Artists can apply for monument’s artist-in-residence program

The Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Bureau of Land Management announce a call to artists to apply for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Artist in Residence Program to take place May 1 – 31, 2017.

The Artist in Residence program educates and promotes the appreciation, protection, and preservation of natural and cultural resources on public lands. The residency provides an artist and public an opportunity to interact to better enhance the understanding of the public lands as well as the unique qualities an artists eye can capture.

The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21, 2014. As part of the National Conservation Lands System, the nearly 497,000 acres are some of the West’s most iconic landscapes. The Bureau of Land Management manages the national monument.

Entries for the 2017 Spring residency must be received via email on or before February 28, 2017.

For more information, see program details and application materials at: or contact Ben Gabriel at 323-1423 or email

Las Cruces Arts Assn. Artist of the Month
Kathleen Deasy is Las Cruces Arts Association (LCAA) artist for January. Her work will be featured during the January 6 First Friday Downtown Art Ramble at 125 N. Downtown Mall.

Deasy is an oil painter using many combinations of techniques and media. Her work can also be seen at various alternative spaces around Las Cruces with other member artists of the LCAA.

She was born in Chicago and moved to Las Cruces with her family after high school, returned to Chicago for nursing school, and then four years later started work on her art degree. She first attended a community college in Chicago and then finished her BFA in painting and sculpture at University of Colorado in Boulder in 1979.

Since then, she has lived and worked as a nurse in New York City, Chicago, Miami, and St. Petersburg, Florida. She exhibited her art in all these places in solo and group shows, was a resident artist at three art centers, had work selected for publication, and completed murals.

In 2012 she changed the direction of her life and became a full-time artist. She opened a studio gallery in a small art community in North Carolina for three years. She returned to the Las Cruces area in 2015 where she has participated in art exhibits through Las Cruces Artists Association, the 10 am’ers artist group and twice in a solo exhibit at Funky Karma. She will participate in the Love of Art Studio Tour this February.