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Artists Krumholz, Nail featured at Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery in June

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The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery (MVFG), 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, on the historic Mesilla Plaza across from the Fountain Theatre, will feature two local artists in June: Phillip Krumholz and Michael Nail, MVFG said in a news release.

Krumholz moved to Las Cruces from Peoria, Illinois in 2017. He began metalsmithing as a hobby in 1991, learning the arts of blacksmithing, metal casting and jewelry fabrication, and began lapidary work in 2004 by building his own sawing, grinding and polishing equipment.

Krumholz uses no patterns or dies for his work, so each piece is one-of-a-kind, MVFG said, and much of his work has a distinctive Southwestern flavor to it.

Nail is a lifelong New Mexico resident and has lived in Las Cruces from an early age. Until his recent retirement from the City of Las Cruces as a senior construction inspector, Nail did not have time to pursue his passion full time, the gallery said.

Nail works primarily in pencil, charcoal and ink, finding Western, Native American and wildlife themes the subjects he is most “drawn” to.

MVAG’s 30 featured artists offer original art in various media, including oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, fused glass art jewelry, woodturnings, stained glass, photography, ceramics, mixed media, decorated gourds, textile weavings, art tile, fiber art, natural gemstone jewelry, fused glass, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink drawings, prints, cards and miniature paintings.

First American Bank, 1553 Avenida de Mesilla, features the work of many of the gallery’s artists.

MVAG is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day.

Call 575-522-2933. Visit www.mesillavalleyfinearts.com.