1 Gear up for outdoor fun.
Ruidoso celebrates the coming of spring with an inaugural Outdoor Expo at the convention center on Saturday (10 a.m.–6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.–4 p.m.). The 24,000-square-foot space features more than 70 vendors, outdoor gear, and hands-on learning experiences, including a first-aid class by Base Medical. Cure that cabin fever with an ATV simulator from the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and shop for outdoor accoutrements like sturdy boots from Happy Hiker, Frisbees from Dynamic Discs of New Mexico, and kayaks and paddles from Zia Kayak Outfitters.
2 See the West through modernist eyes.
A new exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Western Eyes: 20th-Century Art Here and Now, features modernist works inspired by the Southwest and highlights the museum’s role in the lives of the artists who created them, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Fritz Scholder. It’s also a prelude to the August 28 opening of the museum’s contemporary art space, Vladem Contemporary, in the Santa Fe Railyard District. “This is an opportune time to look back at the way the New Mexico Museum of Art has engaged national and international narratives of contemporary art over the past century—and look at how artists working in this region have responded to international movements,” says curator Christian Waguespack.
3 Behold the future.
Art, science, and technology collide in the new exhibit Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond, opening at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Over 30 artists are represented in the exhibit, which explores ideas of future worlds and adventures in the cosmos. Nikesha Breeze, Laura Alvarez, Tigre Mashaal-Lively, and Ryan Singer are among the featured creatives.
4 Roll into Skate Night.
Alejandro Sanchez, a photographer based in El Monte, California, shines a light on the Black roller-skating community in his solo exhibit Skate Night. Opening at Foto Forum, in Santa Fe, on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and running through May 25, the exhibit features images Sanchez started taking in 2014. Capturing skaters throughout Southern California, his work portrays the joy and value of skating rinks, and the role they play as a refuge for the Black community.
5 Rock out in Deming.
Sparkly rocks, gems, lapidary equipment, field trips, and demonstrations are all part of the Rockhound Round Up in Deming. Taking over the Southwestern New Mexico State Fairgrounds from Thursday to Sunday (9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily), the festival is a bonanza of rock-related fun hosted by the Deming Gem & Mineral Society. You can even dig for your own rad rocks during field trips, which leave the event center at 8 a.m. each morning (bring water, lunch, and tools). A silent auction Friday night and a live auction Saturday evening offer two chances to bid on special specimens, jewelry, and more.