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3rd Annual Navajo Rug Auction, October 14 & 15

The Foundation for Las Cruces Museum is sponsoring its 3rd annual Navajo Rug Auction to benefit the Las Cruces museum system and Navajo weavers. Items to be auctioned will consist of contemporary and vintage authentic handmade Navajo rugs and baskets.

Events associated with the auction will be held Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main Street.

On Friday, October 14 from 4 pm – 8 pm, the Foundation will host a jewelry sale and appraisal session. For $10 per item you can have your Native American rugs, baskets, jewelry and similar items appraised. Sorry, no Kachina dolls or paintings.

All auction items will be available for preview on Saturday 9 am – 11:30 am, with the auction beginning at noon. Local weavers will be on-site to identify handspun, handcarded, and vintage pieces and to help identify important features of the rugs.

During the preview on October 15 weaving demonstrations will be provided by a group of Native American weavers. Weavers will be present throughout the auction, from 9 am to close, answering questions. They will give a special presentation for children at 11am.

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 200 hundred 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.

For more information, visit http://www.foundationlcm.com or www.facebook.com/FoundationLCMuseums/.

 

Meeting, July 27: Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act

Join the public announcement being held Wednesday, July 27th from 9:00 am – 10:30 am at the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.

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Painted Parallels, Artist Reception August 5, Exhibit through August 20

The Branigan Cultural Center presents Painted Parallels, featuring the artwork of Dr. Sohini Dhar and Sudeshna Sengupta. Both artists earned their degrees in Fine Arts from Visva Bharati University in India. Dhar lives and teaches in Kolkata, India, and Sengupta lives in Las Cruces. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, August 20. The artist’s reception for the exhibit will be on Friday, August 5 from 5pm to 7pm.

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Painted Parallels is comprised of paintings, drawings, textiles and prints by Dhar and Sengupta. The exhibit showcases the development of two separate bodies of work by these artists who share common creative roots. While these artists began their career on a similar path, their artwork has evolved separately, resulting in similarities and contrasts that the audience is invited to explore.

The artists will be in attendance for a preview of the exhibit on Thursday, July 14 from 5pm to 8pm. Dhar will give a brief talk on the work on display and the process by which the similar artistic trajectories were developed by both artists.

Painted Parallels Visual Voyage I by Sohini Dhar

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at:

http://las-cruces.org/museums 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.

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Color and Vision Exhibit, until August 13

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Color and Vision: Artwork of Ailleen Shannon. Reception July 1, 5p

The Branigan Cultural Center presents Color and Vision: Artwork of Ailleen Shannon. The exhibit will explore the career of artist Ailleen Shannon, who lived in Las Cruces from 1925 until her death in 1964. The exhibition opens Friday, July 1, and will be on display through Saturday, August 13. An opening reception will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, July 1.

Color and Vision: Artwork of Ailleen Shannon, features landscapes and portraits in oil, pencil, and pastel from 1914 to 1950, as well as earlier sketches and calligraphy by the artist.

Ailleen Philips Shannon was born in Gillsburg, Mississippi in 1888. She studied fine art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Julienne Academy in Paris, and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Ailleen and her husband, Edmund Shannon, moved to Las Cruces in 1925. A member of the bourgeoning art scene on Las Cruces, she exhibited her work in shows around the United States, while she raised her children and was active in social groups within community.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit http://las-cruces.org/museums 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.

Fire and Fiber Exhibit through July 2

The Branigan Cultural Center presents Fire and Fiber, an exhibition that brings together local clay and fiber artists. The exhibit will be on view June 3 – July 2, 2016.

Fire and Fiber is a biannual exhibit that showcases the collaborative efforts between members of the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces and local fiber artists. Fired clay and a fiber medium, such as fabric, paper, wood, or yarn, are combined into each piece. The contrasting materials require creative thinking by the artists and result in unique works of art.

Fire&Fiber_Welcome to the Big Top by Suzanne Kane & Milette Lanphere

The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces is made up of about 60 members. The goals of the group are to foster the education of the arts, sponsor exhibitions and sales of the groups’ work, organize workshops, and promote community service.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums 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.

Chess Workshop, June 23, MoA

Chess training has been shown to help strengthen strategic thinking abilities, improve decision making, build confidence, and develop the capability of perceiving consequences.

Join Las Cruces Chess Academy founder Manny Castillo, a United States Chess Federation Level III Advanced Chess Coach, to learn more about the game and opportunities to pursue playing in the local area. The workshop will take place at the Museum of Art from 4 – 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 23. For questions or to register, call 575-541-2137.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street and open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-541-2137.

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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