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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 postponed due to the governor's declaration of a public health emergency in New Mexico because of the coronavirus. The declaration includes the closure of Expo New Mexico for the remainder of March. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Barbara Lohbeck has informed us that MasterWorks has been rescheduled at Expo New Mexico for the month of July.  
Artists who cannot hold their work that long will not be penalized.

MasterWorks Schedule 2020


-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: Sat., April 18, 2020  10 am  
In light of the announcement from the Governor, it's been decided that our regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, March 21st will be cancelled.

Monthly Challenge: Create an abstract artwork. 


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