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Mixed Media Landscapes at Branigan Cultural Center

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to present the works of mixed media landscape artist Robert Mullenix. His new seriesblown, reflects a dual interest in photography and painting. The exhibition opens at 5 pm Friday, September 5, and runs through Saturday, September 27, in our newly renovated Shannon Gallery.

In his artist statement, Mullenix describes his creative process:

“The photograph is the basis for these images; it reflects a conceptual, as well as a physical distance from the subject matter, as we tend to experience the outdoors vicariously through the filter of media.  Derived from photographs of trees, generally found in publication, and digitally manipulated, I enlarge these images using photocopies–emphasizing the dot-matrix of the print process. The photocopies are altered via collage and the toner is often transferred to either canvas or board.  This is the basis for the final painting; the photographic image is repainted using acrylic and/or oil paint. While it is often the case that the dot pattern of the print process dictates the brush mark (sometimes repeating, sometimes echoed by pointillist-like brush strokes), the color and light are invented.  In keeping with these tensions, I investigate cool/warm, high key/low key contrasts, as well as luminescence and iridescence.  I am increasingly interested in abstraction and perception, color and fields of pattern which read as foliage.  The end result is that the final image is partially photographic, partially hand-rendered, and almost always pixilated–the photograph is translated into paint.  The hand of the artist is subject to the mechanics of the photographic process.  The photographic image is transformed by the hand of the artist.”

shift, 6" x 9", 2014, courtesy Robert Mullenix

shift, 6″ x 9″, 2014, courtesy Robert Mullenix

Mullenix earned his Bachelor of Arts from Sioux Falls College in 1987.  He received his MFA in painting in 1990, and his MA in Art Education in 1995, both from the University of Illinois.  His works have been featured in exhibitions throughout the US.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for renovation June 30 – late August.  Upon reopening, regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public.For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

 

Botanicals Photo Exhibit on September 5

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Branigan Cultural Center proudly presents J.W. Fike’s Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent: Plates in which the Edible Parts of the Specimen have been Illustrated in Color. Opening Friday, September 5, during the Downtown Ramble, the exhibition runs through Saturday, September 27, in our newly renovated Shannon Gallery.

To describe his artistic process, Fike says, “The plant is excavated, arranged in a studio, photographed, then illustrated digitally in such a way as to render the edible parts in color while the remaining parts, less emphatically, read as photograms.” These images beautifully reference early botanical studies, while embracing contemporary techniques of digital imaging, and are vitally relevant to issues of sustainability. “These edible plants grow all around us, in yards, alleys, ditches, and empty lots. Each testifies to our symbiotic evolution with all of life, and function as both metaphor and proof of our intimate tether to the natural world”, says Fike.

Dandelion, C-Print, 16” x 15”, 2011, by  J.W. Fike

Dandelion, C-Print, 16” x 15”, 2011, by J.W. Fike

Fike was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1970. He earned a BA in Art from Auburn University in Alabama, and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. His artwork has been shown in over seventy exhibitions across the U.S.  He currently teaches at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for renovation June 30 – late August.  Upon reopening, regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

Mixed Media Installation at the Branigan Cultural Center in September

Branigan Cultural Center LogoIn September, the Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to present Distorted Senses of Proportion, a mixed media installation by Brooklyn artist Rachel B. Abrams. Abrams’s exhibition includes sculptural installations and mixed-media drawings and collages which focus on how ecosystems and life cycles are affected by climate change, overpopulation and invasive species. She hopes to encourage an awareness of the often-overlooked confrontations of natural and non-natural habitats.

The installation includes “frustrules” – her term for the encroaching clusters of organic forms she creates from recycled foam. Also on display are elegant sculptures, mixed media drawings, and collages, using minimalist, repeated forms to represent the disruption of ecological systems and habitats.

Allowable Residues by Rachel B Abrams

Allowable Residues by Rachel B Abrams

In her artist statement, Abrams describes her creative approach: “I am interested in the relationships between information and placement, action and consequence, experience and time, ritual and movement, layering and memory, empathy and entropy. Much of my work develops out of studio experimentation, combining material studies with research focused on science, language, categorization, significance, translation, and orientation. Each investigation leads to further explorations and questions.”

Rachel B. Abrams lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and has had several national solo exhibitions. She received her MFA in Glass from Alfred University and her BFA in Studio Art from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She exhibits regularly throughout the United States and has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Assilah Forum Foundation, Assilah, Morocco; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; and Custom House Studios, County Mayo, Ireland.

