Carrizozo has become a quirky arts community where artists choose to live. The beautiful high desert surroundings, fabulous light, inexpensive real estate and friendly people have attracted more and more artists to settle down here. Carrizozo has many innovative, creative, skilled artists working in diverse mediums and sending their art all over the country. There is a sense of artistic freedom, support and cooperation in this friendly community.
Among the galleries are:
HEART OF THE RAVEN — featuring a gallery with raku pottery and paintings as well as workshop space and firing facilities.
MoMAZoZo is a community arts organization founded by woodworker Mike Lagg and artist Paula Wilson in 2010. MoMAZoZo is open every Friday from 12-1pm. MoMAZoZo grants open access to their equipment, supplies, and expertise during this hour. They also engage in spontaneous creative activities for all ages.
GALLERY 408 — a contemporary art gallery featuring the works of over 25 artists, many of whom reside in or around Lincoln County. It includes an outdoor sculpture garden displaying large art works and painted burros.
TULAROSA BASIN PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY — located in the historic Lutz building, exhibits the photography of over 35 New Mexico artists, with many of the photographs taken in New Mexico. Located on the second floor are 15 artist studios, centered around a common salon.
THE 54 EMPORIUM — on Central Avenue, is an eclectic mix of vintage ware, art by Lincoln County artists, ‘Soul of the West,’ featuring boots and western wear, and charming upcycled art by owner Sheila Lynch.
ARTISTS living and working in Carrizozo
Polly E. Chavez – retablos (Spanish colonial art)
‘Santos’ is a Spanish Colonial art form, which originated in early New Mexico. Santos include retablos (religious icons on wood), bultos (wooden statues) and reredos (alter pieces).
A santero or santera is a person who creates this Spanish colonial art.
Chavez, age 75, is a lifelong resident of Carrizozo in Lincoln County and New Mexico. Her ancestors can be traced to the travels of the conquistadors who explored and settled in New Mexico. Her work can be found in Carrizozo’s Gallery 408 and the Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln. NM. She has shown her work in galleries, museums, and libraries. Chavez retired as art instructor at Carrizozo Public Schools and has a weekly column “Historical Potpourri” in The Ruidoso News. Contact info: email@example.com
Marc Cohen – 3-D box art sculpture, Dreamspace
Julia Danielle – videography, Dreamspace
Denise Dorn – batik, pottery
Rick Geary cartoonist, illustrator
Deborah Geary – diorama collage
Mike Gieb, Shelby Hyatt, Cherie Holmes, Liz Nowotny – jewelry, pottery, crochet
Scott Goewey – clay
clay, White Oaks Pottery
Thom Kerr – china painting, upcycled art
Mike Lagg – woodworker, MoMAZoZo
Sheila Lynch – folk art, Highway 54 Emporium
James paints with acrylic paint on unprimed canvas and paper. He is now painting with watercolors on paper.
In his prime time he worked on large canvases – the largest a diptych 12’ x 14’.
He has paintings in large collections.
He is a 91 year old World War II veteran.
“With luminous color I try to find the right balance and dissonance to create paintings that express hope and joy.
I often arrive at my images through improvisational methods.
My indirect reference to nature (meant to be sensed rather than perceived) in the more abstract pieces suggests landscapes
that transcend specifics and tend toward the universal.
My own spontaneous gestures and flowing of paint itself indicate the direction the painting will take.”
1002 B Ave.
P.O. Box 926
Carrizozo, NM 88301
Joan Malkerson – painting, mixed media, sculpture, Gallery 408
Lisa Maue – tile
Patti Payne – glass art
Ken Payne – photographer
clay, Heart of the Raven
Paul Peretti – painter
Tom Picard – custom furniture
“My paintings are created by a set process. I use square stencils to apply black and white paint to create an energized base for the final painting. The squares are placed randomly and a different angles to get an abstract composition. After that step I drip paint over parts of the canvas to “knit’ the final image together. The viewer is left to interpret the paintings, to find their own meaning in each piece.”