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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.

Ornament Workshop at the Museum of Art, Dec. 3

The Museum of Art is offering a free holiday ornament making workshop on Saturday, December 3, from 2pm – 4pm. Materials will be available to make a variety of ornaments and gift tags.

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Come put your imagination to work to make something truly unique for family or friends. This family-friendly event is for children of all ages, accompanied by a caregiver.

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 i this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Santa Arrives at the Depot, Dec. 2, 5 pm

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5:00 pm on Friday, December 2, Santa will arrive and spend the evening visiting with children of all ages. Crafts, special holiday trains, spectacular decorations, and free cookies for all.

Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street, Las Cruces.
Tuesday -Friday from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Tours: Please contact our Tour Coordinator at (575) 541-2154 or email us at museums_education@las-cruces.org for more information.

Contact Us:

Phone: (575) 647-4480
Fax: (575) 647-4304

RRM@las-cruces.org

Spider Rock Girls, Nov. 26, 10 am

Join us on Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, as the Branigan Cultural Center welcomes the Spider Rock Girls, Navajo weavers from Arizona.

Navajo weavers have created an iconic art genre that is admired and collected around the world. The tradition of weaving has been passed down for many generations and is apparent in one Navajo family.

14956657_1266386923423403_6958736853076292580_nThe Spider Rock Girls are three generations of weavers from the Chinle area in the Navajo Nation. The family has been weaving for generations and through the sale of their beautiful weavings they have been able to provide food, clothing, and education for the family.

Come meet this extraordinary family and learn about their approach to both traditional and innovative weaving techniques and patterns. Members of the family will demonstrate traditional Navajo weaving techniques and will answer questions about their weaving. Pieces woven by the Spider Rock Girls will be available for sale

H. C. Tibbitts and the History of Glass Plate Photography, Nov. 18 and 19

Paul Bosselait will present a lecture entitled. “HC Tibbitts and the History of Glass Plate Photography,” on Friday, November 18th at 1:00 PM, and again on Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 AM, at the Branigan Cultural Center.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Bosselait became interested in photography in the 1960s while in high school. He moved to Las Cruces in 1992 and worked at White Sands Missile Range in the calibration lab until 2009 when he retired. He enjoys traveling as well as learning about photography and improving his photography skills.

Photography was revolutionized in the late 1800s by the introduction of the collodion process for making glass negatives. This new technique was faster than previous methods and paper prints could easily be made from glass-plate negatives. One famous photographer who used this technique was Howard Clinton Tibbits. Tibbits traveled through the south west capturing the landscape and people of the area. His photographs were used for postcards and advertising in the early part of the 20th century and are now found in museums, libraries, and private collections across the country.

Bosselait’s talk will focus on Howard Clinton Tibbitts, the history of photography between 1826 and 1839, and the process of glass plate photography.

501. N. Main
Las Cruces, NM 88001
575-541-2154
Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4:30pm
Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm
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Enjoy Rat-on-a-Stick, Nov. 5 & 6

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Reading Art Book Club will discuss Isabella Gardner, Nov. 9

The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book, The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft, by Ulrich Boser on Wednesday, November 9, at 2:30pm in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.

Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. Boser’s rousing account of his years spent collecting clues large and small is entertaining enough to make readers almost forget that, after 18 years, the paintings have still not been found: the museum is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to their return.

To jump start the discussion, the Museum of Art will show the documentary Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston at 1:30pm. The short film goes behind the scenes at Gardner’s palatial Boston museum and shows her amazing collection of paintings, architectural antiquities, tapestries, etc.

Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Join us even if you haven’t read the book! For more information or for details on book selections, contact Stephanie Abdon at 541-2217 or e-mail sabdon@las-cruces.org.

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.