NMSU library exhibits works celebrating national parks

(Top left) Organ Mountain Full Moon by Corina Gabaldón. (Above and right) Works by Dean Lively will be on exhibit by the Las Cruces Arts Assn.
(Top left) Organ Mountain Full Moon by Corina Gabaldón. (Above and right) Works by Dean Lively will be on exhibit by the Las Cruces Arts Assn.
The Tombaugh Gallery presents “Moons, Mandalas and Meditations,” work by Las Cruces artist Corina Gabaldón. The exhibit opens on Sunday, December 4, with an artist reception from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Inspired by the beauty and magic of the moon, 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.”

Gabaldón has studied with the renowned Mandala teacher, Paul Heussenstamm, and with local artist Kate Mott. She has exhibited her art throughout New Mexico, El Paso, Texas and in Paquima, Mexico. She has had extensive training in the art, music, and culture of Mexico and of Japan. A retired educator, she received the Arts in Education award from the Doña Ana Arts Council.

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. There will be a second opening on Friday, January 6, 5 – 7 p.m. The show continues through January 27, 2017. The gallery will be closed between December 24 and January 3. For details, call the church at 522-7281.

Dean Lively Las Cruces Arts Association featured Artist for December
Dean Lively, a retired high-school business teacher, enjoys working in a variety of media which include fiber, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, sand, hand-made paper, and rolled-paper beads. Lively, though basically selftaught, has taken watercolor workshops with Laurel Weathersbee, silk-dying workshops with Judy Licht, a pastels workshop with Christina Debrowsky, and a pastel-portraiture workshop with Carolyn Bunch. In the ‘60s, Lively wanted a macramé belt, so he bought several books and taught himself macramé; in the ‘70’s, he learned to weave with a small lap loom, later he learned to crochet. Dean frequently uses unusual combinations of media to create unique items of art which he finds pleasing. He likes to “recycle”— incorporating leaves, twigs, pressed flowers, handmade paper, scrap yarn, and other items into his work.

Lively’s work will be shown at the First Friday Downtown Ramble on December 2, 5 – 7 p.m., the second Wednesday market and the third Saturday Market in downtown Las Cruces at the Community Enterprise Center.

Las Cruces Arts Association December Meeting
LCAA will meet on Sunday December 18, 1:30 p.m., for a holiday potluck and white elephant gift exchange at the Art on Easels Galllery, 125 N. Main St. in the Community Enterprise Center. Visitors and new members welcome to join the fun. Las Cruces Arts Association on Facebook and at lascrucesarts.org

For more information contact Jack Lesage 532- 1046 or jacklsg1@gmail.com.

New Mexico’s Natural Treasures
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.