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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.      

-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

Next meeting: Sat., September 21, 2019  10 am
Carla Forrest
 will demo “Painting with the Palette Knife.” This demo will help artists advance their palette knife and alla prima painting skills to help simplify and produce powerful paintings. She will discuss tools and materials and demonstrate layering and mark-making techniques to enhance dimension and texture in oil paintings.

Members:  Please review the revised by laws before the September meeting:  RGAA Bylaws revised July 2019

From the August meeting:  Chris Miller's instructions: click for printable pdf How to Make Canvas Panels


September Monthly Challenge:  Make art work that includes wildlife.


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




 ¡Encantada! will be held in October 2019 at the Hispanic Arts Building, EXPO New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Entry deadline for large works has passed. You must be an RGAA member in order to enter Encantada.  To pay or renew your membership, click here:Member Signup / Information  

Prospectus - read carefully before entering:  Encantada 2019 Prospectus


Encantada Show Small Works