By Teri Nehrenz-

Mesquite’s Fine Arts Gallery and the Virgin Valley Artists have opened the March Exhibit, “Crossing the Desert” sponsored by Randy Bauman and Christine Picor.

The artwork for this exhibit will be on display now through March 26 with an open house reception on March 17 at 4 p.m.

Most of the exhibit winners have been chosen and ribbons awarded except for People’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and Sponsor’s Choice. These winners will be announced during the reception. The reception and awards ceremonies are free and open to the public. The public is invited, during the month, to vote on their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award.

While you’re visiting the gallery don’t forget to check out the winning 2022 Mesquite Poster. The poster titled Milestones of Culture is created by Cheryl Sachse. Signed posters are available, all funds from the sale  help support the gallery’s low-cost classes, projects and events.

Student Art from Virgin Valley High School, Virgin Valley Elementary School, Joseph L. Bowler and Littlefield United School District is on display at the back of the Gallery.

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is operated by the VVAA. VVAA members provide the original artwork that is shown in the gallery and gift shop. All art is offered for sale and displays are changed monthly. In addition to the special exhibitions, members show their fine works in a wide variety of mediums. The Gallery is located at 15, W. Mesquite Blvd. and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about membership, upcoming exhibitions, and art and pottery classes, see the VVAA website at or call 702-346-1338.

Winning Artists


FEATURED IMAGE: Best of Show- Wood/Clay piece by Steve Anderson titled “Hunting Map”

First Place- Photography on metal by Steve Dudrow titled “Off Romp”

Second Place- Fused glass/mixed media by Elena Ahrens titled “Desert Coyote”








Third Place- Fabric piece by Wendy Douglass titled “Hitching a Ride”










Honorable Mention- Acrylic by Vanessa Temple titled “Are We There Yet?”










Honorable Mention- Salt Dough piece by Wendy Douglass titled “Desert Resident”







Honorable Mention- Acrylic by Rachelle Knight titled “World Tortoise-A Native America Legend”










Emerging Artist- Pencil by Susan Acree titled “Camel in the Dunes”

Student Art























Virgin Valley High School Students who participated in creating ‘Starry Night”


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