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George Mendoza art show continues at Citadelle Art Museum


Las Cruces artist and author George Mendoza continues a show of his artwork entitled “Colors of the Wind” at the Citadelle Art Museum, 520 Nelson Ave. in Canadian, Texas, located on the eastern side of the Texas panhandle, near the Oklahoma border.

The exhibit will continue through at least Sept. 17, said Citadelle Executive Director Wendie Cook.

The Citadelle is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors aged 65 and order. Children aged 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets at available at www.thecitadelle.org/visit or at the door.

Mendoza has been legally blind since age 15, he said. Some peripheral vision remains, along with the colors he sees – and paints – on top of the blind spots. He had been painting and drawing since childhood and began painting full-time in the early 1990s.

Mendoza has also become a prolific author, with more than 30 books and manuscripts to his credit, including six children’s books, two motivational works and the Spirit Man series. He was nominated for a 2022 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for “Journey of the Spirit Man.”

Mendoza’s artwork has been shown in galleries around the world and hangs in many private collections. His exhibition “Colors of the Wind” was a national Smithsonian traveling art exhibit.

A native of New York City, Mendoza is a Smithsonian fellow and received the NMSU distinguished alumni award in 2014.

Contact the Citadelle at 806-323-8899 and info@thecitadelle.org.

Visit www.thecitadelle.org/current-exhibition and  GeorgeMendoza.com.

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