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Submissions sought: From the Ground Up XXVIII Regional Juried Ceramic Exhibition

The Las Cruces Museum of Art and the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces seek submissions for From the Ground Up XXVIII Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition 2017. 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 4 – October 21, 2017. Awards include cash prizes. This year’s juror is Steven Hill.

 The deadline for submissions is postmark-date April 21, 2017. The full prospectus and submission form are available online at www.pottersguildlc.com and http://www.las-cruces.org/museums. For more information, contact Exhibitions Curator Joy Miller at jmiller@las-cruces.org.

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Culture Club – Saturday Family Programs

The Branigan Cultural Center will be hosting a free series of art workshops for all ages on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm in January for our new family program: Culture Club. These free workshops will include creating dot art, military star badges, and water color spray paint art.

We will be celebrating Houseplant Appreciation Day at the beginning of the month and Chinese New Year the last Saturday in January.

For Chinese New Year, we will be doing a water color spray paint activity honoring the Year of the Rooster.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located on the downtown mall and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

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Spring 2017 Studio Program Session Open for Registration

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House Plant Appreciation Day, Jan. 7, 10 am

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“A Maya Celebration” by Janet Darrow, Friday, Dec. 16, 1 pm

Volunteers with Weaving for Justice will present a film screening by Janet Darrow titled, “A Maya Celebration,” on Friday, December 16 at 1 pm, followed by a talk by Janet Darrow and Christine Eber.

Janet Darrow and Christine Eber are volunteers with Weaving for Justice, a non-profit organization that works with Maya weavers in Chiapas, Mexico. The organization specifically works with the Maya women’s weaving cooperatives in highland Chiapas, Mexico. The goal of the organization is to assist the cooperatives to continue living in their lands in sustainable ways that respects the land, language, and traditions. The film features the inauguration of the first meeting house of Tsobol Antzetik (Women United) which is one of the cooperatives. It was built in April 2016 with money raised by, “Weaving for Justice.”

In addition to their work with Weaving for Justice, Janet Darrow and Christine Eber volunteer at La Frontera, a collective fair trade store in Nopalito’s Galería at 326 S. Mesquite St. in Las Cruces. After the film, they will be showing some of the products sold at the store which opens for the holiday season each Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm starting November 12th and closing on December 24th. The store offers hand-made work from three women’s artisan collectives on the border: Palomas Oilcloth Designs in Palomas, Chihuahua; Centro Santa Catalina in Juárez; Guerilla Prayer Flags in Juárez; and weaving cooperatives in highland Chiapas, Mexico. The store is run by volunteers and all proceeds go to the artisan groups in Mexico.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

December Art Workshops & Culture Club Activities

The Branigan Cultural Center will be hosting a series of art workshops for all ages on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm in December for our new family program: Culture Club. These free workshops will include creating and learning about Ojos De Dios, Snowflakes, Mini-Beaded Christmas Trees, and Jewelry creation! There will be no workshop on Saturday, December 24 as the museum is closed for the holiday.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located on the downtown mall and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Mitten Tree Project hosted by Las Cruces Museums, Dec. 6

The Las Cruces Museum of Art will celebrate Mitten Tree Day on December 6 at 10am. Children are invited for a reading of The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and a related art activity.

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In collaboration with the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the Las Cruces Museum System will sponsor a Mitten Tree this holiday season.

Based on the book, The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, the project encourages visitors to donate mittens, hats, and scarves to those in need. All items will be donated to local community organizations such as the Community of Hope, La Casa, Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted Friday, December 2 – Tuesday, December 20. Donors will be given a paper mitten on which they can decorate and write their name before placing it on the tree.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located on the downtown mall and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.