Tombaugh Art Gallery

“Beyond the Bounds”

The Camino low res

The Camino
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Rippled Mirror

Rippled Mirror
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An exhibit by Mark Richard Heying of Mountainear Photography, opening April 5th and running through May 31st.

There will be an opening reception on April 5th, from 11:30 am -1:30 pm featuring light refreshments.

The artwork displayed is a collection of prints which have been created over several decades, using both traditional 35mm film and high resolution digital photographs.  The images are original and unmodified abstracts, based on subjects commonly seen by us all, from a quiet woodland pond to a small city festival. The goal of these works is to encourage one to move beyond the seemingly mundane world which surrounds us, by focusing on the sublime beauty that exists just beyond the bounds of conventionality.  We’re encouraged to ask not ‘what it is’, but instead to ask ‘what it means.’

Mark Heying, of Las Cruces N.M., started his exploration with photography over 40 years ago, in the little basement darkroom of his rural Indiana home. He has since wasted hundreds of rolls of perfectly good film, degraded many digital camera sensors, and created a few good images along the way.  You will hopefully agree.

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

Rippled Mirror low res2015:

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