Tombaugh Art Gallery

The Tombaugh Gallery at 2000 South Solano Drive is pleased to present

 “Scale,” February 1 through March 27

“Scale” is an exhibit by Roy van der Aa opening February 1 and running through March 27.

Opening Reception on February 1, from 11:30 am -1:30 pm featuring light refreshments

Demonstration Reception on March 1, 11:30 am -1:30 pm where Mr. van der Aa will offer a demonstration of how he creates his art.

Rabbit Through the Hole 4- Getting an -F- in cursive 4-The artwork featured will be non-objective geometric work from 2014-2015 and is entitled “Scale”. The work will vary in size in both squares and rectangles from 5 inches to 5 feet. Many smaller works are details of larger works. They consist of a base of hand-pulled monotype prints which are saturated with color or other substrate. These collages are over-painted in two layers to bring out designs painted in a resist technique. These patterns are inspired by southwestern petroglyphs, eastern calligraphy and tar patches on asphalt. A second group of patterns is derived from digital drawings at various angles of a large sheet metal sculpture made by Chris Patterson and shown in the NMSU Williams Hall lobby in 2014. The nature of the sculpture created the complex convoluted forms that van der Aa is comfortable working with while the drawings flattened them to two dimensions. This appropriation of forms, with Patterson’s permission, is a loose collaboration that van der Aa enjoys.

Heart in Knots 4-Roy van der Aa was born in Amsterdam and was raised in Montreal, Quebec. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1989 and lives in Las Cruces with his wife and son.

The Tombaugh Gallery is located at 2000 S. Solano and is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm or by appointment.  For details, call (575) 522-7281.

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The Tombaugh Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces

In its own wing at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, the Tombaugh Gallery provides a beautiful and intimate venue for exhibitions of art by local and regional artists. One- and two-month exhibits throughout the year offer our members and the wider community the opportunity to experience, enjoy, and learn about art in all forms, and provide a chance to see things differently through interactions with the artists and their work.

The Tombaugh Gallery exhibits the work of both established and emerging artists in one-person and group shows. The shows are selected a year in advance from proposals submitted to the Gallery Committee, a group of volunteers who manage, curate, and publicize the Gallery’s activities. The Gallery also features special exhibits that explore our Unitarian Universalist values and celebrate the creative endeavors of our members and our children.

Established in 2000, the Tombaugh Gallery has built a reputation as an outstanding and professional exhibition venue. It features a flexible, climate-controlled space, high ceilings, and fine lighting. Galley Committee members help artists mount, publicize, and promote their shows. Exhibitions, openings, demonstrations, artist’s talks, and other related activities at the Tombaugh Gallery are staffed by volunteer docents who welcome visitors and introduce them not only to the art on display but also to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces.

We believe that art deeply touches us all and helps us connect with the world around us. The Tombaugh Gallery is proud to host artists who use their skills not only to celebrate the beautiful but also to speak out against the ugly and unjust.

Visit the Tombaugh Gallery Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings.

For more information, please contact the Tombaugh Gallery at 575-522-7281.

Current and Upcoming Shows


December and January 2015: UU Bee Quilters


February and March:  Roy Van der Aa – abstract resist paintings

April and May: Mark Heying, photography

June  dark

July: R.E. exhibit

August:  Member and Friend Exhibit

September and October: Georjeanna Feltha – sculpture, paper art

November: Lyndia Radice, photography using mirroring/reflection

December and January 2016: John Northcutt and Jill Somoza, sculpture and acrylic vinyl constructions