See Grand Ole Opry exhibit at Branigan Cultural Center

Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins performing on WSM’s “Friday Night Frolics.” Courtesy photo.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book “American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting” by Barbara Babcock Millhouse at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, at the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.

To jump start the discussion, “The Hudson River School: Artistic Pioneers: Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, and Jasper Cropsey” will be shown at 1 p.m.

This is an entertaining, skillfully presented, highly readable retelling of the fascinating story of America’s first native school of art, the Hudson River School, from its rise in 1825 with the transforming landscapes of Thomas Cole, the founder, who succeeded in capturing the sublime qualities of American nature, to its broad dissemination and great popularity through the work of many subsequent practitioners including Church, Durand, Gifford, Kensett, Whittredge, Bierstadt, and Heade, to its decline around 1875 when other styles prevailed.

Studio Art Program registration open
Registration for studio art classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art is now open. Session one is August 23 – October 7 and session two is from October 18 – December 9.

These art classes exist to give our community access to creative learning opportunities. Children, teens, and adults are given the opportunity to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced and qualified professional artists.

Students will be encouraged to have fun and be inspired to discover their inner creativity through various class options including beginning and intermediate ceramics, still life drawing and painting, watercolor, portrait sculpture, bookmaking, printmaking and more. Classes are offered to all levels of artists.

Registration is located at the Museum of Nature and Science located at 411 North Main Street. Students must register in person between Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registrations are due the Saturday before the class begins.

Grand Ole Opry
This exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center celebrates the popular radio show, Grand Ole Opry, and features black-and-white images by commercial photographer Gordon Gillingham. It offers exhibition visitors a rare glimpse inside the Nashville-based radio show that brought country music to the masses. The exhibit opens September 1 and runs through October 25.

A-1 Machine Shop
A-1 Machine Shop, featuring photography by Mel Stone, opens in the Branigan Cultural Center on Friday, September 1, and continues through Saturday, November 8. The exhibition offers a photographic tour of A-1 Machine Shop, owned and operated by Las Cruces native Rudy Tirre for over 30 years. The shop, located in Las Cruces’ historic Mesquite District, grinds valves, re-bores engine blocks, grinds crank shafts, and does other specialty jobs that bigger shops are reluctant to handle.

From the Ground Up XXVIII
From the Ground Up XXVIII Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition, featuring ceramic art by artists living in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S., continues through Saturday, October 21, at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. The biennial exhibition is cohosted by the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces.

Water on the Border at Branigan Cultural Center
Water on the Border by the Border Artists will be on exhibit through September 16. The Border Artists bring awareness to lack of water and the importance of the Rio Grande through art. Works represent the diversity of interpretation of water and bring political and geographical awareness to our community while inspiring dialogue about the importance of sustainability in our region.

Admission is free to the City of Las Cruces museums. The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street and the Museum of Art is just across the courtyard. The museums are 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 or call 541-2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate, contact the museum 48 hours in advance.