKeown - Studio tours to be held Feb 8 and 9 at 1300 Vista del Monte.

Jan Minow - She will be a guest artist at the studio of artist Leslie Toombs, 429 Reeves Dr., Las Cruces. The studio will be open Feb 8 & 9 and Feb 15 & 16. She will also be exhibiting at the Erotica Twenty Twenty pop-up show.

Jan Severson - She will have studio tours Feb 8,9,15,and 16 at 8181 Constitution Rd.

Marie Siegrist - Her studio will be open Feb 8 and 9. She has also scheduled 30 minute watermedia demonstrations each day. 

Watermedia Demonstration Schedule:

Feb 8 at 11 am and 2 pm.

Feb 9 at 2 pm.            

Jan Thune - Studio tours to be held Feb 8,9,15,and 16 at 1204 Verona Court.

Donna Wood - Studio Tour will be Feb 8 and 9 at 8133 Willow Bloom Circle.

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