2021 News

Reopening, upcoming exhibitions, a call for work, and window repairs…

Light Art Space will be reopening on February 13th. Open Thursday – Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm.
I am happy to announce 3 upcoming exhibitions. Workshops are still on hold but I am hoping by late summer we will be able to start programming again.

25 photographers from Grant County will be included in the Earth and Sky exhibition. Opening on February 13th.

Also opening February 13th is Ode to Ancient Wings and Precious Water.  This collaborative installation features the work of Silver City artists Zoe Wolfe and Carlene Roters.

Announcing an international
Call For Pinhole and Zone Plate photographs!

Dedicated to the late Eric Renner, Layered Light celebrates images made in the spirit of experimentation and play.  The exhibition will be juried by Nancy Dize Spencer and Scott McMahon and sponsored by Pinhole Resources and Freestyle Photographic Supplies.  The deadline to submit is March 21, 2021. Submit at: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8409

I am thrilled to announce that Light Art Space has been awarded a
National Park Service (NPS) Main Street Facade Improvement Grant, supported through a grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. This grant will enable me to replace the damaged front plate windows and four upstairs wood windows along with repairing the historic casement windows on the second floor.  I am thankful Silver City has such a vibrant and helpful Main Street program.

Happy January – looking forward to a fabulous February. Stay safe!
Karen and Flash

Giving Thanks

2020 has been a hard year for all of us on this amazing planet and I am giving thanks the year is almost over. 2021 is looking much brighter and I am grateful for the support the gallery has received and continues to receive from all of you and the Town of Silver City.  At present the gallery is closed but we to reopen December 17th if the virus numbers permit.  It has been a pleasure partnering with The Lotus Center the past two months – the classes in the sculpture garden have been wonderful. We are hopeful they will continue in the near future (with heaters!).

Facing Forward and New Perspectives are still on the gallery walls (and floors, the ceilings…) and there are also great pieces on exhibit by the gallery artists.
While the gallery is closed you can see many images on the web site.  Plus if there is something you have your eye on, I am happy to meet you curb side.

Facing Forward
New Perspectives

Announcing a  CASH MOB  on Facebook

December 16th, 5 – 7 pm.

 During the 2 hours over 50 items in the LAS gallery will be highlighted and can be purchased on the spot. It should prove to be a fun and safe event (think holiday gifts…). https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=silver%20city%20nm%20cash%20mob.  Sponsored by The Town of Silver City

I hope you will join in!

 I am happy to say I have three etchings on display in Gilbert, AZ at Art Intersection and I am optimistically planning new exhibitions and workshops for LAS in 2021.  Take care and stay safe!

Karen and Flash

from the gallery>>>> visit lightartspace.com for more images

Eric Renner/Nancy Spencer

Karen Hymer

Juan Velasco

Carmen Ruiz

Art Peterson

Mimi Calise Peterson

Claudia Porcelli

Joel Armstrong

Ed Ludwig

Valerie Galloway


Eugene Starobinisky






Weekend at the Galleries and Two New Exhibitions

For the Red Dot Weekend at the Galleries, Light Art Space presents two new in-gallery exhibitions. Visit us Saturday October 10th 11am – 5pm. The gallery has been transformed… and the sculpture garden now features work by three local artists.  Hope you can stop in – all work will be on display through January 2rd, 2021.  Social distancing is observed and masks are required. Stay safe!


Facing Forward is a juried exhibition of handmade prints created by women of color.

During this time of unrest and uncertainty this exhibition seeks to present works by women of color that speak to the future in challenging and inspiring ways.

Presented by Light Art Space sponsored by the Southwest Print Fiesta, Silver City, New Mexico

Exhibition Dates:   October 10th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021

Recent work by Karen Hymer, Mimi Calise Peterson, Claudia Porcelli and Carmen Ruiz

Exhibition Dates:   October 10th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021

Sculpture garden with the work of Ed Ludwig, Juan Velasco and Kelly Hart.

Recent trip to Northern New Mexico… Flash

Deadline, Gila Monsters, Yoga and more!

Facing Forward call for work:  Deadline  September 13th, in 4 days!  Seeking hand-made prints and photographs by all self-identified women of color (Latina, Asian, Indigenous, etc) Juror Satpreet Kahlon, more on Satpreet: www.satpreetkahlon.com
To submit:


Silver City Art Association RED DOT Weekend at the Galleries and Gila Monster fundraiser. The Silver City Art Association (SCAA) will host the annual RED DOT Weekend at the Galleries, October 9th &10th, 2020, in accordance with community safety measures.

