The Tombaugh Gallery

Charcoal and Steel

The exhibit “Charcoal and Steel” opens on Sunday, September 8th, 11:30 to 1:00,  at the Tombaugh Gallery.  Artist Michael Nail shows his pencil and charcoal drawings, and artist Mary Lou LaCasse  presents her steel sculptures.  A second reception, with artists talks, will be held Friday, October 4th, 5 – 7 pm. The show continues through October 18.

May Lou LaCasse

After retiring as a scientist, May Lou LaCasse was

able to pursue her life-time passion for art.  She has enjoyed exploring and working in many art mediums throughout the years.  Classes in welding put her on her current path of welding steel into 3 dimensional objects.  She says, “I love repurposing old, often discarded steel objects into outdoor steel sculptures.”  Inserts of fused glass and ceramics contrast with the hardness of the steel and add an extra dimension to the work.

Michael Nail

Michael Nail is a lifelong New Mexico resident and has lived in Las Cruces for 30 years. A self-taught artist with little or no formal training, Mike has loved drawing and painting from an early age but until his retirement from the City of Las Cruces as a senior construction inspector, did not have the time to pursue his passion full time. Mike works primarily in pencil, charcoal and ink. He says “I find that Western, Native American and wildlife themes are the subjects I am most “drawn” to.”

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 – 2. For details, contact, or call the church at 522-7281. The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM and is open Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Visit the gallery on Facebook.