For more information about the artist visit: http://rachelbabramsart.blogspot.com.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. The Branigan Cultural Center will be closed for renovation June 30 – late August.  Upon reopening, regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

Earthly Afterlife of Billy Kid: History Lecture at Branigan Cultural Center

Branigan Cultural Center LogoDr. Jeff Schwehn will present the September 2014 History Notes lecture at Branigan Cultural Center on Thursday, September 11 at 1pm. His lecture is titled The Earthly Afterlife of Billy the Kid.

We all know of Billy the Kid. We all have our opinions of his role in New Mexican and American history. Dr. Schwehn will explore the circumstances and characteristics of Billy the Kid that place him in the forefront of our imagination of the American frontier. How on earth did a very young laborer from a non-descript background become arguably the most popular icon of the American West? This presentation will examine territorial Lincoln County, The Lincoln County War, William H. McCarty’s (Billy the Kid’s) journey to and role in the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid’s ascent to legendary status, and the character traits that ensure Billy the Kid’s continuing prominence in the Myth of the American West. Join us to continue to create, through learning and discussion, “the earthly afterlife of Billy the Kid.”

Dr. Jeff Schwehn is a retired Clinical Psychologist who has practiced in Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Schwehn has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University and a Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Schwehn’s psychological research focused on how culture influences individuals’ perceptions and values. Dr. Schwehn is currently an amateur historian with a special interest in the New Mexico Territorial Period, 1850-1912. He has spent the last two years studying the many records and interpretations of the life of Billy the Kid.

History Notes, monthly lectures on historical topics, take place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Please check our webpage or Facebook for a full listing of these and other Branigan Cultural Center public programs.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. The Branigan will be reopening after renovation for the First Friday Arts Ramble on September 5. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

Support While You Shop at Albertson’s, Amazon

Support the work of the Las Cruces City Museums while you shop locally at Albertsons stores, or online at smile.amazon.com.

Under agreements with both companies, a percentage of your sale will automatically be contributed to the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.  Here’s how:

  • Support the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums by shopping at smile.amazon.com, and identifying the foundation as your preferred donation. A percentage of your sale will be given to the foundation.

    Support the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums by shopping at smile.amazon.com, and identifying the foundation as your preferred donation. A percentage of your sale will be given to the foundation.

    To shop at Amazon, point your web browser tosmile.amazon.com.. You’ll need to designate the “Foundation for Las Cruces Museums”. That’s it! Every time you make a purchase at smile.amazon.com. the company will donate a small percentage to the museum.
  • Whenever you shop at Albertson's, ask the cashier to scan your tag. The company will make a donation to the Foundation for each purchase.

    Whenever you shop at Albertson’s, ask the cashier to scan your tag. The company will make a donation to the Foundation for each purchase.

    To shop locally at Albertson’s, you’ll need to get a special key tag, which you can pick up at any of the city museums (Railroad Museum, Museum for Nature and Science, Museum of Art or Branigan Cultural Center). Email the foundation if you’d like one mailed to you at info@foundationlcm.com.

 

Exciting Activities Every Week at MoNaS

Museum of Nature & Science LogoThe Museum of Nature and Science offers wonderful activities every week. There is something for kids and adults. 

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month @ 2:00 PM, discuss a new science-themed book at Southwest Reading Connections.
  • Thursdays @ 9:00 AM, all children under 5 and their caregivers are invited to explore science with our pre-K series.
  • Fridays @ 3:00 PM, Dinosaurs A to Z invade the museum, with a discussion of a new dinosaur, ancient animal or paleontological concept every week.
  • Saturdays @ 10:00 AM is the time for families to learn together with Family Science Saturday.  Each month we focus on two topics, alternating presentations each week.
  • Saturdays @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Fetch encourages science exploration using easily found materials.
  • Saturdays @ 1:00 PM the museum Naturalist highlights one group of animals in Animal Encounters.

MoNaS is located at 411 North Main Street. For additional information, visit the museums’ website at: http://www.las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120. If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours before the event.

Summer Workshops at MoNaS for Kids

Museum of Nature & Science LogoThe Museum of Nature and Science is offering three summer workshops for children ages 7-12.  Join us for a morning of explorations as we look at the weird, wacky & wonderful world of science!  All workshops are from 9:00 AM – noon on Tuesdays.  Pre-registration and fees apply.  Contact the museum at (575) 522-3120 or khanson@las-cruces.orgfor more information.
 
Weird Science
July 15
Join staff in an exploration of electricity, physics and chemistry in this fun, hands-on class.  Make a fruit-powered battery, generate oxygen using enzymes and learn to make your own glue using milk!
 
Wacky Weather
July 29
Learn the causes of weather, experiment with some of its more dramatic effects and make your own weather station to take home!
 
Creepy Crawly World
August 5
Come learn about the world of arthropods – what they are, where they live and why they are so amazing!  Participants will create a bug habitat to take home and get an up close look at some of the Museums’ live collection of arthropods!
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