City museums now open Thursday evenings

Fresia I by Pat Baca is part of the watercolor exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center. Courtesy photo.
Fresia I by Pat Baca is part of the watercolor exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center. Courtesy photo.
The city has good news for those who are busy during the day, but would like to enjoy the exhibits at our museums: all four City of Las Cruces museums are now open to the public every Thursday until 8 p.m. That includes the Branigan Cultural Center, Museum of Art, and Museum of Nature and Science — all in a row on Main Street — and the Railroad Museum at Las Cruces Avenue and Main Street. In addition, special programming is being offered by at least one museum each Thursday evening. Exhibits visitors may want to see include a collection of photos presented to Barbara Hubbard by touring musicians she booked at the Pan Am Center.

The exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center is entitled Barbara Hubbard: Bringing Nashville to Las Cruces, and celebrates the achievements of Las Cruces’ own nationally recognized entertainment promoter. The exhibit will be on
display through Saturday, May 21.

The exhibit features photographs that document Hubbard’s achievements as a nationally-recognized music promoter and philanthropist. Also on display will be early photographs of some of the many country music stars with whom Hubbard worked with and developed relationships with over the years.

Our Living Culture at Branigan Cultural Center
The Branigan Cultural Center is also exhibiting the New Mexico Watercolor Society—Southern Chapter Spring 2016 Juried Member Show, Our Living Culture. The will be on display through Saturday, May 21.

Comprised of watercolor paintings by over 20 artists, Our Living Culture showcases the various styles of the talented members of the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. The exhibit invites viewers to enjoy an assortment of realist and abstract paintings, which showcases the diversity of watercolor as a medium.

Other museum events in April:
• Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m. at the Branigan Cultural Center offers a History Notes lecture: Fabian Garcia and the Remaking of New Mexico Agriculture, presented by Dr. Peter Kopp.

• Friday, April 8, the Branigan Cultural Center will host an artist’s reception for two exhibitions: Pictograff: The Art of WarPrayer featuring artwork by aerosol artists iLash, Release, Woar2, Dwayno Insano, and Saba, and Visions of Our Monument: Portraits of the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument featuring work by Meg G. Freyermuth, which will be on display through Saturday, June 4.

• Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. the Branigan presents Slavery by Another Name, a film screening in the Created Equal series.

• Friday, April 15, from 5 – 7 p.m., the Museum of Art holds a reception and awards presentation for the annual All-City High Schools’ Senior Show. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools — Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Oñate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte. The All-City High Schools Senior Show 2016 continues through Saturday, April 23.

• Friday, April 22, at 11 a.m., as a preview to the Doña Ana Arts Council’s presentation of Cirque Zuma Zuma on April 22, the Science, Nature, and Art Program (SNAP!) at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science will feature hands-on activities about African cultures and geography. Explore aspects of the performers’ rich heritage and create projects to take home. You may also register to win two tickets to the show, generously offered by the arts council.

• Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – noon, the City of Las Cruces will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration in the courtyard of the Branigan Cultural Center. A free tree raffle will be held at 11 a.m. Visitors must be present to win. Local organizations will have information tables and provide various activities.

The Museum of Nature and Science is located at 411 N. Main Street, adjacent to the Las Cruces Museum of Art. The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. The museums are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information and to see more events and programming, visit the website las-cruces.org/museums or call 541-2154. 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.