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Quilt Exhibit and Special Events in February

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe Branigan Cultural Center presents a series of educational programs and guided tours of Number, please…, an exhibition of quilts from the 2015 Las Colcheras Quilt Guild Challenge. The exhibit opens Friday, February 6, during the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble, 5-7pm, and will be on display through Saturday, March 21. Don’t miss this series of presentations by the members of the Las Colcheras Quilt Guild.

On Friday, February 6, 5-7pm, quilters from the guild will be present during the First Friday Ramble and opening reception to lead guests through the exhibit and answer questions about the quilts.

On Saturday, February 7, 10am-noon, in conjunction with Las Cruces Connects, members of Las Colcheras will lead guided tours of the exhibit, showing visitors unique features of the quilts on display and discussing the annual quilt challenge. These guest museum guides will also show how the themes of numbers are reflected in each of the quilts.

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.

On Saturday, February 28, at noon, we present a roundtable discussion of quilting techniques and styles. A number of quilters will be on hand for this casual conversation. Bring in your quilting questions or come to see the variety of designs and styles incorporated into the work of the Colcheras. The guild members will bring in completed and in-progress quilts that visitors can examine up-close, as they learn about the range of outcomes possible through quilting.

The final program will be a hands-on workshop on Yoyo Quilting to close out the 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.

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.

This year’s challenge revolves around numbers. Quilters demonstrate have sharp math skills in measuring, fitting, and stitching a quilt. Las Colcheras quilters take this idea a step further in 2015, by incorporating numbers into the titles, designs, and repetitions found in the quilt.

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.

Science Night for Adults at Museum of Nature and Science

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The Las Cruces Museums have created the perfect date night for people interested in science. Join the Las Cruces Museums on Friday, February 27, 2015, for The Birds, the Bees and the Brews, an informal evening of refreshments, conversation and presentations from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Take a peek into the secretive world of the animal kingdom at the Museum of Nature and Science and the Museum of Art, both located on the north end of the downtown mall.

Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun at the museums featuring live demos, fascinating presentations and a chance to explore the museum after dark! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets, and local beers (available at a cash bar) provided by the High Desert Brewery. The event is free, but you must be 21+ to enter, IDs required. This program is sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.

The City of Las Cruces Museum System has four Museums. The Branigan Cultural Center, Museum of Art, and Museum of Nature & Science are at 501 – 411 N. Main Street, with the Railroad Museum close by at 351 N. Mesilla Street.  The Main Street museums are open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9:00am – 4:30 pm.  The Railroad Museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00am – 4:30pm. All of the City of Las Cruces Museums are free and open to the public.

For more information about this or any other program, contact the Museum of Nature & Science at (575) 522-3120, visit the Museum’s website at las-cruces.org/museums or find us on Facebook.

The Birds and The Bees on Display at Branigan Cultural Center

Branigan Cultural Center LogoThe exhibition, The Birds and the Bees, was inspired by the birth of the artist’s son and explores the complications of love, pleasure, and the act of creation – literal and metaphorical, biological, and artistic. The exhibit opened on January 2 at the Branigan Cultural Center and will be on display until the end of the month.

Artist Paul Flippen has been painting for over two decades. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, including solo exhibitions in New York, Texas, the Mid-West, and the Washington, D.C., metro area. He currently teaches Foundations Painting at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The Birds and The Bees is a series of paintings of pollinating birds and bees that suggestively interact with abstractions of antique marriage certificates. The painted elements are then layered over digital transfers of the chemical synthesis of progesterone, which is necessary for the healthy development of a baby, yet is also found in various forms of birth control. These images are further layered over manipulated digital photos of lace patterns of lingerie and wedding dresses. They are mechanized patterns that both display and obscure, like lace.

Flippen’s paintings are visual puzzles, meant for interpretation by the viewer. Flippen elaborates: “My paintings are autobiographical, functioning as metaphorical self-portraits. Images contain multiple possible and correct readings – my paintings allow for the interpretation of the viewer to speak in collaboration with my intent, and thus develop an understanding significant through its personal relevance. Some aspect of my meaning will be discrete from yours, but we will have commonalities. And these commonalities allow for a shared experience as we attempt, together, to reach some understanding of what a painting communicates.”

The Branigan Cultural Center hosts changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events. It is located 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 and free to the public. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s web site at las-cruces.org/museums.

Salt Painting for Kids

Branigan Cultural Center LogoOn Saturday, January 31 at 12 noon, the Branigan Cultural Center will host a free workshop on creative ways to make art with salt. Salt comes in a range of natural colors, based on the minerals present. It can also be dyed, act as an agent to carry pigment, or absorb watercolor paint off a canvas. Join us for an afternoon of mixed media art with this natural element.

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.

Make a Mobile at Branigan Cultural Center

Branigan Cultural Center LogoMuseum educators at Branigan Cultural Center will offer a free workshop on making mobiles inspired by bird and insect wings on Saturday, January 24 at 1pm. This workshop, suitable for adults and children (aged 10 and up with a helper), will allow participants to create a moving piece of art that reflects the themes of the exhibit The Birds and The Bees. All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring images of birds and insects to help them create their mobile.

The Birds and The Bees, by Paul Flippen, was inspired by the birth of the artist’s son and explores the complications of love, pleasure, and the act of creation – literal and metaphorical, biological and artistic. The exhibit opened on January 2nd at the Branigan Cultural Center and will be on display until the end of the month. Flippen has been painting for over two decades and has had his work shown in galleries and museums around the country, including solo exhibitions in New York, Texas, the Mid-West, and the Washington D.C. metro area.  He currently teaches Foundations Painting at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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, visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums or find us on Facebook.

Adaptation Game at Branigan Cultural Center

Learn about animal adaptations in hostile environments in a fun interactive game at the Branigan Cultural Center on Saturday, January 17 at 12 noon.

How do penguins swim in the cold water near Antarctica? What are some ways that desert animals conserve water? How does a jackrabbit cool off? In this exciting game, we will test out some animal adaptations and see how far they take us in hostile environments! How will you fare in the race for survival?

Desert Air, a traveling exhibition produced and toured by National Geographic is on display at the Branigan Cultural Center through Saturday, January 17. Desert Air is the first comprehensive photographic collection of the world’s “extreme deserts” and showcases the work of George Steinmetz.

A number of family and adult programs accompany these exhibits, imparting visitors with a better understanding of how desert ecosystems and waterways impact the world that we live in. There will also be other events such as a book club, and docents lead tours of the exhibit. For a full list of activities, see the museum’s webpage. Activities presented jointly by the Branigan Cultural Center, Museum of Art, and the Museum of Nature and Science.

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.

Sherlock Holmes at Railroad Book Club

Railroad Museum LogoThe Rail Readers Book Club meets at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum at 11:00 am on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. On January 21, 2015 the club will discuss House of Silk, written by Anthony Horowitz.

Sherlock Holmes, one of the greatest fictional detectives of all times, is asked for help solving a train robbery. The robbers thought they were going to purloin a payroll, but instead blow up a safe containing priceless paintings. In attempting to catch the thieves, Holmes and Dr. Watkins find themselves drawn into the world of trans-Atlantic gangs and opium dens. The arrest of Holmes for murder causes even Watkins to wonder if there will be a satisfactory outcome to this mysteriously intertwined series of events.

This book is available at the Thomas Branigan Public Library and on Kindle and Nook. New members are always welcome, even if they have not read the book.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street, at the intersection of Las Cruces Ave. For more information, call Joanne at 575-647-4480.

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