NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum art showcases monumental land
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – An art exhibit inspired by Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument and the nearby ranches and farmlands opens at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces on April 23.
âMonumental Territoryâ will be on display in the museum’s arts corridor until the end of July 2021. The exhibition features 22 creative works by Las Cruces artist Kayla Blundell.
Her selection of artist in residence for the Friends of the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument program in 2016 inspired the art of this exhibition. The exhibition features abstract paintings, including acrylic spray paint, and photographs. His work relates to the culture of New Mexico as it captures the beauty of the national monument and the farm life and ranch communities nearby. In some of her multimedia work she uses papier mache to create a 3D effect to help the viewer feel the feel of the mountains and the Maar volcanic arc known as Kilbourne Hole in southern DoÃ±a County. Ana.
âOne of the first things all the farmers, ranchers and New Mexicans around see every new day (are the mountains), and it’s a great historical landmark that connects all of the people who live here and continues to be a landmark in our lives, âsaid Blundell. âWe get so used to the areas we live in and tend to get trapped in complacency, forgetting to look around in the beautiful surroundings.
âIf you drive on Baylor Canyon Road, you’ll see three things: ranches with stray cattle, the river and farmland in the distance, and the beautiful national monument,â she said. âPlus if you drive through the valley you will see three things: farmland, cattle ranching and of course the magnificent national monument. “
In her photographs, Blundell captures the scenes and farm life she loves in hopes of encouraging those around her to love farm and ranch life in this monumental land. Painting is a passion that she carries and uses to express herself through the surrounding nature and culture.
Blundell was born and raised in West Texas. She moved to Las Cruces in 2011 when she married her husband, Josh Blundell, who helped her with this show. He made all the frames for his job.
About the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is a large 47-acre facility in Las Cruces that shares and preserves the 4,000-year history of food culture in the region. The campus includes barns, corrals, cattle, art galleries, indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a gift shop and snack bar. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday. It is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is supported by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.