Big things are happening in “Lil’ Las Vegas, N.M. The 2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour, sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council, marks the return of the art walk in Las Vegas, highlighting the artistic talent of more than 70 Northeastern New Mexico artists and artisans.
The exciting two-day tour will feature over 22 stops featuring a wide range of works (painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, photography, traditional Spanish art, street art, mixed media and more).
Las Vegas has been a popular stop since the 1800s. Historically a railroad town
it has played host to a vast array of historical characters including Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Now it features a restored Amtrak station, over 900 homes and buildings on the Register of Historical Places such as the once elegant Harvey House Hotel La Castañeda, now under renovation. The diverse architecture and beautiful settings have made Las Vegas a mecca for the film and television industry for the last 100 years, including Tom Mix, Red Dawn, Easy Rider, All the Pretty Horses, Paul, Longmire and Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men. Modern day visitors to the town can now enjoy authentic New Mexico cuisine at numerous locally owned restaurants, cafes, and an award winning microbrewery.
The Plaza Hotel, built in 1882, overlooks the beautiful Plaza Park connected to Bridge Street, which was just named one of the top 10 streets in America.
The studio tour will kick off 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 with a tour preview show and opening reception at the LVAC Gallery 140 located at 140 Bridge Street and will feature the Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 and
Sunday, Oct. 26 participants may visit private studios and the La Gente and Quilt show at Bell Gallery located on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The Ray Drew gallery will be featuring the original etchings of William Hogarth (1697-1764) 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Live theater fans can enjoy a free play at the City of Las Vegas Rough Riders Museum and Memorial at 727 Grand Avenue. At 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, the Nat Gold Players will present “Footlights in the Foothills” a play with music about the history of community theater in Las Vegas based on the book by Edwina Romero.
On Friday and Saturday, the Las Vegas Community Theater Collective and Wize Latina Productions will be gracing the stage of the historic Serf Theatre to present the award winning play “The Three Señorita Pigletitas Y el Diablo The Wolf” an original play by Patricia Crespín. Doors open at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m.; hors d’oeuvres, bottle service, and a cash bar. It’s is a family show appropriate for kids and entertaining for adults too. Dancing and music will go on throughout the evening until 9 p.m. with a live band. The SERF Theater Hall is located at 707 Douglas Avenue. Admission is $20 a seat or $100 for a table of six. Tickets available at the Las Vegas Arts Council, Tome on the Range, and through The Las Vegas Community Theater Collective. Call 505.426.6889 for more information.
Las Vegas, New Mexico is located 70 miles east of Santa Fe; just a 50 minute drive. Take 125 north to exit 345. Turn left toward town and then right onto Grand Ave and then left onto National Avenue. National Ave becomes Bridge Street. Gallery 140 is located to the right on
Bridge St. next door to the Bridge Street Breezeway. Start the tour at 140 Bridge to pick up brochures and maps.
For more information, check out lasvegasartstour.com or call 505.425.1085.