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Tom Lea’s Murals in New Mexico and Texas in the 1930s, Oct. 14, 11a

October is Tom Lea month and the Branigan Cultural Center will host a special
lecture to honor Lea and his work. Dr. Debora Rindge will present a lecture entitled
“Tom Lea’s Murals in New Mexico and Texas in the 1930s” on Saturday, October 14 at 11am at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Tom Lea was known as an extraordinary muralist, illustrator, war correspondent,
portraitist, landscapist, novelist and historian. His murals, dating from the 1930s,
express the history and character of distinct regions of the United States and are
found on the walls of public buildings from Washington, D.C. to El Paso, Texas. As
an eye-witness artist correspondent for LIFE magazine during World War II, Tom
Lea traveled more than 100,000 miles to record U.S. and Allied soldiers, sailors and
airmen waging war worldwide. He wrote and illustrated bestselling novels, The
Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country, and a dozen other books about subjects as
diverse as mountaineering in Wyoming, horse training in 16th century New Spain,
and the history of the King Ranch. His paintings depict remote and exotic places
from Ecuador to China, but primarily capture subjects found near his home on the
border between Mexico and Texas.

Dr. Debora Rindge is an art historian and founder of the consulting firm, Mirari, in
Las Cruces, New Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland,
was a Professor and Gallery Director for many years, and a Fulbright Scholar in
American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is a specialist in Art of
the American West, and in 2004 she and William Thompson co-authored the
catalogue and co-curated the national travelling exhibit, Light from the Sky: A Tom
Lea Retrospective, 1907-2001.

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

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7th Annual Cultural Bazaar, Oct. 7, 10a

The Branigan Cultural Center will be celebrating the diversity in our local community on Saturday, October 7 from 10am to 1pm at the seventh annual Cultural Bazaar. Registration is not required and the event is free.

Branigan Cultural Bazaar

This family event features the traditions, art, dance, clothing, and other customs of more than a dozen cultures represented in Las Cruces. Student groups from NMSU and other community partners will be present demonstrating traditional customs. There will be opportunities to listen to music from a range of countries, learn about different cultures and customs, and appreciate the wide range of diverse cultures and nationalities found within Las Cruces.

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

“The Origin and Mission of the National Border Patrol Museum,” Oct. 10, 12p

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On October 10, David Ham, Acting Director of the National Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, will present “The Origin and Mission of the U.S. Border Patrol Museum.”

The only Border Patrol museum in the United States is located in El Paso, TX, and relates the history of the organization from its early beginnings in the Old West, into the high-tech Patrol of today. The idea for this museum was initially proposed in 1978 by a group of retired Border Patrol Inspectors. It opened in 1985 in a basement in El Paso, and over the years has grown and evolved into the building where it has been housed since 1994.

Ham, a retired Border Patrol Agent with 31 years of service, began his career in Columbus, NM and retired from El Paso, TX. In addition to being Acting Director, he is also currently the president of the Board of Governors of the National Border Patrol Museum.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.

Visit the website http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 647-4480, for additional information.

From the Ground Up, Oct. 14, 1:30p

From the Ground Up XXVIII artists’ panel discussion
in the Branigan Cultural Center on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Artists exhibiting in From the Ground Up XXVIII in the Las Cruces Museum of Art will be
discussing their work during a panel talk on Saturday, October 14, at 1:30pm, in the
Branigan Cultural Center next door to the Museum of Art. Ceramicists Luisa Baldinger,
Martha Roditti, Judy Nelson Moore, and Jessica Cunningham will share insights on their
conceptual approaches and techniques. The artists make a variety of sculptural and
functional works. Admission to the panel discussion and the exhibition is free.
From the Ground Up XXVIII is a regional, juried ceramics show, co-hosted by Potters’
Guild of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Museum of Art. This year’s show features 41
artists exhibiting a total of 83 sculptural and utilitarian ceramic artworks. The exhibition
continues in the Museum of Art through Saturday, October 21, 2017.

The museum is located at 491 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am – 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org 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.

Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Oct. 14

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, to celebrate the City of Las Cruces
Museums will host Down Syndrome Awareness Day on October 14 from 10am to
1pm.

The City of Las Cruces Museums, in partnership with Down Syndrome Families of
Las Cruces, will host various free, fun, and inclusive activities for the entire family
to enjoy.

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

A-1 Machine Shop Exhibit thru Nov. 8

A-1 Machine Shop, featuring photography by Mel Stone, continues through Saturday,
November 8, at the Branigan Cultural Center. The exhibition offers a photographic tour of A-1 Machine Shop, owned and operated by Las Cruces native Rudy Tirre for over 30 years. The shop, located in Las Cruces’ historic Mesquite District, grinds valves, re-bores engine blocks, grinds crank shafts, and does other specialty jobs that bigger shops are reluctant to handle.

The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street 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 or call 575-541- 2154.

Grand Ole Opry Exhibit

Grand Ole Opry, at the Branigan Cultural Center, is an exhibition that documents the radio show known as the “home of American music” through the work of commercial photographer Gordon Gillingham during the 1950s.

These photographs catalog the Opry in its prime. The positive postwar atmosphere
of the United States was critical for the success of the radio show and of country
music in general. Gillingham captures the spirit, camaraderie, and sheer joy of the
era by focusing his lens both on- and off-stage. Photographs of Minnie Pearl, Chet
Atkins, and Patsy Cline performing demonstrate the carousing spirit of the
performances, while pictures of June Carter, Johnny Cash, and Roy Rogers
interacting with their fans offer a backdoor perspective of the Opry. Though a
crucial part of the Opry’s historical fabric, many of Gillingham’s remarkable
photographs have never been published or reproduced. Grand Ole Opry unveils this
view of a vital hallmark of American culture holistically, embedding the photographs
in historical context and audio snippets of the radio show itself. The show is still on
the air and has become the longest running radio program in the world.

Grand Ole Opry is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts
Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100
small- and mid-sized communities every year.

More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum 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 or call 575-541- 2154.