Branigan Cultural Center opens three new exhibits

(Top) Corn Seller by Story Sermay, part of her Women at Work exhibit. (Below) One of the paintings by Thom Sawyer as part of the 36 Views of Baylor Canyon exhibit. Both exhibits are at the Branigan Cultural Center. Courtesy photos.
(Top) Corn Seller by Story Sermay, part of her Women at Work exhibit. (Below) One of the paintings by Thom Sawyer as part of the 36 Views of Baylor Canyon exhibit. Both exhibits are at the Branigan Cultural Center. Courtesy photos.
Three new exhibits open Friday, September 2, at the Branigan Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. during the Downtown First Friday Ramble. The reception and admission to the Branigan Cultural Center are free.

Women at Work, featuring the work of photographer Storm Sermay, will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 15. Women at Work is comprised of black and white photographs which Sermay captured during her travels to Ecuador, Mexico, and Cuba. The photographs document women in formal and informal employment and in moments of socialization and solitude that draw the viewer in and make them want to learn more about the lives of the subjects.

Sermay lives in Las Cruces and has exhibited her photography in solo and juried shows throughout the country. She works mainly in black and white to emphasize shadow, light, and texture in her landscapes, and to bring out the essence of the people that she photographs. The artist will be at the opening reception on Sept. 2.

36 Views of Baylor Canyon, featuring the artwork of Thom Sawyer, will be on display through Saturday, October 22. 36 Views of Baylor Canyon is comprised of selections from a series of graphite and color pencil drawings of Baylor Canyon, located east of Las Cruces in the Organ Mountains. The artist uses simple lines, shapes, and colors to indicate a slow, careful observation of everyday, quiet, domestic life in the canyon.

Thom Sawyer received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has participated in group and solo shows throughout the country. Sawyer currently resides in eastern Washington state.

Wireless Wizardry: A History of Radio in the Mesilla Valley will be on display through Wednesday, October 12. This exhibit celebrates the unique history of wireless radio in the Mesilla Valley with vintage and modern radio equipment, including transmitters, receivers, ham radios, and antennas.

The Mesilla Valley Radio Club has a rich, 50-year heritage of public service and radio development. Members maintain skills that are used in time of war and public emergencies, and learn about the latest uses of digital techniques, satellites, and low-power communication.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main St. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call 541-2154.

Stained glass on plastic workshop
The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host a workshop by Maria Natividad at 2 p.m. September 3 on the art of creating painted stained glass on plastic. The workshop is open to anyone six years old and up. It will include a lecture followed by a demonstration and a hands-on lesson creating these decorative items.

The workshop is free to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, contact the museum at 541-2137.

Stained glass has a long history, having survived as an art form since the Middle Ages. However, traditional methods are costly and time consuming. This workshop will help participants make a decorative item using plastics and paint to create an object d’art reminiscent of traditional stained glass windows, but with a bit of Southwestern flair.

Natividad is a native of El Paso and her artwork is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the region. She received her art education at Modesto Junior College, the University of Arizona and the University of Texas in El Paso and has taught art in the Ysleta ISD as well as being selected as the Artist in Residence for the Chicano Studies Department at UTEP.

This workshop is an outgrowth of Natividad’s passion for making art accessible to everyone. Well known for her watercolors and mixed-media pieces, Natividad has presented similar art workshops throughout the region at museums, senior centers, and libraries.

Admission to the Museum of Art is free. The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

Nature, Tradition, and Innovation at Museum of Art
Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection will continue at the Las Cruces Museum of Art through October 15. The exhibition, curated by Christine Knoke of the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, is an engaging interdisciplinary look at contemporary Japanese ceramics paired with nature photographs. Featuring 43 exceptional Japanese ceramicists, Nature, Tradition, and Innovation showcases ceramic objects of beauty made for everyday use. The works selected for exhibition are closely associated with Japan’s historical pottery centers, reinterpreting traditional methods in a modern context.

Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection was developed by Mingei International Museum and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

For additional information, visit the website at lascruces.org/museums or call 541-2137.

Studio Programs Sneak Peak
The Las Cruces Museum of Art Studio Programs Sneak Peek has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 17. Studio Programs offer creative learning opportunities for all ages and skill levels. The Sneak Peek will feature demonstrations by instructors and on-site registration from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Art studio programs are taught by experienced and qualified instructors. Classes must have a minimum of four students and are capped at 10 so that you receive the individualized attention you deserve.

There will be a variety of class options including beginning and intermediate ceramics, drawing portraits, still life painting, and art exploration. There are classes offered for both children and adults. This fall, they will offer one seven-week Studio Program session that begins September 28.

Registration will be available starting on August 20. Registrations are due a week before classes start, so they will be accepted until September 20.

The Las Cruces Museum system offers and encourages lifelong learning opportunities.