Thursday, April 7, 2011

Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM

Lest I leave you thinking that we found no art in Las Cruces, across a small plaza from the Art Museum is the Branigan Cultural Center. Oh, the stories behind the exhibits here! And I love local stories!

We loved the iron railing at the entrance!

The Branigan Cultural Center collections are comprised of historic and cultural art, archival materials, and historic objects. It is the intention of the Branigan Cultural Center to acquire historic artifacts related to the history of Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley to foster awareness and understanding of the history and multi-cultural heritage of Las Cruces and its environs. The Branigan Cultural Center’s historic collection includes items dating from the 1850s and the founding of the City of Las Cruces. The collection includes costumes and accessories, furniture, portraits, textiles, toys and dolls, correspondence, and photographs. Source:

In addition to its permanent collection Las Cruces: Crossroads of History the Center currently hosts three temporary exhibits: 

Enchanted, an exhibit of digitally enhanced photographs of the New Mexico landscape by Gordon Taylor...


The Las Cruces Arts Association's 49th Members Show...

...featuring a variety of media

...including my favorite, Unveiling Spirits by M. Randall Brown!

Our favorite exhibit though was, Knock On Wood. Here is a description of the materials used in the objects exhibited and a photo of one of the trees.

 Here are some of the works of art created from the harvested wood.


Bowls and vases

A chest of drawers

The Green Man

A gorgeous round table
And my favorite, Bear and Cub,

 which was accompanied by this series of photos depicting the creative process...

The story behind this exhibit and the variety of artworks made from this treasured, harvested wood made this another one of my favorite art finds. We've learned that there is art everywhere, you just have to seek it out sometimes.

Lovin' Life ~~ And the Stories of Art

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading about the pistachio trees and seeing the wood carvings. I bet this museum held your attention a bit longer than the one in the previous post!


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