Colin Lanham: River at El Porvenir 2012, watercolor
New Mexico Highlands University, Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave., Las Vegas, 505-425-7511 The fifth annual Invitational Painters Exhibition continues through Sept. 28 before traveling to Santa Fe, when it goes on view at the Santa Fe County Administration Building (102 Grant Ave.) in October. The survey of works by contemporary Northern New Mexico painters started as a program under Dr. Robert Bell, a Las Vegas ophthalmologist and longtime collector and patron of the arts. Bell, along with his wife Sterling Puck, has donated more than 500 paintings to Highlands’ art collection. “I’ve always envisioned that this annual painters exhibition at Highlands would have more than one venue,” Bell said. The show is curated by Highlands Foundation art curator Renee Buchanan. This year marks the first time it travels to Santa Fe. The Santa Fe showing includes an opening reception on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.