Art Obscura was a long time coming in Las Cruces, New Mexico. When artist, owner, and Ryan Gosling lookalike Deret Roberts first opened the eclectic gallery and boutique in 2013, some folks were dumbfounded. Others said the one word every entrepreneur loves to hear: “Finally!” Today, the two-story building with the neat graffiti on the outside houses works by more than 30 local artists, plus refurbished antiques and macabre collectibles.
There’s no telling what you’ll unearth on any given visit: retro arcade games, a sweet Schwinn bicycle, an ancient cash register, slot machine, gas pump, Pepsi dispenser, or tabletop jukebox, cool blue seltzer bottles, 60-year-old monster magazines, amphibians suspended in formaldehyde, a dish full of severed clay fingers, or a huge portrait of Albuquerque hero Walter White (you can thank local artist Luis Navarro for that). The mix is all over the place and that’s the intention. Pop culture meets contemporary kitsch meets vintage meets a guy who is doing a hell of a thing for his local arts community—supporting it.
3206 Harrelson St., Las Cruces, NM; 575-494-7256.