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“A Renaissance of Fiber” Exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center

September 21, 2014

Branigan Cultural Center LogoJoin the museum for their latest exhibit on how weaving has changed over the last 400 years. A Renaissance of Fiber by the Mesilla Valley Weavers opens Friday, October 3 and features a diversity of fiber items created by members of this local weaving group.

This craft has gone from an everyday necessity to an art form, while still maintaining its place in our daily lives. Attendees will observe how the Mesilla Valley Weavers are keeping the weaving traditions of the past alive, yet creating innovative art. The exhibit will showcase contemporary weaving and will demonstrate how it harkens back to traditional weaving. There will be examples of items woven from reeds and textiles both woven and knitted. Baskets in traditional and non-traditional forms, ranging from functional to home décor items of all shapes and sizes, will also be on display. The exhibit closes on Saturday, October 25.

Image of a knitted scarfOver the course of the month, several programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Members of the Mesilla Valley weavers will give demonstrations of weaving and basketry techniques on October 11 and 18, respectively. On October 25, the Spider Rock Girls of Chinle, Arizona will be present to demonstrate Navajo weaving traditions, along with an auction by RB Burnham Trading Post, sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and admission is free. The Branigan will be reopening after renovation for the First Friday Arts Ramble on September 5. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s Facebook page or website at las-cruces.org/museums.

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