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Call for Submissions for Ceramics Exhibition

Museum of Art LogoThe Las Cruces Museum of Art and the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for From the Ground Up XXVI Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition. Submissions are open to ceramic artists living and working in states in the Rocky Mountain Time Zone region of the US (NM, TX, AZ, UT, CO, WY, ID and MT). The exhibition runs August 7 – October 24, 2015.

Artists may submit up to 4 works for consideration. The submission fee is $30, payable to the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces. Awards include cash prizes and Museum Purchase Awards. This year’s juror is studio artist Marcia Selsor.

The deadline for submissions is postmark-date May 8, 2015. The full prospectus and submission form are available online at www.pottersguildlc.com. For more information, contact Exhibitions Curator Joy Miller at jmiller@las-cruces.org.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture on the Short Lines

Railroad Museum LogoThe Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host a lecture at noon on Tuesday, March 10.  New Mexico’s rich railroading history included many different railroad companies.  Railroads with less than 100 miles of track were designated short lines. Many of these railroad companies were only in existence for a few years, but each has a unique and fascinating story.  Joseph E. Gill will discuss some of the early short lines railroads in Grant County, New Mexico.

Gil has a Master’s of Science in Counseling from San Bernardino State University in California. His father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 39 years and this fostered Joe’s life-long interest in railroads and their history.

Light refreshments served.  For more information, please call 575-647-4480.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street, at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave.

Shake Your Caboose at Foundation Fundraiser

Support the rehabilitation of the historic caboose at this exclusive evening event. Admission includes music, appetizers and glass of wine (additional available at cash bar). This wonderful caboose hails from the 1890s, and was part of the Burlington line. After it was taken out of service, a family used it as a private cabin. They donated it to the museum in 2010. The Railroad Museum is working to bring it to near original condition as part of their exhibits.

Thursday, March 12

5:30-8:30 pm

Amaro Winery

402 South Melendres, Las Cruces

Admission is $25 for Foundation members and $30 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Willman CPA office at 1744 S. Triviz, Las Cruces, NM 88001
  • Online (with credit card or PayPal account) at EventBrite
  • If available, tickets can also be purchased at the door

Gourd Art Demonstrations

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Branigan Cultural Center presents a demonstration of gourd art and art techniques on Saturday, March 7 from 11am-1pm, by artists from the exhibition Enchanted Gourds.

The artists will bring examples of numerous gourd art approaches for the audience to examine in detail. They will answer questions about how gourds are prepared for painting and other means of transforming this plant into art. Several members of the group will be present over the course of the morning and will also be available to discuss the works on display in the gallery.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located downtown at 501 N. Main Street, next to the Museum of Art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154.  Find our events calendar and announcements on our Facebook page, or visit the Center’s web site at las-cruces.org/museums.

Yoyo Quilt Workshop and Demos Offered at Branigan Cultural Center

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Branigan Cultural Center presents a hands-on workshop on Yoyo Quilting to close out the quilting exhibit on Saturday, March 21 at noon. Participants will learn about this popular technique for creating quilting segments without the use of a sewing machine! This workshop is free and supplies are provided, but registration is recommended, as space is limited. Please bring your own small scissors to the workshop.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, every Wednesday and Saturday, 9am-noon, a group of quilters from Las Colcheras will work on a large quilt in the gallery. They will be present to answer questions and assist viewers in the exhibition, as they demonstrate quilting techniques.

Las Colcheras Quilt Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of quilting in the Mesilla Valley.  The Guild endorses the philosophy of community service and engages in activities that support that philosophy.  Each year, they issue a guild quilt challenge, followed by a judging for rosettes and cash awards. Entries are displayed publically in Las Cruces in the months of January or February, a tradition dating back to 2005.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located downtown at 501 N. Main Street, next to the Museum of Art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154.  Find our events calendar and announcements on our Facebook page, or visit the Center’s web site at las-cruces.org/museums.

Book Club Reads “1491”

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Cultural Connections Book Club will discuss Charles Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus on Wednesday, March 18, and Wednesday, April 15 2pm to 4pm.

The Cultural Connections Book Club reads works on the cultures and history of the Southwest. 1491 made a stir in 2005 with a new perspective on the cultural diversity of the Americas in the 15th century. We will take two months to discuss this detailed book, which examines the ways that native cultures shaped the natural landscape through the course of complex social, economic, and scientific endeavors. Joins us to learn more about the fascinating cultural patchwork of indigenous America prior to European arrival.

Please read 1491 and join us for a discussion of the book on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 15, from 2pm to 4pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

Guided Gallery Walk on March 6

Museum of Art LogoJoin the Las Cruces Museum of Art during the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble on March 6 for a 5-7pm guided walk through the exhibit hosted by collectors, Lynn Wiley and Billy & Cynthia Garrett.

Las Cruces Collects features works from the collections of three local art collectors: Billy & Cynthia Garrett, Lynn Wiley & John Purcell, and the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. Ms. Wiley and Mr. & Mrs. Garrett will discuss how they began collecting art and answer questions about pieces in their private collections.

Ms. Wiley is an artist residing in Las Cruces. The works shown from her collections represent journeys in her life and personal relationships. With over 45 years of experience in making, teaching, and trading art, she has acquired a collection primarily through gifts and exchanging work with colleagues.

Mr. Garrett’s first acquisition of art was a set of posters he had as a boy and still cherishes. Mrs. Garrett was first attracted to depictions of music and dance in two and three dimensional art. Through these interests, and the art career of brother John Garrett, the Garretts have developed a defined palette that contains an eclectic range of pieces.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154.  Find our events calendar and announcements on our Facebook page, or visit the Center’s web site at las-cruces.org/museums.

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