NMSU library exhibits works celebrating national parks

Rhythmic Moon by Corina Gabaldón.
Rhythmic Moon by Corina Gabaldón.
The New Mexico State University Library is hosting a new exhibit celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service in southern New Mexico. The exhibit, titled “New Mexico’s Natural Treasures: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service,” contains material from the Archives and Special Collections Department that highlights the three National Park Service-operated sites in southern New Mexico: White Sands National Monument, Gila Cliff Dwellings, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

“We chose to focus heavily on visual material for this display in order to demonstrate the beauty and history of these sites,” explained exhibit curator Caitlin Wells, Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist. “We found a great variety of material to show how the sites have been depicted over the past hundred years, including maps, brochures, photographs, and even a children’s activity book.” While some of the material dates from the 1920s and 1930s, there is also a newer element. “We’ve got a picture from the opening of White Sands National Monument in 1934, but right down the wall is a guide to Carlsbad Caverns from the early 2000s. We wanted to get a good mix of old and new, to show people that we try to document the full range of New Mexico history,” said Wells.

The exhibit is currently on display and will run until mid-March 2017 in Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of Branson Library. For more information, contact Caitlin Wells, NMSU Library Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist, at cwells@nmsu.edu or 646-6323.

Moons, Mandalas & Meditations

The exhibit Moons, Mandalas & Meditations continues at the Tombaugh Gallery, with a second opening on Friday, January 6, from 5 – 7 p.m. Inspired by the beauty and magic of the moon, Corina Gabaldón traveled a “wondrous journey into the mystical, universal, and divine circle — the mandala,” discovering the sacred circle residing in herself. Her exhibit includes acrylic, gold leaf, and India ink mandala paintings, full moon photographs, and inspirational meditations. She states, “The sacred circle, or mandala, can assist us in opening our hearts to create that space within us, which we can fill with peace, wholeness and harmony, and then reflect it back into the world.

The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit continues through January 27. For details, call the church at 522-7281.