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Welcome to The Rio Grande Art Association!

Formed in 1998, RGAA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and promoting New Mexico artists who work in various media. We welcome anyone interested in art, particularly those artists who work in oils, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, oil pastels, encaustic, mixed media, or any of the painting media that are exhibited without glass. These media may be hand painted on canvas, canvas board, paper, Masonite, and a variety of other grounds.  Traditional, classic, contemporary, or avant-garde painters are welcome! Our focus is on creativity, originality, and the development of personal expression.

What we do:

-Sponsor a juried show, ¡Encantada! each fall (more info Encantada! ), and co-sponsor Masterworks of New Mexico each spring (more info Masterworks of New Mexico ). We also sponsor workshops and provide additional exhibition venues for our members.

MasterWorks director Barbara Lohbeck has informed us that the MasterWorks art show and workshops have been rescheduled to July due to the governor's declaration of a public health emergency in New Mexico because of the coronavirus.  We will provide updated information as it becomes available. Artists who cannot hold their work until July will not be penalized.

MasterWorks Schedule 2020

MasterWorks has posted a gallery of the standard size works on their website.  All are available for purchase:
MasterWorks 2020 Gallery

Encantada! Prospectus   Encantada 2020 Prospectus


The Summer Fine Art Show at Casa Vieja Brewery
 has been postponed until July 2021.

-Publish The Palette, our monthly newsletter. Get all the details in the latest issue!  Current and archived copies:   The Palette

-We have ten educational meetings per year, featuring professional demonstrations and lectures. Meetings / Presentations & Demos

Membership benefits:

· You can enter MasterWorks,  Encantada! and the Summer Fine Sale at Casa Vieja.

· Ten inspiring educational meetings per year. (No meetings July or December)

· A 10% discount to Artisans Art Supplies

Next meeting:  May 16th meeting will be via Zoom!
Juan Wijngaard will demonstrate egg tempera painting via Zoom.   Check your email for an email from Chris Miller with a link to the online meeting. 

Check back to see when we might be able to meet in person again.  In the meantime, please stay home and stay safe. 
Monthly Challenge: Create an abstract artwork. If you'd like to share your work on the RGAA Facebook page, feel free to post it there:  RGAA Facebook Page
And be sure to "like" the page while you're there!


We meet on the third Saturday of every month except July and December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE