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Arts roundup

Summer Fun: National Paper Airplane Day

Las Cruces Public Libraries invites residents to join in from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Albert Johnson Park, at the southeast corner of Main Street and Picacho Avenue, to observe National Paper Airplane Day.

Activities include creating and decorating paper airplanes to compete in distance, time aloft and best decorated categories. This program is free, and all supplies will be provided.

For information, contact Shaunna Foster, Library Assistant II, at 575-528-4024 or by email at sfoster@lascruces.gov.

Doña Ana Arts Council planning summer camps

The Doña Ana Arts Council is currently planning in-person summer camps including Career Art Path and Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Career Art Path, June 24- 2 is a visual arts camp for thirty entering 6th to 8th grade

students. During this one-week experience, participants will explore art-related careers

through hands-on activities, and speakers. The camp is from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

each day, and tuition is $100 per student for the one-week camp. It is held at the council’s location, 230 S. Water St. The registration deadline is June 11.

Returning this summer is the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), a one-week theater

camp for young actors entering grades 1 through 12 from June 10-15. The

hours will be 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day. This year the cast of 60 student actors will

perform “Treasure Island.” Tuition is $70 per student with a discount for children in the

same immediate family. Students must pre-register by June 1. The cast includes 16 students entering first grade to age seven and 44 students ages 8-18.

DAAC is also looking for volunteers interested in assisting with the development of arts

education programs, event planning and serving as board members to contribute to

creating a community that thrives in the arts.

Applications are online at daarts.org/for-youth/. If needed, partial scholarships are

available for all programs and applications are due by May 31.

For more information, go to daarts.org or call the DAAC office at 575-523-6403.

Call for Artists: East Mesa Public Recreation Complex 

The City of Las Cruces Public Art program seeks an artist, or artist team, to create a site-specific outdoor art piece to beautify the soon-to-be-open East Mesa Public Recreation Complex.
LCPA will commission an art piece that will be installed at the EMPRC’s 10-acre park located off Sonoma Springs Avenue in City Council District 6. The Organ Mountains provide a backdrop to the park that is surrounded by undeveloped desert landscape that is home to a variety of indigenous wildlife.
Archeological evidence of the property shows it was once covered by prehistoric waters that provided a habitat for amphibious animals, such as giant jellyfish.

The commission is open to all artists and artist teams. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art but should demonstrate a level of expertise and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget.
All submissions will be reviewed by jury process. The winning design will be presented to the City Art Board and the Las Cruces City Council. The selected artist or art team shall collaborate with the City of Las Cruces Public Works Department and the LCPA program coordinator in the specifications and completion of this project.  Artists must apply via callforentry.org.

For more information contact Ceci Vasconcellos, Public Art Coordinator, at 575-541-2780 or email cvasconcellos@lascruces.gov.

“Timeless Auras 615” by Yoshio Ikezaki, is created with Sumi ink on washi paper, © Yoshio Ikezaki. These images are part of the show, “Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Art,” on display at the Las Cruces Museum of Art beginning May 24.
“Timeless Auras 615” by Yoshio Ikezaki, is created with Sumi ink on washi paper, © Yoshio Ikezaki. These images are part of the show, “Washi …

‘Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper’

At the Las Cruces Museum of Art, “Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Art,” is an exhibit spotlighting the works of nine contemporary Japanese artists who explore the artistic potential of handmade washi by pushing its boundaries in terms of texture, dimension, and scale. The exhibit is on view May 24 through Aug. 10.

The exhibit presents more than works including highly textured two-dimensional pieces, expressive sculptures, and dramatic installations that explore the astonishing potential of this traditional medium. The diversity of the artwork demonstrates the resilience and versatility of washi as a medium in the realm of international contemporary art.

“These nine contemporary Japanese artists are revisiting their nation’s traditional material and elevating it into a medium for expressive and often spectacular works of art,” said exhibit curator Meher McArthur.

From 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 7 there will be an exhibit opening reception featuring a drumming performance by Torii Taiko, using traditional Japanese drums and other Japanese instruments. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8 there will be an educational program featuring Torii Taiko where they will discuss the drums, tools, and oral traditional associated with Japanese drumming.

The museum is located at 491 N. Main St. and is open 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission fee. For additional information, visit lascruces.gov/museums or call 575-541-2137.