The self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown will invite local residents to browse and buy affordable art unique to Silver City, meet local artists, and enjoy music, food, and demonstrations while wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

A special feature of the event will be a silent auction of 22 one-of-a-kind, “Gila Monsters” created by artists to support the projects of the SCAA and promote the organization’s mission of advancing the arts in Silver City and Grant County.  The monsters were made with a 3D printer at our local makers space, The Future Forge, and then turned into works of art by local artists. The monsters are on display in 11 galleries were you can bid in person or remotely!

My monster is a cyanotype photogram made from
Unryu kozo/chiri Japanese paper with Ethiopian Welo yellow opal eyes.

See more monsters and information at:

Yoga and other Moving Arts comes to Light Art Space!

I am pleased to announce a new partnership between LAS and the Lotus Center in Silver City.
Beginning September 14th, the Lotus Center will offer in-person classes in the garden at LAS. I am so excited to share the garden with those seeking stress relief and inner-peace.
For more information visit: https://lotuscentersc.org/outside-classes/

New fall and winter hours:
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm and by appointment. 

Flash encounters Lucy the Goose in Rodeo, NM.

Call For Work by Women of color

Facing Forward is a juried exhibition of handmade prints created by women of color. During this time of unrest and uncertainty this exhibition seeks to present works by women of color that speak to the future in challenging and inspiring ways.

Presented by Light Art Space sponsored by the Southwest Print Fiesta, Silver City, New Mexico.

Exhibition Dates:
October 10th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021

 Submission Requirements
Light Art Space invites Black, Latinx, Indigenous women and self-identifying women of color – historically under-represented artists working in the visual arts – to submit.

Deadline to Submit:
September 13th, midnight mountain time
Sliding scale to enter: $5 – $25, pay what you can

All entries must be handmade prints using traditional printmaking and/or photography processes and created in the last 3 years by self-identified women of color. 3D and experimental work is encouraged. Any combination of processes may be employed including but not limited to: silkscreen letterpress, calligraphy, etching, woodcut, lithography, linocut, drypoint, mezzotint, mono print, polymer plates, silver gelatin prints, photopolymer gravure, copperplate gravure, cyanotype, vandyke, gumbichromate, palladium, platinum, carbon, salt, wet plate, chemigram, lumen, argrotype, oilprint, chlorophyll, instant transfers and lifts. Digital photographic images can be used in combination with of other processes, but straight digital prints will not be accepted.
To enter:

Jurying and Awards
First Place                             $300
Second Place                       $200
Third Place                           $100

Juror:  Satpreet Kahlon

Satpreet Kahlon is a Punjabi-born artist, curator, and educator based in Seattle, WA. Through her work, which has been featured in Hyperallergic and Artforum, she is interested in creating visual language and immersive encounters that express and explore intersectional cultural experiences as well as the manufactured systems of inequity that dictate their boundaries.

In addition to her studio practice, which most recently includes a solo show at Brown University, a body of work shown at the Wing Luke Museum, and a large-scale public commission at the new Washington State Convention Center, Satpreet is a co-curator of yəhaw̓, as well as the managing editor of New Archives, a non-profit arts journal covering the Northwest Coast. She has also designed and taught youth programming all over the US, running the Design Your Neighborhood program with the Seattle Art Museum between 2015 and 2017. She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts.

In 2019, Satpreet graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a full-fellowship to pursue her MFA in Sculpture, and she was named one of 35 most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.   www.satpreetkahlon.com



Summer News…

What a summer!  Well, here goes…

Light Art Space will be reopening on August 13th.
Hours will be: Thursday- Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. In order to provide a safe viewing experience, we are strictly following all New Mexico state guidelines.
Specifically,  guests are asked to sign a log, wear a mask, and stay 6 feet apart. Out of state visitors are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days when entering the state.

The Gallery is full of great work!  The COVID -19 exhibition, featuring the work of 51 local artists, is visually diverse and exciting.  I am so impressed with all of the Silver City artists.  Plus, the 9 artists LAS represents have new on view. both exhibitions are on view through October 3rd.

I am pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “Facing Forward”, a juried exhibition of handmade prints (including photographic processes) created by women of color.  During this time of unrest and uncertainty, this exhibition seeks to present works by women of color that speak to the future in challenging and inspiring ways.
Deadline to Submit is September 6th. Here is a link to the prospectus.


Lorraine Gala Lewis

LAS was thrilled to participate in the “Clay Reimagined” 2020 Demo Walk as part of the Silver City Clay Festival last month.  We were honored to host Lorraine Gala Lewis from Laguna Pueblo. Lorraine demonstrated her hand building and painting techniques.  Also on view was the “Community Art Installation” by Joao Galera.

