Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with this year’s Las Cruces Arts Fair featured artist, Hal Marcus, of El Paso, Texas. This will be his first time exhibiting in Las Cruces. For owner and operator for 23 years of Hal Marcus Studio & Gallery, the oldest art gallery in El Paso, one of his favorite art pieces is “El Mercado Juarez.” It depicts the marketplace in Juarez inspired by his weekly trips to Juarez with his Syrian grandmother to buy produce for the family grocery store. “Queen of Diamonds,” a more recent painting depicting harlequins, is featured on the 2019 Las Cruces Arts Fair poster. More of his art can be viewed at www.halmarcus.com; and art book, “Hal Marcus Art & Times” by Monica Gomez.
The Doña Ana Arts Council’s 9th annual Las Cruces Arts Fair will kick off Friday evening, March 1st, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainment by Las Cruces flamenco guitarist, Jake Mossman, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 University Avenue. The Arts Fair continues Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket-holders may re-enter the event once during the weekend. Tickets may be purchased in Las Cruces at the Doña Ana Arts Council offices, 1740 Calle de Mercado; Cutter Gallery, 2640 El Paseo Road; Frame & Art Center, 1100 S. Main Street; and in El Paso at the Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon Avenue; and online at www.daarts.org.