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In 2011, artist Martha Arzabala founded Agave Rosa with the mission of providing a dedicated space for Hispanic artists to showcase their work in El Paso. And, in line with this initial goal, the gallery now displays works by both emerging and more established artists from the cities of El Paso, Las Cruces (NM) and Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the national border. Visitors will find works spanning a wide range of different media, from ceramics to paintings, to sculpture, photography and jewellery. Among other works on display at Agave Rosa, the paintings of Hector Bernal offer an original perspective on the great European masterpieces from which they take inspiration.
Creative Kids Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational community-based art agency located in El Paso, Texas along the U.S./Mexico border region. The mission of Creative Kids is to extend the reach of arts and digital media resources to various student population groups through the promotion and demonstration of the power of the arts as important communication tools for success in modern day life. Creative Kids is currently celebrating thirteen years of empowering the youth in our community through the arts. Through a varied array of “hands-on” working assignments through the arts, Creative Kids is able to reach over 600 youth throughout the year through various programs housed under Creative Kids. This includes: disadvantaged youth through Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences); children battling cancer through Project AIM (Arts in Motion); and children with disabilities through Project MAP (Making the Arts Possible). Creative Kids also offers program to the general public who may not fall under the programs listed above through both Project SAC (Saturday Arts Classes) and Little Picassos.
The El Paso Art Association is the oldest art organization in El Paso celebrating 58 years of existence since it’s founding in 1949. The association serves to promote the visual arts in the El Paso region and provides services to it’s some 400 members by sponsoring several art shows, art classes and art workshops each year. The “Arts International” show held each October is the largest show of it’s kind in West Texas and Southern New Mexico attracting entries from over 100 artists each year and offering awards and guaranteed purchases in excess of $20,000 to winning participants.
Founded by German-born artist Brigitte von Ahn, Encaustic is located just a couple of miles west of Franklin Mountain State Park. The gallery specializes in the encaustic technique, a painting method involving heated beeswax mixed with added colored pigments. Alongside the main collection, the gallery hosts a selection of sculptures and works by early El Paso artist Eugene Thurston. Other works include the colorful abstract creations of Ju-Yi Fu or the dreamlike landscapes of Lori Wertz.
Commemorating the peaceful setting of the Chamizal border dispute between the US and Mexico, the Chamizal National Memorial is committed to celebrating the history and culture of the borderline region where it is located. Three galleries showcasing the work of local painters and sculptors make up the complex: the Los Paisanos, the Abrazos, and the Borderland gallery. By hosting exhibitions such as River People, featuring local artists like Nestor Valencia and Julio Sanchez de Alba, the gallery͛s aim is to shed light on the rich and diverse heritage that characterises this frontier area. Also on display in the bookshop is a collection of colourful alebrijes, curious animal-like creatures dreamed up by Mexican artist Pedro Linares which later became popular folk art objects in the Oaxaca region.
Glasbox is a facility that manufactures creative opportunities. The name Glasbox implies transparency, which is an important quality in communities in general and business specifically. Most importantly, it opposes the idea of a “black box,” which, in some circles, denotes an inscrutable subroutine, or a part of a system which is excessively esoteric. We are a community of Creatives who welcome others to join in the creative process, breaking down the “fourth wall” that separates the audience from the performance.
In an airy exhibition space perfect for a large number of paintings and artworks, Hal Marcus Gallery hosts one of the preeminent exhibitions spots in El Paso. The gallery has a strong focus on local artistry and in addition to displaying a large, distinctively bright and hued collection of paintings by Hal Marcus himself, it also brings together some of the finest contemporary works produced by artists in the area. In the gallery, Botero-esque portraits by Mauricio Mora share the space with the sharp tones of Mark Paulda͛s photographs, and with the surreal phantasmagoria of Evelyn Ainsa͛s oils.
The Rock House Cafe and Gallery features new artists monthly as well as art, poetry slams, entertainment, and more.
Located in the historic San Elizario district, galleries include: Main Street Mercantile, Golden Eagle Gallery, Alberto Escamilla, Amado Pena, and more.
Housed by the University of Texas at El Paso since its opening in 2004, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is committed to bringing the most innovative trends in artistic practice to the region. Serving as a creative laboratory for art students and local emerging artists, the Rubin aims at creating a space where internationally recognised, cutting-edge art meets the inventiveness of home practitioners. Among the ongoing series of regular exhibitions, workshops, site-specific installations, and Biennial Faculty Exhibitions, a highlight is the current retrospective on jeweller and metal artist Rachelle Thiewes, Rachelle Thiewes: Something Gleams. Thiewes, in addition to being a professor at the university, is also an acclaimed sculptor with works displayed in Washington D.C., Scotland, New York and Chicago, among others.
The Art Avenue Gallery, nestled in downtown, showcases contemporary artists and designers from around the Borderplex. Opened in 2015, the monthly exhibits focus on emerging and subversive arts in the area, showcasing up-and-coming, mid-career and established artists working in a vast array of mediums. The gallery also sells a variety of local work, such as prints, t-shirts, sculptures and jewelry, always with a focus on proving insight into the diverse cultural landscape that is the Borderland. Surrounded by local artists’ studios, The Art Avenue Gallery serves as a gathering place for neighborhood creatives and makers, hosting coordinated artist workshops to effectively break down the wall between the public and local artists.