“Community Art Installation” by Joao Galera

Karen’s recent happening:

Wild and Scenic Art, Leyba Ingalls Arts, Silver City, New Mexico. July 18 – August 22.
Three of my recent Photopolymer Gravures from the Solitude Series are on display.

Punching Marshmallows, New Grounds Remarque, Albuquerque, New Mexico. July 10 – August 29.
Three of my recent Photopolymer Gravures from the Solitude Series are on display.
I will be giving a Zoom artist talk Friday, August 14th at 5 pm.

The Portfolios 2020, Lightbox, Astoria, Oregon.  August 8 – September 8.
Four of my recent Photopolymer Gravures from the Solitude Series are on display.

And I am pleased to be a juror, along with Diana H. Bloomfield and Jim Fitzgerald, for the Altered Reality exhibition at Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.
The submission deadline is August 10th – submit now!

Solitude Series, Photopolymer Gravures

We now have shade and sculpture in the garden
and are ready to host private events!

Flash and I hope all of you are staying safe and sane…

Crescent Lake, August 2020
ok, it is true he would rather be on land…

Art in the Time of COVID-19

Art in the Time of COVID-19

A group exhibition featuring artists from
Silver City and the surrounding area.

Over 50 Artists share their experience during the pandemic through art created March 1st, 2020 or later.
This diverse exhibition includes painting, photography, fiber, clay, jewelry, sculpture and more.

July 11th – October 4th, 2020
Masks are Required and social distancing will be observed

Wire art by Joel Armstrong

Hours:  Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
and by appointment (karen@lightartspace.com) or chance (ring the door bell)

Thank you!

I am thrilled to announce that we have exceeded our
GoFundMe Reopening Campaign goal!

Thank you for donating – I am so appreciative
We plan to reopen by appointment in June

The campaign will end on June 5th with a Raffle

Prizes include 3 copies of my book Age & Seduction and 5 original etchings from my recent Solitude series

For each $25 donated you will receive one chance, $50 receives 2 chances, etc.  Everyone who has donated will automatically be entered into the Raffle. There is still one more week to donate and participate in the raffle!

Thank you!


Saddest of news…

It saddens me to report that beloved
Eric Renner died in Las Cruces, NM on April 9th after a short illness
A tribute to Eric will be forthcoming

Light Art Space is giving thanks for your friendship, love, support, and community

Here are some new happenings at Light Art Space…

During our almost 4 weeks of closure,
I have been working on ways to keep the gallery art active and available to you, our community.
Here are links to new videos of the gallery and some of LAS artists:

Provocation of Place exhibition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8ujFdnlKjA
Carmen Ruiz and her work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msAYrEeHV2Q
Joel Armstrong installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X33rkyK3ZkI
Mimi Calise Peterson in her studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK8JeEHTSJk
Art Peterson in his studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaytL8AR6PY

More videos to come!  You can visit Karen Hymer on Utube to find future videos

Many of you have asked how you can support me and Light Art Space during this difficult time. Here are a few ways:

  1. If you have extra time on your hand, google lightartspace.com and add a review of the gallery to the google business page.
  2. Purchase a LAS egift card to use in the future or give as a gift: https://squaremktg.com/campaigns/ai6kE9CDcpZbeatf/landing?source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0Q9A-q5eO9HFB8dTx266X_7WRLYSTWk9c1kbpNL__nrQ6nitgMgXi-O0g
  3. Donate to the Gofundme campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/light-art-space-reopening-fund
  4. Visit lightartspace.com and check out the new Artist tab where work by each of the LAS artists is featured. It is still a work in progress but please take a look: https://lightartspace.com/artists/  Enjoy the art and if something strikes your fancy contact me and we can make safe arrangements to deliver the piece to you.

I do plan to reopen as soon as the State of New Mexico determines it is safe.
I am dreaming of and scheming for upcoming exhibitions and workshops.
I also have been making some new images – see the end of this post for a few examples.

To those who left of us this week I say:
Thank you, Helen (Nana), for loving my son
Thank you, Eric for a lifetime devoted to Pinhole Photography
Thank you, John Prine for the stories. I hope you are kissing that girl on the tilt – a whirl…

Please stay safe and keep in touch.
Karen and Flash

All images are unique photopolymer gravure etchings,  4″ x 4″ (square black and white images) or 7″ x 8″.
New series about finding beauty in the land by looking closely. $70 per image.