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2015 Navajo Rug Auction and Jewelry Sale

The Foundation for Las Cruces Museum is sponsoring the 2nd annual Navajo Rug Auction to benefit Navajo weavers and the Las Cruces museum system. Items to be auctioned will consist of contemporary and vintage authentic handmade Navajo rugs and baskets.

On Friday, October 23 4pm to 8pm, the museum will host a jewelry sale and appraisal session. For $10 per item you can have your Native American rugs, baskets, jewelry and similar items. The auction and weaving demonstrations will be held Saturday, October 24 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Man Street. All auction items will be available for preview 9am – 11:30am, with the auction beginning at noon. Local weavers will be on site to identify handspun, hand-carded and vintage pieces and to help identify important features 2014 Rug Auctionof the rugs.

During the preview on October 24 will be weaving demonstrations by the Spider Rock Girls, well known weavers from the Navajo Nation.  Emily Malone, Rose Yazzie, and Laramie Blake are three generations of weavers from the Chinle area. Meet this extraordinary family and learn about their approach to both traditional and innovative weaving techniques and patterns. Malone, Yazzie and Blake will be present throughout the auction, from 9am through close, answering questions. They will give a special presentation for children at 11. The Spider Rock Girls will also have items available in the auction.

Navajo, or Diné, weavers are renowned world-wide for their virtuosic weaving and Navajo rugs are quintessential aspects of the Southwestern cultural landscape. More than 200Rug Weaving Demonstration rugs in a wide range of styles, both historic and recently completed, will be on display and available for purchase. The auction will be run by R.B. Burnham & Co. Whether you are a collector or just learning, this is a great opportunity to view a variety of styles and learn more on the history of Navajo rug weaving. Browse, bid and take home a unique handmade textile. Proceeds benefit Navajo weavers, the Branigan Cultural Center, and the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums. Admission is free.

Student Workshop on Bones

Museum of Nature & Science LogoJoin the Museum of Nature & Science on Saturday May 2 at 1pm for a special presentation about bones by one of their work study students, Joseph Moreno. This student workshop is free and open to all ages.

The skeletal system is something we use every day without thinking much about, but it actually does a lot more than simply hold your body upright. In fact, it’s used differently by every animal that has one! We will explore the many forms and features of the skeleton and how they’re used by both humans and our fellow animals. Like the rest of our body, our skeleton grows with us and can also suffer from diseases. Learn how to keep your bones healthy and discover some of the weirder facts about bones! A hands-on activity will be available for younger participants.

The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, visit the website at: or call (575)522-3120.

Railroad Days in April

Railroad Museum LogoJoin the Las Cruces Railroad Museum for their sixth annual Railroad Days, April 24 & 25, 2015 (10-4 pm each day). All festivities celebrate Las Cruces’ railroading past, present, and future. Throughout the two-day event, the Dona Ana Modular Railroad Club will have their model train layouts running and staff will be on hand to answer questions relating to railroading’s rich history.

The Centennial Caboose will be on display for viewing as restoration efforts continue on this historic piece of rolling stock. In addition to the caboose, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will be bringing equipment that will be available for viewing (no rides) on Saturday. Inside the museum, we will have Harvey Girl reenactors from the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso, and the Deming, Truth or Consequences and Columbus museums will also have booths set up.

Prior to Saturday’s big events; Friday, April 24, is Students’ Day with special tours by appointment for groups and activities for the kids throughout the day.

The Museum is regularly open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Event is free and open to the public. The Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street (at Las Cruces Ave.). For information, please see or call 575-647-4480.

Pottery Call for Submissions

Museum of Art LogoThe Las Cruces Museum of Art and the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces have issued a 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 For more information, contact Exhibitions Curator Joy Miller at

Branigan Cultural Center Open Call for Submissions for 2016 Exhibits

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Branigan Cultural Center (BCC) seeks proposals for solo and group exhibitions to be presented in 2016.  The BCC encourages proposals of regional artistic, historical, or social interest consistent with its mission: “The Branigan Cultural Center is dedicated to engaging our visitors in the rich heritage of the Southwest and the world at large through artistic, cultural, and historical exhibitions and programs.”

Please visit to find proposal requirements. Necessary forms include (as PDFs):

To apply, email your proposal to no later than Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5pm.

Incomplete or late proposals will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit our website The Branigan Cultural Center is located at the north end of Main Street (across from the Museum of Art) in Las Cruces, NM at 501 N. Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.

Legacy of the Railroad Brown Bag Lecture

Railroad Museum LogoThe Las Cruces Railroad Museum will host a lecture at noon on Tuesday, April 14. Prince McKenzie, commissioner of the El Paso County Historical Commission and founder of the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso, will present The Cultural Legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad in the Southwest.

McKenzie is a descendent of a pioneer family that came to this area in 1881 to help with the building of the railroads. In the 1880s, four railroads were built in the El Paso area:  the Santa Fe; Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (GH&SA); Texas Pacific; and the Southern Pacific. The impact their arrival had on this area was enormous. Shipping goods in from eastern factories, opening new markets for local goods and produce, and simplifying passenger travel, all helped change the region.

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.

All-City High Schools Senior Show at Museum of Art

Museum of Art LogoThe All-City High Schools Senior Show 2015 opens in the Museum of Art on Friday, April 10 and continues through Saturday, April 18. An artists’ reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, April 17, from 5-7pm. The exhibition will feature works in a broad variety of art media and culinary arts. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools – Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte.

The Museum of Art, 491 N. Main Street, is located at the north end of the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum of Art at (575) 541-2137 or visit


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